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What is Career Lantern?
Career Lantern is an informational blog website where we discuss and share information regarding career planning, changing or advancing your career, job hunting, resumes and cover letters, how to have a successful job interview, and much more. Additionally, topics for Training & Development professionals are also covered, including Individual Development Plans (IDP), employee development programs, and more.
Still Choosing and Planning Your Career?
If you are still in the selection and planning stages for your career, these Career Lantern posts may be helpful:
■ Still trying to decide if your potential career choice is a good idea? What does the future for this career field look like? How much money can you expect to make? Before you take the leap, check out this article which can steer you to free and valuable informational resources.
■ Different jobs and careers might sound good online, but what is the field really like? Here is an approach which might save you time, money, and regret.
■ Not really a four-year college person? Like working with your hands? Consider investigating apprenticeships as an alternative to the typical “get-your-degree-then-get-a-job” career path. Also, get paid while you learn and avoid student loan debt! How sweet is that?
■ Are you familiar with creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP)? These powerful career development tools are useful for creating a career plan and tracking your progress toward your career goals.
Applying for Jobs?
You’re ready to start submitting job applications, resumes, and cover letters to apply for various positions in your chosen career field. Read these Career Lantern posts to learn information which may improve your chances of getting called for an interview:
■ When you apply for a position, odds are you will do so online through a portal to an organization's Applicant Tracking System (ATS). What does this mean for you? Does an ATS help or hurt your chances of landing a job interview? What can you do to help ensure you are not filtered out? Check out our multi-part series on this very timely topic!
■ You may have been taught to include an objective statement on your resume. Is that really the best thing to do?
■ Did you know your social media and online presence may be actually hurting your chances of getting a job interview or being hired, even after a great interview? Read how to avoid trashing your chances!
■ So you think you’ve written the perfect cover letter to go with your resume and job application? Whatever you do, don’t make this mistake!
Job Interview Help
Getting ready for that big job interview? Here are some links to Career Lantern posts which can help:
■ The interviewer has likely already seen a bunch of candidates today just like you. What makes you think you’re anything special? Read about differentiation to make sure you stand out from the other candidates!
■ Usually near the end of the interview you will be asked "Do you have any questions for us?" Be careful; don't botch this part of the interview! What questions should you ask?
■ What are the chances you may be asked during the interview to take some type of skill test or perform a task to demonstrate your abilities? The odds may be higher than you think! Read about it here.
■ Ok, you got invited to interview for a position! Next, you have to get there. Trust me, you need more than just the address! Be sure to consider the logistics involved!
■ Don’t walk into a job interview with nothing more than just your resume and a smile! Read this to find out why!
■ The interviewer might ask you a question that starts off something like “Tell me about a time that you…” This is most likely going to be a behavioral job interview question. Learn what these job interview questions are and discover suggestions for answering them.
■ Behavioral based job interview questions are very popular. Here is a list of potential questions for you to consider before going into the job interview.