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Boost or blip? Job offers that could haunt you

Boost or blip? Job offers that could haunt you

During a routine LinkedIn profile review, Sheldon Cooper came to mind: “I need answers. I need to determine where, in this swamp of unbalanced formulas, squatteth the toad of truth.” The Toad of Truth was that this was not a routine review. This client had 

The 3 Words That Got Me Happy – and Keep Me There

The 3 Words That Got Me Happy – and Keep Me There

Do you ever feel afraid that depression is hunting you down?  I used to hate myself. Although I would occasionally feel as though there was something of value within me, it was so deep inside an internal vat of muck and self-loathing, it was never 

Job interivews from a connection – 3 steps to get it right

Job interivews from a connection – 3 steps to get it right

You thought you had it made. A friend set you up with an interview at their workplace. Surely your success is guaranteed! After all, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”, right?  But they still employed someone else. What happened? 

I gave a friend’s CV to my employer once. I felt so good ! I was going to help my friend get a job. I was going to help my boss find someone with the right demeanour for the role. I was sure my friend would fit in well, in fact I was very confident she’d hit it off with a few of the senior members. You can imagine our surprise when my pal ended up being second choice.  We both could have prepared much better!

3 things to consider before the interview

Here is what we learned too late: the important things to consider if you get an interview through a friend, or any mutual connection:

  • Are you the right fit? Cultural fit may be more important than you think. Depending on the team dynamic, your relationship with your connection could be either a positive or negative in the employer’s eyes.
  • How well does your connection know you as an employee, or know your career goals? An employer will assess you based on your abilities and your potential. You connection probably knows your abilities, but are you both sending the same message about your potential?
  • Are you ready to do your best – just like any other interview? Don’t take this opportunity for granted – show that employer that you really will do what it takes!

3 actions to take before the interview

So how should you prepare for such an interview?

  • If there is a job description available, get a copy. If there isn’t, go online and find one. Then quiz your connection about how it matches the role and what elements would be best to highlight in the interview.
  • Ask your connection to inspect your outfit choice. Just because the uniform includes jeans, that doesn’t mean you should wear them for the interview. Best to dress at least one notch more formally” than the current employees. (http://www.monster.com/blog/b/what-to-wear-job-interview)
  • Ask yourself why you want the job. Would you still want this job if your connection wasn’t working there? If yes, that’s great! If not, this might be the time to politely withdraw.

Remember, it is an opportunity. It’s not a guarantee, in fact, it may not even be a good idea! Assess this opportunity like any other and take it if it’s the right opportunity for you.

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How watching La La Land could help your career

How watching La La Land could help your career

Boy-meets-girl, both meet career expectations. La La Land only came out a few years ago (4 years this week), but it feels like it’s been forgotten. All the hype died down, and then it vansished from our minds. This is not review about how La 

Career advice from 5-year-old you

Career advice from 5-year-old you

If your current job is leaving you unsatisfied, your inner child may be able to help.

Where is everything?!?

Where is everything?!?

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