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Cocky or Confident? A Fine Line That Can Make or Break an Interview

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on October 1st, 2015 at 4:39 am

A few weeks ago, I sent a candidate on an interview that didn’t go very well. My client thought he was cocky and rejected him.
This got me thinking. Exuding just the right amount of confidence is incredibly important when interviewing for a job. Like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, some of us ooze too much, some too little and then there are those who are juuuuust right! On an interview, you’ve got to walk a fine line, promoting your ability to do the job at hand without getting all Donald Trumpy.
Let’s start at the beginning -- when you meet the Receptionist. A confident person will introduce herself, smile, and maybe dabble in a little bit of conversation while waiting for the interviewer to show up. A cocky person states “Jane Turkewitz here to see Joe Shmoe,” without attempting to show any interest in the person behind the desk. This is not necessarily a deal killer because, maybe the Receptionist is busy and doesn’t have time for you anyhow. But, being rude to a Receptionist — or talking down to one — is definitely in bad form... Read more

How To Find Out if You’re Walking Into A Shit Show With This New Job

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on August 10th, 2015 at 8:08 am

This morning, I penned an email to a friend who works for a mobile tech firm to see if I could help him out on any roles. Just before I hit the “send” button, I decided to visit his LinkedIn page, to make sure he was still employed with that company. And, it’s a good thing I checked, because, sure enough, he was not. He lasted 6 months.
Can’t say I was too surprised. Job-hopping in digital media, mobile and ad tech has gotten so bad that I now think staying with a company for 1 year is a good thing.
The market is too volatile.  False promises are made. Revenue goals aren’t met. Management keeps changing. Business directives keep pivoting. And, so on.
Some of this stuff just happens in the land of start-ups. It’s called “growing pains.” But, some of it happens because of a disease that has infected the culture, starting from the upper echelons and spreading down. A company-wide Ebola that doesn’t make people bleed out, but burn out. Fast. As executive teams scramble to make their Boards happy, they panic and start making impetuous decisions that affect their entire workforce. It's this “fly by the seat of your... Read more

Learn to Surf. Climb a Mountain. Have Some Tequila. It’s Your Vacation —Leave the Phone Alone. Here’s How…

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on August 5th, 2015 at 11:21 am

Are smart phones awesome or do they suck? I don’t think I’ve ever had a love-hate relationship with anything more than my iPhone. On the one hand, I use it to track exercise mileage, check the weekend weather at the Jersey shore, watch a movie, listen to music, read email, and so on.  On the other hand, this damn, wondrous piece of technology has made it virtually impossible for me to leave my office. Ever.
Before the advent of the smart phone, we used to be able to take a vacation. I mean, really take a vacation.  No emails, no texts, no phone calls from your office mates.  I submit that you can still do this IF YOU WANT TO. And, frankly all bosses out there should INSIST that their employees unplug. If employers let their staff truly decompress and leave the office behind for a week or, GASP, perhaps two, employees would come back rejuvenated, re-energized, and ready to contribute, vs. “getting back to the grind.”
But, in order to actually unplug, people need to take a series of necessary steps to make sure they are covered in the office.
What’s the best way to do this?  Write a thorough status report... Read more

Dumb Mistakes Candidates Make While Job Hunting

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on April 14th, 2015 at 4:38 am

From resumes to references, I have seen candidates do some pretty stupid – but fixable — things to hamper their efforts at getting a new job. While some of the mistakes highlighted below might illicit a quick “doh!” from my readers, others are simply douchey.
Resume Mistakes
One of my favorite mistakes is when someone sends me a resume after using Word’s “track changes,” forgetting to hit “save all.” The resume, when opened, is red-lined and I can see all the edits and “stets.” I applaud the effort to edit one self, but sending a marked up resume is just down right sloppy.
Also, your resume should be easily searchable once downloaded. So putting your name on the file itself is key. FirstNameLastNameResume.doc will do. Remember, you are not the only person applying for a job. Don’t make the hiring manager or recruiter have to chase their tail to find yours once downloaded
Email Mistakes
If you are initially communicating with a hiring manager or recruiter on your work email, migrate the conversation to a personal one quickly. While I’d like to think big brother (or your boss) isn’t... Read more

10 Ways Candidates Bomb Their Interviews

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on November 10th, 2014 at 7:28 am

A few weeks ago I penned a piece entitled: “F@!*ing Recruiters! The Top 10 Reasons Candidates Hate Them So Much!” I promised to follow up with a piece on candidates and the biggest mistakes they make when interviewing. The following is based on feedback I’ve received time and time again from talent acquisition specialists and hiring managers that I have worked with.

“I felt like the candidate was interviewing me, firing question upon question, without giving me a chance to understand what he could bring to the table. It was a turn off.” It’s true that interviewing is a two-way process. However, candidates can’t go into an interview so confident that they come off cocky. There’s a difference between asking questions about the position or the company’s growth strategies, vs. a line of questions that indicate you are not convinced of the company’s value proposition. Hiring managers and talent acquisition specialists want to know that you are sitting across from them because you are excited about potentially being part of that company’s human fabric. While you clearly want to make sure that the ... Read more