Monthly Archives: April 2009

Apr 29

3 reasons recessions are great for careers

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

There is gloom and doom about this recession, no doubt about it. There is also understandable hardship, layoffs and destruction going on that requires our help to those affected. But recessions are career builders. Here’s three reasons. Recessions force you to make hard choices When the world is happy and all is good, it doesn’t […]

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Apr 27

The dumbest interview question

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

There are hundreds of interview questions. Few of them get to the heart of all interview questions only have three answers. But some interview questions are just dumb. My vote for the dumbest interview question: What do you see yourself doing five years from now? You know what the only answer is to this question? […]

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Apr 24

Dead company walking

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Last week, Kate and I had the enjoyable time of having lunch with some of our old co-workers. Longer time readers of this site will know that Kate and I were laid off from Washington Mutual about a year and a half ago and, subsequently, late in 2008, Washington Mutual was taken over by JPMorgan […]

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Apr 20

Interview questions need clarifying

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

If you accept the premise that all interview questions have only three answers, then you get another magical advantage compared with other candidates: you can ask clarifying questions to the interview question. Remember the three answers to interview questions: can you do the job, will you love the job, and will you fit in with […]

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Apr 15

Interview questions require specific answers

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

After successfully writing specifics in your resume, you get the interview and now need to prepare answers to interview questions. If you wrote your resume using numbers that reflected scale and results, then you need to follow through with the same approach to answering interview questions. Specific answers to interview questions is hard This is […]

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Apr 14

Your resume writing needs specifics

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

In your resume writing, you need specificity. You need the details of your accomplishments so the hiring manager understands how you contribute. That means your write your resume using numbers that provide  scale and results. Resume writing for scale Scale is simply the size of stuff you work on. For the most part, bigger is […]

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Apr 07

After the job interview, the decision to say no

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Companies doing job interviews are astounded that people are turning down job offers in this economy. But they are turning down jobs after interviews. Especially people with great track records, people I call Cubicle Warriors. Consider getting an interview at a company that fits your skills and accomplishments. After the initial phone interview, both parties […]

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Apr 06

Burning bridges and career advice

By Scot Herrick | Business Networking

There is a provocative — and excellent — article from Rebecca Thorman on her Modite site called ‘Don’t burn bridges’ is bad career advice. If you think that keeping business relationships with poor managers, lousy team members and crappy companies is good career advice, you will waste a lot of energy keeping your sanity. With […]

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Apr 02

Task management tools I use

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Every Cubicle Warrior needs a task management system to know what tasks are out there for completion. Task management is all about understanding your inventory of work, your prioritization of work, and your ability to understand the impact of new work coming into your task management queue. Having an effective task management system also gives […]

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Apr 01

Great interviews do not mean getting hired

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Many people have difficulty getting an interview when looking for a job. Others study the interview questions, prepare their answers, have a great interview with the hiring manager – and then never get hired. It is frustrating, of course, but expected. Interview candidates look for the logical reason for the lack of an offer. As […]

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