Consider This Before Accepting the Job

Congratulations–you’ve received a job offer!  While the compensation and benefits packages are probably the first things you’ll look at, consider the other benefits of the job as well; namely, how much happiness will your job bring you?

Why does it matter and how can you figure it out? Check out “The Guide to Finding Workplace Happiness” from Rasmussen College.


Whether you are trying to land your first job or thinking about making a major career change, you might be tempted to accept the highest-paid job offer without thinking twice. But is a high paycheck really enough to bring complete job satisfaction? Many of the happiest working professionals say that money isn’t everything.

For instance, administrative assistants, who make an average of $29,050 (Bureau of Labor Statistics) were ranked among the top-ten happiest professionals in America, according to a CareerBliss study based on 200,000 independent company reviews. Many administrative assistants said—rather than salary—they were happy particularly because of their day-to-day tasks and the people that they work with.

So before you make your next big career move, think about whether or not your time and dedication is really fulfilling? Consider the following top 10 factors that directly contribute to workplace happiness, according to CareerBliss experts:

1. The Person You Work For

Your relationship with your boss has a direct relationship on your happiness; plus it directly effects how well you can maneuver your career in the direction you want. With a great relationship, you can much more easily communicate to your boss about your progress as well as your future career goals—not to mention maintain a great reference. The person you work for is instrumental in achieving your long-term goals.

2. The People You Work With

Coworkers have a direct impact on team-oriented projects. If you have coworkers with whom you enjoy collaborating with, chances are you will have a greater opportunity to improve your teambuilding and leadership skills. Also, a positive relationship with your coworkers makes for a much more pleasant day-to-day work environment.

3. Where You Work

Do you enjoy close-quarters? Do you prefer a large office-setting or would you rather work outdoors? The quality and appeal of the building or setting in which you work plays a role in your overall workplace happiness. After all, it’s the place where you will be spending the majority of each day.

4. The Support You Get

Sometimes it can be frustrating to be required to perform at your maximum potential without adequate resources or support. Some companies make it a priority to provide the tools, resources, and technology to empower employees. Support like tuition reimbursement and professional development opportunity are great examples of employee support from organizations.

5. The Rewards You Receive

Overall compensation—including benefits and salary—is an obvious essential for job satisfaction. As a professional, you should know your worth and ensure that you are compensated fairly for the skills and experience that you regularly contribute.

6. The Growth Opportunities Available To You

There’s not a whole lot worse than working your tail off for a company that may never offer professional advancement. One important step to healthier job satisfaction is to create long-term personal career goals.

7. The Culture of Your Company

One of the major factors employers consider during the initial interview is whether or not you would mesh well with the company culture. That’s why it’s important for you to be honest with your employer about the type of person you are from day one. If you like structure and a serious work environment, you might be unhappy working in a more laid-back workplace environment.

8. The Work You Do

The specific tasks and responsibilities that you have determine how you get up in the morning. Are you eager and looking forward to your day’s challenges? Or do you wake up sluggish, knowing that you will have to deal with tasks you hate? It’s important that you enjoy the work that you do on a day-to-day basis simply because you will be doing those tasks so often.

9. The Way You Work

You should be happy with not only your day-to-day responsibilities but also the amount of control you have in getting your job done. If you are a self-starter, you will be much happier at a free-lance type of job where you are given limited directions. Other professionals thrive on structure and constant feedback. If you have a position that conflicts with your preference in the way you work, you may be limiting your potential.

10. The Company You Work For

Some people find happiness in working for a company with a strong reputation and vision. If you strongly believe in a company’s overall mission, you might find greater satisfaction in maintaining a role at the company. Whether you prefer a long-standing company or a new start-up, the company you work for will directly influence your happiness.

