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What Recruiters Think About Phone Interviews (But Probably Won’t Tell You)

What Recruiters Think About Phone Interviews (But Probably Won’t Tell You)

interviewing, strategy
In my career as a recruiter I’ve done hundreds of phone interviews. Now that I’m a career coach, I share the same advice based on this experience over and over again with my clients. Why are phone interviews important? In a typical recruitment process, organizations select 5-10 candidates to phone screen, 3-5 for in person interviews, and 1 to offer the job. With the average job receiving at least 100 applications (and some many more than that), that means you have at best a 5-10% chance of being selected for a phone interview even if you do everything right, so it’s important to make the most of the opportunity. Of course these odds will increase if you've played your cards right by networking with people at the organization and getting…
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Why I Hired A Coach, and What I Learned

Why I Hired A Coach, and What I Learned

career coaching, strategy
I recently worked with a business coach. “Why would a coach need to hire their own coach?”, you may be asking. For the same reason a doctor can’t treat herself of course! I had come to a point where I was feeling stuck with some decisions I had to make in my business, and I knew I needed help. A few of the reasons I knew it was time to hire a coach were: I was feeling overwhelmed by the decisions I needed to make, yet stuck and unable to actually move forward with any of them I needed to talk things out with someone objective who didn’t have a stake in the business (i.e. not my husband), and I wanted to get feedback and input from someone who had…
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Why Dream Jobs Are a Myth: Using Design Thinking in Your Job Search

Why Dream Jobs Are a Myth: Using Design Thinking in Your Job Search

job search, strategy
I was fortunate to participate in a design thinking workshop last week at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (aka the d.school) with other consultants from around the country. While I’ve used and taught design thinking for years and it’s a central part of the job search approach I use with my career coaching clients, it was refreshing to be in the midst of it again as a practitioner and it reminded me why this approach can be so transformational when applied to your career. 1. It helps you think in new and creative ways: the core belief of the d.school is that “everyone has the capacity to be creative”. I don’t consider myself a particularly creative person in the traditional sense, but being together with a…
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The Secret to Job Search Success: Confidence

The Secret to Job Search Success: Confidence

interviewing, job search, strategy
One of the biggest frustrations with job searching is that it can can feel like so much of the process is in someone else’s hands. What we often forget is that the biggest success factor is in our control: coming from a place of confidence. If you believe you can do the job, you will project that and help the employer believe it too. Conversely, if you have doubts about your abilities, are trying to figure out the “right” answers to their questions, or are trying to be someone you’re not, that will come through. The key is to be the best version of yourself by projecting your strengths and confidently sharing how your unique combination of skills and experience will solve their problems. Yes, there are other candidates and…
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LinkedIn Update: 3 Things You Need To Know

LinkedIn Update: 3 Things You Need To Know

job search, LinkedIn
As you may have seen by now, LinkedIn has recently undergone a pretty major facelift. If you haven’t gotten the new interface yet you will soon, since they are releasing it to users in waves. If you’ve already been using the mobile app you’ll find that the new site has a similar look and feel to what you're used to there. In addition to the cosmetic upgrades, there are a number of changes that are likely to impact your experience on the site. Much has been written online about these changes, including summaries here and here, so I won’t rehash them all, but I do want to share several important implications and updates I’m recommending that my clients make: 1. Make sure your summary has a strong “hook”: in the…
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My Five Favorite Job Search Books

My Five Favorite Job Search Books

job search
Are you determined to start 2017 off right and find a new job? Or do you know someone who is, and want to support them with a gift? The holidays are the perfect time to catch up on some reading and get inspired for the new year, so here are five of my favorite books to help you navigate the job search: 1. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life - this book summarizing the most popular course taught at Stanford was released in September and quickly rose to #1 on Amazon and The New York Times Bestseller List. Why is it so popular? Because it contains tools and exercises that help you design and move toward goals using small, concrete actions. While it’s not strictly a job…
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Your Holiday Job Search Checklist

Your Holiday Job Search Checklist

job search, networking, strategy
How to use your time off to boost your job search The holidays are here! After a busy and tumultuous few months, it’s finally time for a break. You may be dreaming about a schedule that doesn’t involve much more than eating and drinking, football watching, and general relaxing. But if you’re thinking about a career transition, I encourage you to spend some of this time on your job search. I can imagine the eye rolls as you read that, but hear me out! I’m not suggesting that you dredge up the resume from six years ago that you still haven’t updated or spend your break writing cover letters. Because who wants to do that on vacation?!  But there are a few things you’ll be uniquely positioned to do during…
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What to Do When You Don’t Hear Back

What to Do When You Don’t Hear Back

job search, networking, strategy
After weeks or months of devoted networking, you’ve finally gotten an introduction to the perfect person at the place you’re dying to work. You dash off a thoughtful yet brief request to meet, and wait eagerly for a response. Days go by, then a week, and nothing. Your excitement and hope are fading fast, and your vision of an entry point to your chosen organization seems to be dashed. Now what? We’ve all been in this situation (yes, me too!). Sometimes, despite your diligent research and perfectly crafted emails, you don’t hear back. I often get questions about what to do in this scenario, so here are some tips: 1. Always follow up - people are busy and we all get too many emails. Not a great excuse, but that’s…
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Feeling Stuck in Your Search? 3 Ways to Get Going Again.

Feeling Stuck in Your Search? 3 Ways to Get Going Again.

job search, strategy
Does it feel like your job search is stalled? Here’s how to move forward. We’ve all been there at some point: you’ve been job searching for a while and nothing has panned out. You’ve shared your story more times than you can count, you’ve memorized every word on your resume, and you’ve networked with everyone you can think of. Let’s face it, the job search can be hard. It’s tough on your confidence. It saps your motivation. It’s really hard to keep going in the face of rejection, and some days you just don’t want to do it. And that’s ok. Give yourself a day off to clear your mind, and then come back and get ready to jump back in. You may feel like you’ve come to the end of the road,…
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4 Ways to Keep Your Search on Track This Summer

4 Ways to Keep Your Search on Track This Summer

job search, networking, strategy
Summer is finally here! As you prep for beach and barbecue season, it can be tempting to let your job search slide. Everyone else is on vacation, so why shouldn’t you be? But here are 4 reasons that summer is actually a great time for your job search. 1. You can take advantage of downtime. Summer tends to be a slower time in the workplace overall, so people have more time to do things they may not otherwise be able to fit in - like meet with you! Networking is the foundation of your job search, so double down on your efforts and talk to as many people as you can. Set goals for yourself and track your progress to keep your motivation and accountability high. Been meeting with 1 person…
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