7 Books to Help You Find a Job

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7 Best Job Search Books

There is a vast wealth of information on the internet to help you find a job and to give you tips on how to land a job. However, there is also a wealth of information in book form that is tragically going unnoticed.

We compiled seven of our favorite Job Search books along with the links to buy them on Amazon. Seriously, we can’t stress these books enough and we hope you give them a chance!

  1. Donald J. Wittman: Ignite Your LinkedIn Profile: Learn the Secrets to How LinkedIn Ranking Really Works

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: LinkedIn is arguably the best job search site out there. In this book, the author will teach you how to optimize your LinkedIn profile so that you can land the jobs you want.

The book will even help you found elusive jobs on LinkedIn that are not yet posted by building up your profile to the best it can be!

  1. Dr. Nancy Koury King: Fired: How to Manage Your Career in the Age of Job Uncertainty

Wanna know what really sucks? Getting fired.

If you’ve ever been fired, you know all too well just how stressful this time can be in your life. If you are looking for a job or looking for your next move after you get fired, the doctor is in session.

Dr. Nancy Koury King does a great job of offering the modern approach to bouncing back after you get fired. At jobs where you feel like every day might be your last, the author teaches you how to stay ahead of the game should the worst happen.

  1. Ilker Cingillioglu: The Job Hunting Algorithm

It might sound a bit like a conspiracy theory, but scientifically speaking there is a mathematical way to optimize your results in your job search!

Want to know the best part? You don’t have to be a scientist to figure out how to how to crack the code! Ilker Cingillioglu will guide you through “The Job Hunting Algorithm” to help you make the best out of your job hunt!

  1. Frank McClain: The Ultimate Job Hunting Guidebook

WHAT? The ultimate job hunting guide is only number four? How can this be?

To say this book is comprehensive is a bit of an understatement. Each and every nook and cranny of looking for a job can be found in this book. It’s not a page-turner that you will read cover to cover, but it is a great guide to have in your office when you need to refer to something before making a move in your job hunt.

If you’re on the job hunt, having this book at the ready is a pro play!

  1. Benjamin Paul: Finding a Job in the 21st Century

The problem with most books on hunting for a job is that they were written for your parents. It’s harder to find one that helps with finding a job today with all of our modern tools. That’s where Benjamin Paul’s “Finding a Job in the 21st Century” comes in handy.

From the best practices for networking to modern interviews, Paul will take your hand through the modern world of job hunting.

  1. Stephen R. Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Although it doesn’t cover searching for jobs specifically, Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is one of the best self-improvement books on the market if not THE best.

Chances are that you read excerpts of the book in college, but we can’t recommend buying a copy of this book for your own collection enough. Covey’s book will change your outlook on life and make you a much more effective individual at work and at home.

  1. Martin Yate: The Ultimate Job Search Guide

The phrase “best in the business” is used so often that it has almost lost all meaning, but please understand that we are not using it lightly. Martin Yate is the best in the business, and his book on the job search has literally helped millions of people find a job.

You will not put down this book without having first learned something about how to make the most out of your career.

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How Does the Pandemic Compare to the Great Depression?

How does the pandemic compare with the great depression

Pandemic Vs. Great Depression: What Do the Numbers Say?

It goes without saying that the pandemic has taken a major economic toll. True, the recession from the late 2000s was rough, but the current unemployment rates have been the highest they have been since the Great Depression.

With that being said, just how awful is the pandemic when compared to The Great Depression?

Well, as you might have guessed, some things are not as bad as they were back then, but the pandemic does have some worse attributes in comparison. What are they? Let’s dive in!

First Off, a LOT More People Are Dying Now

In many ways, the pandemic is not as bad as the Great Depression, but in one very specific way, it is unfathomably worse: death toll.

There is a bit of a misconception that a lot more people were dying during the Great Depression due to things like hunger and not being able to afford a doctor, but this isn’t exactly the case. Although the death rate for infants slightly increased, life expectancy overall actually rose during the Great Depression.

When compared to pandemic deaths, at the time of this article, about 95,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.

