Career Resource Article Collection

Click one of the titles below to see all the articles related to that topic.

Stress & Anxiety Prep
Career Research Prep
Networking and Career Fair Prep
Interview Prep
Negotiation and Offer Prep

STRESS & ANXIETY PREP:
How To Stop Procrastinating During Crazy Times
One misconception is that procrastination is a time management issue. It’s not. It’s a self-management issue. Procrastination is about managing our thoughts, feelings and actions. Procrastination is a habitual response to tasks or situations, and like all habits, it is an internalized nonconscious process. It is what we do without really thinking about it. Because it’s not an intrinsic part of who we are, we can use science to break the cycle. 

7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
Although feeling anxiety in response to a threat is a normal human reaction, sustained high anxiety can undermine constructive responses to the crisis. Although you might feel helpless during this stressful time, reviewing these strategies can help keep anxiety from becoming a problem in its own right and enable you to make it through the epidemic more effectively.
 
Negativity that wells up inside of you or in the world around you can quickly become toxic and hold you back from living the life you want. What you let into your mind in your everyday life will have big effect on you. So start questioning what you allow in.
 
7 Meditation Tips to Help Combat Covid-19 Anxiety
Breathe in, breathe out. Battling feelings of cabin fever, stress, and fear? Two DC-area yoga instructors have a few ideas that could help.  
 
How To Use Adversity To Your Advantage
One of the biggest challenges of quarantines and isolation is that many of us have had our routines flipped upside down. This is a difficult situation to be in, but it also presents the opportunity to challenge and diversify your mental approach. Adversity and disruption can be used for good, and with the right approach, you can use this challenging time to come back mentally and emotionally stronger. Take advantage of current adversity to develop the mental skills so you’ll be even better at handling any kind of challenge that comes your way in the future. 
 
Coronavirus Self-isolation: a Psychologist Explains How to Avoid Cabin Fever
For some people, the idea of self-isolation may seem like a dream come true. For others, the idea of being cut off from the outside world, alone or with only a few close family members, will fill them with dread. Planning out activities and setting goals can also help keep you motivated and stop you feeling down.   
3 Career Questions To Ask Yourself During This New Normal
Research has found that negative experiences may have the unexpected benefit of enhancing well-being. Difficult times can serve as a catalyst that pushes you to ask deeper questions and seek greater meaning in your life. These career questions will help you find value in what you’ve been through so far and determine what you may need to change about your work life moving forward.
 
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
You might have felt denial, anger, sadness, acceptance and meaning over the last 4 to 5 weeks. Actually you might even feel these stages and emotions in the course of a day. It’s okay to be scared, frustrated and feel down. You just don’t want to stay there too long and allow these feelings to take you down a spiral staircase of depression and despair.  
 
6 Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety with Humor
We all know that laughter is the best medicine: It boosts our immunity system, reduces stress and anxiety, improves relationships and gives us hope. The irony is many of us don’t laugh enough and even more lead a humorless, stressful and unhappy existence. Humor is about choosing to laugh instead of vexing and stressing over life’s absurdities. Humor is an art that takes conscious efforts to cultivate and master. But for those who chooses this path, a joyful and deeply satisfying ride awaits. 

The Benefits of Yoga for Stress Management
Studies have found that a little yoga in the morning, at night, or even on a lunch break, can minimize stress and increase productivity. The most effective ways in which yoga targets stress are by lifting your mood (or positive affect), by allowing for increased mindfulness, and by increasing self-compassion. Yoga can be said to provide the combined benefits of breathing exercises, stretching exercises, fitness programs, meditation practice, and guided imagery, in one technique. 

6 Tips to Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Now more than ever, people should be working to build up resilience to external pressures. The emotional toll that the crisis is taking is serious … recognize the situation we’re in and be realistic. To help foster a positive attitude, write down one thing a day that gives you joy. No one knows what the future holds, but what you do know for certain is what’s happening this very moment. Take a few moments to truly observe and appreciate where you are and what you’re doing. 
 
Tai Chi Benefits on Blood Pressure, Stress and More
Tai chi is an exercise that has withstood the test of time. When you consider its range of science-backed health benefits, it’s no surprise why people are still practicing it today as largely a meditative practice. As you transition through movements, you allow your qi (an energy force from within, pronounced “chee”) to flow through your body to provide mental and physical balance. Find a quite space, take a deep breath, and flow with confidence knowing that you’re working towards a healthier body and spirit. 
 
6 Breathing Exercises That Can Help You Relax in 10 Minutes or Less
Controlled breathing exercises can help keep your mind and body in shape, by helping to lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calm and relaxation, and relieve stress.Your breath is one of your best defenses against daily stress, frustration, and existential angst. Once you learn the art of expert inhaling and exhaling, you’ll likely start to feel better. You might notice that you’ve developed a little extra resilience and grace.     
 
 
CAREER RESEARCH PREP:
5 Ways You Need To Adapt To The Changing World Of Work
From artificial intelligence to virtual reality, technology has had an important effect on the jobs that are available, but it has also shaped how these jobs are done and what qualities professionals need to achieve success.
 
