What Is a Dream Job and How to Land It

The mechanics of finding a job has not changed in years with people finding jobs with little different from that of their grandparents. People complained then and now. The lack of jobs is only a small part of the problem. The greater part of the problem is the job search strategy.

First, let me cite some facts.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate for March 2015 held steady at 5.5% with the number of unemployed people at 8.6 million. In December 2007, just prior to the Great Recession, the unemployment rate was 5.0%. The graph of the unemployment and long-term unemployment rates from 1948 onward shows the most employed periods for three brief times. We are roughly at the medium unemployment rate.

Here is the graph that the Bureau of Labor Statistics put out.

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That pretty much means according to government statistics that anyone can have any job they want and that the “Great Recession” is over not just in name but in reality. One can argue that Starbucks thrives and luxurious coffee is should be the first to go, when tightening the purse/wallet.

Yet, finding a job, a real job, is as hard today than at any other time, more so now, for reasons that I frequently talk about: globalization (outsourcing, H1-B visas, etc.), the Internet, productivity improvements, a lack of the next big thing here in the States, and a declining education gap, when compared to the rest of the world.

In this article, I want to talk of only a couple of the issues, namely what is a dream job and proper strategies.

Let me start off by stating some facts:

  • Know thy self
  • Employers care about solving their problem
  • Most people are turned off by beginning sales and marketing tactics
  • One actually has to work a bit to get a job
  • Money is a byproduct, not the goal

I was more than a year into my bachelor’s degree. UCLA administrators started lecturing me about the need to declare a major. Other than a student and doing meaningless things, I had never been anything. I felt a degree had a direct correlation to what I wanted to do, but as I did not know what would make me happy, make lots of money, and what would excel at, I could not easily choose a profession. The solution to this dilemma was to choose a path, and the universe will correct the path, which it did.

Many people say they want to land their dream job, but few, when questioned directly, can truly site what that is. I have heard “bigger financial reward” as an answer, but money and a paycheck are byproducts. Employers hire the best candidate to solve their problem. People are the best, when they are motivated by their work.

Take two doctors. One doctor does his/her job, but talks about everything but chiropractic things. Evenings and free time get spent with everything but being a doctor. Radio, babies, parties, learning Spanish, talking with people, talking about how horrible vaccinations are, and a whole slew of other things are the course de jour.

The other doctor gets absorbed in his/her job. A patient (I in this case) asks a simple question, the next thing that I know, I get walked to a white board, where I get shown molecules, receptacles, and hear more about affinity and attraction than I ever wanted to know. There were a couple of minutes of DNA tossed into the mix too. A stupid thing to ask is “Did you read this article?” I cannot tell you that it took me a few times asking that question, before I realized how dumb it was. This person’s hobby is his/her profession. Nothing gets written or said without this person knowing it.

Which doctor would you want to treat you? I hope that you said the second. The best profession is that which involves your hobby and where you have an interest. The most successful people marry the two. Money flows from your interest.

Before anyone starts saying lawyers, I knew a person, who got a law degree, passed the bar, and had a hell of a time finding a job. Why? Their interest was not in law. Law was just something that happened.

That gets me to sales and marketing. Please do not play “sales and marketing”. To quote a famous line from the ancient (dinosaurs still did not exist on the planet) television series Dragnet: “Just the facts, ma´am; just the facts”.

Employers, recruiters, human resource personnel, and everyone in between:

  • Have only a couple of minutes to read a resume
  • Have many resumes to read
  • Hate to read
  • Loathe sales and marketing talk

The best sales and marketing pitch, comes when you genuinely have an interest in what you do. State the facts, and do not deviate from that. Lying is meaningless, because the truth is there for others to see.

Use social media and your resume to paint a picture. Do not glorify yourself with any embellishments. For instance, “I singlehandedly against great obstacles, figured out how to implement the project against others, who had a vested interest against the project succeeding. My efforts helped the company realize $2M in savings the first year alone. I then was able to implement productivity improvements leading to further savings.” My first thought when reading these types of statements is “thanks and no thanks”.

Do not talk of your personal life, unless it relates, and never go negative. Do not paint past employers in glowing or any other light. The interviewer does not care about your past companies, just what you did directly relate to your ability to solve a problem. Also, show an ability to adapt to the particulars of the situation, as no problem is ever the same.

