interviewing http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7465/all en-US Best Money Tips: Ace Your Next Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ace-your-next-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ace-your-next-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000006915883Small-1.jpg" alt="Ace Your Next Job Interview" title="Ace Your Next Job Interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on acing your next job interview, signs you've taken frugality too far, and unexpected tax deductions.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/onthejob/archive/10-tips-to-ace-your-next-job-interview.html?si=1">10 Tips to Ace Your Next Job Interview</a> &mdash; Stand out at your next job interview by asking the interviewer at the end of the interview. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.littlehouseinthevalley.com/being-frugal-10-signs-youve-taken-it-too-far">Being Frugal - 10 Signs You've Taken It Too Far</a> &mdash; If your life revolves around your wallet, you've taken frugality too far. [Little House in the Valley]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bnet.com/blog/businesstips/5-unexpected-tax-deductions/10752?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bnet%2Fbusinesstips+%28BNET+Business+Hacks%29">5 Unexpected Tax Deductions</a> &mdash; If you have a service dog or a guard dog for your company, you can deduct the cost of his or her food. [BNET]</p> <p><a href="http://passivepanda.com/how-email?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PassivePanda+%28Passive+Panda%29">How to email important people (5 tips you need to know)</a> &mdash; Next time you are emailing someone important, be sure to keep your email brief. [Passive Panda]</p> <p><a href="http://www.beatingbroke.com/10-common-money-traps-to-avoid/">10 Common Money Traps to Avoid</a> &mdash; Avoid purchasing extended warranties. Most of the time, you won't need them, making they are a huge money trap! [Beating Broke]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://thecollegeinvestor.com/870/gimme-back-my-hour-time-saving-tips-for-daylight-savings-time/">Gimme Back My Hour! Time Saving Tips for Daylight Savings Time!</a> &mdash; Are you wishing you could get that hour back that you lost during the daylight savings time change? If so, get that hour back by utilizing your DVR. [The College Investor]</p> <p><a href="http://doablefinance.com/how-to-start-your-next-project/">How to Start Your Next Project</a> &mdash; Are you starting a new project? If so, be sure to make sure you have adequate support in place to get the project done before you take responsibility for the project. [Doable Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://sustainablepersonalfinance.com/34-house-staging-tips/#more-1696">34 House Staging Tips</a> &mdash; Are you trying to sell your house? Make sure it is staged for potential buyers by decluttering. [Sustainable Personal Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.takeasmartstep.com/learn-how-to-get-more-time-for-what-you-want/">Learn How to Get More Time for What you Want</a> &mdash; Make sure you have time to do what you want to do by eliminating time drainers that aren't in line with your priorities. [Smart Step, Inc]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2011/03/15/should-we-become-named-guardians-for-several-children/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thesimpledollar+%28The+Simple+Dollar%29">Should We Become Named Guardians for Several Children?</a> &mdash; If a friend asks if they can name you as guardians of their children should something happen to them, be sure to consider whether or not you would be able to be a good parent to the kids before you commit to anything. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ace-your-next-job-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret">6 Ways to Keep Your New Job Hunt Secret</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jobs-that-offer-free-room-and-board">Jobs That Offer Free Room and Board</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-secrets-of-long-distance-job-hunting">10 Secrets of Long-Distance Job Hunting</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting best money tips interviewing Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:36:11 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 505521 at http://www.wisebread.com Job hunting: What is your dutch wife? http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-what-is-your-dutch-wife <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/job-hunting-what-is-your-dutch-wife" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bus-stop-statue.jpg" alt="Bus stop statue" title="Bus stop statue" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="319" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Editor's note:&nbsp; If you recently lost your job, take a look at Wise Bread's collection of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off">tips and resources for the recently laid off</a>.]</em></p> <p>When I was in college, I worked in the computer center. When my boss wanted to hire a new computer operator, he asked a couple of us to go over resumes. That experience, which gave me some insight into the way hiring managers look at applications, resumes, and potential employees, turned out to be more useful in my career than just about anything I learned in actual college classes. It also gave me a story I tell anyone who's applying for a job: The story of the dutch wife.