It's never fun to find yourself unemployed, whether you were fired or had to quit for reasons entirely your own. In today's economy, it's slightly easier to find a job than in years prior, but it's not uncommon to be between jobs for months while you find the right company – one that pays well, is close to home, and offers the benefits you deserve.
Are you searching for that dream job, but aren't sure if you're qualified for a step up in your career? If you don't quite yet have all the skills a recruiter is looking for, you might be tempted to think about embellishing your resume or adding a few skills you don't actually have to your LinkedIn profile.
No one likes being micromanaged, but being a micromanager is almost worse: you know, on some level, that you're the problem, and yet you just can't stop nitpicking everything people do. In this week's roundup, career experts tackle breaking the micromanaging habit, learning how to fight productively, and beating the dreaded cover-letter writer's block.
Even if you're a raving extrovert who loves meeting new people and does well under pressure, you probably don't love job interviews. They're such a tricky dance: simultaneously, job interviews ask you to impress a stranger, answer complex questions, and try to figure out from a short conversation whether or not you want to work there. This week's roundup focuses on career advice that helps you avoid the pitfalls of job interviewing.
It's a common dilemma, really. You're gainfully employed, but you also can't help but think that there are greener pastures with another employer. However, your current job isn't that bad, so you're not really an active job seeker -- it'd just be nice to know what career options are available. If this is you, then read on to see why you are a recruiter's dream come true. Here's why.
When you're evaluating a job offer, it's almost always smart to ask for more money. After all, if you don't ask, most of the time, you won't get. That said, occasionally you'll run into hiring managers who choose to see even a perfectly reasonable request as a personal affront. This week's roundup includes expert advice on dealing with that situation, plus tips on how to build your personal brand and avoid the pitfalls of crafting a college essay.
Even if you're not into sports, you can learn a lot about leadership -- good and bad -- from watching the managers of professional sports teams. It all comes down to using data to help you make better decisions. Plus, also in this week's roundup: how depression affects working memory, and thus our productivity, and the best way to answer, "Why are you looking for a new job?"
It's a cruel fact of the job search process: just when you need to have your wits about you, the pressure of acing the job interview makes it hard to project calm professionalism. If only you could be as relaxed before the interview as you inevitably will be after -- when all you have to do is think about how much better you'd be, if you could just do everything over again.
Toward the close of the interview, your interviewer might give you an opening to ask any questions you may have. This is a great opportunity to sound intelligent, prepared, and excited about the role. This is a good chance to impress the interviewer with your homework and understanding of the role and the organization. An unprepared question, on the other hand, could completely nullify your candidacy.
Want to impress the hiring manager with your skills, experience, and can-do attitude? First, you'll need to get past the applicant tracking system, the software that scans your resume for keywords to determine if you're a good fit for the position.
If you've been on a few job interviews -- or even conducted them yourself -- you know that the most qualified candidate isn't always the one who gets the job. Sometimes, it's a matter of which applicant seems like they'll fit in the best, and sometimes it's just a question of who seems like the person who'd be the most pleasant to have around the office.
In just a few years, LinkedIn has become a valuable addition to any job-seekers' toolbox. The business-oriented social networking site allows users to connect with other professionals, read recent career news, and even look for a job. The site is a useful resource for any professional, so it's natural to wonder if it has the power to completely change how we search and apply for jobs. Could LinkedIn go so far as to take the place of traditional resumes one day?
With today's emphasis on social media, it's easy to forget about longform internet self-expression. However, blogging is a great way to build and demonstrate your expertise in your industry, especially if you're just starting out or contemplating a shift into a new role. Here's how to use the great granddaddy of Twitter and Instagram for professional gain -- and do it the right way.
Introversion is all too often treated as if it is a curse that afflicts only the most unfortunate members of society. However, while introversion can be the brick wall standing between an individual and his or her dream job, being introverted isn't an employment death sentence.
Whether you are in-between jobs or looking to change your line of work, volunteering can be a good proposition to keep yourself engaged and busy. If you are considering entering the non-profit sector, what better way to break in than volunteering? (Especially if you didn't get the interview call, in spite of your resume updates.)
Sometimes, the job interview process feels like the worst parts of dating. So much depends on having good instincts and good luck, and no matter how clever you are, you're always going to be plagued with at least a little self-doubt. This week's roundup kicks off with advice that will help job seekers avoid overdoing the follow-up after an interview. (Plus: tips on goal setting after your New Year's resolutions fail and more insight into why the gulf between older and younger workers sometimes seems so huge.)
Job fairs don't end in offers, but they do help candidates get a foot in the door of their targeted organization. Depending on your experience level, a job fair maybe a good place to meet prospective employers, connect with HR personnel, and expand your network.
The recruiter sounds very excited on the phone: "I've scheduled you for a panel interview with our managers next Tuesday a.m. I look forward to meeting with you. Do you have any questions for me?" You hear "panel interview" and you freeze. Handling one interviewer at a time is a task, so a panel interview is not exactly the best news. But hold on, before you sweat the phone out of your hand. Understand a bit more about panel interviews to know how to ace them.