#30DayJobChallenge

6.30.16
Day 30: Be Persistent.
  Not every interview goes your way. The quicker you realize this fact the better. Some of the most qualified people just are not good at getting up after rejection. The quicker you get up and keep going after one rejection the faster you can pursue your next interview.   Even if this job is a lost cause, you never know when you might meet this interviewer again, either for a different job at the same company or for another company that the interviewer has moved to.   Here are 3 steps you can take to try and recover from your mistake.   1. Think back. Analyze what happened and exactly what you think gave the interviewer a bad impression. Stick to definite feedback that you received during the interview, not just a "feeling" that something you said wasn't received well. No point in apologizing for things the interviewer may not even have noticed.   For example, if the interviewer expressed surprise that you knew so little about the company, you will have to address...
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6.29.16
Day 29: The Importance of Thank You
  In the job search process the details matter. When ten people interview for a job, you must go the extra mile to standout in a positive way. A traditional way of leaving a good impression is following up each interview with a thank you. Whether it’s a physical letter or email, a thank you matter. Yes, you are trying to get a job, but you’re also interacting with people. Show your appreciation through a thank you note.   Thanking the recruiter or employer for his or her time and consideration goes a long way. Make sure to reference any key points from your interview. If there was any personal connection made over attending a similar school, love of certain sports team, or the like, reference that. It shows the interviewer you were engaged.   If you are giving the interviewer a physical letter, make sure you bring it to the interview personally addressed to your interviewer and sealed in an envelope. When you leave your interview, simply leave you envelope with the secretary...
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6.28.16
Day 28: Questions for the Interviewer
  You've already heard the most common recommendations: questions that are really designed to show the hiring manager what a great candidate you are. And you should definitely include them. But there's another great way to build rapport with your interviewer: change the focus from your skills and goals to the company's needs and wants.   These 4 questions not only open up discussions of how hiring you can help solve the employer's problems, they also give you a much clearer picture of what it's really like to work there.   1. What are the company's biggest worries for the present and future? You have (ideally) already researched their industry, competitors, etc. Now ask for their view from the inside, something you can never get from Google. You'll also learn what your prospects are for career growth.   2. What is the most challenging aspect of working here? If you're lucky, you might get an honest opinion about budget constraints, management weaknesses or customer...
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6.27.16
Day 27: Common Interview Questions
    Today's tip is a little bit different. Rather than go through and list common interview questions and how to answer them. We felt it would be even more effective if you heard from a top recruiter common interview questions and how to handle them.  Watch this informative video to learn how to anticipate certain interview questions and how to respond accordingly.  We hope you enjoy this alternative approach to today's tip! Happy Job Hunting!   
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6.26.16
Day 26: The Star Method
  Your interview is approaching and you tend to feel more and more overwhelmed. Don’t let this feeling consume you; it is totally natural. Sometimes candidates get nervous about what questions will be asked. While we did mention in our practice section, there are some ways to predict interview questions, there is no guarantee. You can only guarantee that you will provide a response.   Identify key experiences or stories that reference your resume in answering your questions. Questions may come up about conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, job skills etc. Use your selected stories to approach each question. Using the STAR method is the best way to provide a comprehensive answer.   STAR stands for situation, task, action, and result. To properly use the star method, the candidate must explain the following: Situation by providing context The task you were working toward, Actionable steps taken to achieve that task Results of your actions      When asked an...
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6.25.16
Day 25: Professionalism
  You may think you're getting by just fine. Nobody's complained, right? But if you are always passed over for important projects or promotions, maybe it's time to take a look at yourself from your co-workers' point of view.   Here are 5 bad habits that people often fall into without even realizing it.   1. Being the last one in the room. You're the one who's consistently a couple minutes late arriving at work in the morning, coming back from break, or getting to the staff meeting. You think: What difference does five minutes make? They think: I need someone I can rely on to be there as promised.   2. Being a distraction. You interrupt people while they're working to share a great joke or the latest dirt about Supervisor X and Supply Guy Y. You play your music loud enough to be heard by your neighbors. You put your phone on speaker for every single conversation, dial tone and busy signal. You think: I'm bringing some life into this place. They think: This...
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6.24.16
Day 24: Punctuality
  Make sure you are NOT on time for your interview. Yes, you read that correctly. Make sure you’re not on time for your next interview. Instead, be early by at least ten minutes. Meet the receptionist and introduce yourself. You never want to allow a time rush to stifle your interview. The basic idea is to eliminate all control factors that could negatively impact your interview so all you have to do is focus on landing the gig. It’s that simple.   Punctuality is not about being on time or trying to impress someone meeting a deadline. It is fundamentally about respect. If you miss an interview or show up fifteen minutes late, it is extremely disrespectful. Punctuality is a way to show courtesy of the interviewer’s time as well as an indicator of how you will potentially show up to work every day. Most hiring managers do not want to invest in someone who is late. Who’s to say that won’t be a reoccurring trend if he or she is hired full time? In short, do not eliminate yourself...
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6.23.16
Day 23: Practice
Some may say practicing for an interview is definitely not necessary or something to avoid as you will become too scripted. While it is true that anything can be overdone, practice is always good for an interview in moderation.   Anticipate certain questions interviewers will ask. They should ask predominantly skill based questions or behavioral questions to help further understand what skills you bring to the job and how you interact with others. In order to harness your focus on certain questions, look at the job description very closely. You can generally guess what types of questions or topics will be asked in your interview from looking at the job requirements. This isn’t a concrete rule by any means, but it’s a good baseline to follow. If the job calls for experience with Google Analytics specifically, be prepared to note times when you used Google Analytics and examples of your proficiency.   Behavioral questions help assess a candidate’s personality and management...
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6.22.16
Day 22: Interview Attire
  Presenting yourself as someone who is eager to succeed is one of the easiest and surest ways to achieve that success. Rather than just listing out the ways one can dress for business casual versus business professional (that’s what photos are for), we want to provide you key tips on how interview attire affects your interview. In this technological age, chances are the first impression you make on a recruiter is your online presence; however, your first impression in person is generally at the job interview. Dress to impress as you can not make a second first impression.   Leading up to an interview make sure to establish a dress code with the individual scheduling the interview. While you can discover the company culture and work attire online, it is always best to ask someone for a dress code. Asking in advance demonstrates forethought and diligence- two great traits to showcase to a future employer. Follow the established dress code as you do not want to disqualify yourself...
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6.21.16
Day 21: Bookmark
Another great way to stay organized is using bookmarks. In the digital age, you view so many different websites and pages that it is so hard to remember all of the best sites you visit. Sure, you frequent some of the same ones every so often, but using some of these bookmark tools will truly improve your process.   One website we use a lot is Pocket. You can view this bookmark function on all of your devices; additionally, all of your bookmarked pages can be accessed by clicking one small button not list of links. It’s not even just for web links though. You can even integrate the bookmarking feature into 1500+ different mobile applications. With that, if you find a great posting on Monster for a position and want to bookmark it, then find a creative resume template on Pinterest, Pocket can save all of that information in one convenient place. You can craft the perfect resume for any job in this instance. Whether it’s for job search purposes or not, pocket is definitely a service...
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