Really Ready for an Interview?

Check off these critical tasks: Did you shadow the company's social media? Seriously! Companies post news they're proud of. So knowing about a blog post or a company retreat will give you talking points to drive the conversation. And seeing pictures of the office and the employees will not only give you a sense of the dress code (vital information for picking out your outfit), but also the general office climate and vibe. Did you study company and sector products? You don't have to arrive armed with a six-step plan for how to scale a new project (cyber IT protection) or a product (Google’s new phone), but talking intelligently about the company is key. Come prepared with reasons why you like it, as well as a few suggestions for how you can help to improve. Have you research your interviewers? You typically receive an interview schedule with the names of the people you'll be meeting ahead of time. (If not, don't be afraid to ask for...
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Unusual Ways to Land an Interview

Maybe it's time to try a new approach. Check out these methods to landing an interview. Start an online campaign Have you heard of Matthew Epstein, the man behind the “Google, please hire me” online campaign? His premise was simple: to create buzz and draw attention to himself. This buzz and attention would then lead mega-giant Google to notice his efforts, therefore resulting in a job interview. Although Epstein didn’t end up at Google, he had the right idea. When you draw attention to your accomplishments in an unusual way, you stand out from the crowd and noise. One way to capture this type of attention and highlight why you deserve a job interview is through an online campaign. You can do a number of things to create an online campaign. Like Epstein, you can develop a website that houses your accomplishments, recommendations, and plans. You can also use the power of social media and your network to exponentially carry your...
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Easy steps you’re likely not doing on your LinkedIn profile

I have written about LinkedIn before but it is improving regularly and you need to take advantage of these tips and LinkedIn's improvements. Using LinkedIn is a very effective and efficient tool to get your “story of success” in front of the thousands of people in your career field who need to hire professionals just like you – or just you! First, pay attention to your LinkedIn profile. It’s been said that “one picture is worth 1,000 words” for a reason: the “non-verbal” but visual language speaks to what people think and feel about you on first impression, to hook their interest. Your best photo will have a well-lit background and present just you with a friendly, professional appearance. Second, don't paste-in your resume! List your functional (not official) title, company, and general timeline for each job listed in reverse-chronological order. Also, cluster promotions in years (“promoted 4 times in 10 years” or “promoted Years X, Y, and Z”) instead of listing all...
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