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July 2012 Archives


Given the economy, many of us are so happy to get a job offer, that we jump at the opportunity without having all the information we need to be successful in the new position. This is the time to pause, reflect and think of what you need to know.  Following are some key questions to ask yourself in order to make an informed decision prior to accepting a job offer:

1. Do I clearly know what is expected of me?

2. Do I have the resources I need to accomplish the goals of the job?

3. Is my supervisor invested in my success?

4. Does my supervisor have the ability to provide me with support?

5. What is the likelihood that I can be successful in this job?




recruiterpic.pngAre you intimidated by the prospect of doing an informational interview?  Do you worry about how to get started or what to say?  If so, you're not alone.  Many people initially feel awkward when they begin this aspect of job search.  Don't let your anxiety get the best of you.  Check out these 5 Tips for Non-Awkward Informational Interviews

Find even more information about informational interviews on Optimize Your Networking in the CEC's Career Toolkit.


Are you looking for something inspiring to read this summer? Read about the personal lives of 41 famous women who write letters to the women they once were. It's filled with pearls of wisdom, advice and insights they wish they had. Today show correpsondent, Ann Curry, writes to herself as a rookie reporter in her first job, telling herself not to change so much to fit in, urging her younger self. " It is time to be bold with who you really are." Country music superstar, Lee Ann Womack reflects on the stressed-out year recording her first album and encourages her younger self to enjoy the moment, not just the end result." Read eye-opening stories from Maya Angelou, Cokie Roberts, Madeleine Albright, Beverly Sils, Eileen Fisher, etc.

To read about Ellyn Spragin's book, click here.


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Research more than just the organization's websiteGoogle the employer, as well as the interviewer(s). Most importantly, network for more information! Ask everyone you know if they have contacts familiar with the employer.


Prepare answers for these frequently asked questions:

  • Tell me about yourself (as it pertains to this job).
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What's your greatest weakness/area to improve?
  • What are your goals for the future?
  • Why do you want to work here?

Review your accomplishments to answer popular behavioral interview questions designed to determine how you might handle challenging situations. The premise is that past behaviors are often an indicator of future success.

  • Tell me about a time when you...

         -worked effectively under pressure.
         -encountered a difficult situation with a co-worker or customer and how you resolved it.
         -anticipated a potential problem and developed preventative measures.
         -had to keep on top of multiple projects.
         -created an innovative solution to a challenge your team/department was facing.


Practice your answers out loud
with a friend, and meet with a CEC career coach for a practice interviewer to gain professional feedback and coaching . 


Check out "Explore Our Career Toolkit" on the CEC website, and scroll to "Prepare to Interview" for additional information and resources.