To state the matter simply, your resume must not only show knowledge of the problem, but an interest in solving the problem, and relevant experience. You should show the same information everywhere, no matter where someone goes they should see the same thing.

If you know what your dream job is and have your documentation (resume, cover letter, social media, etc.) paint the picture that you are the expert, then you are a huge step closer to landing a position no matter the economic climate. The perfect climate starts with you.

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Sarah Weinberger is a professional career coach, software and systems engineer, and author. She can be contacted through the butterflyvista.com or careerarbalest.com.


Career and/or Job Search Burnout

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Although most people do not work hard or smartly enough in a job search, there is such a thing as over doing a job search and burning out. Burnout comes up on one slowly, and as such it may be hard to spot. The trick is doing proper self-reflection, living properly, and setting clearly articulated and reachable goals. Remember that just like employers have goals and problems to resolve, as do employees.  We each have needs. Finding a proper balance that deals with all the competing forces are key to health and happiness.

Recognizing Burnout

How can you tell if you have burnout? The answer is simple. Listen to yourself, how you talk to others, and what others say about you. You are with yourself 24×7, so you may not even realize that you have burnout.

The classic signs of burnout are short temperedness and irritability, lowered attentiveness, unable to recall information, and generally not being upbeat. You can snap at others for the smallest of things. Maybe being irritable while driving is not just because of too many vehicles on the road, but burnout.

The Employers

You can see that as Employers do look if you are upbeat. That is human nature, as nobody wants someone who will weigh them down (picture yourself with each half of the Titanic strapped to your legs) or needing rest and relaxation before they even start. Employers want candidates, who can hit the ground running and are at the top of their game and not someone who is irritable, tired, and needs time off before they even start.

You might even be working in a job, no job search, but if you have career burnout, then you can be a tragedy waiting to happen. Remember that employers do not care about you. They care about productivity and the resolution of their problem.

The Causes of Burnout

The obvious reason for burnout is simply piling on way too much on your plate in any day than what the mind and body can tolerate. Taking a day off during the week, whether you do or not, may not suffice for detox. Not taking a quiet hour before retiring for the night can also be a factor. We live in a wired world, where it is far too easy to be wired and going during all waking hours.

Another cause of burnout is trying to do too much. When we are younger, we have grandiose ideas of what we want to accomplish. When midlife hits and we realize that we did not do even half of what we originally set out to do, the temptation might be to double down and work harder or simply get sad. Taking time to reflect and ascertain priorities becomes a must. Do you hate what you are doing? Would taking time for a career change be in order? Maybe instead of looking for a job, more education might be the ticket. Now would be the time to pursue a dream, if it financially makes sense.

Remember that burnout is caused not just by working too much, but also can happen as the result of disliking what you are doing. If that is the case, your health and sanity might warrant a change in tactics. Issues in your personal life can also weigh you down and cause burnout and stress. A job search must take time to deal with these issues. Time is money, but not dealing with problems costs way more time and money than trying to bury the problems underneath a rug and pretending that they do not exist.

The Simple Solution

Much of the time, you can go further by taking a break. If movies are not your thing or you cannot afford that, then go for a walk or to the mall. Every job search should have regularly scheduled downtime, where you think and do something other than work. In the end, that will help your quest for employment. A job search should not be more than 10 to 11 hours of serious work a day.

The Prioritization and Reflection

What is necessary is to decide in priority order what you want to do and accomplish setting realistic goals and schedule. You should your day to accomplish these goals. Do not forget to factor in what would make you the most happy. What makes you the most happy may not be what brings in the most money, at least in the short to midterm, but will in the long-term. You will live longer too. Nothing ages a soul and body, like stress. Stress is good to a degree, but only to a degree.

If you do have stress, then take a deep breath and calm down. There is always a new day. That sounds like advice that one would ignore, but rushing to accomplish a task, taking shortcuts, being stressed, and being anything but methodical and precise will only exasperate the problem. The quickest road to success is through creating a proper game plan and then executing that plan. Discuss the plan with an outside person. You are too absorbed in your own situation to think clearly. Hire a career coach or talk to a friend, who is dispassionate and will advise you honestly. Be careful, as friends will tell you what you want to hear, not what you need to hear. They also know you very well and are, by definition, not very objective.

