Best Job Interview Strategies Blog http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html The Best Job Interview Strategies Blog gives you the latest and greatest tips on how to ace your next job interview! en-us Tue, 09 Oct 2007 20:45:36 GMT Tue, 09 Oct 2007 20:45:36 GMT best-interview-strategies.com Want to Win the Job? Show Employers Your S.C.A.R.s http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article161.html How to ensure you'll be the candidate who gets that great job offer by answering the 4 needs of every employer. Tue, 09 Oct 2007 20:26:56 GMT Career: 777--A Jackpot Career Combination http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article160.html Use the 777 combination to get off to a fast and productive start with your new employer. Thu, 04 Oct 2007 19:05:27 GMT Why Your Hard Work Doesn't Stand on it's Own - 5 Tips to Build Your Career http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article159.html Getting a job and getting ahead are two different things. Here are 5 key lessons for getting a bigger career "payoff." Thu, 27 Sep 2007 20:05:48 GMT When It Comes To Creating Wealth, Work Sucks http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article157.html Want to become wealthy? Look beyond your job and create multiple streams of income! Tue, 11 Sep 2007 15:21:19 GMT Time Management: 5 Great Ways to Handle Interruptions from Habitual Socializers http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article156.html Are socializers at work wasting your time and energy? Here are tips on how to handle those unwelcome interruptions. Tue, 11 Sep 2007 14:45:25 GMT Can a "Secret Career Document" Get You Hired? http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Can-a-"Secret-Career-Document"-Get-You-Hired? Jimmy P. Sweeney is at it again. I think of Jimmy as "King of Cover Letters" and have often recommended his "Amazing Cover Letter Creator" product as a valuable resource. Interestingly enough, someone who bought that product requested a refund--and the reason motivated Jimmy to come up with an entirely new strategy to help job seekers get hired. You can read about it here: <a href="http://bon508.wowhired.hop.clickbank.net/" target="_blank">Wow! You're Hired!</a> Now, I have not seen Jimmy's new product and have no idea what his "Secret Career Document" is. But I do know Jimmy's reputation, so I have little hesitation in recommending something he's created before I get a chance to check it out myself. Here's the link again if you're interested: <a href="http://bon508.wowhired.hop.clickbank.net/" target="_blank">Wow! You're Hired!</a> Let me know what you think! Tue, 21 Aug 2007 16:47:57 GMT The Five P's http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#The-Five-P's "How can I ace my next interview and win the job?" The answer can be boiled down to the five P's: <B>P</B>reparation and <BR> <B>P</B>ractice<BR> <B>P</B>recede<BR> <B>P</B>eak<BR> <B>P</B>erformance<BR> "Preparation and practice precede peak performance" should be your personal motto. Tue, 12 Jun 2007 15:55:05 GMT Job Interview Critique http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Job-Interview-Critique I participated in a panel interview yesterday (as a panelist, not a candidate). This was for the three top candidates (narrowed from about 20 applicants) in a second round of interviews. I was one of five people on the panel asking questions. All three candidates had the desired skills and abilities. On paper, they were virtually equal. The first candidate was friendly, energetic and enthusiastic. She showed good eye contact and was always smiling, though tended to ramble on a bit when answering questions. After she left, one panelist remarked, "I wonder how talkative she'll be. It may be distracting to coworkers since they work so close together. But maybe she was only talkative because she's nervous." The second candidate was just the opposite... quiet and reserved. She smiled frequently, but it looked somewhat rehearsed and unnatural. We didn't get any sense of her personality. When she was asked if she had any questions, she flipped open a notepad and read "What are the five most important characteristics for the person in this position?" Good question (though I'd advise leaving out "the five" part). But because she read it, it made a negative impression. I recall thinking, "It's just one question and she couldn't ask it without reading her notes?" The last candidate was a cross between the first two. She was upbeat and enthusiastic yet also calm and professional. But she had a tendency to look down at the table when answering each question instead of making eye contact with the person asking it (or any of the other panelists). Several of her comments indicated that she felt she was overqualified for the position but was "willing to do just about anything for now." A strange combination of overconfidence and desperation. Now that you have a very brief picture of the three, who would YOU have chosen? The panel unanimously recommended the first candidate. The hiring manager agreed. Lessons: 1. Be positive, upbeat and energetic. 