The New Hiring Practices At McKinsey And Goldman Sachs
When you’re young, there’s often a taboo around getting a job through a connection. But when you’re old(er), you’re foolish if you try to get a job without a connection. Companies don’t want to risk hiring someone bad; they would much rather hire someone who comes with a reference, a known quantity. This introduces all sorts of unconscious bias into the process and essentially makes an organization a vehicle for sourcing talent from a small pool of networks.  
 
9 Ways To Find Your Perfect Career Match
Knowing what you really want from your work is the first step in matching you with the ideal job. When people align how they make a living with who they are that’s when they find amazing success.  
 
Top Startups To Work For In 2019 According To LinkedIn
The 3rd annual LinkedIn list of the hottest startups to work for is determined by the billions of actions taken by LinkedIn’s 645+ million members. LinkedIn looked at four pillars in particular: employee growth; jobseeker interest; member engagement with the company and its employees; and how well these startups pulled talent from the flagship LinkedIn Top Companies list. 17 of the top 50 hottest U.S. startups to work for are from the software industry. 
 
How to Get Noticed by Your Dream Company
As you gear up to approach your dream company, it’s good to have a plan. Not only will this help you to focus upon your career search, but it will also give you the confidence and the information you’ll need to impress when you finally do land your interview. A staffing manager at Microsoft has provided some insight into how candidates can stand out. 
 
The One Thing That’s Likely Missing From Your Job Search Strategy
It is believed we spend too much time on all the job search stuff and leave out the very thing that gets us a job: our self. Self-care is essential to your job search strategy. Review suggestions that you can do to improve your job search strategy by incorporating self-care. 
 
These are the 8 Lists that You Need when Starting a Job Search
Instead of missing out on a good opportunity, think of your job search like an ongoing project where you’re the project manager. Strategic lists can help you focus your energy on the substance of your applications and interviews rather than getting mired down in distracting details.  
 
The Highest Paying Companies of 2019
While most companies aim to offer salaries that are, at the very least, competitive, others go above and beyond to reward their employees. Glassdoor’s economic research team recently dug into the millions of salary data points available on our site in order to identify the Highest Paying Companies of 2019. 
 
Too often there is a mismatch between what recruiters expect and what job seekers do. Recruiter’s mention things job seekers too easily forget. Review seven critical details that may seem small among all the other things you need to do for your job search, but that loom large in the hiring process. 
 
Everyone should have a good resume, and it should be clear, concise and easy to read. That’s it. No fluff. No branding. Your resume is not a “marketing piece.” It’s a document that fills in the blanks about you for a hiring manager you have already had substantive contact with. Don’t use your resume “to get in the door.” Ten million other resumes are ahead of yours. And almost nobody reads them.  
 
Receiving an InMail from a recruiter can make you feel special and in-demand, but like so many things in life, you only get one shot to make a great first impression. Whether you’re interested in the job or not, how you respond can speak volumes. 
 
The benefits of potentially getting your dream job far outweigh the potential disappointment you’ll feel when someone says no. When deciding whether or not to do something big to stand out to get a job, it does help to understand the culture of the company you’re applying to and the purpose of the job you’re applying for as much as you can.  
 

Employment prospects for MBA graduates have never looked rosier. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) 2019 Corporate Recruiters Survey showed that 76% of organizations plan to hire MBA graduates in the coming year, while the average starting salary has never been higher, at a whopping $115,000 for US graduates. Continuing the trend from last year, Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft look to be the main employers for US and European graduates. Formerly filled by engineers with technical skillsets, major tech employers are changing their employment patterns. 

Best Job Search Sites Based on In-Depth Review
Indeed is the number one result on Google for job search sites and our pick for Best Overall. According to the company, ten jobs are posted to the site every second. This guide will talk about how job search sites work, what they do to attract the best applicants, and how you can optimize your application to get the job you want — whether you’re just out of college, switching industries, or re-entering the workforce.  

The 10 Most In-demand Soft Skills to Master if You Want a Raise, Promotion or New Job in 2020 
According to Udemy’s 2020 Workplace Learning Trends Report, having a growth mindset — or the ability to continue learning in order to adapt to change — was ranked as the most important soft skill for career success. People who are motivated to reach higher levels of achievement by learning new skills that can’t be replicated by future technology are much more likely to succeed in the face of setbacks. An IBM study reported that even though an estimated 120 million workers worldwide will need to be retrained as a result of AI and automation in the next three years, executives named adaptability, time management and collaboration as some of the most important skills to hire for in today’s workforce.  

We Need To Talk About The Mental And Emotional Anguish Faced By Job Seekers
The interviewing and hiring process has become overrun with technology and and devoid of human interactions and empathy. When a person spends several hours a day over a number of months filling out dozens of long and involved job applications that are submitted and not responded to, there is understandably a feeling of shock and dismay. This dark cloud starts to impact your performance when interviewing. Instead of marching into the interview feeling confident and strong, you psych yourself out by inwardly believing that you’ll never get this job. When you feel that you’re nearing the end of your rope, job seekers should not feel embarrassed to reach out to others and share their feelings. Keep in mind that this is happening to a large segment of the population and you are not alone.
 
