SMITH BRAIN TRUST – If you’re starting a new job or internship this summer, you might find it’s quite different than the way you had envisioned it. Your first day may be in your home office, at your dining table or, in the case of recent college grads and interns, from your childhood bedroom.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – There’s a lot to learn when you start work with a new company. There are all those day-to-day routines – where to park, where to find coffee, and where to turn with your IT questions. Those are the details that a new employee can pick up quickly.
Understanding the organizational culture, however, can take months.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Even as companies have adopted social distancing measures and work-from-home policies to deter the continuing spread of the coronavirus, many are continuing to hire. They’ve simply pivoted away from in-person interviews in favor of virtual ones, enabled by videoconferencing tools like Zoom, GoToMeeting and Cisco’s Webex.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – You’ve know you’ve got the experience and the education to take your career to the next step. But you want to impress your next employer with how well you work with others as well. How can you show off your soft skills?
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Resumes, cover letters and references are mainstays in the job hunting process. If you really want that position though, be prepared to add a social media cleanup to the list.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Well, that didn’t go well. You bombed the interview for a position you really wanted and dashed your hopes of getting the job. Now what?
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – It seems like everyone is doing it these days – freelancing in the evenings, driving for Uber on off hours, selling items on eBay, or even moonlighting as a DJ on the weekends.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Let’s say you just stumbled across an unread message that’s been languishing in your email inbox. Maybe you missed it while you were out of the office on vacation – it can happen to anyone – or maybe it just became submerged below other emails in an average busy week.
When is it too late to respond?
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Think you’re a perfect match for that job posting you found online? Think again. Your resume may not be passing its first test with the employer’s hiring algorithm.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – What is just as important as – or arguably, more important than – your resume? Your LinkedIn profile, says Rachel Loock, a career and leadership coach at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. And that’s true even if you’re not actively looking for a job.