I’ve Lost My Job Because COVID-19: What Do I Do Next?
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by Sarah Landrum
3y ago
It seems like no matter where you look or what you read, you can’t avoid it- Covid-19. While countless people have hunkered down and fallen into a routine of Zoom happy hours, figuring out how to balance working from home and family and social distancing, millions have also suffered job loss. With businesses shuttering and employees being furloughed until further notice, over 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment. No one wants to have to file for unemployment benefits, but if you are one of the millions of Americans hit with job loss you may not know what to do next. While the curr ..read more
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How to Excel in Alternative Interview Situations
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by Sarah Landrum
4y ago
You’ve done this interview thing before, and you know the drill. So, you iron your suit, practice your answers and feel confident. A few moments later, you get word that the interview will take place outside the conference room, over drinks. Huh? You vetted the company, just as the company vetted you. This isn’t some scam, but does an interview over drinks count as a real interview? Yes. More companies increasingly embrace innovative forms of the interview process, such as meeting over brunch or coffee to get to know the candidate in a more comfortable setting. Your trusty office interview sk ..read more
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How to Successfully Negotiate by Using Silence
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by Sarah Landrum
4y ago
You worry over what to say during critical meetings in your career, such as in interviews and negotiations, but what if you leveraged the power of silence to get what you deserve? Most people think silences are awkward and a sign of weakness in negotiation, but that’s far from the truth. Those awkward silences you fear may help you navigate a negotiation with success. The key lies in what you don’t say, rather than what you do say. Here are five tips on using silence to negotiate, and it all centers on embracing the pause. Say It Out Loud and Wait Want more hourly pay? Ask: “Any chance you ..read more
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How to Turn Negative Qualities Into Positives in an Interview
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by Sarah Landrum
4y ago
It’s the interview question everyone dreads: What are your weaknesses? It’s a tough one to answer well. You don’t want to point out flaws that could prevent you from getting the job, but you don’t want to give a generic response. You also can’t avoid answering the question altogether, as much as you’d like to. Instead, you should prepare ahead of time so you can answer this question well. With the right response, you can reframe your negatives into positives and show that you’re willing to improve yourself in order to succeed. What employer wouldn’t want a team member like that? Now, that’s a ..read more
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How to Make Friends at Work as an Introvert
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by Sarah Landrum
4y ago
Life as an introvert is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you’re perfectly content to spend time on your own, and you work well independently. However, you also find yourself struggling to thrive in social settings, especially new ones. So, a new job can bring even more pressure than, you know, starting the next phase of your career — you’ll have to meet loads of new people and make friends at the office, too. Fortunately, though, many other introverts have walked this path before you, and they found ways to not only survive in their new work environments, but thrive. Here are eight of t ..read more
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