Welcome to our candidate focused weekly review blog. We hope that you will find links to blogs and articles here that will assist in your job search, resume prep, interviews, and everyday until retirement! If at any time you have specific questions, just let us know in the comments area.
Step 1: The Job Search:
- As of December 17th, there has been no action to renew the unemployment extension that will expire on December 28, 2013. If this is not passed by Congress then all federally funded benefits will cease.
- When looking for a job, some skills are more in demand then others. Check out LinkedIn’s list of the 25 hottest skills for 2013 and then work on updating your skill set to take advantage.
Step 2: The Interview and Waiting:
- Ever walk out of an interview thinking you said all of the right things, but then you don’t get a call back? It may not be a matter of what you said, but how you said it in the interview that turned the hiring manager off.
- Expanding on the above article, understanding the interviewer can help you to answer questions in a more fitting way which can improve your chances for being hired. This article explains the four basic types of people and how to appeal to them.
- After your interview you should send a thank you note to the person who met with you. It’s a great opportunity to add any additional details you may have forgotten as well as refresh their memory of key qualities you have. But how should your thank you letter look?
Step 3: The Workplace:
- If your goal has always been to become a manager, then you have probably thought many times that you would not be like some of your former bosses. Now that it’s your chance to lead the pack make sure you rock it as a manager.
- With the year drawing to a close you may be thinking of New Year’s resolutions and what your goals for 2014 will be. Professional development should be near the top of your list. Improving your skills can help your reputation and career opportunities.
- How many times have you said you would be happier at work if you made more money or had more vacation days or if your work was more meaningful? Well it turns out that while we may think these things will make our work lives happier, they really do not. Here’s why.
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