Wednesday, March 18, 2015

3 Simple Changes That Will Help You Land More Networking Meetings

Please tell me you’ve read Adrian J. Hopkins’ recent Daily Muse article, “How to Handle Requests for Favors or Your Time.” If not, make sure you check it out (and bookmark it).

Hopkins examines what connecting with someone really entails and walks through the steps of assessing whether you have the time and energy to help a new contact. His article got me thinking: If there are best practices to decide whether or not to assist a new connection, surely there have to be hacks for the other side of the equation (i.e., things you can do to make people more likely to want to meet with you).

Here are three shifts that can make all in the difference in how your request is received.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

I Quit: Leaving the Job You Held When a Loved One Passed Away

In March, LinkedIn ran a series of articles on quitting your job that included the hashtag #IQUIT and inspired this post. See the full article here.

Grief has a creeping quality: It can sneak up on you when you’re not expecting it. Yes, there are triggers—moments and memories and dates—and then there are things that send you into an emotional tailspin for no obvious reason, and then you realize it’s grief.

I quit a job last week. To clarify, I quit one of four part-time jobs I was working, and I did it in a clumsy and slightly dramatic fashion. (Not exactly what you would expect from someone who writes career advice for a living—that is, at two of the other three jobs).

My quitting experience was hyper-emotional. I was frenetic as I spoke to my supervisor, feeling that I needed to quit—full stop, no room for negotiation—or else it might be several months before I gathered the courage to initiate the discussion again. In the aftermath, I felt nervous: nervous about money, nervous about mishandling things, nervous about betting on myself and the future of my writing career.

And I realized that the intensity with which I approached my decision—from the absolute declaration that I would be leaving to the nerves and tears in the aftermath—all came back to grief. This job was one more piece of myself that existed in the universe when my son was alive that I wouldn’t be able to get back.

Moving on from this job is the right decision professionally, but the immense discomfort I felt—and emoted—is personal. For the first time, I thought about leaving our apartment when our lease is up this summer, not as fresh start, but with the realization that I might struggle mightily to turn in the keys...

Read the rest of the article on LinkedIn.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Phone Interview Fail: What to Do When You're Distracted on the Call

We’ve all been there: You’re on the phone during an afternoon walk, and suddenly, fire engines are barreling down the street and you can’t hear anything. Or you plan to take a work call at your local Starbucks—but for some reason, the music is 10 times louder than usual. Or there was crazy construction on the highway, and so instead of chatting from your home office, you’re in your car on your Bluetooth.

Now, imagine this isn’t just any call: It’s a phone interview.

As you’d imagine, you need a whole different set of survival skills when you’re dealing with a distracting situation—and trying to land a job. True story: I once had building maintenance knock on my apartment door to search for the source of a leak during a phone interview.

Here’s what I learned from the experience.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

5 Steps to Submitting a Writing Sample That Will Blow Hiring Managers Away

Your resume is down to one page. Your cover letter is memorable, yet professional, and explains why you’re a great fit for the position. But, you’re not done yet.

You scroll down to the supplemental requirements and see that you’re supposed to submit a writing sample. Now what? Should you submit a research paper you wrote as an undergrad, a persuasive email, a personal blog post, a speech that’s kind of boring (but that you gave at a prestigious event), or maybe a newsletter you co-wrote?

Too often, you’re told that writing samples are simply there to demonstrate your writing ability. Certainly, that’s part of it. And if you start with the process of elimination, this discounts anything with typos or run-ons or that’s boring (bye-bye speech).

But the trick is what you do next: Conceptualize your application as a complete picture, with your writing sample as a supporting element. Here’s how it works.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What to Write to a Job Candidate You're Rejecting

There's a lot to think about when you're hiring a new employee. You carefully consider how you'll screen applications, what questions you'll ask in the interview, and how you'll frame the offer in light of salary requirements.

However, even if that process goes smoothly and your dream candidate signs on, your work isn't quite done yet. You need to contact the other candidates and let them know that you hired someone else.

Turning people down is part of the hiring process, but it doesn't always have to be uncomfortable. In fact, if you do it well you can build relationships with candidates you would consider for future roles, or provide valuable feedback.

Read on for some best practices for rejecting a candidate over email, including the specific lines you can use.

Head on over to Mashable to read the rest of this article.