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Summary of The Report on the Class of 2011

A look at the Report on the Class of 2011 shows that Holy Cross students follow many different post-grad paths. The Report provides a basic overview of the professional lives of young alumni in various industries, graduate school and volunteer opportunities. For underclassmen, seeing the range of  opportunities available after college can help inspire one’s own professional discernment. For seniors, it’s just nice to know that the majority of young alumni turn out alright. =)

Hopefully for everyone, the Report makes it clear that the Holy Cross liberal arts education is pertinent to pretty much anything and everything!

Interested what your former classmates are up to? Some highlights…

1. Employment by Industry: 2011 Crusaders are working in a variety of industries. Financial Services is the most popular industry, representing nearly 20% of the class; Health Care and Education represent sizable portions as well.  What does this mean for you? There are young alumni in almost every field who you could use as resources for networking and gathering more information about potential careers.

>> Looking for a job? Check Crusader Connections often to see what new opportunities may be available. And don’t forget about the Career Advisory Network and the Holy Cross Alumni Community to connect with alumni to learn more about their positions and how you can succeed in them as well. <<

2. Starting Salary Profile: Worried about paying back student loans, affording rent and paying for groceries? The average salary for the class of 2011 was $46,652, up from $44,140 the previous year, representing a 5.4% increase.  Likely it is a sign of a recovering economy, which is good for you! Additionally, Holy Cross has a lead on the national averages.

3. Graduate School: Looking to advance your education? 15.2% of the class of 2011 enrolled in graduate school full time, down from 26% in 2010. (This is likely due to the growth in the economy, allowing more people to enter the workforce.) The most popular programs of study are Law School and Professional Masters.

>> Interested in graduate school? Visit the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies or speak with a graduate studies adviser in your department (each department has one!). Career Planning can still assist you in preparing a cover letter and resume or helping you with interview preparation.<<

4. Volunteer Programs: Holy Cross students try to live out the mission of “Men and Women for Others” even after college. In 2011, 7.4% of the class participated in full-time volunteer programs, the most popular of which was the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

>>Looking to volunteer? The Chaplain’s Office and some of the Career Planning’s online resources like<<

5. Post-Graduate Fellowships & Awards: 3.4% of the class of 2011 were awarded post-graduate fellowships.

>> Interested in applying for a fellowship or grant? Visit the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies. Career Planning can still assist you in preparing a cover letter and resume or helping you with interview preparation.<<

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Bottom line? Holy Cross students are talented, and no matter which post-grad path(s) you decide to take, there are resources at the College to prepare you to be your most successful.

Alumni Guest Post: Kevin Leggio ’11

Today’s Alumni Guest Post comes from Kevin Leggio ’11, who, from his  work in Human Resources has some tips for successful interviewing.

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Kevin Leggio ’11

Major: Psychology; Italian; Pre-Business
Industry: Human Resources/Organizational Development

Congratulations! You are now entering into one of the more challenging aspects of the “real world” and you aren’t even in it yet: getting an entry-level job.

Not to fear. Getting an entry-level job isn’t  the easiest thing, but it’s not impossible either. Even if you feel you don’t have the “E word” (Experience), you would be surprised at how relevant and transferable your Holy Cross education is when it comes to finding a job.

In my current entry-level job, I interview candidates for various positions and work directly with a corporate recruitment department, giving me some insight into the do’s and dont’s of interviewing for jobs.

Based on my experience, here are some helpful tips for landing a good entry-level job and for being successful in the “real world” after Holy Cross:

1.    Network. I know you hear this all the time, but trust me, successful networking can do wonders for you personally and professionally. You have a sea of alumni who are willing and able to lend a helping hand and seemingly unlimited resources to connect you to people all over the world. Whether it’s looking up alumni in a particular field and finding out what entry-level compensation is for that position, or setting up an informational lunch to discuss how an alum got into their field and advanced their career, you can’t go wrong with simple networking. It’s not always going to result in a job, but understanding the field can sure can help you get ahead. (Plus, a free lunch doesn’t hurt here and there… especially when first starting out.) Moreover, you never know when your network will give back to you. (Spoiler alert: see #5.)

