If you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel,
Change your viewpoint,
Change your viewpoint,
Words Matter throughout the interview process. Before your interview, prep for the questions the employer may ask. During the interview, focus on the job not the offer, balance "I" and "We," and avoid "I don't know." After the interview, send the thank you note.
As one-year closes and another begins, online articles appear to showcase trends we've seen and what to watch. After reviewing a few articles, I've put together a short summary and tips for applying the information to your own career.
The commonalities of the articles referenced at the end of the article are self-awareness, accountability, and continual learning.
You’ve prepped. You’ve analyzed the job description and researched the company. You understand what competencies and experience they want you to have. You’ve prepped your stories to share as evidence of those competencies and experiences. But, you may still be missing something. A key ingredient. The real you.
An often overlooked, yet high impact, part of any interview is the chance to ask questions. Prepare a list of possible questions and prioritize the top 2-3 that you want to ask. At the end of a regular interview, you may have 10 minutes at the end of the interview. In a job fair, time may be even more limited. Use your time wisely.
Consider what you still need to know to assess whether the job is a good opportunity for you.
Understand the process
Adapted from November 3, 2017, “Ask Good Questions”
Sometimes career gels. You're happy, successful, and producing well. Other times, it just feels off.
Looking at the whole of your career can be daunting. Don't.
Consider your current situation and break the whole career into steps.
Consider the following questions. These represent a few key moments that can cause us to feel stuck. If you feel you have the answer, move on to the next. If you initial response is, "I don't know" or "I'm not sure," dig deeper.
It is important to celebrate your milestones and the progress you are making on your goals. Use the beginning of the year or anniversaries to pause and recognize growth.
I'm excited to share the anniversary of when I opened my coaching business and blog. Stepping out on my own was a big move. I'm excited by my progress, and look forward to the coming year's development. I've enjoyed helping clients, meeting new people, and sharing tips and tools to your facilitate success.
Based on the topics most often visited in my resource pages and blog posts, visitors like you are exploring career transitions and interested in telling their story clearly in the interview, resume, online, and while networking.
If you are interested in these same topics, explore the links below. (rotating slideshow)
If you wish to explore these or any other career questions further, send me a message through the contact form.
The start of a new year is always a good time to make plans. Here are a few suggestions for New Year's Resolutions for the career minded. We would also love to hear about any resolutions that you have personally set. Submit your comments through our blog.
Planning for your own professional performance development.
A big change for everyone is that companies don't spend as much money on training as they once did. Even if they offer training, it is based on their needs for today. Each person needs to take responsibility for their own personal performance development plan. Set your goals for 2018.
Understanding functional and industry skills
If you already understand the changing nature of your field, map out the skills and knowledge you need to build. If you are unsure of what the future holds ...
As a candidate, you still have work to do, but several trends in the recruiting world will work in your favor. CareerXRoads recently listed two of the the three trends impacting Talent Acquisition as a heightened focus on relationships and candidate experience.
Throughout my career, I've point to referrals and networking as key sources of candidates for employers. CareerXRoads shows that these are increasingly being used by companies. It is therefore important for a candidate to build a network that overlaps with his or her targeted companies.
There are many opportunities for networking during this season as companies and associations hold year end social gatherings. Take advantage of these gatherings to talk with people in your company you haven't met yet or others related to your occupation or industry.
An often overlooked, yet high impact, part of the interview is the chance to ask questions.
Ask good questions. Prepare a list of possible questions and priorities the top 2-3 questions that you want to ask.
Since, you may only get 5 minutes at the end of the interview. Use them wisely.
Consider what you still need to know in order to assess whether the job is a good opportunity for you.
Decide what factors about the culture and which values are important to you and ask for details. Confirm the fit with your work values and priorities
Understand the process
Show what you know and verify what you've learned
Julie L. Bartimus,