“Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.” – George Herbert
In just about every interview you have, past or future, there are certain topics you can just expect to come up in conversation. “What are some of your strengths?” is no exception. We’ve covered how to prepare your elevator pitch and how to answer it’s counterpart (What is your greatest weakness?), now we’re continuing this theme to prepare you for your next possible interview question. Continue reading “How To Answer “What Are Your Strengths?””
Do you ever feel like you’re being overlooked by recruiters for jobs you know you’re qualified for? You worked really hard for your career. With years of experience, education, and certifications, it seems too traditional to only provide a standard resume during your job-search – especially for a modern professional like yourself.
While a conventional resume can usually get the job done, creating a 3D resume offers you a new way to display your skill-set, experience, and accolades with data-backed technology. Cool, right?
Read more to view the full infographic on everything you need to know about the 3D Resume. Continue reading “How to Write a Resume in 2019 Infographic”
Last week, we helped you answer the interview question, ” tell me about yourself,” so this week we wanted to tackle another classic question – What do you think is your greatest weakness? This is a hard question to answer, and according to 90% of job seekers on Big Interviewer, they have the same question for their interview coach. The pressure of this question is real, especially when you are interviewing for a position you feel like is your dream job. The dilemma that arises is that you don’t want to seem to like you can’t qualify for this position but on the flip side, you don’t want to look arrogant by saying you don’t have any weakness. As your career sidekick, we have a 2 -step process for you leverage this question to help you land your dream job. Continue reading “How To Answer “What Is Your Greatest Weakness?””
“Tell us about yourself.”
“Tell me something about yourself.”
“Let’s start by hearing a little more about you.”
There’s one basic interview question that employers will always love starting out with – “Tell me about yourself.”
Do you have an answer for it? If it includes anything about your personal life, it’s time to rethink your interviewing strategy.
As one of the most popular interview questions in the history of meeting people, it’s no surprise that this simple conversation starter sets up a very quick screening process for the interviewer. For some reason, as a species, we tend to avoid conversations that involve us talking, or even bragging, about ourselves. Why is that? This instinctual response leads us into a frenzy when the question is asked, leaving us completely blank – or worse – talking about irrelevant information. Hiring managers can quickly sort out serious candidates just based on how you respond to the very first question! Don’t worry – your favorite career sidekick, Skillgigs, has a simple one-two-three formula for answering this dreaded question like a pro. Keep reading for how to answer “tell me about yourself.”
“Do I really need a cover letter?”
“All of my experience is listed in my resume.“
“As long as they check out my application, there’s no way they would pass up on someone with my experience.”
Sound familiar? If it sounds like a conversation you’ve had with yourself, keep reading for how this train of thought is derailing your career. Continue reading “How To Write A Cover Letter (Yes You Need One)”
You read a job description, you see all the ways you would be a perfect fit for the position and for the company, and you do what any logical person would do – you apply! You submit your resume accompanied by an extensive list of project examples and references – you think to yourself “man, I have this job in the bag!” Next thing you know – they didn’t call or email you back! And if they did, it was only to tell you they went with someone else!
Unbelievable, right? Unfortunately, it’s a situation even the most qualified professionals face. How can that be? You can thank modern technology for that. Companies across just about every industry use what’s called the ATS, or otherwise known as the Application Tracking System. In fact, according to a research performed by Skillgigs, approximately 50% of large companies use this parsing system. So what exactly does that mean? – A human being is not reading your resume. We know how bad you want to get that job, so keep reading for our 3 hacks to beat the bots. Continue reading “The Real Reason You Haven’t Heard Back: Beat the ATS”
Your friends are probably great, but now that we have your attention – let’s talk about your professional friends. For instance – do you have any? Across every industry, the importance of professional connections remains the same. Whether you work for a trendy tech startup, or for an established corporate giant, it’s always going to be about who you know. The relationships you build throughout your career have the potential to carry you all the way to the top of your field – and faster than with hard skills alone. Think about where you want to be in five years. Now think about where you want to be in ten years – or even twenty years. If at any point in your timeline you see yourself in a position better than your current role, it’s time to think about how you’re going to get there. So if you’re spending your time hiding behind a monitor for 8 hours a day, we have three reasons you should visit the water cooler more often (so to speak). Keep reading for 3 ways building professional relationships can lead to a promotion or better career opportunities. Continue reading “3 Ways Networking Can Lead to Promotion”
“It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.” – Denis Waitley
You have the right skills, extensive professional experience, and a completed project list that could fill several pages. What’s really stopping you from getting the most out of your career every day? That little voice inside your head could be your biggest fan – but most times it’s our toughest critic. These criticisms often lead us into what we refer to as career traps. With over 59 million hits on Google, it’s clear that “career trap” is not only a real thing but also a widely discussed topic in the professional environment. Authors from major publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today have all weighed in with their insight on this trending topic of career interest, but our favorite comes from author Sarah Canaday. In her article “Common Career Traps of Top Performers,” she concisely explains 4 career traps most professionals face at some point during their career and offers quick bullet points of ways to avoid each trap. These articles tackling this complex and frequently-experienced phenomenon, specifically from Canaday, inspired us to offer our own take on the subject. Keep reading for what career traps to look out for and ways to avoid them. Continue reading “3 Major Career Traps & How to Avoid Them”
Whether you’ve been with your current employer for one year, five years, or 20 years, the assumption that passively looking for new career opportunities is somehow disloyal is arguably very outdated. In fact, we find a large percentage of our talent users consider themselves “passive job seekers,” meaning they are open to new career opportunities, but they aren’t actively searching for and applying to new positions. In this personal anecdote from The Muse, Caribou Honig, founding partner of QED Investors, writes that job security can’t be guaranteed and that this sort of job security can’t depend on company size or reputation, but only on your personal, “marketable skills” and “passion to deliver results.” Keeping an ear to the “job market” ground isn’t out of disloyalty to your current employer, but out of respect for yourself as a talented professional.
If you’re interested in continuing your job search, keep reading for the 3 reasons you should be open to new job offers and opportunities as a passive job seeker. Who knows – Maybe the grass really is greener on the other side.