If you’re out there looking for a job, and you have a list of your absolute dream companies, your number 1 priority is probably finding out how to get your foot in the door at one of them. The first step to doing that is naturally applying for jobs and then interviewing for them. But one tricky part of the job search process is actually finding out about these opportunities. People often wonder “Do companies post all of their jobs online?” and tend to have a suspicion that they’re missing out.
A very common question I get is about how long someone “has to” stay in a job before moving on to something new. Specifically, “Does it look bad if I quit my job before a year?”
Let me start by saying this. There is definitely a perception out there that if you leave a job before a year, it reflects negatively on you. The reason this perception is out there is because leaving a job quickly can lead people to believe a few things (many times incorrectly)… Read on to learn more about how this may be perceived and how you can avoid this.
Common interview question: Why are you interested in this job? / Why did you apply to this job/role?
Why your interviewer is asking this question: In addition to figuring out why you want to work at the company, they want to know why you want to take on this particular job. Basically, how excited are you about it? And what’s motivating you to want to do it?
Recommended reading for your job search and career from the past few weeks. Articles include learning how to be a successful 20-something professional, where to read about some of the coolest internships out there, and why I loved reading Lean In.
There are a few good reasons why you may genuinely want to work somewhere. Take a look at the four reasons below and each time you interview with a different company, be prepared to speak at least one of them (or combine a few).
A post about what people lie about interviews – and why I think it’s always a bad idea.
LinkedIn is something you are going to hear a lot about on The Prepary. It is one of the most important tools (for both job seekers and recruiters) on the job search front these days… and is positioned to stay that way for years to come.
3 great ways to say thank you at the end of your summer internship. Saying thanks will help you leave your summer experience on a great note.
A few of my favorite things for the job seeker, young professional, or just for fun! August edition.