Using Twitter ‘@mention’ to Find a Job

By Rich DeMatteo Years ago, people would joke about how small the world was.  They’d bump into someone they grew up with at a gas station on the other side of the country.  One of them would eventually laugh and … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Build a Long-Term Career Network

By Tim Tyrell-Smith, founder of Tim’s Strategy®, a job search strategy website dedicated to helping people succeed in their job search, career and life. If you’ve been out of work before or have been part of a similar career transition, … Continue reading

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Interviewing: “Tell Me About a Time When…”

By Heather Krasna

An underlying assumption of many recruiters and hiring managers is that past performance predicts future behavior.  Because of this, many interviewers ask you to describe an example of a time when you have encountered a problem similar to ones you’re likely to solve in the job for which you are interviewing.  These questions almost always start, “Tell me about a time when…”

What comes next depends on the job, but here are some of the most common questions:

“Tell me about a time when…

…you overcame a challenge.

…you had to handle a disagreement with a team member.

…you had to convince someone of your idea without having authority to do so.

…you came up with a new idea or initiative and saw it through to its conclusion.

…you had to handle a budget.

…you had to pay attention to details.

…things did not go as planned.  How did you overcome the challenge?  What did you learn?”

How do you prepare for this onslaught of questions?

First, copy and paste the job description into Word and highlight the repeated phrases, “essential requirements,” or “main job duties”.  Translate each main requirement into a question.  A job requiring the use of social media might have an interview question, “Tell me about a time when you leveraged a social media platform to communicate with your target audience.”  Others require reading in between the lines of the job description; a job description that mentions “handling changing priorities and multi-tasking” might ask for you to describe a time when you worked without much supervision, or how you handled ambiguity, or how you have worked in an entrepreneurial culture.  Create a list of the top six or seven most likely questions.

Then, look through your own resume and think carefully about each job, volunteer experience, or even class project, …

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Interviewing: Position-Related Questions Top Pharma Pros Should Ask

By Dr. John Sullivan If you’ve ever regretted taking a Pharma job, you have already learned the value of doing extensive research into a job opportunity. Unfortunately, there’s only so much research you can do externally. So to supplement that … Continue reading

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Interviewing: Company-Related Questions Top Pharma Pros Should Ask

 By Dr John Sullivan Most applicants fail to realize that one of the top “knockout factors” that both recruiters and managers use is “Did the applicant ask great questions during the interview?” Failing to ask questions at all is a … Continue reading

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5 Strategies to Improve Your Job Search

By Tim Tyrell-Smith, founder of Tim’s Strategy®, a job search strategy website dedicated to helping people succeed in their job search, career and life. We’re not all strategic thinkers. Some of us are great with people or are a talented … Continue reading

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Wiley Job Network Announces New Resources and Tools to Connect Job Seekers and Employers

APRIL 9, 2013  –  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced a new suite of resources and tools to enhance the Wiley Job Network and connect the growing number of registered job seekers with some of the most prestigious employers … Continue reading

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Selling Your Ideas at Work

By Anita Bruzzese, freelance writer on topics related to workplace/career issues Did you get shot down the last time you proposed an idea at work?  If so, it wasn’t necessarily because you had a bad idea, but because you could … Continue reading

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Top 4 Strategies for Successful Delegation

By Anita Bruzzese, freelance writer on topics related to workplace/career issues  If you’re one of those people who has tried delegating and seen it fail miserably, it’s time to try again. That’s because your failure to delegate is hurting your career and sending … Continue reading

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How to Stay Marketable Within a Rapid Change, Slow Growth Economy

By Miriam Salpeter, owner of Keppie Careers, a job search and social media strategist, career coach, resume writer, author, and speaker   “The only constant is change.” This oft-quoted anecdote perfectly captures an important reality job seekers should internalize. In … Continue reading

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Career Transition: From Academia to Industry and Vice Versa

By Heather Krasna Academia offers a unique culture and lifestyle with its own pros and cons. Individuals in the field may consider switching to industry; and those in industry may long to join the mystical “Ivory Tower.” Here are some tips … Continue reading

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Delivering a Powerful Elevator Speech

By Dr. John Sullivan, globally renowned strategist in human resources and talent management Whether you’re looking for a job, for help on a problem, or for funding, you must develop a convincing and compelling elevator speech that quickly sells you. … Continue reading

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Thriving in the PhD Job Market

By Heather Krasna  If you have a doctorate, or are pursuing one, you may already know about the two different job search processes for PhDs: academic and non-academic. Many people who pursue a PhD, especially in disciplines that have less of … Continue reading

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Beating Resume Robots

By Heather Krasna, http://heatherkrasna.wordpress.com/  For years now, many companies have been using applicant tracking systems (“ATS’s”) to manage the volume of resumes that are submitted for jobs. As a job seeker, it’s hard to know which companies use an ATS, though … Continue reading

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How Using Twitter Can Help You Land a Job

By Miriam Salpeter, owner of Keppie Careers (www.keppiecareers.com), a job search and social media strategist, career coach, resume writer, author, and speaker, August 12, 2012 At a quick glance, Twitter doesn’t seem like a go-to destination for job seekers. On … Continue reading

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Using Your Social Media Profile to Get Noticed Online

