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Stephen Colbert: Have Fun In Interviews

Earlier this week, I flew back to New Jersey to give a presentation, and came in early to spend a few days in New York City to soak up some culture. What was originally going to be personal time ended up being a busy work trip filled with meetings with business contacts, recruiters, and social media community managers.  No matter; I was delighted at the prospect of meeting these folks in real life after connecting via social media.  It’s the personal connection that cements any kind of business relationship, and social media makes these in-person meetings possible whereas our paths… Read »




Authenticity Has To Be Real In A Job Search

Be yourself… “fake it ‘til you make it” simply doesn’t fly in today’s economy. Employers are getting more sophisticated and able to sniff out smoke screens from lesser qualified applicants trying to puff themselves up to something that they aren’t. Focus on being the best you that you can be in the interview, but don’t be a chameleon and change your stripes so much that you can’t recognize yourself from one job interview to the next. By being true to your authentic self, you’ll connect better with those who are interviewing you, and you won’t have to worry about covering… Read »




Who’s Driving The Interview Bus?

So, who is exactly in control during the actual interview? Did you guess the employer? Wrong. You BOTH are in control. Most job applicants mentally hand over all the power in a job search to the prospective employer, being that they (the employer) has something that the candidate wants (the job). It’s easy to think that the target company is the sole decision maker as to whether they hire that person or not. This is a dangerous attitude to take, because in essence, you are effectively handing over the power of the situation to someone else, when in fact, you… Read »




Being Proactive Means Being Forearmed

When was the last time you interviewed? Has it been awhile? Or do your palms immediately turn sweaty even THINKING about going into an interview? Take some of the pain out of this process by proactively rehearsing your answers to those questions before going into the interview, and keep an eye to what your accomplishments have been at your previous employer(s). Do as much research as you can about the target company, so that when you walk into the interview, you are grounded on your background, understand the types of questions that they might throw at you, and have done… Read »




Boasting or Telling a Story That Shows Results?

This morning I met with a client who confided in me that she is not “used to boasting about herself” in her résumé, and that this entire exercise was very difficult for her.  Then she laughed uncomfortably. Too often, this is the case when people sit down to work on their most important career document. They DON’T feel comfortable about “boasting” about themselves. And that’s exactly the problem. They shouldn’t be boasting. Instead, they should be telling stories where they are the starring character.  If done correctly, these stories aren’t all about boasting. You are just telling a story that… Read »




Career Savvy: You Are What You Wear

Remember the good old days of high school?  How the clothing that you wore really defined your image? Surprise!  The work world isn’t much different.  The only thing that has changed is that for the most part, no one is going to say anything directly to you about what you wear… they simply won’t hire or promote you if the image that you project doesn’t fit within the company culture. What we wear and our appearance DOES impact our career… from the first few seconds in an interview to what you choose from your closet on a daily basis. Sound trivial? It is,… Read »




Don’t Underestimate The Power Of "Thank You"

One of the most important aspects of conducting a job search is remembering to thank everyone who has helped you. We all know the drill on what happens, though. Someone helps us along the way, and in the back of our mind, we think, “Oooooh, I should send them a thank you note…” and then life happens.  Kids need to get to soccer practice, you’ve got a new job lead you are following up on, and there’s that meeting you need to get to… time slips by quickly. …And then you realize a week or so later, “Gee, I really… Read »




Be In The Know: What Employers Are Not Allowed To Ask

This blog is copyright 2010 Pathfinder Writing and Career Services LLC http://www.pathfindercareers.com/ _________________________________ Right now, there are a lot of job seekers who have been out of work for awhile and are starting to get desperate. If you find yourself among them, there might be a certain threshold that you encounter during the job search process that could include an employer crossing a line, perhaps even asking a question that is inappropriate or illegal. So what do you do? On one hand, you desperately need the money and will practically do anything to get a job, any job, that pays… Read »




Interviewing the Interviewer – How to Win Points In An Interview

When we first get that call for an interview, a sense of elation sets in. “Yay! I got an interview!” Then, reality hits, and it means hunkering down and doing a lot of research to make sure you are totally prepared for the interview. But one thing many people fail to do is to go on the offensive in the interview. This is a two-way street. You should be interviewing the prospective employer just as much as they are interviewing you. There are a lot of things to consider, including: 1) Is the company financially healthy? The common wisdom in… Read »




Five Tips to Empower Yourself During the Interview

Eureka! Let’s say you’ve finally landed an interview, did all the research on the target company, and are now sitting in the hot seat, being grilled about your background from a panel of prospective bosses. Who is exactly in control here? Did you guess the employer? Wrong. You BOTH are in control. Most job applicants mentally hand over all the power in a job search to the prospective employer, being that they (the employer) has something that the candidate wants (the job). It’s easy to think that the target company is the sole decision maker as to whether they hire… Read »





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