Women Life Support Kit

Updates and insights

 

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Interview Preparation

Being invited to an interview means that your application must have made a good impression. An interview is a discussion between you and an employer to find out if you can do the job. You need to prepare yourself for the interview to make sure that you are successful.

Before your interview

  1. Research the company

  2. Plan for the interview

  3. Plan your journey (or check your online tools)

  4. Create the right image

  5. Gather the information you'll need at the interview

During your interview

1. Be clear and confident in selling your skills and strengths.

2. Practice confident body language.

3. Know how to handle inappropriate/illegal questions.

4. Get the money.

5. Know what you’re getting into

After your interview

if you are unsuccessful, it just means employers have a wide range of suitable people to choose from. Look on it as good practice as the more interviews you go to, the better your performance will become.

online meetings

Online Meetings are the new norm

If you do not have a app or tool (yet), web conferencing has become the preferred method for remotely located teams to work together and do business.

Due to the cost of web conferencing tools,  some workers use free web conferencing tools.

These free software  sometimes lacks the features that paid programs offer, or they provide just limited trial periods. But these limitations may still be worth it, depending on your needs.

Online Meetings:

Do's and don't 

 

Before the meeting, it is recommended to test your settings.

  1. Leave the keyboard alone.

  2. Dress appropriately. 

  3. Be aware of your surroundings.

  4. Mute your microphone when you're not talking.

  5. Speak up.

  6. No food allowed.

  7. Stay seated and stay present (no multitasking)

  8. Start the meeting right, introducing yourself and others

  9. Be respectful

  10. Don't forget to follow up

New to ZOOM?

If you are starting to use ZOOM, or have been asked to do so, here are a couple of information, that will ease the process...

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing tool that lets you host virtual one-on-one or team meetings easily. 

You can use it from your desktop or your mobile phone (you'll need to download the app).

Check the  Zoom website to select which option is the  most relevant to your need. You'll need to sign up and create an account.

Check this very easy to follow guide on how to install and use ZOOM. 

Make sure to do a test run before the online meeting, it takes off the stress:)

 

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What kind of job interview?

With the complexity of today's job market, human resources professionals are using multiple job interview types to make sure you'll fit right in and that you are the best candidate.

Here are a couple of interview types to help you prepare: behavioral interviews, group interviews, phone and video interviews, second interviews and dining interviews.

If you prepare properly, your brain will remember the setting for each interview type and there is a lesser chance you'll start to stress.

Put all aces in your play and be ready to rock the interview! 

Ride the wind of changes

This year is (another) year of challenges and changes. It can be an opportunity to turn your career around. In 2021, both employer and employee will need a whole lot more from each other. It’s an opportune time to make drastic fundamental job moves. Now is the time to ask yourself ‘Is this what I want in life?

But to be able to do this, you need to have clarity about yourself, your values, your dreams and goals. We can help you figure out the best transition and steps.

There are many ways to get some online education, most of it even for free, such as the MOOC program, Edex and Coursera. This gives you the freedom of choosing your field of interest, your schedule, your speed of learning and maybe open new windows of opportunities.

If you are wondering if you have anytime available, remember the "Mind Myself Program" and how it can free you one hour, every day, to do whatever you want and need.

The rules are changing, constraints are being modified, you have your say in your future!

Remote-Friendly Companies for Women

These are some of (USA) nation’s best employers for women:

  • HubSpot

  • Adobe

  • CVS Health

  • LCH Group

  • Facebook

  • Microspot

  • Farmers Insurance

  • PRA Healthscience

  • Concentrix

  • Thomson Reuters

  • Smartsheet

  • Zoom Video Communications

  • IBM

  • Sunrun

  • Sage

  • LogMeln

  • American Advisors Group - AAG

  • Peloton Cycle

  • Sitecore

More companies can be found on the FlexJobs website. They based this research and ranking on a list done by Human Resources Director. These companies actually integrate diversity and inclusion in their daily operation and strategy.

Returning to work after a leave? Your guide - Part I

First you need to brace yourself that it is going to take time. Yes. At least a couple of days, even months, depending on the job type. So you need to establish a real job search strategy.

First get into the right frame of mind and tell your brain, you are working again. Do as if:)

Start talking about yourself as a working professional and get confident about it. This will help you at the interview stage.

If you know other parents that went through a similar challenge, find out if they have an insight or good advice on how to deal with job and family life, getting that precious life balance we all need.

Determine what you truly want to do, and then figure out the steps you need to take to make it happen.

You may also need to re-train to be up to date and employable. I'll be posting next on "in-demand" skills and where to get them, at the best price, and free if possible.

Your job search plan will help you keep track of what you've done, what is missing and it will hold you accountable.

Watch out for the part II of this post with more tips and insights.

How is your personal brand?

We have all become commodities and brands, and when you are looking for a new position, trying to get a student loan, rent an apartment, there is a good chance your profiles (all of them, on any social media you've ever been on) will be scanned. 

So you may want to check what is out there about you (just run your name on Google), be it text, video or pictures. 

Depending on the content and the originating source you can ask to be removed from their website.

Do the "cleaning and polishing" at your end. Make sure you update all your privacy options on all your accounts and profiles. Your image needs to be consistent across all networks. Try to take care of all discrepancies in facts and statements.

Sometimes things cannot be deleted but you can use a personal branding strategy to counter act the negative comments. If you are interest to find out more, drop me a mail.

If you are a working professional, there are a couple of "must have" professional networks you need to be on. This is also part of your personal branding. 

This will be my next post. Stay tuned:)