2. Smile. But make it genuine. 3. Let your personality show. 4. Make eye contact. 5. Try not to be too talkative; don't ramble (even if you're nervous). (Rehearsing your answers with a friend will help.) 6. Don't read from a notepad, especially if it's just one question you should be able to remember. 7. Don't make comments that show you're overly ambitious, overly confident, or desperate. By the way, this had no bearing on our decision because we made our recommendation before heading back to our offices... but waiting in our email was a thank-you note from the first candidate. I later learned she'd used a PDA to write and send them before she'd even left the building... a great idea! Wed, 23 May 2007 22:21:34 GMT Blog Review: Career Ramblings http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Blog-Review:-Career-Ramblings There's a cool blog you should check out <I>(yes, even cooler than this one)</I> about <a href="http://www.careerramblings.com" target="_blank">career development</a>--it's called <b>Career Ramblings</b>. <i>(Subscribers to my Career-Life Times newsletter will know I'm fond of the word "ramblings," so naturally I love the title of this blog!)</I> The authors of <b>Career Ramblings</B> are John Anthony and Jane May. John typically writes about successes and failures throughout his career, his quest to leave the rat race, and how he has avoided the mundane. Jane focuses on tips and strategies that graduating college students, new professionals and even companies looking to hire should keep in mind. Together, this talented team provides valuable advice to readers interested in career advancement and professional development. Here are just a few sample headlines from <b>Career Ramblings</b> articles: "Tips For A Successful First Year On The Job" "The Easiest Interview Question Can Be The Most Challenging" "How Don Imus Firing Can Help Your Career" "4 Cover Letter Secrets To Land Interviews This Week" As you can see, this blog covers a nice variety of helpful topics! Informative as well as entertaining, <b>Career Ramblings</B> is one of my favorite blogs. (And I'm not just saying that because they've invited bloggers to <a href="http://www.careerramblings.com/2007/05/03/review-career-ramblings-for-a-backlink/" target="_blank">review their blog!</a> :-) Check it out... Tue, 15 May 2007 15:28:03 GMT You've Got 10 Minutes... Maybe http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#You've-Got-10-Minutes...-Maybe According to a recent survey by Robert Half Finance & Accounting, hiring employers form an opinion of job interviewees within the first 10 minutes. The survey involved 150 senior executives with the one thousand largest companies in the U.S. OK, here's reality: surveys, studies and research tell you generalities. There are always exceptions to every rule or survey "finding." If you make a mistake during the first 10 minutes of your job interview, do NOT assume all is lost. The average interview lasts 30-50 minutes (longer for executive-level positions). A poor first impression may start you off on the wrong foot, but it CAN be overcome. If you stumbled on a question or made a mistake, here's what you do: admit it, apologize, explain that you're a bit nervous or overly excited about the opportunity to work for ABC Company, clarify or correct yourself, then move on. Be enthusiastic and confident during the remainder of the interview. If you slip up and don't make a great first impression, recover and make a great LASTING impression! Tue, 01 May 2007 15:16:12 GMT 12 Dumb Resume Goofs http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#12-Dumb-Resume-Goofs If one of your hobbies is sitting on the levee at night watching alligators, would you list that on your resume? Yep, somebody did. I bet he didn't get the job. That's just one of 12 dumb goofs seen on resumes by hiring managers answering a recent CareerBuilder.com survey. Here's my personal favorite among the 12: "Candidate explained a gap in employment by saying it was because he was getting over the death of his cat for three months." Read the entire entertaining list at the following link... Mon, 30 Apr 2007 20:52:27 GMT Dumbest Way to Search for a Job http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Dumbest-Way-to-Search-for-a-Job I recently received the following email message: "Hi, I am very interested in a position with your company and would love some info on the positions available and what the process would be so if you could get back to me I have experience in many areas and would like to send a resume so email me or call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX