Where Will You Be in Five Years?

April 26th, 2011

by Amy Gallo
From Harvard Business Review 

Most people have been asked that perennial, and somewhat annoying, question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Of course it is asked most often in a job interview, but it may also come up in a conversation at a networking event or a cocktail party. Knowing and communicating your career goals is challenging for even the most ambitious and focused person. Can you really know what job you’ll be doing, or even want to be doing, in five years?

To learn more about how to handle this tricky question, click here to read the entirety of Ms. Gallo’s article.

Dos and Don’ts for Creating Your Online Presence

April 18th, 2011

By Denene Brox, Salary.com contributing writer

Many of us live a large part of our lives online. So it’s no wonder that your online presence can have a major influence on your career success. If your present or potential employer searched for you online, what would they find? Would those search results reveal a professional with many marketable skills? Or could the results do more harm than good for your career?

Keep reading to learn the essential dos and don’ts for creating (or updating) your online presence.

14 Common Job Hunting Blunders

April 11th, 2011

by Dawn Dugan, Salary.com contributing writer

Whether you are just starting your professional life or are a seasoned pro looking to make a savvy career move, whether you are between jobs or simply feeling the need to move on, the quality of your job hunt will determine your level of success.

If you’re a serious job hunter, you’ve probably read plenty of books and articles on job seeking steps that will give you the leading edge.  But do you know what actions might put the kibosh on your quest? This article explores 14 job hunting mistakes to avoid.

3 Things That Will Get You Hired

April 4th, 2011

Originally posted on NewGradLife

It is simple – the way to stand out and get hired is to understand what a hiring manager goes through. Today, two or three times as many applications and resumes are received for virtually every open job; hiring managers are buried under reams of paper or thousands of e-mails. So, what would make his job easier? What would get his attention? What would make you stand out?

It won’t be resumes submitted on colored paper or including movie tickets with your application. It will be by ensuring that the hiring manager quickly, easily and accurately knows these three important things about you: how you perform, how you fit and what value you will provide.

Step back for a minute and borrow a little from Stephen Covey, author the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: “start with the end in mind.” What is your real goal of submitting an application or resume? It is to convince the hiring manager that you are the right person for the job because your performance will drive the greatest value for the company. This requires that you know what you are good at (your talents), what jobs need your talents (to see whether you fit) and how your performance can impact company value. Knowing this helps you to apply for the right jobs – jobs that allow you to maximize your performance and value. When you clearly present this information, you make the hiring manager’s review process easier, more effective and more conclusive. You get his attention. You stand out. This is how to get hired.

To learn more about the three things that get you hired, or to read the article in its entirety, please click here.