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The Importance of Mentors

 

If you’re just starting out in your career, or need a change, a mentor can make a big difference in your life. A mentor is someone who is generally working in your industry (but they don’t have to be) and can give you advice and help in your career. Sometimes they’re just someone to bounce ideas off of, or someone to look over your resume, prepare you for an interview, or just network with. Either way, a mentor can give you a leg up in your career.

 

A great place to find a mentor is at a job or internship. Build a relationship with the person before you ask them for help, or to be your mentor. Often, people that have been in the industry for a while like to help those that are starting out. Even if you’ve already left the job/internship, but have someone in mind, you can always reach out afterword on LinkedIn.

 

There are many other places to find a mentor, one place to look is the alumni network for your college. Often people further in their careers sign up for a mentorship program and all alumni’s have access to it. Go through your alumni program and see if there’s someone that stands out to you. Reach out to them and ask if you can get a cup of coffee, or chat over Skype. Don’t immediately start asking them questions about your job search, just start building a relationship.

 

Once you’ve found a mentor make sure that you continue reaching out. Try to set up a standard monthly call or meet up instead of only contacting them when you need something.

 

If you’ve been in your field for a while, consider mentoring. It’s not only a great experience for the person getting mentored but for the person doing the mentoring as well.

 

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How Not to Answer the Weakness Question

You have all been asked the dreaded question in an interview, “Tell me about your weaknesses.”  Jim Cipriani will give you examples of how NOT to answer this question, and them some sound advice on how to turn your weaknesses into positives for your potential employer.

Good luck!

For more interview tips please take a look at some of the previous posts on ExpertCareerCoaches.com.

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How to Leave a Job On Good Terms

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You found your dream job and can’t wait to start. Now you need to tell your current employer that you’re leaving.

No matter what you do, it’s important to never burn any bridges. Even if you hate your current job, you should still leave on good terms. You never know when you’ll need a reference, or run into your old boss. Always try to leave the door open when you quit.

Give your employer as much notice as possible that you’re leaving. If your new job isn’t starting for a month, then give your current employer a months’ notice. Your old employer will appreciate having as much time as possible to find your replacement. Make sure to always give at least two weeks’ notice, less will most likely leave you on bad terms.

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Sample Questions to Ask After an Interview

Congratulations. You’ve made it through the interview and to one of the most crucial parts of an interview. This is when the interviewer asks you “Do you have any questions for me?”. Throughout the interview you should have been looking for buying signals. If you see some of the buying signals, that would be a key indication of the type of questions you can ask. Also make sure you have a rapport with the interviewer. If it is a very cold interview some of these questions may not be a fit.

Hope these questions help you make a lasting impression in your interview.

For more interview tips please take a look at some of the previous posts on ExpertCareerCoaches.com.

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Check out all of the open positions Systems Personnel is currently recruiting for HERE.

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Three Types of Interviewers You Should Know How to Handle

file9451263247323Interviews for a particular type of position may follow the same format and list of questions, but the similarities could very well end there from one interviewer to the next. They’re different people, with different styles and personalities. To increase your chances of landing the job, you need to pick up on this as early on in the game as possible, and make it work to your advantage. Read More

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How to Answer: ‘Tell Me About Yourself’

Don’t be worried if you get asked to talk about yourself during an interview, this is your chance to sell yourself. Talk about your background and relevant experience and keep your bio under one minute long.

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How to Act at a Business Lunch

By: Jack Hayes

Photo from our company  lunch.

Photo from our company lunch.

Today we went out for a company lunch, which got us thinking. Is your job interview over lunch, or are you having a lunch meeting with your boss? Don’t overlook proper etiquette. Read More

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Analyzing Company Culture

When thinking about accepting a new job, or even applying, company culture is an important factor to consider. By researching the company culture ahead of time, you can get a snapshot of what it might be like to work at the organization. Will you fit in with your coworkers? Do you believe in the company mission? Do you see yourself enjoying the environment long term? These are all things you should be thinking about. Even if you love your work, when you hate the environment you most likely won’t stay there very long.

Choosing the perfect company is just as important as choosing the perfect position.

Do you love the company you work at? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Common Resume Mistakes Recruiters See

sndTPu6aBy: Christine Genek

Companies don’t hire resumes, they hire people. But your resume is often what gets you in the door, so if you can’t get the interview it’s nearly impossible to win someone over. You have very little time to impress the target audience with your resume.

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Talking Money in the Interview Process

You might already know that preparation is key when it comes to applying for jobs and interviewing, but did you know that it’s also important when talking about salary? By being prepared before you discuss money, you’re ready for any question that’s asked of you, and there’s a better chance that you’ll get the salary that you want.