Why I Hate Job Interviews

Admit it—we all hate going on job interviews. They can make even the most secure person feel awkward. There’s that feeling of being judged, scrutinized for any flaw. Worse, it makes us judge ourselves, always wondering, “Am I good enough?”We make sure we’re professionally dressed, our teeth, hair and makeup perfect. We try to be prepared by scouring countless articles on how to do interviews, what kinds of questions to expect, what kinds of questions we should ask.Two-Way Door...more

Update On My First Job Interview in 3 Years

<h2><strong>Open Letter to the Human Resources Director:  Thank you for Making Me Feel So Special on My 1st Job Interview in 3 Years!!</strong></h2> <a href="http://www.hautecurvywoman.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/humanresources2.jpg"><img...more

How to prepare for an Interview

Preparing for that dream job can be so nerve-wracking. I think the first time I interviewed I was fumbling over my words and kept repeating myself because I was so nervous. Lets just say I walked away from that interview more concerned that it was over than if I actually got the job. As time passed I realized I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I was and probably could have done some more prepping beforehand. Coming to terms with this reality, I came up with questions they may ask me in an interview....more

Changing Careers – With little or no experience at the new career

Changing careers could be one of the best decisions you make in your life. It may also be one of the more difficult things you will do. Creating a self-inventory and doing some basic preparation can make a big difference in the way you view yourself and as a result how others see you. Here are five tips to help you weave your way through your transition.1. Focus on your "transferable skills." ...more

A Bad Sales Hire Can Crush a Small Business

The decision to bring a sales person into your business is the most important decision you make as a business owner. Financially, it can be very rewarding or it can be devastating to your bottom-line.  The reality is that your hiring decision can propel you to mega-success, crush your business or land you somewhere in the middle....more

Do I Hear Flushing?

It’s easier to get a job if you have job.  At least that’s what I’ve always been told.  To be honest, it has never really seemed that easy to get a job if I’m currently employed.  Mainly because I’m too busy working to put much time and energy into looking for another gig.  Not to mention the difficulty trying to have confidential calls with recruiters or potential employers, especially while working in cubicle-land. ...more
 @PhilippeLeiritz I'm with you, I've quit two jobs before without having another job waiting in ...more

Mutant in a Seat: The Woes and Humiliation of Interviewing For a Job

Woe unto me, as I sank in my seat conjuring grace and dignity, sensing the seconds tick, all the while feeling like a mutant—like the “Creature from the Black Lagoon”. I sat before my interviewers—all four of them!—trying my best to look confident, making an all-out effort to appear as eye-candy with brains. But I more likely emerged an eye-sore—wide-eyed and all smiles and teeth. But I did manage to hold my composure steady long-enough to answer every question, timely and smartly, even if inside I felt like a wind-up toy talking—a chatty-Cathy doll!...more
 @feelingbeachie Thank you, Hilary, I appreciate hearing from you. Here's hoping for the best. ...more

Your Goals Are As Important As Your Qualifications

After obtaining my A+ certification I, like all my other classmates, flooded the internet with resumes touting our qualifications.  As forewarned by the instructor, the first job I was offered had little to do with my brand new certification and it paid much less than I expected but, as a newly divorced single mom, I had little room to complain. Around the 6 month mark, also foreseen by my instructor, the employment fish began to bite and before long I was sitting in an interview with an opportunity to make more money than I'd ever had....more
..Believe that I can achieve it! Your words couldn't ring more true. Thank you dear friend!   :) ...more

Burying the Lead

As much as I enjoy writing, there’s one task that I find difficult to do: write my resume.  Actually, writing anything serious about me is tough.  I’ve always chalked it up as a “girl thing”, the inability or resistance to promoting my career successes.  You know us girls – unless it’s promoting the fabulous new shoes we’re wearing or our ability to uncover fashion bargains, we tend to lay low when it comes to self-promotion. My guess is that many of you share the same feeling when it comes to writing and/or revising your resume.  What to leave in?...more

Flattery: The Ultimate Recruiting Tool

Today I received a call.  Not just any call, mind you.  This is the one I’d been waiting for.  OK, I’m giving it more credit than it deserves.  It was out-of-the-blue, totally unexpected, yet one that I was happy to get. It was a call about a job opportunity.  “We’ve reviewed your resume and would like to talk to you about our firm, if you’re still in the market for a new job”.  Questions raced through my mind. I don’t think I applied for this position, so how did she find me?    ...more
@SensibleMoms Lol! -Momomore