December 9th, 2016 | Tags: interview, job search, jobs
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Interviewing is tough. That’s a fact. While it might seem impossible to ace your interview, depending on your interviewing skills and experience, there are mistakes to avoid in order to keep your interview safe. If you know what not to do, it can be as helpful as knowing what to do. A Forbes article examines the mistakes can harm your interview. There are certain things that you just never want to do on an interview for a job. You must know what to avoid! The article is spot on and we couldn’t agree more with the list of things to avoid doing when you’re interviewing! You can do it! Getting through your interview and making sure you can be in the running for the job can be done if you just avoid making major mistakes. Know what NOT to do in your interview!
Let’s take a look at what the article says you should NEVER do on a job interview…here’s what the don’ts are…
- Don’t be late! – Avoid being late. It is unprofessional and looks bad. It is viewed as being rude.
- Don’t arrive without knowing your facts about who you’re meeting with etc. – You need to know the facts! It will not look good if you don’t know what department your interviewer works in. Also, you need to know who you are meeting with so that you can make sure there are no mix-ups upon arrival.
- Don’t come unprepared! You will look like a slacker. Who wants to hire a slacker? Nobody does! Be prepared! It shows that you are someone that the team will want to work with and it shows that you are responsible. Bring copies of your resume. Bring a notebook to take notes. Write down questions you want to ask in the interview. Be prepared by bringing your materials with you to the interview.
- Don’t come under-dressed! You will look unprofessional and sloppy if you come to the interview under-dressed. Always dress up! You can’t go wrong with looking nice. Over-dressed is better than under-dressed but try to get a feel for the company culture before you go to the interview and then dress accordingly.
- Don’t show up without questions. If you show up without questions it will make you look like you are not interested.
- Don’t interrupt the interviewer while he or she is talking. Interrupting is just plain rude! Don’t do it! Show respect because people want to have respectful employees.
- Don’t forget the interviewer’s name or the company name when you are talking. This will look sloppy!
- Don’t tell irrelevant stories. You need to be focused. Stay on the right topic. Don’t get distracted. If you must tell stories, make sure the stories are related to the job you are interviewing for or make sure they connect somehow to the job! You need to be professional and make sure you listen to the questions. Be sure to listen carefully so that when you do talk, you will be on point and specific in your discussion.
- Don’t be rushed. It is not a good idea to schedule too tightly. You do not need to be hurrying through your interview. Show interest and make it clear that you want to be there.
- Don’t leave without thanking the interviewer. You need to show appreciation to the interviewer. The interviewers are normally very busy people who take time out of their day to meet with you, so you must thank them for their time.
Info. from Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2016/03/23/ten-things-never-to-do-on-a-job-interview/#797381241825
November 16th, 2016 | Resume | No Comments »
What makes people happy? Do you want to be a happier person? What can you do to be happier? While happiness can depend on day-to-day events, there are steps to take to be happier in daily life. True happiness takes work and it is not a simple thing.
We must all work towards happiness and we must all have mental clarity in order to be happy. According to an article by Entrepreneur Magazine online, “When we think of happiness, we typically think of things that bring us immediate pleasure…but recent studies have shown that true happiness, or life satisfaction, works a bit differently” and this statement seems to be spot on. Pleasures such as a decadent meal, a favorite book or a day spent at the beach only bring temporary pleasure, and people generally seek overall pleasure and happiness in life. So, what then do we need to do to be satisfied in life? What do we need to do to be generally happy most of the time? Let’s find out what the 11 habits are of truly happy people according to Entrepreneur Magazine online:
- Create your own happiness and don’t wait for it – make an effort to be happy
- Surround yourself with the right people – happiness is contagious
- Sleep – make sure you get enough sleep so your brain recharges
- Live in the moment – embrace the reality of the moment and accept your past and move on
- Learn to love yourself – appreciate your own good qualities and pat yourself on the back
- Appreciate what you have – be grateful and stay in a good mood
- Exercise – make sure you move your body and make regular exercise a priority
- Forgive – don’t dwell on issues and learn to forgive others in order to make yourself happy
- Get in touch with your feelings – open up about your feelings and be expressive
- Concentrate on what you can control – put your best effort into making the best of things
- Have a growth mindset – embrace challenges and focus on growing
October 27th, 2016 | Tags: hiring, interview, job, job search
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It is hard to truly know what exactly the hiring manager is looking for when making hiring decisions. Yes, the hiring manager is looking for specific skills in candidates, but we all know that just because candidates have certain skills doesn’t mean they necessarily land the job. Skills alone are not the key focus when it comes to hiring decisions. One must have the skills and there is no doubt about that, but more and more company culture is becoming a focus. Hiring mangers are know focused on how candidates would fit into the company culture. Personality matters more than ever when it comes to landing the job. Being flexible and openminded can help you get hired.
