3 of the Best Ways To Ask Someone to Be Your Professional Reference

3 of the Best Ways To Ask Someone to Be Your Professional Reference

Hiring managers use references to get a clearer picture of a candidate before extending an offer. When entering a job search, it’s important to be strategic about who is in your reference pool. This post explores which past and current colleagues you should consider to be your references, how to ask someone to be your reference, key ways to prep a reference for a phone call, asking for a reference letter, and reference etiquette do’s and don’ts.

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10 Ways to Excel in Your Job Search Using CliftonStrengths

10 Ways to Excel in Your Job Search Using CliftonStrengths

CliftonStrengths is a powerful tool that provides opportunities for you to communicate clearly and confidently throughout your job transition. This post explores what the CliftonStrengths Assessment is, the domains CliftonStrengths covers, and 10 easy ways to use CliftonStrengths to excel in your search.

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How to Discuss Your Strengths When You Don't Like Talking About Yourself

How to Discuss Your Strengths When You Don't Like Talking About Yourself

Hands down, the most common problem my clients struggle with is talking about themselves and their accomplishments in resumes, cover letters, interviews, and networking settings. This post explores strategies for using a strengths orientation to talk about yourself, which can be used in interviews, networking, as well as general application materials.

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How to Answer the Dreaded "Tell Us about You" Question in a Job Interview

How to Answer the Dreaded "Tell Us about You" Question in a Job Interview

Excelling in job interviews is all about strategy and preparation. There’s a careful balance between being versed in how you’ll respond to the questions you expect and not sounding overly rehearsed. I recommend a strategy -- one rich in insight, data gathering, and preparation -- that allows you to be mentally prepared to easily tackle the inevitable questions you were not expecting. This post discussed how to adequately prepare to give a personal introduction in an interview and provides an personal introduction example.

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How to Avoid Work Assignments for Job Interviews

How to Avoid Work Assignments for Job Interviews

If you’re in the market for a new role, you know job hunting takes a fair amount of effort. It’s always good news to hear that a hiring manager is interested in interviewing you. However, the hiring manager sends you a request—a job interview assignment to complete. You don’t even know if you’re a serious candidate yet and you’re being asked to do work for free. What is interview homework? Why do employers require job interview assignments? What can you do if you receive a work assignment during the interview process?

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