What's the golden rule when it comes to following up? There's not one answer to this question, but there are different approaches and guidelines you should observe. If you're not sure how soon to follow up with a professional contact after a first meeting or when to call or write a recruiter to check the status of your application, read on.
You've probably done unpaid work at some point in your life. Maybe you volunteered in high school or college at the school putting on events or did something external like mentor underprivileged youth. You may have held unpaid internships. Now out of school, perhaps you volunteer regularly or a few times a year in your community or at your place of worship. Many of you hold positions on local committees or in organizations.
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.
You've heard it before – all it can take to lose consideration for a job is one small mistake. Usually people think those mistakes come in the form of grammatical errors in resumes or answering a question poorly during an interview. We often forget about the more subtle nuances of the job application process, such as phone etiquette and email correspondence.
We all know that first impressions count – a lot. That's why each and every small step of the application process from start to finish is so important. While email issues may not be enough to derail your application, they certainly can, and in combination with other missteps, your chances significantly decrease.
Studies by Global Workplace Analytics tell us that Fortune 1000 companies worldwide are entirely revamping their space because they realize employees are already mobile. Studies show employees are not at their desk up to 60 percent of the time. While some companies embrace it, others are not accepting remote work at all while others are doing it piecemeal and leaving it up to managers to decide whether to allow employees to work remotely.
In the U.S., we're led to believe that hard work, good grades and a college diploma will get us a job. However, the majority of college graduates have difficulty finding employment fresh out of school. Why? According to Kyle Winey, the author of "HACKiversity," the "enroll-study-graduate" approach to college is gone. Today, a new college approach is necessary to excel.
Job descriptions are pretty generic. That makes it hard to figure out if you are a good match and whether you should even bother applying. You may read the job requirements and doubt that you are the right fit, or you may think, "This is me! I'm the perfect fit!"
How can you figure out whether it's worthwhile to apply, and if it is, how can you give it your best effort?
According to Global Workplace Analytics, 50 percent of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework and approximately 20 to 25 percent of the workforce teleworks with some regularity. With the dynamics of the workforce rapidly shifting toward increased remote work, companies need to consider modifying their practices to reflect different work arrangements.
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.