Welcome to the Work To The Wise job search, interview, and career change resource center. Job search (whether in your current field or a brand new one) is one of the most confusing and obstacle-filled processes I’ve ever encountered. Luckily, there are practical ways to improve your chances and actually get you to that golden ticket … the kind of job or career you really want!
Our goal is to help you identify and deal with any obstacles that might get in your way — both from the employer side, as well as obstacles you might not realize you’re contributing to the search. And to help you figure out the best way to get to your own goals — with practical tips to better navigate (and hopefully demystify) the process.
So please feel free to visit as often as needed along the way. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to add to the article library links below. And for anyone who is looking to make a change in the kind of work they do, we added a special career change section toward the bottom of this page.
Job Search Advice & Tips
No one tip or piece of advice will help everyone in all cases. Oh how wonderful if we had that magic formula. But there are things you can do to improve your chances of getting an interview and then actually getting selected for the job.
And at the top of that list is prepare by knowing as much as you can about the job, the company, and yourself. Here are some posts to help get you ready:
Job Interview Help
If you dread the interview process, you are definitely not alone. Being judged during a limited window of time for a job that could change your life is a stressful event. Even interviewers (like me) find it difficult, since a wrong decision can effect everyone.
Here are some job search resource center posts to help you hopefully lower the stress level for yourself. And help your interviewer find the match they are looking for. While not every job is right for you, it’s such a wonderful feeling when both of you feel that “aha!” moment.
BEFORE YOUR INTERVIEW…
DURING A JOB INTERVIEW…
AFTER THE INTERVIEW…
THANK YOU NOTES…
Answering Job Interview Questions
There is no one way to answer a question. I’ve interviewed people and been interviewed — lots of times for both. When candidates come in with prepared answers and spit them out, they come off as robotic. And it certainly doesn’t help us get a real feel for who they are –and who they would be if they join the company.
Your main job is to listen carefully, answer what they really ask (or close enough), and help them see a person they want to work with and can turn to to get things done. Some posts to help with your interview:
About Those References
In a job (or even when we volunteer), we are creating potential references all the time. And they really do matter when a company is down to their final candidates. Some job search resource center articles to help you (also see networking articles in next section):
Build Those Networking Connections!
Now more than ever networking is your golden ticket to a new job — especially one you truly want. Like references, we are building potential networking connections all the time. And not just when needed.
The best networking connections are created over time — and go in both directions. So the best time to start building them is NOW.
Some posts to help:
Resume Advice for Job Seekers
Your resume is a quick picture of who you are. It needs to be strong and clear enough to catch a screener’s attention in just a few seconds. While no one can put all of who they are on a page or two, you can figure out how to grab a potential employer’s attention by helping them easily find the “perfect” match.
Here are some job search resource center articles (more to come) to help you create a resume that gets noticed — and selected for an interview:
Sometimes we find the career we love right away. And sometimes it even finds us. But for most of us, there comes a point where we start to question if there is something better for us out there.
Some articles to help you think about careers and career change: