5 Job Hunting Tips for the Holidays
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
6d ago
As recruiters rush to fill open positions before the end of the year, there are more opportunities than you think amongst the tinsel and tra-la. Here are some must-know job search tips if you’d love to start a new job in January. One: Keep a hand in the game while others don’t. Many other job seekers – your competitors – will take time off now. All the more opportunity for you, if you keep at it. Two: Be talking to people! Do attend events, meet new people and deepen relationships. A party might not be the best time for an in-depth discussion of career matters (or then again, it might – use yo ..read more
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What to Do When Laid Off from Work
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
3w ago
Being laid off from a job is something that happens to most of us sooner or later. It’s not a reflection on you; it’s a fact of modern life. That certainly doesn’t mean it’s painless. Suddenly there’s a lot less certainty in your financial life, and your routines and relationships are gone. You may feel angry, hurt, relieved, anxious, excited, miserable–or all of the above, one after another. At the same time, there are steps you need to take to recover and to prepare for a successsful transition. What to Do When Laid Off: First Things First Make sure you receive a layoff letter, which can he ..read more
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How to Practice for a Job Interview
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
1M ago
Have you ever tried to “just wing it” in a job interview? If so, you may have found yourself giving disorganized, rambling answers and feeling nervous and awkward. Like any skill, interviewing improves with practice. Here’s how to practice effectively and do a great interview. Practice on your own as well as with a partner. Set up mock interviews with friends, colleagues or an interview coach, or through a job search support group (such as those offered by your local unemployment department, the career development office at your local community college or the school you graduated, or on Meetup ..read more
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How to Write a Fresher Resume (for Recent Graduates)
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
1M ago
If you’re graduating from high school or college, you probably have limited experience, and you may not have many big accomplishments to brag about. How can you write a fresher resume (a resume as a recent graduate) that stands out and gets interviews? Write a fresher resume that stands out. What stands out about you? Is there something about your skills or experience that’s above average? If so, find ways to communicate that, either in your Experience section (by including accomplishments), in Skills, or perhaps in a brief introduction at the top. Don’t just claim it, prove it. If you’re abov ..read more
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5 Steps to Reentering the Workforce
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
1M ago
Whether you’ve been staying home with children, recovering from a major illness or unemployed for any reason, getting hired after a long break can be tough. How can you convince skeptical employers that you’re ready to jump back into the nine-to-five? One: Demonstrate Your Commitment Employers want employees who are passionately committed to the line of work they’re hiring for. Ways to show your dedication include joining professional associations or LinkedIn groups, updating your knowledge and contacts within the occupation or industry, and targeting your resume and online profiles very speci ..read more
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Why You Failed the Final Round Interview
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
1M ago
It seemed like everything was going well. You sailed through the HR screening, aced the hiring manager interview, jumped through all the hoops, and then: no offer. Feeling that you’ve failed the final round interview can be a crushing blow. If this has happened to you, realize you’re not alone. Typically, five or six candidates are considered for a position, but only one can be hired. Congratulate yourself for having gotten that far, and let’s look at what to do–and not do–to succeed next time. How do job candidates fail a final round interview? The last interview in the process may involve me ..read more
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Your Job Search Networking Checklist
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
2M ago
Experts agree that networking is the best way to get a great job sooner. If your efforts have been stressful or unsuccessful, maybe you’re missing one of the items below. Use this job search networking checklist to clear roadblocks and get ready for painless networking that really works. Here’s what you’ll need: A solid understanding of what networking is, and the best practices for doing it. A target companies list: You could just network at random, but you’ll get better results if you know what companies you’re aiming at. Tip: five or ten companies aren’t enough and a hundred are too many ..read more
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No, You Don’t Have to Take that Job
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
2M ago
You really need a new job, you’ve had an interview, and you’ve finally got a job offer in hand. It’s not quite what you hoped for, but you have to take it. Is that true? It can feel that way. Your mind is a storm of emotions. You’re flattered. You’re anxious to end the discomfort of your current situation. There’s a tight feeling in your shoulders and a voice in your head (your own voice, or maybe your spouse’s or parent’s) that says “Act fast. Don’t let this get away. Hurry.” Make sure you’re making a smart decision, not just panicking. Here’s the story of how this looked for one of my client ..read more
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If your boss offers you a raise when you try to quit, should you accept?
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
3M ago
You’ve handed in your resignation, but now your boss is offering more money. What should you do if your boss offers you a raise when you try to quit? Or maybe they’re dangling better hours, a change in your job description, flexibility or other perks. What to do? Be very skeptical. Once an employee gives notice, accepting a counteroffer to stay tends to turn out badly. This is well known among career professionals like myself, as well as among HR leaders and senior executives. In a Harvard Business Review survey,  nearly 40% of such leaders stated that accepting a counteroffer rather than ..read more
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Cover Letters: What’s the Point?
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
3M ago
It’s easy to feel that cover letters are a waste of job seekers’ time. The resume tells everything the employer needs to know, so a letter is just redundant, right? I disagree. Before I explain my opinion, let me suggest a change in how you think about cover letters. Stop thinking the cover letter is all about you. It’s about the job. I may be exaggerating, but it’s in the service of a crucial point: A cover letter is not going to impress unless it shows that you’ve done some homework on the company, understand their culture and needs, understand the job they’re looking to fill – and can relat ..read more
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