Can’t Fight the Feeling…Or can you?

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Do you believe your age is preventing you from getting hired? Ageism can impact anyone, regardless of their age. How do you break the cycle when this happens? The focus of this article is what you can do during an interview to address the interviewer’s underlying concerns. 

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Addressing Career Gaps in Interviews

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During interviews discussing a career gap can feel like the elephant in the room for job candidates and sometimes even causes nervousness or anxiety. This person could have been a stay-at-home parent looking to work again, maybe taken a sabbatical for a career change, fired, laid off, and the list of situations goes on. The object is not to let the interviewer focus on why you have the gap but what you did during that time that prepared you for that role.

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It’s Okay to be Different

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When looking for a job, we often think about how well we will fit into the culture or the work environment. During the interview, the employer is trying to identify if you are a suitable fit for the culture they already established. Unfortunately, if you don’t fit, you may not be hired. Let me give you a different perspective. Many employers are looking to become more diverse in their hiring practices, so with that idea, being different isn’t always a bad idea.

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Choosing Between Two Star-Qualified Candidates

JessicaThinking from an employer’s perspective, how can you choose between two star-qualified applicants? There are so many things to consider when selecting the most qualified person to work for your company. With so many people applying for unemployment (UI), one of the requirements to continue receiving benefits is to apply for jobs. As an employer, you can imagine there may be countless applications submitted online. Who is job-ready and qualified for the position? Who is simply trying to meet their job search requirements? In 2o2o, the work search requirement was waived due to the pandemic, but most UI claimants still needed to look for work. Continue reading “Choosing Between Two Star-Qualified Candidates”