You'll probably never know exactly why you didn't get the job. If you're like most job seekers, it will remain an unsolved mystery. Most employers do not provide useful feedback for fear of legal ramifications or other hostile actions on the part of unhired applicants.
That said, there are typical reasons that... Read More »
Like most people, probably, I have several pet subjects that I love to talk about -- subjects that are sometimes interesting to other people, and sometimes not. Don't get me started on happiness, or the screening procedures in airports, or children's literature, or Winston Churchill, unless you really want to... Read More »
By Vivian Giang and Lynne Guey
Sub Pop Records addresses its letter "Dear Loser."
The New York Times does not like the use of the word "asshole."
This literary quarterly couldn't describe how bad a manuscript was.
Author Gertrude Stein was probably fuming when she got this letter from publisher... Read More »
Job seekers who have been looking for new opportunities for months, or even years, are unlikely to spend a lot of time and effort evaluating a new offer before signing on the dotted line. If you've been searching for for a long time, you may not have the luxury to turn down an offer. Read More »
By Robert Half International
Every job seeker knows there isn't much time to make a positive impression during an interview. But have you ever stopped to consider how short your window of opportunity actually is? According to a survey from Robert Half, it may be 10 minutes or less.
Sixty percent of... Read More »
By Sarah Greesonbach
The best (and only) verbs you want to hear on the job hunt are "finding," "interviewing" and "getting." Unfortunately, it's not always that simple-even when the stars align and you think you're an overqualified shoe-in.
And yes, I'm speaking from experience. I thought I was a sure thing... Read More »
Ever ace an interview only to find out you didn't get the job? If so, you likely asked yourself a lot of questions about what went wrong: Did I talk about myself too much? Was my handshake too aggressive or too weak? Did I wear the wrong outfit?
The painful truth is that it probably wasn't any of those... Read More »
Have you ever had an employer or recruiter say you're "overqualified" for a job? Honestly, how can you really be "overqualified" for a job? You can either do the job, or you can't. How can having more experience than required be a negative, right?
So, what does "you're overqualified" really mean? Read More »
If you trek wildernesses, climb mountains, longboard, snowboard, wave ski, hang glide or simply live in a cold climate, you've likely seen people sporting outfits with the Patagonia label. Its founder started his first business at age 18 in order to fund his "dirtbag" adventuring lifestyle, and that spirit... Read More »
There are few situations more stressful than being stumped by a question during a job interview. But with stiff competition in the labor market, employers -- especially large ones -- are asking all kinds of seemingly odd, irrelevant questions.
Which kinds of questions are being asked? How about:
"What... Read More »
By Jada A. Graves
There are first interviews, second interviews, phone interviews, lunch interviews, and group interviews; all of which have purposes and best practices. And then there's the bedrock interview of job searching: the informational one. Too bad so few people actually know its purpose or protocol. Read More »
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter
For some, the most nerve-wracking part of a hiring process is the interview. But, it doesn't have to be if you've taken time to practice your answers and delivery. Glassdoor.com has published an extensive list of some of the most common interview questions job seekers should... Read More »
A longtime friend of mine recently joined me in the glorious and ever-growing ranks of the U.S. unemployed. As a newbie, I think he looked to me, an old hand at unemployment, to show him the ropes.
So when I came across an online job posting that looked ideal for him, I sent it his way. He agreed it had... Read More »
By Amy Levin-Epstein, CBS MoneyWatch
There are few things that feel better than walking out of a job interview you think you've nailed. But just because you've answered the last question doesn't mean the evaluation process is over. From the time you stand up, to the time you get into the elevator, leave the... Read More »