thank you." That's gotta be one of the world's longest run-on sentences. I was tempted to call the phone number she provided and say "Hey, you're exactly the kind of person I want to hire! When can you start?" You know, just to be mean. (I can be evil sometimes.) I can imagine this clueless job seeker whining to her friends after sending out a dozen of those spammy emails: "I've been looking so hard for a job! Why won't anyone hire me!?!" What a perfect example of the "Give Me What I Want!" generation coming of age in America. Sheesh! Wed, 18 Apr 2007 16:50:28 GMT You Don't Know What You Want http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#You-Don't-Know-What-You-Want Do you know what you want? Are you sure? Most of us think we do, but we really don't. And because we don't really know what we want, we can't get it! That's the idea behind an excellent article by John Wesley at the PickTheBrain.com blog. He tells you how to clearly define your chosen path and the actions needed to get where you want to go. Here's a brief excerpt from his summary: "If you want to be conventionally successful, to attain wealth and status, you need to choose a specific path (preferably something mainstream) and follow it to the letter. "On the other hand, if you arent particularly concerned with wealth or success, you can take your time searching for that perfect niche. "Just dont wait too long to decide." Read the entire article at the following link... Thu, 22 Mar 2007 17:05:08 GMT How to Fill Out a Job Application--the RIGHT Way http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#How-to-Fill-Out-a-Job-Application--the-RIGHT-Way There's a great article at the Career Ramblings blog that provides 10 tips for filling out a job application form. Trust me, this is good info! What seems like a simple process--filling out a form--can keep you from getting an interview if you don't do it right. One major mistake I often see is that people don't read the instructions (that's Tip #1), write "See attached resume" on the form and leave the application blank. Don't EVER do that! To find out the other things you should--and should not--be doing with job application forms, read the excellent article at the following link... Fri, 16 Mar 2007 15:48:38 GMT Surviving Job Search Stress http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article155.html Searching for a job is like going on an emotional roller coaster ride. Learn how to control it! Sun, 11 Mar 2007 01:14:48 GMT Competency-Based Interviews - 6 Steps to Success! http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article154.html More and more organizations are using competency-based interviewing. Here's how to prepare and win the job! Sat, 03 Mar 2007 23:02:26 GMT Job Interview Videos http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/videos.html Job Interview Videos to Educate and Entertain Job Seekers! Sat, 03 Mar 2007 20:59:09 GMT Your Resume's Got 30 Seconds http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Your-Resume's-Got-30-Seconds I just read an excellent article about reviewing resumes from an employer's perspective. Here's how it starts: "The terrifying reality regarding your resume is that for all the many hours you put into fine-tuning, you've got 30 seconds to make an impression on me. Maybe less. "It's unfair, it's imprecise, and there's a good chance that I make horrible mistakes, but there's a lot more of you than me, and while hiring phenomenal teams is the most important thing I do, I'm balancing that task with the fact that I need to build product and manage the endless stream of people walking into my office. "But here's a glimpse. I'm going to walk through the exact mental process I use when I look at a resume. I don't know if this is right or efficient, but after fifteen years and staring at thousands of resumes, this is the process." Then the author provides DETAILED tips and examples. I don't necessarily agree with them all (some depend on the job and the circumstances), but there are definitely golden nuggets in the article that anyone can use to dramatically improve their resume... and chances of getting hired. Go read it NOW (and don't forget to read the comments posted by other people posted). Just click on the link below... Tue, 27 Feb 2007 20:56:22 GMT 5 Things to Do Now to Get the Summer Job You Really, Really Want http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#5-Things-to-Do-Now-to-Get-the-Summer-Job-You-Really,-Really-Want Hey! Spring break is coming up. Soon students all over will be looking for that perfect job. If you want to get a jump on the competition, I suggest you read the excellent article I found at the "What Would Dad Say" blog (just click on the link below) that explains five things you can do today that will help... Sun, 25 Feb 2007 00:13:15 GMT Is Your Boss an