</p> <h2>What's in the books versus first-hand</h2> <p>I got a whole pile of resumes to read, and I had to squeeze reading them in between all the things I had to do for school. No resume got very much reading time.</p> <p>In the years since then, I've read plenty of books on job hunting, that all made the point that your resume has to let someone quickly see that you have the qualifications for the job. There was nothing quite like having to go through a stack of 50 resumes between classes to make that point sink in.</p> <p>One resume had been hand-written in pencil on yellow legal paper. The photocopy that I got was simply blank--I could tell that someone had photocopied lined writing paper, but I couldn't tell that the paper had any actual writing on it. Since I couldn't read it, I didn't consider it.</p> <p>The actual job was to do the things they didn't trust students with, such as putting the blank check paper in the printer. It wasn't going to be exciting work, and there wasn't much opportunity for advancement. So, I went right past resumes from highly skilled people--they were obviously not going to be happy in the job. There was nothing like sitting there with the resume of an experienced software professional in my hand and imaging him changing the paper in the printer, to bring home what &quot;overqualified&quot; meant.</p> <h2>The dutch wife</h2> <p>But that's not the end of the story. Remember that resume hand-written on legal paper? While I only had a photocopy, my boss had the original, which was legible. The guy who wrote it was actually a reasonable candidate--he'd been doing similar work at a bank in Holland. He was moving back to town and looking for a job. He happened to mention that, while living in Holland, he had gotten married to a woman there.</p> <p>For some reason my boss found the idea of the man having a dutch wife fascinating. He called the guy in for an interview, decided the guy was okay, and hired him. The guy was a reasonable choice--the bank he'd worked at used the same kind of computer, so he was as good a match as anybody we'd gotten a resume from. But that's not what got him hired--there were six or seven other people whose resumes were about as good. What got him hired was that he had a dutch wife.</p> <p>I tell this story to people looking for jobs to make two points.</p> <p>First, <strong>the job search process is utterly capricious</strong>. A hundred accidents can lose you a job: the copier wasn't working; a stack of resumes got mislaid or reviewed by an idiot; one of the other candidates had a dutch wife. There is nothing you can do about this, except use it as a way to keep your perspective on the whole thing. It's easy to take it personally when others around you seem to be having more success than you at job searching. Remembering how much of the process is pure happenstance can help a little.</p> <p>Second, <strong>make sure that you have a dutch wife</strong>. Not necessarily a literal dutch wife, but something that's a little odd or interesting. Something that a hiring manager might latch on to because he's genuinely interested, or at least use as a mental handle that lets him remember you--oh, yeah, the guy with the dutch wife. You might lose a few jobs that way, if the odd or interesting thing about you pushes someone's buttons in a bad way. But you'll lose a lot more for no reason at all, and plenty of others by simply not standing out.</p> <p>If you're highly qualified, experienced, and looking for a job in a hot field, then none of this makes a lot of difference. But if the position you're seeking is a bit of a stretch or you're a non-traditional candidate, or the field (or the economy) isn't growing, then it's very likely to come down to something like this. Blending in is only a winning strategy if they're going to hire everybody. Standing out by being the most qualified is best, but standing out for any reason at all can make the difference.</p> <p>[Note: I didn't find out until years later that the term &quot;dutch wife&quot; is also used to refer to a sex doll. I don't think that's what so fascinated my old boss--I think he was just genuinely interested in the notion that this guy had met a woman in Holland and married her--but I'm not sure.]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-what-is-your-dutch-wife">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoiding-grass-is-always-greener-syndrome">Avoiding grass-is-always-greener syndrome</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-plain-text-resume-to-apply-for-jobs-online">Why You Need a Plain Text Resume to Apply for Jobs Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer">5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">12 Times You&#039;re Better Off Without a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income application interviewing jobs resume Fri, 24 Aug 2007 10:49:32 +0000 Philip Brewer 1041 at http://www.wisebread.com Avoiding grass-is-always-greener syndrome http://www.wisebread.com/avoiding-grass-is-always-greener-syndrome <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/avoiding-grass-is-always-greener-syndrome" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/green-grass.jpg" alt="Greener grass" title="Greener grass" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="129" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For a worker down in the cube farm, it's easy to see the dysfunction of your own company, and to imagine that almost anyplace else would be better.