Link Roundup 5/19/17: Job Interview Tips

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This week we have some great advice on what some consider the scariest part of the hiring process: job interviews. This one on one conversation can dictate whether or not you move on in the process, and it can be quite unnerving! Thankfully we have some links that can help you approach unique situations that may come up. For instance, if you decide to not show for a job interview, there’s a few steps you should follow. All that and more can be found in the links below from this week.

Writing Your Resume When Your Job Title Doesn’t Reflect Your Responsibilities

A great job will allow you to grow and change within it as time goes on. Sometimes, you may take on more responsibilities, but your job title isn’t updated to reflect them. This can make it tricky to update your resume, since the job title may not send the message you want it to. It can be challenging to apply for managerial level roles if ‘manager’ isn’t your title. This helpful article from the Harvard Business Review can help you make it work even if your job title isn’t what you ‘d like it to be. Also, if you’re considering just changing your title yourself on your resume, we discussed why that’s not a great idea in a previous blog post.

The 9 Stupid Myths About Resumes That Most People Still Believe

It’s fairly common to see a new ‘common resume mistakes’ blog almost every week, but this one does something different. Instead of looking at outright mistakes, it focuses on misunderstandings. By breaking down common misconceptions and busting myths about resume writing, it will help you truly form a document that better represents yourself, and excites a hiring manager. If you’re going to be updating your resume anytime soon, this is a must read.

How to Deal with Weird Job Interview Questions

If you’re actively job hunting, you’ve probably prepared yourself for most interview questions. However, sometimes you may get the odd question out of the blue that catches you completely off guard. There’s no way to know what that question may be, but this article discusses the best methodology for answering a unique question. Most of these odd brain teasers have been phased out by the tech companies that were using them, but you never know what you’ll get asked!

What You Need to Do When You Decide to Drop Out of a Job Interview

If you’re feeling unsure about a company you are currently in the hiring process with, don’t worry! Most people in the workforce have had similar thoughts. It’s not uncommon to get ‘cold feet’, but it’s important how you react to that feeling. Dropping out of the hiring process could keep you away from a toxic workplace, but you could also miss out on a great opportunity. This article will help you make the right decision, and if you do drop out, do so professionally.

Pharrell Williams Just Gave Some Savvy Career Advice

Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams may be known for ‘Happy’ and his judging on NBC’s The Voice, but he had some great remarks about pursuing a career in a recent graduation speech. Williams championed on the real world ‘influencers’, who are making positive change around the world, and discussed the important of accomplishments. He also said, that not all accomplishments are equal, but it is important to celebrate them. If you want a breakdown of his full remarks, click the link in the title above.

LinkedIn’s Top Companies of 2017 Reveal What Employees Really Want

LinkedIn has released their Top Companies of 2017, and this article from CNBC describes their takeaways. Specifically, they noted that the most popular companies have a unique combination of brand recognition and intrepid initiatives. These companies are both well known, and forward thinking. This is likely what attracts so many employees to seek them out for employment. Job seekers are seeking out companies that will not just offer benefits, but look great on their resume as well to help their career down the road.

6 Signs the New Employee at Your Office Won’t Last Very Long

They’re not all diamonds. Not every new hire is going to get along with their coworkers, or do their work as expected. Sometimes, things just don’t work out. A strong resume and a great interview don’t always mean a good fit candidate. While it’s not always easy to tell, there are some signs that the new guy or gal just might not stick around too long.

6 Red Flags to Look Out for When Interviewing

Lastly, we have another article about red flags, but this time it’s from the other end of the table. While the previous link help identify a trouble employee, this article from Glassdoor points out some signs that you may want to bail on the company you are interviewing with. There are a few small things that are signs of a bigger problem at a company. Reading over this list isn’t a bad idea if you want to avoid finding out too late that a company doesn’t treat their employees right.

That’s all we have for this week! Now you know how to pick out a problem employee, a problem employer, and how to properly drop out of the hiring process. We’ll be back next week with more links full of advice, so make sure you check back!

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