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Caroline Ceniza-Levine

10.19.2016 |    4,057 |   reply |
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In a job interview, the small talk at the start isn’t small but critical to a positive first impression (the right small talk can build rapport). I write about other ways to make a good first impression at a job interview in my latest Forbes post. Of course, job interviews aren’t the only times when little details like small talk mean a lot. From high-stakes business meetings to daily interactions with colleagues to reconnecting with extended members in your network, little details can signal that you’re fully present and genuinely relating, rather than just transacting or running on autopilot. Here...


Judy Lytle

09.09.2016 |    4,792 |   reply |
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There are tons of articles out there on interview skills. I’d like to throw in my twenty-five cents (inflation). I was a hiring manager for a while, and talked to a lot of job candidates. And I’ve taken those experiences to heart. In fact, since then, I’ve landed every job...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

05.06.2016 |    4,563 |   reply |
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Hello everyone! Rather than talk about the nuts and bolts of job search this month, I wanted to touch on the mental game of job search.  Let's be real, the mental aspect, or “mindset”, is really the most important part. Without the proper frame of mind, you have nothing. It's like having...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

05.04.2016 |    3,678 |   reply |
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Congratulations, you have landed an interview with one of your dream employers!  You have a few days to prepare, so how should you best spend this time? Review the company. Review the job description. Review your key selling points. Now you have a good foundation of information on which to build...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.29.2016 |    3,680 |   reply |
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On the first two parts of this series, I wrote about what to expect from the interview process, and also the things we should consider when preparing for it.  In this third entry, I will be focusing on how to sell yourself during the interview process, a topic that is as...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

04.27.2016 |    3,344 |   reply |
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In a previous post, I shared five strategies for preparing for a job interview.  These techniques still apply if you get called back for additional interviews. However, the callback stage is different from the first round. If you don’t prepare for the nuances of callback interviews specifically, your interview performance will...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.20.2016 |    3,429 |   reply |
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Let’s start with the basics or the minimal things we should do when preparing for an interview.  First, it is important to practice and be prepared for as many general interview questions as you can possibly think. Although we might have a general idea of the questions we are going to...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.08.2016 |    3,426 |   reply |
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One of the most common questions I get from senior students is how to prepare for an interview.  In most cases, they are preparing to go to either a professional school or to a graduate school. Occasionally, some of them are also job hunting and preparing for a job interview. What...


Lamar Blackwell

04.06.2016 |    3,686 |   reply |
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Congratulations!  You applied for and received an interview for a job at a pharma company.   It means that the company has a genuine interest in you.  Getting ready for an interview can be very difficult.  It can especially be difficult for graduate students and postdocs looking get their first job...


Judy Lytle

03.23.2016 |    3,180 |   reply |
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The term “imposter syndrome” was coined by a couple of clinical psychologists in the late 1970s.  This is when high-achieving people have freak-out moments, and think that they’re going to be called out as frauds. I think PhDs coming out of academia often suffer from imposter syndrome.  Think about it. These folks...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

03.07.2016 |    3,905 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  Today we are going to talk about the most aggravating part of job search, at least according to the emails I get: the “hurry up and wait” aspect of job seeking.  Everyone wants to know how to move the process along. The first thing to know is that there is...


Judy Lytle

02.12.2016 |    3,095 |   reply |
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In the third and final interview for my current position, my soon-to-be-boss (who happens to be the CEO and President of the Institute) asked me what my aspirations were.  I told him that I didn’t have any. You read it right. I told my potential boss that I didn’t have professional...


Michael Salgaller

02.05.2016 |    3,309 |   reply |
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Looking for a position – even voluntarily – is stressful.  If the job-hunt is discretionary, if you can stay where you are long-term and perhaps are simply bored, it’s comparatively less stressful. But even then, there’s something unsatisfying about where you are that’s making you look elsewhere.  It’s just like a relationship...


Tom Ruginis

12.21.2015 |    3,875 |   reply |
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As a CEO at HappiLabs, I have to manage the growth of the company, which includes hiring.  We are only a 5-person company, but we’re growing and, currently, I receive about one resume or inquiry per day. Each resume is guaranteed about 5 seconds of my time, as I do a...


Charlene Milliken

12.18.2015 |    5,270 |   reply |
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Since it’s on my mind now, I’d like to talk about the job interview.   It’s taken me a long time to come to a few realizations about job interviews.  I’ve been on a lot of interviews over the decades, but I know there are still a lot of things I...


Charlotte Mitchell

09.28.2015 |    4,365 |   reply |
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People are generally very happy to work with recruiters during their job search, but less happy to take a recruiter call when they are not looking for a job.  While it can be very annoying and awkward to be solicited at work for another job, many times, this is the only...
Tags: how to deal with recruiters, recruiter calling


Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.24.2015 |    5,489 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  Our topic this time is how to avoid making the hiring authority think you are an unreliable flake.  If you give that impression, all the latest fads in job search won't help you. Job search is difficult enough, without putting roadblocks in your own way. You have to remember that...
Tags: job hunting etiquette


Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.05.2015 |    8,828 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  This time we're going to take a look at three foundational principles that will keep you organized and focused on your job search.  Anyone who has read my blogs for a long time knows that I am a firm believer in not spinning your wheels. Spinning your wheels causes anxiety,...
Tags: how to do proper job search, job search process


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