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The sun is out, the iced-coffees are flowing, the patios are packed. What better time to…interview? Yes! The early summer months are a great time to look for a new job or at the very least, to get out and build your network.

Consider this:

– Year-end goals are still a focus this time of year but the pressure isn’t on yet. You can be a solution!

– Most people wait until the end of the year to look for a new job and are in “summer” mode so the competition is less fierce.

Granted, some decision makers may not be in the office as regularly so the process can take longer but if you have patience, getting in during the summer months can have you a step ahead.

Imagine it: you’ve landed yourself an interview with a company that ticks all your boxes. You smoothly answer the questions asked, you’ve built a healthy rapport, things are going well.

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Interviewing is like dating. You never know what you’re going to get until you’re in too deep.

Throughout my years as a recruiter and hiring manager, I’ve been a part of some outrageous interviews, from those looking to find employment through my company and those looking to get promoted within the company. It’s a tricky process. And sometimes it feels like there’s a secret code that no one talks about.

In my attempt to help make your inevitable career transition (at some point) easier, I’m putting together some free resources for you to keep on file. I’ve surveyed dozens of hiring managers and recruiters and have put together a short list of 6 things EVERY interviewer hates.

Some of them seem obvious and some even seem petty but interviewers are a sticky bunch. The more you understand them (agreeing with them or not isn’t the point), the better your chances of getting a job or getting ahead.

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I’m a post-it and scribble person (I had to attach this picture from a few months ago because if you saw my desk right now you’d worry about me!).

The notes help me get my thoughts out. However, there are occasions when I’ve wished for a simple checklist with nothing more and nothing less than what I need to do.

As I mentioned last week, I’m on a mission to provide you with all the tools necessary to make a career change whenever that time may be. This week I’m sharing one of the resources reserved for my 1 on 1 clients that’s proven helpful.

Most of us will change jobs between 7 and 12 times in our careers so this might just come in handy one day!

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I just read that the word literally has an updated definition in the dictionary. So many people were using it incorrectly (as in how they use figuratively) that we’ve literally changed the meaning of the word. Isn’t that crazy?

Another thing we’ve accepted as the norm is that career transition is a part of life. In fact, most people will have anywhere from 7-12 jobs in their lifetime. That’s a lot of change!

Because job transition is totally within my sweet spot having been a former recruiter, hiring manager and boss, I’ve decided to dedicate the next few posts to supporting you in your inevitable job search by providing insider knowledge on the process.

Hopefully if you’re quitting your job it’s for another one and you’ve thought it through. Often we see a higher salary or a dreamy office environment and are quick to decide that it must be a better opportunity.

In order to be sure about that, get clear on what you’re moving toward and away from and why.

Change is inevitable but that doesn’t mean we should take it lightly. Each move should be strategic, slowly writing your career story over time.

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Here goes: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Quitting Your Job

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One of my goals for this blog is to share what I know from the “other side” of the table. I’ve recruited and interviewed hundreds of people, many to work for me and to work for my clients. Whether you’re changing careers or new to the workforce, it’s good to know what to look out for and how prepare for your next interview.

Here’s the inside scoop on what every interviewer is really thinking during an interview:

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from Trey Ratcliff at www.stuckincustoms.com

Mark was a terrible boss – tightly wound, no empathy, always frazzled. He couldn’t read people and couldn’t think outside the box to save his life. The stories around the office were that Mark used to be the BEST salesman. He won company-wide awards, wooed clients away from competitors and was known to have the golden touch (ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves, anyone?). Now, as a manager, he sucked at his job.

Promotions are like engagement rings: they look good on the outside, put you in a different group and on paper it looks legit. Trouble is if over 50% of marriages don’t work out, clearly the ring’s magical powers don’t always come through. Promotions can be similar. From a distance, being married or having a certain job title might look good but it doesn’t mean it’s always meant to be.

Any company’s main goal is to generate returns for their owners. As employees, it’s our purpose to help reach those goals which can be very fulfilling. Bosses are paid to look out for the company, not for you personally. It’s his or her responsibility to utilize their people in the best way to get them to their goals.

You need to be your own advocate and to make the best decision for you and your lifestyle goals. The only person you should worry about letting down is yourself.

We feel immense pressure to accept a promotion either because as ambitious people we want to show progression and advancement or because we’re worried that if we say no, it’ll hurt our chances for advancement in the future (being branded as unambitious, unwilling to do what it takes, etc.).

That said, I’ve run into countless people in my career who’ve taken the wrong promotion and are now worse off than they were before.

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