Very few aspects of adult life are more distressing than the job interview – perhaps because so much depends on the result.
Yet all the advice out there about job interviews seems to go right past practical wisdom to the high-end stuff that might make a difference if everything else goes perfectly. With that in mind, here are 10 real-world tips to help you rock your interview…
I’m going to let you in on a little job searching secret: The “years of experience” section of a job description is often a white lie. The job I got after graduating from college “required” 3 to 5 years of experience. (I had none.) The job I just got “required” 5+ years of experience. (How much experience do I actually have? 3 years.)
One of the often overlooked keys to searching for jobs is to not rely on the job description too heavily…
From time to time job seekers discuss with me the difficulties they face in finding a job, or getting interviews.
Most times I empathize with these individuals because the job search process can take a toll on anyone; people get into panic mode, and all rational thinking goes through the window. And mistakes are made, like these:
No matter how many versions are written, there are certain things a resume just can’t say about you. Which means that your cover letter, online presence, and LinkedIn profile must demonstrate the traits that employers covet most: things like grace under pressure, integrity, charisma and – perhaps most important – a positive attitude.
This infographic provides a great summary of the traits job seekers must make obvious in their personal branding…
I recently attended a two-day conference of top recruiters. And it was a very educational experience as I met and interacted with over 100 of these top professionals.
And not just because of the talk around recruiting best practices, but because it quickly become clear to me that recruiters are the best networkers on the planet. They have connecting down to a science!