Job Seekers: How To Banish Those Job Interview Jitters

July 29, 2015

iStock_000056507028_Medium_150Reader: I get incredible anxiety before and during job interviews. I don’t know why this happens, it just does. Sometimes during interviews my mind goes blank and I don’t know what to say. At other times, I talk so much that I end up talking my way out of the job, because of my rambling. What can I do so I’ll be more relaxed for interviews? Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: How To Respond To Bizarre Job Interview Questions

July 15, 2015

iStock_000020843312_Medium_150A young man I’ve mentored since he was in college recently called me. “Chris” is now about five years into his career and had been interviewing at various companies in search of a more challenging job. He had received a strange question during his telephone interview that day and hadn’t been sure how to answer it.

“The question was bizarre because it had nothing to do with the job requirements and it kind of blindsided me because I wasn’t expecting it,” he explained. “I have no idea if I answered it correctly and now I’m worried that my answer might have cost me the job opportunity.” Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Use A Work Portfolio During Job Interviews To Gain The Hiring Manager’s Attention

July 8, 2015

iStock_000027274769_Medium_150Client: “I’ve been receiving call backs and going to interviews, but I always seem to lose the hiring manager’s interest half way through the interview. How can I hold their attention?”

“Sarah” was in her mid-thirties and had worked as a graphic designer since graduating from college. She had also just finished her master’s degree in communications at a prestigious local university. She had the skills, the experience, and the education, so what was her problem? Sarah hadn’t created a work portfolio – a collection of examples that she could use to show hiring managers how her projects had benefited previous employers and clients. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Survival Tips for Grads to Land the Job They Want

March 30, 2015

shutterstock_230410570_150In June, more than a million college students will graduate*. The good news: surveys suggest employers will be hiring. In fact according to a new survey from Michigan State University, hiring for new graduates is expected to jump by 16%. The bad news: recruiters and employers suggest millennials are entering the labor market with “lackluster resumes and slipshod cover letters,” appearing unfocused, unmotivated and with unrealistic expectations about starting salaries (according to Read the rest of this entry »

How To ‘Shark Tank’ Your Way To A Job Offer

March 18, 2015

iStock_000046220048Medium_150I have a confession… I love watching the television show Shark Tank. For anyone who hasn’t heard of this show, it’s about aspiring entrepreneurs who pitch their business or products to a panel of potential investors. The reason I love this show is because of how similar it is to real life – specifically, to obtaining a job. Here’s what I mean… Read the rest of this entry »