Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the November 13, 2000 issue of QuintZine.
One of the most dreaded interview questions (and it’s not even really a question) is “Tell me about yourself.” Eric Schlesinger of PFPC, a company that puts on career fairs for college students, provides this helpful template for responding (it’s geared to college students but can be adapted by others):
“My name is —–. I will be graduating from —- with a degree in ——. I have had some experience in ———- (industry/function) doing ——-. Most recently, I ——-. Before that I was ———–. My areas of expertise (core transferable skills) are ————. My particular strengths are (relate to the specific opportunity you are interviewing for) ——————. I am interested in how I might contribute to your organization.”
- According the U.S. Department of Labor figures, December, January and February are actually the three BEST hiring months. Thus, holiday networking is well-timed to pay off by the first of the new year.
- Since most people assume the winter holidays are terrible for job-seeking, you have less competition than at other times. Legions of workers wait until January to seek a new job for the same reason that people wait until the new year to lose weight – they want to get a fresh start.
- Lots of parties are held during the holidays. These soirees can provide wonderful opportunities to network in a festive and relaxed setting. The generosity of spirit that marks the season may dispose managers more favorably to hiring you.
- Those with hiring power are less likely to travel over the holidays, so they are more accessible.
- Hiring managers know that anyone who is networking during the holidays must be very serious about obtaining a job.
- At Christmastime, you often see contacts you haven’t seen in awhile. Many high schools hold class reunions during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
- The U.S. population is becoming larger and more diverse
- Educational attainment is rising
- Women are working more; men are working less
- Workers with disabilities are an underutilized resource
- Young people are already a substantial part of the labor force
- Employers are demanding higher skills
- Work reforms can increase productivity and reshape workplaces
- Nontraditional workers are an important part of the workforce
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