Tasty treats for tricky interviews

September 2, 2020 Categorized in: Advancement

Knocking on a hiring manager’s door can feel unnerving, especially when self-doubt creeps in and you’re afraid of being dished ghastly tricks instead of treats. These strategies will help you maneuver through loaded questions and sell yourself confidently.
It seems like a cop-out when a supervisor tells you they’ll be happy to give you a recommendation letter, but they don’t want to actually write it. This leaves you in the awkward position of praising yourself in the third person! These tips will help you power through this awkward task.
Question: “I have been asked by a potential employer to record a 3-minute video to introduce myself, explaining my goals and why I would be a good fit. Eek! I’ve never done this before and I’m very stiff on camera. Any tips on how to make myself seem more real and personable?”
Question: I have an 18-month gap on my résumé from a layoff and am not sure how to present it in a good light. Did you ever have one of these pesky gaps?

When a headhunter contacts you

February 26, 2020 Categorized in: Advancement

You may not think you’ll ever hear from a headhunter, but executive recruiter Michael Zinn suggests that you’re wrong. Headhunters never rest, and if you’re good at what you do, you’ll someday get contacted. So, how should you respond?
Creativity, teamwork, determination, adaptability, patience, empathic listening and the ability to develop a heart-centered connection with others have catapulted my performance and marketability through the years.

The lowdown on getting certified

January 2, 2020 Categorized in: Advancement

One measurable way to exhibit your wide range of skills is to obtain a certification from the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
You don’t have to be a lawyer or a paralegal to work at a law firm. Legal offices and partnerships rely on great assistants and support teams to keep them running smoothly. Whether you’re considering a position at a law firm or already work in a legal environment, here are some ideas and principles to keep in mind.

’Tis the season to advance your career

December 5, 2019 Categorized in: Advancement

Did you know the holidays can be the perfect time to boost your career? Between gift-giving and office parties, there are plenty of opportunities to get people to remember who you are and where your career interests lie. Here are a few potential opportunities.

About to ask for a raise? First, a test

October 31, 2019 Categorized in: Advancement

You’re getting ready to do the confident walk into the boss’s office to explain why the time for an increase in pay is now. But before you do, document the four trips to that office you make in the weeks leading up to “the talk.”

Who’s on your ‘reinvention board’?

October 10, 2019 Categorized in: Advancement

Is it time for a new job? What about a whole new career? Sound daunting? In the book The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention, author Pamela Mitchell walks us through the process of career reinvention.

Beware overapplying for jobs

August 1, 2019 Categorized in: Advancement

Cheryl Hyatt of Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search recruits senior-administrative professionals. Here’s her advice on the job application process.
Looking for the company to pony up for your continued training? Here are the basics for making your case.