Some interview questions can be very difficult to answer because they may touch on past work difficulties or personally delicate or embarrassing matters. Maybe you've been fired, have long gaps in your work history or been in prison. How should you address these negatives?
Have you been looking at job vacancies in your field, and finding that in most cases, you don’t have all (or nearly all) the skills the employer is seeking? It doesn’t make sense to apply for a job unless you’re well qualified because the job market is so competitive. If you don’t have the skills, even if you’re a great networker, resume writer and interviewee, you’re not going to get the job.
Dawn Rasmussen in Single Most Important Career Question to Ask Yourself focuses on the importance of keeping your skill set up-to-date and investing in yourself.
People from around the world are watching the Olympic Games in Sochi. Spectators admire these athletes for their talent, stamina and fortitude. And it’s exciting to watch top competitors excel in sports for which they have been training for years.
Becoming an Olympic champion isn’t easy. Among those athletes that can attest to that is Scott Hamilton, former Olympic figure skating champion. He says that everything he’s ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance. And Andre Agassi, gold medalist in tennis in 1996, says that nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.
Just like these athletes, you will need to jump hurdles to reach your career goals.
Job hunting continues to be a longstanding challenge for job seekers. And job sourcing has been a long-term challenge for employers. Like most aspects of business, processes for recruiting skilled candidates have been transformed by technology. And so have techniques for job search. That means that job seekers can choose from an array of new and improving tools to use for their job search.
Job hunting techniques continue to evolve in response to the ongoing changes employers make to draw passive and active job seekers into their talent pool and find the best workers. And it’s a new year, so we’re urging job seekers to review advice they’ve received and based on that, update their job-hunting methods and tool kit.
There are many resources about how to write a resume that’s not for a specific position. But how should you write your resume when you’re applying for a specific job vacancy?
If you’re looking for a job and seeking an event that gives diverse professionals a chance to network, socialize and meet with employers, plan to attend the MLK Jr. Holiday Diversity Networking Career Fair. The event will take place on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 20, a federal holiday commemorating the life and achievements of the inspirational American civil rights leader.
Increasingly, career experts are advising job seekers to produce a visual resume to complement (not replace) their traditional resume. This is particularly relevant if you’re looking for work in creative fields such as marketing, advertising and sales or graphic arts or high-tech roles, or client-facing roles such as training.
It’s a new year, and with it comes new opportunities. You’re probably beginning to take action on your new year’s resolutions, such as more networking, improving your elevator pitch, and developing a social media plan.
But there are more things you can do to help boost your job search. Did you know that personnel staffing services and contract firms can be excellent job search resources?
It’s that time of year again: when we make resolutions for the New Year. And most everyone’s doing it too. Some common ones: Save money, manage stress, take a trip, get a better education and exercise. That’s why we weren’t surprised last January to find that the number of people at the gym had grown exponentially from just a few weeks before.
If you’re a job seeker, you’re probably thinking about making resolutions that will help you land that great new job you’ve been looking for.