Save your sanity and don't ignore these danger signals in the interview process.
Sep 17, 2015
By: Scott Span
So you’re going on a job interview? Congrats #jobseekers! A job interview is an exciting yet nerve wracking task.
It’s a lot like speed dating. You have a short window to shine and get a feel for a fit, the hiring manager, and the culture of the organization. It’s a lot to absorb in a short period of time. You’ve got to be at your best and you’ve got be on your toes.
Written by Kristin S. Johnson on March 3, 2013
With all the changes LinkedIn has rolled out in recent months, what’s a job seeker to do? I’ve heard from many people that as soon as they figure LinkedIn out, more changes pop up to learn about. It can be overwhelming!
By Scott Dockweiler, February 06, 2014
You know by now that when an interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions for me?" you should have a few in your back pocket.
The party's in full swing, and you're invited. Just make sure you're a welcome guest with something significant to contribute. Here's what you should know.
By Matt Haskell | Posted: March 8, 2013
If you are on LinkedIn to connect with businesspeople, LinkedIn Groups is where the party is happening. Sometimes you get invited, sometimes everyone is welcome, and sometimes the party gets a little wild. You can even get turned away at the door.
Understanding six scary LinkedIn secrets can help you make the most of your LinkedIn profile and presence, particularly if you are job seeking.
Scary Secret 1: Recruiters with a premium account can contact your former boss and coworkers through LinkedIn even before they contact you.
Looking for a job? Here are 55 reminders of what to do and what not to do when interviewing, finding references, negotiating salary and using LinkedIn:
1. Don’t leave your phone on during the interview. Do turn off or silence your cell phone.
2. Don’t look down at the floor or up at the ceiling during the interview. Do give the employer eye contact.
3. Don’t take a seat without being asked to do so. Do wait to be invited to sit down.
Don't ... Try Harder
You read that right. Don't.
If you've been on the job hunt for a while, with little or no success, you may have heard this platitude: Just try harder! But according to Bob Sullivan, co-author of "The Plateau Effect: Getting From Stuck to Success," it's actually the worst thing that you can do in this situation.
By: Rachel Farrell on May 30, 2011
An interview is one of the hardest things to obtain as a job seeker -- and unfortunately, it's also one of the easiest ways you can lose the job opportunity.
Interview mishaps happen to everyone, but the key to avoiding them is to relax and be yourself, says Laura Rose, a life and business coach and owner of Rose Coaching.
By Debra Auerbach
One of the most common pieces of job-seeker advice we give on The Work Buzz blog is to personalize application materials as much as possible. This includes the addressing of your cover letter. There may be cases where it's impossible to find a contact associated with the position, but that doesn't mean "To whom it may concern" is the only option. With such easy access to information through social media and websites such as LinkedIn, don't give up on cover-letter customization just because the job description doesn't list a contact.
Sometimes in life, our actions are completely counter-intuitive. For example, deciding to go on a diet. The first thing most people do is think they must eliminate something or cut back. In reality, the challenge of a diet is you must add more good foods versus taking away bad foods. The good naturally replaces the bad. But, it’s a huge challenge to plan and add good healthy foods to your diet five to six times a day versus going in drive through two times a day.
So you’re looking for a job, and you’ve turned to your LinkedIn groups to help you out. That’s great! Your college alumni association, sorority, and professional interest groups on LinkedIn are full of people who are generally inclined to help—and all you have to do is ask.
After many anxious nights and frustrating days, you’ve finally made a decision: you need to find a new job. Over the last few months, you may have gone back and forth, thinking and rethinking, questioning if you should just stick it out or if you should find a new home for your talent. The perfect time to start your job search is before you begin feeling a desperate need to get out of your current position. One of the worst times to start a job search is when you feel like your back is up against the wall.
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
March 3, 2015
I’m sitting in front of my computer trying to think of a new way to say the same things I’ve already said a million times.
I think I’m beginning to feel border line preachy with my resume and cover letter advice.
But I also feel a duty to share with job seekers the blunders and mistakes they make that prohibit them from getting the interview and ultimately the offer.
Job interviews are arguably some of the most important meetings you will ever have in your life. The outcome of an interview can greatly affect your career trajectory, whether it means you continue along your planned path or start a new one to find a more fulfilling occupation.
April 19, 2014
Toeing the line between confidence and arrogance is an easy line to cross during your job search. Sure, you might have strong technical skills and experience. You probably have a great network and personal brand, too. And chances are, you probably can find a colleague who can write you a glowing letter of recommendation. But can all these things truly set you apart during your job search?
March 3, 2015
You’ve heard it here before that networking through contacts is the most effective approach when job searching, but let us go into how exactly you as a job seeker can effectively network.
You take a deep breath and hit that momentous “send” button. Out goes the email that will deliver your cover letter and resume to your (cross your fingers!) future employer, and you breathe a sigh of relief.
By Teena Rose
Job seekers are spending long, grueling hours, hitting the job front from multiple angles, but the stress is becoming unbearable. So, I decided to build a list of de-stressing tips for your job search, which hopefully provide you with some relief.
1. Take Stock In What You Have
A little inspiration and motivation can go a long way in the daunting job search process.
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart you’ll know when you find it.” Steve Jobs.
Have you ever started a job and you walk into the office thinking you have found your dream job only for it to turn into a nightmare. Once you have realised that your unhappy fixing the situation can be difficult and finding your next opportunity may take time so the best action is to try and avoid the problem.
It is hard to get a good read on a candidate’s degree of self-awareness and to get them to share their honest take on their weaknesses. It took me years to figure out how to get professionals to open up on this topic in a way that didn’t generate canned answers. These are the three questions that finally did the trick (at least most of the time).
1) Did “ACME” (insert most recent employer name) do performance reviews?
Many job seekers have told me how much they hate networking for their job search. They don't like meeting strangers, particularly when they (and the strangers) have "an agenda."
They'd rather spend (waste?) time endlessly clicking on the "Apply" button on job boards than venture out into the scary world of "NETWORKING"!
My favorite networking story:
By Harrison Barnes Sep 18,2014
1. Your Attitude is Just as Important as the Quality of Your Work
In most organizations, there are various people who have a negative impression of the organization or, for whatever reason, do not like the management. There are also people who may have no problem with the organization but who, for whatever reason, get angry when they are being assigned additional tasks, or do not act enthusiastic and have a bad attitude.
This week on ERE.net, there is a unified focus by a wide range of authors on the use of LinkedIn. To me, this focus is justified because LinkedIn has the potential of becoming the #1 corporate recruiting portal.
1) Have you guys found a place to put your coats/bags, or are we just holding on to them?
This question plays on the communal confusion that occurs at every event. No one knows what they're doing. And the ones that do will revel at the chance to be the one "in the know."
2) You guys look like you're having the most fun in the room, mind if I join this conversation?
Of course, this group actually has to look like they're having a good time.
3) Have you guys been having any trouble with the Wi-Fi?
By: John Rampton
March 20, 2015
Networking events: Love 'em or hate 'em, they're a necessary part of life as a business professional. They let you meet like-minded individuals and make important business connections; they may even net you a much-needed job or contract.
Receiving an invitation for a job interview can be an exciting time – especially after you’ve been job-searching for a while.
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to kill off all your chances of getting a job by saying just a few wrong words during your job interview.
To make sure your job interview leads to the next round or a job offer, here’s a list of words which you should aim to avoid.
By Don Goodman
18 Interview Preparation Questions