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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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 […]
Tags: Job search
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?
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 […]
Have you ever been in an elevator and had someone say ‘tell me about you’? Me neither. But the fact remains that you need an elevator pitch before you realize it and step into the proverbial elevator. The thing is, when the need arises, it’s too late. You can’t wait till that moment to then start looking up this blog post and ask the person to wait while you think of something articulate and effective to say.
So you got your dream job? Congrats! Now don’t screw it up! ;) So many times, I’ve seen people’s career prospects go down the drain thanks to seemingly irrelevant things. You probably will say these aren’t ‘fair’ and that they shouldn’t impact your progress. I know! I get it! But it happens whether we like it or not – we only get to choose how we respond.
Straight after doing my undergrad, I signed up for a one year Masters program (International Employment Relations and HR) in the UK. School there started at the very end of September, and in December, I came to the terrifying realization that I had missed a lot of the ‘milkrounds’ – what they call the job application process for new graduates!