Interview tip: Tell me about yourself? ‘Tell me about yourself‘ is one of the most common questions asked at an interview, but people rarely prepare for it. Job seekers plan their strengths, their weaknesses and have an answer for the standard ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years?’, but few give this question any thought. Before preparing an answer for any question, always ask yourself:
Three mistakes to avoid in your career We’ve all messed up at some stage in our careers – some more than others, and some with far bigger repercussions than others. So most of us know the feeling to varying degrees. But putting these aside for a moment, there are three common mistakes that stand in the way of you getting ahead in the workplace. No plan I don’t know about you but when I started my working life I had no plan.
Twitter tips: how I used social media to find jobs | Guardian Careers | theguardian.com A Twitter exchange between social media exec Simon Caine, and Letitia Wolf. I've been a massive fan of social media since I first joined MySpace in 2003. I love the way it allows you to communicate with your friends for free and learn more about people you may have only met a handful of times. It's this passion for social platforms that led me to design and develop my own social network – a website which allowed Nottingham-based businesses to communicate directly with their customers – while still at university, with the financial help and support from a business enterprise agency called The Hive. The venture didn't survive past its difficult first year, but it did lead me into working with businesses in Nottingham, helping them develop their online presence on social networks including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Upon graduation I wasn't about to give up on social media, so I decided to incorporate it into my search for a job.
Many see Twitter as a place for a bit of casual celebrity stalking, micro-blogging their day-to-day lives and occasionally begging for a retweet from their childhood hero, but many underestimate its potential for networking opportunities. You may not be a tweetaholic just yet but everyone likes a new follower and it doesn’t take a minute to search for some potential graduate recruiters or companies advertising graduate jobs. There’s no telling who is occasionally scanning down these lists on the lookout for some fresh talent. The live feeds allow all of these up-to-date opportunities straight to your phone, usually along with useful tips and tricks to help your application and interview processes. It’s also a common misconception that graduate jobs are seasonal but opportunities are actually posted all year round, so it can only be beneficial to be the first to know. Career Geek Life is Tweet: Graduate Jobs at Your Fingertips - Career Geek
Cindy Bates | The Daily Muse Growing up, my mother always encouraged me to try new things and pursue new goals, even if it meant pushing outside my comfort zone. She would tell me that each experience was a chapter in the book of my life, and that no matter what happened, trying new things and putting myself out there would make for a more interesting book. That message gave me a sense of confidence to step outside my comfort zone, and I think to notice opportunity even in seemingly insignificant moments. In college, I was a molecular biology major with plans to attend medical school and become an ER doctor after I graduated. Career Advice For My Younger Self: Take That Leap!
Beautiful days seem gray. Your six dollar coffee tastes like mud. And the soothing voices on NPR do little to quell the impending twitch in your right eye. You’re panicked, yet resigned, as you take that last sighing breath before opening the door. Jury duty? How You Can Be Happier at Work
Mental health issues in the workplace cost the UK economy more than £15bn a year in lost revenue – but there is no single solution to improving employees' wellbeing. If the UK is to wipe out the estimated 140m working days lost every year through staff sickness, there needs to be a culture change right across the business sector, from the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the giant international corporates. These were just some of the arguments put forward at a recent roundtable, hosted by the Guardian in association with Bupa, which considered what businesses can do to guarantee a healthy workforce and a healthier balance sheet. Time to talk about workplace stress
Changing jobs? It's important to make the transition smooth and avoid any gaps Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian Changing jobs is challenging enough, but changing to a whole new career can be overwhelming. One of the biggest hurdles faced by those interested in a career change is how to make it a smooth and successful transition. To help, we've put together this step-by-step guide to make the transition to your new career an easier one. Research Changing careers: a step-by-step guide
Public sector workers need to be strategic when looking to cross into the corporate world. Photograph: Luke Macgregor/Reuters It's been predicted that up to 500,000 public sector jobs could be cut by the end of 2015. This has led to an unprecedented number of public sector workers trying to make the difficult move into the private sector. This transition can be extremely challenging due to the different working environments between commercially-driven organisations and public sector institutions. How to successfully move from the public to the private sector
Rekindle the romance with your job Posted on July 28th, 2012 by david Think back for a moment and remember when you were really excited to get the interview for the job you’re in. Do you remember hoping for and imagining the phone call with the job offer? Do you remember the excited jitters the night before you actually started your first day? At least for a while longer. Although it’s probably hard to conceive of when you’re kinda bored and have mastered it inside out and can now do the tasks with your hands bound and a blindfold on.
Olympics 2012: Get Competitive In Your Career Field There are few events more inspiring than the Olympics. But it takes more than talent to win a gold medal in front of an audience of millions, according to Vanessa Zainzinger, the digital business editor of Real Business. She tells Huffpost Lifestyle that individuals who want to beat their rivals must be utterly committed to their professional goals. "You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to have an inspirational work ethic," says Zainzinger.
The Guardian work section recently published an article entitled 10 things every graduate should know before they start job hunting. Writer Tanya de Grunwald's advice was practical, sensible and encouraged graduates to take ownership of their job search. As a university careers adviser, the message had strong resonance and mirrored exactly the approach I – and my colleagues across the sector – would adopt. However the article also suggests that HE careers services are part of the problem, not the solution, for today's graduate jobseekers. "Many say they found their university careers service uninspiring and unhelpful – that's if they made it through the door," writes de Grunwald. In defence of university careers services | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional
Back in May, Josh James, the co-founder of analytics company Omniture and now CEO of business intelligence startup Domo, announced an eyebrow-raising idea: He was kicking off an eight-week initiative that would require every one of Domo’s 130 employees to become active on social media. Now James says the initiative is paying off, and he has numbers and anecdotes to back it up. James admits that he had some worries at first. After all, this isn’t just an optional side project — he says that if people want to keep their jobs, they have to complete 20 different tasks designed to acquaint them with social networks and other consumer Internet products. Domo’s Josh James: We’re Making Every Employee Embrace Social Media, And It’s Paying Off
There’s a lot I’d like to say about women and science, but most must wait for another day. After the brouhaha today over that terrible Science, it’s a girl thing video I thought it would be useful to do a quick post with some actual research and facts about women and science. The first thing to say is that in most areas of science the problem isn’t really getting girls to study it in the first place, but the a leaky pipe after that. Loads of girls (in the UK*, which is where I’ve looked at the stats for) do science GCSEs, slightly fewer do A Levels, fewer again do a science degree. Some facts on getting girls into science | The dual carriageway to Damascus
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Do me a Favor and Spruce up Your LinkedIn Summary and Specialties Two often neglected sections of a your LinkedIn profile are your summary (basically your bio) and specialties box. The specialities is a bunch of keywords that recruiters, customers, suppliers will use to search and find your profile. In spite of this, all too often people don’t even bother to fill either section in.
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