They seem like simple things, but post-interview thank-you notes are important. How important? According to a CareerBuilder survey, almost a third of hiring managers say they’d think less of any potential employee who doesn’t send a written follow-up. That important.
Over the last 10 years, the game we call job hunting has changed considerably. Thanks to the Internet, there’s a whole new set of rules and strategies, and if it’s been a while since you’ve put yourself out there and gone looking for work, you might be surprised by how different things are.
Finding a job is hard enough when you’re on familiar turf. Move to a new city and start fresh, and the degree of difficulty goes up a few notches.
Once you’ve been doing anything long enough, you learn the lingo and start talking like an insider. This is great, since it shows you’re knowledgeable and experienced, but there are some situations when you might need to tone down the jargon — especially when it comes to your resume.
When a company offers you a job, it’s essentially making a prediction that you’ll be a good fit. The hiring manager is basing this on your background and what went down during the interview process, but it’s not until you’re actually on board and doing the work that you’ll have the opportunity to prove yourself.
What do Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, and the Williams sisters have in common, other than the fact they’re all professional athletes? They got where they are in part because of good coaches — the kind of smart, motivational people who also come in handy when you’re looking for a job.
Just because you make it through the job-search and interview processes and receive an offer, it doesn’t mean you’re home free. As Alison Green writes in a U.S. News & World Report story titled “5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes That Cost You Money,” reaching an agreement on compensation can be “one of the most nerve-wracking parts of job-hunting.”
Mellody Hobson knows race is a major issue in America. As the Ariel Investments CEO discusses in the opening moments of a 2014 TED Talk that’s earned her lots of online praise, she’s still liable to be mistaken for kitchen help when entering a fancy New York City office building. And yet Hobson doesn’t long for the kind of “colorblind” world many people seek to...
No one likes a meddler. You know the type — the guy or girl at the office who’s always looking over shoulder, telling you you’re doing XYZ totally wrong. These folks fancy themselves experts on everything, and when they’ve got an opinion, they don’t hold back.
In some ways, the generation just now entering the workforce shares little in common with those that came before. It comprises workers who grew up with the Internet, social media, and smart phones, and yet according to Robyn Price Stonehill, chief human resources officer at Assurant, millennials begin new jobs facing the same challenges as everyone else.