WiseWolf’s Tip on Monday: Don’t be Diffident About Asking For a Reference

goldfish jumping out of the waterLet us take as read that employers expect to be asked to give a reference.

Don’t feel diffident about asking others who can vouch for your work or your character. People usually feel flattered to be asked.

Don’t give their names until they have agreed. Then let them know each time you mention them. Tell them a little about the vacancy and why you think you are a good fit. Make it easy for them to help you.

Don’t feel offended if they say no.  Perhaps they just feel they don’t know you well enough.

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Beware the Interview Bully!

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 Career Coach, Life Coach and Writer

As a career coach, I hear all kinds of stories about the whims, fancies and bad behaviour of employers/managers. Often, the lack of imagination or self-interest exhibited appalls me. Why having taken the trouble to seek out a good employee, would you not want to manage them in a way that allows them to give their best?

Unfortunately, employers/managers can be as troubled as the rest of us by lack of confidence or self-esteem and the need to prove our power at the expense of others.

Often, people find themselves working for a poor boss in a job they otherwise love that pays well. And advising them is one of the greatest challenges I face as a coach. Leaving a good, well-paid, job to face unemployment isn’t the first choice for anyone.

I do think, though, you should think carefully about taking a job for an employer when it has been clear at the interview that there are may be problems.

Some potential bosses behave so badly during the interview that I don’t understand why more candidates don’t walk out there and then.

I hear a lot of stories about interviewers performing dubiously. The interviewer who doesn’t listen to your answers, may be the least of the challenges. Questions can verge on the edge of illegal discrimination, sometimes crossing the line. I have had heard reports of questioning so insistent and aggressive, it amounted to bullying.

In my view, in those circumstances, not only don’t you take the job, it is reasonable to quit the interview at that point.

I understand that people may be desperate to find work. But a potential employer, who behaves badly at an interview, is unlikely to turn into a good boss once you start the job. Think carefully before you decide the package is so attractive, you will take a chance you may live to regret bitterly.

You might want to see also my post on the jealous boss at this link

I wish all those starting out on or a continuing a job search this week every success.

If you are thinking about coaching, and we coaches really can add value to your job search, I would love to talk to you.

Warm regards

Wendy
wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com
http://wisewolfcoaching.com
UK: +44 (0) 2081239146
US: +1 262 317 9016
Mobile: +44 (0) 7867681439 IM: wendymason14 (Skype)

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Think about why a company would be asking for your salary history

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Below is a link to a very useful post for the job seeker from  Jennnifer L. Beightley, MNM, CFRE which appeared yesterday on LinkedIn

What Should You Say When They Ask For Your Salary History?

… I want you to think about why a company would be asking for your salary history. They do this for two reasons, that I can tell. First, they want to use your salary history as a way to weed you out if you are asking far above what they are willing to pay, thinking that you overvalue yourself, or they want to weed you out if you are asking far below what they are willing to pay, thinking that you undervalue yourself and therefore are probably not up to snuff. Second, if you are close enough, and they like you, and you get to the offer stage, they will base the offer they will make to you on your previous salary.

So what is the problem with this?…”

Find Jennifer’s answer at this link;   http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141006135152-41404808-should-you-reveal-your-salary-history

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WiseWolf’s Tip on Monday; Keep Your CV Fresh

WiseWolf’s Tip on Monday; Keep Your CV Fresh

goldfish jumping out of the water Career Coach, Life Coach and Writer

Treat your CV/Resume as a living document. Don’t let its usefulness whither with neglect.

Even when you are in work, review your CV regularly. Take pride in what it says and bring it up to-date with new achievements. Take time to read it again for possible improvements.

Do the same for you LinkedIn profile – you never know when a headhunter might spot you for that special opportunity.

The time you invest won’t be wasted – you will find there is always an improvement to be made.

 

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How to be on time!

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Here is a great post from Quartz on how to challenge a tendency to always be late!

“Lateness says volumes about your character and work ethic, and from a corporate standpoint it can cost billions of dollars. In the US alone, one in six workers reported being late at least once a week, and a third of employers say they have fired an employee for lateness, according to a 2011 survey. An earlier survey found that CEOs are late to eight out of 10 meetings—and that when they’re late every day by just 10 minutes, that adds up to $90 billion in lost productivity.

 Here are some ways to help identify the root causes of tardiness, and tricks to lessen the stress and at times humiliation of showing up late:…”

You can read the rest of this post at this link http://qz.com/260248/the-complete-guide-to-being-on-time/

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The Job Interviewer’s Perspective

DWT-JUDGE-2The Job Interviewer’s Perspective

 Career Coach, Life Coach and Writer

I’ve spent a fair amount of time being interviewed but I’ve spent a lot more time on the other side of the table. As a civil servant I sat on old style promotion boards for very large departments. Sometimes that meant two and, occasionally, three weeks interviewing from nine in the morning until 5.30 at night. More recently, I’ve also done my fair share of recruitment interviewing and interviewing people on promotion to particular jobs. The experience has been enlightening.

I’ve learned for example that it isn’t only the candidates who need to prepare for the interview. Of course, like candidates, not all interviewers do prepare. But it wise to do so if you and your organization are likely to suffer the consequences of a poor decision.

I didn’t expect so many interviewers to suffer from performance nerves before the interviews. Most interviewers are concerned to do a good a job and no one wants to look incompetent to candidates or fellow interviewers.

There is a unique internal dynamic to each interviewing panel. If the panel, and the candidates, are lucky there is an experienced panel chair who knows how to get the interviewers working together as a team. Chairing a panel requires leadership and management skills. Sadly, of course, many panels don’t have the benefit of good leadership. Individual panel members come to the interview with their own perspective on what is required. Good leadership means achieving a common view. It is almost inevitable though that there will be some differences of opinion.

So, now, there you sit, having had a discussion with your fellow interviewers about the competencies required for this role and how you will test them. In comes the first candidate and you get to work. What is it that marks someone out as special?

Well, if you ask the right questions, you’ll have the facts you need about competence. But there is something else. What you remember afterwards are the candidates who engaged with you and showed a real interest in the work and the organization. And, of course, they had done their homework. If you are serious about being good interviewer, you prepare for the interview, so, naturally, you expect the candidates to show that they have done the same.

I wish all those starting out on or a continuing a job search this week every success.

If you are thinking about coaching, and we coaches really can add value to your job search, I would love to talk to you.

Warm regards

Wendy
wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com
http://wisewolfcoaching.com
UK: +44 (0) 2081239146
US: +1 262 317 9016
Mobile: +44 (0) 7867681439 IM: wendymason14 (Skype)

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