Things Are Getting Bad a Lot Quicker

Another thing to consider is that the pandemic has lasted only a few months thus far (although it has felt like an eternity), while the Great Depression lasted about a decade.

During the Great Depression, the unemployment rate hit nearly 25% at its peak. However, it took a few years after the depression started before the country hit that level.

Right now, the U.S. has about a 15% unemployment rate after just a few months of this starting. It took more than a year after the depression started before it hit that number.

Things Aren’t Expected to Last As Long

Once again, the Great Depression lasted about 10 years. Although there are chances that the pandemic will make a resurgence later on, it is not expected to last nearly as long as the Great Depression.

After writing that last sentence, I knocked on wood as hard as possible.

We Have A Lot More Resources

During both the pandemic and the Great Depression, people were stuck at home a lot. However, in comparison we have a lot more to do now. With the majesty of the internet, we can keep in contact with friends and family members overseas, we can entertain ourselves, we can continue to work in some cases and we can even start our own businesses!

We also have better access to food and medical treatment as of now. Many breadlines and soup kitchens were established during the Great Depression, but we have services like this at the ready today.

Finally, we have a much better access to information. We can get medical advice, advice to how to stay safe, knowledge on how to receive government assistance and more all at just the click of a button.

Mental Health is Pretty Similar

It’s a bit too early to get our actual numbers for this, and mental health was not tracked as well back in the 1930s as it is today, but we can make the assumption that the mental health toll this has taken is quite similar.

If you need some help with your mental health, consider hiring a professional. If you need some positive affirmations to help get you through this, check these out.

The stresses from losing your job, trying to keep your family safe and not being able to live your life could be felt back then is it is currently being felt now. Sure, back then people could at least still hang out together without having to socially distance, but they didn’t have a very timely/reliable way of keeping in touch with those who live far away.

Although we have to deal with the stress from the actual disease, we have more access to decent therapy. The U.S. didn’t start to get its act together in terms of therapy until the 1950s,

What Can We Conclude?

We can go on and on with this list to say that things are worse now, or that things are worse back then.

What is apparent is that things really suck now, and things really sucked back then. However, although times are now it does not mean that you should allow these hardships to defeat you. Consider getting back on the job hunt during the pandemic, and remember that you should devote some time to reaching out to those you love.

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Where is it Possible to Find Remote Work?

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Companies Hiring for Remote Positions

As we continue on with the pandemic, many of us are struggling to find work. Even though there are 1 million jobs available now, many of us are wary to accept a job that would require us to work away from the safety of our home.

Luckily, there are loads of companies that are hiring for remote positions! Check them out in the list below!

Identify your skill sets, find opportunities that will allow you to work remotely, then apply. Be sure to brush up on your telephone interview skills here.

 

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Best Practices For Your Email

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How to Impress With Your Email

If you’re in the workforce, you probably know by now that almost all communication is done via email.

Scheduling interviews, scheduling meetings, communicating with basically everyone at work and reaching out to clients is almost exclusively done through email.

With that being said, you need to make sure that you know how to use your email like a pro so that you impress those around you, and make solid first impressions.

Have a Professional Email Address

If your current email is something like DancerBaby420@RocketMail or LebronJamesFan5Ever@DooberMail, it might be time for a change. Sure, these emails were fun when you were in high school, but now that you’re older you should consider making a new one. Keep your old one on hand in case you have it tied to other things like your social media accounts or your Netflix account. DanceBaby420 doesn’t need to stop the dance altogether.

Most professional emails use a mix of a person’s first name and last name. Also, you should use a respectable email provider like Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail instead. Other email providers can come off as unprofessional, or look like spam. If you don’t use a professional email provider, people may avoid looking at your emails altogether.

Write Good Subject Lines

Yeah, it can be hard to come up with a decent subject line that gets your recipient’s attention. You’ve probably had a difficult time coming up with them yourself.

