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Job Search in 2017

As has become tradition on my blog, I’m sharing a great annual collection of job search articles put together by a colleague.  From interviews, to resumes, to LinkedIn profiles, to personal branding.  Take a look at these if you’re going to be searching for a new job in 2017.

Article:  The Top Job Search Articles of 2016

December 15, 2016 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job Search, Personal Branding, Resume Writing, Social Media, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Addressing the Soft Skills During an Interview

During an interview, you basically tell stories about your past.  Not fables, of course.  But real experiences that convey your expertise and knowledge that address the job description.  In many instances, interviewees focus on sharing information on all the listed requirements.  Interestingly, when it comes to the “soft skill” requirements (written communication, teamwork, problem-solving, etc.), many candidates fall flat by simply saying, “I’m a great _____________ (communicator, team player, problem-solver).

The key to convincing your interviewer that you possess these skills is to include these abilities within your stories.  Read this article I wrote for job-hunt.org to learn how.

Article:  The Secret to Job Interview Success

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job-Hunt.org article | Leave a comment

Ring, Ring….Your Interview Is Calling

Interviewing in person can be hard enough.  Add in the “barrier” of a phone line in between you, and there is an added layer of complexity.  It is hard to know how you’re doing and how well you are connecting with your interviewer when you can’t see their face.  However, there are many non-visual clues and techniques to help you during the call.  I’ve written about this topic in the past, but Job-Hunt.org asked me to share my thoughts with their audience.  Here is my updated advice on this critical stage in the hiring process.

Article:  How to Ace the Dreaded Phone Interview

August 17, 2015 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job-Hunt.org article | Leave a comment

Non-Standard Answers to Standard Questions

When it comes to job interviewing, there’s a good chance that some of the questions you’ll be asked come from the “standard library.”  This is the collection of the generic, common questions that we all get asked.  These questions have stood the test of time because many of them unlock doors to your past that allow the interviewer to get to know you.  Although they are standard questions, there is no reason to answer them in a standard way.  Or give answers that are as common as the question.  My latest article for job-hunt.org explores approaches you might want to consider in answering these questions to allow yourself to make a memorable impression.

Article: Smart Answers to Common Job Interview Questions

April 28, 2015 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job-Hunt.org article | Leave a comment

Interviewing with Confidence

Interviewing with confidence is essential.  This is common advice for all job seekers.  But what is the “right” amount of confidence to show during the interview?  Can you be “overconfident”–both internally and displayed?  There is a fine line.  The key to managing confidence is to prepare well and speak with examples, not superlatives.  I explain all this in my latest article for job-hunt.org.

Article:  Confidence for Your Job Interviews

March 5, 2015 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job-Hunt.org article | Leave a comment

Interview Questions That May Have No Right Answer

A while back, a large computer software company used to ask candidates, “If you could be any kitchen appliance, which one would you be and why?”  When I share this with my candidates, I get fun answers, like “I’d be a coffee maker because I’m a morning person.”  Or, “A stovetop–I’ve always got several burners going at once.”  The reality is, there is no right answer.  This is a “panic question.”  The interviewer wants to throw a question at you that you’re not expecting and see how (quickly, rationally and calmly) you respond. 

Although, some of these zany questions do strive to understand your personality. Sometimes it can be hard to define what exactly is the “right answer.”  Understanding the corporate culture before interviewing can help determine if your personality is a fit or not.  Then the answer will likely be fitting since your personality is in line with theirs.  For example, Applebee’s has asked in the past “What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?” Your answer would likely be different if asked by a law firm or bank, right?

There are many crazy questions.  And they can always dream up more.  The key is to always show confidence, take a moment to think through your answer (a few seconds may seem long, but it’s not as long as you think), and be honest.

Here are a few more supplied by Glassdoor that you may find interesting, or at least humorous.

Link:  Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014

January 17, 2014 Posted by | Interviewing 101 | Leave a comment

Are You a Scary Candidate?

When conducting a job search, your #1 Goal is to present yourself as an ideal candidate for as many job openings as possible.  You always should present yourself in a positive way.  Common sense, I know.  So it is a bit shocking at times to see how many job seekers can do the opposite.  Often they are not even aware it is happening and they may never find out.  In my latest article for Job-Hunt.org (who just revamped their Web site by the way), I discuss several ways you can unintentionally scare off recruiters (and hiring managers/HR personnel) including:

  • A Horrible Resume
  • Job Hopping
  • Ambivalence
  • Bad Social Media Image
  • Lack of Professionalism
  • Personal Agendas
  • Ignoring Advice or Not Following Directions
  • Dishonesty

Article:  How to Scare Recruiters Away

June 24, 2013 Posted by | General Musings, Interviewing 101, Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Personal Branding, Resume Writing, Social Media, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Tips for Information Technology Interviews

Recently I was interviewed by Peggy McKee, career coach and the CEO of Career Confidential, regarding the challenges of interviewing for an IT-related job.  A great deal of what we discussed applies to all interviews, but IT interviews have the opportunity to dive deep into tool knowledge and project experience.  In this audio file, you’ll hear our thoughts on technical interviews, specifically:

  • Preparing for the interview
  • Typical questions to expect
  • How to approach the interview and present the right information

Link to audio: What You Need to Know to Get an Information Technology Job

 

A while back, Peggy and I generated a video discussing proper format for resumes, too. 

Link to video: Formatting Your Resume to Be Read!

 

Peggy’s Web site dedicated to helping job seekers find and get the jobs they want.  Career Confidential coaches job seekers through every stage in the job search and interview process, from resumes to interviews to follow up.  It specializes in providing job seekers with powerful and customizable tools and techniques through blog articles, training videos, templates, and Webinars.

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Audio, Guest Post, Interview with Jeff, Interviewing 101, Resume Writing, Working with Recruiters | 1 Comment

Best Job Search Blog Posts of 2012

Every year-end, one of my fellow colleagues on Twitter, Jacob Share, likes to share popular blog posts on the topic of Job Search.  Typically, the authors include many of the folks I befriended and have respected since I started tweeting in 2009.  Take a look if the topic interests you–lots of advice on many different perspectives and topics.

Link to article: 56 Best Job Search Blog Posts of 2012

December 19, 2012 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job Search, Resume Writing, Social Media, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Listening is as Important as Talking in an Interview

MP900431736[1]One of the most popular requirements listed for an open job posting is “good communicator.”  Most people immediately think something  along the lines of “Yes, I am good at communicating my message clearly to individuals and large groups.”

But this is only half of being a good communicator.  Hiring managers want to know you are also a good listener.  And an interview is a great chance to demonstrate your skills in this area.

Check out my first article for a blog site dedicated to coaching you through your career path: Work Coach Cafe.  If you have additional tips on listening skills, please share your comments on either blog.

Article:  You’re a “good communicator,” but are you listening?

February 16, 2012 Posted by | Interviewing 101, WorkCoachCafe article | Leave a comment