What main personality traits can help candidates get the job? Business Insider explored the topic of personality traits and hiring in an online article. According to the article, “Managers usually find job applicants with sufficient technical skills – or at least the capacity to acquire them.” However, these hiring mangers need to make sure that candidates can fit into the company culture. A key quote from the article stands out, stating, “You can’t teach honesty or character.” This quote is from Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert, who stresses the need for certain personality traits in candidates. It is clear that personality matters when hiring decisions are made. Do you have the personality traits that hiring managers want?
Let’s look at what personality traits are attractive to employers:
- Being trustworthy
- Being enthusiastic
- Being emotionally intelligent
- Being respectful
- Being passionate about work
- Being intellectually curious
- Being professional
- Being team-oriented
- Being articulate
- Being organized
- Being results-oriented
- Being flexible
- Being dedicated and loyal
- Being tenacious
- Being confident
- Having a sense of humor
September 29th, 2016 | Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »
Here is an article that appeared on CNBC.com…we wanted to share it with you…check it out and get some advice to help your career! Read below:
Former Google career coach: 5 great interview questions to ask job candidates
Jenny Blake, co-founder of Google‘s career development and mentorship program, knows a thing or two about what makes an outstanding employee.
Before starting her own coaching firm, Blake helped over 1,000 people improve their careers, all while learning what traits set people up for success.
In her new book “Pivot,” Blake shares some of her best advice.
We asked Blake which interview questions employers should ask to attract highly motivated people. Here’s what she said:
September 7th, 2016 | Tags: hirable, hire, job
1. Tell me about a time where you solved a particularly interesting problem.
This question gets at problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, Blake said, which are increasingly important in today’s business world.
2. What are you most excited about learning?
Blake said this is a good alternative to the popular five-year question.
“I don’t like the question, ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?'” she said. “Because things are changing too quickly, it is totally irrelevant.” Instead, she recommends that employers get a sense of what a person is eager to work on and which skills they want to develop.
3. What skills or talents seem totally unrelated to your career but that you enjoy pursuing on the side?
This question is another good way to figure out what people are truly passionate about. “I think this one is really interesting,” she said. “I’ve talked with people at Google who raised chickens on the side.”
4. What kind of impact are you most excited to make?
People want to feel that their work is making an impact, according to Blake.
“High net growth individuals want to feel challenged, collaborative and like they are able to make a positive impact within their organizations and outside of them,” she writes in “Pivot.”
5. When was a time things didn’t go as planned, and how did you handle it?
“I do think it’s good to try to frame something up around how someone handles uncertainty or even mistakes,” Blake said. Missteps are inevitable, so hiring people who bounce back is critical.
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Finding the right job can be difficult. You want to be a good fit in your job and the companies that are hiring want you to fit their culture. A Forbes article contributed by The Muse online looked at this topic. So, what did the article explain about making people more hirable? What can you do to be more hirable? Let’s find out:
What makes others get new gigs while you are still stuck in your job and not getting noticed? You might need to think about your personal brand and who you are as a job candidate. You can boost your hire-ability in a few different ways, and all of these ways deal with your personal brand.
August 21st, 2016 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »
- Make sure your online presence shows your best self and that is is updated and true to your personal brand – what does your online presence include? One main online presence needs to show you in a positive, professional way, and this is the LinkedIn presence. Make sure your LinkedIn is clear and organized it is easy for recruiters to find. Hiring managers check LinkedIn to see what candidates are posting. Also, the profile page is viewed by hiring managers and the hiring managers use LinkedIn profile pages as a good resource. Make your LinkedIn page one that recruiters will find to be attractive online.
- Use a headshot or a professional picture in your LinkedIn profile. This is pretty self-explanatory.
- Add a line to your professional summary. This shows you are open to new opportunities and that you are interested in new roles.
- Know your personal brand – own it- have a personal website if you want – just make sure that your online profile and presence are portraying you in your personal light.
Looking for a job can be tough. Some people feel sad about having to look for a job. Others are embarrassed about being unemployed. Many people don’t like to talk about the job search if they are actively seeking a job. But, there are things to know when it comes to looking for a new job. It is very easy to make mistakes that will stop you from landing the job. A recent Forbes.com article explores “The 8 Biggest Blunders Job Seekers Make”, looking at mistakes people make during their hunt for the right job. As the title is “The 8 Biggest Blunders Job Seekers Make”, the article looks at just that, the big mistakes that many job seekers make when they are in the process of looking to land a job. We want everyone to find the right job and we are here to help.
Let’s look at what Forbes says are major “blunders” that job seekers make.
