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Interview Toughie: “Why Have You Had So Many Jobs?”

August 30, 2017

Have you ever had to answer this tough interview question?  Why have you had so many jobs?  Liz Ryan, former human resources vice president and author of “Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and Career You Deserve,” offers some advice in this article.

In summary, you must:

  • Believe in your own worth
  • Own your power without feeling as if you must constantly apologize
  • Convey with confidence, not defensiveness, all the benefits of having these life experiences

Here are some mistakes to avoid while answering this question:

  • Don’t blame your former employers
  • Don’t joke about not being able to stay in one place for long
  • Don’t say you were bored at your old place

You can review more helpful tips from this full post, on the interview questions page of Livecareer.com.*

Source: MCLB Albany Photos on Flickr

*While Livecareer.com has a comprehensive list of interview questions and answers, I don’t endorse it for resume building.  Using your library card, a librarian can show you how to access free resources to help you build, save, and print your own resumes and cover letters.

Google Your Next Job, Improved

July 5, 2017

Your favorite search engine wants to help you locate your next job.

Instead of visiting separate job listing sites every day such as Monster, CareerBuilder, or Glassdoor, just enter a job title in the Google search bar with the word “jobs” and see the consolidated results near the top:

"your title here" jobs

Clicking on the “100+ more jobs” link takes you to a familiar email-style interface, except that each item is a different job listing:

More job listings
Each detailed listing has a link to view the original posting on the site where Google found it:

Detailed job listing

If you are logged into your Google account, you can turn on alerts for the type of jobs you’re looking for:

Turn on an alert for this job search

Now you have another tool to help speed up the process of looking at web results that are tailored to you.  Read more about how Google is making job hunting easier here.