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Face Your Fear and NETWORK!
Mon, Oct 27 2014 11:15 | Networking and Interviewing | Permalink
"Networking: Do I have to?" asks the reluctant job seeker. Yes you do if you want to find a better job quicker! If you dread the idea of going up to strangers whose paths you cross and striking up a conversation, you are far from alone. Many, if not most folks - if the truth were told - dread the idea. They’d rather have a root canal. However, the truth
Managing a Job Search is Like Managing a Project
Tue, Oct 21 2014 10:25 | Planning and Strategy | Permalink
Managing an effective job search is akin to managing any important project. Whether you are beginning a new search or seeking to revitalize an ongoing search, plan to employ the project management skills you would use on any important project in order to successfully and effectively achieve your goal. Prepare: Preparation is key to succeed at finding the job you want. Jumping out of
Lern to tell stories
Tue, Oct 7 2014 09:15 | Permalink
Interviewing? Learn to tell stories. People remember them long after a resistation of facts and figures is forgotten. Telling a good story about an accomplishment, an achievement, a problem solved, a sticky situation handled, etc. will be remembered by an interviewer long after a resitation of a list of your strengths or dates of promotions etc. And, as a savvy job seeker, your goal is
Interviewing: The Most Frequently Asked Interview Question
Sun, Sep 28 2014 05:17 | Networking and Interviewing | Permalink
Tell me about yourself! And so the interview begins. The interviewer asks this "ice breaker" question as much to start a conversation as to actually learn about the candidate sitting in front of him or her. The question: "So why don’t you tell me a little about yourself?” is generally considered the most frequently asked interview question. Not a particularly good question by a long
Illustrations of questions per the 6 categories
Sun, Sep 28 2014 04:54 | Permalink
5 Categories of Questions The 5 categories of questions that interviews probe are listed below. 1. Your background, skills, and experience = Can you do the job? Questions in this category or area are aimed at one thing: Can you do the job? Interviewers probe your experience, skills, certifications, background, to find out if you have: - Hands-on experience
Interviewing: What's Your Greatest Strength?
Fri, Sep 26 2014 07:06 | Networking and Interviewing | Permalink
"What's your greatest strength?" asks the interviewer. "Well, mmmm. . . , I would say I'm . . . un . . . ." stumbles the interviewee. A missed opportunity to succinctly and reasonably tell your interviewer a couple of your key attributes that make you stand out from the crowd and why hiring you would be a good thing! "What's your greatest strength?" This frequently
Strategy: Be Cautious When - and Where and What - You Post
Wed, Sep 3 2014 08:23 | Planning and Strategy | Permalink
Looking for a job? Seeking a career transition? Be very cautious about what you post. It can -- and does - come back to you haunt you! Take action now to prevent career casualties down the road. Recent events in the news about ill-advised photos posted on-line make the point, once again, that the on-line world is not a private place. This has happened time and time again,
Interviewing: What's Your Biggest Weakness?
Tue, Aug 26 2014 11:43 | Networking and Interviewing | Permalink
"What's your biggest weakness?" asks the interviewer. "Well, um, I guess it would be . . . ." stumbles the interviewee. And, the rest, as they say, is history. A history of missed opportunities due to lack of a credible and reasonable response to one of the most frequently asked interview questions: What's your biggest weakness? "What's your biggest weakness?" A
Networking is a 2-Way Street
Thu, Aug 14 2014 11:52 | Networking and Interviewing | Permalink
Networking is a 2-Way Street! Question: What is one of the most common mistakes job seekers who are new to networking make? Answer: Not recognizing that networking is a give-and-take practice, i.e.., a 2-way street! Setting up 1-to-1 networking meetings to talk with people about your job search a smart thing to do! Talking with people in your network in order to seek
What a Company Wants to Know - 6 Kinds of Interview Questions
Tue, Jul 22 2014 04:12 | Networking and Interviewing | Permalink
Take a walk through the business careers section of any bookstore or library, and you will see lots of books on the subject of job search. And entire books devoted to interview questions – 1000's of interview questions with 1000's of answers. What's a job seeker to do? Memorize 1000s of answers to 1000s of questions. Or -- and it’s a much better