Friday, July 30, 2021

Minimizing Job Search / Career Burnout


Minimizing Job Search / Career Burnout

Take a weekend to yourself.  

No housework, no networking, no thinking about, nothing.  Spend the weekend taking a class in something you know nothing about and that requires your full attention, like a floating meditation class, cooking, or painting.  Or do something active that requires full attention, like visiting a rock climbing wall, hang gliding, ziplining, or hiking.  Pick something that is so out of the ordinary for you that you have to really focus on it.  No thinking about jobs, no talking about jobs, no emailing about jobs.  And leave your phone at home. You will undoubtedly end the weekend much fresher, more focused, and more clear-headed.  

You have probably heard this advice many times, but you need to recharge your battery.  Remember that, just like the Tesla your neighbor just bought, you only have a certain range before you need to recharge.  

And if you need extra motivation to actually follow through on this, think of it as giving yourself good fodder for answering the “what do you do in your free time?” interview question.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Hidden Job Market / Networking / Avoid the Job Boards

If you’re doing your job search thoughtfully (with a goal that can be fulfilled by leveraging the hidden job market (i.e. networking) and not wasting your time trolling the job boards (an inefficient use of time), you’re looking for the right fit where you can do more than just collect a check, but can learn, contribute, and truly thrive.  

I am not an advocate of relying on job boards - if you send out 100 resumes, you will be lucky to get a 3% response rate, 5% tops. In short, your time is better spend networking to identify opportunities through resources BEFORE they posting appears on a job board. The best opportunities are rarely found on Indeed, Glassdoor, etc.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Covers Letters - A screening tool

 Cover Letters - I believe (know) that cover letters are read by hiring managers. The document is a screening tool. Many hiring managers take it a step further and will not consider an applicant if they do not receive a cover letter.

Case in point - the hiring manager receives 200+ resumes with ~50 cover letters (there is not ATS program used by this manager - not uncommon, esp. in non-technical workplaces). The hiring manager does not have time to read 200+ plus resumes so the first weeding out tool is "who bothered to send the cover letter?". With that said, if the applicant did not send a letter, they are likely not going to have the resume read.

Rule of thumb - Always send the cover letter with the resume unless the posting indicates "resume" or "resume only".

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Three (3) Interview Questions that are out of the box but will provide perspective for you.

1. Why did you say “yes” when the position you hold now was offered to you?

2. How would you describe your management style?

3. What’s the most challenging aspect of the role?

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Interview Question NOT to ask.

 Interview Question NOT to ask.

Who are you competitors?

You need to do a little research about the company and market before you go to the interview. Be prepared to mention 2 - 3 facts about industry trends and the market leaders. You may not be able to find information about the new market entrants but finding information about the established companies should be easy.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Unique Interview Questions -

These are questions that should be asked if you feel that the position is right for you. Do not ask immediately; in fact, you may save for the second interview (in short - do not ask during the phone screen).

1. What are that traits of the organization's most successful employees?

2. What do the successful people in this company do differently than the average staff member?

3. Please define "success" in the context of the first 60 days on the job?

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