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If your dream job opened up across the country -- or in a totally different industry -- would you go for it, or would you let the opportunity go by? If you're like many of us, you might be inclined not to even apply. That's partly because adaptability, while valued by employers, is a rare trait in job applicants.
Now more than ever, it's important for interviewers to like you. Given candidates who are equally matched in terms of credentials, skills, and experience, a hiring manager will pick the person they like the most. There's just one problem: most of the advice we've been getting about body language is giving us habits that come off as, well, kinda creepy.
For folks who've been in the work world a long time, their first resume is but a misty memory of unfortunate font choices and unnecessary objectives. But for those who are first starting out, the idea of pulling together a visual representation of their still-fledgling career, with all its hopes and dreams and well, lack of concrete experience, is somewhat daunting, to say the least.
When it comes to job interviews, the usual thinking goes, the more enthusiasm, the better. After all, what company would want to hire someone who couldn't even pretend to be excited about something for a few hours? Believe it or not, however, it's possible to go too far in the other direction. Behold, the overly enthusiastic job candidate.
It's often the first thing hiring managers ask candidates in job interviews, and the first opportunity to really screw things up. Unsurprisingly, most of us have a really hard time summarizing our careers, skills, and interests in the conversational equivalent of a tweet. But having a job search "elevator pitch" is a really important part of acing the interview.
If you're at all interested in getting a given job, you prepare thoroughly ahead of time, researching the company and position, doing practice interview questions, even choosing your interview outfit with special care. But there's one thing you probably aren't doing, and it might be costing you the job: odds are, you probably haven't given a thought about how to close the interview.
Even if you're not particularly superstitious, it's easy to ascribe the things that happen to you in your career to luck (either good or bad). In fact, you can make your own good luck at work, just by making a few simple changes in your life.
Gone are the days when choosing card stock was an essential part of the resume process. Sure, you probably print out a couple couples of your CV to bring with you to job interviews, but for the most part, resume distribution takes place electronically. Thanks to social networking, LinkedIn in particular, formal resumes -- even electronic versions -- are less important than they used to be. Will there ever come a time when we do away with them altogether?
Gone are the days when workers toiled for the same company from graduation until retirement, heading off into their golden years with a watch and a pension. Today's workforce changes jobs more often than ever: one survey found that at least 21 percent of full-time workers plan on changing their jobs in 2014. According to some experts, that's just fine.
As the volume of communication increases, and technology makes it possible to scan and dismiss more emails than we'll ever open, getting a hiring manager's attention is harder than ever before. But there are a few things you can do to make sure your emails don't wind up in the discard pile -- or worse, the spam folder.
More employers are checking out the social media profiles of applicants to weed out undesirable candidates. So while you may be proud of your 500+ Facebook friends or your 1000+ followers on Twitter, make sure your awesome virtual social life is not killing your career.
Many career counselors still tell their clients to avoid adding any body art they can't cover up for a job interview, but every time you see a news segment on a creative industry, half the people on the screen are covered in ink and flashing bits of metal. What gives?
Used correctly, LinkedIn can be more than just a resume on steroids. The social network of choice for job seekers offers less stressful networking for people who can't deal with cocktail parties, access to an insider's view of a potential employer, and an easier way to visualize your network's strengths and weaknesses. Then again, as we've pointed out more than once, if you're not careful, it's a good way to shoot yourself in the foot.
Ten years after Facebook became more than a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg's eye, employers have changed their attitude toward social media. No longer do they fret helplessly about employees spying on former flings or tweeting inappropriate comments about their brand on the company dime. Now, companies are getting in on the social media action, developing policies to protect themselves and harnessing online networking's power to find them the best and brightest workers.
For every news item that says Baby Boomers hang onto their jobs at the expense of Millennial and Gen X workers, there's another that points out that Boomers, once jobless, are inclined to stay that way for longer than their younger counterparts. A recent article in Philadelphia Business Journal says that some workers are turning to plastic surgery to even the playing field.
We've all heard that people communicate more with body language than they do with the words they actually speak. But what about facial expressions? If you're careful not to slouch and cross your arms grumpily, can you convey negative feelings with the look on your face -- and not even know you're doing it?
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