Renovate Your Informational Interview Strategy
by Alexia Vernon - Nov, 2010
First, in an informational interview you have an opportunity to learn about a specific company. A lot of jobseekers, particularly young professionals, use informational interviews for this reason. Most of the time we actually know quite a bit about the particular company, and that’s why we’re in the room. We aspire to work there. If this is the case, make sure you ask questions you don’t already know the answer to. Use the kno...
Tuesdays Are Terrific! The Best Day And Time To Contact HR
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
Many job seekers focus solely on the “how” of contacting potential employers, but the “when” can be crucial to getting noticed as well. Contacting them when they are more likely to be alert and responsive (and not tired, hungry, or stressed) is all about timing. That includes planning the optimal time and day to contact HR (to either initiate contact, follow up after sending a resume, or follow up post-interview). Accord...
Watch Out! Great Careers Can Creep Up on You
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2010
Where we start isn’t always where we finish. At least that’s the case with many careers. It’s crazy to think that when we’re in high school we’d have a clear idea about what we want to do for a lifetime. Nevertheless, we go on to technical school or college choosing a trade or a major which declares, “This is my future.” The business world is a big place. There are tens of thousands of career paths in as many businesses....
Being “Assertive” in Job Interviews
by Harry Urschel - Nov, 2010
I received a note from someone that said: “I was told I was not assertive enough in an interview I just had. How do you do that?” Good question, and one that I think affects a number of job seekers. How do you express assertiveness without being over-bearing or offensive? And what does being “assertive” really mean? One nice result of this encounter, is that the employer gave an honest critique that most people are n...
Resignation Letters: Dos and Don'ts
by Barbara Safani - Nov, 2010
Are you preparing to resign from your current job? AOL Jobs recently spoke with Dr. Randall Hanson, founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, for advice on the best way to resign from a job. According to Hanson, a resignation letter documents your last day of work, but it also eliminates the potential for any miscommunication that can occur when an emplo...
10 Reasons Saying “No” Can Help Your Career
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2010
Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? After all, our careers will grow, we’re told, when we say “yes” to: -A new project or team leadership -A lateral move or promotion -Domestic or global relocation -Management’s requests When you’ve waited a long time for an opportunity, it would seem absurd not to snap it up. Right? Take stock. It’s flattering when management turns to us and says, “We think you’re the rig...
Failure Is Inevitable. Ready to Handle It? | Career Strife Repositioned
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2010
“Be careful,” we’re told as kids. “You don’t want to make a mess.” “Double check your answers,” we’re told in school. “You don’t want a bad grade.” “Better achieve your performance goals,” we’re told at work. “You don’t want to get a poor rating or low raise, be demoted or lose your job.” Failure seems to come with negative consequences. Really? Always? The fallacy of playing it safe So much is written abou...
Three Terrific Job-Search Tactics
by Kevin Donlin - Nov, 2010
The following three job search tips have one thing in common. Can you guess what? First read, then guess … 1) Time Management “Time isn’t money. Time is everything.” - Dr. Bernie Siegel We each get 24 hours in a day. How you use this precious resource largely determines your success in finding a job ... and everything else you do. If you’re unhappy with how you manage your time, why not try a different app...
by Suzanne Bates - Nov, 2010
I took accounting in college, got a C, and was grateful to make it through. It just didn’t come easily. At 19, I couldn’t envision a time when I would need to read a profit and loss statement. The best thing about it was it was a summer course so I could study at the university pool, and the boy who volunteered to tutor me was pretty cute. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy courses outside my major, journalism. I loved biolo...
Executive Coach Tip: Be a Note-Taker ... Here's Why
by Andy Robinson - Nov, 2010
Have you ever had a conversation with a colleague -- asking them to do something or giving them instructions -- and observed that, while they appeared to be listening, they didn't write anything down .... they didn't take notes? BE A NOTE-TAKER .... Why? You'll have less of a tendency to forget what was said or what you need to do, It conveys a sense of organization and professionalism, It demonstrates -- visibly --...
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