Internal Opportunity Interviews
by Georgia Adamson - Jul, 2013
When you’re going for a possible promotion or other desirable job opportunity within your company, you might be tempted to think that the interview process will require less effort than for an external opportunity. Not so fast! The Employer Knows You–Are You Sure? You could well have an edge going in because you’re a known quantity versus a stranger trying to come in from outside, but it’s not a given. Several factors...
You Will Get Googled… Are You Afraid?
by Joshua Waldman - Jul, 2013
I like to tell my clients they will be Googled just as surely as it will rain in Portland tonight. Do you know what they will see when they find you? Online reputation management is a critical piece of your job search. There is just no getting around it, no matter what field you are in. Quick story: When I Googled my name a year ago, I was a convicted felon and a prolific New York gynecologist, either simultaneously or...
Job Interview Failure–What Happened?
by Georgia Adamson - Jul, 2013
Job Interview Failure–What Happened? Maybe you’ve never failed to ace an interview and win the job you were after; if so, I salute you. Most of us mere mortals have had that unhappy experience–maybe more than once in our working lives. If you’re one of us, you’re all too familiar with the incredulous “what the heck happened?” reaction you experienced when you learned that you hadn’t landed the job after all. So what the...
5 Ways to Fight Off Self-Doubt | Dealing with Performance Dips
by Dawn Lennon - Jul, 2013
We can be our own worst enemy if we’re not careful. We’ll tell ourselves that we: Bulletpoints: don’t measure up never seem to get things right keep falling short of expectations are out of favor with the boss The more we doubt ourselves…the more we doubt ourselves. It’s a downward spiral we need to stop, and fast! Heads up. I’m a big sports fan. I watch golf, tennis, basketball, baseball, football, and the...
4 Steps To Getting Your Network To Say Yes To An Interview
by Kristin Johnson - Jul, 2013
Savvy job seekers know networking is essential to shortening a job search. The thinking is that it’s easier to get hired when your interviewer knows, likes, and trusts you. How do we know this to be true? Are employers really open to hiring people they meet at networking events? Every year, Career Directors International conducts its Global Hiring Trends Survey. In 2012, they asked this question: “If you met a job seeker t...
How to Answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” Question
by Louise Fletcher - Jul, 2013
“So…. Tell me about yourself.” It’s the interview question we all dread. And we dread it for good reason. It’s way too broad and we have no idea what the interviewer wants us to say. “Just be honest” is the advice given by many careers experts. So how’s this? Well, I’m 29. I’m scared of heights. I sometimes take a teddy bear with me when I go travelling. I love Coldplay. I still smoke even though I told everyone...
3 Career Tips to Upgrade Your Quarter Life
by Lindsey Pollak - Jul, 2013
Your 20s and 30s are a defining set of decades in your life. You make choices about your career, your friendships, your romantic relationships, your finances and your home that help shape the trajectory of your life. If you’re feeling the pressure to make the “right” choices or to do the “right” things, you’re not alone. Some people might refer to this feeling as a part of the “quarter life crisis” – a period defined by con...
7 Examples of Fresh New Ways to Start Your Cover Letter
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2013
It’s time to dump the old line: “Please accept this application in response to…” If you’re still starting your cover letter with this overused one-liner, then I implore you to stop what you’re doing, delete the line, and spend a few minutes reading this article to discover seven new examples of how you can catch the hiring manager’s attention with an attention-grabbing opening line. Entice them with the job title and s...
Career Change: Now…Later…Never?
by Georgia Adamson - Jun, 2013
Career Change: Now…Later…Never? If you’re one of those fortunate people who knew at age 10 what you wanted your life’s work to be and have never wavered from that, congratulations! You’re almost certainly one of a fairly small minority. Most of us have progressed through multiple career changes; many have done it a lot. Sometimes it’s a question of personal growth, changes in our outlook on life, the realization that we...
Excuses–Self-Inflicted Career Wounds | A Pro Knows
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2013
You can run but you can’t hide. Mistakes, poor decisions, sub-par performance, unbecoming behavior, and unmet expectations stalk even the most skillful among us. Performance missteps will happen spite of our best efforts to avoid them. In every case they belong to us. We own them and it’s in our career best interest to admit that. Excuses cut deep. We don’t want to goof up at work. It feels bad. When it happens our...
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