By Vicky Oliver
With the dramatic improvement in the job market, now is the time for all job seekers to get serious about finding a job. Landing an interview is the first step. But then you’ll need to get mentally prepared for 45 of the most harrowing minutes of your life – the average length of a job interview.
Job interviews are nerve-wracking for the simple reason that interviewers like to ask questions that knock people off balance. Doing so gives them the opportunity to see if the candidate can think on her feet, come up with dazzlingly brilliant answers instantly, and keep her cool.
We know the job market is tough right now, and that a faulty résumé can hinder your job search before you’re able to get your foot in the door. We reached out to Dawn Quesnel, CPCC, PCC, better known as Coach DQ, to share some of her top tips for building a dynamic résumé that will keep you in the running.
In her new book, The Virtual Executive, Debra Benton writes about how you can effectively present yourself, manage and lead using all of today’s communications channels — without seeming rote or detached. We asked her to talk about the book.
Do you have charisma? If so, think you were born with it? In The Charisma Myth, Olivia Fox Cabane breaks charisma down into its fundamental components, revealing the secrets to what charisma really is and how it works. Women For Hire talked to her.
So, charisma is not a God-given gift? How so? Long believed to be an innate, magical quality, charisma has come under the scrutiny of research scientists who have found that, far from being an innate, magical quality, charisma is simply the result of learned behaviors. In fact, in controlled laboratory experiments, researchers were able to raise and lower people’s levels of charisma as if they were turning a dial just by asking them to adopt specific (charismatic) behaviors.
Mike Junge, Google’s senior recruiter and five time recruiter of the year-award winner, has written his first book, Purple Squirrel. The book covers topics including, strategic job searching, standing out and salary negotiations in this tough economy and digital age. Women For Hire talked to him.
Who or what is a purple squirrel?
According to Wikipedia, a purple squirrel is “an unlikely job candidate with precisely the right education, experience, and qualifications that perfectly fits a job’s multifaceted requirements.”
I like to expand the definition a bit and include people who stand out from the competition by being uncommonly magnetic or adept at demonstrating value via an online profile. To me, anyone who knows how to grab the attention of talent hunters, excel through the hiring process, and make a real on-the-job difference can be considered a purple squirrel.