Asshole? http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Is-Your-Boss-an-Asshole? Question: How many bosses does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: One. He holds up the light bulb and expects the universe to revolve around him. This and 11 other traits that identify your boss as an asshole are provided in a great article by one of my favorite bloggers, Guy Kawasaki. He concludes with this: "You may be concerned that only you think your boss is an asshole. For this issue I offer the 'Kawasaki Theory of Perfect Information About Assholes.' It goes like this: If you think your boss is an asshole, most likely everyone else does too. Its seldom true that you think someone is an asshole, and everyone else thinks hes great." Read the entire article at the following link... Mon, 19 Feb 2007 19:42:45 GMT Cover Letter Writing: The Secret To Getting Your Dream Job http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article153.html A good cover letter can mean the difference between a resume that's read and one that's tossed in the trash. Discover how to create a cover letter that gets the r Sun, 04 Feb 2007 23:47:48 GMT Mastering the U.S. Job Interview: 10 Tips for Hispanic Professionals http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Mastering-the-U.S.-Job-Interview:-10-Tips-for-Hispanic-Professionals There is a great article at LatPro.com that offers excellent job interview tips for Hispanic professionals. With only a couple of minor exceptions, the information in this article can--and should--be learned and applied by EVERYONE preparing for a job interview. Check it out at the following link... Tue, 30 Jan 2007 18:10:57 GMT Stupid Job Applicant Tricks http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Stupid-Job-Applicant-Tricks This may develop into an ongoing series as I hear about more stupid acts by job seekers. (Feel free to let me know about ones you've discovered by using the "Contact Us" link on the navigation menu!) Here's the first one, which I witnessed myself today... A man turned in a job application form at our HR desk this morning. The HR specialist said "Let me take a quick look before you leave," and glanced over the form to make sure it was complete. "You forgot to circle one of the options for highest level of education completed," she said, pointing to the appropriate spot on the form. He exhaled loudly, grabbed the form from her and asked in a voice dripping with sarcasm, "You couldn't have figured that out by reading in the next section that I have a master's degree?" He then made his circle, handed it back to her and left without another word. And I bet he'll wonder why he never gets a call for an interview! What an idiot! Even if his point about the redudancy of the form was valid, anyone who acts like an arrogant jerk when turning in an application form is a moron. I bet his form was tossed in the trash 10 seconds after he left! Tue, 23 Jan 2007 04:05:28 GMT Motivational Video http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Motivational-Video I just came across this great motivational video called 212 Degrees. It may be just the inspiration you need to get your New Year off to a more powerful and successful start! Check it out by clicking on the following link: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 23:06:53 GMT Minimum Wage Increases http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Minimum-Wage-Increases A new year, a new minimum wage? The federal minimum wage, currently $5.15 an hour, is expected to increase soon. The House recently passed the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 which raises the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour in three increments over two years. The Senate is expected to vote on (and pass) the legislation within weeks. Some states aren't waiting. The minimum wage already increased in several states as of January 1, 2007: Arizona - $6.75<BR> California - $7.50<BR> Colorado - $6.85<BR> Delaware - $6.65<BR> Missouri -$6.50<BR> Montana - $6.15<BR> New York - $7.15<BR> Ohio - $6.85<BR> Vermont - $7.53<BR> Washington - $7.93<BR> Mon, 15 Jan 2007 18:59:06 GMT Retirement Never Looked So Good! http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Retirement-Never-Looked-So-Good! My boss recently "retired." I put that in quotes because she's more active now than ever, and that just doesn't seem to fit with the word "retired." What she has really done is traded a life of working for others into one of working for herself. This means she's doing exactly what SHE wants, when she wants, and however she wants. You guessed it... she's started her own business. As a consultant, she's doing what she enjoys most--and getting paid nicely for it! Ahhh... retirement! For many people these days, it's not the end of anything -- except a JOB. It's the beginning of an exciting new