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Interviewing the Interviewer Helps Get the Job


March 15, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, interview, Interviews

Interviewing the interviewer? Are you serious? Yes. It’s a pretty well-known fact that every candidate should bring in questions to the interview to look smart and invested in the outcome of the discussion. But interviewing the interviewer, too? Let’s put it this way: despite the perception that the employer “has all the power” in the interview, and no matter how badly you want the position, there’s one more variable: Do you even want to work there? Key clues happen during interviews that can help you understand what it might be like to work at that company. And even more importantly,… Read »


Interview Super Prep That Wins the Job


March 10, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment interview, Interviews

Interview super prep is taking what normal people do to prepare for an interview… and put it on steroids. Will you use all of the knowledge that you gain in the interview? Possibly not. But what you do gain is one thing: CONFIDENCE. Remember that adage that knowledge is power? It’s true in this interview super prep situation as well. When you take the time to review a target company’s complete profile, you will be much better versed to speak to virtually anything. I’m not saying you need to remember everything, but even glossing over some recent things can prove… Read »


Career Ladder Exploration Has Many Different Facets


March 1, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Career ladder exploration isn’t sometimes what you think. Most people immediately start thinking that this concept means moving up and moving out. But sometimes, career ladder exploration can go laterally, versus vertically. That is also part of the process. So let’s look at career ladder exploration from the upward-mobility perspective for a moment. Moving up means added responsibility, career growth, an increase in pay (usually), and personal knowledge gain through new learning experiences. But if you really want to be good at it, you should be aware that getting some formal training is in your vested career interest. Most of… Read »


Age Discrimination – Ultimate Fight-Back Guide


February 24, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Age discrimination quick test:  What do these words all have in common? “Fit, vibrant, energetic, stamina, enthusiastic, ambitious, progressive, forward-thinking, adopter of new technology, recent graduate, passionate, motivated, growth, willing to learn, dynamic, adaptable, fresh, inspired, quick-reacting, ability to think on feet, bring a new rejuvenation…” Hint: For more mature workers, it’s meant to not describe you. In essence, this is just a sample of random “code words” used by employers in job announcements to try and deter more mature professionals from applying by using terms usually reserved to describe younger workers. Read between the lines, and these jobs are… Read »


Your Reason for Leaving


February 14, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Your reason for leaving a company can be one of only three things: You left because you wanted to leave. You left because the employer wanted you to leave. You left because both you and the employer wanted you to leave. Discussing your reason for leaving can be tricky, especially when you didn’t really have a say in the matter. Unfortunately, a lot of online applications force you to discuss this point without really giving you an opportunity to fully explain why you left. Here is a glossary of terms you might consider using in order to spin your reason… Read »


Exploring the Career Ladder


February 6, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers

Career ladders are gateways to opportunity. Every company has different career opportunities- whether it means moving up or making lateral transfers. Understanding what your next move might be at a company is critical to your career. So knowing what is available can help you develop a targeted plan on whether you will stay at the company with a specific career move in mind, or if it is time to look beyond your current employer. Assessing the landscape to know what your company’s career ladder puts you within reach of your desired targets means that you need to start paying attention… Read »


The Secret to Phenomenal Career Growth


January 23, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, Job Search

Career growth is something that frequently gets derailed and stagnated. Oftentimes, we get stuck in jobs because the work we are doing demands a rigorous routine and our complete focus. Being consumed by our work means that it consumes our attention away from our career. If you are feeling like you are in a rut and uninspired, the best place to start is this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: Do one thing a day that scares you. This doesn’t mean radical things. The things that scare you are ones that push your envelope. Simply put: this means trying something new. Routines… Read »


Build Up Skills: Career Planning 101


January 10, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, Job Search

Taking the time to build up skills is an excellent idea. Case in point: Recently, an overseas client contacted me who was in the planning stages of moving back to the U.S. Specifically, he was wondering about how to make the transition back to the American job market. I suggested that he start reviewing U.S.-based job openings to get a sense of what the requirements are, and then take the time to sign up for online courses or attend conferences (if possible) in order to build up skills. By reviewing what employers are looking for and then taking the time… Read »


Goal Setting: How to Catapult Your Career Forward


January 4, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment In The Workplace, Job Search

Goal setting can get left by the wayside. The culprit? The daily grind of work can mean that your career comes to a screeching halt. It’s all too easy to get caught up in routines. And then one day, you wake up and you think, “What the heck am I doing here?!” Don’t feel bad. This happens to all of us at some point. But when you start to have this kind of revelation, that means it’s time to start reassessing and under go some serious goal setting. When things start to feel stale or if you are chafing for… Read »


You Need to Know Where to Look To Find a Great Job


October 20, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers

This week, we are excited to have a guest post provided by Mac Prichard, of the highly-esteemed Macs List in Portland, OR. Mac’s passion is to help job seekers, and he offers this advice to find a great job: Most job seekers make the same simple mistake–one that makes their job search longer and more frustrating than it needs to be. It’s not an ugly resume, a typo in their cover letter, or a faux-pas in an interview. Their fatal flaw is even more basic than that. So what is this huge, no-good, slap-yourself-in-the-forehead mistake? They rely, almost entirely, on… Read »


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