Most people would agree that networking is critical to your job search. Most people would also agree that it’s a turnoff when someone you haven’t heard from in a while calls out of the blue to ask for a favor or someone you don’t know well asks for a job referral. The vast majority of people genuinely want to help. After all, they would want the same courtesy when they are looking for a job. 
 
Candidates prep a lot for problem solving, but they are also encouraged to focus on what are often referred to as soft skills — their aptitude for collaboration, empathy, leading others as well as communication skills, written and verbal, and the ability to be a team player. In the long run, those qualities make for success. With teams becoming ever more diverse – we might have a team with a UX developer, software developer, data scientist, two core MBAs and a few more senior consultants all working in symphony – increasingly, we need MBAs to become the conductors that can conduct those diverse teams. 

These are the 4 Sentences you need to Make your Cover Letter get Noticed
In today’s world the cover letter is short, to the point, and reinforces your pitch to prospective employers by highlighting what’s great about your “brand.” And its purpose is to get your résumé read. It does this by connecting the positive achievements of your past and future to the present needs of future employers. Your cover letter should invite response by making it very clear what you’re looking to do next and why. 
Chances are you’ve been ghosted once or twice by a recruiter. Whether it happened after a brief phone screening or right through at the final stages, being ghosted by a recruiter can be frustrating and psychologically draining. With every job interview, you get better for the future. Interviewing, negotiating and working with recruiters are all skills that are built and improved each time. Finding the right job takes time, effort and a little bit of heartache along the way.
 

The traditional manner of conducting business is changing right before our eyes. We’ve done things out of habit. Now the virus outbreak has forced business leaders to rethink better more efficient means of facilitating routine business activities. 

COVID-19: Job Market Insights & Job Search Strategies From Experts
It’s totally normal to be anxious and unsettled about the prospects of the job market in the coming weeks. It’s impossible for anyone to make a statement with 100% confidence and accuracy. The goal of this article is to keep you up to date with recent information on how the job market is being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and give you analysis from experts in the career space about what that means for you.  

3 Ways to Keep your Job Search Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic
During this trying time, it helps to remember that the highs and lows of the labor market are cyclical. Above all, maintaining a positive outlook and leaning into your passions won’t steer you wrong.  

How to Handle a Job Search During a Pandemic 
Even though it can be challenging, there are ways you can successfully look for work during a pandemic. Some industries are cutting back, but others are hiring. Some organizations will need more workers than in the past, and they may need to get them onboard quickly. This is a challenging time for employers as well as workers. If you can show the hiring manager that you’ve got what it takes to help the company succeed, you’ll increase your chances of getting hired.      
 
Looking To Work In A New Industry? Three Ways To Stand Out
With the incredible volatility in many global industries today, it is more important than ever for those in a career transition to articulate their most compelling professional attributes. The expertise you developed over the years is comprised of many skills that can be transferred to another industry. Succinctly describing those transferable skills is important; doing the work to identify those transferable skills and demonstrate their importance is the hard work.  
 
8 Job Skills To Succeed In A Post-Coronavirus World
There’s a lot unknown about how the world will transform after we get the novel coronavirus under control, but it is extremely unlikely that things will just go back to exactly the way they were before. Our workplaces are likely to change, and with it, the skills companies will require. There’s only one way to remain relevant in a post-coronavirus reality: commit to a lifetime of learning. When faced with a tight job market, professionals with advanced and expert job skills will still be in demand and will likely struggle less to find employment. 
 
4 Ways to Boost Your Chances of Landing a New Job During the Pandemic
The temptation to set aside our focus on work is understandable, but the truth is, especially with all the upheaval underway, you may want to take advantage of this time to strategize on how best to sell yourself, going forward. While the weeks or months ahead will be challenging, this just means we need to be as diligent and flexible as ever with how we handle our job search.    
 
5 Ways To Stand Out In Your Job Search During The Coronavirus Pandemic
While hiring may slow down, companies are still looking to bring on great talent to alleviate problems and solve frustrating challenges. It’s even more important to know how to stand out and show up as the person companies are looking for now so that you bypass the competition and land the job offer. Jobs open because a company needs to solve a problem. Be the problem solver companies are looking for by consistently conveying, at every step of the hiring process, that you have the experience and expertise necessary to be successful in the role. But don’t just tell them, show them using clear and specific examples.
 
3 Things You Need To Know About A May Job Search
It is hard to guess in what ways hiring demand for the rest of the year will be shaped by widespread reopening of the economy and the requirement to put in place new public health measures. No matter how bleak hiring data may appear at the moment, many companies will still have new, interesting and unexpected jobs that need to be filled this year. Start this month by building the habit of monitoring the business world more closely than you normally would and be on the lookout for emerging hiring trends.

