Job Search Month: Your Application Materials | VOTW 091019

Job Search Month: Your Application Materials | VOTW 091019

Fall is always a busy time in hiring, which makes September a great time to jumpstart your job search. If you are considering a change, you’ll want to watch the blog as we tackle a different aspect of the job search process each week throughout September. Last week we started where your search should: networking. This week we’ll address application materials.

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Job Search Month: Networking

Job Search Month: Networking

September is a great time to jump start your job search, so throughout the month, we’re focusing on different elements of the process.

This week, we’re starting where your search should: networking. Whether or not you’re looking for a new position, no one has ever regretted having a strong network. From client referrals to moral support to, yes, help finding a new job, your network is an important asset you must invest in. In fact, studies show that 70 percent of jobs are filled through a networking contact,  and the average annual income for workers who got their job with a referral is 6% higher than those who didn’t.

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The Apochromatik blog is back! Job Search | VOTW 090319

The Apochromatik blog is back! Job Search | VOTW 090319

The Apochromatik blog is back!

Throughout the month of September, we’re focusing on the job search process. 

September is a great time to jump start your job search. Without vacation plans and nice weather to distract you, it’s harder to ignore that you’re merely tolerating your job and due (or overdue) for a change. It’s also an ideal time to make progress before the holidays and end of year slowdown.

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Becker Group Women's Leadership Podcast | VOTW 081319

The Apochromatik Blog is on summer vacation through Labor Day! We’ll be back September 3 with new content. Until then, instead of a Video of the Week, please check out Amy Gardner’s appearance on the Becker Group Women’s Leadership 15 Minute Podcast. They covered Amy’s career path, goal setting, staying motivated, starting your own business, and more. Please check it out, and be sure to subscribe.

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7 Tips to Manage Stress, Burnout, and Anxiety During the Job Search

7 Tips to Manage Stress, Burnout, and Anxiety During the Job Search

“Kate” has it all together.  We’ve worked to ensure her resume is excellent.  Her cover letters are customized and strong.  She is focused in her job search.  She knows that networking is (usually) where the jobs are, and has worked to build an engaged and supportive network.

But . . . she’s at that point where she’s waiting to receive an offer for a job, waiting on another interview that needed to be rescheduled, waiting for a couple of key people in her network to come back from vacation and make introductions. And she’s hit a wall.  She is tired from the stress of job interviews, networking, tired of working to find her next job at the same time she’s working ridiculous hours at the current job, tired of also doing her share at home, anxious about how much longer she’ll have to continue enduring this process. . . . 

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How to Excel at an Initial Interview: 5 Tips Learned Eavesdropping at Starbucks

How to Excel at an Initial Interview: 5 Tips Learned Eavesdropping at Starbucks

“It’s just a conversation at Starbucks to make sure they want to call me back.”  

“It’s a pretty low bar.  As long as I come across as normal, I’ll advance to the next phase.”  

“It’s at Starbucks.  It’s just an initial interview.”  

Do any of these sound familiar?  Recently I’ve observed several initial interviews in various coffee shops where it seemed clear that the job candidates had those thoughts before the interviews.  And afterwards, based on their performances, I am confident they each regretted that approach.  

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Job Interviews | VOTW 072919

Job Interviews | VOTW 072919

For the next two weeks, we’re focusing on job interviews. If you have an interview on the horizon, you may be asked some variation of “what motivates you?” or “what makes you happy at work?” And even if you aren’t asked one of those questions directly, you should still think about — and be able to convey — what makes you feel good about your work. Beyond doing well in your interview, knowing what makes you feel good about your work can help guide your job search.

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Developing Your Leadership Skills as a New Professional | VOTW 072319

Developing Your Leadership Skills as a New Professional | VOTW 072319

Are you a new professional? Do you supervise new professionals? 
Developing leadership skills can seem presumptuous as a new professional, but if you don't make the effort early, you can find yourself behind the curve when you are considered for positions that utilize or require leadership skills to be successful. The best time to work on these skills is before you need them.

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Enhancing Leadership Skills | VOTW 071619

Enhancing Leadership Skills  | VOTW 071619

For the next two weeks, we’re addressing leadership skills and how you can enhance yours.
This week’s Video of the Week focuses on empathy, an important part of the emotional intelligence leaders need. Dr. Brené Brown explains the difference between sympathy and empathy and how to respond when someone else is struggling. This three minute RSA Short will stay with you long after the week is over.

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Stop Giving 110%

Stop Giving 110%

Stop Giving 110%.  

Picture it:  1993.  Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” is the song that proms are made of, and I’m interviewing for a college scholarship in my best dress from the pages of Seventeenmagazine with my hair freshly permed at Great Clips.  My high school guidance counselor is one of the interviewers.

He asks, “What is your best quality?”

I proudly respond, “I give everything 110%.”

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Perfection! | VOTW 070919

Perfection!  | VOTW 070919

This week on the Apochromatik blog, we’re focusing on why perfection is not necessarily a good goal. For the Video of the Week, psychologist Thomas Curran explains why aiming for perfection can backfire and actually be dangerous. Check it out, and come back Thursday for a new blog post on why giving 110% is almost never the best approach to succeed at work and at life.

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Summer Starts Tomorrow

Summer Starts Tomorrow

Summer officially starts tomorrow, and the second half of 2019 starts in just a few days!

True, at least in Chicago, summer hasn’t quite completely taken hold yet as it is 55 degrees out today. But the end of the quarter is a great time to take stock of where your year is going and to consider the balance between your vocation and avocation and personal and professional lives.

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The Un-Video Video of the Week | VOTW 061819

The Un-Video Video of the Week | VOTW 061819

This week the Video of the Week is . . .not a video!  Instead, we’re featuring a recent episode of the Becker Group Women’s Leadership 15 Minute Podcast. Amy M. Gardner is the guest, and they covered Amy’s path from Luther College to the University of Chicago Law School, and from law firm partner to dean of students to coaching and consulting for lawyers and their employers; goal setting; staying motivated; starting your own business; and more. Please check it out, and be sure to subscribe.

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