The Job Search

Is Job Hopping Still a Red Flag to Employers?

You’ve had several jobs in three years. It wasn’t because you were fired; maybe you were just finding your way, or the pandemic caused consecutive layoffs. Whatever the reason, your resume makes you look like a job-hopper. Traditionally, this has been a red flag to employers; they want to know you’ll stay dedicated to their company so they don’t spend time and money training you only for you to leave a few months later.

However, job hopping is much more common now than it was in years’ previous. It can be beneficial for workers to work under a variety of leadership styles and industries.

Nevertheless, there is still a stigma attached to job hopping. If the topic comes up in an interview, you’ll want to both explain the benefits of your job hopping and detail how this company is different. You won’t be leaving in a few months. Here’s how to do that. (more…)

Re-Entering the Workforce

You took yourself out of the workforce years ago. Maybe you were a stay-at-home parent, had to deal with a personal injury or illness, or you were taking care of a sick loved one. Perhaps you couldn’t find any job opportunities and decided to live on your savings for a bit. Regardless of the reason, you’ve decided now is the time to re-enter the workforce. Getting back into the job search can be tough, but it’s totally doable! Here are a few of our tips for rejoining the workforce. (more…)

How Would Supervillains Approach the Job Search?

Previously, we looked into how some of your favorite heroes would approach the job search. But now it’s time for the villains to shine. Kidnapping the hero’s love interest and causing mass mayhem are easy. But if some of the dastardliest rule-breakers in fictional history decided to turn over a new, much more legal leaf, what challenges would they encounter in the job search? (more…)

Losing a Job Due to an Aptitude Test

You have the experience. You have the interview skills. You know what you’re doing! You ace the phone interview, the in-person interview is a cakewalk, and you know this job offer is coming your way. But before you can get the offer, your would-be employer asks for an aptitude test. It’s just a formality, so it shouldn’t be anything to worry about, right?

But then when it’s time to take the test it’s confusing. Maybe the questions are odd, there’s a time limit, or it covers information that isn’t really relevant to the position. But you persevere and finish it. However, you get a call two days later from the company’s HR department, who you didn’t even interview with, telling you that you didn’t get the job.

It’s hard not to feel devastated. How do you deal with losing a job you were perfect for due to what feels like a technicality? Here are a few things to know. (more…)

Questions to Ask in a Final Round Interview

You did it. You made it through the phone interview and several in-person interviews and now you’re here: the final interview. When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, it can be hard to think of something because you’ve already had so many other opportunities to ask questions. However, this is a great chance to show your interest in the job, and make sure the job is right for you. (more…)

Proving Your Soft Skills in an Interview

When it comes to interviews, job applicants usually focus on hard skills, defined by Investopedia as “learned abilities acquired and enhanced through practice, repetition, and education.” Skills such as knowing how to use a certain program, experience working in a certain industry, or being familiar with a certain product or service.

However, employers are just as interested, if not more, in soft skills, defined as “character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person’s relationship with other people.” When looking for hireable applicants, decision-makers often look for certain soft skills in their applicants. Specifically, they look for a good combination of willingness to learn, dependability, and communication skills. Here’s how to show you have these abilities in your next interview. (more…)