Interview Prep 101

It’s hard to know what to expect walking in to an interview. There are lots of horror stories out there about bad interviews and interviewers. The best you can do is to prepare.

Ask for the names and positions of people you will be meeting. This allows you to look on the company website beforehand and do a Google search to find out about these folks. If you can get a biography or view a LinkedIn profile, it will give you a better shot at determining the kinds of questions the person might ask you. However, don’t go into the interview spouting off how much you learned about everyone in the room! You will likely scare them off. Use it as a reference only to help you prepare, and if you’re lucky, the interview discussion may turn to commonly-shared interests which would be the time to share that you run marathons or love to bake too.

Brainstorm questions. The first set of questions you should think about are tough ones the interviewers may ask you. 

The second set of questions you should brainstorm are those you can ask the interviewer during or after the formal interview. You always need to ask a question, preferably two or three. This shows you are prepared, engaged, and truly interested in the job. Examples are:

·      Is this a new position or did someone occupy it before? If so, why did they leave?

·      What do you love best and dislike about working here?

·      What makes a person successful in this role?

Write down some quick notes on a notepad to bring with you to the interview. If you get nervous and can’t think of that one example you wanted to give, or questions to ask, you’ll have hints in front of you. Don’t be afraid to jot down some notes during the interview.

Planning ahead of time for an interview goes a long way. You will come across as more confident and be able to speak clearly and concisely about your experience. In addition, the interviewers will note your thorough preparation, which shows that you are serious about the job and leaves a lasting impression.

 

5 Steps to Put Keywords in Your Resume

We’re always hearing about using keywords, but what are they and how can you incorporate them painlessly? Here’s a step-by-step approach.

1. If you don't already have a job description that intrigues you, go to Indeed and type in your former or current title to find a posting. Copy the entire job description.

2. Open Wordle, which creates word clouds from text. Paste the job description into the empty box, and hit "go"! It will generate a cluster of words. Words that are larger appear more frequently in the job description, so the cloud tells you what phrases and words are most important. You can print or save the word cloud. 

3. Now you know which skills and qualifications you need to highlight in your job application. But how do you do it? Come up with examples of projects where you've demonstrated those skills. For example, is "presentations" a prominent word? Think about presentations you've given at work, school, or while volunteering. What was the topic? How many people did you present to? Did it lead to positive compliments or outcomes?

4. Write a bullet that answers those questions in your resume and bonus. If you have more you want to say about that skill, use additional experiences in your cover letter to supplement the information in your resume. 

5. Continue to do this for each of the larger terms appearing in your word cloud. When you feel comfortable with it, you may not even need to use Wordle. Simply focus on the section of a job description that says "minimum required qualifications" or "job requirements," and pull out key skills to match against your background.

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Whether you are working in the social impact sphere, schedule meetings for an executive, build PowerPoint presentations for your team or meet with print vendors, there is a purpose behind what you do. When you speak to friends, family and your professional network about your work, you should do your best to speak proudly about it. Too many of us discount the work we do when asked to describe it. Reframing what exactly it is you do in your mind will help you communicate it better. And this could make a major difference in helping you find your next gig.

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While this work is not paid, it's no less important than paid work. Forget about distinguishing between the two when it comes to telling your work history. Think of them as one and the same. If you must list salary on an employment application or it's requested for a federal resume, include that information, but for all other purposes, paid and unpaid work is equal. Below are different types of unpaid work and how to include it on your resume.

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