To come up with a decent subject line, think about the subject lines that you avoid. You probably avoid subject lines that look like spam. Things like “Lose 100 pounds in two days!” or “I’m a Nigerian prince and I want to bequeath my billions to you!” are obvious spam, but you can see the things the scammers do to get attention. They use flashy language to capture your attention. Even though the claims are obviously fake, you still read them all the way through!

The most common piece of advice you are probably going to get is to be short and concise. So, for every email, make sure that your subject lines are short, concise and grab attention.

Some examples include:

  • Request for interview
  • Questions About XXX company
  • New job opportunity

Get to the point. Get the information out. Make it sound decent.

Spell Check

Before you send every email, read it through a few times. Make sure that everything is spelled correctly, all names are correct, your wording makes sense and that you sound like a professional.

If you need help checking your spelling, consider downloading Grammarly. Grammarly will show you your spelling and grammar mistakes as well as edit your writing in general.

Add a Salutation

All decent email providers have a way to automatically add a salutation at the end of all of your emails. Your salutation tends to include your name, and “thank you” of sorts and additional contact information.

For your salutation, add your primary phone number, and links to sites such as your LinkedIn or blog. For your “thank you,” make it brief. Here are some solid choices:

  • Thank you for your time,
  • Best,
  • Thank you,
  • Regards,

Get to The Point

You may think that you need to craft long emails with lavish language in order to get your point across. This is far from the truth. You can have a very effective email that is only a few sentences long.

For each and every email that you send, make sure that you jump right into the point. Offer a friendly greeting, and then dive right into the email. If you don’t, your audience is going to lose interest quick, and dump your email into the trash.

 

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How to Virtually Find a Job

How to virtually look for a job.

Best Practices For Online Job Search

If you’ve applied for a job within the past decade, you’ve probably done it online.

With that being said, you might think that you’re an old pro at this, but that is not necessarily the case. There are plenty of tricks of the trade that you need to keep in mind when you are looking for a job virtually that tend to slip through the cracks.

Keep these Tips in mind when you are applying for jobs, and start applying.

Pick a Decent Job Search Site

Not all job search sites are created equal. One may lead you to your next dream job, and another may lead you to a bunch of scams and load of spam email.

Make sure that you do your research to find the best job search sites in the biz. Typically, LinkedIn and Indeed are going to be some of your best bets.

Take Interviews Just as Seriously

If you are going to be interviewed remotely using a tool like Zoom or Skype, you need to treat it just as seriously as if it were an in-person interview.

This means that you need to dress for the occasion! Wear professional business attire. Yes, this means you still need to wear pants. Comb/brush your hair, trim your facial hair and look your best.

Also, you need to prep your interview space. By conducting a remote interview, you are inviting the interviewer into your home. This means that whatever they see reflects you. Make sure that there isn’t anything messy or cluttered in your area, or anything unsavory in the background.

Keep Your Options Open

When you search for jobs online, you are opening yourself up to an entire world of jobs, including ones that you might not have considered in the past.

Just because these jobs didn’t catch your attention before, does not mean that you shouldn’t consider them now.

A few years back, I was looking for an editor’s job for a magazine or newspaper. After all hope seemed lost, I was offered a job to serve as an editor for an online publication. I had helped run websites for newspaper in the past, but I was unfamiliar with running an entirely online publication. This helped spark my love SEO, it introduced me to working remotely and it was one of the most fulfilling jobs of my life.

None of that would have been possible had I not kept my options open. Don’t be too picky and choosy, and allow yourself to take a chance!

Your Resume and Cover Letter are More Important Than Ever

At most, here is everything job posters will see when you send in an application:

  • Your resume
  • Your cover letter
  • A questionnaire
  • Your online portfolio
  • An assessment of your skills
  • An online profile

Typically, you will only be asked for your resume and cover letter more often than naught. This means that your resume and cover letter are by far the most important tools on your belt, and they need to be sharp.

If you need help with your resume and cover letter, we are the pros for the job! Check out our online schedule, and get a free consultation to meet with a resume writing professional! All services can be rendered virtually during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Make Use of Your Contacts

Take a look at your connections on LinkedIn or your friends on Facebook. Now, ask yourself which of them have jobs that you would love, or which of them you might want to work for some day.

