Be Clear About your Goals Before you Interview
by Sherri Edwards - Dec, 2014
Even though times are tough, asking for a job because you are desperate is not a good look. Employers need convincing evidence for investing time and money in you. This requires knowledge of the company and considerable preparation before you speak with them. The old days of winging your way through an interview are long gone. But first, you need to know why you want the job you are pursuing and how it fits into your life plan...
30 Days to a Holiday Job Search
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Dec, 2014
Many job seekers make the mistake of taking December off thinking that nothing happens until after the first of the year. Not true. I’ve had clients receive job offers on December 23. Here are some ideas for keeping your job search active this month. Dec. 1: Check your supply of business cards; if you are running low, order more. If you don’t have one, create one. It should represent you as the quality candidate you are....
Sell Me This Pen! Part 2: Job Interview as Sales Call
by Paul Freiberger - Dec, 2014
We’ve seen what “The Wolf of Wall Street” said about the job interview when the interviewer stops asking questions and presses the interviewee to actually do something. "Sell me this pen," says the criminally unscrupulous character played by Leonardo DiCaprio. In the film, recruits had to sell the interviewer a pen he had just pulled out of his pocket. According to Hollywood, the correct approach is to ask the pen-giv...
Thanks for Nothing? What to Say When You Don't Get the Job
by Paul Freiberger - Nov, 2014
If you’ve applied for a job and haven’t made the cut, you’re in exceptional company. So don’t let a job rejection stop you in your tracks. Let’s identify some lessons from and responses to career setbacks that make sense when you consider: Madonna’s first effort was declined by a major producer who should have known better. Andy Warhol’s “Shoe,” a drawing of – of all things – a shoe, was rejected by New York’s Museum of...
Talent vs. Hard Work in Job Success
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2014
Companies theoretically want to hire high-performance employees, and if that describes you, you probably want to be hired by a company that will recognize and appreciate the value you bring to it. The trick is, how do companies determine ahead of time whether someone will be a high performer and how do you present yourself in that light to prospective employers? Is it all about talent or does hard work play a part? 5 Signs...
Applying to Small vs. Large Companies: What Are the Differences?
by Robin Schlinger - Nov, 2014
Before I list the differences between small companies and large companies from the job applicant’s viewpoint, let me list a couple of similarities: Both small and large companies use applicant tracking systems these days. About the only companies that don’t use electronic systems to weed out resumes are sole proprietorships! Both small and large companies expect to see a professional, clearly written, focused resume, not a...
Why You Should Always Keep an Eye Out for the Perfect Job
by Adrienne Erin - Nov, 2014
You’re content with your job. You’re happy where you are. You’re confident in your job security. You have the perfect job and don’t need to job search. Right? Think again. Contrary to popular belief, you can and should continue to search for the perfect job, regardless of whether or not you currently need or want to change employment. It may seem illogical or counter-intuitive, but continually searching is crucial to you...
How to Politely Nudge Recruiters
by Heather Krasna - Nov, 2014
You’ve applied for the job; you’ve had an interview; or you’ve just reached out to a new networking connection at your favorite company. Now it’s a waiting game, right? Wrong. Done right, good follow-up can get your resume a second look in searches, bring in more job leads, or even land you the job. To follow up without being annoying, always emphasize your interest in the company, be appreciative of others’...
Get Hired Quickly! Tips To Work Your List of Targeted Employers
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2014
Are you currently engaged in a job search? Although it can be fun, it probably isn’t because, quite frankly, it’s work, work that’s often stressful to boot! And usually a lot of work. Which, if you’re working while looking for other work, is almost unworkable. Obviously, the goal is to get hired and get hired as quickly as possible. We know that you’ve put together a list of targeted employers designed to make your job se...
How to answer the “what is your greatest weakness?” interview question
by Louise Fletcher - Nov, 2014
The ‘what is your greatest weakness?’ question is one we all dread – right up there with ‘so tell me about yourself.’ Frankly “what is your greatest weakness” is a pretty pointless question as it rarely gets an honest response, but nevertheless, it’s a question you are very likely to be asked. So what do you say? Obviously you don’t want to say anything that hurts your chances of getting the job, but you have to answer....
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