If you don’t like your job, you aren’t alone. In fact, two out of three working Americans do not feel engaged at work, according to a Gallup survey. And many of these people spend more of their waking time working than doing anything else.
As a psychology professor at a business school, I have chatted with many unhappy employees. I have found that one big reason people are unhappy at work is that when they choose a job or a project, they are not aware of what will truly matter to them once they are in the midst of it.
People send résumés and go to interviews thinking that they care only about salaries and promotions. These are important, yes, but they are not enough. To identify a satisfying job, people should be thinking about office morale and doing work that is interesting and fun. Read more
“An ideal candidate should have a strong marketing background, five years of experience in the consumer goods industry, a track record of designing and running complex marketing campaigns for new consumer products, proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, and a graduate-level degree with a focus on marketing or public relations.”
How many times have you found your perfect job — and then taken a look at that list of requirements and decided there was just no way you could apply because you didn’t meet every one of the criteria they’d set out? Read more
It’s a great day in anyone’s job search: A recruiter calls with a new job opening. You hear the details and get excited – it’s sounds like exactly what you’ve been looking for! You go to the interview, hit a home run, and leave the building feeling pretty confident that you’ll hear from them soon.
Two days later, you do – and you hear that they’ve chosen another candidate. Wait, what? Read more
Every job seeker on the planet has experienced the agony of waiting to hear – about a job, an interview, a key contact, a next step in the selection process. These guidelines will help you minimize the waiting without antagonizing your contacts. Read more
One recruiter shares her go-to checklist for the types of resumes that catch her eye.
In my eight years as a recruiter at an investment bank, I reviewed thousands of resumes. I’ve seen and learned a lot, from the importance of proofreading to the art of formatting. It’s enough to know that there isn’t one acceptable format or approach to creating an awesome resume.
There are, however, a few key strategies that can make your resume more effectively do what you intend it to: Catch someone’s eye, clearly communicate your qualifications, and help move you on to the next stage of the hiring process. Read more
When I first moved to New York, I was a cover letter machine. I wrote to every sir or madam with a job opening. I expressed my interest in positions for which I had none. I waxed rhapsodic about companies I’d never heard of. My response rate? A whopping zero percent. Read more
We’ve all been trained to avoid giving out too much personal information when we’re on the job hunt. But according new research from Vanderbilt University, it’s better to get real about gaps in your resume – and being honest could actually land you the job.
“Our study provides the first-ever evidence that women who conceal personal information dramatically lower their hiring prospects,” says Joni Hersch, professor of law and economics at Vanderbilt Law School, about women who take time away from their careers to raise kids. In other words, being forthright about stepping away from work in favor of family actually works – refreshingly – in women’s favor. Read more
Job Seekers Need to Customize Cover Letters for Each Position and Goal
Q. You’ve just graduated from college and are entering a tough job market. What kind of interview preparation will help you stand out?
Whether you’re in college and starting to think about your career path or considering a career change to a new field, you might be asking yourself, “What do I want to be?”
But a more important question to think about may be: “Am I marketable to a variety of positions?” Read more