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!

Ask Yourself These 3 Questions Before Accepting an Offer

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What’s the difference between a candidate who has a clear and powerful career “journey,” one marked by upward steps at each turn, and one whose background looks like it’s all over the map?

One difference is that candidate #1 is probably earning WAY more than candidate #2!

Another difference is that candidate #1, when presented with an offer, acts in accordance with LONG-TERM, not short-term goals.

Here are 3 important questions to ask yourself before accepting a new role:

1. How will my job title look to an outsider?

Can you easily explain that there are no Director titles even though you had Director-level responsibilities?

2. How will my department name look to an outsider?

If you want to get into Public Relations, but this job places you in the Internal Communications department, you might be creating a future issue.

3. What’s the job I want in 5 years?

In a small business, you get to wear many hats. But if your dream is to make a big impact at a large firm, how will you position yourself for more specialized roles? Or vice versa; you start in a large company, but are passionate about faster career growth in a start-up. How would you build skills and transferability for the future position?

3 Summer Job Search Tips

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#1

HR and Hiring Managers are usually WAY more open to cold reach-outs and informational interviews during this period.

Create a list of 10-15 dream companies, start putting in calls, and get your face out there!

#2

2 quick ideas for summer networking (because those who build their network during the Summer months reap rewards come fall):

-Large cities host informal, outdoor “happy hours.” Attend one to quickly meet new people across many different industries.

-What’s your university alumni group up to? Meet up to trade notes and scope out potential opportunities.

#3

Longer wait times to hear back during Summer isn’t a sign that you’re doing anything wrong.

Think in terms of “hurry up and wait”: periods of rapid activity followed by gaps as staff go on/come back from vacation, etc.

A Simple Way to Stay on Top of Your Job Search

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by Anish Majumdar, Certified Resume Writer and Founder, ResumeOrbit.com. What’s the hardest part about conducting a job search? If you’re chronically impatient like me and want to see results yesterday, the answer is usually “feeling out of control”.

Sure you might be going on interviews, but what’s the sum total effectiveness of your efforts? Are they actually moving you closer to your dream job?

I want to share a simple organizational strategy you can use to put the power back in your hands. Read on below:

STEP 1:  Start a spreadsheet. Google Sheets are an excellent (and free) option.

STEP 2: Create 4 separate tabs related to the job search:

-Informational Interviews

-People You’ve Sent Your Resume To

-Companies You’re Interested In and Monitoring for Open Positions

-Every Job You’ve Applied To (include organization name and location, position, and current status, ex. rejected or interview scheduled)

STEP 3: Fill in relevant information in each these areas, and get in the habit of regularly updating.

Fair warning: it will be discouraging to enter rejections at first.

But a funny thing happens when you get organized in this fashion: you start seeing patterns. What’s working. What’s not. And most importantly, which aspects of your job search are netting the most results. Focus on these and you should significantly reduce the overall time it takes to land a new position.

Not a bad outcome from 1 spreadsheet!

How to Nail a Skype Interview

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By Anish Majumdar, Certified Professional Resume Writer and Founder, ResumeOrbit.com. The 1 question a jobseeker in today’s market needs to answer is: am I willing to embrace new ways of doing things? The Skype interview, which is increasingly being used by employers as a way to identify high-potential candidates prior to a face-to-face interview, is a perfect example of this.

“But I’ve never used Skype before! Can’t I just request a phone interview?”

Short answer: nope! Even in the unlikely event that an employer is willing to make a concession at this stage, you will still pay a price by either a) coming across as scared of technology, b) inflexible, or c) all of the above.

Here are some expert tips that will help you feel comfortable and in control during a Skype interview:

Home is the best choice for Skype interviews. Never conduct it in a public place. Take it from personal experience: it’s very hard to present your best self when worried about a bad internet connection or the incessant chatter coming from the Starbucks table next to you.

Do a test video call to make sure your camera and microphone are functioning correctly. Call up a friend and run through a few mock questions. Adjust the lighting in the room to avoid shadows. Remove visual distractions like that awesome framed Star Wars poster you have on the back wall.

Silence your phone and other devices immediately prior to the call.

Eye contact is all-important. Practice answering questions while looking straight into the camera. It’s weird, I know, but does wonders in terms of making a connection with the person on the other end. It helps to set your camera up at eye level.

Provide your Skype account name when confirming the interview. This shows that you’re familiar with the technology. Ask whether they’ll be initiating the call or you will.

Prepare just like you would for a traditional interview. Research the company, the industry and the person who’ll be interviewing you (Glassdoor.com is great for company research, LinkedIn is a natural spot to research your interviewer and potentially find a piece of information which can be used to break the ice).

USE YOUR RESUME AS A CHEAT SHEET! During a lull in the conversation, it’s easy to glance at the resume and pick out a particular accomplishment or position that merits elaboration. Communicating fit and passion for the role lands jobs; use this as the focus of your efforts.

Don’t freak out if you have a dropped connection. The interviewer is probably also aware of what’s happened. Wait a minute or two for them to try and reconnect. If nothing happens, try starting a new video call from your end.

Say thank you at the end of the call! A little gratitude goes a long way. And be sure to send your interviewer a quick follow-up note (email or snail mail) within 48 hours of the call restating your desire to work for the company and highlighting your excellent fit for the position.