Changing careers can be a huge commitment in terms of time, money, risk and effort which makes it well worth it to do as much research as possible before taking the plunge. The more thought and preparation you put in ahead of time, the more likely you are to end up a happy situation where you enjoy your job, make the salary you need and otherwise create the work/life that you want. But what are the best ways to find out about a new career without actually jumping in and getting a new job? … Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on January 18, 2012 at 3:22pm —
While a thoughtfully written thank you note is not enough to get you the job without solid qualifications, it helps to leave a positive impression in the mind of your interviewers. And in a competitive job market, every little bit helps! To make the most of your thank you notes after a job interview, here is my advice as a career counselor in Boston.
1. Traditional Paper versus Email Thank You… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on January 11, 2012 at 3:14pm —
The key to answering this question, either in an interview or a cover letter, is to give a concrete, non-generic answer that shows you know something about the company you say you’d like to work for! The goal is to show that you’re not just applying for any job you might get. After doing a little research on the company website, or talking to friends who work there, here are a few of the better reasons from a career… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on December 21, 2011 at 5:55pm —
Have you ever gotten one of those oddball interview questions that seems to come out of nowhere? One of those questions you didn’t prepare for and are not sure how to deal with? You might be asked: If you had a super power, what super power would you have? What kind of animal would you be and why? Or maybe: Why are pothole covers round?
Most of these questions, even including the last one, don’t have a clear answer and seem to be pretty far out in left field. And WHAT do they… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on December 7, 2011 at 5:30pm —
Much has been written on the topic of interview etiquette and much more, I’m sure, will continue to be written about this topic. Because it’s important. While looking presentable at an interview won’t get you the job without some strong example-laden interview answers, looking unpresentable will certainly prevent you from getting the job. And we don’t want that! So here’s a quick review of interview… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on October 5, 2011 at 10:47am —
Before an interview, it’s important to prepare yourself to make the best impression. This includes practical preparation from ironing your clothes to making sure you know how to get to the interview location on time. It also includes knowing your own strengths and how to present yourself well in the form of an interview conversation. The third element of preparation which shouldn’t be neglected is spending some time online researching the company and the job. It’s this third element… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on September 28, 2011 at 10:57am —
There are all sorts of pitfalls you may stumble into during a job interview. These may include things like badmouthing your former boss, rambling on about irrelevant details, or totally failing to answer a question which was asked. The good news is that while these aren't awesome, they don't have to mean a failed interview. With the following five strategies, you can turn the interview around.1. Stop it!
If you catch yourself going down the wrong track during an… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on July 20, 2011 at 10:39am —
Informational interviews can be extremely useful both when you’re exploring other possible career choices and as a powerful information source and networking tool. In the first case, using an informational interview to hear what a job is like from someone who actually does the job you’re considering is invaluable. In the second, an informational interview can be a unique way to gather information about a company or role you’d like to apply for, as well as making powerful networking contacts… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on July 6, 2011 at 4:00pm —
It’s one of the interview questions many job seekers dread: Why did you leave your last job? The question becomes especially intimidating in a situation where you were fired. No one likes to talk about being fired in the first place, and what worse place to be forced to talk about it than in a job interview?
While it would be better to be able to say you left your job to go back to school or to write a book, it’s entirely possible for a job seeker to come…
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on June 22, 2011 at 5:05pm —
I’m often asked what the best way to succeed in an interview is, and as far as I’m concerned the answer is two fold: Confidence and Preparation. The first of the two, confidence, can be a little trickier to teach. It has to do with believing in your own strengths and abilities (or at least pretending to) as well as making a great first impression. In today’s post, I’m focusing on the second equally important element: preparation.
When I say preparation I mean a few things:… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on May 25, 2011 at 11:00am —