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Where Will You be in 5 Years?

Posted by Lori on February 22, 2010

One common job interview question is, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” The question is asked because the employer is trying to determine if you can paint yourself into the fabric of the company for the long haul. Will you make a committment to be trained for a job, then stick around awhile? Or, are you only wanting to make some quick money before hopping to the next company?

Lisa Seasholtz from wetfeet.com has some common answers to the question and gives the rationale on why you should give your answer very careful thought. Here are some answers from the list:

  • “In your job”
  • “At this company”
  • “Married, living in Connecticut, with one child”
  • “A partner”
  • “Back in school – full-time”
  • “I don’t know”

Think about how you would answer the question. Make sure you click on the link to find out how to improve your response.

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10 Creative Places to Find the Hidden Jobs

Posted by Lori on February 18, 2010

Has your job search turned into a reconnaissance mission? You scoured the newspaper and super-sleuthed the internet and now what do you do? There is no doubt that times are tough in the job market and you must be prepared to switch from the conventional job search method to forage for employment opportunities elsewhere. Our friends at wetfeet.com have some great ideas on places to probe for a career.  Take a look at the list and see if you can find some places that you may have not have considered:

  1. Do an informational interview when you are trying to decide on changing careers.
  2. Get by with a little help from your friends in the form of networking.
  3. Create your own job. If you see an unmet need, fill it!
  4. Go back to the future and embrace your past.
  5. Be true to your school. Go back and explore how to use your talents to add to the campus community. You meet some alums who could help you.
  6. Make like the Matrix and embrace cyberspace. There are thousands of career sites online that can provide advice for you.
  7. Play sleuth and determine which companies are growing.
  8. Contact someone you admire and ask them for advice.
  9. Get physical and enjoy the great outdoors. You will meet new people, and get energized at the same time.
  10. Host a new book club or career action group.

You may be surprised when you tap into the resources mentioned. Good luck in your quest!

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