Well… why not talk to them?

If you have some solid contacts, you should consider talking to them about the type of work you are looking for. Worst-case scenario: they can’t help you and the conversation is over. Best-case scenario: they get you a job!

 

 

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Enough with the Quarantinis – Positive Things to Focus on During Quarantine

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Give Your Mind Something to Do

An unfed mind devours itself” – Gore Vidal

While in quarantine, you probably have a lot of extra time on your hands. While you probably want to use that time to catch up on your favorite shows on Netflix or Prime Video, you should know that binging shows is bad for your mental health and physical health.

Instead, you should consider finding something more productive to fill your time. If you cannot find something more productive, you should at least consider finding something more enriching for your life.

Find a New Hobby

Sure, you probably can rule out rock-climbing or sky-diving during the pandemic, but there are new things you can try. Consider something like painting or playing an instrument as a hobby. For painting, you can watch old Bob Ross tutorials online to help and buy a painting set on Amazon. You can also find a musical instrument you’d like to learn how to play on Amazon, and find lessons on YouTube!

Your new hobby might even turn into a new career for you! Pretty soon you might find yourself selling your paintings on Etsy or playing the bassoon (the instrument that has become your new passion) live at Madison Square Garden.

Okay…. That last bit might be a stretch, but you never know unless you try!

Read, Read, Read and Read Some More

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a lot of books on your shelves that you have yet to read. You probably have some books that you read years ago that you can hardly remember. Now is the time to dust them off, sit in your comfiest chair and get to reading.

If reading a physical book is not your jam, you can listen to books through Audible.

Learn How to Be a Better Cook

During quarantine, you’ve probably found yourself without your typical groceries from time to time. Without your go-to foods at the ready, and without money to order take-out, you are now at the mercy of the things in your pantry you have no idea how to cook. Remember, Julia Childs did not start cooking until age 37. You also might be surprised to know she was previously a spy during WWII and at one time helped to develop shark repellent. Think about that while you cook her recipe for bouillabaisse.

Well… now is the time to learn how to cook those things. If you have a giant bag of flour, learn how to make some fresh bread, pasta or biscuits. If you have a crockpot that you’ve never used, look up some crockpot recipes. Have you always wanted to learn how to make a homemade pizza? Now you have the time!

Spend More Time Bonding With Your Friends and Family

In just about everyone’s home lies about a dozen puzzles/board games that have not been played in a decade. Now is the time to dust those off and start some real family and friend bonding.

Right now you are probably saying, “But Mr. Great and Noble Writer, I am quarantined alone. I have nobody to bond with!”

Oh gentle reader, yes you do.

Through the miracle of modern technology, you can chat and video chat with your friends and family members even if they aren’t at your home.

Get Organized

We already devoted an entire article to this topic. Get off your butt, and get cleaning!

Exercise

Sure, the gyms might be closed. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t work out. Order yourself a yoga mat and some weights to turn a corner of your home office into your home gym! You can even watch yoga videos on YouTube to help you learn.

You should also go for walks or runs around your neighborhood. Yes, you should stay at home as much as possible, but you should still get some fresh air from time to time. If you have a dog, they will enjoy the extra walks! Just make sure you wear a mask if there’s a chance that you’ll be within six-feet of someone.

Take on Your Yard

You no longer have an excuse for not tearing those weeds out of your yard. White you’re at it, there are probably at least half a dozen other projects you need to tackle in your yard while you are at it.

Sure, you probably want to avoid shopping at the hardware store as much as you can, but that doesn’t mean you can’t order a few things here and there if you take the proper precautions. Now that the weather is getting warmer, you can start planting flowers, mowing your lawn, laying down some sod, fertilizing your lawn, gardening and getting your bird feeder together.

Make a Better Resume

I cannot stress this enough: if you are out of work or if you need to get back on the job hunt once quarantine lifts in your state, you need to use this time to create a better resume.

This journey can and should start by reaching out to a professional resume writer. Consult with a professional resume writer to ensure your resume will be noticed by the companies where you want to work. All services can be rendered remotely!

