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Interview tips that you haven’t heard yet

May 7, 2009

First off, let me say congratulations to all graduating seniors. That being said, let the job hunting begin! No doubt you’ll receive tons of advice from friends and family (if you haven’t already from your professors) about what to do and not to do at job interviews, most of which are probably common sense. Here are my personal interview tips that may not be so obvious:

1. Spit out your gum– I, honest to God, went to my first job interview out of college with gum in my mouth because I forgot to spit it out when I pulled into the parking lot. I overheard myself referred to as “the gum chewer” as I walked out of the interview. Lesson learned.

2. Dress according to your industry– if you’re interviewing for a job in a creative industry, why would you dress in a black suit with a white shirt? Add some color! Even if it’s with accessories,  a little color can go a long way to express your creativity and make you a memorable candidate, which is the whole point, right? Just don’t go overboard.

3. Ladies, wear closed-toes shoes– …and don’t think peep-toes count. Nobody wants to see your toenails when you cross your legs. Just because your flip-flops have heels does not make them appropriate for an interview.

4. Are you sure there’s nothing in your teeth? Did you miss a button when running out so quickly this morning? When asked if you need to use the restroom before the interview, take that opportunity to do a double check… just in case.

5. Send thank you notes… to everyone– Only a third of interviewers say they receive thank-you notes from candidates, so you’re already ahead of the pack if you send any, but some interviews can be held with several different interviewers. Get everyone’s card and send them all thank-you’s, extra points if you send one to the lady at the front desk, she may be having lunch with your interviewer very soon.

Have confidence, be prepared and good luck!

Top 5 Ways to get more connections on LinkedIn (for beginners)

April 23, 2009

You’ve accept the invitation, you’ve created a profile and you have 1 connection. Now what? First of all, let me congradulate you for getting this far and actually taking the first step into social media by signing up, but the whole point of social media is actually being social. Here’s how you can get more connections and continue to build your network:

1. Search out past and present coworkers– LinkedIn is a professional networking tool, so it makes sense to start gaining connections by adding your professional relationships. Make a list of 10-20 coworkers that you’ve had acquaintance-level or above-average connections with and search for them. If they have a common name, use the advanced search tool at the side to refine the location. Don’t be afraid to add bosses, managers, secretaries, clients, entry-levels and interns- you can benefit from connecting with all types of people in all types of positions.

2. Search out friends and family– Same deal as point #1. Cousin, uncles, grandmas (way to go grandma!), moms, mom’s friends- all great connections that are bound to have contacts in your field. Add away! I think I still have 20+ outstanding sent invitations.

3. Moniter connection update statuses– Your homepage basically gives you a status report of your connections everytime you log in of who your existing connections have recently connected with. More than likely, you will know some of these people. Log in every once in awhile to see if you can make any new connections.

4. Invite non-LinkedIn members to connect– Have a coworker that is a social butterfly? Send them an invitation to connect! If they know a lot of people, they can benefit from joining an online network and can, in result, benefit you.

5. Make sure you are available to connect with– Review your privacy settings to make sure you are easily accessible to others. Also, keep your contact information up-to-date in case any new connections would like to contact you.

Even if you aren’t currently looking for a job or new clients, continuing to build your network is a great tool to have when you are wanting to stay updated with trends in your industry and stay connected with the people of both your professional and personal life. Its not as hard as it looks- honestly, it seems like I gained 100 extended connections overnight by just connecting with my list of 20 coworkers.


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