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What should absolutely be included on your resume? And what can you ditch?

My new client, Frank, was struggling hard with this question. He had only three years of professional work experience — and his resume was three pages long.

I had to hand it to him — the kid had spirit. Frank was an active volunteer, had won plenty of academic accolades during his college career and had taken on a lot of different job responsibilities in the three years he had been with his current company.
If you have an extensive work history, a two-page resume might be necessary. But your resume should virtually never be three pages long.
Did I mention that the average time a recruiter spends looking at your resume is six seconds? There’s

Did you know that there are more CEO’s named John than there are female CEOs combined? This article is about gender pay gaps, but this piece of information just says it all.

The gender pay gap is still alive and well as we go into 2017, unfortunately. Some reports show that it’s slowly shrinking, but other analysts claim the change is so small (mere tenths of a percentage point) that the shrink the gap is negligible.

The hard truth either way is that women still make about20% less than men for doing the same jobs. That adds up to a whopping $10,470 less per year than men make for doing the exact same work. That’s more than $840 billion that women lose in wages every year.
Here are four facts about the gender pay gap that you likely didn’t

I once had a client, Ann, who came to me in a panic right after starting a new job. Prior to our initial meeting, the company had been aggressively recruiting her for a position that sounded exciting. However, a few weeks after she accepted the job, her hours, her work location, and title were not what she and the employer had discussed during negotiations.

…Sound familiar? I hear about workplace minefields like this all the time.

Ann was devastated. And rightfully so—there’s nothing worse than starting a job that turns out to be completely different than you discussed with the employer. You may even be questioning whether you should have left your last job or whether you can get your old job back. Not a fun situation to

Burnout doesn’t just affect your work life—it can have a detrimental effect on your health, your personal relationships, and your family. It’s a particularly important topic in my world, as many of my clients have come to me after being hit by the burnout train.

Stress and burnout have become an epidemic in our society. In one study, 80% of respondents said they experience stress at work and need help managing it. A recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association revealed that stress levels rose from one year to the next, with a sharp increase in those reporting that they experience extreme stress.

I was so inspired by Arianna Huffington’s intention to change this during a recent conversation I had with her about her new company, Thrive Global, which

"What can somebody with no self-confidence do to recognize their own talents and abilities?"

Every human being excels at something. First, do a benevolent and gentle inventory on yourself. Maybe you're a better listener. Maybe you are better at analytical things. Maybe you see correlations. Start with the understanding that every human being has value to contribute. You can't contribute until you refine and recognize what it is. It's like mining raw ore. You mine ore, refine it and convert it. We all have nuggets of gold within us. The first thing is to find your strengths and attributes and acknowledge those.

I am very gifted in marketing, strategy, and understanding the interactions amongst humans. However, I don't turn on my computer well. I'm a mad scientist,

Following certain best practices can make or break you in your quest for the right job. Some bad habits are obvious, where as others are more subtle-- and even the subtle ones can have a detrimental effect on your chances of landing the right job.

Here are eight common job search blunders with advice on how to avoid them.

1. Not networking.

You’ve heard me tout before that 80% of available jobs never get posted. So how are those positions getting filled if they’re not posted? Hiring managers are keen to encourage referrals among their networks so as to spare themselves the time and money required to post openings. Networking is a way of life—it’s not something that needs to happen at networking events. It can happen in airplanes,


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Ashley-StahlAshley Stahl
CEO + Career Coach

Ashley Stahl is a career coach and speaker who empowers 20 and 30somethings around the world in finding their purpose, landing more job offers and launching their dream businesses. At age 23, Stahl managed a high-level program for the Pentagon, for which she was named a “Top 99 Foreign Policy Leader Under 33” by Diplomatic Courier Magazine and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Next, she was named Power 30 Under 30 leader by Apex Society for her work running the Global Threat Intelligence Team at a global political risk consultancy.

While preparing senior officials for the front lines of the war on terror, Ashley launched her leadership firm, Ashley Stahl International Inc., which offers private coaching and unparalleled online programs to empower Millennials to find their purpose, land more job offers and increase their income. She’s worked with thousands of 20somethings in 19 countries via her private coaching and online coaching program, the Limitless Career Lab.

Ashley Stahl is a columnist for Forbes on the topic of Gen Y women, careers and leadership, and also blogs for her own career blog at Her work has been featured on FOX News, the Wall Street Journal, SELF Magazine, the Washington Post, TEDx, Newsweek and more.

Ashley earned her Master’s degree in international relations from King’s College London, and is currently completing another Master’s in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Redlands in government, history and French. She’s fluent in French and currently learning Arabic.


Mary Beth Ferrante
In-House Career Coach

Mary Beth Ferrante is Ashley International’s in-house career coach!  After spending 10 years in corporate finance, she made her own career pivot utilizing her mentoring, leadership & professional development experience into career coaching.  She’s been personally mentored by Ashley and has a true knack for helping clients find clarity on their purpose.  Mary Beth absolutely loves working 1:1 with clients to guide them into their own dream job!

Mary Beth holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of San Diego and worked for prestigious financial firms including Goldman Sachs and Bank of America / Merrill Lynch.