2.    Sell yourself. The job market is still pretty competitive and although many companies are hiring, they are looking for someone who can come in, learn fast, and be a team player. What better than a Holy Cross student?! Coming from an institution that embraces these key elements, you have an advantage… so use it! When interviewing, make sure that you highlight experiences in your Holy Cross education and elsewhere that show these qualities.

3.    You don’t always have to know everything. Specific job knowledge is not always expected in an entry-level position—you are not required to be a subject matter expert. However, the potential and capacity to learn the job over time is important.

Although it can be difficult to start at the bottom again, help yourself out by researching the fields and companies that you are interested in to find out as much about the industry as you can. Look into educational resources, get some books (the “Dummies” series are like Spark-notes for the real world) and tap into any alumni resources that you can to get internal information (again, networking!).

4.    Use your “non-negotiables.” Employers look for prospects who have not only the intellectual bandwidth to learn the job, but the interpersonal skills to be a successful and invaluable member of the team. Employers sometimes call these “non-negotiables,” or soft skills that are expected and required for new employees and can’t always be taught on the job. Some employers don’t mind the time investment that it takes to train a new employee on job knowledge, but it is difficult to teach soft skills in the work place. Luckily for you, with an average class size of about twenty, Holy Cross has pretty much conditioned you to speak in public and interact with others… so make sure you emphasize these talents.

5.     Never burn a bridge. This goes back to networking. Landing interviews is not always an easy task. However, when you do have an interview, make sure that you always get contact information and follow up. Also, even if you don’t get the job or a call back, treat your interviwers as part of your network. Don’t do anything that can hinder you from using them as a contact in the future.

I’m where I’m at today because I was referred to an agency by an employer who rejected me. I inquired with the first employer as to why I didn’t get the position and asked if they had suggestions or resources that they could provide me with so that I could pursue an entry role in that field—and they did.


6.     You are the interviewer too. When you are interviewing you are not only being interviewed by you are doing the interviewing. You are trying to see if the company would be a good place for you. If it seems like you’d be happy and can grow there, then it’s probably a pretty good place to start gathering some of the “E word.”

Happy Job Searching!

Crusader Connections: A Crash Course

Looking for a job or internship? Your first place to look should be Crusader Connections, the Career Center’s online recruiting portal. Students may use this system to apply for full-time employment and internship opportunities.

There are dozens of internships and jobs available on Crusader Connections for students of all class years and majors. According to Pamela Ahearn, Director of the Summer Internship Program, “Employers are reaching out to our office daily to advertise their open positions. They are specifically targeting Holy Cross students for these opportunities.” While some positions are restricted to specific class years or to the  Summer Internship Program, many are not.  Search the site to see what opportunities may be of interest to you!

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Directions for using Crusader Connections

The URL for Crusader Connections is:

Note: Your password to log in to Crusader Connections is not the same as your Holy Cross Novell password. When you log in for the first time you will need to use the password automatically generated by the system and sent to your email. If you forgot this password or require a new one, send the Career Center an email at and we can provide you with one.

Build your Profile

– Click on My Profile tab in top navigation bar, complete required fields, and choose Save Changes & Continue
– Click on Personal and update contact information, class year, etc . Save changes.

– Click on Academic and update.  Save changes.

– Click on Privacy Settings and update (Choose ‘yes’ for faster notifications of job postings.)

Upload Necessary Documents (resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, etc.)

– Click on My Documents tab in top navigation bar

– Click on Add New at the bottom of the page

– Enter a document title in the Label field

– Click on Browse button, select a file to upload and then click the Submit button

– Repeat  steps 1-3  for over documents

Apply for Job

– Click on Jobs/Internships tab or the Employers tab in the top navigation bar.  (For fewer results, choose Crusader Connections Jobs)

– Use the Keyword search

– Click on the Apply button

– You will be directed to find your Necessary Documents in the drop-down

– Highlight the appropriate name and Submit the required documents

– A green screen will appear to indicate that you have successfully applied to the job.

