Some of your bosses will be amazing. Most will be mediocre. Your time with the former will go by too quickly. The latter will be easily forgotten.
But the horrendous bosses will haunt you. You’d love to forget them. — and God knows you’ve tried — but you won’t be able to. You’ll talk about them in bars with your friends and the occasional patient stranger. You’ll tell your therapist about them. You’ll quit jobs and maybe even abandon entire career tracks because of them. Horrible bosses are forever.
Don’t get burned again. Learn to spot them during the interview process, then run the other way. Read More →
Your resume is polished. You’ve been networking like mad. Your interview suit is even pressed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. You’re also completely and totally exhausted. The job search is draining, and doing it right feels like a full-time gig. So why not hack your job search with these seven tips?
1. Search Your LinkedIn Connections’ Connections
Seeing who your 1st degree connections are connected to is a hassle, especially if you’re looking for a possible referral. Instead of clicking and scrolling (and scrolling and scrolling), use this free extension for Google Chrome and search those connections instead. Search by company, title, skill, or just about anything else that might appear on their profile. Read More →
Most people think that managing your career means carving out a weekend afternoon and spending quality time with your laptop, grinding away at your resume or scouring job boards. There was certainly a time when this was true. (OK, this was true until maybe about two years ago. You get where I’m going here.) These days, however, you can manage your career from the coffee line or, better yet, from inside one those interminable meetings your boss is so fond of. These 10 career apps can help you find jobs, bolster your network, and develop mobile-friendly personal marketing collateral. Read More →
You’ve got six weeks left to find a job in 2013. Yes, you read that correctly. No matter how festive you may (or may not) be, vacation time starts November 15. Even though most people won’t start taking time off until the following week, no one is starting first-round interviews the week before everyone leaves.
Then December brings end-of-year meetings filled with annual summaries and budgeting exercises that often threaten to chop any open headcount. The December holidays? Those are a wash.
Unless you’re prepared to wait until the second week of January to start looking again, it’s time to kick your job search into high gear. Read More →
So you nailed your first job interview. You prepared ahead of time by doing research on the company, the role, and the hiring manager. You gave a compelling account of your skills and experience, relating each to the hiring manager’s most pressing challenges. You walked out feeling confident that they’d call you in for a second-round interview.
And so they have. Now what?
The first-round interview is a fast, nerve-wracking examination of your personality and ability. The second-round job interview, however, is a different creature altogether. The rules have changed and there are new expectations and challenges. Before you freak out about the next interview (“But I already told my best stories!”), take a deep breath and study up on our handy how-to for acing a second-round interview. Read More →
An invitation to a short interview isn’t a sign of disrespect or disinterest. It’s simply a sign that your interviewer — probably your potential boss — is swamped and starved for time, which is very likely the reason they need to hire you in the first place. So instead of becoming annoyed or terrified when a company wants to do a speed date interview with you, embrace it. Organizing your thoughts in advance and being able to turn a rushed meeting into a productive learning session for you and your employer is the key to advancing to the next round. Here’s the strategy I’ve used to coach hundreds of candidates to success in even the shortest of interviews. Read More →
“What’s your desired salary?” Few elements of the job search create as much fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and unadulterated panic as those four little words. At The Hired Guns, we’re always coaching people on salary and benefits negotiation. A large part of that process involves dispelling rumors and disabusing professionals of the terrible advice they’ve accumulated from friends, family, and fevered Google searches.
Negotiating your salary at a new job doesn’t need to be frustrating or confusing. It doesn’t need to involve white-knuckle terror or lying through your teeth. When done right, it’s a simple, straightforward process that leaves both sides of the table satisfied. Read More →
Jen Geller is The Hired Guns’ resident Talent Booker. This is her first post.
I have a weird specialty. I do interviews. Specifically, I make them happen. I’ve been setting them up, preparing people, and dealing with the fallout from ones that have gone awry for over a decade. And boy, do they go awry. A lot.
I’ve set up interviews as a TV producer and as a conference producer, and now I do it here at The Hired Guns. If you go on a job interview through The Hired Guns, you and I will work together. I’ll call you, prep you, send you a confirmation email, and make sure you’re ready to dazzle. But sometimes, no matter how prepared and enthusiastic people are, no matter how ready they are to absolutely nail it, they can still undermine all their hard work by making the simplest mistakes.
These aren’t “interview fails.” They’re not major catastrophes or colossal meltdowns. But they are things that will weaken your chances. They’re also things you probably have no idea that you’re doing. Read More →
Today’s question comes from an anonymous but thoroughly frustrated digital innovator:
Companies often advertise for “thought leaders” and “game changers,” but during the interview process, they usually reveal that they really just want to build incrementally on what they’ve already got. In a second interview with a major company, I realized that although they want to be recognized as an innovator in their industry, their major focus is on building the adoption for their current technologies across the company. I can do this, but I have the skills, insight, and passion to build the next generation. Is it worth continuing the conversation with them? Do I stand a chance of convincing them to innovate?
That’s a great question. It’s actually pretty rare for prospective employers to be guilty of outright false advertising. It’s way more likely that they’re “aspirational innovators,” meaning that they want to innovate. Someday. When the stars align and everything is perfect, they’ll take that leap. Unfortunately, that’s not quite your timeline, is it? Read More →
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve received a boatload of requests for a post with all the 28 Days links in one place. Ask and ye shall receive, friends. Here they are! Read More →
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