life. If you're nearing retirement but aren't ready to slow down or stop contributing, learning or earning, there are more opportunities for you now than ever before. Many of those opportunities involve the internet... even if they have nothing to do with online businesses. My boss, for example, is not doing any internet-related work. But if she wants to project a professional, modern image, she needs more than business cards and brochures to promote herself...she needs a website. Many other retirees are finding that a website is the perfect way for them to share the knowledge and expertise they've gained over the years. They work from home whenever they feel like it, enjoy what they do, and supplement their retirement pension while doing it. And having a website is a lot easier than they thought. Just click on the link below to learn more about how "retirees" are becoming more vital than ever (be sure to watch the videos)! Sun, 14 Jan 2007 19:22:18 GMT 10 Resolutions You Can Keep http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#10-Resolutions-You-Can-Keep The "What Would Dad Do" blog has a great article entitled "10 New Years Resolutions You Can Keep" that you should definitely check out. They're all job-related, relatively simple to do, and if you do them--heck, if you do only a few of them--I guarantee positive results for your career during 2007! Check out the article at the following link: Fri, 29 Dec 2006 18:56:42 GMT Got Tips? Get Cash! http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Got-Tips?-Get-Cash! There's a new website that will pay you $3 each for useful tips on a wide variety of topics. Get the scoop at the following link: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 16:29:48 GMT Survivor Winner, Yul Kwon - $1 Million Richer... But Still Searching for His Tru http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article151.html Survivor Winner, Yul Kwon - $1 Million Richer... But Still Searching for His True Calling Fri, 22 Dec 2006 22:16:05 GMT It Is a Challenge to Succeed http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article150.html Want to know the keys that make the difference between success and failure? This article tells you what you need to do. Are you up to the challenge? Thu, 21 Dec 2006 17:32:15 GMT What To Say at the Job Interview, No Matter What the Job http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#What-To-Say-at-the-Job-Interview,-No-Matter-What-the-Job There's a nice article at the "What Would Dad Say" blog entitled "What To Say at the Job Interview, No Matter What the Job." It provides 5 excellent tips on what to say at every interview. Here's the first one: "1. Please and thank you. Mom was right. Interviewers notice this, I kid you not. Thank the person for the interview, for the coffee, for opening the door, and for granting you the interview after. Do not worry about too many thank-yous or pleases." Simple, common-sense stuff? You'd be amazed at how many candidates FAIL to follow this tip! Read the other four tips and the entire article by clicking on the following link: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 21:14:11 GMT The Coolest Job Interview Ever http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#The-Coolest-Job-Interview-Ever Imagine a job interview that starts off like this: Boss: "Welcome Nate, thank you for coming in today." Nate: "You're welcome. Thank you for having me." Boss: "Have a seat and let's just get started shall we?" Nate: "Sounds great." Boss: "First off, are you awesome?" Nate: "Yes. Definitely." Read the rest of the interview at the Nate is a Blog blog by clicking on the following link: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 18:38:43 GMT Practice Zone-Out Prevention in Interviews! http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Practice-Zone-Out-Prevention-in-Interviews! I admit it. I zoned out today during an interview. I was asking the questions, not answering them... part of an interview panel. The first candidate was so sharp... well prepared, knowledgeable, upbeat, smiling, good body language, giving all the right answers -- he was awesome! And I mentally picked him as my top choice, even though I hadn't interviewed anyone else! When the second candidate came in, she was also well prepared. Her experience and skills were not quite as impressive as those of the first candidate's, but her PERSONALITY made up for it! She was very energetic and enthusiastic; you could easily see how passionate she was, and how much she loved her chosen career! Hmmm... candidate number one now had some serious competition in my mind. Then came the third candidate. He was very reserved, soft-spoken, showed no emotion whatsoever, and I completely zoned out within 30 seconds. I didn't even hear his responses to several questions. He could very well have been the most skilled, experienced and knowledgeable of the bunch... but I didn't give him the chance to convince me of that because I zoned out. I mentally dismissed him from contention before he finished answering the first question. Was I being unfair to him? You bet! But you know what, I'm human. Every interviewer is human (though it's easy to forget that sometimes, especially when you're the candidate who doesn't get hired!). <B>As humans, we respond - or fail to respond - to each other on an emotional level more often and more strongly than on an intellectual level.