Can You Name 10 Companies You'd Work For?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

02:30 PM

Use this career planning guide to figure out where else you may want to work, and to have a plan if you get fired.

There was a time when you could count on your employer to take care of you for the long haul. You'd graduate college, join a large corporation, stay there for forty years and retire clutching a gold watch. The company laid out your career path, your pension, and your progression through assignments.

Yep, there was a paternalistic moment in American corporate history.

This is not that moment.


Given upheavals this past decade, you never know when your present employer is going to retrench, reboot, & release you. There's nothing less welcome than an unexpected and involuntary separation from a decent paycheck and a warm cubicle.

So it is far, far better to keep yourself in the driver's seat and do "heads up" career planning: keeping one eye on the future of where you're going is the best way to make sure you stay safe and comfortable in where you are.

You'd prefer a running start should something ever go wrong with your current company, which is why it's smart to have an updated list of 10 companies that you'd like to work for in the future should the occasion require.

Topics: Interview, Networking, Personal Branding, Marc's Newsletter, Goal Setting, Professional Development

Three Clever Ploys for Dealing with Dumb Job Interview Questions From the CEO

Posted by Marc Cenedella

01:23 PM

Don't get tripped up by daft interview questions, by moving the conversation towards your ability to do the job.


An article that promises "We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires" ought to be full of impressive questions that directly connect the behavior and past performance of the candidate to the job, right?

Unfortunately, no.

As it happens, the ten CEOs that Quartz assembled have the usual mess of dumb questions, self-important nonsense, and bizarre voodoo rituals.

And while there's a good explanation for how even the top dog at a company can end up asking the worst interview questions, the important outcome for you is to make sure that dumb questions don't keep you from landing a great gig.

Topics: Interview, Marc's Newsletter

The Best Way You Can Help Yourself During Your Next Interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

02:40 PM

In your next interview, phone screen, or chat over drinks, when the topic comes up…ask "what are you looking for?"

The most successful hot dog cart in Ladders' hometown of New York City isn't a hot dog cart at all. It's "The Halal Guys", a gyro, chicken and rice stand in midtown a couple blocks from Fox News and Radio City Music Hall. 

As you can see, the line stretches all the way down the block. And it's that way any time of day or night. My wife and I once waited a half-hour at 1 a.m. in the morning for Halal Guys' gyros after a late night celebrating our anniversary.


Now the thing that makes The Halal Guys special is the food and the service. They focus on their specialty and they're quick to ask what you'd like. It makes sense because that's the best way to make sure your customer is getting what they want. 

Topics: Interview, Marc's Newsletter

How Much Is Your Resume Worth?

Posted by Geoffrey Bourne

11:33 AM

A well organized, easy to read, and error free resume is your gateway into getting the interview. [TWEET]


Have you ever considered how much your resume is worth?  Put an actual dollar value on it?  I sometimes ask people seeking resume help how much they think their two-page resume is worth (hopefully their resume is only two pages and not the 10+ I’ve seen).  I get answers from five cents to “a lot,” but the right answer is: it depends on how much I make.  If I earn $100,000 every year for the next ten years, these two pages are worth $1,000,000 dollars to me.  Think about that for a second.  The resume I thought of as a burden to create and update, which I worked on while watching The Big Bang Theory or Game of Thrones, is possibly worth $1mm or more to me.  What other documents have you recently created worth $1mm+ to you?

Topics: Interview, Resume

It’s Not About Me, It’s About You… The 21 Questions You Need To Ask In A Job Interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:59 AM

Use these 21 questions to thoroughly impress your next interviewer. [TWEET]


It's time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview. 

I've put this list together because so often we can forget what an interview's all about. It sure feels like it's about you, but it's really not. 

An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed. It's about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need. 

Overlooking these basic facts about the interview is easy. There's so much else going on in your work, your life, and in your job search, that you can forget to look at the interview from the interviewer's point of view. And that's a shame, because you need the interviewer to walk away from the interview thoroughly impressed. 

Topics: Interview, Marc's Newsletter

How Body Language Can Help You Ace An Interview

Posted by Michelle Hawley

02:23 PM

Don’t rely on words alone—let body language help you get that job.  [TWEET]


Our body language is something we, typically, don’t actively think about.  However, it is something that our minds automatically pick up on, whether we realize it or not.  Body language is a good way to tell if someone is scared, nervous, excited, happy, etc.  These are all things that can affect you during an important interview.  Your body language can easily tell the hiring manager that you’re not comfortable, leading them to possibly believe you wouldn’t be comfortable with the job or the company.  You want to take control of your body language, and make conscious efforts to make yourself appear calm, cool, and collected.

Topics: Interview

Making That Great First Impression

Posted by Michelle Hawley

03:01 PM

The first step to nailing an interview is making a great first impression.  [TWEET]


When you go to an interview, your first impression will have a lasting impact on whether you get the job or not.  In many cases, your candidacy is decided long before the interview ends.  That is why first impressions are incredibly important.  You want to come off as confident, knowledgeable, polite, and eager.  But you don’t want to seem cocky, over-eager or nervous.  It can be hard to make sure that your first impression is not only a lasting one, but a good one.  This is why it’s always a good idea to study and prepare before the interview.

Topics: Interview

How To Spot A Bad Boss During An Interview

Posted by Michelle Hawley

05:04 PM

Learn how to spot a poor boss during an interview to weed out bad job offers. [TWEET]


An interview is typically seen as a stepping stone in the process of getting a job.  This is where you will be asked questions about your experience, tested on your knowledge, and allowed to show off your charisma.  While this is a time for you to prove yourself as a worthy candidate, this interview is not just for you, it’s also for your boss.  The interview is your time to figure out if this company is going to be a good fit for you.  Having a bad boss can make work stressful, often leading to you searching for another job sooner, rather than later.  If you take the time to ask questions about the company, the work environment, etc., you can easily weed out the good from the bad.  So how do you go about doing this?

Topics: Interview

Are You Over-Preparing For Your Interview?

Posted by Michelle Hawley

03:22 PM

When these sound interview tips are taken too far, your chances of getting the job suffer. [TWEET]


The job interview is your time to be the very best version of yourself.  This means lots of preparation, studying interview questions and answers, reading up on the company, and getting as much advice as possible.  While there is plenty of good advice out there that can help you along during the process, there is bad advice, too.  As you gain more experience, you can learn how to weed out the good from the bad. 

These pieces of advice seem well-meaning and advantageous, but can easily be taken too far.

Topics: Interview

10 Interview Questions You Should Expect, and How To Answer

Posted by Michelle Hawley

11:27 AM

Be prepared by practicing your answers to these common interview questions.  [TWEET]


One of the most valuable things you can do pre-interview is to go over all of the questions that could be asked and how to answer them.  In fact, it is beneficial to say these answers out loud.  This will help during the actual interview, making you sound more confident and knowledgeable.  It also helps to eliminate any stuttering or filler words.

You’ve gotten the interview.  Now which questions should you be taking a long, hard look at?

Topics: Interview