Summer Internship Canceled? Not at These Companies Embracing Virtual Versions
While many companies have given up on internships this summer in the face of a rapidly spreading pandemic, others in a range of industries are forging ahead with a virtual version of programs deemed crucial to their recruiting efforts and future growth. Tech titans Google, Twitter, IBM, Microsoft and SAP are all planning virtual internships this summer as are financial powerhouses Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. Insurance companies are also on board. AIG, Liberty Mutual and Northwestern Mutual all have shifted to virtual internships for 2020. This summer, 600 Liberty Mutual interns – undergraduates, graduates, MBA, law students and Ph.D.s – will work remotely in the company’s finance, information technology (IT), claims, legal and sales departments. Managers at financial services companies that have previously balked at remote work have recognized the opportunity to create positive experiences for their interns. They, along with so many other companies also see the risk associated with not responding.  Companies are recognizing the long-term implications of their decision to cancel internships and they’re not pretty. Certain campuses may not look at them as fondly in the future.  
 

NETWORKING/CAREER FAIR PREP:

The Two Most Valuable Skills You Can Develop to Network Successfully
Networking is about relationship building, not making sales pitches where you force others to listen to you drone on about yourself. When building networks you must give something back. To sustain good personal and business relationships, both parties must benefit in some way. 
 

The Importance of Networking (and How to Do It Well)
There’s no denying the power a strong professional network can have over your career success. When it’s done well, networking will not only help you land a job faster, but it will give you a competitive edge throughout every stage of your career. Networking will help you develop and improve your skill set, stay on top of the latest trends in your industry, keep a pulse on the job market, meet prospective mentors, partners, and clients, and gain access to the necessary resources that will foster your career development.  

How to Make the Most of Your Next Networking Event
If you really want to make connections that will boost your career and help you become a part of your profession’s community, you need to get out to a few networking events. The more people you know, the more likely it is that you’ll know the right person at the right time that could lead to bigger things for you down the road. Networking events are a great way to promote your personal brand and make a few new friends, but only if you get the most out it while you’re there.  

Career fairs offer an unparalleled opportunity to network with a variety of businesses and can help you get your foot in the doors of top companies in your industry. With so many other students and professionals working the fair, it is not always easy to stand out and make a lasting impression.

How to Introduce Yourself at a Job Fair
Remember, the people you meet with are interested in recruiting, and may be your future employer. They’ll do their best to make you feel comfortable. Take some time to prepare, and you’ll be able to present your credentials effectively to everyone you meet.   

Best Questions to Ask at Job Fairs
At job and career fairs, you have a brief window of time to impress each recruiter. One way to quickly stand out from the competition is to ask the right questions. By asking informed questions that subtly convey your skills and experience, you will increase your chances of impressing the recruiter and landing an interview.  

How To Build Real Relationships In The Virtual World 
You can greatly expand your network through social media and online communities. However, it’s harder to connect on a human level with people when they exist in two dimensions on your computer screen or mobile device. You need to work extra hard to make sure you’re interacting in a way that allows you to build genuine, meaningful relationships. 

Being able to build and maintain relationships is vital for a successful career in any industry. A recent study found that 46% of job opportunities are still found through traditional face-to-face networking. By taking a genuine interest in your connections, and keeping up with their professional life, a stronger, more fruitful relationship can be formed. In today’s interconnected world, it’s easy to look someone up via their company page or LinkedIn profile. 
 
Taking Your Professional Network from 0 to 60 in Record Time
Research shows that 70 percent or more of positions are filled through networking. Those who choose to skip it clearly put themselves at a disadvantage. Whether you relish in meeting new people or dread networking events, growing your professional network is a critical piece of your career puzzle. From alumni events and conferences to professional associations and informational interviews, try a variety of approaches until you settle on a mix that’s both comfortable and effective. 
 
Often, the hardest part of networking is encouraging yourself to attend an event. Whether it’s outside your regular commute or it seems far too intimidating, getting there is the first step. There’s this idea that networking is for selling yourself. But in reality, you’ll get much further if you focus on cultivating relationships. 
 
3 Things You Need To Know About A February Job Search
February is a great month to gain traction in your job search if you stay focused. There’s no bad time to look for a job, but there are seasonal trends that can work in your favor or slow your progress. Despite robust hiring and low unemployment numbers in the U.S., job seekers still need to prepare for the unique challenges and opportunities each month presents. 
 
LinkedIn says these are the Top 15 Skills Companies Need Most in 2020 
While task-oriented skills remain critical for success at work, the data shows that employers are giving equal importance to soft skills that play a critical role. As a result, Emotional Intelligence is the new entry to this year’s top soft skills list. Among hard skills, LinkedIn said blockchain is the new entrant and has made it to the top of the list.   
 

Google’s Director of Talent Explains How to Write a Killer Résumé
“At Google, we still rely on humans for hiring — it’s the most important thing we do, We train folks to look at résumés for skills and competency. For the candidate, the most important thing to consider is how that piece of paper can properly reflect all of your dimensions.”  Google wants the candidate to explain what they bring to the organization, not just what makes them a fit for the role.

