Category Archives: BLOG

CRAZIEST INTERVIEW QUESTIONS – AND HOW TO ANSWER THEM


  You’ve done it. You’ve made it through an hour discussing your resume, previous positions, hopes, and dreams and you’ve nailed every question. Then HR hits you with something weird: Why is a tennis ball fuzzy? Huh? You panic and flip through your notes. Tennis balls? Does this company even sell tennis balls?

HOW TO GET INTO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION


  Those of you who know me well, know that I spent a bunch of my corporate years working in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). My very first ‘real’ job was in D&I, and I eventually became the Global Head – hiring and building a team out of Singapore.   I always said I had the best job in the company (there were 80,000+ employees at the time) and so maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that I get tons of […]

WHY YOU’RE NOT GETTING INTERVIEWS


Does firing off application after application make you feel like you’re making progress when it comes to your job search? I’m sorry to tell you that if you’re like most people, you’re probably not. In fact, you may be doing it all wrong… Ah, always the motivational speaker, aren’t I? ;)  

DO YOU REALLY NEED TO BE AN EXPERT?


I coach a lot of people who are interested in making the transition into a new industry, department, or role, and I often hear insecurities around their level of expertise. They say they need to go back to school and get a Masters degree, that they’ll need to intern to gain real-life experience, and that they don’t know enough to even have a conversation with someone working in the field. 

CREATIVITY FOR DUMMIES


  Are you one of those people who says, ‘oh, I’m not a creative type’? Creativity is typically a pretty valued skill in business, and research shows that not only are creative people happier, but they also make more money. If you’re one of those people who always draws inside the lines, I have good news. There are some simple steps you can take to up your creative game.   1) Step out of your industry You can often get the best […]

HOW TO SAY ‘NO’


  When I first started out at work, I answered every request with a ‘yes’. Not even just a ‘yes’ but a super excited I-can’t-wait-to-‘yes’. I was such an eager beaver, looking to learn, to make connections, to impress. And it served me very well – for a few years, that is.   Fast forward to when I got a really big job – we’re talking a team of five people, global responsibility, a two million dollar budget, and a […]

“SO WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES”?


  Ever been asked this at an interview? It’s such a dreaded question and it should never really come as a surprise… which is why I’m always amazed when people have really bad answers! Lately, I’ve been doing tons of interview coaching (click here to check it out) and I thought I’d share some tips of what, and what not, to say.

IF YOU *REALLY REALLY REALLY* WANT A JOB…


  Whether you’re applying to a big organization with a fancy application system or if it’s a small company that does things via email, I’m going to let you in on a little known (or realized) fact: You often have the opportunity to include *extra* documents.

WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT HEADHUNTERS


    Ever wanted the inside scoop on headhunters? Meet Gwen – friend, ex-colleague, advisor, and of course, headhunter. Currently running her own business, Beslow Consulting LLC, Gwen’s also worked for some of the world’s most desirable employers, like Google.   So Gwen, you obviously work with a ton of candidates eager to get new jobs. What are your top pet peeves?    You’d think this wouldn’t happen but headhunters still see a lot of resumes with spelling errors and […]

DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE CAKE IS?


Today is Monday.  As you look around the office, do you know whose birthday it is today?  Do you know where the cake is?  Or is it someone’s retirement? Did you find the department that had donuts this morning?

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INTERNSHIPS: SLAVE LABOR OR SERIOUS LAUNCHPAD?


  Juggling 10 cups of coffee while trying to navigate a revolving door… collecting birthday cards for the client’s kid… coming into the office first and leaving last… not being paid.

HOW TO PROFIT FROM VOLUNTEER WORK


  Nothing is more annoying to me than reading a job description where the company wants to hire someone who already has experience doing the exact same job. Now, I know where they are coming from. They don’t want to take a risk, they don’t have the time or capability to train someone, and they want the person to jump right in and add value on day one. But from a candidate’s perspective, how are you ever supposed to get […]

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ARE YOU FAILING ENOUGH?


  Yep, you read that right. Failing.   It sounds wrong to want to fail. Most of us spend our whole lives avoiding failure. Tiptoeing around to make sure we never make a mistake or screw up.   The thing is, while this strategy might avoid problems on a day-to-day basis, it’s setting you up for a mediocre career. Never failing means never taking risks. It means staying inside of the box. Going the safe route. Holding back.   How […]

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ON BEING AN OUTSIDER


It is easy not to feel like an expat in Singapore. According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, the tiny country is home to over 2 million non-Singaporeans – over one third of the population. While this might suggest a smooth process of acculturation, it turns out there are plenty of subtle and less-subtle reminders that I am in fact 9,500 miles from home.

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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HR


Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the folks in the HR department can have a significant impact on your career. From compensation to promotion decisions, many people underestimate the role of HR and what a difference it can make if they’re on your side. The next time you see the HR rep coming your way, don’t duck into the copy room or act distracted at the water cooler. Smile, say hello and keep these tips from an HR insider in mind.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT AN 80 HOUR WORKWEEK


If someone said you would work past midnight for the next year, what would you say? 1. “What’s in it for me?” 2. “Well, what will I be doing all that time?” 3. “Can I come in at 4pm?” 4. “Ha! No way; I’ll quit.”   Now let me guess a bit about you based on your answer…

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WHY WORSE CANDIDATES GET THE JOB


      It’s a common story, right? You’re working hard, doing a great job in your current role, and applying for positions you know you could do. So how come all these other people (who let’s face it, you’re better than) keep getting jobs?   Now it’s true there are a few things out of your control – poor HR processes, nepotism, going for a cheaper candidate, seniority, unions… But the good news is that there are a few […]

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SHOULD YOU APPLY FOR A JOB YOU’RE NOT QUALIFIED FOR?


You’re scanning the career sites online and come across your ultimate dream job. It’s perfect, and you want it. Bad.   But wait—they’re looking for someone with 10+ years experience who’s managed a large team, and they prefer people with MBAs. And while you have great experience, you definitely don’t have those things. Should you apply, or would it just be a waste of everyone’s time when you don’t have what the position is really asking for?

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INTERVIEW SELF-SABOTAGE


A few months ago, one of my friends had an interview and asked me if he should send a follow-up note. I answered with something along the lines of – ‘if you want the job, then yeah’! You don’t need me to tell you how competitive it is to get a job these days. I recently was talking to a recruiter who had over 300 people apply for a paralegal position at a company that’s not that well known in the […]

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WARNING – THIS INTERVIEW MAY CREATE TOTAL JOB JEALOUSY


    From practical jokes with George Bush Sr. to asking Brad Pitt for ID, Payal’s found herself in some pretty funny situations over the course of her (very successful) career – spanning non-profits, marketing, banking, and government relations. She recently uprooted herself to London-town, but squeezed in time for an interview to dish the dirt on dropping names in DC, reneged job offers, and what not to do if she’s your mentor.   Payal, you worked for President Clinton […]

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