How to answer the most common interview questions?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
Preparing for interview questions does not require memorizing answers to the most popular inquiries. Instead, job seekers need to focus on what they offer as it relates to what the employer wants. Deciding What You Offer Before every interview, ask yourself: “Why am I a good fit for this job?” I tell my clients to post the question, “Why should we hire you?” on their bathroom mirror, refrigerator or anyplace they...
How-To Dress for Success and Ace Your Next Job Interview
by Michelle Dumas - Jan, 2013
There’s a lot of focus on preparing your resume to get a job interview: which keywords to use, which accomplishments to include or exclude, and which format to apply. Many of the most successful job seekers work with professional resume writers to ensure their resumes generate the highest possible quantity and quality of interviews. Your resume is the first look at what you have to offer, so it is essential it creates the...
6 Key Interview Moves That Will Help You Land the Job
by Tara Hornor - Jan, 2013
When you’re on the prowl for a new job, you know the interview with a prospective company is everything. Or is it? As imperative as a smooth interview is to getting the job, what you do before the interview—and perhaps especially what you do after—can be just as critical. Here are six key tasks to keep in mind (three for pre-interview and three for post-interview): Before the Interview 1. Get all your paperw...
11 Job Search Secrets That Open Doors
by Ruth Shapiro - Jan, 2013
1. Cold-call your prospective boss’s boss for an interview. 2. For the interview, bring portfolio of awards, articles by you or about you, examples of accomplishments and results, letters of commendation. 3. Scan the newspapers and trade journals for clues to possible openings: firms signing new office space, receiving venture capital, personnel appointments and moves to new firms. 4. Contact temporary agencies. 5. For sc...
Is Working Through Lunch Getting You That Promotion?
by Tai Goodwin - Jan, 2013
I can’t tell you how many coaching conversations I have had with super-achievers who think that working through their lunches and eating at their desks, routinely, is the way they will get ahead. I challenge them to “think again.” While getting the work done, accomplishing the task, achieving the goal is critical to a person’s success, building relationships that will enable that success are just as, and perhaps significan...
Inside Job: 5 Reasons You Should Tap Your Friends and Contacts to Get a Job
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
Are you sick of hearing about how important it is to tap your network to earn referrals and jobs? You hear it from your friends, your career coach, and when you pick up a book about how to find a job. If you're spending all of your time pushing out resumes to apply for positions, you're missing a crucial piece of a successful job hunter's strategy. Today, networking opportunities abound and come in many forms: both online...
Warning signs of a dysfunctional company
by Louise Garver - Jan, 2013
Scenario: you are thrilled that you have a job offer and are excited to start your new position. What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing really, except that sometimes executives are so ready to jump into their new job, they may ignore the red flags that exist. Of course no company is perfect, but before you accept that job offer, look at these issues that could spell disaster. Bad vibrations. You know when you walk into a...
Addressing an Inefficient Process
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2013
It’s one of the great injustices of Corporate America. Complex processes spring up around everything, and only some of them make sense. As someone with an eye toward improving productivity and adding to the bottom line at your organization, inefficient, overly complicated, unethical, or just downright silly processes may irritate you to no end. Off With Its Head! Whether you’re a new employee who has seen things done...
Why Your Resume Should NEVER Have an Objective Statement
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jan, 2013
I get the idea behind an objective statement; I really do. You want the employer to know what your job search goal is. But the problem with objective statements is the way they’re written. I’ve never seen an objective statement that was not broad and unclear. They’re basically a waste of crucial real estate on your resume. Below, I’m going to list a few examples of poorly written objective statements. I think you’ll agree they...
5 Signs It Is Time for a Career Change
by Kim Meninger - Jan, 2013
Many professionals consider a career change at one point or another. Some experience a rough patch in their current careers and begin to wonder if a new career direction would be a better fit. Others struggle to find work in their current field and debate pursuing something new. Still others secretly harbor a dream job that they’ve never had the courage or opportunity to explore. How do you know when it’s the right time...
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