By Miriam Salpeter, owner of Keppie Careers (www.keppiecareers.com), a job search and social media strategist, career coach, resume writer, author, and speaker, August 12, 2012 Getting noticed online requires a unique combination of strategies. On one hand, it seems logical … Continue reading

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Wiley Job Network – one of the ’10 to Watch’ in Recruitment Market

Wiley Job Network was mentioned as one of the ’10 to Watch’ competitors within the recruitment landscape, in Outsell’s ‘Online Recruitment 2012 Market Size, Share & Forecast’ report. This report provides insights into the recruitment market, forecasts expected growth, future … Continue reading

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Bold And Aggressive Ways To Get Noticed By Hiring Managers

By Dr. John Sullivan, globally renowned strategist in the field of human resources and talent management (www.drjohnsullivan.com) Most job seekers rely exclusively on job boards and their resume to get them a position. Unfortunately, using this conservative approach, there is … Continue reading

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Bold And Aggressive Ways To Get Your Resume Noticed

By Dr. John Sullivan, globally renowned as a strategist in the field of human resources and talent management (www.drjohnsullivan.com) Most individuals use a conservative job search approach. Almost everyone relies on job boards and submitted resumes to get them an … Continue reading

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How Much is Too Much? Etiquette for Politely Nudging Recruiters

By Heather Krasna, http://heatherkrasna.wordpress.com/  You’ve applied for the job; you’ve had an interview; or you’ve just reached out to a new networking connection at your favorite company. Now it’s a waiting game, right? Wrong. Done right, good follow-up can get your … Continue reading

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Tips and Tricks for Using LinkedIn as a Job Search Tool

By Miriam Salpeter, owner of Keppie Careers (www.keppiecareers.com) – job search and social media strategist, career coach, resume writer, author, and speaker. As the best-known professional online network, LinkedIn is an important tool for job seekers. Used well, it helps job … Continue reading

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How to Overcome Interview Fear

By Rich DeMatteo, http://www.cornonthejob.com/ Why is it that so many candidates give organizations that overwhelming “found the golden ticket” feeling, only to be under whelmed and disappointed after the candidate’s in-person interview?  One reason may be poor resume and phone … Continue reading

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How Do You Respond To “Difficult” Emails?

By Anita Bruzzese, freelance writer on topics related to workplace/career issues, www.45things.com There’s nothing quite like getting a rude email. Whether it’s filled with sarcastic or unkind comments or simply so curt that feels like a slap, it is often difficult to figure out … Continue reading

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The Art of Professional Time Management

Jim Stroup, author and management consultant, http://managingleadership.com/blog  Time management is an issue that bedevils virtually all of us – at work, and everywhere else, too. Great varieties of tools – from simple to-do lists to surprisingly sophisticated calendar systems – … Continue reading

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How to Guarantee Success at Career Fairs

By Rich DeMatteo, http://www.cornonthejob.com/ Career fairs were once seen as an incredibly valuable method for both job seekers and companies looking for talent.  Unfortunately, the last few years has seen that change, and now job fairs leave both sides frustrated … Continue reading

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Top 5 Tips For Your Long-Distance Job Search

© Heather Krasna, http://heatherkrasna.wordpress.com/  Perhaps you want to be closer to your aging parents. Or perhaps you want to move to a city that is a hub of an industry that offers more opportunity for career growth. Maybe you just … Continue reading

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ONLINE EVENT – Networking for the Science Sector

ONLINE EVENT – Networking for the Science Sector: Accessing Hidden Career Opportunities Monday, June 25th, 12:00pm EasternREGISTER TODAY! http://www.wiley.com/college/wli/WJNEvent/ Who Should Attend? Recruiters and other talent acquisition professionals from the following industry sectors: • the sciences, including physical and life … Continue reading

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Why Becoming An Employee Referral Is The Best Way To Get Hired

By Dr. John Sullivan, who is renowned around the world as a strategist in the field of human resources and talent management (www.drjohnsullivan.com) 99% of job seekers are outsiders, because they have never been a corporate recruiter. As an outsider, … Continue reading

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How to Use Facebook to Help You Land a Job

Tips by Miriam Salpeter, owner of Keppie Careers (www.keppiecareers.com) – job search and social media strategist, career coach, resume writer, author, and speaker. Traditional media would have you believe using Facebook is a good way to lose a job. There are … Continue reading

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Wiley Job Network Marks Six Months of Success with 50,000 Registered Users

Contact the publicist: Jennifer Beal Publicity Manager jbeal@wiley.com +44 (0) 1243 770633   Hoboken, NJ. March 28, 2012 – Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc has marked the first six months of … Continue reading

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Secrets To A Strong Cover Letter

By Alex Twersky, Marketing Consultant and Career Expert Tips to ensure that your resume and cover letter work in tandem, and that your cover letter does its magic to get your candidacy noticed: KNOW YOUR ANATOMY.  Like the human body, … Continue reading

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Common Resume Faux Pas And How To Fix Them

By Alex Twersky, Marketing Consultant and Career Expert In a highly competitive job market, you need a resume that’s focused, accomplishment-oriented and highlights your skills and talents to their fullest. So take note of the following common resume missteps and … Continue reading

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