3 Things You Need to Know About the Job Search

 

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#1

The BEST way to answer the question, “Why are you job hunting?” is with a variation of the following strategy:

Great Experience at my Current Employer

BUT

I’ve Hit a Wall in Terms of Growth and Development

AND NOW

I want to take my Development and Career to the Next Level (and you guys are the best way to achieve this)

#2

A great way to set up interviews when you’re in a FT job is to simply be OPEN AND UPFRONT with recruiters and hiring managers instead of pretending you’re completely available and then scrambling frantically when one is set up for you!

Tell them that you’ll need a little flexibility to work around your current work schedule, and (if they’re reputable) they’ll be happy to adjust. People often interview after 5 pm.

#3

Many companies push new hires to sign a Non-Compete Agreement (NCA). It’s a major hassle in terms of your not being able to work in your field and earn income within your targeted industry in the event that things don’t work out.

So if signing a NCA costs you money and provides a major benefit to the company, it’s only fair that it cost the company something too, right? Negotiate for a GUARANTEED SEVERANCE PACKAGE for the term of the NCA to tide you over during a transition. Make them seriously consider the merits of having you sign one.

3 Things You Must Know About Landing A Better Job

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TIP #1

A great job should NEVER be about just a big paycheck. True career fulfillment also needs:

1) REAL challenges. You can’t spend 40-50 hours a week doing mind-numbing tasks and think you’re setting yourself up for something better. You’re not.

2) MENTORSHIP. 90% of the executives I coach list “loss of a mentor” as the primary reason for seeking a new role. You need DIRECTION and GUIDANCE to get to that next level!

3) WORK-LIFE BALANCE. Not optional, required.

4) A LEADERSHIP TEAM THAT SHARES YOUR VALUES. Are you being heard?

TIP #2

Did you know: Studies show that a candidate who is REFERRED by a current employee is 40% MORE LIKELY TO BE HIRED!

This is why TAPPING YOUR NETWORK, EXPANDING YOUR NETWORK, and SETTING UP AT LEAST 3 INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS PER WEEK with key industry players will get you further, faster, than answering job postings.

TIP #3

NEVER accept a job offer before asking this question:

“What criteria will be used to judge my performance in this role? What does success look like during the first 30, 60, and 90 days?”

You need to understand PRECISELY what an employer’s expecting you to deliver!

10 Toxic Interview Questions to Avoid at All Costs!

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We all have pet peeves, little things that get under our skin and make it harder to move forward. For hiring managers, these 10 questions are considered major turn-offs. With a little prep on your part beforehand, you can avoid these “interview killers” and stay on-track to landing that new job:

1) Don’t ask for information you could have easily found with a quick online (Google, Linkedin, Company Website) search. The stronger your knowledge, the clearer the signal it sends that you want a position with THIS company.

2) Don’t ask if you can change the job details, the schedule, or the salary. You need to prove 100% fit with the role first, negotiate salary only once an offer’s on the table, and work out scheduling specifics once you actually have the job! Don’t get the order confused.

3) Don’t ask too many questions about the interviewer’s background. Some initial questions about the work they do and their experience at the company is fine, then move on.

4) Don’t ask about pay, time off, benefits, etc. during the initial interview. This can make you come across as a “WIIFM” (“What’s in it for me?”) candidate.

5) Don’t ask “What does your company do?” YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW THIS!

6) Don’t ask “If I’m hired, when can I start applying for other positions in the company?”

7) Don’t ask how quickly you can be promoted. Again, this is putting the cart before the horse. Succeed at the job first before entertaining thoughts of promotion.

8) Don’t ask “Do you do background checks?” Assume they will.

9) Don’t ask about gossip you’ve heard or come across online.

10) Don’t ask if the company monitors e-mail or Internet usage.