 

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10 Motivational Success Quotes To Inspire You

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10 Best Quotes From Successful People

Looking for some motivation to help get you through the workday?

Here are some of our favorite quotes from successful people that will get you up and moving!

“Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.” – Henry Ford

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

Jeff Bezos - Amazon

 “If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large” – Jeff Bezos

Mark Cuban - Success Story

 “Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” — Mark Cuban

 “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

 “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” — Thomas Edison,

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” — Bill Gates

 “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook

 “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” — Mark Zuckerberg,

“What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.” — Dave Thomas

“Build a Better Resume” – Peter J. Hunter

Remember to always stay positive! There are jobs out there that would be lucky to have you; you just need to put your best foot forward, and that starts with a great-looking resume. If you need help crafting your resume or cover letter, then we can help! Check out our online schedule, and get a free consultation to meet with a resume writing professional! All services can be fulfilled remotely!

 

 

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How to respond to “Tell me about yourself” in an interview.

How to Introduce Yourself in an Interview

In the start of almost every job interview you will ever have, you will be asked to introduce yourself, or tell a little bit about yourself.

This is similar to what is known as an elevator pitch. Typically, an elevator pitch is a quick two-minute speech you give to someone where you try and sell a product or service to them; however, in this situation the product or service is you. It is called an elevator pitch because it can be practiced during a typical elevator ride.

1. Be Confident

It sounds simple, but your overall confidence and body language can either help you or hurt you. If you are confident, your words will carry more weight. If you are nervous and shaky, your audience will only remember that you were nervous and shaky.

2. Keep it Casual

Intensity can be off-putting. Make sure that even though you are acting confident, you aren’t trying to ram your words through their face. Instead, make it feel a lot more conversational.

Yes, this is an important pitch, but you need to let your audience know that they are allowed to get a word in if they want. While you are telling them about yourself, they might have something to add or a question about something you said. If this person feels like you are intense and they can’t get a word in with you, they won’t want to work with you.

3. Summarize Your Work

When you talk about your work history, you don’t need to go into full detail about each and every little thing you did at every job you have ever had. First off, you should really only go into jobs related to the one you are applying for, and you should talk most about your most recent positions.

If it sounds like your most relatable experience was from 10 years ago, they would assume that your skills are rusty and you might not be worth training. Remember, your response to every question that you are asked in an interview should be no more than a few minutes long.

If keeping your answers short sounds daunting, consider using this video to help you practice.

4. Finish Strong

Once you are done going over everything, you need to finish strong.

You don’t want to say, “And that’s about it,” or “And that leads us to here.” Those are weak phrases to end on and they contribute nothing to the conversation. Instead, you can now put the ball in their court.

You can end by asking about the professional backgrounds they want for their new hire. Ask what types of experience they want their new hire to have. There is a chance that one of the things they are looking for is something that is in your employment history, but you didn’t mention it.

You can also begin going into the job description and explaining how your past experiences at your previous positions prepared you for THIS job.

Go in With a Solid Resume

If you really want to stand out above the competition, you should look into hiring a professional resume writer. Along with crafting you a professional resume, they will also give you tips on interviewing, and maintaining professionalism. Click here to schedule a free consultation. Remember, all services can be done virtually, so you do not have to come in and risk your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

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How to Get Organized During the Pandemic

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Stay Organized During the Pandemic

During the pandemic, you probably have more time to spare than you are used to having. Like most people, you want to use this time productively, and you might be considering finally getting organized.

Although you might have some ideas on how to start getting organized, you should still get some advice and do some research before you start. You don’t want to finish getting organized and then realize your method simply does not work for you.

Your organization doesn’t have to be like everyone else’s

We all have different ways of staying organized. Some of us need things sorted numerically, some of us need things color coordinated and some of us need things in their own individual folders.

If you have a friend that swears by their method of organization, hear them out, but don’t be surprised if their method does not work for you.

Do your research on different organization methods

Did you know that there are actually different organization methods?

