Month: December 2011

Countdown to 2012 for Job Seekers

During the holiday season, December is a time of anticipation and surprises.  Some are counting down to a special holiday; others eagerly await the New Year.  However, for many job seekers, December may feel like an inactive time. But there is actually a lot you can be doing this month that will pay off in the New Year.

As part of the fun and excitement, Jobfully is offering “Countdown to the New Year” – a month of daily surprises and activities to launch you into 2012 ready to land that job you want. Read More

Turning Internships into Jobs

Internships are a great way to gain experience in a new career field.  Once thought of as just for college students or recent alumni, job seekers of a variety of ages are now taking advantage of internship opportunities. Read More

Awkward Interview Moments

Most job seekers have funny stories of awkward interview moments – names mangled, drinks spilled, flubbed answers to easy questions.  Jobfully team members shared a few of their favorites including accidently offering a hug instead of a handshake at the end of the interview (carried away?) and accidently walking off with the interviewer’s notebook.   Knowing that these things happen, here are some graceful ways to get through those awkward moments and maybe even make yourself look good in the process. Read More

Answering “What’s Your Biggest Weakness?”

Hiring managers love the question “What’s your biggest weakness?” because it tells them at least three different things about you:

  1. Are you self-aware?
  2. Are you honest?
  3. Is your “flaw” something they can live with?

If you answer “I work too hard for my own good” or “I’m my own worst critic,” you don’t show honesty or self-awareness and you don’t give the interviewer a clue about whether your flaw will work OK with the job they need to get done.  So it’s important you give an honest answer, one that shows you know yourself, are addressing your weakness and have no problem so big it will interfere with your work. Read More

Are You Coming Across as Old?

Ask 40+, 50+ and 60+ job seekers and most will tell you they do not feel old.  Yet even with resumes free of dates, hiring managers say some mature workers simply come across as “old”, making them less likely to be hired. Of course age discrimination is illegal. What these hiring managers are talking about is not discriminating based on date of birth, but rather preferring to avoid candidates who have traits and attitudes that make them seem out of touch, difficult to work with, unwilling to learn new skills or lacking in long term potential.   Awareness of these conscious and unconscious messages can help job seekers of all ages come across better in every communication. Read More

Improving Communication Skills for Job Search Success

Communication skills are essential to your job search.  Being able to speak effectively when networking and interviewing greatly boosts your chances of getting hired.  And strong communication skills are equally important once you’re hired. Read More