Is it really necessary for interviewers to torture us with such difficult questions? (TPOY021)

We sometimes imagine interviews as a meeting where we are trying to be oh-so-perfect and the interviewer is trying to outwit us by asking difficult questions they learned in classes in advanced cruelty.  While I cannot vouch for all interviewers, this microcast presents some ways to make difficult questions easier to address.


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What questions should I be asking in an interview? (TPOY020)

When we prepare for an interview it can feel a lot like cramming for finals.  In a final exam we have to have the right answers to pass.  As important as preparing answers is for an interview, it is not the only thing we need to focus on.  We also need to find out about the job we are interviewing for and determine if it is one we want.  This microcast focuses on questions we can ask in an interview.

I have received a job offer and want to negotiate my salary. What is the best way to approach the negotiation? (TPOY019)

With all that we have to do to get to the point where we receive a job offer, it is easy not to be prepared when it finally comes.  This microcast provides guidelines on how to handle the negotiation so that it turns out for the best for both parties.

How can I avoid the ‘salary’ question? (TPOY018)

We are all concerned that we might be disqualified from a potentially great job because we mention a salary that is too high or too low.  Except for external recruiters, with whom we need to share out salary, we will want to avoid the question as best we can.  This microcast addresses some ways to deal with questions about our salary, whether it is a past salary or what we are seeking.

My job campaign takes me in a million directions; what suggestions do you have for keeping myself organized? (TPOY017)

With building our network, thanking people we have spoken to, responding to ads, keeping track of our mail campaigns, researching organizations we are interviewing with, keeping track of versions of our resume, developing pitches or intros for different situations, exploring new career ideas and new companies to look into, revisiting our priorities, looking into long and short-term options, informing our fans of progress, following industry news and trends and somehow finding time for the rest of our life, we need all the help we can get to be efficient in our job campaign time.  This week’s microcast gives a suggestion of how to do that.

How can I keep up my morale when my job campaign is so discouraging and seems never-ending? (TPOY016)

There are many reasons why seeking work feels so hopeless.  Besides our increasing insecurity due to the lack of a paycheck, we have lower self-esteem since we are no longer contributing in the way that work allows.  Add to that, entering into a process where rejections are the norm, and we might have good reason to be discouraged.  This microcast offers approaches and changes in point of view that can moderate some of that unpleasantness and let us find some more acceptable ways to be in the job market.

What can I do to make myself visible on LinkedIn? (TPOY015)

With all the pressures of a job campaign, our time is at a premium.  Anything we can do to save time is worth investing in.  LinkedIn should be at the top of that list as it is the go-to place for professional social media.  This microcast covers how to establish your LinkedIn presence.  For how to use LinkedIn once you have set it up, please listen to The Power of You microcast 014.


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How can I best use LinkedIn for my job campaign? (TPOY014)

LinkedIn can be a great help in our job campaign.  This microcast reviews the information LinkedIn provides and how to use it.  For information on how to set yourself up on LinkedIn, please refer to The Power of You microcast 015.

Help! I am trying to put together a pitch and don’t know where to begin. (TPOY013)

When we try to sit down and come up with the way we introduce ourselves (often called a “pitch” or “intro”) we find ourselves going around in circles.  The reason we get overwhelmed is because in practice there is not one way to introduce ourselves.  Depending on the person and the circumstances, we need to highlight different things in what we say.  This microcast shows how to streamline the process and come up with the intro you need.

What is the most effective way to introduce myself professionally? (TPOY012)

Everyone knows they need an elevator pitch or a two-minute pitch in the job market.  The problem is that this is taken to mean a hard-boiled sales pitch.  In fact most people do not want to hear that any more than most people want to deliver it.  This Power of You microcast shows another way.