There’s this amazing thing called The Informational Interview, and it is a blessing to all job seekers in Buffalo, NY. The informational interview is simply an interview with someone that is at a company you would like to work, in a field that interests you, or is knowledgeable on a particular subject. But, the most important thing you must remember about all informational interviews is to never ask for a job or expect one to come from it. They are only to learn from the person you are meeting.
I’ve been a big fan of checklists for years. They offer a fast and easy way to see the steps involved to any goal or project. Finding jobs in Buffalo is no exception. These are the most common steps you’ll take in your job hunt. I like to use them as milestones and confidence boosters because I feel one step closer to my goal every time I cross one off.
You are at the registration table of a networking event, you quickly scribble your name on a blank name tag, and then slap it onto your left shoulder. Big mistake. You just missed out on networking effectively. Your name tag is a great networking tool that should be made with some smart thinking.
Now that you have learned how to create and super charge your elevator speech. Here is a quick, yet very effective template to use. This script will help you simplify and laser focus your speech into a clear and concise personal commercial so you can communicate to anyone your skills and desired employment. Continue reading
Quick! You’ve just met somebody, and they are that crucial contact you were looking for in your job search. Now, what do you say to them? How can you convey to this person who you are and what you are looking for? Easy, use an elevator speech. It’s the 30-second mini-commercial about yourself, and a great tool to to extend your own personal brand to anyone you meet. Whether you are helping some random stranger, bumping into someone at a networking event, or having lunch with for an informational interview, have this speech ready.
I’ve added detailed tips on how to handle job hunting in Buffalo & WNY here as a quick reference guide. It’s a tough world out there for job seekers, but by following these tips, you can stand out from the competition and crush it. What I found best to get a job is to be vigilante and connect to as many people as possible. There are so many tactics out there to find jobs but they all boil down fundamentals that I include in the quick cheat sheet. Continue reading
The Panel interview will consist of you and a group of people from the hiring company. Usually, it is three people, and it varies who these people are. Sometimes is three managers, including the one you will be working with, or it could be one person from HR, a team lead, and the dept. manager. The first thing to know about Panel interviews and all interviews it to be prepared. If you haven’t read the post on How to Prepare for an Interview I recommend it.
When it comes to interviewing for a job, most people dread it. They even say that they hate it, and it’s a waste of time because you are asked useless questions. Then, you are made to do it all over again for a second or third round of interviews, where you have to repeat the same information over again. Well, if you have an inexperienced interviewer who just uses Google to pick questions to ask, then Yes, it is most likely a waste of everyone’s time. If the interviewer truly knows why they are asking each question, then it is a great opportunity for everyone to learn about each other to see if the new relationship will be a good match.
The most important thing to have on LinkedIn is a great profile. This means having your profile completeness as close to 100% as possible. It isn’t hard to accomplish this so keep working at it until you are there. A complete LinkedIn profile will have all the information someone will need to learn about you and what you do or want to do. It is a provider of numerous benefits.
LinkedIn is a great tool to find jobs in Buffalo and WNY. It has become great place to build your online identity and connect with other professionals. I include my LinkedIn profile on my Resume in lieu of my home address.