Monthly Archives: February 2017

Job Rejections

1.”Why don’t employers tell you the real reason they’re rejecting you?”

Often it’s simply because they don’t have time. Providing thoughtful feedback takes time and energy, and employers usually have hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants to get back to. Plus, the reason for the rejection may be hard to convey diplomatically, and few hiring managers want to take on the awkwardness of explaining, for example, that you didn’t seem sharp enough. And some employers even have companywide policies not to give feedback to rejected candidates, out of concern it could cause legal problems if it’s misinterpreted.

2.”I was really qualified for the job but got rejected anyway. Can I ask them to reconsider?” 

No. It will come across as thinking that you know better than they do about what qualifications they’re looking for. It’s possible that your qualifications aren’t as strong as you think they are – or maybe they are, but other candidates were stronger, since employers often get dozens or even hundreds of highly qualified applicants for a single position. Even if you think the employer made the wrong call, challenging it will make you look a little naive and out of touch

3. “I keep getting rejection letters that praise my qualifications.”

You may be wondering, if you’re so great, why you keep getting rejected. See above; it’s almost certainly a form letter. Most employers include some vague praise in rejection form letters, in an attempt to be kind. It might be a misguided attempt, but people also complain if rejections are too blunt or utilitarian. It’s hard, if not impossible, to write a rejection letter that will please everyone.

4. “I received a rejection the same day I applied. Did anyone even read my resume?”

If you applied using an online application system (as opposed to simply emailing your resume and cover letter), it’s possible that you didn’t have a particular qualification that the system is programmed to screen for, or that there’s some other reason for the quick rejection, like that you’re marked ineligible because you applied previously. But it’s also possible that a human did review your materials; resume screening tends to be a very quick process, and human screens will usually know in a minute or two if they’re going to reject you. That might sound like you’re not getting much consideration, but people who look at hundreds of resumes get pretty fast at processing them accurately.

5.”I was rejected but they encouraged me to apply for other openings. Do they really mean it?”

 They might! Sometimes that’s part of a form letter and the employer is saying it to everyone, but sometimes it’s a personalized request to you. There’s no harm in taking them at their word and trying again.

Job search tips for recent graduates

1.Prepare for interviews NOW

You need to seriously brush up on your interviewing skills! You won’t be able to wing it. Practice answering the tough interview questions out loud, not in your head. Questions like: What do you know about our company? Why should we hire you? Tell me about yourself and the many “Tell me about a time when …” scenarios. You only have one shot at winning over the interview team, so prepare and practice now!

Your first job is only your first step. You will change jobs, careers and companies many times throughout your career. But the biggest challenge at this point is landing a job without a lot of experience. You need work experience, so any job is better than none. And if you don’t love it, at least you know what you don’t want to do. There’s no such thing as the perfect job; keep an open mind and take note of what you don’t like so you don’t make the same mistake twice.

2.Audit your social media

If you are using Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook, they are all fair game for recruiters to snoop. Go through your updates and make sure to delete posts mentioning guns, politics or alcohol. Check to make sure you haven’t insulted or bad-mouthed companies or people and watch out for profanity. Your accounts don’t need to be sterile, but they do need to be rated G for general audience. You don’t want to offend or turn off potential employers

3.Create a customized resume for each job.

It is faster and easier to use the same resume for each job, but, it won’t work. One of the biggest mistakes you are making by using the same resume for every job is that your resume misses the mark. Recruiters use keywords to search the applicant pool and if you haven’t used them, your resume won’t show up in search results.

4.Tap family friends

Your parents, aunts and uncles all have friends. Notify your entire family that you are looking for a job and mention some of the companies you are interested in. You never know who your family may know. Also, ask your college friends to share your message with their parents and family.

5.Master your pitch

When someone asks you what you do, and they will, you need a 30-second response. A short, easy-to-understand answer helps the person you are talking to understand how they can help when you are networking. Don’t overwhelm them with too much detail. Focus on the one or two most helpful pieces of information you want them to know. You have time later in the conversation to answer any questions or include additional information you want to share.

6.Boost your LinkedIn activity.

Having a shell of a profile on LinkedIn is a rookie mistake. Take time to enhance your profile and present yourself as a worthy candidate for the roles you are interested in. If you’re unsure of what those may be, at least highlight your professionalism and potential. You can also stay in front of your LinkedIn network by sharing one relevant news article as a status update every day!