Here are some of the key mistakes job seekers make – avoid these but read these points to make sure you understand what not to do in your job search:
July 13th, 2016 | Interviewing | No Comments »
- Not using their network – this matters – according to the article, between 70 and 80 % of jobs are found through a network connection – so…use your network! Do it! Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for more figures, but according to the BLS 70% of jobs are found through networking.
- Thinking that just because they are qualified that they will be hired right away – wrong – jobs have to be the right fit – one person might have a great background and be qualified for the job, but their personality might not be a fit – there are a lot of factors! Don’t think that just because you are qualified that you don’t need to have a personal brand and sell yourself.
- Not paying attention to their virtual brand – many people don’t “Google” their name to see what comes up – you should! It is important to know that people will “Google” you and that hiring managers will probably search your name to see what information is available.
- Being too flexible is not a good thing – don’t just say you are open to a variety of jobs – it is ok to be a little flexible, but as the article says, “Don’t try to be all things to all people.”
- Being unprepared for job interviews – this is not good! You need to be prepared for your interviews. A big mistake people make is they assume that they have done the research they need to do but they have not prepared to be asked tough questions. Also, it is important to stay current with the news related to the job you are interviewing for, because it shows you are interested and eager in a good way. People who are not current on the news of the company they are interviewing at are viewed as not being prepared for their interviews.
How to Talk Yourself Out of an Interview Without Talking at All
During the interview process, everyone knows there are a lot of “Do Not Mentions” to be aware of in order to avoid a bad first impression; however, what most of you don’t know takes place behind the scenes before you’re even been offered an interview! Let’s take a closer look at two tiny details hiring managers use to determine if they want to meet you: your resume and your application. Specifically, what not to write on them.
How NOT to Write a Resume:
- Include a full six pages of text, front and back: Employers want to know if you really are the super genius you claim to be, but they will hear that from your mouth in an interview. Do not write a dissertation of what you did from 9-5 at your first job circa 1992 up until your most recent position. This will guarantee your resume a one-way ticket into the trash. Instead, try to keep your resume down to 2 pages. Remember: your resume is a snapshot of your experience – not an album.
- Detail irrelevant positions: If you’re newer to an industry, that’s completely understandable. Employers will enjoy knowing that you were dedicated enough to hold a job as a full-time student. However, if you’re applying for a Chemical Engineer position, the hiring manager doesn’t care about your knowledge of saucing wings at a pizza shop in college. Keep the irrelevant work experience details to a minimum and focus on mentioning your experience that applies to the position you’re applying for.
- Describe each position held in full paragraph form: Hiring managers will immediately see your wordy resume and only imagine the next 10+ minutes of their time that is about to be consumed reading it. Can you say: “recycling bin”? Instead, use bullet points to emphasize important details of your past positions, while using action words such as “Managed”, “Developed” or “Prepared”.
- Forget to include your contact information: “People forget to include their contact information?” Yes, all the time! Writing a resume is a big deal, which makes it easy to overlook the little things. Just like remembering to write your name on a test in high school: everything you just spent all of your time on is for nothing if the person receiving it doesn’t know who it belongs to. Simply put your name, address, phone number, and email at the top of your resume – it doesn’t need to be fancy!
How NOT to Fill Out an Application:
April 12th, 2016 | Resume | No Comments »
- Write a specific acceptable salary range: Employers will automatically rule you out if you are outside of their budget. This rule gets a little bit murky because you don’t want the employer to offer you a salary less than what they would have because they know you will accept it, and you also don’t want to get your application thrown out because you requested too much money. The best solution in this situation is to write, “Open”. You and your potential employer can discuss salary once you have both determined if the position at hand is really an option.
- Write “See Resume”: This is almost the same as turning in a blank application: its pointless, and just makes you look lazy. A lazy applicant translates to a lazy employee, while showcasing that getting an interview for this opportunity is clearly unimportant to you. Completing an application isn’t some attempt on an employer’s part to be cruel. In fact, most employers are working to shorten the application process as much as possible in order to grab quality candidates without wasting a lot of their time. If you are truly interested in getting the job, take the time to fill out the application This could make or break your chances at getting an interview, no matter how fantastic your resume looks.
- Include inaccurate or dishonest information: It is common for applicants to have gaps in their job history or to have a Bachelor’s Degree instead of a Master’s. These could be insignificant details for some positions, but for others: devastating. Lying about how long you worked for a company, the terms on which you left an employer, or a college degree might not seem like a big deal -but the truth is bound to come out. When the truth does rear its ugly head, you could be on the edge of losing a brand new job or getting a nice felony stamped on your record for forgery. No really – we have seen both happen!