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Interested in applying for a position you found? Stop by the Career Planning Center‘s drop in hours, M-F 1-4pm to have your required documents checked out!

How to Use Easter Break to Advance Your Career

Easter break is one of gems of Holy Cross: how many other schools do you know which get almost a whole week off? The weather is finally good (usually), the semester is almost over (finally), and it’s the perfect opportunity to start advancing your career (say what?!).

That’s right.

Think about it, none of your friends will be home for the week and there’s a finite number of times exploding Marshmallow Peeps in the microwave is exciting (approximately the same number as Peeps you have). Take advantage of this free time to do a little career advancement!

Some ideas:

Search: Still no internship or job? There are dozens of internships available on Crusader Connections right now waiting for you! According to Pamela Ahearn, Director of the Summer Internship Program, “Employers are reaching out to our office daily to advertise their open positions. They are specifically targeting Holy Cross students for these opportunities.” While some internships are restricted to students in the Summer Internship Program, many are not. Search the site to see what opportunities may be of interest to you!

Job shadow: Real people don’t have the week off. Maybe you hit it off with a local HC alumnus you found in the Career Advisory Network or your mom’s coworker’s husband’s best friend has what sounds like your dream job–ask if you could shadow them for a day. There is no better way to learn if you’ll like a job than to try it out!

Volunteer: Still having withdrawal from your Spring Break Immersion Trip? Volunteering is a great way to spend your free time. Food pantries and soup kitchen always need extra help around the holidays, but think outside the box about opportunities which could play off your interests. Environmental Studies concentrator? Join in restoring a park for a day. Love to draw? Create some cards for a nursery home. Check out for more ideas.

Clean up Your Resume: …You do have one, right? If so, take some time to edit it and make sure your most amazing achievements and interests are listed. Don’t have one? Write one! You’ll need it eventually. Use this easy-to-follow guide and don’t forget to bring it by Career Planning after break for some one-on-one advice.

Reward: After all of your hard work, you deserve to take a break with your family and to relax with some Cadberry Eggs, Starburst Jelly Beans or Marshmallow Peeps!

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Global Career Development: Foreign Policy Association University

Interested in  career in international affairs?  Jump start your global career at the Foreign Policy Association University (FPA U).

According to the program website, FPA U “provides internationally minded individuals with the tools they need to realize successful careers in global affairs. Established by the renowned Foreign Policy Association, FPA U offers specialized seminars, networking opportunities and invaluable access to insider information for the next generation of global professionals.”

Seminars are offered in New York City, Washington D.C. and Boston. Register for seminars online (links provided below). Discounted packaging pricing available; please contact for details.

Spring 2012 seminars include:

Global Careers Boot Camp

  • Where are the jobs? Discover a variety of international opportunities
  • What degrees, internships, and training programs are best?
  • How do I break into the field? Networking & application guidance

NYC April 18 | DC May 3


Landing a Job in International Development

  • What are the current jobs in development?
  • What’s the deal? Field work vs. Headquarters, salaries, lifestyle
  • What are employers recruiting for right now?

NYC April 17 | DC May 1 | BOS May 15

Opportunities in International Exchange & Education

  • What kind of jobs are out there? Examine this dynamic field
  • Who’s hiring? NGOs, think tanks, government, schools & more
  • How do I get an edge? Networking, resumes, successful interviewing

NYC April 24 | DC May 2 | BOS May 16

Breaking into Global Finance

  • Explore career options in finance & banking worldwide
  • An insider’s view on networking, training, & landing the job
  • Leveraging your finance background into exciting opportunities

NYC April 25

All seminar attendees receive:

  • Course-specific FPA U Tool Book
  • Automatic enrollment in the Foreign Policy Association’s Global Jobs email alerts
  • Free half-year digital subscription to Foreign Affairs Magazine
  • Light food and drink during networking session

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Foreign Policy Association University FAQ’s:

Who should attend?
Professionals, recent graduates, and students considering or preparing for a global career, looking for the insider track on how to break into the field.

