Almost every single person is nervous going into an interview. This is totally normal and expected by your interviewer, so don't sweat it. What you should be worried about is whether or not you're fully prepared. Candidates may be given detailed instructions and information about the interview, read advice on interviewing or have insider knowledge from a contact and still not be truly ready to go. Are you?
If you’ve been in the military or worked for the same employer for a long period of time, it’s difficult to make a change. In general, as we grow older it’s harder to modify our routine. But it’s never too late. Sometimes all that it requires is a change in mindset.
What would you like to change in your career? It could be anything from a small to a big change. Is there a skill you want to learn? Do you want to have a more flexible schedule? Your goal can be anything that you want to change or enhance about your professional life. Here’s how to make it happen: take small steps.
You know that networking is almost essential to getting a job – it's vital to have some kind of "in" at the company you apply to. And there are a million ways to network. Where and how do you begin?
Maybe you've already reached out to friends, family and former colleagues. If so, good work! That's the first step in a long list of possibilities. To make sure you're networking well and reach more contacts, check your approach against the suggestions below.
If you are sitting behind your desk for hours on end each day applying to job postings through LinkedIn, Monster or Indeed, stop. This is not the primary way to land a job. Studies reveal that over 80 percent of jobs are filled via networking and referrals. What does that tell you? Step away from your computer if you want results.
This is true if you're a recent graduate or experienced professional. A 2016 Gallup survey concluded that 20 percent of students found an internship or job through a friend and 50 percent found their jobs through professors or campus staff.
Companies around the world send employees on international assignments typically for three to five years. According to Worldwide ERC, the cost of doing so can be over $1 million per person. Despite the cost, companies report a 42 percent failure rate in these assignments. What's wrong? Many companies are not adequately preparing employees or their families for life and work overseas.
Expatriates, those living outside of their native country, may receive support through their company upon departure, but many do not receive sufficient support once they arrive in their new location. The lack of familiarity and sudden increase of uncertainty can cause a high level of emotional distress on a family, which in turn can have a detrimental effect on an employee's performance. Here's how companies can do a better job managing overseas assignments.
A job search can produce a lot of anxiety. Once you get through the preparation process of getting your resume and cover letter together, you still have work to do. There’s applying, networking and interviewing. You may find that, no matter how unhappy you are in your current job, your search keeps getting pushed to the bottom of your to-do list and the needle never moves.
You may chalk up the delay to lack of time. But is that really what’s going on? Or could it be time to evaluate the mental roadblocks getting in the way? According to Danielle Droitsch, owner of Coaching with Danielle, there are three top mental offenders that hamper a job search:
- Succumbing to fear.
- Ignoring your strengths.
- Being disorganized.
Here's how to tackle each.
We are too busy. Americans work 40 to 60 hours a week (or more) and try to fit taking care of a family and themselves around it. The severe lack of time to ourselves leads to less sleep, poor health and low levels of creative power, because really, how can your mind be open to creativity and new possibilities when you're running on empty?
LinkedIn always seems to be changing – from its user interface to new features and products, there's always something to keep track of. It's hard to find time to keep up with the latest and what's worth checking out. So U.S. News spoke to LinkedIn consultant Petra Fisher to get her insights into what's new and hot – and what's not. Her responses have been edited for clarity.
When Marcelle and her husband decided he should accept a job as a foreign service officer, starting in Uzbekistan, she knew she’d have to give up the job she loved. Looking at the bright side, she saw this as an opportunity to start her own business. What she needed now was a “Portable Career” that could travel wherever her husband was posted.