After being on the job market for a while, finally landing an interview can be an amazing feeling. However, if you don’t take the right steps to prepare, it could fall through. With today’s job market, you have to do more than just ponder how you will answer questions. In this Link Roundup, we’ve gathered the best advice from this week about how you can prepare to ace the job interview. Furthermore we’ve also included a few updates on the state of the job market, and some other career advice. Check out the links below.
LinkedIn is an incredibly popular networking and job search platform, so who better to go to for advice than LinkedIn’s Global Head of Talent?! In this article, he provides insight into what he believes are the three best ways to stand out as a candidate when interviewing. One of his main points is that you shouldn’t discount any of your experience. It all may be brought to bear later on in your career, and make you a better fit for the role.
While the September jobs report showed a loss due to hurricanes, October returned strong, adding 235,000 jobs. This is at least partially due to seasonal hiring, a trend which will certainly continue into November as the shopping craze begins. This shows the strength of the job market, as each month has consistently added jobs, with September being the only one to break the chain.
The best way to get unbiased advice is to approach a multitude of sources- and Forbes Coaches Council takes this to heart. In this article, twelve different Coaches share their own piece of advice on how to prepare for a job interview. This is great because you get twelve unique pieces of advice, all from different angles. If you only have time to check out one job interview link, make it this one!
Most professionals take a certain amount of pride in their job titles. They seem to be especially important when trying to find a new job! Hiring managers take them into account when considering if you are right for their open position. They seem to carry a lot of weight, which raises the question- how much should you care about your job title? Check out this full article to be clued in.
When it comes time to sit down for an interview, you should be wary of certain questions. Most personal questions are illegal to ask, such as asking your age or marital status. Despite this, a new study conducted found that a surprising amount of job applicants have been asked those types of illegal questions. This poll covers a wide variety of topics on the job interview process. Reading these statistics should help you better understand how the typical job interview goes.
Although we’ve already addressed this topic in our own blog, it still bears repeating. The resume objective is out, and the skills section is in. It helps hiring managers quickly identify your skill set, and it also gives you a fighting chance against applicant tracking systems. So for a number of reasons, implementing a skills section on your resume is a smart move.
If you’re not already aware, social media is one of the newest tools in a hiring managers arsenal. It’s used to vet candidates, and filter out ones that don’t seem right, for a number of reasons. Based on what hiring managers see on a candidate’s profile, they may elect not to pursue them any further. We even outlined what specifically may discourage a hiring manager in a previous blog. Social media is a strong factor that affects your candidacy, so if you have profiles online you should definitely prepare them for your job search.
Time management is a valuable tool whether you’re at work, or at home. It’s especially important if you’re trying to balance a job search on top of everything else. This handy infographic will help you better manage your time. It’s an extremely quick read, but the tips are very easy to implement and should help you find more time in your day. definitely check it out!
Ready to say ‘I QUIT!” at your current job? If so, you may want to take some time to think that decision over. Leaving a job is a huge choice, especially if you don’t have another opportunity waiting. In this article, you will find some advice to try and turnaround your job instead of outright leaving. It has some great advice you can try on your own, as well as some suggestions of conversations to have with your manager. Before abandoning ship, give this article from Lifehacker a read and give your job one last shot!
Job interviews are no light undertaking, but we hope the advice shared this week helps them be slightly less intimidating. At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that a job interview is just a conversation between you and another person. Make your answers conversational, and never lose sight of the fact that you’re just sitting down to talk. It can take some of the pressure of, and make your responses more natural and genuine. Best of luck with your next job interview!