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  • How to Turn Info Interviews into Relationships
    by Thea Kelley - October 4, 2018
    Informational interviews are a great job search networking tactic. You can gain useful industry and company insights. More crucially, you can build relationships that may lead to being referred to hiring managers. How can you keep in touch and continue the relationship (without being perceived as a pest)? Let’s say you had an informational interview with Samantha, who does work similar to yours at a company you&rsq...
  • 10 Ways to Stay Motivated in a Long Job Search
    by Thea Kelley - September 28, 2018
    At some point, many of us find ourselves in a job search that’s taking longer than we expected. It might be due to our age, a gap in employment, a change in our industry – or simply that the luck of “happening to know someone” that got us into a past job isn’t turning up right now. And since employers want to hire motivated people, problems with job search motivation can create a vicious cycle....
  • How to Answer Interview Questions About Conflicts
    by Thea Kelley - September 19, 2018
    Some of the most common interview questions are about conflict management. For example: “How do you deal with conflict?” “Tell me about a time when you had an issue with a co-worker.' “Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.” “How do you deal with conflicts when working on a team?” There are two reasons why conflict questions like these are so common....
  • 7 Surprising Things You Can Put On Your Resume
    by Thea Kelley - August 31, 2018
    Can you put your citizenship on a resume? Testimonials? Hobbies? Independent study? You’d be surprised what information can look good on a resume if it’s handled right. Some experts may suggest restricting information like the following to cover letters only. The problem with that is that cover letters aren’t always read. If you really want the employer to see it, it needs to be on your resume. Can you...
  • How to Take Notes at a Job Interview (and How Not to)
    by Thea Kelley - June 15, 2018
    The original article can be found on Thea's blog. Is it appropriate to take notes during a job interview? Generally yes, and the way you do it sends messages about you that can help you get the job – or lose it. Here’s how to take notes during an interview. Politeness counts. First, show consideration for the interviewer by asking, “Is it all right if I take a few notes?” Most will say &ldq...
  • 5 Tips to Ace a Surprise Phone Screen Interview
    by Thea Kelley - February 16, 2018
    If you’re open to new job opportunities, you know it’s smart to keep your resume updated. But did you know it’s equally important to be ready for a phone screen interview – which could happen at any time? And are you ready? A headhunter may find you through a personal referral or LinkedIn and give you a call. Make no mistake – this “chat” is an interview! And typically fewer than...
  • 10 Ways to Prove Your Emotional Intelligence (Soft Skills) in a Job Interview
    by Thea Kelley - February 7, 2018
    Emotional intelligence is a huge factor in employee success, and hiring managers are increasingly looking for it during job interviews. Studies at Google have found that their most productive employees and teams excelled not because of their technical skills, but because of emotional intelligence and related soft skills such as communication, listening, problem solving, understanding others and showing empathy. Psycholog...
  • 5 Crazy Mistakes Job Seekers Make
    by Thea Kelley - November 15, 2017
    The original article can be found on Thea's blog. I’m not going to bore you with the same old job search mistakes – letting your cell phone ring at an interview, blah blah. Here are some crazy job search mistakes that are often made even by smart job seekers like you. 1. Making no attempt to get their resume past the gatekeeper when they apply online. Sending your resume to Human Resources without also s...
  • Tips for older professionals
    by Thea Kelley - October 30, 2017
    The original article can be found on Thea's blog. I hated writing that title. There is not some big GONG! that sounds at age 50 shutting us out of opportunities. But ageism and stereotypes are common, so if you're older you'd be wise to adopt strategies to reduce the drag that these mindsets can have on your interview success. Age discrimination can occur regardless of the interviewer's age, but th...
  • Resume Writing Tips for Career Changers
    by Thea Kelley - October 18, 2017
    When you're not just looking for a new job but a new career, you need a new resume. Here are some crucial career change resume tips that will help you position yourself for your big leap. Start with a relevant headline. Write the job title of the opening you're applying for, such as 'Marketing Consultant,' as a headline between your name and contact information and the rest of the resume. The top of your resume is...