| Classroom to Boardroom - Career Fair Clues
by Courtney Steding and Tim Muma - Jan, 2015
Finding ways to actually speak with employers is a key to landing your first job, and career fairs give you the opportunity to do so. Courtney Steding, associate director of career services at Penn State Behrend, joins Tim Muma to discuss the vital components of successfully taking advantage of a career fair's design. Courtney clues us into the minor and major strategies that will help you along the way. Classroom to Boardr...
| Classroom to Boardroom - Career Fair Strategies (and Mistakes)
by Angie Froistad and Tim Muma - Jan, 2015
Career fairs are tremendous events designed to get you in front of potential employers, put your best self on display, and create the opportunity to land a new job. A successful day includes sound strategy and avoiding common mistakes. Angie Froistad, assistant director of the College of Science and Engineering Career Center at the University of Minnesota, shares her insider perspective on the do's and don'ts when it comes to...
| Classroom to Boardroom - The Disconnect Between Students and Employers
by Anne Dwane and Tim Muma - Dec, 2014
One of the issues associated with college students transitioning to their careers is that there is a strong disconnect between the graduates and potential employers when it comes to their preparedness in entering the workforce. Chegg, the leading student-first connected learning platform, commissioned a study to get the specifics on the readiness gap to help develop some solutions. Chegg's chief business officer, Anne Dwane, t...
| Classroom to Boardroom - The Value of a Mentor
by Kristin Adler and Tim Muma - Dec, 2014
One area many college students neglect is finding a career mentor to learn from and gain insight into a particular profession. Kristin Adler, assistant director for Marquette University's Careers Services Center, joins Tim Muma to detail the valuable benefits of identifying and working with a career mentor while in college. Kristin describes the process to finding the best individual, and fills us in on some of the ways you ca...
Interview Questions about Your Weaknesses – How to Answer Them ?
by Thea Kelley - Jan, 2015
Some of the trickiest job interview questions are the ones about your weaknesses. Questions like these can make you feel a little paranoid! "What is your biggest weakness in your work?" "What are three areas in which your supervisor wants/wanted you to improve?" "What's your growing edge – what do you wish you could do better?" "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" Why are they asking this? While it is always...
2015 Job Interview Trends
by Lisa Rangel - Jan, 2015
If you’ve been following the Chameleon Resumes blog lately then you know we’ve been covering the latest trends in job hunting, LinkedIn and resumes for the new year. Of course, an overview of trends for an upcoming year wouldn’t be complete without mentioning interviews! We’ve curated a list of what to expect in the coming year – from new trends to old methods that are making a comeback. Situational Job Intervie...
Interview Follow-Up: The Do’s and Don’ts
by Adrienne Erin - Dec, 2014
Get ready for the post-holiday hiring rush! If it’s that time of year for you to start fresh then make sure you’re going about the interview process the right way. The first thing you’ll need to get out of the way is the interview, and then you can move on to the quizzical follow-up. Congratulations – you’ve made it through the dreaded job interview. You impressed the hiring manager with your skills and expertise. You asked...
The Art of Following Up
by Rowe Leathers - Dec, 2014
One of the most important components in a job search is the interview follow up; yet it is one of the most overlooked and uncertain parts of the process. While many job seekers recognize this to be a critical step, many fear it because they don’t know what to say or, worse, don’t want to be a nuisance. To conquer your fear of making that call, consider shifting the way you think about it. If you view your follow-up call as...
Interview Follow-up: Another Way to Stand Out
by Thea Kelley - Dec, 2014
Following up after your job interview is more than just a formality and a matter of common courtesy. Most interviewers say a follow-up letter - or the lack of one - can influence their opinion of a candidate. What your follow-up can achieve: Reinforce the employer's memory of you – your brand, your unique selling proposition. Demonstrate your continuing interest and excitement about the job and the company. Help reso...
Be Clear About your Goals Before you Interview
by Sherri Edwards - Dec, 2014
Even though times are tough, asking for a job because you are desperate is not a good look. Employers need convincing evidence for investing time and money in you. This requires knowledge of the company and considerable preparation before you speak with them. The old days of winging your way through an interview are long gone. But first, you need to know why you want the job you are pursuing and how it fits into your life plan...
Sell Me This Pen! Part 2: Job Interview as Sales Call
by Paul Freiberger - Dec, 2014
We’ve seen what “The Wolf of Wall Street” said about the job interview when the interviewer stops asking questions and presses the interviewee to actually do something. "Sell me this pen," says the criminally unscrupulous character played by Leonardo DiCaprio. In the film, recruits had to sell the interviewer a pen he had just pulled out of his pocket. According to Hollywood, the correct approach is to ask the pen-giv...
Thanks for Nothing? What to Say When You Don't Get the Job
by Paul Freiberger - Nov, 2014
If you’ve applied for a job and haven’t made the cut, you’re in exceptional company. So don’t let a job rejection stop you in your tracks. Let’s identify some lessons from and responses to career setbacks that make sense when you consider: Madonna’s first effort was declined by a major producer who should have known better. Andy Warhol’s “Shoe,” a drawing of – of all things – a shoe, was rejected by New York’s Museum of...
7 Interview Bloopers that Sink Your Chances Every Time
by Abby Locke - Nov, 2014
Congratulations! You have finally landed a job interview with one of the top companies on your target list.That's exciting, now don't screw it up. Don't ever fool yourself into thinking that interview mistakes are just for the inexperienced, early-in-career job candidates. We know that first impressions count, so how about making your first impression stand out on your next job interview? 1) Giving long-winded, rambli...
Agility is Key to Interview Success
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Nov, 2014
Fresh off the agility field after back-to-back weekends of competition, here are five lessons that are equally relevant on the field and during the interview. 1. Pre-plan your approach. Prior to each agility event, handlers are given the opportunity to walk the course and determine their approach to each obstacle. This is a chance to identify potential stumbling blocks and play up you and your dog’s strengths. Experienced...
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