Monday, February 23, 2015

The "Obvious" Job Search Rule You May Not Be Following

It sounds too good to be true—but it’s not. There is one simple thing you can do to dramatically increase your likelihood of getting an interview and a job. Are you ready?
Follow the directions.

Before you close out this tab (because this advice is, like, so obvious) and you surely always follow directions, let me say this: You just might not. I’m not talking about egregious examples like calling when the application says, “No phone calls, please,” or neglecting to show up for your interview because you mixed up the date (though, that does happen).

Instead, let’s discuss how anyone (cough, you) might unknowingly be ignoring directions. Read on for the two major traps—and what you can do to avoid them.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

What to Do When You’re Applying to the Same Job as a Friend

Having a friend who shares your professional interests and aspirations can be awesome. You have someone who’ll study for the LSAT with you, someone who totally understands why you’re venting about your boss, and someone you’re actually excited to catch up with at industry events.

But it also means that there may come a time when you’re both applying for the same job. And how you handle things can impact your candidacy—and your friendship.

Read on for what you should (and shouldn’t) do based on your particular situation.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

How to (Nicely) Call Out a Boss Who's Setting a Bad Example

There are bad bosses, there are nightmare bosses, and then there are bosses who are pretty great—except for that one unprofessional habit that is driving you crazy.

Correcting less-than-ideal behavior is easy to comprehend—and fairly typical—when it comes from the top down. But it becomes much more challenging when the roles are reversed—when you’re late getting something to a client because your supervisor is the one who blows through deadlines. Or when he’s constantly late to meetings. Or uses profanity. Or does something else that you could mention in an evaluation with a subordinate, but have no idea how to broach with a superior.

If you’re in that boat, read on for a few tactful ways you can handle the situation—while not overstepping your bounds.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

How to Give a Reference (When You're Least Expecting It)

You get a call from a hiring manager who would like to know if you’ll provide a reference for a former intern or employee. But this isn’t your typical reference call, and to be honest, you’re not sure how to answer—because you’ve been totally blindsided.

For starters, you didn’t know you that you were being listed as a reference. Heck, you didn’t even know your connection was looking to change jobs, or volunteer—or whatever it is the person on the other side of the phone is calling to inquire about.

Of course, someone shouldn’t just assume you’ll serve as a reference. What if she misjudged the relationship, and you would have turned her down? Not to mention she’s missing her chance to really prepare you.

But it happens: It’s happened to me, it’s happened to managers I know, and someday it may happen to you. And while you may be thinking, “I have no idea what you’re talking about,” you’ll probably want to say something more diplomatic to the person on the line. Here’s how to handle this situation based on your relationship with the applicant.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Right (and Wrong) Way to Ask Questions When You're Applying for a Job

It’s one thing to prepare questions to ask at the end of your interview. You want to look thoughtful; you want to show that you’ve listened; and you may have a few burning questions about the way things are done around there.

But it’s a completely different story when you have a question before the interview even begins. For example, what should you do when the hiring manager asks for your availability on Tuesday, and then sends a calendar request for Thursday? Or what if you aren’t sure if a supplemental part of your application was received?

Not to make you (even more) nervous, but this can be a hit-or-miss situation. If you ask the question diplomatically, it will demonstrate that you could handle a tricky professional situation with ease. But if your email seems superfluous, over-eager, or condescending it will—not surprisingly—put a damper on your candidacy.

Read on for the dos and don’ts of asking a question during the application process.

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