What’s Your Why?

WHAT’S YOUR “WHY?” KEY CAREER QUESTIONS TO ASK:

CORE STRENGTH QUESTION:

Ask yourself: “AM I PRIMARILY…”

a) THE TALENT

b) MANAGER/LEADER

c) ENTREPRENEUR

Your answer is your CORE STRENGTH.

Now, what would be a path that would allow you to start dipping into one or both of the other areas? This should inform your career direction.

ROOT MOTIVATION QUESTIONS

  1. Think of a time when you were performing at your best. What were you doing? What were you saying, thinking and feeling? What was going on around you?
  2. List the top ten things in life that give you joy. What common themes do you notice?
  3. What are three accomplishments you are most proud of? What are your natural strengths that you love to use?
  4. Think about times that you have gotten angry/upset/irritated. What core personal value(s) were not being met?
  5. Who is the one person you admire the most? What would that person advise you to do?
  6. What do you dislike the most about your current or past work?
  7. What would happen in your career if we doubled your self-belief? What if we quadrupled it?

DAILY LIFE CHECK-IN QUESTIONS:

  1. What am I consuming? Reading, listening, watching. How much of it is actively helping me GROW?
  2. Who do I spend time with? Assess the 5 people you interact with most frequently professionally. Are they people to aspire to, or people who are holding you back?
  3. Who are my role models? Am I directly interacting with them, following them on social media, taking their courses? How am I “drifting” behind those who have already succeeded at what I wish to do?

CAREER DEVELOPMENT PLAN QUESTIONS:

  1. What do you want to achieve with your career?
  2. How much time are you prepared to spend on your career?
  3.  What skills do you need to develop?
  4. What resources will you need?
  5. Where can you get support or advice?
  6. What type of person do you need to be?
  7. What is your motivation?

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.

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.