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You Could Say All the Right Things and Still Blow The Interview

Stories of interview blunders abound. Some people fail fantastically (Take, for example, the candidate who called his wife during the interview to see what was for dinner.). Most of us don’t flame out; we sputter. CareerBuilder has related a number of the more unique mistakes made during an interview, including: Candidate came to interview wearing slippers. Candidate wore a Darth Vader outfit to the interview. Candidate broke out in song in the middle of the interview. However, they also point out that the number-one thing people do wrong relates to body language. Candidates’ nerves are visible through fidgeting or a lack of eye contact. In addition to preparing for interview content, it’s e

Summer Goals for Leaders: Do You Have What You Need to Succeed Next Year?

With the school year winding down, it’s time to begin planning for the coming year. If you want to enter the 2018–19 academic year ready to inspire, it’s essential that you have the right people in the right jobs. You are only as strong as your team. We have three tips for personnel planning: Start now. When it comes to existing and emerging leadership positions, be intentional. You don’t want to have your momentum for growth interrupted or to be unprepared to take advantage of a new opportunity. Evaluate your current leadership team and your strategic initiatives. Where might you need additional hires? Listen to key players. Seek input from others who have a different vantage point than you

“Tell Us about Yourself”: How Your Response Can Cinch—or Sabotage—Your Chances

Many people are reticent to talk about themselves. They find it embarrassing or uncouth; however, when an interviewer opens with the usual, “tell us about yourself,” it is an opportunity to set the tone for the interview and set you apart from the pack of applicants. Banish bashfulness and stand out to your interviewers with a response that includes the following: Passion. Start with energy by telling what you are passionate about in your work and why. What defines your approach as a professional? Experience. Having introduced your personal vision, explain your background. Note your qualifications, the duties you’ve performed, and the results you’ve achieved. Competitive advantage. Highlight

You’re Cheating Yourself out of a Raise

Whether you’re evaluating a job offer or approaching your annual review, the question of money will come up. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that money should come up. Far too many workers punt; they will not press the question. Negotiating pay is fundamental to your long-term financial success. Discussing salary may be temporarily uncomfortable, but it pays off. Individuals who negotiate receive higher salaries—on average 7% more. The Muse explains, “That may not sound like much, but as Stanford negotiation professor Margaret A. Neale puts it, ‘If you and your counterpart who negotiated are treated identically by the company—you are given the same raises and promotions—35 years later, you

Out with The Old, in with the New: Spring-clean Your Résumé and Online Profile.

Just as we wash our windows and air out stuffy closets, so too it’s essential to make sure your virtual presence gets some TLC. Email addresses change; job descriptions quickly become outdated. Make sure that you don’t miss out on opportunities by giving your résumé and profile a refresh each spring. Here’s a step-by-step guide to retire outdated information and freshen your online presence. Review current content. Read your résumé, LinkedIn profile, and online bio (if you have a personal or company website) through from start to finish. Not only will this allow you to see what needs updating, but you may also catch some errors you hadn’t previously. Give a careful read and don’t skip over e

Is Your Job Secure in the New Economy?

Technology has permanently changed the workforce, and the change is accelerating all the time. How do you stay relevant in the new economy? Forbes has sound advice on how to future-proof your career. They highlight the importance of continuing to grow and develop: “Executives are focusing not so much on the transformation of current educational institutions but on a disruption in the approach to learning—that is, it is no longer about formal education, but about an ongoing process of continually acquiring new skills and knowledge. Brian Householder, Hitachi Vantara’s president and chief operating officer, [shared] ‘It gives you the best opportunity to succeed. Because we could get the smarte

What’s in your Tool Kit? How to Be a Conversational Class Act

Networking is an inevitable and integral part of professional success. Some of us are naturals. Many of us are not. At your next conference will you make an impression by contributing to the conversation or be a wallflower that is easily missed? Don’t lamely reach for stale standbys like the weather. Have a stockpile of your own personal conversation-starters to draw others out and facilitate meaningful dialogue. Central to good conversation is the art of drawing others out, learning about their strengths, and sharing insights and ideas. Here are some of our favorites: What was your first job? What failure taught you the most? What are you looking forward to in the next year? What project ar

You Could Be Behind on Your First Day: Best Practices Before Starting a New Position

Starting a new job means stepping into new responsibilities; however, your tasks start long before your first day in your office. Spring is a season of renewal, and for many that means a job transition. Dr. David Perlmutter breaks down specific tasks (such as sending thank- you notes, establishing connections with associates, and reading employer manuals) as well as vital objectives. He notes, for example, More academic leaders fail because of "fit" than because of incompetence at executing day-to-day labors like planning or budgeting. Now is the time — before you are actually on the job — to familiarize yourself with the timeline and trends of the institution and the particular unit you wil

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