Longer interview processes evolved during the recession, when companies were nervous about committing to new hires, and never really went away. Even under the best of circumstances, it’s annoying to have to wait to hear back from the hiring manager. When you really need a job — or really want this particular gig — it can feel like you’re waiting for an eternity.
You might feel helpless, but the first story in this week’s roundup reminds you that you’re not. There are things you can do to get a faster response, or at least cope with a slower one in a more positive way. That, plus life lessons to help you cope with stress and tips on how to build a better Twitter bio, in this week’s roundup.
“…I once waited an entire month after a final interview to land a gig I wanted,” Moy writes. “And if my experience is any indication, the good news is that there are some moves you can make that’ll help move things along (or at the very least, make you feel like you’re a little in control).”
The first of Moy’s three tips: “Be transparent about your other opportunities.” That doesn’t mean lying about job offers that don’t exist, of course. But if you’re in demand, it’s OK to let them know it. And if that isn’t your situation right now, the other suggestions on his list will be even more helpful.
Marc Chernoff at Marc and Angel Hack Life: Forgetting These 7 Little Things Makes Every Day More Stressful
Feeling overwhelmed at work? Maybe you’ve lost sight of some of the life lessons you learned long ago. For example, Marc Chernoff reminds us:
“You can’t lift a thousand pounds all at once. Yet you can easily lift one pound a thousand times. Tiny, repeated efforts will get you there.”
See? You knew that, but you forgot — probably while trying to meet three project deadlines at once. There’s a lot more worth remembering, in his list. (Another example: “You cannot control exactly what happens in life, but you can control how you respond to it all. In your response is your greatest power.”)
Kenna Griffin at Prof KRG: Does Your Twitter Bio Do Its Job?
“Your bio is key to establishing your professional brand on Twitter,” Griffin writes. “It helps potential connections understand what’s important to you, what type of information you plan to communicate through the social medium and what they stand to gain by connecting with you.”
Not sure how to get your personal brand into 160 characters? Griffin’s tips can help.
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