How do you know what date and time is the best to interview? While a time that works for you may sound like the “best” option, the “best” time is really the time that is best for the interviewer. So before you quickly respond, consider these five tips before locking down a date and time for your next big interview.
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Guest Blogger Rusty Rueff is on several corporate and philanthropic Boards, and is a recognized career and workplace expert, consultant and writer, as well as start-up company advisor and investor. Rusty most recently completed the successful 16-month leadership role as Coordinating National Co-Chair for Technology for Obama (T4O) for the reelection of President Obama. He currently serves on the corporate Boards of Glassdoor, HireVue.com, Rethink Books and runcoach. Rusty was the CEO of SNOCAP from 2005 through the successful sale of the company to imeem, Inc. in April 2008. Prior, he led Human Resources departments at both Electronic Arts (EA) and PepsiCo companies. Rusty is also the co-author of “Talent Force: A New Manifesto for the Human Side of Business”, (Prentice-Hall. 2006). In addition, he is the Chairman of The GRAMMY Foundation, and President of the Board of Trustees of the American Conservatory Theater. He holds a master's in counseling, and a bachelor's in radio and television from Purdue University.
I have followed with great interest the ongoing political debate about how to fix unemployment and create jobs to stir the economy. I should disclose right up front that I am a supporter and fundraiser for President Obama’s reelection and I hope that doesn’t disqualify me in other’s thinking about my ability to bring forward a balanced opinion.
We have come so far and we are only just in the first decade of being able to network online with other professionals, research salary information specific to job titles and companies, and read up on the latest interview questions being asked in the hiring process. After all, last week was the 20th anniversary of the first website being developed. Wow, how far we have come in a short-time! But, not all new technology is good for us.
In the recent Glassdoor Quarterly Employment Confidence Survey, job satisfaction was ironically up while pessimism about the employment market was also increasing. After three years of the job market ‘music’ being stopped and talent holding onto the chair they have, along with compensation cuts not fully restored and fears of more cost-cutting company, job satisfaction being up is quizzical.
How do we explain this rise and what does it mean to today’s HR Leaders?
Some of the reasons job satisfaction may be on the rise include:
I was recently with a number of senior executives from many different companies and industries and the discussion drifted to how one gets, and doesn’t get prepared, for the ultimate senior job. There was one consistent theme voiced by each person: they each missed an opportunity to learn how to handle life at the top during their careers because, at the time, the experience was perceived as a “backwater” assignment. Fast forward all these years later with hindsight being 20/20, they all wished they had taken time to learn what they need to know today.
For those of you gunning to be in that top job someday, consider these tips so you keep your eyes open and train yourself to always evaluate how each opportunity can contribute to your long-term career success:
It’s that time of the year when the owners of 3-year old thoroughbreds are making their claims to run in the Kentucky Derby with the hopes of having a chance to compete for the Triple Crown, a title won by a horse that can win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes .
As the horses prepare, the trainers and owners are deciding what jockey they want in the Kentucky Derby. While at the same time, jockeys are evaluating what horse will be best for them to ride. A jockey has to believe the horse can not only win the grueling Kentucky Derby, but also has the speed to win the Preakness and the endurance to complete Belmont. The jockey needs to gauge the performance of the horse and assess its potential for the future.
As trainers and owners choose a jockey, and a jockey decides on a horse, it’s a concept similar to the job search process. Employers look to choose the right candidate, and a candidate decides on a job that’s best for their career. If you are a job seeker, you want to ensure your chances that the job you take is one that can satisfy your short and long-term needs. With the most recent Glassdoor.com Employment Confidence Survey, 38% of employees reported that they plan on changing jobs within the next three years; it is timely to think through, not gamble on, the kind of career horse you are going to join before you commit.
Here are three questions to consider so you can win your own Triple Crown career:
It’s been almost three years since the beginning of the Great Recession and, while unemployment is still high, the “Churn” that was predicted has begun, which means more people are considering leaving for a better job or different position.
If you’re thinking about seeking out a new job, first consider where you are now, how much you are invested in the company and why you want to leave. Take time to make a prudent decision – don’t just follow colleagues out the door because it seems the thing to do after these last three dreadful years. Check out these questions to determine just how invested you are at your current company and if a job change is a smart move right now.
There is a difference in being loud and being clear when it comes to your career. When it comes time to discuss your career path with your boss, being clear is far more valuable than being loud. After all, we can easily tire of noise but clarity is always desirable. Whether you have a performance review or a one-on-one meeting with your boss, here are a few ways to make sure you clearly articulate what you want out of your job and where you see your career going:
The book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” was a bestseller and helped a lot of people get over their controlling and high anxiety nature. But, when it comes to being in the hunt for a new job, I would encourage everyone to be sure and “sweat the small stuff” and ensure a high attention to detail.