So you landed an interview with your dream startup. Not only have visions of this position been dancing in your head for weeks—nay, months! —but this company is actually interested. Nervous? Don’t be. Just be prepared.
Interviewing at a startup may not be as formal as donning your best suit for the Big Scary Law Firm, but this encounter won’t be like a relaxing chat with your best friend either. Before you walk through those unconventional doors into a loft, apartment, or co-working space, check out these tips to stay grounded, sound sharp, and put your best, most authentic foot forward.
Landed an interview at a company? Congrats! Dedicated time to research the role and prepare questions to ask your interviewer? Smart! Assuming they will let you know what happens next? Nope.
Following up after your meeting matters almost as much as the interview itself, and yet many people opt to do nothing for fear of making the wrong move.
But doing nothing is the wrong move because it increases your chances of being forgotten. With the right tactics, you will stay top of mind, and impress the hiring manager.
These five tips will help you follow up tactfully and effectively after your next interview:
As a valuable team member, you are entitled to certain perks at your job. Unfortunately, guilt often prevents people from seeking the benefits they deserve. Whether it’s better pay or the freedom to take on more challenging projects, there’s no shame in asking your supervisor for things that will motivate you to work harder. Keep in mind that your relationship with your employer is give and take. If they allow you certain privileges, you’re more likely to perform better in the workplace. If you put in the work, you shouldn’t feel guilty asking for specific benefits because it’s a win-win situation for both parties. Continue reading
Lauren McGoodwin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Career Contessa
Feeling unmotivated by your 9-to-5? Do you live for the weekends and in perpetual fear of Monday morning? Constantly wondering if you’d be better off doing something else? If you answered yes to (let’s face it) all of these questions, I’m officially diagnosing you with a case of the dreaded career rut.
Whether you’re seriously stuck or just battling a summer daze, it’s tough to power through 40+ hours a week when you’re not loving the day-to-day; which is why I’ve created a step-by-step plan to help you get unstuck and move forward with your career.
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We all have bad days. Even at a job you love, long hours and tedious procedures can get you down. Sometimes, there’s no better way to get rid of those workday blues than listening to your favorite music to reinvigorate your sense of purpose. Here are 10 songs that are sure to get your head bopping and hands typing.
When people think of liberal arts they most commonly think of majors like history, literature, writing, language, or philosophy. All of these hold weight when applying for a job; companies will always need people that know a second language, can write a terrific white paper, or reason with clients as a sharp, analytical thinker.