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Reasons why you might not be getting a second Interview

Acing the first interview is no guarantee that the position is yours, there are reasons why you might not be getting a second interview.

Job searching is full of all kinds of frustrations!

Perhaps the most challenging issue, however, is getting stuck at the same point in the interview process.

Here are some reasons why you might not be getting a second interview.

• You didn’t follow directions.

At all points during the interview process, it’s important to follow directions. Send the requested materials, (e.g., resume, cover letter, portfolio, etc.) and use the specified file formats.

Once you’ve interviewed, be sure to follow the hiring manager’s lead when following up.

• Your social media is too revealing

Recently, some employers decided not to hire a candidate based on online activities.

If your social media contains material that employers find objectionable, like certain types of Party pictures or political opinions, you might be hurting yourself in the job search.

It is best to lock down your profiles so that only work-appropriate material is visible to hiring managers but don’t delete your accounts.

• You didn’t have the type of experience the hiring manager is looking for.

The goal of the first interview is to check the depth of your industry knowledge and skill levels as it relates to the work the employer needs you to do and this varies for each company.

While you might have all the requirements listed in the job description, you may not have the right amount of experience in a certain area. It’s not that you couldn’t do the job, it’s that another candidate had the right combination to get up to speed and produce results faster.

• One of your references isn’t on your side

Make sure you’re asking for references from people who are familiar with what you do and the job position you are seeking for. Make sure they are people, who will definitely have favourable things to say about you.

Always ask potential references if they’re willing and able to attest to your good qualities before you pass along their information. Also, review the job details with them so that they’ll know what the hiring manager wants to hear.

There are several ways to blow an interview, and while you can make up for some of them in your follow-up, sometimes you just can’t recover.

When that happens, learn from your mistakes and do better next time. And don’t beat yourself up—bad interviews happen to the best of people.

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How to pitch flex work to your boss

Over the past year and a half, many of us have had to make the switch to remote work.

For a lot of people, this change of scenery has been a good thing. You might find that while working remotely you are more productive, and have an easier time balancing the needs of both your work and personal life.

As restrictions are eased across the country, many people are being asked to come back to the office – a request that may no longer work for everyone.

If this sounds like you, let’s discuss pitching flex work to your boss.

When you first approach your boss about switching to flex work, be sure to adequately plan for the discussion by having some justifications for going flex in mind.

Create a list of all the different ways flex work will benefit you, your team, and your boss.
Maybe switching to flex work will help you to better balance your work and personal life.

A more balanced life will lead to less stress and more productivity. This will in turn help your team’s overall output, which therefore will help your boss to meet their deadlines.

Flex Work may also lead to you having more available time and it can also help to prevent burnout.

Another great idea is to compile a list of examples of the ways in which you have successfully managed your workload (or even taken on more work) since being forced to work remotely.

Overall, it’s important to be able to prove that your flex work can be beneficial for not only you but your co-workers and management as well.

You should also have a plan prepared for what your workday will typically look like once you switch to flex.

You should make it clear to your boss how you intend to structure your day. Have an agenda prepared so that your boss has a good understanding of what your working hours will be.

Maybe this means that your typical working hours will be 9 am-4 pm, and then again when the kids are in bed from 8-10 pm. Whatever schedule is going to work best for you is what you should present to your boss when pitching flex work. This way, your boss genuinely knows what to expect.

Lastly, it’s important to have a communication plan between you and your boss prepared upfront when asking to make the switch.

If you tell your boss you will check in with them daily, and also have a weekly one-on-one, they might be more inclined to agree to your flex work.

Your manager will want to know that they can still be up to date with your work even though you’re not in the office together.

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The Hidden Dangers of Flexible Work

Flexible work has done wonders for employees and organizations. But behind those flexible schedules and WFH (work from home) setups is a hidden danger of flexible work that is often overlooked until it is too late.

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Questions You Must Ask When You Start Managing a New Team

When you’re managing a new team, there’s a lot of uncertainty.

Starting anything new is always hard, and when you involve multiple other people, personalities, and habits, it ups the difficulty level significantly.

As a manager, you need a strong relationship with your team, which starts with what you do on day 1.

There are many different ways to make sure you start on a right foot, and these questions can help you start the best way possible.