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Did you just land an interview? Congratulations! Now, it’s time to prepare. The interview stage is the time to show an organization how you will fit into the culture and how you can solve a company’s problems. It is the first time the organization will see you, hear your voice and get an impression, so […]
On an earlier podcast, guest expert, Hannah Morgan, spoke about how to nail your next phone interview. While wrapping up the interview, she suggested informing the hiring manager you are still interested in the role and asking the question, “Would you think of any reason why I wouldn’t be moved forward in this process?” We […]
For many job seekers, the interview is the most stressful part of the process. This was definitely the case during in my own job searches.
Beating the Odds: Three Steps to Developing an Awesome Answer for the Dreaded “Tell Me About Yourself” Question
You know it’s coming, but it still freezes you in your tracks like a deer in the headlights. Maybe it’s right after you sit down in the visitor’s chair, across the desk from the interviewer. Or maybe it’s ten or fifteen minutes into your conversation, just when you start to think you might escape this […]
Here’s an easy way to organize the essential points you want to get across in any job interview. Tell them your D.A.T.A.; your Desire, Abilities, Traits and Accomplishments, and you’ll have delivered the critical elements of what makes you a great candidate. Have you ever finished an interview and realized you forgot to mention a […]
On July 14, 2016, Ben Forstag published a blog post on Mac’s List, “Why Employers Don’t Include Salaries in their Job Posts (and What You Can Do About It).” This sparked a lengthy and lively discussion in the comments section. We decided to continue the conversation on this week’s Find Your Dream Job podcast. Mac, […]
On this bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, Jenny Foss, owner of JobJenny.com shares her tips for how to touch base with potential employers (without being a pest) after you’ve had your initial interview. She reads “The Best Ways to Follow Up After The Interview”, her contribution to our book, Land Your Dream Job in Portland […]
Did you know that your body language is responsible for 60% of your communications and that first impressions are nonverbal? Vanessa Van Edwards, from Science of People, shares some best practices for acing a job interview based on her team’s scientific research. Body language research shows us that the first thing an interviewer […]
On February 4, 2016, the New York Times published an article, “Walt Bettinger of Charles Schwab: You’ve Got to Open Up to Move Up,” in which the CEO revealed a very interesting interview tactic. Before hiring an executive-level candidate, Bettinger takes them out to breakfast. The trick? He pre-arranges for the restaurant to mess […]
A job loss due to layoffs or conflicting interests can be a shock to our system. A person may feel thrilled to be apart from their previous employer at first but a flood of emotions generally follows shortly after. This week’s guest, career coach Marsha Warner, shares tips and techniques to transform your first days of […]
You know you need to spend a lot of time on your resume, but sometimes you can get stumped with questions like: Should I use a creative design or should I keep it neat and simple? Does it matter that I haven’t had a job in over a year? And most importantly: How can I […]
Job hunting take a lot of time, energy, and attention to detail. It’s a job in-and-of-itself! You might start your day reading several job boards. Then you complete and send a job application. Next you email requests for informational meetings. And that’s followed by writing thank you notes. After all that? Perhaps you have a […]
We talked in an earlier show about what you can do to prepare for a job interview. But what happens next after you’ve impressed your interviewers? The steps you take next can make the difference between getting a job offer or a terse rejection letter. This week we’re talking about what to do after a job […]
A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. Sitting in my inbox right now: An email asking for help. In it, a job seeker indicates that she has sent out 1,884 resumes in the past four months (that’s 471 a month, roughly 15 a day). In these four months, she has landed a grand total […]
Networking and coffee often go hand-in-hand; inviting a professional contact out for coffee is one of the easiest ways to score an informational interview or stay in touch with your network. Chances are, before anyone accepts your coffee invite they are going to check out you out on social media. So it is vital […]
You’ve found the perfect job opening and sent in an application. The hiring manager was intrigued by your skill set and invited you in for a meeting. Now you just need to close the deal by crushing it in the interview. Don’t worry. You got this!
Nearly 20% of Americans have a disability—a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Many of these disabilities are “hidden conditions,” such as ADD/ADHD, diabetes, chronic illness, PTSD, learning disabilities, and depression. Traditionally, job seekers with disabilities have been advised to never disclose their condition. The thinking behind this […]
College graduation season is just around the corner and departing seniors will find themselves in a strong job market. According to the Wall Street Journal, the class of 2016 may experience the best job market ever for Millennials. A survey cited by the Journal says that this year employers plan to increase hiring of new college graduates by […]
Image is an important part of a job search–and career management, in general. You always want to present yourself as a competent, talented and, enthusiastic professional. But it’s also important that your brand reflects who you are. Ultimately, authenticity matters more than professionalism. Your brand, no matter how polished and practiced, is worthless if it doesn’t reflect your genuine personality.
In my coaching practice, I am frequently asked about ageism in today’s job market. My first response is that we are all what we are; we can’t change the age we are or the experiences we bring to the table. A confident job seeker embraces who they are and makes the best possible presentation of […]
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