According to Washington.edu, there are several different methods each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Use your space as efficiently as possible

Think about your kitchen. In your kitchen, you have to worry about storing food, utensils, pots and pans, cooking devices, plates, bowls, towels, aprons and a whole host of other things. You might be lucky and have a pantry to help with storage, or you might have a tiny studio apartment that barely has room for you’re a kitchen table.

No matter what your space permits, you need to think about how you can use it as proficiently as possible. Remember that spaces like your counters and drawers are prime real estate, so you should only put things there that you use often.

For example, you need forks, knives and spoons on a daily basis. However, your mortar and pestle, turkey baster and sous vide probably aren’t used more than a few times per year. Those can be placed in cabinets further away, and more out of reach.

This applies for all areas in your house! If you are organizing your home office, you need to make that space as efficient as possible as well. You need your laptop and charger almost every day, but that folder with old receipts and your 2012 tax returns can probably be stored away.

Make sure that everything has its place

When you were a kid, you probably had a catch-all drawer or catch-all area where you put things that you didn’t know where they belonged. Now that you area older and are running your own household, its time to eliminate this bad habit.

Each and every thing you bring into your house needs to have its own predetermined space.

Take batteries for example. You probably have a device in every room in your house that requires batteries. Let’s say that after buying a fresh pack of batteries from the store, you take them into your kitchen to replace the batteries in the smoke alarm. Rather than putting them away in pre-determined spot, you just shove them in a random drawer. The next time you need batteries for your TV remote, you know that you have some somewhere, but you just can’t find them anywhere, so you begrudgingly go out and buy more.

All of that could have been avoided if you just would have put them in their place.

This point goes along with the previous point. You need to make sure that things have a pre-determined place, but you also need to make sure that where they are makes sense. If you have a printer in your office, you should obviously store your computer paper and ink somewhere near the paper.

Make your home office fit your needs

If you are currently still working during the pandemic, there is a good chance that you are working from home, so you need to remain productive.

Because you are working from home, you need to make your home office just as productive and organized as your office at work. This journey starts on your laptop.

No, we don’t mean that you need to buy a bunch of junk on Amazon (although, we are getting there); what we mean is that you need to make sure that your desktop is clean and organized. First, make sure that you regularly clean your computer. This is your main line of communication with your office, so you need to take care of it. Next, go on your desktop and make sure that everything is in the correct folder. Don’t litter your desktop with dozens of different random files; make sure that everything has a place to be so that you can find it without too much grief.

It is also important that your workspace is separate from your home life. If you don’t have the luxury of having a separate room to serve as an office, find a corner of your home that is away from everything that you can make your home workspace. Remember, your work life and home life need to be separated. If your work space is the same spot where you lounge and relax after work, then you aren’t going to be able to differentiate well between work and home.

Make sure that you need everything you need for a typical workday within arm’s reach of your workspace. You don’t want to have to make frequent trips around your home to grab something you need for work.

Put your stuff away once you are done with it

Not to sound like your mother, but you need to remember to put your toys away once you are done.

If you don’t, things will get lost, broken and you’ll be back to where you started before you organized.

Don’t buy organization supplies unless you need them

If you were psyched about starting on some organization, you probably filled your Amazon shopping cart with a bunch of things you think you’ll need.

Before you buy that expensive label maker, 35 small boxes and complete collection of Marie Kondo’s books, figure out what you actually NEED first.

There is a good chance that you already have all of the boxes and shelves that you need to store everything. If you don’t want to drop big money on a label maker, a roll of masking tape and a marker cost a lot less. There is no sense in buying things that will ultimately just become more clutter.

 

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Answers for Ten Common Interview Questions

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How to Answer Common Interview Questions

If you are new to the job market, you are probably nervous about your first job interview.

Don’t worry!

There are several common interview questions that you can anticipate hearing in your interview. Memorize your responses to the common interview questions, and you will be solid!

