Rachel Loock

Seven Career Transition Tips From Usain Bolt

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Michael Jordan has done it. Brock Lesnar has done it. And now Usain Bolt is trying to do it, too. The career transition.

Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world champion sprinter from Jamaica, is on trial with an Australian A-League soccer team. Many consider him to be past the prime age to learn the technical skills of a new sport. But Bolt isn’t listening. He’s determined to win a permanent spot with the Central Coast Mariners.

Speed Dating Your Way to Your Dream Job

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – If you have your sights set on a dream job or you’re considering a career switch, make sure you talk to a lot of people before you’re married to a particular path. Career coaches call this tactic conducting “informational interviews,” and it’s a lot like dating, says Rachel Loock, a career and leadership coach at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Thinking of Ghosting the Job Interview? Don’t.

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – A strong job market gives job hunters more leverage. Some are using it to “ghost” job interviews, according to a recent report from USA Today. Employers are reporting a sharp uptick in the number of job candidates who have blown off interviews, have not shown up to the first day of a work for a position they had accepted, or have just vanished from a current job without giving notice.

How To Answer This Important Interview Question

By Pablo G. Suarez

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – It might seem like an offhand, even throwaway, question, coming as it often does at the end of a job interview. It’s the moment when the hiring team asks, “Do you have any questions for us?”

But it’s not a throwaway question. In fact, it’s one that can reveal as much about an applicant as the rest of the interview questions, combined.

The Best (and Worst) Ways To Sign an Email

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – You’ve taken the time to craft a professional email that, you hope, firmly positions you and your employer in a favorable light. It’s concise and articulate, maybe even a bit persuasive. Don’t blow it in those final, parting words, ending with a signoff that’s also a turnoff.

Why does it matter? Sound email practices are sound business practices. Consider this: The average office worker sends about 40 work emails a day and receives a whopping 121. 

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