To Whom it May Concern,

Guest Blog courtesy of Lauren McAdams of Resume Companion. If you’ve ever read about how to properly put… Continue reading “To Whom it May Concern,”…

How Interesting are You?

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Heather Huhman wrote a great post about the personal qualities that hiring managers don’t like to see in a candidate. But it’s the Smart Brief link title that caught my eye: Are you too boring to hire? Huhman writes: “Hiring managers don’t want to see a candidate who has no additional interests or personality beyond what’s required to get a job in their industry. You need to show you’re a human being, not a robot. Hiring managers love to see candidates with hobbies, or even those who have taken on a second job—it shows you’re able to make good use of your free time to expand your skills and interests, and this is a quality that’s likely to spill over into your professional life.” Continue reading “How Interesting are You?”…

Creative Recruiting Ads

Think recruiting is a serious business?  Think again. Enjoy a sampling of creative, funny and effective recruiting ads.… Continue reading “Creative Recruiting Ads”…

Why Didn't I get the Offer?

You may have experienced what you consider to be a great interview - I mean a GREAT interview. You waited; maybe you even decided not to pursue other opportunities because this job and the chemistry in the interview felt so right. But the call didn't come. It can be frustrating. Continue reading “Why Didn't I get the Offer?”…

Your Greatest Strength is Also Your Weakness

Two of the most dreaded questions in interviewing are dreaded for good reason. “What is your greatest strength?” and “What is your greatest weakness?” are mirror image questions that drive jobseekers crazy. (For the record, they drive most recruiters crazy, too; they would love to hear the real answers, but never get more than tired clichés in return.) We are perpetually perplexed by these mirror image questions because they are not mirror images at all – they’re the same question. Continue reading “Your Greatest Strength is Also Your Weakness”…

Confident Career Strategies

Stewart says that the first step in preparing for an interview is to conduct a thorough inventory of your skills and accomplishments. A sort of personal SWOT analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses in a competitive market can help you prepare to answer tough questions in the interview. These are internal qualities, whereas Opportunities and Threats are environmental qualities. What outside factors might influence the market for your skills? Is your programming language of choice being phased out? Are you an early adopter of some technique or technology? Being aware of industry trends helps you position yourself within a larger context. Continue reading “Confident Career Strategies”…