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Bring Three Key Stories with You to Your Next Job Interview

Bring Three Key Stories with You to Your Next Job Interview

Walk Into a Salary Negotiation with the Right List of Accomplishments Bring three key stories to your job interview People fill up the room at the job fair on Monday, July 15, 2013 in South Burlington, Vt. The Vermont Department of Labor gathered more than 80 companies on Monday morning for a job fair aimed at the estimated 300 IBM employees who lost their jobs a month ago.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot) Toby Talbot (MoneyWatch) People often spend a lot of time preparing for job interviews by trying to come up with specific answers to all the typical interview questions. Recently, Lifehacker zeroed in on an excellent strategy for arriving at an interview equipped with not all the answers, but just the right ones. In a nutshell, don't try to craft perfect answers to the common interview questions. Not only is it a lot easier to remember just three stories instead of disparate anecdotes and answers for two dozen situations, but these stories provide consistency and cohesion to your interview. This is great advice. Photo courtesy Flickr user bpsusf © 2013 CBS Interactive Inc..

Why You Didn't Get the Interview (Part Two) How To Tell A Job From A Career We work, we live: the two snuggle together tighter than the pixels you're viewing as you read this post--and that fact has opened up the Great Work/Life Balance Debate, with calls for integration, fit, and a feeling that the whole thing might be a big myth. Over at HBR, personality profiling expert Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic has another take: that we should have work-life "fusion," allowing for the workaholic hours he says bring success--with an argument that turns on one key claim: you need to have a career, not just a job. Finding the right match "Work is just like a relationship," Chamorro-Premuzic writes. "Spending one week on a job you hate is as dreadful as spending a week with a person you don't like." Knowing the (psychological) difference "If you are always counting the number of hours you work ... you probably have a job rather than a career," Chamorro-Premuzic observes.

Personal branding 101 Personal branding is often seen as a self-serving part of job hunting. But there are important reasons to think about your personal brand online: not only does it play a bigger role in recruitment and hiring, but also, it can reflect on your organization or cause. Why should you care about personal branding? 1. 2. 3. Ready to build you brand? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Happy branding! Go back to our resources.

Print This Checklist to Better Prepare for Your Next Job Interview why young employees quit their jobs Tuesday, September 18, 2012 The biggest reason young, talented workers leave for new jobs? They’re not learning enough, writes Diane Stafford of the Kansas City Star: “Hirers often complain that their young workers jump ship quickly. A study published this summer in the Harvard Business Review confirmed that young top performers—the workers that organizations would most like to stick around—are leaving in droves. Researchers found that high achievers, 30 years old on average with great school and work credentials, are leaving their employers after an average of 28 months. Multiple studies find that today’s younger workers have absolutely no intention of sticking around if they don’t feel like they’re learning, growing and being valued in a job. ‘Companies need to recognize that these young workers are very mobile,’ Carver said.

The Question Interviewers Always Ask (and How to Answer It) Interviews are a bittersweet business. On one hand, you’re usually pretty stoked to be meeting a prospective employer. On the other, you know you’re about to willingly subject yourself to some of the most awkward lines of questioning known to man. Including the inevitable, “So, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?” Talking about yourself should be easy—you’ve known yourself your entire life! But for most of us, it’s pretty tough, especially when you’re in the hot seat in an interview. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can psych yourself up for this portion of big day, and nail it, too. Assume the Position Body language is important, and whether you realize it or not, it speaks volumes about your personality and state of mind without you saying a word. So, when you’re asked to talk about yourself, give your body a moment to catch up to your brain before you speak. Keep it Short Follow the Formula So, what should you include? Be Yourself Photo of interview courtesy of Shutterstock.