The Job Search

Answering the Interview Question eBook Now Live

Whether it’s listing your strengths and weaknesses, identifying your most impressive accomplishment, or telling your interviewer why you’re the best fit for the job, we’ve got an answer or three.

See them when you download the new Answering the Interview Question eBook. You’ll learn how to answer some of the most difficult interview questions job candidates face, like “tell me about yourself,” “what are your top 3 strengths and weaknesses?” and “where do you see yourself in five years?”

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Phone Interview Tips During COVID-19

Ace those questions without leaving the house

Phone interviews can be difficult. It’s hard to know if you’re on the right track answering a question when you can’t see your interviewer’s face. But interviewers don’t have time to see everyone in person. As job board Monster.com notes, “Because they’re generally brief, phone interviews save companies time. They also serve as a more realistic screening alternative for cases in which companies are considering out-of-town, or out-of-state, or international candidates.”

And that doesn’t even take the current COVID-19 epidemic into account, when in-person interviews really aren’t possible.

Although you don’t have to wear a nice shirt or blouse to a phone interview, your voice and demeanor should be dressed to the nines. There are best practices to follow to ensure you move on to the next stage. Here are a few of our top phone interview tips.

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How to Handle a Short-Term Job on a Resume

You were at a job for six months or less and it ended. Maybe you quit, maybe you were let go, but now you have to figure out if it’s worth putting on your resume.

Some employers see a short-term job as a big question mark on your resume. Are you a job hopper? Are you a problem employee? You need to be ready to answer those questions. If you aren’t, it might be better to leave it off your resume.

But how do you figure out whether you should put that short-term job on your resume? Ask yourself the following questions.

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Answering the Interview Question eBook Coming Soon

Whether it’s listing your strengths and weaknesses, identifying your most impressive accomplishment, or telling your interviewer why you’re the best fit for the job, we’ve got an answer or three.

Find the answers when you download the Answering the Interview Question eBook later  in April. You’ll learn how to answer some of the most difficult interview questions job candidates face. Here’s a short preview. (more…)

Answering the Interview Question: Can We Contact Your Previous Employer?

If you don’t see this question on a job application and make it to the interview, expect it to come up. Employers want to fact-check resumes and ensure job seekers are truthful with their job experience.

But what do you do if you had a particularly bad manager and you don’t want your potential employer to get in touch with them? Or perhaps nobody you worked with is still at the company, so you wouldn’t get a good reference. We’ve got you covered with these handy tips.

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3 Tips to Avoid Job Search Burnout

This isn’t big news or anything, but the job search isn’t fun. It’s a slog of endless applications, cover letters, and interviews that might end up going nowhere. When you’re feeling down it can be super tempting to log into Netflix and stream something mindless. Which is totally okay! Yup, you heard it here first: the Job Journey job experts are okay with the occasional Netflix binge.

Think of it like this: the more you search for a job, the more tired you get right? You might start out bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but your energy fades over time. So, your 50th job application probably won’t be as stellar as your first. Taking a well-deserved break can lift your spirits and ensure you go back to the job search refreshed.

Here are a few ways to avoid that pesky job search burnout.

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Keeping Up with Your 2020 Job Search Resolutions

Are you keeping up with your job search goals?

February is nearly over, which means March will be here before we know it. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating New Years and planning our job search resolutions for 2020.

If you’re up-to-date with your resolutions, you’re ahead of the pack. According to research conducted by Strava, a social network for athletes, Jan. 12 is the day most folks give up on their resolutions. That’s less than two weeks of trying. If this sounds like you, don’t worry; there’s a whole year to achieve your goals!

If you aren’t quite caught up with your job search goals, that’s understandable. New Year’s resolutions can be hard to keep up with when you don’t have a plan. Here are our tips for keeping your job search resolutions going this year!

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