Don’t forget to collect business cards so that you have correct job titles and accurate email addresses for your Thank You Notes. 

REMINDER:  Your Thank You Note will be an important tool for reminding the interviewers about your interview performance (hopefully that’s a good thing) and jog their memories about your qualifications and what you could do for the company and a department.


At the close of the interview be sure to get answers to the following:

  • What will next steps be?
  • When do you expect to make a decision?
  • How will I be notified?





The unfortunate truth is that going into a recession and coming out of one skews compensation levels.   Compensation structures that existed before the recession probably won’t hold during recession – hiring is a supply vs. demand activity – just like any other market and these two factors determine price/salary.   Conversely, the compensation being offered can climb rapidly in a fast moving recovery – this recovery is rather slow.   With that in mind, it is important to be aware of the demand in the local job market for your skills and experience and monitor the pace of the recovery.

At September 2016, we are rapidly moving away from an employers’ market.   Demand is growing and some “skills” are very difficult for employers to find.

Recessions and economic recovery are big news, so the state of the economy and the labor market in your area of the country is readily available.

Also, was your compensation before the recession high, about average, or lower than the market – be honest.   If you changed jobs before the recovery had much steam, you probably didn’t get much of a bump if any.   It is important for you to have that perspective.  If you were “about average” before the recession and managed to hold at that level in a recession job change, a move now should allow for a nice bump in pay – know the local market for your skills and experience.    Part III of this series – Asking Questions  provides suggestions for getting information to help you to evaluate the company and the job vs. your professional needs and goals







Next To Last Thought – Connect the dots for them!


That means, YOU make the link between your skills and experience and the requirements of the job.   BECOME the square peg that fits the square hole or a close facsimile

Success and Failure Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

Don’t expect or wait for the people doing the search to figure out how you are a potential fit for a job’s requirements and can be successful in that job.  They won’t, they’ll move on to another candidate who’s easier to figure out, so carefully connect the dots for them. 

Keep this uppermost in your mind, people seeking to fill positions are pressed for time with the demands of their own jobs combined with the need to review multiple resumes, and then carryon interviews (many of them).  It is very important for a candidate to *connect the dots for recruiters, HR, and managers.  You cannot wait for the people who are hiring to do it.  They are going to go after the candidate who is easy to figure out – the square peg who appears to fill the square whole.

Further, focus on industries, departments or job functions or activities where you have a track record and a story you can tell that will resonate with those involved in the hiring process.  Read job specs carefully to see if you can glean from them where they are hurting.

*Get more info about the company’s & a department’s needs or some specific skills and experience they are focused on in filling the position.  A recruiter should be tuned in to this.  The listing might give you a clue as well.    NOW – when you talk to someone involved in the recruiting process or write a cover letter – you connect the dots for them.  

Create the links amongst your past job titles or individual responsibilities, job successes, and skills.  BECOME the square peg that fits the square hole or a close facsimile – close enough to get to the next step.

You will not always be successful – that’s part of the process, just keep these concepts in mind when you are connecting with people.  Also, remember, your search and being placed in a job may be among the most important things you are currently involved in.  The same sense of urgency does not exist for your cause by the people who are conducting the search.   You need to make it easy for them to decide they want to contact you.


Last thought:  Career change is always difficult.   Ask yourself, is this the correct time (in your life – in the economic cycle) to think career change!

Many of those in a difficult job search – meaning they are not “landing” – decide the problem is their career path.  That is probably not so if we are in or entering a recession.   The problem in such times is too many people chasing too few jobs.   Changing careers just makes the search more difficult………………..……………..Understand, that in recession, with the glut of resumes piling up in in-boxes, the primary culling process typically involves getting rid of those people who don’t have the specific skills and experience listed in the job description, i.e. a similar current job title and department affiliation within the same or a closely related industry.


if your time frame to success is pretty open and you deal well with disappointment, proceed.

If career change is something you really want to do, but are out of work and really need to find a job – expend 75% of your effort focused on finding a job in your current career path and the rest on making that career change including doing seminars and coursework toward that goal – for the future.

In pursuing your career change do try to link aspects of your past work experience with the new job options you are exploring when talking to a recruiter or hiring managers,  reference the previous section “Connect the dots for them.”

When the job market tightens, making that career change will become less challenging…….as companies struggle to fill open positions.

……..assuming you’ve set yourself up to be viewed as a viable candidate with some training, relevant course work, maybe an internship, and a difficult to dismiss “Can do Attitude.”

Good luck – next step for you, becoming an ENGAGED, CONTENT, HIGHLY VALUED & PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYEE

Next step for me, back to providing managers and companies with insight and tools to promote employee engagement!

PART I – Preparing for the ‪Interview‬‬‬‬‬‬.

PART II – Now On To The Interview.

PART III, You Ask Questions Now & Get the Info You Need.