Job Interview Process
The job interview process can be very stressful and the whole thing can be so dreadfully inauthentic. Job seekers put on their best suits, paint on a smile, and coast in like they've been perfect employees all their professional lives. The employers, on the other hand, act as if their companies are bastions of morality and personal growth. I've even heard a hiring manager refer to a job as "a personal growth plan with a compensation plan attached."
The point is both sides are trying to make a sell during the job interview process. The candidate is selling her skills, experience and education and the hiring manager is selling the job, the benefits, and possibilities for advancement. It's rare that either side fully expresses the drawbacks, pitfalls, or weaknesses. I advise all job seekers to be as forthright as possible during the job interview process.
You don't have to tell them you're scared of clowns or that you like wearing loose underwear, but you should come prepared with some probing questions. Do your research before the interview. If it's a publicly traded company, find out how the stock is doing. Ask about the company's overall management philosophy--is it micromanagement, completely hands off, or somewhere in between? Interview the company as much as the company interviews you.
Before interviewing, though, you will have to post your resume. Your resume should be completely factual and up to date. Be sure to include any educational experiences that you have had, including and computer training or workshops that are relevant to the job at hand. In order to get your resume under as many noses as possible, it's worth looking into resume posting services that can send out your resume to a variety of job boards and hiring managers.
by James Lyons
Job Hunting Sites
Job hunting sites have revolutionized the hiring and job search process. The Internet is teeming with hundreds of different job hunting websites for prospective candidates to post their resumes and examine available jobs. These sites also allow recruiters in subscribing companies to search for candidates in their resume databases. Both employees and employers have reaped the benefits of this phenomenon.
A few years ago there were only a few recommended job hunting web sites for both employees and recruiters. As the years go by, however, more and more job hunting sites are popping up, many of which offer broader coverage and more specialized services. Job seekers are inundated with recommendations and recruiters have too many places to look. Is it possible that this surge in career search sites has actually created a problem of abundance?
Too Many Job Hunting Sites?
Fear not my friends, because there are not too many job hunting web sites on the Internet. In fact, it probably won't hurt if a few more enter the market. Having more sites encourages more competition. The job boards are getting better and better every day, offering newer and better services to both companies and job seekers.
The only foreseeable problem is knowing which sites are worth using. Frankly, there are over 50 reputable job boards on the Internet and it would take you a millennium to examine all of them. For that reason I would put your faith in a resume posting service that targets the top job hunting web sites. This will save you a ton of time and frustration.
by James Lyons
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