Job fairs and career networking events allow you to get face time with recruiters and hiring managers on the spot. When you have an opportunity to chat with someone in person, it’s much easier to make a personal connection. Before the conversation ends, ask the company representative for a business card, so you’ll have all the information you need to keep in touch. It’s always a good idea to follow up with employers you meet, even if the company doesn’t have an immediate need for someone with your qualifications. 
 
How to Use Networking to Find a Job
Job search networking is one of the most successful ways to find a new job. Jobvite’s 2019 Job Seeker Nation Survey reports that 50% of respondents heard about jobs from friends, while 37% say they also learn about jobs from professional networks. Develop contacts – friends, family, neighbors, college alumni, people in associations – anyone who might help generate information and job leads. 
 

When you share it shows up in the news feed of all the people that you’re connected to. This keeps you up-to-date with your group and the shares can engage others and get you on the radar of people in front of your network. It might also attract the attention of a recruiter or HR person.Job hunter’s success tip: Posting just one update a day will increase the number of people looking at your LinkedIn profile by 62%.  

What Should Candidates STOP Doing? 
STOP ghosting recruiters and hiring managers. You have to consider that you never quite know when your paths might cross again. Remember that showing attention to detail in the application process will help a candidate stand out to a recruiter. Data reveals that 77% of employers consider a candidate’s personality to be among the top three factors in deciding whether to extend a job offer, substantially more important than education or appearance.  

Career networking should become a part of your daily work and career-related endeavors. Your career network should be in place for both job searching and moving up the career ladder. You never know when you might need it.   

How to Find Networking Events Worth Going To
Networking events are designed to help people form connections. The trick is, first you have to find the right events. Networking doesn’t have to be forced; it can be a matter of making acquaintances and friendships.  

Best Social Media Sites for Job Searching
Whether it’s networking in-person or online, or using social media to grow your career, there are many ways social networking can help you get hired. According to Monster.com, 80% of employers are using social media as a recruitment tool. Employers also tap social media to court passive candidates. This means that even if you’re not looking for a new job right this second, it makes sense to use social and professional networking sites to enhance your career. 

While networking remains the top way to find and secure your career of choice, it’s typically practiced in person. As we begin rethinking our day-to-day work, the way we find new work deserves another look, too. Review an action plan to take over the next month to keep you market ready while in the safety of your own home. Self-isolation does not mean complete detachment from humanity. Remaining intentional and active now can turn downtime into a strong network.
 
How To Let Recruiters Know You’re Open To A New Job Using LinkedIn
Within your LinkedIn profile you can turn on a feature that will  allow recruiters to find you and know that you are open to new job opportunities. Although it’s not a brand-new feature, you don’t want to miss out on having this tool turned on. According to LinkedIn, 94% of recruiters search LinkedIn for job candidates. You have one chance to impress the recruiter so he or she will reach out to you. That means your LinkedIn Profile needs to be current and reflects an excellent personal brand.   
 
How to Rock a Virtual Job Fair
“Attending” a virtual job fair could pay off (big time) for you — if you plan, prepare and impress. While virtual job fairs may seem less formal and more relaxed than traditional job fairs or in-person interviews, they’re not. Companies make significant investments in virtual job fairs – in registration and set-up costs, in personnel time and in technology. They take the events very seriously and are looking for job seekers who do the same. 
 
8 Smart Ways to Keep Networking While you’re Stuck at Home
When we are distancing ourselves in a way we have never done before, it is more important than ever to stay connected to the people who matter most in your life – your network – and to be willing to connect with them digitally in a strategic way. A networking strategy is a deliberate and methodical approach to relationship building that enables us to prioritize our most important ones, focus on the quality over the quantity of our connections, engage in networking activities in an authentic and reciprocal way, and link our relationship-building activities to our overarching strategic goals. 
 
Networking in a Pandemic: Build Your Relationships
Everything we do right now — from sending emails to making calls to sending texts — is more important than ever. How we make people feel now is going to linger longer than these turbulent times. How you treat your network today is going to determine whether or not you have a network when this quarantine is over. If you’re not just checking in with your network, change that today. You also need to realize that not everyone responds to stressful, chaotic situations the same way. There’s no shame in any way people are reacting. There’s not one answer with connecting with your network that is going to work for everybody. You need to take that other person in the place that they are in.  
 
The Art Of Networking In 2020
One of the biggest secrets to finding a job in 2020 is networking. In 2017, it was reported that companies weren’t even listing 70 % of jobs. In this new decade, it is crucial that you start leveraging your network to help you land that dream job. Networking as a skill is about mapping out who you know, nourishing the relationships you have, and expanding by getting to know the people you don’t know. 
How to Become Better at Networking Despite the Coronavirus Keeping You at Home
Some believe social distancing amid the coronavirus can be a catalyst for increased online networking and it could stave off feelings of loneliness or isolation. Utilizing spare time while in self-isolation to network online is a way of laying the foundation for future growth for when the pandemic comes to an end. 

The LinkedIn Hacks Every Recruiter Loves
Recruiters use this network to source and hire candidates thanks to LinkedIn’s incredible tools. If they are spending time on LinkedIn, then you should spend time optimizing your profile to impress them.  
 
