“Any questions?” -- an opportunity that too few candidates take advantage of to learn more about an employer and the role they’re hoping to get. Interviews are a two-way street: a chance for interviewers to learn about your background, skills, and experiences, and a chance for you to determine whether this role is the right fit for you. Also, asking thoughtful questions lets interviewers know that you’ve prepared and that you’re interested -- interested in learning more about them, more about the role, and more about the company.
Without a doubt, “what’s your greatest weakness?” is an interview question I’ve never really liked, as a recruiter, a career coach, or a candidate. Most job seekers think it’s a trick question and have no clue how to prepare for it, and most interviewers don’t particularly know what they’re hoping to learn from the fluffy answers they typically receive.
It’s April...spring is (allegedly) here, and my schedule is packed. Filled to the brim with career coaching appointments with college seniors preparing to graduate next month, and FREAKING OUT about not having a full-time job yet. Some have career interests that are waaaaaay too narrow, some are open to anything and everything (so they say), and others have not submitted one application yet.
In my day job, I have the pleasure of coaching undergraduate business school students during the career exploration journey that is college. I’ve witnessed firsthand the ups and downs of the first full-time job search experience, and have also been able to gather and share helpful pieces of advice with seniors on the cusp of entering the so-called “real world.” Here are the 5 pieces of advice that I share most often with graduating seniors -- advice that job seeking professionals can absolutely use as well!
Do you hate your job? Well, you’re not alone. According to a 2017 Gallup poll, roughly 70% of American employees are either disengaged with their current role or find it to be a source of frustration rather than fulfillment.
So what should you do? I have an important bit of advice: If you can help it, don’t jump ship just yet! Be strategic about your next career move. In today’s post, I’ll talk through some initial steps you should take to search for and find a more fulfilling job when you realize that your current position is NOT for you.
Recruiters and hiring managers are notoriously speedy resume scanners. Do you know what story your resume is telling them? Obviously, you can (and should) read and compare your resume to the job descriptions of the roles you’re applying for to ensure that you’ve positioned yourself as a strong fit; however, a fun and different way to confirm that your resume’s overall message is coming across clearly is by creating your very own resume word cloud!
Oh, bullet points. The most important parts of your resume and the toughest to write. I’m sure you’ve read articles and heard career development professionals spouting the same advice: “quantify your impact!” “highlight your results rather than your responsibilities!” “showcase your strengths!”
Well, guess what? I say the same thing! Because that’s the exact advice you need when writing your resume bullet points. Buuuuut, in this post, I’m going to show you HOW to do it -- with before and after examples, question prompts, and extra advice.
Sometimes, it feels like one of the hardest parts about finding a new job is actually FINDING job opportunities to apply for. As a former recruiter, I’m all about applying for jobs directly on company websites, as they’re generally one of the top 3 places internal recruiters and hiring managers look when searching for and evaluating candidates. Howeverrrrr, I do browse a number of different websites on a daily basis to check out new roles for myself, friends, family, students, and clients. Here are the top 5 websites I visit!
While “tell me about yourself” appears to be annoyingly open-ended, I’m here to provide you with a reality check as well as some structure for answering this common opening interview question: No, your interviewer doesn’t want to know your ENTIRE life story. And no, your interviewer doesn’t want to hear your resume repeated word-for-word.
Oh, resumes. So consequential, and yet not a day goes by when I don’t see at least one with errors that make my eye twitch -- a misspelled company name, disorganized dates, action verbs repeated 4-5x on one page.
For better or for worse, the resume is your first impression to potential employers, and an error-free resume allows recruiters and hiring managers to jump directly into your content -- learning more about you, your skills, and your experience.
Whether you’re looking to make a career move within the next 6-12 months, just browsing opportunistically, or ready to find a new job yesterday, take care of the job search basics first. Here are 6 important steps you should take to prepare for your next job search BEFORE sending out a single resume.