Easing Your Transition Back Into the Workforce
by Robin Ryan
Motherhood is inarguably one of the hardest and most underpaid jobs in the world. As challenging and fulfilling as this role may be, many women who have left the workforce to become full-time mothers find themselves needing to rejoin it. In celebration of Mother's Day, below are some tips for moms in the process of embarking on a fresh start in their careers.
Don't Fear the Interview
You logged in countless hours online conducting your job search, networked thoroughly and tirelessly, sent out reams of resumes, and now you landed an interview. Congratulations. The stage is set and now all you've got to do is remember your lines and perform. Trouble is, you're worried about coming down with a major case of stage fright in the middle of your performance. Don't worry — there are concrete things you can do to quell your worst fears and turn your experience into It's a Wonderful Interview instead of Interview with a Vampire.
Competency–Based Interviews: Master the Tough New Interview Style and Give Them the Answers That Will Win You the Job
by Robin Kessler
Interviews have evolved over the years and now it's not unheard of to undergo a battery of phone interviews before you talk in person or for employers to conduct interviews over the Internet. Thus, a good book on interviewing gives insight relevant to the current business climate. Competency–Based Interviews offers state–of–the–art advice and delivers on the promise of its title. Knowing what the interviewer is looking for diminishes the element of surprise that can catch candidates off guard during their interviews. Anyone who is serious about mastering the new style and succeeding when it counts will get a lot out of Kessler's book.
Q. I'm applying to a job, and in the ad, they ask for a salary history. I'd heard you aren't supposed to talk about salary so early in the process. Should I just leave that out or do I have to include it?
A. If you're working with AppleOne, then they should always be the ones talking about money with any prospective employer, so we're going to assume that this is a job you've found and are pursuing on your own. With that said, leaving it out would be a pretty big gamble. There are some hiring managers who would immediately eliminate you from consideration because you didn't completely follow the instructions they detailed in their ad. Many others wouldn't be such sticklers, but then you never know what type of person you're dealing with until you've had a chance to meet with them.
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