Yea! You Have a Job Interview Scheduled! Now What?

Finally! You have received an invitation to interview for a job! They want to meet you! The hardest part of the job search process is over now. Isn’t it? Probably not… This is the step that many job seekers trip over. They think they can coast to a job offer if they have been invited to […]

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Negotiate Your Total Compensation – More Than Just Your Salary

Understanding how salaries work makes it easier to negotiate the best starting salary for your new job. There’s more, usually, to your “total compensation” from an employer than simply the dollars in your paycheck. Be better prepared when you receive that job offer by understanding how salaries, total compensation, and commissions and bonuses work. Make counter offers, and […]

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Job Interview Question: Describe Your Greatest Accomplishment

This question may also be phrased as “What’s your greatest achievement?” and sometimes they may want more than one accomplishment/achievement. So, be prepared for “What are your 2 (or 3 or more) greatest accomplishments?” The Extra Benefit of Preparing Your Answer Preparing to answer this job interview question should help you improve the effectiveness of […]

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How to Ace Your Video Interview

Job interviews via video (typically Skype or Google Hangout) are becoming much more common recently. They enable inexpensive long-distance face-to-face discussions as well as quick discussions over short distances. Video interviews may be used for screening candidates at the beginning of the hiring process or later in the process when the employer is getting ready […]

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In Your Job Interview, Answer the Questions — Then Shut Up

A very important key to job interview success is knowing when to stop talking. First, we usually learn more when we listen rather than when we talk. As the old saying goes, two ears — but only one mouth — for a reason. Secondly, much damage can be done inadvertently when you share TMI (Too […]

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Job Interview Question: How Do People Describe You?

This question seems simple, but it most definitely is not. Don’t underestimate it! They may ask, “How does your boss (or supervisor) describe you?” or “How would your co-workers (or colleagues) describe you?” This question may also be framed as “How would you describe your work style?” If you are a manager or supervisor of other employees, […]

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For Career Success, Pick Your Employer Carefully

As anyone who has had a job knows, where you work — the environment, the people, the “rules,” the compensation, etc. — has a very big impact on you and even your personal life. In a job search, however, we often focus only on the job itself — the job title, duties and responsibilities, hours, […]

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Job Interview Success – Know the Employer Before the Interview

In the military (and in marketing), a fundamental strategy for success in any battle is often called, “Know the Enemy.” It’s logical because you can’t usually succeed in battle without knowing as much as possible about “the other side” of the conflict – who they are, what they want, how they behave. In a job search, ”Know the […]

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Sending Successful Job Interview Thank You Notes

A recent study conducted by CareerBuilder indicated that NOT sending a thank you note will hurt your candidacy with over twenty percent (more than one in five) hiring managers. So, skipping sending a thank you note is potentially a high-risk practice. Clearly, thank you notes, done well, can’t hurt your job search, and they may help you to succeed.  […]

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How to Make Sure Your References HELP Your Job Search

For many job seekers, the references needed for a job search are something relatively trivial, a final administrative hurdle to get through – the last small detail before the job offer is made. Unfortunately, few employers see references as trivial, with good reason, and apparently more than 50% of the time, references put an end […]

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