The Clearly Set Goals List and Daily Schedule

You may be surprised to learn that when you work to clearly set goals (not just big ones, but incremental steps towards accomplishing those goals) that you become a happier worker and have a different frame of mind. Be sure to create milestones for yourself and set rewards, big and small, for accomplishing milestones. They can be something small, like a walk around the block, or something larger. Set up a schedule for the day. Create harmony and a rhythm. That feeling of reward will give you the strength to push to the next goal and ultimately success.

The Physical Exercise Regimen

Do not forget to exercise. A healthy body is necessary for a healthy mind and reduced burnout. Workouts reduce stress, get the blood flowing, and help the mind focus. Eat properly, and make sure to get enough rest, but not too much.

Engineering principles apply to life, just as they do to an engineering project. Almost, I would call engineering principles as life principles, because how you tackle and resolve problems in life are the same than how you would handle them in engineering or solving a mystery.

You have to first understand the problem. You have to wrap your head around the problem at hand taking into account all external forces and issues. You have to write down the inputs, outputs, and define the black box function generator. You have to create plans, wire-frames, set goals, work connections, allocate resources, and methodically puzzle your way through. Rome was not built in a day, so nor are goals reached in a day.

You must also be in touch with yourself. You might want to take up meditation or yoga. The breathing exercises and stretching can help focus the mind and get you to properly self-reflect.

Remember to not bulldoze your way to a solution. Make course corrections and adjustments as necessary. Factor in feature creep wisely.

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How to handle a job loss?

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On the first day, have a good cry / moping session, catch your breath, because the following day starts a new and better chapter. The loss of a job means that your task completed or that you were not that good of a fit for your expertise. You might have done something wrong, or some sort of combination.

The other purpose to take a breather on the first day is that a job search requires a fresh look with no emotional baggage. The first day, maybe two depending upon the circumstance emotions are high, anxiety is high, and the reality has not yet fully set in. Wait for the dust to settle and prepare to start working mentally. A job search is a job in and of itself and will be quite different from the job that you just completed.

Before delving into the mechanics, I highly recommend to work with a professional career coach. Just as most projects are best done in a collaborative team environment and athletes use a coach, so should a job seeker use someone. A job seeker does not eat, breath, and sleep career searches, an expert does. I am a big fan of working smartly in teams and bouncing off ideas and getting feedback and opinions. There is also the side benefit of having someone else to impress. Think a teacher. The money spent will be made up by getting a more rewarding and fulfilling job sooner than later.

Summary of steps to follow:

  • Spend a portion of each day for a week writing down in a text document or piece of paper an honest assessment of what went right and wrong in your most recent position. Even if you feel that you are perfect, write down things that you could have done better. I want you to really hone in on your strengths and mostly your weaknesses.
  • Work out any personal issues as best as possible.
  • Ascertain what skills you have and what direction you want to pursue. What would make you happy and where do your passions lie? The best job is that which would make you happy and be enthusiastic for going to work. One has to be real and take into account that the best job is one that pays, is close, and brings in a steady and consistent paycheck. A big secondary is that you like the environment / colleagues.
  • Update your resume and online presence inclusive of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media.
  • Update your profile on the main job boards.
  • Apply to jobs online and directly through company portals.
  • Reach out to your network and recruiters.
  • Research companies that need your skill set.
  • Always keep in mind that looking for work is a harder task than working and not done one-hour per day, but rather 7 to 8 or more hours per day.
  • Create a message and network

Remember that personal and professional lives share a common trait, namely that people gravitate towards individuals that are honest, passionate, positive, and not self-absorbed. Think of how you can solve the others problems, not how they can solve yours. Money is a byproduct. Follow your heart, as it knows best, to a degree, but realities do take precedence. You may want to surf for a living, but being a legal assistant or lawyer is more financially prudent. The same goes for acting. For every one well-known actor, Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt, there are zillions more that have no name recognition. Life requires a consistent and steady cash flow not subject to variations.

