I’m not going to sugarcoat it – ‘fun’ and ‘resume’ don’t blend as harmoniously as Batman and Robin or the scrumptious combination of peanut butter and jelly. It’s safe to say that some people would rather endure a 2-hour cavity drilling session at the dentist’s office over investing time in perfecting their resume. But the reality is, your resume and cover letter are valuable collateral and can greatly impact the career trajectory you envision for yourself.
“Why were you let go from your previous position?”
The question is cringe-worthy. It feels like the hiring manager is staring into your soul as beads of sweat begin forming in your tightly clasped hands. However, the reality is, if you were terminated from a past position, you will be asked this question in your interview. No matter what euphemism you elect to use – parted ways, terminated, etc. – you will still have to provide an explanation to your prospective employer. Properly preparing to answer this question is the best way to avoid getting tongue-tied or issuing a slew of ‘um’s,’ which can paint your candidacy in a negative light.
Champagne toasts, rainstorms of confetti, and the iconic Times Square Ball Drop marked the start of the 2018 year. Along with the usual celebrations comes the time-honored tradition of establishing our New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you're committed to following a new diet, saving money, or jet-setting to new places, it's important not to let your resolve waver as the months go by. A new year means new opportunities to meet your goals, including those relating to your career and professional development. Here are a few reasons why partnering with a staffing agency can help you accomplish some of your work-related goals.
With a new job comes a rollercoaster of emotions -– excitement that rivals Will Ferrell’s whenever Santa Claus is around in Elf, uncertainty surrounding whether or not you’ll fit in with your colleagues, an eagerness to succeed, anxiety over how comprehensive your training will be, and the inevitable confusion you’ll face when you accidentally sit at a coworker’s desk or wander into the wrong conference room.
The good news is, the barrage of conflicting emotions is completely normal, albeit a bit uncomfortable. Along with a fresh start comes the opportunity to set yourself up for success by asking questions and gaining important insight into the culture, processes, and overall lay of the land.
Whether you’re facing the pressure of acing final exams, making your first student loan payment, or learning how to navigate the wildly competitive labor market for the first time, getting your foot in the door isn’t easy. If you’re still a student, nabbing a job that is both rewarding and suitable for your erratic schedule of classes, lectures, and studying may seem extremely difficult. While it may take a bit of added effort, you don’t have to work a job that you wholeheartedly despise.
Similarly, for recent grads or career changers, you can break into your target industry without taking an unrelated position just to foot the bills. Starting your career with a temporary job is a great way to get experience in your field of choice with the flexibility to complement the varying lifestyles of students and recent graduates. Here’s how taking a temporary job can work for you.
Whether you’re a politician in the limelight, a big-wig business professional, or a recent college graduate, experiencing a spike in stress or anxiety before an event is perfectly normal. So, if you’ve been suffering from a case of pre-interview jitters, don’t beat yourself up about it. However, you shouldn’t let your nerves consume you and jeopardize your candidacy. To calm the butterflies in your stomach and make a great first impression, here are 6 tips to get you ready for your next job interview.
Despite your eclectic work experience, impressive collection of internships, and applaudable top-tier schooling, getting noticed amidst a heaping pile of resumes is no easy feat. This is especially true for highly-coveted companies like Facebook or Google, where it would take an archaeological mission just to excavate your resume from the mound of applications. Oh, the throes of living the job seeker life. You need to customize your resume to complement each new position you apply for, perform in-depth research of your potential employer to ace your interview, and more importantly, you need to be memorable if you want to seperate yourself from the swarm of hungry competitors.
Sleeping in until noon, binge-watching hours of Netflix, and spending time with family and friends are some of the highlights of a holiday vacation. After weeks of arduous work, some much-needed time off from your daily grind is the perfect opportunity to recharge your brain. Whether your days were filled with traveling or you decided to get cozy with a good book, taking the time to reset means you'll be refreshed and ready to bring your A-game when Monday morning rolls around.
Family, a scrumptious bowl of stuffing, and the mouth-watering aroma of roasted turkey means Thanksgiving is in the air. With the holiday just days away, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on all the things you’re grateful for. In the spirit of gratitude, use this opportunity to show your coworkers – the second family you spent a bulk of your time with – some appreciation. By showing your colleagues how thankful you are, you not only solidify the strength and quality of your relationship with that individual, but you will also see a corresponding effect on your work, interactions, and future networking as a result.
Whether you were unsuccessful in executing a corporate project, weren’t awarded a promotion you were gunning for, or lost a major client due to a mistake, the way in which you discuss a professional failure in a job interview is crucial to selling your candidacy. While your pulse may accelerate and your legs plead for you to evacuate, I promise you there’s a way to answer this question truthfully without scaring away your potential employer.