</B> Realize that, and don't let an interviewer zone out on YOUR interview! Show your passion, your enthusiasm, your personality. Don't be "over the top" or fake about it, but imagine the interviewer's perspective. Often they've been stuck in that room all day, hearing one candidate after the other drone on about qualifications that are very similar to yours. You need to WAKE 'EM UP! What will make you STAND OUT and grab their attention? YOU. Not your skills, not your resume, not your references... YOU. If you have a reserved, low-key personality, this will be more of a challenge. But if you really want that job, you have to work for it. Showing genuine excitement for the position and the opportunity to work for the company that's interviewing you is one of the MOST IMPORTANT things you can do during the interview. It will make you Zone-Out Proof! Wed, 06 Dec 2006 23:25:12 GMT How'd I Create This Site? http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#How'd-I-Create-This-Site? I get asked that question a lot. Creating a website isn't easy... but it's simple -- if you have the right tools. I created this website with Site Build It (SBI), an all-in-one package that teaches you how to <U>succeed</U> with a website, not just how to build one. The best way to determine if SBI is for you is to watch the video tour. Just click on the link below... Sun, 26 Nov 2006 22:26:53 GMT Beware the "Server Rule" http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Beware-the-"Server-Rule" According to Bill Swanson, CEO of Raytheon Corp., some employers take job candidates to lunch as part of the interview. But they're not just being generous. Beware the "Server Rule." Whether it's staged (perhaps with a big tip promised if the server is somewhat incompetent) or not, candidates will be judged on how they treat the server during lunch. The theory employed by hiring managers is that "someone who is nice to you but rude to a server or other people is not really a nice person," and this is an indicator of how he/she would treat coworkers. So the next time you go on a job interview that includes lunch--or interaction with ANYONE in addition to the hiring manager--be nice! (You'd do that anyway, right?) Sat, 25 Nov 2006 18:05:59 GMT Your Interview Environment: More Than Just the Interview http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article149.html Here are cues, signals, and signs you need to pay attention to, and what you want to take notice of when youre interviewing with a prospective employer. Fri, 24 Nov 2006 22:18:14 GMT Develop Your Career Exit Strategy http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article148.html Discover why developing a career exit strategy should be an essential part of your career development plan. Mon, 20 Nov 2006 23:19:34 GMT 10 Ways to Get Fired: Career Decisions That May Cost You the Corner Office http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article147.html There are many reasons why an employee can get fired. In this article, the varied reasons for being fired are narrowed to 10 primary causes across industries. Mon, 20 Nov 2006 23:08:32 GMT Drive for Work? Get More Money http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Drive-for-Work?-Get-More-Money If you do a lot of work-related driving, expect to earn more money next year. The IRS says that, beginning January 1, 2007, the standard mileage reimbursement rate will increase to 48.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (up from 44.5 cents per mile in 2006). Get the full scoop here... Sun, 19 Nov 2006 20:51:33 GMT Minimum Wage Going Up? http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Minimum-Wage-Going-Up? Looks like the Democrats are gearing up to raise the minimum wage. