5 Tips to Ace Your Video Interview

Job candidates often don’t realize that video interviews require different preparation from phone or in-person interviews.  In this week’s blog post, we’re sharing 5 tips to ace your video interview.  Read on to avoid the horror scenarios (a propeller coming out of your head, a search committee looking up your nose) and to ace your interview.

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Highly Effective References

Highly Effective References

Many job seekers put together a thoughtful job search plan, prepare their resume and cover letter carefully, and agonize over their interview attire, but when it comes to their references, they just type up some names, phone numbers, and email addresses and call it done. The good news: because so many people just throw their reference list together, this is an area where it’s easy to stand out.  

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3 Ways to Love Your Career Again

3 Ways to Love Your Career Again

You’ve probably heard some version of the adage “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I think many of us would roll our eyes, at least internally, at that.  But it is, in some respect, true.  Even if you are planning to change employers or make a career transition, falling back in love with your current position can help you be more successful both in your career, but less obviously, with a job or career change.  This week we’re going to present three strategies to fall back in love with your career.     

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Video of the Week...January 22, 2019

Mentoring month continues. This week, Chip Conley, the author of “Wisdom at Work: Making the Modern Elder," discusses intergenerational mutual mentorship and the importance of the diversity of age in the workplace.

The best time to start to create a career that you are excited about starts right now in the first quarter of 2019. Take 12 minutes to start the process and learn some key insights from Chip Conley’s time at Airbnb.

Video of the Week...January 15, 2019

Tim Ferriss, the author of "The 4-Hour Workweek" and "Tribe of Mentors," says the best mentors won't give you all the answers, but will give you the ability to find the answers yourself. In less than two minutes you can gain clarity about creating a great mentor relationship.

The best time to start to create a career that you are excited about starts right now in the first quarter of 2019. Take 2 minutes to start the process.

Apochromatik's 2018 Top Ten Blog Roundup

Apochromatik's 2018 Top Ten Blog Roundup

2018 was a busy year. Now it’s almost in the history books.

So what better time than the last ten days of the year, when offices are a bit quieter and like seems to slow down just a bit then to take a moment to catch up on some great reading that you had every intention of getting to all year?

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Make 2019 Different (and by Different I mean Great)

Make 2019 Different (and by Different I mean Great)

Everything old is new again.  What popular 1930’s trend is back in vogue today?  

I’ll give you a hint.  Historically successful leaders like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Walt Disney, and Thomas Edison (all old, white guy business leaders)  and even author and creative J.R.R. Tolkien, were famous for participating.  The result of their participation was exponential growth in their businesses and pursuits and the “diversity” of thought they obtained from participation helped them accomplish far more than they ever could have alone.

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You've had the Thanksgiving feast...now it is Cyber Monday!

You've had the Thanksgiving feast...now it is Cyber Monday!

You’ve had the Thanksgiving Feast...

Stood in line for the deals of the century...

Took a nap over the weekend and watched a game, binge watched that show you have been wanting to watch, or spent time with friends or family...

And now?

You are back at work.

Things haven’t changed since before the holiday, have they?  They probably won’t change in the new year either.  In fact, they probably haven’t changed for a long time now, right?

Are you ready to move your career to the next level?

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Is your résumé in need of a redo?

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Today Apochromatik is launching Résumé Redo.

Résumé Redo comes after months of assisting clients with application materials for new jobs, board appointments, advanced degrees, and promotions. Our clients tell us they have more confidence and they get the results they want when their résumé, cover letters, writing samples, and references are targeted for their specific goals.

We have interviewed professionals across the country to develop standards to make your materials stand out. Now you can benefit from the services of Apochromatik Résumé Redo.

Go to www.resumeredo.com and enter your email for information on how to take the next step to join Résumé Redo.

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One Common Mistake to Avoid in the Search for True Job/Career Satisfaction

One Common Mistake to Avoid in the Search for True Job/Career Satisfaction

Job satisfaction, and for that matter career satisfaction, can play a big role in our overall happiness.  I don’t know many people who haven’t had the Sunday evening “workweek dread” come over them around 4:00 p.m.  But if that happens to you more weeks and sometimes days than not, you might need to consider whether you have real job satisfaction.

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Career Lessons from a White House Internship: Alongside a Stalker

Career Lessons from a White House Internship: Alongside a Stalker

When someone sees my resume, the item I’m most likely to be asked about is my internship in the West Wing of the White House.  That is usually followed up by asking whether I know there’s a character named Amy Gardner on the “West Wing” TV show.  (Yes, I do, and I have a great – mostly true – story about how she really could be named after me.  And if you know any different, don’t tell me.  I like my version better.)  Until now, though, I haven’t publicly shared how I got that West Wing internship.  It wasn’t due to connections or networking and certainly not any special expertise.  Instead, I got my internship in the White House press office largely because of the lessons I learned from a stalker.  

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Leaving your job? What to Say in a Goodbye Email...

Helping our clients determine the next steps in their careers sometimes means helping them prepare for a change.  When that’s the case, your goodbye email to your current employer can get overlooked in the flurry of wrapping up your position, but is a great opportunity to leave with grace and gratitude.  Apochromatik’s Amy M. Gardner wrote a guest post for Corporette (the blog about “fashion, lifestyle, and career advice for overachieving chicks”) on the topic of goodbye emails.  Please check it out! 

Free Resume Review Session Participation

Both Keith and Amy participated in a free resume review session for University of Chicago alumni earlier today.  In addition to our work for corporate clients, we are always happy to help if your not for profit organization or group is looking for a speaker on career or career transition issues. 

And if you are’t ready for one-on-one career or career transition coaching but would like a professional, one-on-one resume review session, please let us know.

 

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Are you starting a new job?

Not one but TWO Apochromatik clients are starting new jobs this month.  Both worked with Apochromatik coaches to evaluate their values, their strengths, and the directions they want their careers and lives to go, then worked with Apochromatik coaches to prepare their resumes and cover letters, and to nail their interviews.  

Congratulations to both J. and E.!  In honor of them, this week on the Apochromatik blog, we’re sharing an article on tips for your first day at a new job, featuring advice from Apochromatik’s Keith R. Sbiral.

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3 Common Networking Mistakes You Can Avoid

Recently we conducted a Q&A session where we heard from several professionals who asked about networking.  In the next few weeks, we’ll address many of the questions they raised, including how to build a network from the ground up.  First, though, three common networking mistakes you can easily avoid.

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3 Steps to a Highly Effective Reference List

3 Steps to a Highly Effective Reference List

You’ve come up with a thoughtful job search plan.  You’ve prepared your resume and proofread it until your eyes watered.  Your cover letter is perfectly crafted.  (By the way, if these don’t apply to you, we can help. . . .)  Now it’s time to put together your list of references.  That will be easy, right?  Just type up some names, phone numbers, and email addresses and Voila!  You’re done with your application!  Right?  Wrong. 

References don’t need to take long, but they do need to be carefully put together.  The good news: so many people just throw their reference list together, that this is an area where it’s easy to stand out.  Just follow three steps to improve your reference list. 

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