Look, no one loves writing cover letters. Just like no one LOVES eating kale (we see right through you, Gwyneth Paltrow). But both are a means to an end: If you want to live to the age of 95, try eating more kale; if you want to get ahead in your job search, include a cover letter. In a 2016 CareerBuilder survey, 40 percent of hiring managers said they’re more likely to pay attention to job applications that include cover letters.
Finding references seems simple enough: approach professors, previous bosses and supervisors from your internships, and you should be all set.
Well, not necessarily. For one thing, companies want to know about more than your academic and technical skills before they hire you. For another, that professor who gave you high marks may not really like you all that much.
Not all job interviews take place in person; especially during the early stages of the hiring process, a tech pro will likely have to speak to recruiters, HR staff, hiring managers, and even potential colleagues on the phone.
While phone interviews offer several advantages—you don’t need to dress up, for example, or commute to an office somewhere—they also pose a unique mix of challenges, especially for those who are relatively inexperienced in interviewing for jobs. With that in mind, here are some quick, top-level tips for preparing yourself:
"If you enter a room with 15 leaders one of them will stand out. She will have an air of confidence that people notice. Others will stop talking and listen to him. That person will have an overall decorum that exudes the message, “I belong here.”
Executive presence is a blending of mindset, competencies, and delivery that gives the overall impression that this person has dignity and can get the job done. Can executive presence be developed? Yes – if the person has a foundation of self-confidence and a willingness to build their self-awareness and self-regulation."
If you’re looking for an extra push to really get settled into your new role, we’ve searched the web for the best resources on how to totally wow your new boss and colleagues and feel way more comfortable in your surroundings.
So you’ve just interviewed for your dream job (or at least a dreamy job) and as far as you’re concerned, you nailed it! It’s only a matter of time before they call you with an offer. But after a couple of weeks pass without a peep, you start to get a sinking feeling that perhaps it wasn’t the slam-dunk you imagined.
You expect a tough interview, but what happens when you add into the mix a rude interviewer that’d rather crack a whip than a smile to lighten the mood? Should you keep calm and not take the bait, or should you walk out? How do you handle a rude interviewer, and is it worth it to stay or time to leave?