by Emily Chardac - May, 2011
Are you a job seeker looking for the next opportunity that will propel you into professional success? You have a well written cover letter, flawless resume, and have been applying online via the job boards. Frustrated, you haven’t seen measurable results in your efforts. A few phone screens here and there, but nothing substantial leading you to a job offer. Or maybe you’re perfectly happy in your current job and don’t anticipa...
What to Say After You've Lost Your Job
by Dawn Lennon - May, 2011
Less is more. There's a lot to sort out. Job loss is upending. We generally don't see things clearly, may act in haste, and are likely to say the wrong things. We lose our jobs for different reasons: -Poor performance -Breaking the rules -Reorganization -Downsizings and mergers When our number comes up, the boom comes down in different ways: We may be: -Fired for cause -Asked to resign -Displaced with o...
3 Questions Interviewees Must Ask or Risk Doom—After Getting the Job!
by Dawn Lennon - May, 2011
Job interviews are the beginning. It’s the moment when we begin our relationship with a future boss. We tend to look at the hiring process like a game show. We’re picked as contestants, and if we answer the questions correctly, we win the prize. The game show winner takes his/her winnings and goes home. When you get the job, however, you’re expected to report to work every day, take direction, complete assignments, and...
How to Explain Being Fired
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2011
Dear Deb, Q. I was fired from my last job because of a conflict I had with the manager. He did something that I felt was unethical. When I found out, I went over his head and told his superior. He was able to twist the situation and next thing you know, I got the boot. I have decided not to take the company to court; but I was wondering what your thoughts are on how to best explain this during an interview. J.D, Houston...
The employer didn’t get back to me. What should I do?
by Wendy Enelow - May, 2011
It seems that 99% of the time, employers say they will get back to you within a certain time frame, and then they don’t. There are two possible reasons for this: 1. They are short-staffed and just can’t get all the decision-makers together to make a hiring decision, so they haven’t decided who to hire yet; or they are still checking people’s references and waiting to hear back from the references before a decision is made...
50 Interviewing NO NOs!
by Thomas J. Denham - May, 2011
So much of the job search is out of your control. The interview is one of the few aspects of the job search you can control. The interview is a selection process for which you can practice and prepare. There are plenty of unusual horror stories committed by job hunters. The following is a laundry list of the most common things that are deal breakers: 1. Arriving late to the interview or arriving too early 2. Showing...
Forget the Thank You Letter, Lose the Job?
by Barbara Safani - Apr, 2011
According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 22 percent of the 2,800 employers surveyed said they were less likely to hire a candidate who neglects to send a thank you letter. Of that 22 percent, 86 percent said it showed a lack of follow through and an additional 56 percent said that it sends the message that the candidate isn’t really interested in the job. Since you never how much of a factor the thank you letter may play in...
Behavioral Interview Quiz - Do you have Executive Aptitude?
by Sharon Cohen - Apr, 2011
• Worried about Behavioral Interviews? • Wonder if you have executive aptitude? • How will a recruiter know that you are the 'one'? Take the Behavioral Interview Quiz. Show you have what it takes to succeed! Recently, I've received a flurry of career coaching requests which all pertain to behavioral interviews and/or executive aptitude. A behavioral interview is intended to access executive aptitude. Even if you don...
Identify Your Interview Fears ... and Tackle Them
by Wendy Enelow - Apr, 2011
In my experience as a career practitioner, I know that too few people actually think about their interviewing weak points. Too many ascribe interview failures to an act of fate (wasn’t meant to be), or abject apathy (oh well), than consider that maybe, just maybe, the fault lies in their court. And while accepting that not all jobs, and hence not all interviews, are good matches, what if you lost a truly plum job, a dream ...
Local Government Salary Negotiation
by Wendy Enelow - Apr, 2011
“More?? You want more??!” is the cry we remember from Oliver Twist’s warden when poor Oliver asks for more gruel at the orphanage. Well, this is actually not the common response from employers when candidates have negotiated their salary, even in this economy. I have coached several job seekers in the last month to successfully increase the salary of job offers. Two come to mind in particular, both in local government jobs w...
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