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The 5 Best Questions a Job Candidate Can Ask

Posted June 25, 2014 by Jeff Haden, LinkedIn

While you certainly have questions you like to ask, and maybe you ask one question to identify a superstar... if you’re an experienced interviewer you may almost always feel it's a waste of time when you ask the candidate, "Do you have any questions for me?"

Why? The average candidate doesn't actually care about how you answer their questions; instead they try to make themselves look good by asking "smart" questions. To them, what they ask is a lot more important than how you answer.

On the other hand, great candidates ask questions they actually want answered because they're actively evaluating you and your company… they're deciding whether they really want to work for you.

Here are five questions great job candidates ask:

  1. “What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days?”
  2. "What are the common attributes of your top performers?”
  3. “What are the one or two things that really drive results for the company?”
  4. “What do employees do in their spare time?”
  5. “How do you plan to deal with...?”

Read the entire article here.


3 New Year's Resolutions to Make for Your Final College Semester

Posted January 8, 2014 by Amanda Augustine, Hufington Post

Before you get lost in planning that last spring break trip, commit to making these career resolutions.

Get an internship
In this competitive job market, relevant internship experience can mean the difference between a job offer and the infamous job search black hole. Interning is a great way to build up your resume, expand your professional network, and test drive career paths. If you're graduating this May, there's still time! Speak to your career services department about interning this semester and check out sites like CareerRookie, InternMatch, and YouTern for internship opportunities.

Clean up your online brand
As a college student, it's safe to assume you've had a social media presence since you entered high school, if not earlier. This works in your favor because you're already accustomed to using social media and should feel comfortable incorporating it into your job-search strategy. However, this comfort also comes at a cost. You've built up a long online history that's publicly visible and not necessarily appropriate for the professional world. Over the next few months, make it a goal to clean up your online brand by securing your personal accounts and building your professional profiles. Click on the following link for more social media dos and don'ts.

Grow your professional network
Studies have shown that you are ten times more likely to receive a job offer when your application includes an employee referral. Start building your network now so you can leverage your connections this spring. Attend skill-building seminars and get involved in student activities to boost your resume and meet other career-driven students. Once your LinkedIn profile is complete, connect with everyone you know -- from your friends and family to your professors and colleagues you met during your internships. You never know who may be the key to landing a job after graduation.

By pledging to fulfill a few final semester resolutions, you'll position yourself for a successful career right out of the gates. It's never too late to get started! Full article here.


5 Smart Ways College Students Can Display Career Conviction

Posted September 27, 2013 by Robin Reshwan, Money.USNews

"Hiring is about minimizing risk. An employer is reviewing candidates to determine who is the least risky hire and will result in the best return on his hiring "investment." Seasoned professionals can convey that they are great investments through their related previous work experience, providing references that can attest to their commitment to their field, listing accomplishments that are applicable to a new opportunity and in general showing a track record of their interest and success in a potential field. For the college student and new graduate who has minimal work experience, the options to display that they will be a secure, long-term hire are limited. One of the best ways to mitigate this risk for an employer is to demonstrate passion in your field of choice."

Full article here


No cats allowed: How to use social media to advance your career

Posted May 2, 2013 by Alaina G. Levine,

"Every week through Facebook, I receive at least 10 pictures of cats wearing glasses and holding test tubes. Cats are cute, and cats wearing spectacles are even more wonderful. But we should all know better: When it comes to using social media platforms for networking and career advancement, cats are just not welcome.

We know networking is a necessity for career advancement in science. And social media networking is no different. Your online presence—via websites, your blog, and personal profiles on channels such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter—serves as a way for interested parties to get to know you and your brand, or promise of value. And it is becoming more and more critical for you to maintain a presence on social media in order to amplify your reputation and reach decision makers in your field.

When you apply for a job or fellowship, or send a cold email to someone, one of the first actions that the other party takes is to google you. And the second action they take is increasingly becoming the norm—they will check your LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have one, the perception might be that you are not a contributing member of your community. In fact, some recruiters have told me that they envision that the LinkedIn profile will soon supplant the resumé as the standard for identifying qualified applicants for job openings.

Developing a social media networking strategy involves planning and preparation, execution, and monitoring and maintenance. You can’t simply send one tweet and expect to reap the rewards. You have to consistently engage and interact with others, and you have to develop a plan that optimizes your time while you seek to achieve your career goals."

Read the full article here.


Gender Gap in Tech Salaries is All Gone, Dice Reports

Posted March 20, 2013 by Katherine Noyes, PC World and InfoWorld

Since 2009, pay has been equal for men and women with equivalent levels of experience, education, and job titles, the careers site says.

The field of IT is notorious for being persistently male-dominated, but that doesn't mean women still suffer from a gender gap when it comes to pay.

In fact, the compensation gender gap has disappeared for tech workers, according to the latest salary survey from IT careers site Dice. Specifically, ever since 2009, average salaries have been equivalent for male and female tech professionals, the company reported on Tuesday -- as long as you're comparing equal levels of experience and education and parallel job titles.

Men actually did outearn women overall in the 2013-2012 Dice Salary Survey, earning an average annual income of $95,929 compared with women's $87,527. However, that difference is driven by the fact that the two groups tend to hold different positions, Dice says. Whether that's the result of personal choice or institutional bias is unclear, it added.

Read the entire article here.


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