Overcome lazy while working

Refocus Your Energy

No matter what you do, a slacker may continue to slack. There’s only so much attention you can bring to the situation before you come off as problematic yourself. At some point, you may need to simply accept what you’re dealing with. Do everything in your power to minimize the impact that person has on you. Don’t waste your time trying to change something that can’t be changed. Instead, channel your energy into your own work.

In the end, slackers will get what’s coming to them. It’s not your job to determine when or how that happens. They will reap the consequences in their career at some point. Don’t be dragged down with them

Have a Direct Conversation

You never know what’s going on for other people until you ask. If someone isn’t upholding their end of things, you need to define the problem. Don’t attack them – but don’t let them off the hook, either.

Let the slacker know the impact of his or her behavior by talking with them. Explain the ripple effect it’s having and see if you can understand the root cause. Sure, some slackers are just lazy. But others may simply be oblivious or bogged down in inefficient, ineffective processes. You may be able to offer a few helpful pointers to improve the situation.

Regardless of the reason, a respectful, professional conversation can put the co-worker on notice. They’ll be aware that the behavior is problematic. At that point, they can’t claim ignorance. Most people will step up their game when they’re no longer “getting away” with it.

In addition, you may want to explicitly share the circumstances in which you’ve provided cover for the behavior in the past and explain that you’re no longer able to do so. This will make it clear that the person can no longer expect you to bail them out. And be sure to follow through on this promise! If you give in, you’ll negate the whole conversation

Speak With Leadership

If things still don’t improve, it’s time to address the situation with leadership. It’s not “tattling” to call attention to a problem. Your goal is not to get the person in trouble; you just need help overcoming an obstacle, and that’s what management is there for. The behavior is harming your ability to do your job.

As you speak with leadership, let them know that you’ve attempted to resolve the problem on your own. Share specifics about what has happened and the impact it’s had on the work. Don’t call attention to your emotions – anger, resentment and frustration are natural, but your managers aren’t concerned with that. Stay focused on the facts.

 Remember that your loyalty is to the organization and to yourself. If you know a lazy co-worker is impeding success, you have an obligation to bring it to the forefront.

Steps to Quit Your Job the Right Way

1.Stay positive and professional

No matter how poorly you may feel you’ve been treated, never complain or speak negatively about your situation, especially if you haven’t talked to your boss about your dissatisfaction before. It won’t reflect well on you. It is also likely you’ll be asked to participate in an exit interview, and the same advice applies. Stay focused on the positive aspects of your experience, what you learned and how this job has helped you for the next step in your career

2.Get your ducks in a row

 Before you get too excited, make sure everything is set with your new employer. That means you’ve signed an offer letter and your start date has been set. Before you march into your boss’s office to announce you’re quitting, review your employee handbook and see what the policies are around leaving a job. In some industries and companies, it is possible you may be escorted out once you have resigned. Sales positions, for example, are vulnerable to this practice, as employers are fearful you may steal clients or your departure may negatively impact business. Also, note how your company handled the resignation of other employees. This information can help you know what to prepare for. Make sure you have all your work completed or at least organized to make it easier to pass off to someone. And finally, remove any personal information from your computer and other company devices. If you have samples of your work or other nonconfidential information that will be helpful in your career portfolio, gather the information you want to take with you before you submit your resignation, just in case.

3.Tell your boss in person

 If you and your boss are in the same location, by all means, tell him or her in person. If you work remotely, then a phone call is appropriate. But don’t leave your news in a voicemail message and never send a text. During your conversation with your boss, you simply need to state that you are resigning and when your last day of work will be. It’s also a good idea to say something positive about your experience there and thank your boss for his or her support. You may choose to let your boss know what you will be doing next, but you are not obligated to tell them your new job title or employer. Be prepared, your boss may ask you why you are leaving. This is not the time to criticize the company or bad mouth anyone

4.Time it right

Providing two week’s notice is customary and expected. This buffer provides the opportunity to map a plan for how you will transition from your work. Leaving abruptly can tarnish your reputation with your manager and the company. Not only do you want to give enough notice, you also want to consider the time of day you notify your boss. Chances are, your boss will be surprised by the news, so pick a day of the week and time during the day that will be the least disruptive

5.Put it in writing

Make it official by preparing a letter of resignation. You don’t need to explain why you are leaving in your letter. But you should provide the date for your last day of work. You can prepare this letter before you meet with your boss and hand it to him or her in person. Providing your resignation in writing makes your announcement official and prevents any confusion on the terms of your leaving.