1 Tell me about yourself.

This is typically going to be the first question you hear in every job interview you ever have. The person who is interviewing you has probably already seen your resume, so you don’t want to reiterate your entire resume to them. When you’re asked for information about yourself, this is your opportunity to share some of your personality as well as a summary of your resume. Tell them a brief history of your career path: what you enjoyed, what you wish would have gone differently, and why you enjoy doing what you do.

2 Why should I hire you for this job?

You’re going to get asked this question probably towards the end, but it is one of the most important questions you will be asked. The interviewer is going to ask this question not only to you, but each and every person that applies for the job. You need to figure out what you can say that none of the other candidates can say. Keep in mind that all of the other candidates might have a similar background to yours, and will use some of the same common buzzwords to stick out. The thing about you that’s different is what you can offer that the others cannot offer.

Tell them that your experience makes it so there will be a relatively short training period, so that you can jump into the job quicker than the other candidates. Tell them that you have worked in similar offices and that you know how to maintain constant communication to ensure the best levels of productivity. After you have learned more about the company and what they do, tell them what you’ve done in your career that is similar and how you can do it better and more efficiently than the other candidates.

The interviewer wants to know that you won’t take two months to train and get into the flow of things. They want to know that you are familiar with this type of office structure and fit in with the rest of the company. They are looking for the missing gear in their company’s machine, not a loose cog.

3 Why did you leave your previous job?

If you were fired from your last job, or you left because of a personal conflict, don’t throw your previous company under the bus. You can simply say, “it was not a good fit.” You can say that you felt your talents would fit better elsewhere, and it was time for a change. The interviewer does not want to hear you talk bad about your last company for 20 minutes. They want to hear that your previous job is in your past, and that you are ready for a new beginning.

4 Why do you want to work for us?

Do your research on the company before you go in for the interview. Cite specific things about the company that you know for a fact, and tell them why those things entice you. It shows the company that you cared enough to research them, and that you are excited about their company.

5 What are your salary requirements?

If you are unsure of how to answer this question, we have an entire article about it. To give you a summarized version, do your research on what this position typically pays, and what this company can realistically offer. Be honest about what you need, and don’t be afraid to walk away from a potential job because they can’t meet your salary requirements.

6 What are your biggest strengths?

This may sound like a stereotypical question, but you will hear it all the time. You need to tell them something creative that they have not heard from dozens of other interviewees. Thing about what you do best at your job, and expand on it. If you are good at design, tell them that along with being a great designer, you are good at following instructions and meeting deadlines. If you are an expert in logistics, tell them that along with being a logistical expert, you are great at maintaining communication with everyone, and that you know how to do solid research based on what is needed for the project.

7 What are you biggest weaknesses?

You might think that you should give an answer that comes off as a strength, but that isn’t the case. Don’t say, “I sometimes care about my client’s too much,” or “I get so enveloped in my job that I lose track of other things in my life.” This is your opportunity to offer some vulnerability, and also discuss how you are trying to improve yourself. If you have trouble multi-tasking or delegating, you can say that, but also explain what you are doing to try fix this issue. Although the interviewer wants to know what your weaknesses are, they want to see that you are taking steps to fix those problems.

8 What would your previous bosses/supervisors say about you?

Obviously, if your last boss would say that you can go straight to hell, don’t tell that to your potential new employer. Tell them about some of the positive feedback you received from performance reviews. Tell them about the best work you did at your last job, and how it was received by your bosses.

9 Describe a challenging moment in your life. How you handled it?

Don’t get too personal with this question. Tell them about something that happened in your professional life and how you handled it. Choose a moment that ended successfully, but started difficultly. If you showed leadership qualities during the challenging moment, tell them. Most importantly, explain how it was a team success and how you worked as part of the team. The company wants to know that you are a team player and not a glory hog.

10 Do you have any questions?

If they ask this question, it will be the last question that they ask. This is your opportunity to flip the interview on them. Come with a few potential questions in your back pocket. The following are some good ones to throw at them:

  • When are you looking to hire?
  • How can I grow at this company?
  • How many people work for the company?
  • What are the company’s long term and short term growth plans.
  • Who would I report to/Can I meet them since I am here now?

Now that you know the answers, try this video exercise.

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