</p> <p>I don't have any data to back this up except my own personal experience, but I've worked at enough companies and seen enough others up close that I'm willing to go out on a limb here: All companies are dysfunctional. The thing is, they're all dysfunctional in different ways. This means that it's possible to pick an employer whose dysfunctions are ones that will bug you less. The key is to understand what it is that's really bugging you, and then to check for those particular dysfunctions at the new company.</p> <p>The first part is easy to describe, although it may be hard to get the perspective to do a good job. All you need to do is:</p> <ul> <li>Analyze the dysfunctional aspects of your work that bug you.</li> <li>Think about them.</li> </ul> <p>The &quot;thinking&quot; stage here is not about coming up with ways to fix things at your current employer--let's give you credit for having made those efforts long ago. The reason to think about them is to come up with questions to ask at a potential new company to see if they're dysfunctional in the ways that you've already learned are a problem for you. (You don't need to find out if they're dysfunctional in other ways: they are. But maybe they're dysfunctional in ways that, although they may bug other people, you'll be able to just shrug off as no big deal.)</p> <p>If you're interviewing with people who will be your peers, you don't even have to be especially subtle. They don't want to have to work with some new-hire who turns grumpy and grouchy as soon as he or she starts, so if there's something that would make you grumpy or grouchy, ask about it. In the thinking stage above, you've come up with polite ways to get the information you want.</p> <p>You don't need to ask, &quot;Is the manager a insecure fool who cares more about face-time than actually getting the work done?&quot; But you can ask, &quot;What measures does the boss seem to use when evaluating performance.&quot; Your potential peers will very likely clue you in.</p> <p>You don't need to ask, &quot;Is the manager a psycho who yells at anyone who suggests that doing things differently might be better?&quot; But you can ask, &quot;Is process-improvement an important goal here?&quot;</p> <p>It's always good to toss out a few general questions that can elicit warnings. &quot;Tell me about the culture here,&quot; is worth trying. Ask about how different departments work together. If there are multiple sites, ask about how they work together. Any general questions about how things are done give people a chance to warn you about the things that bug them, giving you the information you need to decide if those things will bug you.</p> <p>If your only chance to interview is with the boss, it gets a little harder, but only a little. Your boss is no more interested in hiring someone who will be miserable there than your peers are. Find ways to ask the questions such that asking won't ruin your chances if the answer is what you're hoping it is. Neutral questions, such as &quot;What are a couple of things you do to promote teamwork among your employees?&quot; are usually safe. Even better are questions that give the boss a chance to praise their working environment. You'll find out what the boss thinks are plusses, without needing to mention things that might be minuses for you.</p> <p>When a potential boss or coworker doesn't have a good answer, it's always possible that simply asking will shoot down your chances--but that isn't so bad if you'd just have been miserable at the new place anyway.</p> <p>I've known too many people who have gone from job to job to job, always leaving because <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job" title="&quot;I Hate My Job&quot; Guide">they were unhappy</a>, but always finding themselves at a new job that also made them unhappy, simply because they didn't take the time to get clear in their head what it was about their job that made them unhappy and then check whether the new place would be better.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoiding-grass-is-always-greener-syndrome">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">12 Times You&#039;re Better Off Without a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-what-is-your-dutch-wife">Job hunting: What is your dutch wife?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer">5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-a-major-career-switch-without-going-back-to-school">How to Make a Major Career Switch Without Going Back to School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-difficult-jobs-that-are-worth-the-effort">10 Difficult Jobs That Are Worth the Effort</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income careers changing jobs dysfunctional companies interviewing jobs Wed, 08 Aug 2007 10:31:03 +0000 Philip Brewer 969 at http://www.wisebread.com