You also have to take into account market realities. Is your current field flooded? Are there needs somewhere else? Is your skill set mostly outsourced or done overseas? Is your skills et outdated and either no longer needed or on its way out? Is your skills et seasonal (think of a construction worker)? You may want to create a short-term and long term plans. Maybe the short term is getting a part-time job and then going back to school and changing paths. You should weigh all these considerations and then run by your findings and thoughts by an independent person. You would be surprised how something sounds, when you say it to someone else besides just yourself.

Companies, much like people, are quite self-centered and have their interests and immediate problem at heart. When hiring managers put out a requisition, the reason is to fill a need. They need someone to solve a pressing problem. It is their misfortune (need) that is your good fortune. All interaction that you have with a company should answer their need and state why you are the best person to solve their problem rather than someone else. They do not care about previous employers, your needs, great projects that you did in the past, or anything beyond the narrow prism of the best person at the price that they can afford that can solve their problem and get them to the next step.

People also hate to read and do not have time to read novels. You will be lucky if your resume gets more than a 30-second glance. If you provide a summary, they will glance at that. The human resource manager, recruiter, or hiring manager will look at the timeline, companies, titles, and maybe a few bullet points or highlighted skills. If they feel that your resume is a novel, out it goes. Do keep that in mind. You write for someone else to read. Think what you would do if you had a stack of resumes to go through.

If you go in for an interview, be concise and to the point. Show them step by step, why you have what it takes to solve their problem. State their problem. Play with their problem, like a fiddler would show off his skills at fiddling to a rival.

Do research ahead of time. You must know your audience and the people with whom you will talk, as you do not want to talk above their heads or below it. You will be a standup comedian with an audience for all intent and purpose, just no jokes, all business. You do not want to use words that sound like gibberish. For all you Arrow fans, not everyone that you talk to will be as sharp and as fast as Felicity Smoke, the technology genius and nerd of the show.

The offer letter stage is also another part of the process. I wrote about this whole subject in another article.

A job search is hard and methodical work, totally glamorous, but there is a lot of ways that you can streamline and shorten the process. I talk about this process in other articles. One thing that I will say here is create small tasks and rewards. Create schedules and reward yourself in small ways for accomplishing goals. If you have Microsoft Project, you might want to create a project schedule for yourself with dates and timelines. Fill it out complete with milestones.

A good job search is not done from the confines of your home office chair. Finding a job is an active job, not passive. Anything done at home is passive. You can send out emails left and right, but people respond to handshakes and eye-to-eye contact. Go to groups and network. Learn to speak. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Be honest. Nobody likes a liar. Omissions are lies.

My last comment is to try to make the process fun. The first stanza to the song, “A Spoonful of Sugar” from Disney’s Mary Poppins rings true. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and snap! The job’s a game.” The Sherman brothers, Robert and Richard, knew what they were talking about.

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How to Negotiate Salary

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Tips from Career Coach Sarah Weinberger on negotiating a better salary.

In order to emerge from the interviewing process a winner and reach your earning potential, you must be prepared to do homework and work.

First of all, do not discuss salary. The employer should want you. Discuss what you can do for them and how you are valuable to them. The reason that an employer asks you salary information is they want to know how little they can pay you. They do not want to quote a price higher than what you currently make. They know very well the price range for the position. The other reason often cited by employers is that they want to know if the candidate is in their price range. Everyone has enough money for the right person. They also know the salary range for the position at hand. They can do the math of the seniority of that person and their expertise in the area.

The amount on the offer letter is a reflection of how much they feel that you are worth to them. The first number, the starting point, says a lot. A company that is truly interested in you for the long-term will pay, so that they snap you up. If they want to negotiate and go into haggling, the bargaining can work against the candidate in the future, because even if they pay, they might feel that they are overpaying and build resentment, even subconsciously. If not, it can show that they are cheap and into playing games.

I once received an offer letter from a company and they gave me a low-ball figure with the statement that the amount is final. The salary offered was a very, very lowball figure, below that of even a starting engineer, let alone a senior software and systems engineer. I turned it down. The employer came back with the statement that the hiring manager talked to the CEO and they went over their finances and were able to get a few more dollars. The offer was still low. This game went on for three rounds, and in the end, I turned down the offer. I knew what I was worth. A couple of weeks later, I started work at a different company, a bit further, but several times that earlier offer. A candidate must do research and know how much they are worth. A candidate should know what they are wroth in perks too and how that compares to others (for instance a private office, dedicated parking spot, extra time off, flex time, etc.).