What will I learn?
Each specialized course explores career options, where the current jobs are, the hiring process, and how you can distinguish yourself within a competitive market.

Who are FPA U instructors?
Our courses are led by professionals from dynamic backgrounds who are experts in their field. They bring international experience, career development, recruiting know-how, and tailored guidance to each seminar.

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For more information or to apply for FPA U, please see visit

Virtual Drop In Hours

Have a question about a job or internship posting?
Looking to get your resume checked?
Need a cover letter critiqued?
Want to do it all from the comfort of your room?

Virtual Office Hours with Career Planning
Every Monday night, 7-9pm
April 16th – May 21st, 2012

How does it work?
Log on to Crusader Connections
Click on “Chat with an Adviser” on the home page
A box will pop up within which you should enter your
name & email along with your question

No advance sign up is necessary!

7 Pieces of Career Advice from Success Stories

What do Lady Gaga, Steve Jobs and Warren Buffet have in common?  Their success stories all contain wisdom for undergrads starting out in the real world! Read on for some best tips from some of the best success stories.

The following article is originally from and has been modified  for this blog.

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1. Steve Jobs: “You’ve got to find what you love.”
You’ve heard it time and again: find something you love and pursue it. Steve Jobs was taking a risk when he dropped out of Reed College and started Apple in his parents’ basement, but three decades later, he found himself at the top of a multi-billion dollar company that probably produced your computer screen. In his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford, Jobs didn’t speak so much about talent or resources or GPA, but instead told the graduates “to have the courage to follow your heart and intuition… everything else is secondary.”

2. Jennifer Hudson: Success is rarely instant.
Try to remember way back when American Idolactually mattered to the public and Jennifer Hudson was a contestant. She was eliminated before she even reached the top six singers of season 3—and yet, in the long run, she managed to outperform most of the show’s winners from every season. She’s won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Dreamgirls, released a Grammy-winning debut album and landed several more roles in movies like Sex and the City and The Secret Life of Bees. Learn from Hudson’s story and don’t give up just because you weren’t noticed right away; keep working hard and you’ll earn recognition.

3. Mark Zuckerberg: Build and keep a solid network.
Creator Mark Zuckerberg has not only created an extensive network for the world, but for himself as well. Soon after finishing his sophomore year of college, he made connections with technology moguls like Sean Parker of Napster, Peter Thiel of PayPal, and Steve Chen, who later co-founded YouTube. And while Facebook was a smart idea to begin with, these people gave Zuckerberg the tools to materialize it and build the entrepreneurial empire he has today. Keep your eyes open and don’t be afraid to meet new people.

4. Barbara Walters: Keep your personal and professional lives separate.
Regarded today as a journalism icon and one of the world’s most influential women, Barbara Walters has dealt with the drama of marrying and divorcing four times, suffering three miscarriages, and raising a daughter off camera.  Walters kept it classy and managed her personal life without letting it interfere with her professional life, a skill that can help anyone’s career.

5. Barack Obama: No barrier is unbreakable.
No matter your political standing, you’ve got to admit that President Obama has made history by breaking the race barrier in the White House. Take his story as proof that you can take your career as far as you’d like it to go—no matter who has or hasn’t done so before you.

6. Warren Buffett: Be modest.
Warren Buffett has bragging rights others can only dream of: a net worth upwards of 60 billion dollars, a position as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and a standing as one of the wealthiest and most successful businessmen in the world. But despite his legendary status among investors, he is known and admired for his personal frugality, a career lesson we may not immediately consider but one to keep in mind. Buffett has nothing to prove and gets a lot of respect for his attitude. Celebrate your achievements, but skip the boasting. Your success will speak for itself.

