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2020 was hard. Obviously. So many people—at least 22 million— lost their jobs last year. It’s hard to fathom how and when we’ll fully recover. But the new year is a new start. And the economy has started to bounce back, so now is a great time to look for a new job if you haven’t started already. Here are some tips on how to bounce back in 2
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By Joe Konop
Many job seekers focus so hard on answering interview questions well that they forget something very important: You are there to ask questions, too.Asking the right questions at an interview is important for two reasons: First, when done correctly, the questions you ask confirm your qualifications as a candidate for the position.
By Amy Rigby
No one wants to start a new job without knowing what to expect. And yet, that’s exactly what I did for my first job out of college. Having just moved 2,000 miles to a city where I knew no one, I felt disoriented as I stepped into that office. Not wanting to seem naive, I hadn’t asked many questions and showed up on my first day without proper preparation—clueless about dress code or even when I could take my lunch break. To be clear, a company’s HR department should have a solid onboarding process in place, and managers should invest energy into making new hires feel welcome. But what if your company doesn’t yet have an HR department? Or what if your manager is less than forthcoming? Thankfully, you can take steps on your own to ensure first-week success. I spoke with HR professionals, career coaches, and executives to get their best tips for new hires who want to start on the right foot. But first, let’s look at why your early days on the job count so much.
By Deborah Acosta
Practicing job interview answers in front of a mirror helps you to identify anything that might distract from the substance of what you have to say. To prepare for an interview, study up on the role so you can explain how you meet each of the job requirements. Be prepared to address your biggest weaknesses, such as gaps in your résumé. The best way to learn how to interview is by practicing your Q&A with someone you trust, on camera or in the mirror.
by Amantha Imber
I once sat across from a boss and listened as he gave me a brutally honest performance review. At the time, I was working as a consumer psychologist for a multi-national advertising agency. My job involved advising big brands on how to best persuade their customers to engage with their products and services. While I have no recollection of the positive feedback I received that day, there is one piece of constructive feedback that stayed with me.
by Jacquelyn Smith
I recently laid out the year’s most oddball interview questions. The Glassdoor list included queries from companies like Google, Bain & Co., and Amazon, which are notorious for their perplexing and unusual job interview questions. In 2012, the search giant asked a candidate, “How many cows are in Canada?” while Bain challenged an interviewee to estimate the number of windows in New York. Amazon asked a candidate, "If Jeff Bezos walked into your office and offered you a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea, what would it be?" The moral of the story was that job seekers need to anticipate less conventional interview questions, and that they should think of oddball queries as an opportunity to demonstrate their thought process, to communicate their values and