Getting word that you have an interview is an exciting thing ... so much so that you might just lose your head a bit. What you need to do is be prepared, so that if an interview comes up at a moment's notice, all you have to do is grab your "interview go bag" and it'll have everything that you need to make a great impression and get that job.
I can still recall the feeling of accomplishment the day I completed my first resume. It was similar to what I imagine Sir Edmund Hillary felt when reaching the top of Everest. I was done! I might as well have carved it into stone. Then reality struck me across the face, just like the northerly winds at the top of the world must have done to Sir Hillary. Life is not static, and neither are our resumes.
Every time you get an interview, it seems like you have no idea how to go about it. You fuss over what to wear, what to say, even what to eat that morning. When you seek out advice, you get all manner of opinions, and often they conflict with each other. So where you do start? First of all, focus on what not to do.
Snow days aren't as much fun for adults as they are for kids, especially if you're not quite sure what inclement weather means for your paycheck. In this week's roundup, we look at who gets paid during snow days and other days off due to inclement weather, plus how to protect yourself from age discrimination on your resume and what to do right after a networking event.
It's never a good idea to quit your job without having another job lined up. That said, sometimes there are signals that you should start finding that new job as soon as possible. In this week's roundup, we look at a few symptoms of a job that begs for your resignation letter, plus the best books to read instead of getting a life coach, and the interview follow-up you're not doing.
At a foundational level, all governments, religions, and society at large harbor a similar theory: To achieve success, one must adhere to the established guidelines. Deviation from these guidelines never ends well. Within governments, choosing not to pay taxes earns you a trip to the courthouse, potential fines, wage garnishment, and even a stint in the slammer. The major monotheistic religions have doomed those who stray to an eternity in misery. Those who fail to follow general societal standards are likely to find themselves ostracized and alone. While not quite as dramatic as jail, hell fires, or shunning, there are things you may be doing with your resume that could result in dire career consequences.
Look at our list of the most-read stories of the past year, and you'll learn a lot about the interests and preoccupations of workers in 2015. Bottom line: everyone who's looking for a job wants to get hired as quickly as possible – and then get paid a good salary. Read on to learn about the skills that will get you hired, the negotiation tricks that will earn you top dollar, and the questions that you should never, ever ask at job interviews.
You're waist-deep in your job search and there it is: the job of your dreams at an even dreamier company. But, when you look at the salary, it's lower than you should be paid. What do you do: go after the big-name job for the sake of your long-term prospects? Or seek out a job where you'll be able to make more money?
December feels like a terrible month to do just about anything but wrap presents and eat holiday cookies, but if you're looking for work right now, you can't afford to wait until a less crazy time of year to make things happen. The good news is that even though you might not feel like engaging in a job search right now, companies are interested in hiring – despite what you might have heard about the holiday season being a lousy time to interview. Find tips on making the most of your holiday job search, plus warning signs that your job is about to become obsolete and advice on how to encourage a culture of creativity at work, in this week's roundup.
Even when jobs aren't scarce, you might find yourself pining for a position that is more hands-on and less middle management. When you're submitting a resume, however, hiring managers might get the wrong idea of you "taking a step back" for the open position. But, you can still make your case and land that job, with a few simple techniques.
Why make New Year's resolutions? In part, to make next year better than this one. The problem with formal resolutions is that they can become a stick to beat yourself with, when you turn out to be human after all and miss the mark. A better plan for 2016 might be to stop doing the things that are squandering your energy and making you less happy and productive, both at work and at home. In this week's roundup, find a reminder about the things you actually don't owe your colleagues, family, and friends; plus a few online personality tests that are worth the time, and the soft skills to develop, in order to succeed at work.
In a perfect world, we'd all have the month of December off – or at least, the tail end of it, when the holiday season starts really heating up. Let's face it: not much is getting done during the last half of the month anyway, unless you work in healthcare or event planning. Despite the futility of working at most white-collar jobs in the waning days of the year, the majority of workers will be expected to show up and do a good imitation of someone who's working hard. We all accept that this is so. But, what about when your boss, or your employer, is stingy about actual holidays? Answers to that question, plus advice on how to stop expecting the wrong things from yourself and others, and tips on getting the best job referrals, in this week's roundup.
You're ready. You've got "Lose Yourself" queued up in your headphones, your résumé is fresh off the printer, and you know you're a lock for this role. But 30 minutes later, you're walking out of the interview and the prospects are starting to look bleak. It's not an uncommon place to be in, and it's probably because of an all too common mistake. Ready to find out where you went wrong?
Looking for a job is a painful, humiliating experience akin to some kind of Hunger Game or Maze Run. Will you make it out alive? Maybe.
If you've ever interviewed for a job, chances are, you've probably made some mistakes. It's what you do afterwards that makes the difference between an embarrassing cautionary tale and a story of triumph. Recovering from serious missteps can be tricky, but it's not impossible. You need some presence of mind and tact to handle your bungled situation. Here are a few tips that may be helpful.