Maybe we’re entitled and delusional. Or maybe, explained millennial expert and author of “Becoming the Boss,” Lindsey Pollak, we have a progressive understanding of what it means to be a leader. “Millennials believe they can lead from whatever position they’re in,” she said. We know we don’t need an official title to impact our organization.
Job seekers in the digital age face good news/bad news prospects when it comes to résumés. The good news? It’s easier than ever to send a résumé, as nine out of 10 are now posted online or sent via email, up from 22 percent in 2000. The bad news? Hirers now spend an average of only five to seven seconds looking at these documents. The upshot: You need to make a good impression quickly, while avoiding résumé traps that immediately turn off potential employers. To provide insight into best practices, Glassdoor has come up with a list of résumé must haves, which we’ve adapted here, that cover everything from awards to IT certifications to your Facebook page. Essentially, Glassdoor’s tips encourage job candidates to go beyond a listing of schools attended and positions held to drive toward clear, vivid summaries about your ability to make an impact. In addition to the must haves, Glassdoor also compiled a list of words you should never use in a résumé—including clichés and other well-worn buzz phrases—and we’ve included some of those here. – See more at: http://www.baselinemag.com/careers/slideshows/resume-tips-what-you-mustand-must-notinclude.html?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EWK_NL_ECSM_20160809_STR2L1&dni=347701603&rni=22602104#sthash.f95R2nWI.dpuf
Help you advance in the interview process (or at least not stop you).
It’s very important to keep both of these things in mind. You should answer in a truthful way because it’s the right thing to do, but also because if your potential employer catches you lying before you even work for them it’s very unlikely you’d get the job. Yet, the goal of your answer is not to put you down, it’s the opposite. You want to leave a positive impression.
Another thing to keep in mind, even if less important than the two above, is to be concise. You really don’t want to spend your interview time talking about this. There is still a lot of latitude and what you should say depends on the circumstances and the employer. Perhaps nobody will ask you why you left your previous employer (just kidding, everyone will ask!). Read more…
Many are good. Some are superior. And a few–just a few–are exceptional. Here’s how to tell the difference.
By Jeff Haden
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We can all spot a great employee: she’s dependable, proactive, hardworking, a great leader, and a great follower. She brings a wide variety of easily defined–but hard to find–skills to the table.
Some employees, though, are exceptional. They have skills and qualities that aren’t evaluated on performance appraisals but make a huge impact on that individual’s performance, the performance of the people around her, and especially on the company’s results.
The smaller the company, the more important it is that employees can think on their feet, adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and do whatever it takes, regardless of role or position, to get things done.
When a key customer’s project is in jeopardy, exceptional employees know without being told there’s a problem, and they jump in without being asked, even if–especially if–it’s not their job.
2. They’re quirky…
The best employees are often a little different: a little eccentric, sometimes irreverent, even delighted to be unusual. They seem slightly odd, but in a really good way. Unusual personalities shake things up, make work more fun, and transform a plain-vanilla group into a team with flair and flavor.
To my surprise, most articles about interview “power words” were full of puffy, self-descriptive adjectives, like ambitious, confident, diligent, honest, etc. That is just SO wrong.
Why in heaven’s name would ANYBODY care about how your see yourself? Or what happy-sappy words you use to describe yourself? Especially since you’re unlikely to express any opinion that’s not positive! It’s like the A.A. Milne poem:
I went to the Zoo, and they waited to say:
” Have you been a good girl? ”
” Have you been a good girl? ”
Well, what did they think that I went there to do?
And why should I want to be bad at the Zoo? And should I be likely to say if I had?
Look, I’ve gotten a job offer every time I’ve interviewed and I’m 100% certain I never used any of those words because–shock!–I would never waste an interviewer’s time expressing my personal opinion of my own character. Why would they care?
Spouting self-praise is especially silly when you’re in a conversation because the interviewer(s) can see and hear for themselves whether you actually possess the traits you’re claiming to possess.
For example, if you repeatedly insist you’re “self-confident” but are sweating bullets during the interview, the interviewer will immediately know you’re either fooling yourself or lying to them.
So, no, words like “ambitious” and “loyal” aren’t going to land you your dream job. What you really need are these five honest-to-goodness job interview “power words”:…Read more