Apprenticeships: Shaking Up the Typical Job/Career Process

Most job hunters are all too familiar with the “typical” process for entering a new career or finding a job:  you walk into a job interview and they want to know about your education, experience, skills, and any required credentials (license, certification, etc.) which you already possess.  You have spent a great deal of time – and money – to get to this point, and now you want a real job, with a real paycheck.  After all, you may have racked up a good chunk of student debt, and now you need that job to both start repaying it and to move on with your life and career.

However, the difficulty with the typical process is that it places the entire burden for job and/or career preparation, along with all associated expenses, squarely on the job applicant.  Go get ready, show ‘em what you’ve got, and if they like what they see, maybe you will be given a job.  Although there are variations, the typical process and its individual steps are similar to the one illustrated below. Continue reading

How to Not Botch the “Any Questions for Us?” Portion of the Interview

The job interview has been going along quite well so far.  Now, we are at the point where we ask the candidate, “Do you have any questions for us?”

Wait for it…

“No; no questions,” the candidate replies.  Really?  There is absolutely nothing this applicant wants to know?  This person is ready to quit his or her current job and come here to work, and yet doesn’t have any questions whatsoever about the job itself or the organization? Continue reading