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Join the University of Iowa for its Education Fair on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 10 a.m. to Noon. See Flyer for more details.
The job interview isn’t only about ensuring you are the best person for a job; it’s also about whether the organization is the best fit for you. Alison Green, in an article on usnews.com, listed some signs that might indicate you are walking into a dysfunctional job or team situation:
For the full story, click HERE.
“… a CareerBuilder survey revealed that 22 percent of managers said they were less likely to hire a candidate if they didn’t send a thank you note.” In my experience with WPU Career Services and students going through the job search process, employers have actually called to tell me about the excellent thank you note they received after an interview. In one case, the employer said the student went from the third choice candidate to first choice, was offered the job, and accepted it.
So this small courtesy could be a crucial step in the job search process. In his article, “How to Write the Perfect Post-Interview Thank You Note,” Michael Schneider shares some best practices, including:
Click HERE for the full article.
Behavioral questions are a subset of interview questions that require you to pull an experience from your work history and expand on it. One such question might be “Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.”
It pays to think about this type of question ahead of an interview – and preparation can reduce some of your stress! In her post, “6 Anecdotes You Need to Rehearse Before Your Next Interview,” Emily Moore identifies a number of common behavioral interview questions and suggests tips about preparing your stories to showcase your strengths. Read her post HERE.
Are you less desirable to recruiters if you haven’t worked in a while? Jenny Foss gives some good advice to job hunters who are unemployed, and worried about getting hired again. She covers four factors that could impact recruiting decisions, such as:
To find out more about this topic, read the entire article HERE.
The information interview is another key component in a successful job search. It should go with your networking efforts, getting names of people at companies in which you’re interested, and a top notch resume and cover letter.
So you set up the interview – and then what?! The Wise Job Search, a website that provides information, resources, and ideas for job searchers (and a site you might want to investigate!), suggests four considerations when you incorporate information interviews in your job search strategy:
The article expands on each of these suggestions; read it HERE.
LinkedIn has thousands of jobs announced under the Jobs tab. You can also create a ‘Search Alert’ which provides you with the notifications when jobs are posted by employers you like OR by Job Function, Location, Industry, etc. Check it out today – this LINK is for Des Moines area jobs.
You have work experience. You have had a number of interviews. You feel comfortable “winging” your next interview. SHOULD YOU?
In the article, “Science Warns Don’t Do These 6 Things If You Want To Get Hired,” by John Boitnott, the author identifies six solid DON’Ts if you want to avoid interview slip-ups, including:
For the full story – backed by science – on these tips, read the article HERE.
Because of our dependence on technology and the multitude of job boards and job search engines out there, thousands of people rely on online applications when job hunting. Your application may be getting lost in the sheer numbers of qualified applicants. So what can you do?
The Young Entrepreneur Council asked seven successful entrepreneurs for advice, who shared these tactics:
See the full article for detailed advice on each of these tactics and boost your chances for the right job!
It seems each May and December bring out scammers preying on new college graduates. As Career Services representatives, many of us at Iowa small colleges and universities try to warn the others when we find out about scams – and often it’s not the company scamming, it’s dishonest folks using a company name to do their dirty work. The following warning came from outside Iowa, but it provides an example of how these scams might work.
So beware and be wise as you navigate your job search!
“We just got a call from a student who was scammed by a company calling itself Hanwha Group. He was interviewed and offered a summer internship, and then asked for money. Unfortunately, he gave them his money. I deleted the job posting and disabled their account (and added notes for each), and I emailed all the other students who applied for the job to let them know it’s a scam. I told them that legitimate employers will never ask for their money, and to let us know if they get contacted by Hanwha Group or anyone else who asks for a payment. I called the phone number provided by the contact, and it does not match the company’s office at that address. Plus, I called that number and it has been disconnected. The contact’s email address does not match the company domain–there is an extra letter. Their account has Hanwha’s real website and mailing address. The company is legitimate, but the contact person, email, and phone number are not.”