I Got a New Job!


by Rachel Vilsack

For the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with great guest contributors to provide you, our blog readers, with articles on job search and career resources. I’ve clearly paid attention to their advice. I recently landed a new job, which I officially start today! From writing a resume, to finding references, interviewing and following up, here’s the advice that I took from this blog.

 

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Discover Your Workplace Values


by Rachel Vilsack

One of the best additions I made to my workspace this year is a list of my 10 guiding values. I have them posted on my cubicle wall, next to my computer. I read through them every day. They are a reminder, about what is important in my life and how I want to work. When the day comes that I no longer have an opportunity to grow, a sense of service, or passion for what I do (my top three values) then I’ll know that I’m no longer happy at my job.

 

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Why I Love the Interview Process


by Rachel Vilsack

Some employers may dread the interview process as it takes their time and effort away from the day-to-day operations of their business. I, however, love the interview process. As a recent participant in an interview panel, I got the opportunity to gain insight into how job seekers approach the process and how they sell their skills and experience. Often I am pleasantly surprised with the poise of a candidate and his or her answers to a question. Sometimes I see where a candidate has room for improvement.

 

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Interview with Confidence


by Rachel Vilsack

You’ve made it to the job interview! You are probably confident about your skills and how they relate to the employer’s job description. You’ve clearly presented your abilities well on a resume or job application because you got the interview. Now comes the most nerve-wracking part of the job search process –at least for me – the interview. Are you ready to answer the easy questions? What about the tough questions about your work history?

 

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Set Your References Up for Success – Part 2


by Claire Nelligan

I once served as a reference for a woman I had worked with closely at my job. I cannot possibly say enough good things about her! She was at the top of her field! Serving as a reference, I failed her miserably. Or did she fail me? I had no idea she planned to use me as a reference. And I did not know she was applying for a job to manage people. As I had never seen her managing subordinates, I couldn’t speak to that skill. No wonder she didn’t get the job. She was a perfect fit, but that wasn’t apparent from the reference I gave!

 

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Are Your References Failing You? Or Are You Failing Your References? – Part 1


by Claire Nelligan

Good references are essential to landing a new job, yet according to author Martin Yate, few candidates realize that a primary reason they don’t get a job offer is because their references failed them. Ask yourself: are your references failing you, or are you failing your references?  Your journey as a job seeker can be riddled with obstacles, detours and surprises. References are the only part of the journey over which you have a good deal of control. Get your references in order now. Don’t wait until your next interview!

 

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Ex-Offenders: Prepare for the Tough Interview Questions


by Mark Schultz

Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone. For ex-offenders, though, there is always that nagging thought of “when will I be asked about my criminal background?” and “how am I going to respond?” This can cause unneeded stress throughout the interview process. If you’re an ex-offender, what can you do to help ease the pressure of an interview? The key element is preparation!

 

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