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Interviewing the Interviewer Helps Get the Job


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

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

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 »


Failure is Your Best Career Friend – What You Need To Know


August 22, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, interview, Job Search, Resume, Social Media

Failure: When it comes to work, we hate to fail. We become vulnerable. Less than expert. Prone to mistakes. And possibly less competent. At least that’s what our beady little brains tell us. But failure is a part of nature and a fact of life. Despite having a mindset of 100% perfect and anything less than perfect is a failure, there is a kernel of wisdom in our perfection-seeking lives. The nugget I am talking about is failure itself. We spend so much time avoiding discussing or even acknowledging it. But the best career strategists out there know exactly what… Read »


Fake it Until You Make it… or Break it!


August 3, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, interview, Job Search

Fake it until you make it – we hear that phrase a lot. But being ready to move into the next level requires confidence. You need to have faith in yourself that you can not only do most of the job requirements, but also be able to navigate around and grow into learning new things that are part of the job. And the truth is that there is a lot of a new job that you won’t know. So you have to fake it until you make it… in terms of really understanding and knowing how to do the job…. Read »


Video Interview Killed The Candidate Star


February 8, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, interview

Pssst! Wanna know a secret? I LOATHE doing videos. Put me on stage speaking in front of a crowd of 2,000+ people: No problem. Put me in front of a video camera by myself: I turn into a blithering idiot. So yeah, I know how it feels. Video is not easy (well, maybe for some); for most of us, not so much. Recently, a former client contacted me and said that she had her first video interview and it turned into a disaster. To use her direct quote: “What a train wreck. I hope they get a very big bowl… Read »


When Team Spirit Fizzles Your Job Search


June 24, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Resume

Sure, we all want to demonstrate that we have team spirit, but it can fizzle your job search. Say what?!!!!??!! Yes, it’s great to be rah-rah about the team when talking about past projects, but sometimes, this can be a liability, versus an asset. In job searches, I’ve found that people start talking about their accomplishments in “we” and team spirit terms, and don’t use personal language. But that’s not what the employer is interested in… They aren’t hiring the rest of the team. They are interested in what YOU can do. Not the others. When it comes down to… Read »


What You Read Shapes Your Career


April 14, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search, Networking

Like many people, I am ashamed to admit that I have become a “skimmer,” which is a far cry from the voracious reader that I used to be in earlier years. In fact, as a kid, it was more common than not that I would be in the middle of a 500-page book. (Color me nerdy.) But today, skimming is a real problem. We are only touching the surface of an idea. We truly aren’t getting into the deeper and finer points of the content. Just get to the point, you say. What’s the baseline so I can understand what… Read »


The One Word That Can Shatter Your Career


April 2, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search, Networking

There’s one word that can do more harm than any other when it comes to your career. Using it cuts the legs out from underneath your credibility. It is one that too many people use… and the trouble is that they don’t even know that they are using it. What is this powerful word? It’s the word “think.” As in, “I think I am capable of doing this…” Or, “This is a task I can do, I think.” Too many times when I am interviewing clients about their accomplishments or abilities, they will use “I think.” Really? You think… but… Read »


Why You Need To Get Over Being Nervous In Interviews


March 12, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search, Networking

Being nervous during interviews happens to most people. We tend to focus too much on what the outcome might be (read: I won’t get the job) that we forget to be in the moment. And that feeds our nervousness. But what we are really doing is becoming our very own saboteur. If you are so distracted by outcomes and not investing your energy into the conversation taking place, then THAT’s actually where you lose control and fail. Instead, try to think about an interview in these terms: Imagine that the interviewer is a celebrity you’ve been dying to meet. You… Read »


The Most Important Interview Minute


November 20, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment

The most important interview minute?  It could be the final closing and asking for the job… that’s absolutely critical. Nope. Or is it the first minute once the interview starts? Nope. The most important interview minute is BEFORE it starts. This moment in time occurs when you are being transferred from the waiting area into the interview room… you have about a minute before things settle down and start to get serious. This is your window of opportunity….It’s what you do when you walk in and make a beeline for the chair where you will be sitting. How you handle… Read »


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