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Career Planning & the Occupational Outlook Handbook

August 15, 2016 by

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), is a product of the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics and is an excellent career information resource.

Released on August 8th, the OOH reflects employment projections for the 2014–24 decade and is one of the nation’s most widely used sources of career information by career counselors, students, parents, teachers, job seekers, career changers, education and training officials, and researchers.

The 2016–17 OOH includes 329 occupational profiles covering 576 detailed occupations, or about 83 percent of total employment in 2014. Each occupational profile describes: what workers do, where they work, typical education and training requirements, wages, job outlook, state and area data, and contacts for more information.

If you are investigating a career change, new to the job market, or researching higher education options in specific fields, consider using the information presented in the OOH as part of your decision making process.



Cultural Fit Interview Questions

August 8, 2016 by

Part of the interview process – for both the interviewer and interviewee – is to determine whether you are a good fit for this position as well as with the company, also known as cultural fit. This is important for both sides: if you fit well with the current team and values of the company it is good for the employer; if you feel the culture of the company and its employees is congruent with your own beliefs and outlook it will likely be a good fit. You can find more information and examples of cultural fit here.

According to John Rampton, an entrepreneur and contributor for Entrepreneur.com, there are “11 crucial interview questions to ensure a culture fit.” You can ask some of these questions in order to judge the cultural fit of the company you are looking to join.

  • “How have you delegated tasks in the past?” Employers are looking for leaders – team leaders, supervisors, project managers – and need to know more about your leaderships skills. This can be turned around on the supervisor as well by asking “What is your supervisor style? What sort of expectations should I expect from a leader at this company?”
  • “Why do you want to work for this company? What expectations do you have?” This is doing to help the interviewer determine a few things: Have you researched the company and its mission? Do your interests fall in line with the overall goals of the organization? This is another question you can turn around by asking “What makes you proud to work at this company?” You will be able to tell how passionate employers are about their work depending on their answers.
  • “Can you elaborate on your hobbies?” This is going to show the employer what you are passionate about deep down and how that might reflect the mission of the organization.
  • “How do you fail?” This is similar to the “tell me about a time you made a mistake” question that we often hear in interviews. This question is not to make you feel bad about a mistake – mistakes are learning opportunities and inevitable. Show the interviewer how you handled the situation, what you learned, and how you used this new perspective to reach your goals.

How to Tell if a Company’s Culture is Right for You” (TheMuse.com)
The Best Interview Questions to Ask if You Want the Truth about Company Culture” (TheMuse.com)
Hiring for Cultural Fit? Here’s What to Look For” (BusinessNewsDaily.com)
Recruiting for Cultural Fit” (Harvard Business Review)
5 Ways to Turn Your Company Culture Around” (Entrepreneur.com)
5 Warning Signs of a Toxic Company Culture” (Inc.com)