Don'ts When Interviewing for a Job from a Receptionist

    By night I blog but by day I am an office manager. I started as a receptionist and by a stroke of great luck I was promoted to administrative assistant which lead me to office manager.  Despite the title, I am still a receptionist.  My desk is in the lobby, I greet people, schedule rooms, and let vendors in. Well, all that plus more but for a good portion of the day I am a receptionist. I happen to love my job but like any great jobs there are certain aspects that are not my favorite.  Greeting people coming for an interview is one of those things.  Don't get me wrong, I work with some fantastic people who once came for an interview but there is a fairly large percentage of would be employees who don't make the cut and I can usually tell their outcome based on how they treat me. ...more

3 Important Job Interview Tips for Post Grads

Congratulations, class of 2014! After the past month of finding the will to show up to what may be the last couple classes of your life in anything more than sweatpants, a semester of feeling the pressure to attend each and every social outing because these are the #BestYearsOfYourLyfe, and furiously searching LinkedIn, Craigslist and the career board of your university for your first post grad job, the time has come to embark upon entering the big bad real world....more

From Conducting a Job Interview to Sharing her Life Story

My mom offered a wonderful suggestion, which I quickly accepted, given that the opportunity rarely arises. My parents, who are visiting from out of town, would watch the twins, so the girls and I could go out and enjoy some quality time together. After lunch, I packed a bag of snacks and snatched another already-prepared bag (of coloring books, white paper, and retractable colored pencils), adding a box of toys that are for outings only (a bunch of Disney princess in MagiClip dresses, with extra dresses to play with); and the girls and I headed out to Starbucks. ...more

Technical/Computer Interview Questions to Ask

Question: In a Technical/Computer interview, what are the best questions to ask? I know salary and benefits are taboo. Answer: , you will be able to adapt this advice to your technical/computer interviews....more

Interview Questions and Answer Too Old and Too Many Jobs

 QuestionI retired 9 years ago after a good, solid 20 year career - retiring as finance executive.  Earned two management jobs at two other large, high visibility organizations.  I have a Masters degree and am a Certified Management Accountant. ...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

OMG - Stoopid

So after my last post about not getting anywhere career-wise, I found out that I had an upcoming interview for a job I had applied for and badly want.    I met with someone in HR to go over interview questions, stressed over what to wear, met with my manager and received positive feedback, and chanted mantras that I felt would help me stay calm and confident.  I was feel...more

New trend: Would you DARE to audition for a full time job?

Talent management experts advise professionals to take on a probationary project at discounted salary as “audition” for the permanent position.  Your comments, insights? ...more
Discounted salary = temp 'citizenship' doesn't sit well with me but then companies don't use ...more

Lasting Impressions: Lessons from a Men’s Underwear Buyer

I know a lot about men’s underwear.  It’s true.  As a former retail buyer of men’s furnishings, underwear was one of my categories.  Despite the seemingly odd nature of this job, I embraced it just like any other position I’ve had and wanted to be the best men’s underwear buyer around....more

PhD in Hand. Now the Job Interview

Anyone who has finished, started or even contemplated going to graduate school knows that its more about tenacity and a willingness to jump hoops than about intelligence or the love of wisdom (although with any luck these things will be there too).  First, there are the competitive seminars with your back stabbing peers--after all, these are the people who decided to become academics.  It goes without saying that they will for the most part be lacking in social skills after spending all of their childhood years being tormented by cooler peers. ...more
@Jane Miller LOL! The snow storm was in the Hyundai. The first time we went to New York we took ...more