The Stealthy Job Searcher’s Guide to Getting Your LinkedIn Recruiter-Ready
Did you know that 93% of companies use LinkedIn to recruit new employees? Every day recruiters spend countless hours scouring profiles on the site in search of great candidates to hire. Whether you’re an active candidate  or a passive candidate, you want a presence on the platform. To be found by the right people, make sure the keywords they’re searching for are included in your profile. In addition to searching by keywords, recruiters are looking for evidence that you’re a top performer. 

 

INTERVIEW PREP:   

This Personality Trait is an Interview Killer
According to a recent study, 70% of employers consider a candidate’s personality to be among the top three factors in deciding whether to extend a job offer. Employers reported that “overconfidence” was the most offensive.  If you want to land the job, you must balance sounding confident, without being perceived as overly confident during the interview. Review ways you can avoid crossing the line from confident to cocky during your next interview.
 
 
Why Longer Responses to “So, Tell Me About Yourself” are Better
You can treat this question as an ice-breaker and settle with a short one-minute response, but you also have the opportunity to stand out. That requires you to opt for a longer but more thoughtful response. Experienced hiring managers assess your communication skills, hear your narrative about the highlights of your career, and lay the foundation for follow-up questions. Your answers will ultimately shape their judgment on whether or not they will hire you. 
 
4 Interview Mistakes You Probably Didn’t Realize You Were Making
Most people feel vulnerable when they walk into a job interview. Whether it’s the recruiter, the HR leader, your potential boss, or a board member, they get to decide whether or not they want you to go through to the next stage. The feeling of being judged is just part of the job interview process. 
 

The job interview is always a high-stakes conversation, impacting your lifestyle and your paycheck if you get it right. Focusing on a simple phrase can help you to navigate a complicated conversation. Especially if that phrase always leads you towards the outcomes you seek. Sharing your story is a vital part of the interview process, but phrasing your results in terms of your next employer is what high achievers do.  

14 Things Your Candidates Should Never Say in a Job Interview
Recruitment candidates are making the same mistakes over and over again because human nature (and the clichés we see in the media) tells them that certain strategies or phrases will serve them well in the interview room. Candidates should be able to identify the key daily roles they’ll be expected to play in the position, and should express that this is the exact job they’re looking for – as long as that’s more or less true.

How To Close An Interview To Land The Job
When the interview is at its end, and you’ve asked your questions, and they have explained what will be next, most people say goodbye. You then conclude with your verbal business card. It is most effective because once you are done saying it, you leave and the employer takes notes and evaluates you as an applicant.  

From the recruiter perspective, LinkedIn profiles are superior at the  initial candidate screening stage because they are more likely to be updated, accurate, and their uniform format makes side-by-side comparisons easier.
 
10 Résumé Tips to Impress a Recruiter in 7 Seconds
Figuring out how to make your resume fully representative of your experience and also stand out is easier said than done. Hiring managers and recruiters generally only spend about 7 seconds reading your resume before deciding whether to move forward or not.  Keep your skills section short, and only include impactful skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying to. 
 
What Is the Difference Between a Resume and a Cover Letter?
There are clear distinctions between the structure and intent of the two documents. A resume is a general summary of your work experience and your cover letter should be a summary of your work experience as it relates to the job at hand. A resume states the facts – who, what, when, and how. In contrast, a cover letter provides an opportunity to explain why you are qualified for the job.  
 

There are so many good, highly-skilled candidates for every job that interviewers are looking for any way to distinguish between future high and low performers.  The words that candidates use when answering interview questions are one big source of differentiation. Just as our words can damage our interview performance, they can also enhance our performance.   

How To Stop Selling Yourself and Start Being Yourself In An Interview
It is only by being you, and not selling you, that you will ultimately find yourself in exactly the right professional seat, no matter if you are starting your career or have already established one. This is also the most powerful way to differentiate yourself from all the other capable people with whom you are competing. Our words are so powerful, and the ones we choose in an interview setting to demonstrate who we truly are deserve the time and introspection it takes to find them. 

34 Brilliant Questions to Ask at the End of Every Job Interview
In every interview you should be assessing the employer just as much as they’re assessing you, because you both need to walk away convinced that the job would be a great fit. If you don’t ask at least two questions, you will appear disinterested, or worse, less intelligent and engaged than a prospective employer would like. You should have at least four questions prepared in case your original two are answered through the course of the interview. 
 

Case Interview: Complete Prep Guide
You can do everything else perfectly during consulting recruiting, but ultimately, it is your case interview performance that will be the difference between you remaining a candidate or becoming a consultant. A case interview may be based on a project that the consulting firm has actually worked on. So the consulting cases are a reasonably good way to test and see who will be the best potential consultants.  

Having a desire to work in a place that will share and support your values isn’t going away. The challenge remains in figuring out how to test and evaluate a company’s often unspoken work-life beliefs during the interview process. You don’t want to end up in a place that is mismatched to the work-life dynamics you need to thrive.
 
