An elevator pitch is a short summary used to tell about a person or organization in a quick and concise way. This is an important asset for your job search. It’s an effective way of telling a potential employer who you are, how you can contribute, and what kind of position you’re seeking. Try out these suggestions for preparing and presenting your introduction.
Usually, when you are looking for a job, you’ll ask everyone you can think of if they know of any openings. These are often referred to as your warm contact list. Your family, friends, and even acquaintances with whom you’ve had at least some personal association with belong on this list. When it comes to getting a job, it’s essential to sit down and make a list of warm contacts and update them regularly. The more people who know you are looking for a job, the better.
There are four primary types of interview questions, and we will go through sample questions for each of the first three: Introductory, Situational and Behavioral, Job Specific, and Awkward/Bad/Inappropriate. Stay tuned tomorrow for the final type, it deserves it’s own segment.
Let’s say you’ve just been assigned a big project at your job. It can be difficult to figure out where to start and what kind of resources you’ll need with so much to do.
Tell me about yourself” is often the first question you hear at a job interview. The hiring manager may be stalling because they haven’t had time to study your resume, or they may realize that open-ended questions are an effective way to identify candidates who can fit in and perform well. In any case, they’re often deciding whether it’s worth continuing the interview based on how you answer this seemingly casual ice-breaker.
Job interviews provide an important opportunity to discover if you and your new employer will be a good match before you leap into a new position. Not only are they interviewing you, but also you’re interviewing them! Will you be happy in their employ? Think about what information matters to you and find tactful ways to ask your interviewer what you need to know.
Learning online can be a great way to find out new things and gain new insights. You save the commute to classes and you can learn any time you like. Some online learning activities are more structured than others, but you can pick and choose from the ones you enjoy. Learn at a set time each day or learn when you have the most focused time. It is up to you.
Psst…always answer calls you don’t know in a job search. The resume, cover letter, and strong LinkedIn profile landed you the interview! Most outreach will come via email requesting a phone or video interview. If a recruiter calls you and asks for a few minutes of your time right then, consider it an interview. If you are in a quiet place, prepared, and have the time, then take the interview. However, it is perfectly acceptable and still professional to say, “I look forward to speaking with you and would like to do so when I’m not rushed between meetings. Could we talk tomorrow between 10 and noon instead?” Another common approach today is for a recruiter to send an email with a link to his or her online schedule, allowing you to select a good time.