Do you want to get smarter? Do you feel like sharpening up your intelligence to feel your brain working each day? You are in luck. A recent article explores this idea of sharpening your intelligence daily. The article, “7 Daily Habits to Sharpen Your Intelligence”, gives you tips to work your brain daily and feel smarter every day. While the article shares 7 habits, we want to focus on the habits that we find to be the most important to us. But, feel free to click the link to the article to see all of the habits.
February 18th, 2016 | Food for Thought, Resume | 1 Comment »
- Consider scenarios and use your brain to think of all of the outcomes that your ideas could have in your work life. Visualizing ideas can be truly beneficial. Think things through. This helps us all be less stressed and less overwhelmed. It is helpful to consider the impact of our decisions and to think about the future.
- Exercise daily…get moving! This is mentioned in multiple articles on how to boost energy and productivity and maintain your happiness. Exercising your body helps your brain. Sweating it out can help you feel less overwhelmed. Walking or working up a sweat doing cardio exercises can help clear your head. It also helps reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s.
- Practice a hobby. Having a hobby can help you feel focused and this can sharpen your intelligence. Book club is a great hobby to have and it also boosts your vocabulary at the same time. Playing a musical instrument is a good activity to boost your brain activity, so practice your instrument or jam out with some friends when your brain needs some recharging.
What is the key to a happy and balanced life? How can you solve all of your problems and be happy and relaxed all of the time? Well, these are questions that do not have answers…well not definitive answers. But there are some ideas on how to achieve a happy and balanced life. There are ways to organize your life in order to obtain your ideal balance.
We all have different strengths and weaknesses. But we all seem to be striving for our own unique version of balance.
What secrets are there to help us all achieve balance? A Quora article “unlocked” the secrets to balance. Let’s see what the hidden secrets are to finding balance and happiness in life…
- Prioritize your health…this should be step one to reaching your balance and being happier in your life. You need to focus on your health routine. This routine needs to be something that gives you energy and boosts your spirit on a daily basis. Discover a new exercise class or try to run outdoors more often. Track your food more regularly and focus on buying healthy foods on your weekly grocery runs. Make sure to get a decent amount of sleep. You deserve it. Treating your body well is step one to being the best version of yourself and the happiest that you can be in life. Drink water…it matters!
February 9th, 2016 | Food for Thought, Hiring Resources, Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »
- Take time to disconnect…this can be by actually disconnecting from your smartphones and computers when you do not need to using these devices. Spend more quality time talking to others when you are in a room socializing with friends or family. Schedule time to unplug. Complete all tasks that involve your devices during regular work hours and take some time each week to unplug at home and just breathe and feel the energy around you and your family.
- Allow yourself some creativity…make time for the things you love. Express yourself. Take an art class or learn a new instrument. If you don’t have time for something complex, discover a new book or musical artist and take an interest in something new.
- Meditate…it matters. Make sure you learn meditation techniques so that you can decompress and meditate after a long day or a long week. Schedule time and plan out your times to meditate. Make sure you make the effort to meditate and reflect on your busy life. Applaud your successes and reflect on theses successes while taking time to process the world around you everyday.
Listening is sometimes an underrated concept. There has been much focus on making yourself heard and having a loud presence and so on and so forth…but what about listening? Have we forgotten that listening matters also? When it comes to doing well in a team setting at the office listening matters. When it comes to interviewing for a new job…you guessed it…listening matters. You get the point.
We have conversations everyday and we are all very busy people with busy minds and a long list of things to do. With busy lives comes distractions. Think about this concept…do you really listen when people are speaking to you? Maybe you get so used to your home life and the people that are around you everyday that you don’t need to REALLY listen. But this is not a good thing to do…you need to listen! So listen up now…well read up and pay attention.
The interviewer in your next job interview will want to know that you are listening intently. So, look them in the eyes and focus and pay attention. Do not look at the plant on the file cabinet in the corner of their office. Do not look out the window in the conference room you are in and start seeing what birds you see in the sky. To listen you need to focus your eyes. Listening intently involves your eyes and your ears.
Let’s look at some other expert tips on how to listen with purpose so that you can accomplish more of your personal and professional goals and be the best version of yourself.
- PURPOSE – It matters – think about the purpose of the conversation you are having…why are you having the conversation? What project are you discussing? What job are they talking to you about and why is it important?
- PAY ATTENTION – This is self-explanatory, but it is true. You need to focus. Having eyes open and ears open is what matters to really pay attention.
- EXPRESS THAT YOU ARE CURIOUS – You should be interested in the topic you are discussing and listen when the other person is talking about the key points to the topic. If you are truly interested in the project at hand or the position you are interviewing for, you need to show to you are truly curious and that you want to know the details.
- DO NOT INTERRUPT – Be considerate. Practice good manners. Listen and do not speak until it is your time to speak and the other person is done talking.
Some information and listening tips taken from/inspired by this article by Inc. Magazine