Whether you are new to the job market or an experienced professional looking to make a change or advance your career, it can help to hear from someone who has been in your shoes. It is even better if that person has also been on the hiring side of the job interview table, the one asking the questions and making hiring decisions.
Usually, it is not every day that you have the chance to sit down with such a person and discuss how YOU can successfully achieve your personal career goals. Think of Career Lantern as your opportunity to do just that, even if it is in a virtual, online sort of way.
As a seasoned and successful management professional with 30 years of real-world experience, I have read countless cover letters and applications, personally conducted hundreds of job interviews, assisted others on interview panels, made hiring decisions, and managed various employee development programs. My academic credentials include an MBA degree and serving as an adjunct instructor on three different college campuses. I have worked in several entirely different fields and have been extremely involved with technology.
Like you, I have also been a job applicant at times, pursuing my own career goals. I have submitted cover letters, resumes, and online applications. Admittedly, I have been on job interviews where some went well, and others… not so much.
So Why Create Career Lantern?
Quite simply, Career Lantern is my way of giving back. My thought was that perhaps others might benefit if I share the observations and insight acquired over the years. Maybe this effort will help others achieve their own career goals and aspirations. I sure wish I had known more of this stuff back when I started out.
The bottom line is I have witnessed far too many individuals make all kinds of unnecessary mistakes in the pursuit of their careers. Be smart. Save yourself some grief and learn from the mistakes of others instead of merely repeating them. If you are thinking, “That’s OK, I already know all this,” then odds are you really don’t.
While I try to inform readers on a wide variety of topics, Career Lantern is not an academic site focused on theories, abstract concepts, or research. Plain talk on nuts-and-bolts career topics is mostly what you will find here.
I sincerely hope the information on Career Lantern will help you avoid much of the disappointment and frustration which many others, including myself, have sometimes encountered along the road to career success.
Good luck in your career endeavors!