Friday, January 27, 2006

Interview Don’ts

As with most weeks, I’ve observed some good behaviors and bad behaviors in my office. Some of the items in the don’t-do-this category, frankly, seem obvious. But, evidently, they not obvious to everyone, which is why I decided to even mention the following foibles witnessed first hand.

So, here we go. In an interview don’t—
1. Allow your cell phone to ring. Check and recheck to make sure the ring tone’s turned off. Otherwise, you may inadvertently create your own version of a stress interview.
2. Use excessive informality. I’ve mentioned this before in a posting on email etiquette. But the principle holds when addressing a potential boss as well. Hey-dude and similar colloquialisms won’t reflect well on your ability to transition from college to work. So my suggestion is to practice this semester with your professors. Use them as your bosses-in-residence, deferring and showing respect as a way of life.
3. This one’s aimed primarily at females—don’t reveal excessive skin. That’s up above, i.e. cleavage, and down below, namely mid-thigh length skirts. 

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 01/27 at 04:21 PM
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Monday, January 23, 2006

New Years, Aunt Bonnie style….

With all the schedule-destroying intrusions which have happened this past month, my actual Aunt Bonnie’s New Year’s celebration day this year is going to occur on Feb. 1. Yup. The New Years resolutions, fresh starts. All that stuff begins on my very own, personally declared “new year.”

I’ve been known to do this sort of thing in the past. Move a scheduled date to one which works better. So, for instance, if my birthday comes on a Monday, or some other “dull” day, I might move it to a Friday for that year. Given that my birthday falls on Sept. 11, I had a few years where I celebrated on every good day for a whole month.

Okay, so where’s this heading??? It’s actually more than sheer babble, as it has job search implications as well.

If you’re one of those moderately to very frustrated job searchers, someone whose job search is lasting way longer than planned, why not look at the calendar and choose a new DAY ONE? Make it at least a week away to allow yourself time to reassess what you’ve been doing and why you’ve not achieved results (the most common cause being too much time spent on Internet job boards).  Revise your plan and re-launch. Fresh-spirited and enthused.

So Happy New Years…on whichever day you choose.

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 01/23 at 04:18 PM
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