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) says he wants to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), says she'll bring this issue up within the first 100 hours of the next Congress. But is this really a good thing? Opponents fear that increasing the minimum wage will lead to higher unemployment. Why? Because employers may hire fewer entry-level workers due to their higher wage expenses. Sun, 19 Nov 2006 20:47:18 GMT Four Ways To Avoid Career Suicide http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Four-Ways-To-Avoid-Career-Suicide Imagine one of these scenarios happening where you work: <li>Your company is sold to an investment group seeking to turn around your results. <LI>Your CEO/President is fired, replaced by a leader who wants to take the business in a new direction. <LI>A team of management consultants are assigned the task of leveraging your team's resources to accomplish management initiatives. <LI>A new executive is hired to bring necessary expertise (and a fresh perspective) that is currently missing from your organization. What would you do in one of those--or similar--situations? Here's an excellent article from The MineThatData Blog that provides four ways to cope... Fri, 17 Nov 2006 23:50:13 GMT 10 Most Dangerous Jobs http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#10-Most-Dangerous-Jobs The following list of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. is based on the 2005 workplace fatality statistics compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: <P> 1. Fishers and related workers <P> 2. Logging Workers <P> 3. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers <P> 4. Structural Iron and Steel Workers <P> 5. Refuse and Recyclable Collectors <P> 6. Farmers and Ranchers <P> 7. Electrical Power Line Repairers & Installers <P> 8. Drivers/Sales and Truck Drivers <P> 9. Agricultural Workers <P> 10. Construction Workers <P> Interesting that cops and firefighters didn't make the list, eh? <P> Read the article at Forbes.com... Wed, 15 Nov 2006 18:49:06 GMT Can You Get Your Boss to Pay You to Go Away? http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Can-You-Get-Your-Boss-to-Pay-You-to-Go-Away? Are you feeling that you and your job are no longer a good fit? According to this interesting article at BusinessWeek.com, there may be a happy alternative to either quitting outright or waiting around to get fired! Wed, 15 Nov 2006 18:24:07 GMT Fancy Working on a Cruise Ship? http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article146.html Looking for a little high-seas adventure in your work life? Ditch the cubicle and sign up for a cruise! Tue, 31 Oct 2006 23:16:32 GMT Fired? The Interview Solution http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article145.html Job Interview Questions About Being Fired Can be Tricky--Here's How to Answer Them! Tue, 17 Oct 2006 16:51:09 GMT Being your Own Boss http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/144.html Considering self-employment? Check out the pros and cons of being your own boss before you decide! Sat, 14 Oct 2006 23:29:20 GMT Returning to the Workforce: Employment Gaps One Step at a Time http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article143.html After being out of the workforce for a while, its time to jump back in with both feet. But how do you do it? This article will give you some tips. Sat, 14 Oct 2006 23:08:39 GMT Job Interview Tips for Pharmaceutical Sales Positions http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/article142.html Interviewing for a pharmaceutical sales job? Follow these specific tips for success! Tue, 10 Oct 2006 19:53:53 GMT Salary Tool http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#Salary-Tool It's very annoying (and in my opinion, counterproductive) when hiring companies do not tell candidates right up front the salary for the job they're trying to fill. If you ace the interview and get offered the job, the REAL negotiations begin. Salary negotiation can be just as intimidating and stressful as the interview itself, especially if you're unprepared. So do your research ahead of time. (There are several articles related to salary negotiation in my Articles database. Check the index here: <a href="http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/articles.html" target="_blank">Article Index</a>. A new tool that may help you to determine typical salaries for specific positions is available at <a href="http://www.indeed.com/salary" target="_blank">www.Indeed.com/Salary</a>. Enter a job title (or keywords) and the location of the job to get the average salary (along with a list of related jobs). It works best when you search for a specific job title. Be sure to check the box for Search Job Titles Only or the search will pull results from the description as well, and you'll be less likely to get a good match. Mon, 02 Oct 2006 15:06:09 GMT "They didn't like my clothes" http://www.best-interview-strategies.com/job-interviews-blog.html#"They-didn't-like-my-clothes" 1st Job Seeker: "Hey, how'd your last couple of interviews go?" 2nd Job Seeker: "Not so good. They didn't like my clothes." 1st Job Seeker: "Huh? How do you know that?" 2nd Job Seeker: "The rejection letters. The first one said they hired someone with a 'better fit;' the second one said they picked someone who was 'better suited.' I'm headed to the Men's Wearhouse!" :-) Tue, 26 Sep 2006 17:35:08 GMT