7. Lady Gaga: Give back.
This year Lady Gaga topped Forbes’ Celebrity 100 and scored the eleventh spot in the magazine’s World’s Most Powerful Women list. Not only is she a favorite in the entertainment industry, but she is also quite the philanthropist. Gaga has become involved in various charities and benefits for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, HIV/AIDS, United States immigration laws, and LGBTQ discrimination. And while the main function of Gaga’s philanthropy is benevolence, she has also broadened her fan base and gained respect from the public for her generosity. What’s the lesson here? It’s okay to be ambitious, but don’t forget the human side of things. Keep others in mind and they’ll do the same for you, too.


22 Companies Hiring RIGHT NOW.

It’s easy to get caught up in the doom & gloom outlook on the economy, especially without a job offer in hand.  However, there are employment opportunities available across industry lines.  Many companies are still hiring and some, like the 22 listed below, in large volumes.

This list was compiled from listings on According to the site, they are all looking to hire now, so stop by drop-in hours to polish off that resume and cover letter soon!

1. Starbucks
Number of jobs: 13,000 (retail) 400+ (professional services)
Sample job titles: Retail, information technology, supply chain operations and finance

Number of jobs: 3,000+
Sample job titles: Software development engineers, product managers, operations managers, and communications and product marketing managers

3. The Boeing Company
Number of jobs: More than 500; expects to onboard about 11,000 people

Sample job titles: Engineering, airplane manufacturing, cyber security and intelligence and business functions like finance

4. Citibank
Number of jobs: 2,500
Sample job titles: Customer service, personal banker, home lending specialist, business development officer — commercial banking

5. Adventist Health System
Number of jobs: 2,500+
Sample job titles: Allied health professionals, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, registered nurses

6. Time Warner Cable
Number of jobs: 500+
Sample job titles: Direct sales reps, customer service reps, technicians and IT and engineering

7. State Farm Insurance
Number of jobs: 2,600
Sample job titles: Actuarial, agency department, banking, claims, creative services, customer service, information technology/systems, legal/litigation, public relations/communications, underwriting

8. Deloitte
Number of jobs: 3,300
Sample job titles: Client service professionals in all business segments including accounting, assurance and advisory, risk, tax, strategy, financial, technology and human capital

9. URS
Number of jobs: 4,300
Sample job titles: Engineering, logistics/supply/procurement, business operations/admin/IT, construction, project/program management, aviation, environmental/sciences, health and safety/homeland security operations and maintenance

10. ADP
Number of jobs: 2,000+
Sample job titles: Sales, implementation, JAVA development, client services, HR

11. T-Mobile USA
Number of jobs: 1,000+
Sample job titles: Retail sales, business sales, corporate and technology

12. Humana Inc.
Number of jobs: 2,200
Sample job titles: Various, including sales, pharmacy, nurses, physicians, service operations, IT

13. Bridgestone Retail Operations
Number of jobs: 1,000+
Sample job titles: Retail sales managers, service managers, automotive technicians, master technicians

14. Universal Health Services
Number of jobs: 1,500+
Sample job titles: Accounting, allied health, education, executives (CEO, CFO, CNO, COO), food and nutritional services, healthcare–rehab, ICU, IT, L&D, nursing and office/clerical

15. Koch Industries
Number of jobs: 1,000
Sample job titles: Engineers, IT, operations

16. Black and Veatch
Number of jobs: 500
Sample job titles: Mechanical and electrical engineers, project managers

17. Advanced Technology Services
Number of jobs: 1,000+
Sample job titles: Manufacturing maintenance technicians — field service representatives

18. Burns & McDonnell
Number of jobs: 300
Sample job titles: Civil and environmental engineers, project managers

19. Gentiva Home Health and Hospice
Number of jobs: 1,800+
Sample job titles: Home health and hospice registered nurses, home health and hospice LPNs, nurse management, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, single site and multi-site operation management, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, sales executives

20. USA
Number of jobs: 320+
Sample job titles: Install technicians, customer service, IT tech

21. Certified Payment Processing
Number of jobs: 366
Sample job titles: Sales/account management

22. Bayada Home Health Care
Number of jobs: 300+
Sample job titles: Nursing, assistive care, therapies, medical social work, rehabilitation, hospice, non-clinical support and marketing/sales

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Skype Interviewing 101

Whether you’re applying to internships while studying abroad or applying for a job far away, you may have to participate in a Skype interview this spring.  Skype is a great opportunity for connecting you to these opportunities, but it poses some unique concerns.  To address these issues, I turned to Jenny Foss of, who describes herself as “Your job search BFF and tough love expert on finding career passion.”

