How To Prepare For A Job Interview In 3 Steps

Usually for those of you who are out there looking for a job or maybe unhappy at the workplace, Mondays are very challenging days. Sometimes you don't want to go back to the workplace or, nowadays that a lot of people are working remotely, you just don't want to get back to the screen. 

It is scientifically-proven (1) that your happiness perception rises 15% during the weekend and goes downhill on Monday because you will go back to a job you don’t enjoy. Let’s be even more honest here, you don't actually want to get back to the boss, right?

I know exactly the panic of finishing a wonderful weekend and start thinking about going back to work on the next day. The terrible sensation of frustration and the fear of losing the important financial income offset any courage to change. I guarantee you there is light at the end of this unhappiness tunnel!

If you’re reading this, it’s maybe because you either have an upcoming job interview or want to catch up with...

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Strategies For Behavioral Interviews

The main objective of this type of interview is to evaluate your behavior in the past to predict your future reactions. That’s why you are going to be telling stories about the time when you did something. Let’s address some practical aspects that you can train beforehand and feel more prepared for this type of interview. 

Identify The Required Skills 

If you're going to a job interview, it's either because there is an open job position or you might be considered to fill in a position in the future. There's a role there to be filled and it is important to identify what would be the needed skills for that particular position. 

Read the job post very thoroughly, line by line, because it's explicit there everything the company wants the candidate to have. Start identifying the skills bullet by bullet. I suggest you open a Word document and create a table by writing down every skill you extract in the job description.

Another relevant exercise is to put...

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How to Solve a Business Case in a Hiring Process

Do you panic when invited to solve business cases in hiring processes?  Have you ever heard about business cases for job interviews? 

Business cases are frequently used in the hiring process to assess how candidates respond to whether real or fictional problems a company may have. They bring out a lot of information related to the business, that's why it's called a business case. And what is so peculiar about solving a case? It’s the problem you’ll be asked to solve. 

You can get a business case about a random company, not exactly the company you are interviewing for. You’ll be given data about logistics, projects, finance, accounting, etc. It will depend on the field that you are applying for. The recruiter or hiring manager is going to ask you some questions about the case and will analyze your capacity of understanding the problem and figuring out a solution. An important point here is that there is no right or wrong. There are at least two...

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What is Wrong With Your Online Application

digital job hunting Jun 11, 2021

Are you constantly rejected after applying online? You’re not alone. There are so many technicalities to take care of nowadays. Competition is increasing and what you did in the past is not what will take you forward anymore. 

Here it is a summary of what I talk about in episode 8 of Live Mondays.

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Let’s check the 4 pillars of online recruiting processes.

1. Automation

• What: ATS - Applicant Tracking System.

• Why: time and money optimization.

• How: first CV screening to organize and harmonize your data; easier to be read.

• Where: almost all Fortune 100 (the USA and Europe).

• Curiosity: the largest ATS of the world is LinkedIn.

 

2. CV Checklist

• ATS-proof CV/resume: select all, Ctrl C, then ctrl V on a plain text document (notepad). Check if your data is understandable. If not, rework your template.

• General rule: 1 page for entry-levels and 2 pages for the rest. 

• Identify keywords on job posts and...

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How To Create Job Leads By Using LinkedIn

Instead of waiting for the perfect job post appear on your feed, why not be proactive and create job leads?

In this video, I use the 5W2H frame and apply it to develop your network on LinkedIn.

Check out my mind map with the summary!

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Networking

           •         What: get in touch with people to contribute to their needs. Ask how you can do that before asking for a referral.

           •         Why: Automation increasing in recruiting processes. More than 60% of new jobs are not even posted. Networking is still the best job opportunity generator.

           •         Where: LinkedIn. Filter your connections (hiring managers or recruiters) and reactivate those you...

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5 Hacks To Start An International Career

I know many of you out there dream about an international career. You probably feel there is a big world to explore, and your life right now is not exactly what you wished for yourself and your family.

But how to escape it and live a respectful international career?

I truly believe that an international career comes together with a growth mindset. You have to believe you’re capable of learning and adapting to different cultures and work realities. And I guarantee you, that is not as easy as it may sound.

A fundamental thing you must consider learning is a new language. There is no shortcut here, effectively learning a second or third language will make your life easier in an international company, as well as in terms of your career path development.

Another point to consider is your employer. If you are right now in a small family business, but your dream is big, you should start creating a strategy for changing your job. And by that, I mean with or without your current...

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How To Restart After Being Let Go

I know how tough it feels to be let go. I had this experience years ago when worked for a large corporation. I will tell you my perspective of what happened on that day and how that event drove a major mindset and career shift to me.

I went back to work after my second maternity leave and on the very first day, at the very first hour, BOOM... “we’re sorry to say but the projects are frozen and since we managed things here without you, we have to let you go.”

What happened after was a period of depression, a deep sadness for not feeling enough. I felt rejected and incompetent. I cursed my former bosses and digested that news very slowly in the following weeks.

From that experience, I can tell exactly what worked out well and what didn’t help at all. The negative thoughts that populated my mind made me really sad. It was like breaking up a relationship. 

I thought I was a terrible professional, that no other company would hire me. I cried when I saw the...

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Landing A Corporate Job In A New Country

digital job hunting May 24, 2021

There is something good about being a Brazilian in Europe. I know what a financial crisis is. Actually, I know what multiple crises are and all the dramatic consequences they have on people. Probably the biggest one is pessimism. 

When I decided to end my sabbatical period after moving to Italy, this is what I heard the most from random people I met: “Italy was into its worst economic crisis, and unemployment was hitting super high levels.”

Actually, when I pulled out Italy’s unemployment rate, the situation was quite the opposite for 2018. That’s already one big lesson: always check what people say and fear. 

I met textile business owners who said their businesses were bleeding because of the Chinese competition - even though China is the most significant world player - just check the label of your sweater and read where it was made...

I heard senior Italians telling me in Italian that my “too modern and optimistic” mindset was not...

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How To Apply For A Job Without A CV

cv digital job hunting May 21, 2021

A couple of days ago, I was researching some job boards, and I found a job post with the following description:

How to apply

We don’t need resumes, we care about who you are today, what you have achieved so far and where you want to go. And we don’t believe in time-consuming cover letters. We believe asking you specific questions is easier than writing a cover letter.

So, What is your primary reaction to this call to action? Are you excited or frightened? 

Let’s breakdown this application process into 3 pillars to understand what this company really wants to access.

Self Awareness

Based on the extract “...we care about who you are today...”, it’s implicit that your self-awareness is crucial here. 

There is a great free test that you can take to help you find out your coefficient of Emotional Intelligence. Self-awareness is one of its components, you can dive into its concept:

The core of Emotional Intelligence is self-awareness....
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5 Personal Marketing Ideas For Job Hunters

There is something I hear almost weekly from my clients. They usually say they are not good at selling themselves at work and that it becomes even worse when job hunting.

There are several reasons why one can feel personal marketing is not their thing. The common beliefs are:

  • Focusing on competencies that you don't have instead of your strengths and current skillset.
  • Comparing yourself to others all the time.
  • Living by what others would think of you if you show off.
  • Believing you are not enough - there is always one missing certificate or experience.
  • General complaining about how terrible your job is, but doing nothing to change due to fear of leaving the comfort zone.

I found a great definition of what personal marketing is in this blog:

Personal marketing is composed by a set of strategies that aim to enhance your professional and personal characteristics. It is not about creating a fake profile, but highlighting the aspects that are more relevant about you and the work you are...

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