An interviewer wants to get past superficial reasons like pay, benefits and location. When faced with a decision between multiple talented candidates, companies will choose someone genuinely interested in the company’s mission, operating philosophy and approach. If you can’t clearly explain what interests you about the company, save yourself and your interviewer time and cancel the interview.
 
Your story has to focus on your listener – because it’s not just about your past history. It’s what your history, performance and purpose might mean to your interviewer. Find meaning for your prospective employer, and you bring real value to the career
conversation. 
 
There are a handful of things that interviewers love to hear without prompting – in fact, they don’t even realize they’re looking for some of these phrases until they hear them. Study the phrases and make them your own. Then walk into the interview room, and show your potential employers you are the person they need for the job. 
 
Success at the final interview stage is not so much about whether you have strong credentials — you wouldn’t have made it this far if you didn’t. It’s a matter of making sure you don’t veer off course during the meeting. Prepare answers to as many questions as possible. By spending time in advance thinking through the tough questions, you’ll ace them when they come to you.  
 
Stress Interviews: Tactics to Handle the Pressure
Stress interviews come in many shapes and sizes, from mildly disconcerting to downright aggressive. The interviewer isn’t simply taking pleasure in making you squirm; rather, the purpose is to put you on the defensive in order to see how you perform under pressure. The key to getting through this process is remaining calm and unemotional throughout the interview. 
 
 
A Former Hiring Manager of 15 years Reveals 5 Sneaky Things Employers Will Never Tell You
As a job candidate, it’s only natural to want to hide things from your potential employers. But you aren’t the only one with secrets.
 
I’ve Read Over 300+ Cover Letters and This Is How I Decide if It’s Good or Bad Within 3 Minutes
The cover letter goal isn’t just to show you’re qualified: It’s to make the case that you’re more qualified than all the other applicants. You want to make clear what distinguishes you, so the hiring manager can see why you’re worth following up with to learn more. 
 
How Should a Candidate Follow up After an Interview?  
Email is a simple way to show your interest in the role, and a prompt for them to let you know if you’re through to the next round. TopResume found that a candidate’s thank-you note ‒ or lack thereof ‒ can impact their chances of landing the job. 68% of employers confirmed that receiving an interview follow-up matters, and nearly one in five interviewers have completely dismissed a candidate for not following up after an interview.
 
At the interview stage, hiring managers will be looking extra closely for candidates whose interpersonal traits stand out from the pack. In today’s tight labor market, employers are often hiring candidates who may not be 100% qualified for a job but have potential to grow into the role. Soft skills can help hiring managers determine whether someone has that potential and if they would be a good fit. LinkedIn in its 2020 report names creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability and emotional intelligence among the most sought-after soft skills this year.  
 
10 Questions Recruiters Love Asking Candidates — And How To Answer Them
When it comes to finding great candidates for job opportunities, recruiters value honesty, clarity, and quality. If you want to stand out as a promising candidate, you’ll want to be ready to answer some common questions so you can come across as polished and professional. Become a candidate who’s proactively thinking about the future of your career, so you can be the first person a recruiter calls when the perfect role for you becomes available.
 
Recruiters ask questions because they want to know about your background, your experience, your thought processes — and the way you handle pressure. However, not all interview questions are designed for your success. Some questions are designed to disqualify the unqualified. These  questions give you a chance to demonstrate your work ethic, integrity and personal style. If you aren’t skilled in the art of conversation, you’re immediately at a disadvantage. 
 

Keep in mind that whilst this is a video interview, you should be dressed just like how you would in an in-person interview. You want to let your personality shine through. You want to connect with your interviewers, even if it’s not a face to face interview. Video job interviews don’t have to be daunting, intimidating, or even scary. Just treat it like any other interview. Be prepared and act professional. That’s all it takes for a recruiter to say yes.  

3 Tips For Acing Your Virtual Interviews
Many companies have begun using digital technology early in the talent engagement process to replace the face-to-face interviews. A job seeker facing this reality should approach these video interviews no differently than an in-person, face-to-face conversation. Keep in mind, video meetings are still interactive events where you have an opportunity to build a connection with hiring managers. 
What Would You Do if You Were a Candidate to Ensure You Get Hired?
The more time you invest in preparation, the smoother the process will be. Reading the job description is not enough. Ask questions to get a better understanding of what you would be potentially stepping into. Use the interview process to communicate what sets you apart from other candidates.  

Dos and Don’ts to Ace Your Virtual Internship
Virtual internships are becoming more and more common and they’re a great way to get hands-on experience while being able to keep a flexible schedule. Even if the company you’re working for is easygoing, you don’t want to disappoint them — like with any internship, your goal should be to stand out as best you can. While they present some unique challenges, virtual internships give you flexibility and a chance to demonstrate your ability to work independently, and they’re great preparation for the real world. Don’t be afraid to be creative, offer new ideas, and immerse yourself in the company. Being timid won’t impress anyone, especially in a virtual environment, but being enthusiastic about your job and taking on new things will.  

