Entering a job search is definitely not for the faint of heart. If you've ever had to look for a job, then you understand the emotional roller coaster that happens during this process. The highs of applying to potential dream gigs and getting called in for interviews will make you feel like you're walking on cloud nine – invincible, almost. However, the lows of not getting the job are enough to bruise even the strongest and most resilient of egos. To help you make the most of your job-search journey, here are three tips that will boost your candidacy and marketability so that you can land the job of your wildest dreams.
If only you could have the innocence and resilience of your childhood self right now, as a professional chasing after your dreams, then maybe you wouldn't be afraid of getting a few bumps and bruises along the way. Unfortunately, adults remember all those minor setbacks, which is why many professionals would rather settle for a decent paycheck and secure job, rather than risk it all and go after what they want. If you are one of the few who decides to take the road less traveled and dream big, then here are four important things to remember when you feel like turning back.
Communicating with a recruiter is much like a first date. You know he's interested in what you have to offer, or else he wouldn't have contacted you, right? Then again, how many other qualified candidates is he in communication with? Ugh! The anticipation and waiting are enough to make you want to curl up in a ball and weep your eyes out. Before you go full stalker mode, learn some of the dos and don'ts of communicating with recruiters so you don't wind up on the blacklist of candidates.
Want to move up the corporate ladder? You might need to be willing to go sideways. Horizontal or lateral moves can be just as big a boon to your career as a straight shot up the org chart. Here's what you need to know about the benefits of lateral career moves.
Recruiters have a unique position in the job placement world. In a nutshell, they have to build relationships with both employers and candidates, then they play matchmaker so that it's a win-win situation for everyone involved. Part of a recruiter's job is to get to know you (the candidate) and figure out what you have to offer and the best place to fit you. However, be careful not to make the mistake of assuming that these "get to know you" conversations mean that you and the recruiter are BFFs – because that's when the relationship will take a turn for the worse. Here's what you need to know.
It only takes one bad day to derail you for the entire workweek, and unfortunately, they seem to crop up at the most inopportune times, like when you have a million project deadlines and other stressful things going on. If you happen to be having "one of those days," then here are some ways you can change things around and make today a positive and productive one.
There are two types of professionals in the world: those who make mistakes in their careers and learn from them, and those who don't. For the latter, the odds always seem to be against them and life never seems to give them the break they need. Maybe – just maybe – it's not life that's to blame for their misfortunes, but rather the bad decisions these good, capable professionals keep making that are the culprit. Let's take a look at three reasons why good professionals make not-so-good decisions that end up costing them the career success they truly deserve.
Going back to work after the holidays can be a drag, but it doesn't have to be. Instead of spending the rest of this first week back complaining with your co-workers, use this time to get your workspace organized and prepared for a successful year ahead.
It's that time of year again: another year down, and a new year is just around the corner. If this past year didn't treat you as well as you had anticipated, then don't beat yourself up over it, because it happens to the best of us. Remember, success is not the absence of failure – it's quite the opposite, actually. In fact, the wise words of Friedrich Nietzsche remind us: "That which does not kill us only makes us stronger." Take the lessons learned (or, the blessings in disguise) from the year prior and use them to make 2016 your best year yet with these 10 inspiring quotes for the new year ahead.
The most important meeting you have on your schedule isn't your annual performance review or even the quarterly board meeting: it's the one-on-one you have with your reports, hopefully once every week or two. Here's what you need to know about making these one-on-one meetings a good use of everyone's time.