We all know that technology has changed the way we work. With all of the talk of STEM jobs, telecommuting, and social networking, it can seem as though perhaps the skills that mattered most years ago have fallen out of fashion. As long as you can saddle up to new technology and navigate the internets effectively, you should be all set, right? Wrong. It turns out people skills are even more important than ever. Here are a few reasons why.
After you've experienced even just a few job interviews, you have a basic idea of what to expect when you sit down across from a potential employer. You'll have a few minutes of small talk, then they'll ask you some questions about your experience and how it applies to the job you're interviewing for. And, at some point in the process, they'll hit you with some version of the familiar question: "What's your greatest weakness?"
Dishing out criticism is easier said than done, especially when it's to one of your peers. Here are a few things to consider before the big talk to ensure that your message is constructive rather than destructive.
Hollywood would like us to believe that everyone goes to school, works hard, and quickly winds up in their dream job. From pauper to Wall Street, shy guy to leading man, or mailroom clerk to CEO, it's all about that fairytale ending. Now brush the popcorn from your lap and let your eyes readjust to the light, because the movie's over and we're heading back to reality.
When it comes to job searching, the internet giveth and the internet taketh away. It's easy to find job listings, but arguably tougher than ever to stand out from the crowd of qualified applicants. However, if you have the right skills -- and know how to draw attention to them on your resume -- your chances of being noticed by a recruiter are pretty darn good.