Job hunting always has struck me as a game, one with serious financial consequences of course, but still and all a game in which you try to find the one place that wants to hire you at any given moment in your career.
A new board game about job hunting. Hope they make this available in the States.
At various points, when you’re returning to work after being away, or when you’re over 50, the game gets harder than at others, but it is a quest after all, not unlike Jason looking for the golden fleece. Continue reading
Job hunting is a constant exercise, even if you had what you thought was a great interview and you’re sure you’re about to get a job offer. I’ve written about how I was sure I was getting an offer last spring only to be disappointed, and thrown off my job hunting game because of that expectation.
Wondering when an offer is coming after a great interview? Don’t hold your breath, or stop job hunting.
So I heartily agree with a recent posting I saw on the ivyexec blog telling job hunters never to rest if they think they soon may get an offer. Continue reading
Always be job hunting is the name of my book and my career mantra. No job is secure or lasts forever and you should always be looking ahead to where you want your career to go. But job hunting while you have a job requires special approaches, and precautions, so you don’t tip off your current employer and risk being fired before you find something new.
Fidning a job while working at one you want to leave requires special approaches to keep from tipping your hand.
This was brought home to me in a recent post I read on Forbes.com. “Hiding your job search can be difficult in this era of social media use, so always think before you act when it comes to posting anything online or discussing your activity with others (especially co-workers),” writes Lisa Quast, who herself has written a career book similar to mine. Continue reading
PR pro Ron Culp does a great career guide blog for PR students and is always Tweeting out interesting articles about job hunting. He recently sent one on making the most of internships which I thought worth sharing with you.
Internships are time to learn and network
The piece notes internships are opportunities for you to increase your skills sets and also to show you if you’ll enjoy a chosen profession or career niche. Its advice for how to make the most of an internship includes principles I’ve touched on here and in my book. Chief among these is to take on responsibilities and projects to learn as much as possible while interning. Continue reading
Job interviews can intimidate people. You only have a few minutes, perhaps just the first few seconds, to make a positive impression once you finally get to the interview step of the job-hunting process.
With many first interviews being done via phone calls these days, your tone of voice and ability to speak in complete and direct sentences is more important than ever. People are judging how you sound and how well you can articulate ideas in phone interviews. How you look isn’t playing a role, after all.
Interviews can be intimidating, so be prepared for these basic questions as a first step to overcome that feeling of intimidation.
So being prepare for questions is more important than ever. That’s what attracted me to a recent post on Doostang.com, a site for careers in finance. Continue reading
Resumes are normally where the job hunting process begins and most of us have sent out hundreds if not thousands of resumes in our job hunting careers. So advice about creating a more effective resume is always welcome.
That’s why I was attracted to a recent article on four resume myths from Doostang.com written by Sebastian King, a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches.
Your resume is your sales tool, use it effectively.
The myths are:
- Your Resume Can Only Be One Page
- Nobody Will Read Your Resume
- Your Resume Should Be Exhaustive
- Your Resume Should Have an Objective Statement Continue reading
Failing to get a job you felt you were perfect for, and which you thought you’d interviewed great for, is a heart-breaking experience. I’ve written how that happened to me last year and it threw me off my job-hunting game for months.
So how do you pick yourself up and quickly recover from a failed effort to get a job you thought was yours? I saw some good advice about that recently on the Ivyexec.com blog. Th advice of the career coach there reminds me of the old date break-up line, it’s not you, it’s me.
How did I not get that job? Losing out on a spot you thought was ideal can be frustrating beyond belief.