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Are you a person who is thinking about the question you are going to ask more than you are thinking about the person who will be answering the question? Have you considered how your question or problem sounds to the other person? Guest expert Julie Broad says “People often think about themselves when they are […]
With engagement season fast approaching, the Mac’s List team (Publisher, Mac Prichard; Managing Director, Ben Forstag; and Community Manager, Jenna Forstrom) sat down to talk about Bruce Hurwitz’s LinkedIn post, “When interviewing for a job, lose the ring!”
Did you know there are jobs shared on Twitter every day? If you know how to look for the jobs you want, Twitter provides you with an opportunity to connect with the person behind the posting. Twitter should be looked at as a real-time job search engine and communication channel, says guest expert Chris Russell.
Anyone who has ever gone through the process knows that looking for a new job can be a frustrating, dispiriting, and painful experience. Like root canal painful. I know this because I’ve experienced several extended periods of unemployment in my life. I also speak with countless people each year who are going through difficult job searches.
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!
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