Got the Job Offer? Don’t Blow It Now!
Thea Kelley Career Services Blog
by Thea
1w ago
After all the challenges of the interview process, accepting the job offer may seem easy. But mishandling this crucial moment can cost you thousands in lost salary – or even the job. The Big Moment at the End of the Interviews The moment when you’re offered a job can be a mini-whirlwind of excitement joy, relief, nervousness, you name it. You may be tempted to just blurt “YES!” – quickly, before they can change their mind! Many a job seeker has done exactly that, only to think later, “I wish I had thought about (negotiating the starting date, the salary, leaving early on Tuesdays? the potentia ..read more
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Questions to Ask Founders in an Interview
Thea Kelley Career Services Blog
by Thea
2w ago
An interview with a company founder is a high-stakes conversation where it’s crucial not only to give good answers, but to ask good questions. This post will help you identify the best questions to ask founders in an interview. In choosing your questions, keep these three points in mind: What you ask can reveal as much about you as how you answer. Your questions can demonstrate the level of your interest, your preparedness, your values, your critical thinking skills and more. So don’t ask questions by rote; be both authentic (what do you really want to know?) and strategic (what will each ques ..read more
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What is a Wrap-up Interview?
Thea Kelley Career Services Blog
by Thea
1M ago
A week after your final interview for a new job, the recruiter reaches out to schedule a “wrap-up interview” or even just “a quick chat.” Is it a good sign, or bad? First, whatever they call it, yes, it is an interview. Put your best foot forward, as you would in any interview. Second, ask, “What will we be discussing?” If the recruiter is cagey or vague, just smile and be confident, because being scheduled for a wrap-up interview is likely to be a good sign. The HR Wrap-up Interview Most often, you’ll meet with a human resources representative. Since they may not have stated what they want to ..read more
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How to Take Notes during an Interview (and How Not to)
Thea Kelley Career Services Blog
by Thea
1M ago
Should you take notes during a job interview? Generally yes, and the way you do it sends messages about you that can help you get the job – or lose it. Here’s how to do it right. Politeness counts. First, show consideration for the interviewer and their process by asking, “Is it all right if I take a few notes?” Most will say “Of course,” but if the interviewer has any objection, simply smile and go along with their wishes. After all, they invited you, you’re on their turf, and they’re running the interview. The beginning of the interview is probably the best time to ask, before the interview ..read more
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Concise, Confident, Convincing: How Interview Coaching Helped a Pharma Sales Manager Get the Job
Thea Kelley Career Services Blog
by Thea
1M ago
Through interview coaching, West Los Angeles sales manager Jason (not his real name) polished his presentation skills and amped up his confidence. The effort was rewarded with an offer at a bigger company with more opportunities. Recently laid off after five years with one company, Jason hadn’t interviewed in a long time. He was nervous, and worried about his tendency to be, as he said, “a bit verbose,” and to pad his speech with fillers like “um” and “ya know.” He needed to be sure he’d come across as the dynamic leader he is, someone who exudes credibility and inspires a team. So he contacte ..read more
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How to Proofread Your Resume
Thea Kelley Career Services Blog
by Thea
1M ago
Does the job you’re looking for require attention to detail, or any kind of accuracy? Then you need an error-free resume. And do you really know how to proofread your resume so well that zero errors remain? Employers receive multiple resumes for every posted job, often more than a hundred. Rejecting the ones with mistakes is an easy way to narrow the field. And in my experience, most of us make more errors in our writing than we realize. Here’s how to ensure your resume is faultless. Know what to look for when proofreading your resume. You know you should look for misspellings, but other types ..read more
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Interview Confidently with these 3 Powerful Tips
Thea Kelley Career Services Blog
by Thea
1M ago
It’s well known that a confident candidate is more likely to get the job offer. Yet the high stakes of the job interview can definitely give you the jitters. How can you prepare yourself to interview confidently? Interviewers tend to assume that a candidate who is calmly assured in the interview will also be confident on the job, working independently and putting co-workers at ease. The candidate’s confidence creates credibility. In short, to interview confidently is to inspire others’ confidence in you. Easily said, right? However nervous you may be, you can learn to interview confidently. He ..read more
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Are LinkedIn Recommendations Important and Useful? Yes and Yes!
Thea Kelley Career Services Blog
by Thea
2M ago
Are LinkedIn recommendations important? My answer is a resounding Yes! In this conversation, fellow job search coach Marc Miller and I explain exactly how these comments from your contacts can power your job search in many ways, by… …providing clear evidence of hard-to-prove skills, …improving your LinkedIn search rankings, …presenting you as someone who maintains good business relationships, …and more. Are LinkedIn recommendations useful? Oh yes. We discuss how to get extra mileage out of your recommendations by quoting from them in your resume and in interviews. What do I need to know abou ..read more
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Job Offer Rescinded after Acceptance?
Thea Kelley Career Services Blog
by Thea
2M ago
Can a job offer be rescinded when you’ve already said yes? You bet it can! I have a client whose job offer was rescinded after acceptance, without cause. He had already quit his job; now he’s unemployed due to this employer’s callous decision. Is that fair? I certainly don’t think so! Is it legal? Sadly, yes it is, if the employer did not intentionally deceive. Fortunately, withdrawal of an offer doesn’t happen often. In this post I’ll explore why job offers are rescinded, how you can (hopefully) avoid getting into this situation, and what you can do if it happens to you. Why are job offers re ..read more
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How to Interview for a Contract Position through an Agency
Thea Kelley Career Services Blog
by Thea
2M ago
Is the interview process different when the role is temporary? Yes, and you’re more likely to be successful if you understand the differences. Here’s how to interview for a contract position and get paid what you’re worth. Why would you want a contract job? Don’t count out contract work when you’re between jobs, or even as a side gig. Temporary work can be a great way not only to earn wages but to gain experience, enhance skills, build your network of contacts, prevent a gap on your resume, get a foot in the door at your dream company, or even move your career in a whole new direction. You cou ..read more
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