How To Answer The Job Interview Question: Can You Explain Why You Changed Career Paths?

So you've changed career paths. Good for you. The main reason people do this is because they have moved to a career that you have a strong passion for or that it better suits your lifestyle and this is a good life change to make, no doubt. However, moving into a new career, particularly if its in a new industry, can come with a few hurdles. The main one would be trying to establish yourself in your new field when you have no experience and you also need to convince the interviewer that this is the right choice to have made....more

Ask About Values Before Hiring

It’s always exciting when you open a new role at your company. Here’s your chance to bring in fresh insights and perspectives to uplevel your whole team! As the interviews wind down and you’ve narrowed the field to your top one or two candidates, how do you know which is going to be the best fit? On paper they both might look terrific, and obviously they can do the job or they would not have gotten this far. But are there ways to predict the “fit factor,” and shed some light on how they will mesh with the talent you already have in place? Sometimes it is all in the questions you ask....more

How Not To Interview A Nanny

I get asked a lot about interviewing childcare providers, probably because I’ve been through so many of the interviews myself. I’m normally able to give a few tips, but I think now I’m just going to point people to this post. Here’s how NOT to interview a nanny....more

the one where they start to call...

Diannebug Job outlook: updateIf you've read some of my previous posts, you know that I have been struggling to find a job. I've applied for over 100 different jobs, maybe 200. It became too depressing to keep count a long time ago. I've had a few interviews, but nothing has panned out.The worst part.... Is when no one calls. You put in application after application and no one returns a call. Not even one to tell you that you suck....more
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There's A Nickel In My Pantyhose

This morning my alarm clock went off so early that it wasn't even light out yet. After swearing allot and hitting snooze a couple of times, I dragged myself out of bed to get ready for my temp job interview in Midtown.I quickly got dressed in my black business dress,blazer and nude pantyhose with classic black heels.Going to job interviews in NYC during the winter is sucktastic, because you can't wear boots to change out of unless you want to look like a big bag lady....more

I just don’t understand…..

I need to vent.  The US is in a crisis.  You can’t pick up a newspaper or turn on the news without hearing about the national unemployment rate.  Just last month, the unemployment rate was once again at 9.6 percent, translating to 14.8 million people without jobs. This is a mind blowing statistic, a devastating reality for so many people, and the reason why I am so confused. A few weeks ago, I had to replace someone at my office....more

Butterflies in my stomach

Have you ever had butterflies in your stomach?...more

Job Candidates Are Mad As Hell And They Aren't Going To Take It Anymore

Just when you think people care could care less about the stuff that Emily Post and Miss Manners care about--that thing called good manners -- a situation bubbles up that makes you pause. Turns out people who are looking for a job still care about manners particularly when it involves the behavior of corporate executives who interview job applicants and then never get back to them. ...more

I'm guessing the more people there are in the world, most of which have a degree, the less ...more

Crazy Week...

This week has been absolutely crazy!  And by "week" I mean from Wednesday of last week to yesterday.  Because I work for myself, I don't have the same "structured" week that 9 to 5'ers do.  My "tech" guy and I get together on the weekends to work on my sites when we're both free.  I also meet up with people on the weekends for a lunch or a cocktail that are potential clients, etc.  I try to leave all of my free time for networking.  ...more