Articles for Job Seekers #job change


14 Things Successful Candidates Do the Night before a Job Interview

The night before a job interview is usually a bit stressful. You might be thinking about what will happen if you forget the responses you have been practicing or get lost on the way there. You might be wondering how you stack up against the other candidates or whether you have enough relevant experience.

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I Can’t Believe You Said That?!

When what you really want to say is, “Do you know that was your out loud voice?” If you can sit around with a group of professionals and ask them about the strangest interview experiences, you will hear some funny and bizarre stories. Why are manhole covers round? If you had an elephant, where would you hide him? These are examples of weird yet seemingly harmless questions. It tells you a few things about the interviewer. It might mean that they are quirky, but likely means they want to see how you handle unknown situations. Show them that you handle this with grace, composure, and a little humor. Pause, smile, and say almost the first thing that comes to mind, which could be a question back. “Why would I hide him? Maybe I should charge admission for others to see my elephant?” “I’m surprised our PC culture has renamed them person-holes yet.”

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The Unexpected Career Journey

From Casual Exploration to Job Elimination Panic and Surprising Outcomes I worked in Human Resources for 17 years and helped implement some of the earliest Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), those mysterious automated resume scanners. I moved out of HR for four years, and when I was ready to go back, I launched an external job search. I updated my resume and started applying to several roles. I had never had to work hard before to at least get phone interviews, but this time that wasn’t happening. Sometimes I would get a rejection email so quickly that it wasn’t humanly possible for someone to have read my resume. Worse yet, I usually never heard anything at all. I was at a loss because I had once been an expert at recruiting and the technology piece. I didn’t realize just how much had changed in four little years. I was eager to make a career change but didn’t have a lot of money to hire an expensive resume writer or the time work with a career coach. There were a lot of “experts” offering free webinars, and I watched too many to count. Each gave me a little nugget of information, but they withheld the important stuff until I bought an expensive coaching package.

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Finding Purpose at Your Job

Is your job a source of stress and frustration? Do you dread each time the alarm sounds? Does your work fail to ignite passion in your heart? Believe it or not, your employment can provide both the income you need and the fulfillment you crave!

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Read This Before You Get Stuck in a Mid-Career Rut

After you’ve been working for 20 years or more, it’s natural to assume that you know how to manage your career. However, a Harvard Business Review study found that mid-career professionals need help if they want to avoid being undervalued and overworked.

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How to Outlast a Bad Boss

If you’ve been in the workforce for a while, most likely you have encountered a “bad boss” situation. While it can make the time in a particular position difficult, there are some ways to avoid misery.

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Attention Loyalists-It is OK to Leave

For decades, entire generations of workers were taught that the pinnacle of career goals was longevity in a position but gone are the days of service anniversary celebrations and vested pension plans. For those of us who were taught to create an identity around our loyalty to the organization we work for, the new paradigm of the “portable professional” can be a difficult one to onboard.

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Job Searching: Focus on What You CAN Control

Let’s face it, the search for work can feel like you are on the emotional roller coaster of a lifetime with its near daily highs and lows. The anxiety and stress a job search can create over the long haul can take an emotional toll on even the most levelheaded of people. The key to staying sane while wading through job boards, hoping for interviews and waiting for hiring managers to get back to you? Laser focus on what you CAN control.

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So You’re Leaving? How to Create a Transition Plan

Whether your relationship with your current job is on excellent terms or you are fleeing a job that you hate, creating a transition plan to set your replacement up for success and leave you looking like a polished professional. It is a rarely required, infrequently requested way to leave your former team on good terms and set your former company up for moving on without you.

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