Asking Candidates About Their Resume Gaps

Can we lay to rest the idea that asking candidates about their employment gaps will alert you to whether someone was terminated from a past job (and is therefore ineligible for employment with you)? First of all, asking someone about their “gap” tells you nothing...

Ten Reasons to Consider Independent Consulting

If you’ve never thought about working for yourself as an independent consultant (either part-time or full-time) I don’t blame you. I never thought about it either.  In fact, when people would sometimes tell me, “You should be a consultant!” I’d recoil in horror.  I...

How to Deal with Requests for Free Consulting

Dear Liz, I’ve been consulting on my own for almost four years. I need a polite but firm way to parry requests for free consulting, which arrive constantly. One person asked me to critique her business plan “as a professional courtesy,” although I had never met her...