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.

How to Write a Perfect Thank You Letter After an Interview

Thank you.

by Anish Majumdar, Certified Resume Writer and Founder, ResumeOrbit.com. Did you know that in a recent Accountemps survey, 91% of HR managers said that it’s helpful for job candidates to send a thank-you note after an interview? Showing genuine interest in a position goes a long way, and when coupled with courtesy, incentivizes employers to advance you as a candidate of choice.

3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THANK YOU LETTERS:

They’re most effective when sent within 48 hours of the interview. Email is fine.

They should be short. Think 4-5 lines total.

They can’t be generic. I don’t just mean addressing it to the actual person who interviewed you, but writing the letter in a way that shows you want THIS job, at THIS company.

So now that we understand the ground rules, what exactly do we write? This is the point where most jobseekers throw up their hands and say, “Forget it!” But I’m going to make it easy for you. Ready?

#1) Thank them for their time (ex. “thanks for affording me the opportunity to meet and discuss the General Manager position at….”)

#2) Mention something from the interview which you found interesting or beneficial. (ex. “I really appreciated getting a tour of the office and having a chance to meet with the Marketing team, it gave me a clear sense of the staff-oriented culture, etc.”)

#3) Reiterate your interest in the job and company. (speak from the heart! What really resonated with you?)

#4) Remind them of why you’re a perfect fit for the job. (ex. “Finding creative ways to identify revenue generation opportunities and increase customer engagement through Big Data initiatives has been a touchstone of my career-to-date, and I’m excited to bring this perspective towards the growth of XYZ Inc.’s North American operations.”)

Wishing you continued career (and life) success!