Elon Musk Asks all Job Candidates this One Question
Musk asks job candidates one simple but important question: “Tell me about some of the most difficult problems you worked on and how you solved them.” Learning to create smooth and persuasive answers is a skill, like any other. Musk says: “The people that really solved the problem, they know exactly how they solved it, and they know the little details. But those who are just pretending go into just one level of detail, then they get stuck.” Explain what problem you solved, exactly how you did it, what resources you used, what challenges you met on the way to the solution, how you addressed those challenges, and what results you achieved for your company.  

Interviewing During Coronavirus Pandemic: How to Succeed Virtually
A video interview could work to your advantage. In-person interviews can be hard for many people, so shifting the interview process to allow for candidates to participate in interviews in their own environment can be comforting and can set them up for success. To have a successful video interview, set up somewhere quiet with as few distractions and interruptions as possible. Good lighting and a good background are also key. Dress full-on because it’ll make you feel differently. When interviewing with an employer over video chat, you should put your best foot forward just as you would if you were meeting in person. It’s about getting clear about the job you’re going after, why you’re a great fit, presenting your best self. 

Virtual Reality: How to Ace an Online Job Interview
Although it might sound awkward at first, a virtual interview has several advantages over an in-person meeting. Since many are used to doing virtual meetings now, we can leverage those learnings for completing a successful virtual job interview.  

NEGOTIATION and OFFER PREP:  

The Advice Half of Working Women need to Hear 
Self-advocacy is difficult for many people, but for women in the workplace, it’s particularly complicated. A host of cultural biases affect how women are perceived and perceive themselves. Women are also equally more likely to undervalue themselves and to see and celebrate the value in others over themselves. Recent data shows that women with a network of other professional women are more successful.

Employers first offer typically is not their best offer and is significantly lower than the amount the employer is often willing to pay. No matter what your situation is, you will increase your take-home pay if you negotiate. The Society of Human Resources Management released survey results noting that over the course of a person’s career, anyone who did not negotiate for a higher salary every time they started a new job would earn $500,000 to $1,000,000 less in lifetime income than an individual who was savvy when handling their salary compensation package.
 

It is easy to get distracted by the excitement of unusual perks. Nonetheless, it’s essential to pay close attention to three important, seemingly obvious employer offerings — the ones that translate into a strong personal brand built on true stability, not fads that may end up giving you the jitters. Sure, glamorous benefits are nice, but so is setting yourself up for a financially secure future — and a personal brand that exudes security too. 

Some recruiters don’t move forward with a candidate if they don’t have an idea of target salary, because the candidate might be too expensive and it’s a waste of everyone’s time. When you do negotiate a particular job’s compensation, your approach should always be customized to that job, in that company and in that industry. The exact strategy or approach to best negotiate a job offer varies based on what you want, the job at hand, where you are in the negotiation, and who you are negotiating with. 

If you approach negotiating salary correctly, it’s one of the fastest, most efficient ways to boost your income. Your time to get a raise, and to get more money, is when you’re switching jobs. Employers expect that you’ll negotiate during the onboarding process. So, failing to negotiate when it’s appropriate likely means leaving money on the table. 
 
You have the greatest negotiating power during that short window of time between being offered a job and formally agreeing to take it. Dealing with salary negotiation makes many people so uncomfortable that they end up accepting the first number offered without countering. This is a mistake, since employers generally expect some negotiation in the hiring process and have built that into their offer by initially pitching a number that is lower than they can ultimately go. Remember: The main reason employees aren’t paid what they’re worth isn’t because they don’t deserve it. It’s because they don’t ask.  
 
How to Stall a Job Offer
You haven’t received an offer from your top choice, but you get one from another company. If you handle the situation with finesse, you might be able to stall without damaging your reputation or the offer. Are there unanswered questions that could help you decide? Don’t leave them on the hook if you really can’t picture yourself working there. 
 
How to Negotiate Salary of Your New Job During COVID-19 Pandemic
Review 7 things you can do to make sure you have a solid case for the salary you deserve. During a pandemic when it’s very hard to have a face to face discussion with your new employer, make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date with no discrepancies. Just because we all are in a pandemic, doesn’t mean you need to settle for less. If they can hire you, they can very well pay the salary you deserve. Always remember that! If you are a little more careful than usual, assure your employer of your skills and worth, you will get the salary you want and deserve!
 
For new jobs, a good salary negotiation starts with the first interview. Try to find out how long the company has been looking, what kind of turnover they’ve had in the role and why, and how urgently they want to fill the position. If you’re a strong candidate and you know the company is challenged filling the role, it can give you an advantage in negotiating. Learn what skill sets the company needs and demonstrate how you are a good match. Candidates who get hired demonstrate value and show they will be easy to manage and quick to contribute.

Recruiters Share 9 Mistakes Job Seekers Are Making Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic 
As a result of the pandemic, it’s become an employer’s job market. Candidates will have to get more assertive and creative in finding ways to help them stand out, or they will get lost in the crowd. There are many industries like e-commerce, delivery, and cybersecurity growing rapidly during this time. The pandemic also gives you a unique opportunity to  demonstrate how prepared, focused, and professional you can still remain in spite of everything else going on in the world. Candidates who are optimistic and enthusiastic about the job opportunity are still getting offers.