Interview due diligence: What to ask the hiring manager

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 24, 2014 @ 03:11 PM

How to properly assess a potential opportunity during the interview process.

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Interviews can be nerve-racking affairs. It’s easy to get so caught up in crafting the perfect responses to your interviewer’s questions that you forget to ask questions of your own.

Remember, an interview is a two-way street. As a candidate, you’re not there to simply answer the hiring manager’s inquiries. It’s important to take a consultative approach and ask questions that help you understand how the company operates, whether the position is a good fit for you and your goals, and if the organization is stable. 

This is even more important if you’re job hunting while employed. No matter how miserable your current position may be, focus on finding the right opportunity rather than simply escaping your current situation.

Here are some questions you can ask to get a deeper understanding of an organization and position yourself as the right candidate for the job.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

It’s time for your mid-year career checkup

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Keep your career on the right track with this evaluation.

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When was the last time you sat down and thought seriously about your career?

It’s not uncommon to get so caught up in your day-to-day work that you lose sight of your long-term career goals. Or perhaps your fast-paced career that has you traveling all the time has lost its appeal and it’s time to reassess your goals. Use the list below to give your career a mid-year check-up and make sure you’re on track.

Revisit your goals

What you desired at the beginning of your career – or perhaps only a year ago – may no longer hold true today. As our lives change, so do our career plans. Dedicate some time this week to reevaluate what leadership expert Jim Collins calls your Big Hairy Audacious Goals, or BHAGs.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

Your personal branding checklist

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 11, 2014 @ 05:35 AM

How to run an effective personal branding campaign.

This coming Saturday is a lesser-known holiday in the United States: Flag Day. The holiday commemorates the adoption of the American flag to represent our nation. Like me, many of you probably haven’t thought about our “Flag Birthday” since elementary school. 

Personal_Brand_FlagBut as a professional (and personal branding specialist), it’s interesting to revisit the holiday and its meaning.

When you think about it, the American flag – or any national flag, for that matter – serves a symbol. It’s one of the many components that make up a country’s identity. As professionals, we also use many symbols to express our professional identity, better known as our personal brand. The most successful professionals carefully manage their brand across many different channels throughout their careers.

Whether you’re new to the workforce or a seasoned professional, take time to monitor and manage your personal brand to increase your career success. Here’s a check list to help you accomplish just that.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

Are you becoming obsolete at work?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 03, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

Stay competitive in the workplace with this top advice.

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You’re well-established in your career and you have the track record to prove it. You’re comfortable at your current role and management seems content with your work. All is right with the world.

But as Millennials flood the job market, you get a little anxious. What if your experience is not enough? While this concern is reasonable, take heart. A survey by Adecco found that hiring managers are three times more likely to hire experienced workers than their Gen Y counterparts.

That said, it’s in every professional’s best interest to take steps to remain relevant and competitive in the workforce. Below are some tips to help you accomplish just that.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

9 signs you didn’t land the job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 27, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

How to know when you won’t be getting a call-back after the job interview.

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You spent hours crafting your cover letter and tweaking your resume for the job application. You pass the phone screen with flying colors and are invited to interview in-person with the team. You practice your elevator pitch, don your best interview outfit, and head out to the meeting. Then you leave the interview feeling … confused.

Did it go well? If you’re unsure where you stand after the interview is over, consider these telltale signs that you didn’t land the job. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

Professional job-search tips every recent college grad should know

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 13, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Everything college graduates need to know about entering the “real world.”

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Graduation season is upon us! Approximately 1.6 million U.S. college students are expected to graduate this month and enter the “real world.” According to AfterCollege, Inc., only 17 percent of graduating seniors reported having a job lined up as of April.

If you find yourself among the 83 percent still looking for a job, it’s time to get serious about your search. Use the tips below and the accompanying articles to kick your job hunt into high gear.

Become a professional explorer.

Not sure what you want to be when you grow up? Never fear!  This is the perfect time to explore various career paths. Consider your first few positions to be part of this discovery process. Use these roles to learn about different industries and decide which type of work you like most. Remember, even the worst job has a silver lining.

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce

The most important two minutes of your job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 29, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

You only get one first impression. Make it count with these job-search tips.

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This Saturday marks the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby; the “fastest two minutes in sports.” On that day, approximately twenty Thoroughbreds will race down one and a quarter miles of track at Churchill Downs, each competing for a piece of the multi-million dollar purse and a chance to be draped in a blanket of roses at the winner’s circle.

When a race is so short, every second counts. The smallest slipup out of the gates can destroy your chances of victory. The same can be said of the interview process. While an interview will certainly last longer than two minutes, the first few minutes of an interview can set the tone for the entire meeting. As Will Rogers once said, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” [Tweet this]

With that in mind, here are some job-search tips to ensure your interview begins on the right foot.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

7 important questions every job seeker should ask themselves

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 22, 2014 @ 07:02 PM

Lay the groundwork for a successful job search by asking yourself these questions.

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Whether you’re just beginning the job hunt or you’ve been searching for months, it’s important to regularly monitor your activities and reevaluate your strategy. Keep your job search on track by asking yourself the following questions throughout the job-search process. 

Am I qualified for this position?

Read the job description carefully before you submit an application. Do you meet the core requirements of the role? Only apply to jobs where you possess these must-haves. If your dream job requires a skill you don’t have, brainstorm ways to develop this skill in or out of the office. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

Resume renovations for your spring job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 15, 2014 @ 04:32 PM

Use these tips to dust off your job application materials and spruce them up for spring.

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Here in New York it’s finally starting to feel like spring! Many of us use this season as an excuse to unclutter our closets and reorganize our work spaces. It’s also a great time to reevaluate our job-search tactics and give them a thorough cleaning.

If your current resume isn’t delivering results, it might be time to spruce it up or even start fresh. Below are articles with top tips to help you renovate your resume this season.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume & Cover Letters

Quitting time: 5 signs it's time to leave your job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 07, 2014 @ 02:53 PM

Before you resign, make sure you're leaving for the right reasons.

Skippy_Peace_GoodbyeQuitting is never easy. And while the unemployment rate is holding steady, the thought of quitting can be frightening with many still facing a tough job market out there. There will always be high and low points in your job, but how do you know when the bad aspects outweigh the good?

Here are some signs that will help you decide when it’s time to look elsewhere for work. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Professional Development