During the interview be sure to listen to what the interviewers say about the position, not just the text posted in the requisition. Go home and do your homework on how you fit the extra points not mentioned. Be sure to write down concrete facts. Keep this information for the following conversation after you receive an offer letter. When the negotiating time comes, you want to call out everything that you bring to the table, not just the specific points raised in the requisition. You want to show them concretely what you can do for them that they may not have realized.

Never say yes or no immediately. Ask to wait a week or so to give yourself a chance to cool off and do research, not just on all the additional tasks required for the position, but doing research for salary ranges in your area for similar position.

Request a follow-up meeting to discuss the offer letter. Never highball, as that is a turn off, but if you feel and know that you are worth more, say so and then cite the facts getting down to business. You may want to remember that time is money, so if they balk at money, maybe you can get something in kind, extra vacation or whatever. The reason that I say “time is money,” is because there is also the reality that the longer that you do not work, the more money flies out the window. If you turn down a salary for $500 per year, but will be out of work for one-month, you may lose more in the longer term than what you might gain. When negotiating, you must keep immediate, short, and long-term goals and benefits in mind.

When you go into negotiate, first start off with a soft question, one that does not mean anything, something that you already know the answer to, such as when you can get a 401K match. The answer, as you can easily research, is always 6-months. The second question should be another easy question. The third question should be your top priority. Have your priorities written out before you come into negotiate the salary.

All employers expect that candidates to negotiate. That is part of the process. In fact, employers see candidates who negotiate as high performers, who value themselves. That might be another reason for them to give you a lower salary to start. They want to know if you value yourself.

Do remind the hiring manager all that you bring to the table and why you are the expert that can solve their problem and take responsibility for solving their problem.

Saying no and declining the offer letter is also an option. Show that you are definitely interested in the position, both through expression and in deed, but if you are worth more, then say so and turn it down. I know from personal experience back in 2005 that an employer much of the time for a right fit will come back. I had this one employer come back to me with two additional offers. Be prepared to walk. Never sell yourself short, as that is a recipe disaster.

Do not get discouraged by comments like: “We are happy that you would like to work with us, however the salary that we budgeted (the key word here) for this position is what we offered.” Know when to not back down and stand firm, but also know when to negotiate or get something in kind. Do your homework ahead of time.

Lastly, practice speaking and talking. Winning friends and influencing people, is an art and not a skill that one comes by through birth.

  • Do your homework
  • All salaries and benefits are negotiable
  • Make a counter offer (might include little or no extra money but add benefits)
  • Make a positive impression and iterate how you can solve their problem
  • Explain how you help their bottom line, but do not make this a discussion of you and how you are perfect and the best
  • If you want to grow and do more as you get familiar with things, mention that
  • Always be courteous, respectful, kind, and good-natured

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How to Properly Do a Job Interview

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Tips from Career Coach Sarah Weinberger on interviewing techniques.

The standard approach to an interview is to just show up and roll with the flow. Some people might rehearse possible questions, but that is usually as far as it goes. In this article, I will talk about the proper way to prepare for and handle an interview.

Before going into details, let us step back and think of something familiar. Think of a stand-up comedian, famous or not. Comedians come in all forms and with all different types of dialogue. Here is what all comedians have in common. They all get an audience that is relatively unknown. They must dynamically assess whether they have or lost their audience. They have to not only build a relationship with the audience, but they have to win them over. They have to prepare, know their material, dress appropriately, and most importantly tell a story. All people are conditioned from childhood to love stories. Being able to read nuances is critical, because once you lost your audience, then the game is over.

Another way to phrase the concept of telling a story is to paint a picture. In an interview setting, the employer does not want to hear long drawn out tales with irrelevant information. They want short, clear, and concise answers to their questions. All questions drive to one point, to help them gauge whether or not the interviewee is the best candidate to solve their problem. The interviewee must paint the picture, much like a comedian, that they are the best person. They must win over their audience.

