More than a third of all people found their last job because of someone they knew.
If that’s not enough to push your networking efforts into high gear, I don’t know what will.
Networking isn’t a skill that comes naturally to everyone. Most people have to learn how. Making connections with other people can be especially difficult if you are shy, introverted, young, or lacking social skills.
Whatever your business experience or social comfort level, it’s not difficult to improve your networking skills. You don’t need a teacher or a seminar, just some new habits.
Here’s a list of 50 habits to master. Learn these and you’ll be on your way to building a the kind of network that advances your career.Read more
If you are changing careers or just beginning your job search, the informational interview can be your new best friend. Here are the advantages of arranging a meeting between you and someone already working where you’d like to work, or doing what you’d like to do.Read more
Most of us have been asked awkward questions in social situations. Are you pregnant? What did you pay for your home? How did the two of you meet? Do you like your job?
But being asked certain questions during a hiring process is a more serious matter. Even questions like, “What country are you from,” or “Are you married,” can get an interviewer in trouble.
But my intent here is to keep you out of trouble.
It is against the law — both Federal and state — for people like hiring managers and recruiters to ask certain questions. These are questions that are not related to the job under discussion. Interview and application questions must be relevant to the specifications of the job description, and not used to probe for personal facts.Read more
Do you dread the phone interview? Afraid your voice will sound weak or nasal?
Or you’ll get tongue-tied?
Or say something stupid?
Or not have time to elaborate on your qualifications?
Or that the interviewer will call when your children are fighting, the television is at full volume cartoon soundtrack, and you’re in the middle of stir frying dinner?
There are ways around all these problems. And they are all simple solutions. You can score high on a telephone interview with a little know-how and prep work.Read more