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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Surviving a Hostile Workplace -- What You Need to Know.

Surviving a Hostile Workplace -- What You Need to Know.

This post discusses what constitutes a hostile work environment, what to do if you’re experiencing harassment, how and when to disclose incidents of harassment to Human Resources, and what to do if HR does not respond adequately to a harassment claim.

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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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