The Hopefully Obvious

The first rule is always dress to impress. Older job seekers tend to learn this lesson, but the younger set, those graduating from college or still in college, do not always follow this rule choosing many times go in school / street clothes. When questioned, the response usually comes back that they asked their parents how to dress and the parents told them that they are students, obviously students, and should dress as such. Many times that includes athletic shoes, flip flops, or sandals. These shoes and clothes are never appropriate. You have to impress upon the perspective employer that you are serious, mean business, and have a desire to impress them in a good way.

Do not chew gum or go with lose papers. Spit out your gum before meeting anyone. Have some sort of professional looking case. I do not want to say briefcase, but something that looks sharp. Turn off your cell phone and other electronic gadgets that can distract you or make noise.

The Preparation

Do research on the company prior to going there and research the position a bit, more so than what the requisition says. You may want to research the hiring group and see what the product(s) the group, with whom you will interview, produces. Determine the real expertise needed. Most often the manager, who wrote the requisition, is not technical and may not realize all aspects of the task.

See how you fit that position. Live that position in your mind. See how all your skills fit that position. Find your strengths and weaknesses. Address any weaknesses at this stage. You may want to create your own modified requisition that includes additional information that you should mention that you have, which are relevant.

Create a list of questions that you want to ask. It does not matter that you know, or think you know, all the answers. You want to show the employer that you are interested in the position and that you did your homework.

Get the names ahead of time of all the individuals with whom you will meet. Look them up on social media. See what are their likes, dislikes, passions, experience, and everything else. Do for them what they will do for you. If you see that one plays a killer saxophone and loves Jazz, while you play the drums and love Jazz just as much, then you have something in common with which to “break the ice,” and show that you are not such an unknown. Connect with them on social media. That shows that you are serious about the position and gives you a few minutes extra attention.

You must show that you did your homework and are on top of all the facts.

The Resume

Resumes at most initially get about a 30-second read, where the person reads experience, any summary, and job titles. If the experience and skillset bullets are not verbose, those will get glanced at. Prior to an interview, the interviewer will again briefly look at the resume.

Have several copies each of two different versions of your resume handy, one that shows a summary of your skills that someone can understand by glancing at the document, and the other should be a more detailed version that addresses the questions that you think the employer might ask. You should also have a copy of the resume that you already sent the employer.

Every part of every resume needs to answer the question: “Why are you the best to solve my specific problem?” Employers are not interested in information perceived to be irrelevant to their requisition. It is the job of the interviewee to specifically state why any information that can be construed as not directly related applies.

The Lies

If you do not know something, do not lie. Simply say that you do not know, but can easily find out, or state a possible answer and then add that you are not sure, but the answer was an educated guess.

An Omission is also a lie by another name. The employer will try and read you. If they sense that something is off or that you hide something, be it professionally or personally, which they feel might affect your work, they will assume the worst. More likely, they will disqualify you because of that and pass on you. Employers want individuals that they can trust.

You are a stranger and initially are an unknown. That is why many hires come by way of recommendations from existing employees or friends. That bridges the unknown by one step. That obviously does not say that the person is good, but that is hiring psychology at work. Being honest and upfront goes a long way towards instilling trust.

By asking you in, he/she assumes that you already know the material. You have to prove him/her wrong on that. The employer also must determine if you are genuine, he/she can trust you, and if you are a team player.

The Fun Stuff

You may want to bring some sort of show and tell to show your skills. You should have some sort of portfolio that shows whom you are, what you did, and what you can do for them. Be creative and have fun on this part.

Do not blab on and on. Try and keep the conversation precise but friendly. Some small talk is always nice. You should look around and see your environment. Be aware of your surroundings and cognizant of your earlier research. Do you see a model of the Star Ship Enterprise or the Death Star? A small conversation at the end on something different could liven up the mood and put a smile on the interviewer. You want to see if you have anything, where the two of you can bond.

The End

You should always write down the interview afterwards jotting down everything that was asked and answered. If you were given any test, then you should write down the questions. Review what was said and the answers that you gave. This information will come in handy for the next interview.

The interview is not done, when you walk out the door. Write everyone back an email later on that day and thank them for interviewing you. Do send out a snail mail physical thank you card. Remind them in each case the highlights why you are the best and address any negatives in a positive manner.

Lastly, believe, think, and say that you want the job. If you do not really want the job, then move on. Going into a position that will make you unhappy, can only prolong your suffering.

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