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.
Picture this: It's 6:32 a.m. Your Sleep Cycle alarm knows this is the perfect 15-minute interval of light sleep in which take wake you up. You go into the bathroom and stream your favorite new album on Spotify Premium through your bluetooth speakers. You get in the car, and Waze helps you navigate the least-trafficked route to work. Before you know it, you're at your desk and have Trello, Asana, and Evernote all coordinating your tasks, projects, and notes. iCalendar pops up on your phone to remind you of that lunch meeting you scheduled last week. Your team hops on Slack every so often to check in, and soon enough it's time to go home. You order some dinner on Seamless, and as you're falling asleep you watch that new Netflix show you've been meaning to get to on your iPad. Your life is now run by apps. But is it really that much more efficient?
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.
What's the worst part about networking? All the horrifyingly dull questions you have to ask and answer, in order to establish new relationships with your fellow humans. But, there's no law that says we have to stick to the same old, same old. Mixing things up might actually get some better answers, build stronger connections, and bore everyone a lot less. In this week's roundup, we look at 27 questions to ask instead of "What do you do?," plus the housekeeping questions you must ask at your next job interview, and the best ways to get motivated when you're feeling uninspired.
If you do a quick Google search for "career consultant," you can easily end up in a digital swamp of information overload. If you're unemployed and find yourself in this position, look no further than Mark Dyson – a.k.a., "The Voice of Job Seekers." Here's the skinny on Mark, and how he can help you in your job search.
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.
You're about to go in and ask someone for more money. It's a conversation that hasn't been easy since you were asking for an increase in your allowance. There are some ways you can make it easier on yourself, simply by avoiding some common pitfalls. After all, how you negotiate a raise could affect your future income for decades to come. Go into that room strong, with these tips.
If you are seriously considering a role or career change, job shadowing your prospective position could get you closest to the actual experience of being on the job. Job shadowing is a technique, not only useful for fresh graduates, but also for experienced employees who are pondering a career move. As the term suggests, it is an opportunity to shadow the incumbent to understand the skills, behavior, and aptitude required to perform the job.