The Skype Interview Game: Five Ways to Raise the Level of Your Play

The practice of job seeking has changed in recent years, with Skype interviews growing ever more common. This is due to the growth in remote workers, as well as reporting relationships across multiple offices. Since odds are you’ll be asked to play the game of Skype interviewing at some point, how do you “win”? You know the rules for in-person interviewing, but this is an entirely different ballgame. Skype interviews differ from a traditional job interview in the following ways: 1.Equipment. An in-person interview requires no knowledge of specific equipment, but a Skype interview calls for much of it. Be sure to download and test the Skype software, as well as your computer’s microphone and camera, ahead of time. You may even want to consider upgrading your microphone for a more precise sound. Should an equipment glitch occur during your interview, be sure to “come clean” to the interviewer and deal with the malfunction immediately. If you just continue with the interview as … [Read more...]

Branding Stories: WWIFM (What was in it for me?)

Several clients have graciously shared what important outcomes they’ve received from our Personal Branding Process. I’m proud to share some of them: Extract Your Brand: Bring Your Passions to Work Remember your first job? The excitement and high energy level you brought to work? Now, perhaps the days aren’t quite that exciting. Even when you love the work you do, there’s a reason it’s called WORK! (Know what I mean?) Why not consider bringing reminders to work of those outside activities or projects that pep you up, revive you, or are just plain enjoyable. Call them your passions. My colleague Nancy Perry, senior leader at a large organization, is proud to display her hobby. “Needlework is relaxing to me. I feel a sense of accomplishment seeing the finished picture,” she told me. When someone new comes into Nancy’s office, they usually comment on her artwork. There it is — an instant conversation starter. Express Your Brand: Fashionista Turned Teacher Kelly is … [Read more...]

8 Nifty Ways to Get a Career Boost from the Summer

When summer hits, the packed weeks of spring slide into long, lazy days, and it’s tempting to grow a little lazy about work and your career, too. Yet the summer months allow you extra time, which can be an opportunity for a solid career bounce. What steps can you take to further your career during the summer? Network. Many professional associations or organizations plan fun seasonal get-togethers that — bonus! — are held outside. Take advantage of these events not only to enjoy yourself by the pool, but also to expand your contact pool. You never know who you’ll meet at the bar.  Join a Professional Association. If you are not already a member of an association, now’s the time to join. By doing so, you’ll already be familiar with the group’s routines come fall. If their Fall event’s schedule is posted, check it out and plan ahead for your Fall networking opportunities.   Volunteer for a New Project. Take advantage of others’ vacations to let your star shine. You may … [Read more...]

Follow the Lead of Successful Career Change Artists

When you go to work each day, you feel like you’re punching a clock. You lack passion for your work, a true love for what you do. You’ve heard “love what you do, and you’ll never work another day in your life,” but can’t imagine such a saying applying to you. You’ve thought a little about career reinvention, but don’t know where to begin. Does the above scenario sound like you? If you’re not fulfilled with your current career, you might want to make a change. How do you determine which career to move to, and how to make the change? One thing can help: listen to people interviewed in Aspire!’s Change made simple podcasts series. These are change artists who have been in your shoes, feeling what you’re feeling.  While these four professionals worked in fields ranging from finance to marketing, they all had one big thing in common — they felt unfulfilled and needed to make a change. In the podcasts, you’ll hear these stories: John G. left a successful career as a business … [Read more...]

Creating The Connection: Being A Mentor Builds Your Brand

Here are 3 tips for being a great mentor. 1 – Set the stage Be clear with your mentee what expectations you have for the relationship. It’s a two-way street – and both of you should understand the rules of the road. When will you meet? How often? What if one of you has to reschedule? What agenda will you follow? Clear communication up front ensures an enjoyable mentoring relationship. Currently several Fortune 500 organizations are using Monday Morning Leadership for Women as their guide for 8 mentoring sessions. 2 – Be vulnerable That means be authentic. Your sessions are focused on the mentee… sharing HOW you succeeded and offering your wise counsel to help your mentee be more effective in their role. Sometimes it’s helpful to share things you would have done differently or mistakes you made along the way. 3 – Be a good listener When your mentee wants to tell all – listen to all. Unless, of course, they are “caught in their story” too long. Believe in the person and … [Read more...]