SAGE ADVICE FOR RESUMES, INTERVIEWING, AND MORE!
- By bruce w clagg
How Do You Handle the First Question in an Interview?
Obviously, your response must be engaging to the interviewer, or your performance is slipping away quickly! No interviewer wants to hear your life story!!
Will Gig Workers Become the New “Employee?”
A gig worker (a term borrowed from the music industry: going from job to job, or gig to gig) is an independent contractor that is contracted by a company to perform a service, or services. This ‘contract’ may not have a term, e.g. 6 months, 1 year. Probably, when the assigned task(s) are completed, so is the job.
Are You A ‘Purpose-Oriented’ Professional?
Three Interview Questions to Find Out…
A new study by LinkedIn Talent Solutions and Imperative found that Purpose-Oriented professionals around the world are more satisfied in their jobs and expect to stay in them longer. The study builds on previous research by Imperative with NYU that showed the overwhelming advantages to hiring people who define their careers primarily around impact and fulfillment and status.
Hiring purpose-oriented people is now a clear imperative for high performing teams and organizations. So, how do you screen for purpose in an interview to assess the likelihood that someone is Purpose-Oriented and likely to be a better hire and colleague?
Here are three questions we advise our Certified Purpose Leaders to use to begin to spot people who are oriented to work for the right reasons. No one question is definitive but together they provide a pretty clear understanding of a candidate’s orientation to work and therefore their likely success:
1. If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do?
Purpose-oriented people view work as being about making an impact and don’t just work for money, recognition or status. As a result, they tend to envision retirement as being an opportunity to continue to make an impact and grow as people. If they suddenly didn’t have to work, they would still work in some capacity to challenge themselves and help others.
2. Who are you still close to from each of your previous jobs?
Purpose-oriented people have stronger relationships at work and are more authentic. They tend to see coworkers as friends and value them beyond their transactional value. As a result, they are more likely to stay in touch with them after their leave a job.
3. Walk me through the major decisions you have made in your career and what drove you to make each decision?
Purpose-oriented people tend to make major career decisions (e.g. changing jobs) because they are seeking greater opportunities to make an impact, to have new challenges or build stronger relationships. They are less likely to be motivated to make changes due to money or promotions.
Note: A single negative response to any of these questions is not proof that someone isn’t Purpose-Oriented, but a pattern emerges with most candidates across the three questions which gives you a pretty clear sense for the role of work in their lives.
Control What You Can Control!
Most job-seekers conduct their job search almost identically to the way Americans pursued the tasks 100 years ago accept they believe that job postings are on the Internet ‘job sites’ and not in the Sunday newspaper. That IS a fact. The fallacy is that only about 15% of all possible opportunities are posted. Said another way, ~85% of real opportunities are NOT posted!
Your Résumé. Is It Working For You?
‘Résumé” – French for ‘summary’…SUMMARY! “CV” – Curriculum Vitae – Latin for ‘history of (my) life.’ Although in Canada, Europe, and a few other countries, they historically call their resume (we don’t use the accents aigu above the ‘e’) a ‘CV,’ it is not such by definition for most people.
I write a few CVs each year, but these are typically for M.D.s and Ph.D. s that are international speakers, published people where the readers want to see all of those things. That is NOT what the typical, American reader wants to see from you – a history of your professional life? A summary, or resume is appropriate! Some people might believe that ‘CV’ is the new term for ‘resume.’ It is not!
Hello! I'm Bruce Clagg,
Advanced Career Solutions
Advanced Career Solutions (ACS) is a professional resume writing services firm also providing unique, job interview training, LinkedIn Profile rebuilding, career counseling & coaching from the ONLY multi-certified professional* in Pennsylvania.
- Bruce Clagg, Rapid Employment & Career Management Coach
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