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Preparing thoughtful, intelligent questions to ask about the employer’s business and about the position are key to making a good impression in an interview. Good questions must be specific–and show that you’ve done your research. So here are five types of questions. Before your next interview, make sure you have one of each:

1. Ask about the company’s future (of course, make the question relevant to the research you’ve done). For instance, “What are some of the major initiatives or projects on the company’s horizon in the next five years?”

2. Ask how you can help the team. For instance, “What are some skill gaps or development areas of the current team?”

3. Ask for granular details about the position (but don’t ask anything that could be found out by reading the job description or by researching the company). For instance, “What are the primary things you expect me to accomplish in my first 60 days here?” or “Can you describe a typical week in this position?” or “How is success measured in this position?”

4. Toward the end of your interview, ask for a chance to assuage any doubts the interviewer has. For instance, “Now that we’ve talked about my qualifications and the job, do you have any concerns about my being successful in this position?”

5. Ask for next steps. For instance, “This sounds like a great fit for me. What are next steps–when can I expect to hear more from you?” And then, after the hiring manager says something like “We hope to know in a couple of weeks,” you can say something like “Great! I will talk to you then.” That way, if he or she gets too busy to call, you won’t feel strange or nervous about picking up the phone yourself.


Source: Monster blog

Here are two great articles that provide starting points for organizing your job search.

What is the Best Way to Prepare for Finding a New Job?

by Dorothy Tannahill-Moran

Source: The Career Rocketeer

Rather than reaching for the word processing to create your resume, your first step is to pull together a full plan or strategy on your job search. Your plan needs to include these parts:

1) Get clear on 2-3 jobs/titles you are pursuing.
2) Define your criteria for a place to work that includes those jobs
3) Do research to find those companies (that meet the criteria you just developed) and if you need a refresher on the hiring criteria, go update yourself.
4) Figure out a schedule you will do your job search (and stick with it)
5) Identify 2 different search methods you will use

6) Refresh your network and then
7) Create your resume.

The work you do in the steps preceding working on your resume will help immensely. Too many people think the only step to a job search is the resume but it is really the “thought time” and planning that will make for a successful search. As you are putting together a resume, you may want to create a “master resume” that you will do that has too much information about you in it. You can then take that resume and trim it each time you give it so it is more customized and oriented to the specific job you are discussing.

3 Keys to a Successful Job Search

by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Source: Great Resumes Fast

With all the layoffs that have taken place over the last couple of years, it’s no wonder that many of those who are still employed often feel stretched to the maximum of their productivity.  It can be very demanding looking for another job when your current one is continually stressing you out.  After all, when you get home from a long and frustrating day, the last thing you want to do is give any more thought to the world of work.  Unfortunately, most new jobs don’t just fall into your lap—you have to go out and get them.  Approaching your job search as strategically and as systematically as you would approach your next business deal can help keep the process manageable.


If you were going to start a huge new project at work, would your first step be to just sit down and start the project?  Of course not!  A lot of planning and preparation go into any major project, and your job search should be no different.  Therefore, the first step is NOT to sit down and start sending out dozens of generalized resumes to any job that sounds OK.  Your first task should be to determine exactly what you’re looking for in your next position.  Just like you can’t write a project plan until you know what the project is, you simply cannot write an effective resume or cover letter without some idea of where you’d like your career to go.  You may find this part of the process to be the most time-consuming, as it requires some soul searching, however, it’s an essential step in the process that must not be skipped.


Once you’ve determined your professional goals, you’re ready to spend some time assembling your marketing tools—a cover letter, resume, and any other pertinent documents that support your message.  This is essentially the same process as setting up a project at work; you need both plans and human resources for an effective job search.  A professional resume writer can be an invaluable tool for a job seeker who’s incredibly busy with his or her current vocation.  Any resume writer will need you to gather and submit information about your past positions and achievements, but then let go of the reins; allowing the professional to agonize over each individual line on your resume will remove that weight from your own shoulders.


Only when you’ve established a goal and pulled together the tools needed to accomplish it should you actually start looking for and applying to jobs.  Setting up e-mail alerts through sites like or can save you hours of scouring through online employment ads.  If you tackle your search in a strategic and systematic manner, you should soon reach a place where you can go to your inbox, look through positions that may be a good fit for you, and then simply customize your polished resume for each application.  Consider each quality job application you send off as a deliverable in the project of finding yourself another job.  Whenever you successfully land your next position, you’ll be able to close out this project and move on to the next one!


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