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Land the role

Congratulations! You’ve been chosen for an interview and you should be proud of that milestone. Job hunting has grown increasingly stressful. Gone are the days of getting hired on the spot. Now there is an entire screening process that includes: submitting a resume and/or cover letter online, phone interview, virtual interview, and then finally the in-person interview. All of which, after completion, you may still walk away without an offer. Sounds exhausting, right? However, do not be intimidated by the process. The job interview is not a test if your knowledge but your ability to use it at the right time.  Learn to view each interview along with your process as your opportunity to show them why you are perfect for the role.  Recruiters want someone who is self-motivated, eager to learn and embodies their companies core values. ‘If you show up prepared, positive, and polished you will stand out to the hiring manager. Below are 5 quick tips to help you get hired: 1. Always arrive 10-15 minutes early for your interview (no matter the format). …

How to make your online digital interview a success

If you have recently received a request for a digital interview, don’t panic. Digital interviews present an opportunity to make a great first impression and market yourself prior to an on-site interview with hiring managers. Show the recruiter you deserve to continue on in the process by making sure that you ace your digital interview. Digital interviewing sounds are convenient and more relaxed. However, it can be easy to mess this up. The most common mistakes applicants make during a digital interview are: #1 Taking the interview in a dark area. #2 Moving the camera around while speaking. #3 Forgetting to dress to impress. Even though the interview is not being conducted in person you want to know to make sure to treat it like the real thing. You should prep before the interview because you will have an allotted time to answer each question. Jot down a few notes of highlights and examples of the roles you held that make you the perfect candidate. However, endure that you are not reading from anything while responding to the questions. Remember, …

Common mistakes to avoid as an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is a hot topic lately. Especially amongst millennials desiring a life and career on their own terms. We want a business, great profits, flexibility and a full passport. Sounds like a tall order but I was up to the challenge after facing burnout at the office. Escaping the cubicle became my main focus. So, in 2014 after blogging for a year, while still employed I embarked on an idea that I had shelved. After working with an ICF accredited coach and gaining experience on how to monetize my expertise, my entrepreneurial path began. I created a logo, snagged my domain, posted a beautiful website and earned six figures. …. if only that were true. Sadly I launched to crickets. The products were prelated,my story was clear, and the website worked but I missed the mark on everything else. After 8 months of boot strapping  I decided to take a step back and really pin point where I could improve (I’ll discuss my journey in another post).  For now I want to help you uncover where …

Hate your job? Here’s how to decide to love it or leave it

According to a recent Gallup Poll more than 70 percent of Americans are unhappy at work and their jobs. Many people go to work each day trying their best not to quit. They sit there all day and ponder how their life would turn out if they would just get up and walk out. If you find yourself you’re not alone when it comes to hating your current role. However, do not forget about millions of other Americans who are unemployed. It is hard to go to a job  you have absolutely no interests in, however it is crucial that you focus on the big picture. There are legitimate reasons for leaving your job, which will I discuss further below. For now, let’s revisit the ‘why’ behind your work. The big picture is living the life you’ve always imagined.  Make a choice today to change your perspective. Do not put this off tomorrow. Do not wait until after they give you a raise. Be happy and thankful today. This employer chose you and provided you an …

How to go from navigating passion to choosing a career

There is no way to know what you’ll be doing forever. Of course, most people have a dream career but sometimes our dream career choice isn’t right for our personality. According to a Gallup poll, 30-57 percent of college freshman change their major at least twice before graduation. The same goes for people and their first job. Millennials now have an average tenure of 1-3 years at their first place of employment. Is this a lack of direction or passion? Only we can decide what we are lacking. Ultimately it’s not a bad thing to job hop even if you went to college or university seeking a specialty. The ‘F’ in life stands for flexibility and that includes our interests as we evolve into fully formed people. Use college as a tool to explore your options. Talk to an advisor and take courses that ignite your passions. It is important to have a major chosen but don’t beat yourself up if you can not decide on a career right away. If you’ve determined secondary education …

How to stay ahead while unemployed

Here are three tips to help you keep your life on track while unemployed: Tip #1) Write out your plan for recovery. If your goal is to become a chef, you should write all the steps necessary to complete it. For example: Step 1: Go to culinary school. Step 2: Upon graduation get employment as a sous chef. Writing the action steps down on paper makes your dream more tangible and creates a clear path for you to follow. Each time you have completed a step mark it out. This physical cue if marking out a step will make you feel closer to your goals. By doing this you can reward yourself and see that you are still making progress towards your dream even when life has made it seem impossible. Tip #2) Don’t let your pride get in the way. Reaching out for help will not make you weak or your friends and family feel that you’re no longer dependable. If someone close to you chooses to not be there for you, don’t be angry. …

Quick tips to land the job

Looking for a job can be tedious and uninspiring. Especially after you’ve been on multiple interviews and have no job offers. Hiring processes have changed. Finding a job is more competitive than it’s ever been. Employers are looking to hire the highest quality of candidates that have the most experience. How do you stay on top of your game? How do you stay positive during this time?  Here’s 3 ways to keep your enthusiasm and the land the job: #1 Stay positive no matter what.  If you are denied a position don’t be too hard on yourself. There are many factors why you could be denied for a position. The most important thing is that you do your best each time. Give it your all and accept that you did all that you could. The right job will come along in due time. #2 Keep the faith. God will put you in the right position at the right time. Believe in yourself as well. Have faith that you have the strength to make it through …