Why You Should Maybe Stop Being Late For Meetings

running lateHow many interviews have we seen go south simply because the candidate was a few minutes late? Far too many. As in, a number you probably wouldn’t easily believe. Yesterday, Gadi Shamia, co-founder and CEO of neat calender tool Magneto, posted a worthwhile piece on the value of, you know, actually being on time to meetings.    Read More →

How to Resign Without Burning Your Bridges

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So you’ve finally landed a new gig. It’s a bright, shiny new challenge and a much-needed change of vista. You’re more than ready to move on to your new job, but there’s a catch: you’ve got to resign from your current one first. How you handle that task will either help you or haunt you in the years to come.    Read More →

A Field Guide to Horrible Bosses

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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 →

7 Ways to Hack Your Job Search

vintage photo of a female mechanicYour 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 →

Grab These 10 Career Apps and Make Your Job Search Mobile

Vintage office phoneMost 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 6 Weeks Left to Find a Job in 2013. Here’s How.

Turkey dinnerYou’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 →

How to Ace Your Second-Round Job Interview

Second-Round PanicSo 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 →

The Secret to Nailing A Short Interview

Hourglass macroAn 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 →

Salary Negotiation Doesn’t Have to be a Nightmare

Nail Biting“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 →

6 Ways You’re Blowing Your Job Interview (Without Even Realizing It)

Toilet paper on shoeJen 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 →

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