Her tips for using Skype may help you move from a virtual interview to a real job offer!

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10 Tips to Shred the Competition in your Skype interview (by Jenny Foss)

You may already know this, but allow me to reiterate: corporate HR has discovered Skype. And they’re using it with increasing frequency to interview candidates. It’s cheaper than flying you in, and it’s more personal than a phone call.

Welcome to your huge advantage in the job search. Do use it accordingly. Even if you’re not job searching, these tips are helpful for any Skype calls you do, including informal interviews and networking.

If you’re competing with older candidates for your dream job, they may very well have the “years’ experience” edge. But if you’re already comfortable using Skype? You really, truly could outshine that senior level candidate if he or she is “green” with this technology.

Of course, you must then make this your mission. Outshine, friend. Outshine.

To ensure this mission is successful, here are 10 tips to help you shred the competition on your next Skype interview:

  1. When confirming the interview, provide your Skype account name. Show the interviewer that you’re comfortable with the technology right from the start. Also, ask if you are to dial them, or if they will call you. No sense starting off on this weird note.
  2. If your Skype name is cutesy or unprofessional, set up another account. And not MadSkillz or HireMaddie. Just your name, please. Or something close to it if yours is already taken.
  3. Practice first. I recognize that this might sound obvious, but you’d be amazed by how many people don’t do it. Dial up a friend, relative or professional mentor and run through a few mock questions. Check the audio levels, make sure the room lighting looks normal
  4. Get the eye contact thing down. This can feel a little strange on Skype, but eye contact is VERY important in an interview. Be sure and look into the webcam a large portion of the time. You’ll be tempted to stare at the screen, because that’s where the interviewer’s image appears. But if you look there the whole time? It will come across that you’re looking down the entire time. Eye contact. A must
  5. Don’t even think about doing it in a coffee shop. Quiet, clean room. Absolutely no environmental hustle and bustle, none.  Oh, and when I say “quiet, clean room?” Assume I mean “quiet, clean room with no weird crap in the background. (Editor’s note: Career Planning has rooms you can book to ensure you have a quiet space to conduct your interview!)
  6. Silence any other phone or potentially interrupting technologies before the interview. That’d be your cell phone, your land line and any other audible alerts that could pop up on your computer during the call.
  7. Go professional, but remember you’re probably sitting at home. Some professionals will argue me on this, but I think that, for most positions, it’s unnecessary to get all spiffed out in an “interview suit” for a Skype interview. “Hi, I’m sitting in my apartment in pinstripes. Just a regular old day here.” It just seems odd to me. Absolutely look polished, ironed and professional (and wear pants, for heaven’s sake,) but I say suit is not required (unless, of course, you’re in the running for some big Wall Street or CPA gig, then yes, probably.)
  8. Prepare in the exact same way that you would for a face-to-face interview. Research the company, the industry and the players with whom you’ll be interviewing. Come to the interview with thoughtful questions related to these. Listen. Listen. Listen. And then answer questions calmly and succinctly. Smile. Just like you’d do in person.
  9. Don’t panic if you have a dropped connection. More than likely, the interviewer already knows that this happens sometimes with a Skype call. In the event it happens on your interview? Take a couple of deep breaths and wait for him or her to re-connect. If five minutes passes and he or she doesn’t? Redial.
  10. Say thank you. And do so while you’re looking at that webcam.

Finally: pat yourself on the back when it’s over. Your comfort level with newer technologies like Skype may well help you land the dream job!

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More questions on interviewing? Check out more online resources on how to interview including behavioral interviews and interviewing for shy people. You can also set up a mock interview with a Career Planning counselor.

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