Searching for work can be exhausting. A lot of physical and emotional energy goes into the process - from sending out resumes to preparing for interviews to working the networking game. Putting in this much effort and not always getting great results can negatively impact a job seeker’s physical and mental health.
When preparing for an interview, we often forget to think about what we need to know to make a decision if we are offered a job. We get nervous about answering the interviewer's questions correctly. While it is important to prepare answers to prepare for potential behavioral-based interviewing questions, it is just as important to prepare a list of questions you want to ask the potential employer.
“’Know your numbers’ is a fundamental precept of business.” — Bill Gates
“If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.” — Yogi Berra
If you get offered the job, that’s good news, but maybe it’s not exactly perfect. You might be wondering if you could ask for more and what you could negotiate. The short answer is that it’s all negotiable.
“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out” — Ronald Reagan
Think about this - during your job search, have you noticed more and more job listings for freelance or contract positions?
"The art of communication is the language of leadership." — James Humes
“Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.” — John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 20 January, 1961
“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” — Lee Iacocca
“If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” — Daniel Goleman
One of the most important steps during a career transition is developing a clear and concise professional brand. Many people struggle with this because they aren’t sure how to talk about themselves and they don’t want to feel “fake.”