Career Hack: Preparing for those unusual interview questions

Wednesday Wisdom OwlMany of us are familiar with the standard interview questions? We know how to respond when asked to “Walk me through your resume” or “Tell me about an accomplishment that makes you the proudest”. While preparation is still key, there is a basis for these questions. How do you respond to a “curveball” question? http://ow.ly/kFS230ikKyf #WednesdayWisdom

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Reconnect with references in the new year

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If you can not easily think of three people to use as professional references now is a great time to strengthen those connections. If you have not offered a “Happy New Year” to past supervisors and colleagues do it today.

Take the opportunity to discuss your career aspirations for this year and how they may be of assistance.

Do not forget to offer assistance with their goals and actually follow through if you are asked to do something.

Tips for Updating Your Resume

A new year provides new opportunities. This is the perfect time to do a quick and fairly simple update of your resume. Here’s how.

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Try removing your full address from your resume. It will save space in your document and it is seemingly unnecessary information. Instead, use the space to provide solid contact information (i.e. phone number and email address) as well as links to professional profiles (i.e. LinkedIn)

Remove objective statement
I don’t know how many times this has to be said, “Remove objective statements from your resume!” 99.5% of the time they add nothing to your story.

Make sure you include relevant skills and experience
Do not fall into the trap of listing everything you have ever done or can do. Focus on the skills and experience that speaks to where you want to go.

Simplify your educational achievements
If you are including information about which high school you attended, stop it immediately. GPA’s and irrelevant certifications need not be included on your resume.

Modernize your formatting
This does not mean that you have to produce a highly stylized document. Style will never trump substance. Your resume must be accessible, skimmable, and of course, able to get past the always dreaded applicant tracking system.

Don’t forget to work for yourself this holiday season

Looking for a JobWe have made it through Thanksgiving and are only a few weeks out from another holiday season. My thoughts are permeated by holiday preparation but I can not let my career goals fall by the weigh side. Don’t decide that you will start again in the new year.

These “7 LinkedIn Job Hunting Tactic that Work” are a fairly easy lift. Use your online time for good, not evil (or at least for frivolity all of the time) and do something for yourself this holiday season.