This section has a host of resources to help you with your career journey. There are links to my book on salary negotiations and other articles and interviews I have done. There are in-depth descriptions of job search tools and techniques, from resumes to interview preparation. I have also included a section on other career professionals to help you find a job search coach, resume writer, or career professional with a specific area of expertise.

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Generating New Networking Contacts

Job hunting is a numbers game. One important weekly goal is to contact at least 20 NEW people EACH WEEK. The number...


Networking Scripts

What follows is an outline of the steps to get from “I need a job” to “I have a new job” as...


Information Interviews

Information interviews are a type of networking conversation. These are interviews that you conduct in order to obtain information about a position,...


Preparing for an Interview

You should always prepare for an interview. No matter how good you are at “winging it,” your interview will go better if...


Questions to Ask in an Interview

One of the most important pieces of interview preparation is developing a set of questions to ask the interviewer. Many interviewers say...



References are the people who vouch for our performance and professional bearing. A potential employer will usually ask for references in the...


Salary Negotiations

The information in this resource is an overview. For more detailed information and guidance on salary negotiations, refer to my book: Coaching...


Working with an Executive Recruiter

An executive recruiter is hired by a company or an organization to fill a specific opening, or a series of openings. Usually,...


Finding a Counselor

I often get requests from clients, friends and colleagues for advice on finding a career counselor outside of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan...



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Paula Brand

Interviews, Job Search, LinkedIn

The Career Strategy Group

Executive Resumes
  • One conversation with Karen sent me on a path I had never considered or even knew was possible in my industry.

  • Thank you for providing the guidance and encouragement to broaden my horizons. The world beyond my current professional circumstances now seems much more open and promising.

  • Karen was fantastic at helping me navigate my career evolution and progression. She helped me think about my career as a journey and broke down the steps both psychologically and logistically.

  • Working with Karen has helped me tremendously as I navigated through a difficult period with a previous supervisor, and helped me set the stage for future career success. Her advice and guidance helped position me to get noticed, and I was!

  • I love working with Karen because at the end of each session I feel re-energized and motivated in my job search, with a concrete plan of action. She always has new ideas/approaches, is positive and encouraging.