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Have we forgotten…?

Have we forgotten…?

Have you forgotten the value of good planning? Don’t worry we are all in the reaction phase of the social emergency as it impacts lives and livelihoods. Planning will have to wait for its rewrite! Yet emergency or not, it is thus clear that no planning, or the lack of...

Resume Alpha Interview Tips II

Resume Alpha Interview Tips II

The following are guidelines and ideas that will help give you confidence and conviction that are valuable commodities for discussions with any employer.  Behaviorally Based Interview Questions ✓ Example Have you ever failed to achieve a goal at work? Response...

JOB SEARCH BURNOUT MARCH 2020

JOB SEARCH BURNOUT MARCH 2020

Yesterday I shared with you note, about getting rejected in the job search process "What goes around comes around."  And I received this beautiful note back from "Sherry" (not her actual name). I wanted to share it with you, in case you're feeling the same as her:...

Resume Alpha Interview Tips

Resume Alpha Interview Tips

You’ve secured the interview, now it’s time to ace it! Use the following checklist to ensure you’re completely prepared to wow potential new employers. Interview prep ☐ Critique your resume. If it’s not had an overhaul for a while, consider getting a professional to...

Diversity Insight

Diversity Insight

Is ‘OK, Boomer’ Age Discrimination? Supreme Court Might Tell Us By Jeffrey D. Slanker, Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. Feb 11, 2020 Diversity Insight  Life may be a meme—or at least it may seem that way sometimes, especially after a meme embodying intergenerational...

HOW TO MEMORISE YOUR ‘PRESENTATION’.

HOW TO MEMORISE YOUR ‘PRESENTATION’.

There are three judges beamed at me. Buoyed by their support, I anticipated winning this college elocution competition. I nailed the first verse of my chosen poem, but might as well have been under general anesthesia when trying to remember a single word of the second...

SAME OLD INTERVIEW

SAME OLD INTERVIEW

Every now and then, a new Interview Success Formula member asks me: "Alan, it's been 17 years since I last had to do this! Has the interview process changed much since then? If so, how?" Here's what I tell them: Employers have been "interviewing" people for literally...

SMPC ANALYSIS

SMPC ANALYSIS

I have applied for >100 jobs but I got only one interview. Most of the application are being rejected during preliminary screening. I am getting some calls from recruiting agencies but they are not coming back. He goes on to say: In my resume, I only provide...

WHAT PETER DRUCKER KNEW ABOUT 2020 HBR EXTRACTS

WHAT PETER DRUCKER KNEW ABOUT 2020 HBR EXTRACTS

What Peter Drucker Knew About 2020 When Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) released its annual survey of corporate chief executives for 2014, it was immediately obvious that change is on leaders’ brains: “As CEOs plan their strategies to take advantage of transformational...

WHY DID YOU QUIT YOUR LAST JOB

WHY DID YOU QUIT YOUR LAST JOB

Answering “Why did you quit your last job” in an interview These and many such questions arise in the course of an interview and one needs to be prepared to answer them. Your response should be truthful, and you should give the correct reasons for your decision to...

WORK LIFE BALANCE AND SCHEDULING HBR EXTRACT

WORK LIFE BALANCE AND SCHEDULING HBR EXTRACT

Air Traffic Controllers: the Canary in the Coal Mine? Air traffic controllers sleeping in their towers are emblematic of a much larger problem: how employers hurt American competitiveness through scheduling practices that create a bleed of back-end costs. “They fall...

PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW

PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW

Preparing for a job interview the right way is critical. It's the difference between a nice conversation and a new job offer. If you are prepping for an interview, please keep in mind the 5 factors listed below: Understand the format Each different interview type will...

PREPARE FOR THE NEW PERMANENT TEMP HBR EXTRACTS

PREPARE FOR THE NEW PERMANENT TEMP HBR EXTRACTS

The fastest-growing segments of America’s job market — by far — are temporary and part-time employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of US part-time employees hit a record high of 28 million. Temporary employment has jumped 50% since the...

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Of course, job interviews are moments to take questions, and as an applicant, it’s never the most comfortable moments irrespective of how much you have prepared. Not because you think you are not qualified, but thoughts of “what if I fail the simplest question?” and...

HOW TO PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS HBR EXTRACTS

HOW TO PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS HBR EXTRACTS

Most feedback accentuates the negative. During formal employee evaluations, discussions invariably focus on “opportunities for improvement,” even if the overall evaluation is laudatory. Informally, the sting of criticism lasts longer than the balm of praise. Multiple...

How to Tactfully Disagree in a Job Interview

How to Tactfully Disagree in a Job Interview

How to Tactfully Disagree in a Job Interview GlobalP/Getty Images  When you’re interviewing for a job, you typically have one primary goal: impress the interviewer enough to get an offer. Often, we think that we need to be agreeable to succeed, which can lead to a lot...

GREATEST WEAKNESS RESPONSES

GREATEST WEAKNESS RESPONSES

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS AND HOW TO RESPOND You know how they ask ‘what is your greatest weakness?’ during an interview? Now, this is a cliché, tricky question and one is expected to respond to the question honestly. But let me be honest – I wouldn’t be...

FIVE INTERVIEW ERRORS

FIVE INTERVIEW ERRORS

Have you ever said something in an interview that got you into trouble? Maybe you didn't even realize you said something wrong. Yet, suddenly, your interviewer seems a lot less interested in you, maybe even unhappy.And, it looks like whatever you said, your chances at...

BEHAVIOURALLY BASED QUESTIONS

BEHAVIOURALLY BASED QUESTIONS

A behavioral interview is a major part of the candidate assessment process. Employers and hiring managers rely on behavioral job interview questions in order to find out if the candidate has the skills and competencies needed for the job. In a typical behavioral job...

6 HABITS THAT HURT YOUR CAREER HBR EXTRACTS

6 HABITS THAT HURT YOUR CAREER HBR EXTRACTS

There’s a lot to be said for playing to your strengths, but when you suffer a career setback, it’s rarely because of something you’re doing well. Psychologists Eric Nelson and Robert Hogan have noted that it’s the dysfunctional habits that “interfere with the leader’s...

ARE YOU THE RIGHT CANDIDATE ?

ARE YOU THE RIGHT CANDIDATE ?

Remember that old expression: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”?Well, it definitely applies to interviews.Most candidates know that, of course. But here are two points that most candidates don’t usually appreciate (especially the younger...

APPLY FOR 100 JOBS=NO INTERVIEWS!

APPLY FOR 100 JOBS=NO INTERVIEWS!

Some time ago, I received a message from "D": I have applied for >100 jobs but I got only one interview. Most of the application are being rejected during preliminary screening. I am getting some calls from recruiting agencies but they are not coming back. He goes...

A FAIRER WAY TO HIRE AND PROMOTE HBR EXTRACTS

A FAIRER WAY TO HIRE AND PROMOTE HBR EXTRACTS

HBR Digital Article  8.95 View Details  Nearly eight out of 10 executives say diversity is increasingly important in helping them achieve business goals — and they’re demonstrating strong support for it. There are external social and legislative pressures driving this...