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Advice for new or recent graduates and entry-level workers

The Art of Juggling Multiple Job Interviews

We often hear of job seekers struggling to land interviews. However, what if you’re one of the lucky ones to be offered multiple job interviews with different companies?

Though you are in a good position, you may slip up since there is so much on your plate. For instance, you could mix up company values. You may forget important documents. You could even accidentally name drop an executive at one of the other companies with which you’re interviewing. These errors don’t represent you as the awesome candidate you are — and they certainly don’t help your chances.

However, juggling multiple interviews shouldn’t be seen as added stress. They should be used as an opportunity to steer your interviewing experiences in the right direction. Check out these tips to make it happen.

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Why and How to Embrace Career Uncertainty

When you’re entering the workforce for the first time, it’s natural to be nervous about your career and uncertain of how things will turn out. But what about later in life, when you’re ready for a change or career switch? You may have years of experience under your belt, but that may not do much to quell your anxiety about what the future holds.

However unsettling it may be, uncertainty is necessary for a career switch. This is especially true for an encore career, or a career change made later in life that combines personal meaning with social purpose. “Encore careers are commonly sparked by something on the work front — a layoff, the approach of retirement, an itch to reinvent,” says Marci Alboher, author of “The Encore Career Handbook: How to make a living and a difference in the second half of life.” She adds, “Just as often, an encore is shaped by what’s happening outside of work — an empty nest, the loss of a parent, the end of a marriage, a new romance, an illness or a move from the suburbs to the city.”

If you feel like you’re alone with your uncertainty about a career switch later in life, think again. “Research shows that roughly 9 million people are already in encore careers, and another 31 million are keen to move in the same direction,” Alboher says. “Although they come from different places, large numbers of people in their encore years are looking for the same thing — making a living while making a difference.”

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Questions to ask (and avoid) when interviewing for a job

ABy Robert Half International 

 The success or failure of a job interview doesn’t rest solely with the answers you give the hiring manager. The questions you choose to ask can also speak volumes.

 In a recent Robert Half survey, human resources managers recounted the most unusual or surprising question they’ve received from a job seeker during an interview. Some of the highly questionable queries included:

  • “Do I have to be at work every day?”
  • “Would you consider going on a date with me?”
  • “Can I have three weeks off every three months to pursue my music career?”
  • “Can my husband finish this test for me?”
  • “Is the boss single?”
  • “Do you want to take a ride in my new car?”
  • “Can you help me search for an apartment?”
  • “What job is this for?”

 

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Feeling lost on your career map? Try a career compass

CBy Robert Half International

 Most professionals are familiar with the concept of a career map. But between the ups and downs of the economy and the twists and turns of a decades-long career, a conventional map can sometimes serve as little more than wishful thinking. It can also prevent you from recognizing — and seizing — unexpected opportunities along the way.

 That’s why you might want to consider a career compass instead.

 What’s the difference? A traditional career map serves as an outline of what you hope your professional life to be months, years or even decades down the road. It guides you from point A to points B, C, D and so on.

 But a career map can be rigid. There’s no accounting for the unexpected. What happens if you want to re-evaluate your career at point C, for example? Or you’re poised at point F, only to realize it’s no longer a feasible option? Your map suddenly becomes useless.

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Temporary work: Myth vs. reality

Temporary workBy Robert Half International

 Temporary work is a career option chosen by thousands of professionals each day. This arrangement can present a rich variety of engagements that allow you to hone existing skills and develop new ones, and it exposes you to a diverse set of individuals — critical for building your network.

 Working as a temporary professional also can ease financial concerns. You can afford to be more selective about the full-time opportunities you pursue if you are generating income through interim work.

 And a temporary role may be ideal for professionals who want to spend more time with their families or focus on a hobby or other interest.

 Some professionals fail to consider the option of interim work, however, largely because of persistent myths about what it does or doesn’t entail. Here, we set the record straight about some of the most common misconceptions:

 

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How college grads can succeed – or fail – at their first jobs

Susan Ricker, CareerBuilder Writer

 College graduates from 2008 and onward have entered a tough economy and a competitive job market they may not have felt prepared to face. After four years or more of classes, papers, labs, homework and exams, it’s hard to hear that there’s not necessarily a dream job waiting for them, or in some cases, any work at all.

 How can you survive the uncertain economy and still start a career? With some adjustments to your perspective, planning for your future and developing a new work ethic, it’s possible. Bonnie Kerrigan Snyder, author of “The Unemployed College Graduate’s Survival Guide: How to Get Your Life Together, Deal with Debt, and Find a Job After College,” tackles this subject and has some tips for success. “I know that you were hoping to cash in your academic chips at the pay-off window of life at this point, but there is simply too much competition for employment right now to allow you to do that,” Snyder says. “You’re going to have to shrug it off and adjust your expectations and your behavior to match reality. So let’s talk about some productive strategies and attitudes that will help you move forward into a bright future.”

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Are you a good fit for a small company?

OBy Robert Half International

 If you’re job hunting, one way to potentially increase your chances of success is to look for a position with a small business. Many applicants focus their efforts on large companies, because they either are attracted to the idea of working for a household name or believe these companies have more openings. Yet pursuing employment opportunities with smaller companies can be a wise move.

 Before you begin sharing your résumé to every small employer with an opening, however, make sure you’d be a good fit for the company. Small businesses often have very defined corporate cultures, and working at a mom-and-pop shop can be different than working at a larger company.

 The ideal candidates for roles with small businesses often have these traits:

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Can internships set your career path in stone before it even begins?

Internship set career pathBy Sonia Acosta, Special to CareerBuilder

 Internships are the buzz on college campuses everywhere. From freshman year to graduation, students are constantly reminded how important it is to get “real world” experience under their belts before they hit the post-grad job search. Companies hiring recent graduates are always going to have a preference for those who have taken the time and initiative to complete one, two or more internships, gain skills, make connections and bring more to the table than a diploma.

 But what if you are not sure what field you want to enter? What if you fall into the general studies or liberal arts category? Maybe you’re working toward a degree in finance or marketing, but you’re not sure you want to go into that line of work. What do you do then? Will interning in marketing, finance or another field set your career path in stone and ultimately lead you to be stuck in a field you’re not sure you want to pursue?

 Internships and career pathing can be tricky business. Here are three tips to help you get the most out of any internship and build the career you want.

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