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Phone Interviews are Still a Thing – Even in the Age of Zoom

August 12, 2020 7:41 am Published by

So you are thinking that in the days of Zoom, FaceTime and Skype you don’t need to prepare phone interviews. Well you would be wrong if that is how you are thinking. Phone interviews still matter and this article on 10 Ways to ACE phone interviews still has valuable tips. Why are phone interviews still being used? First, you probably recognize why phone meetings with recruiters are being used right now. The big reason is that phone interviews lower costs. So do Zoom, FaceTime and Skype but those video tools probably take... View Article

I’m just looking for a good place to work

January 15, 2018 9:58 pm Published by

One of the most stressful parts of the job search is evaluating whether or not a certain company would be a good place to work – for you.  Questions you ask yourself could be – How do I pick a good place to work? How do I know if I will like working in a certain company? A recent article in the Society for Human Resource Management magazine looked at data from the Effective Workplace Index which identified characteristics of high performing versus low performing organizations.  The index compares how... View Article

Get a Grip; What Does Your Handshake Say About You!

July 12, 2017 10:41 am Published by

I recently read a note about handshakes in a career journal and thought I would update and re-post the following that I wrote many years ago. We assume everyone knows how to shake hands, right? Not so. A recruiter shared with me the other day, how often he met college students and professionals who really did not know how to do a professional handshake. It might seem silly, but your handshake is one of those things that people in general or hiring managers will remember about you. Your handshake says... View Article

Summer Job Interview Questions for Teens

June 11, 2017 5:28 pm Published by

I wrote this about summer job interview questions for teens a decade ago and just saw another website (won’t name any names) had pretty much copied the content word for word (:> So I thought I would republish it here since the material is still super relevant. There was no social media when I wrote this back then, so I didn’t need to warn teens about the fact that 90 percent of employers are going to look them up online.  Definitely fix that by reading this – 11 Rules for... View Article

Tell Your Story and Push Past Networking Anxiety

November 14, 2016 7:21 pm Published by

Anyone who knows me well enough can tell you about my very real aversion to most conventions, among them, the traditional networking event. Something about the prospect of going into a room full of strangers— not necessarily to have fun per se— but to just chat about what we’re up to professionally and maybe exchange contact information, unnerves me. These events can often begin to feel tiresome when the meaningful exchange of ideas intersects with the need to self-promote, preach, or sell something. I’m not into that. Enough of my... View Article

3 Tips for Successful Phone Interviews

October 30, 2016 12:18 pm Published by

Update: Originally published 12/3/2010 How important are phone interviews? Very. When I owned BullsEyeResumes, I wrote a lot about doing phone interviews especially during the technology boom.  In fact, I updated one of my articles last year – 10 Ways to ACE the phone interview (originally posted 10/1/2008) because I find many job seekers are still struggling with phone interviews. Why are phone interviews used? First, you have to understand why these phone meetings with recruiters are used. Like SKYPE interviews, the phone interview lowers the costs of recruiting. They... View Article

Why an Informational Interview is so POWERFUL!

March 4, 2016 4:49 pm Published by

We are almost at that time of year when millions of new college grads will walk across the stage without a plan for next steps.  The AfterCollege.com survey for 2014 college graduates showed that 80% graduatedwith no job or career lined up. The bigger issue is not just that they don’t have jobs lined up, is that most, don’t know which careers are in their futures.  The informational interview is a quick way to learn about careers from people on the inside.  It’s one of the reasons that career centers... View Article

Put your Best Foot Forward in Temp Jobs

November 23, 2014 8:57 am Published by

The National Employment Law Project reports that temporary workers fill 2.5% of all jobs in the US.  And this was before the Gig Economy really took off. Millions of new college grads, people reentering the workforce or those making career transitions will often spend some time in temp jobs.  No matter how long the assignment, temp jobs are an opportunity to put your best foot forward and be an impressive employee. Be a Team Player and Get Along With Other People The National Association of Colleges and Employers surveys employers... View Article

Job Interview Body Language Can Kill the Job Search

June 20, 2014 11:55 am Published by

A UCLA study showed that up to 93% of communication effectiveness is determined by nonverbal cues. Author, Alton Barbour, writer of Louder Than Words: Nonverbal Communication, states that the impact of a message is 7% verbal, 38 % percent vocal ie. volume, pitch, rhythm, etc and 55% about body movement, mostly in the form of facial expressions.  That means that job interview body language is just as important as what you say. If you are job hunting, you should know that hiring managers and interviewers spend a lot of time... View Article

Summer Job Interview Questions and Answers

June 1, 2014 11:49 am Published by

As you consider where to work and what kind of work you want to do this summer, don’t forget to write a resume and prepare for the job interview. Job interview preparation is really key to job interview success! Here are 5 job interview questions employers ask in summer job interviews all the time. Add your own specific examples to come up with the best answers to questions in the job interview. Q. Tell me a little about yourself?  A. The interviewer wants to learn more about your skills, abilities and some of your interests.... View Article

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