June 9, 2014 - In This Issue:
Over the past month, a lot of proud parents have posed with their recent grads.  This is my mom's graduation from West Chester University in 1951--a campus I visited this year for the first time to lead a job search workshop.

Advice for recent grads has been in the news over the past month.  Here are some highlights... 

From Forbes

The job search to-do list has changed a lot in the past decade. The fact that most of it has to do with technology should help new graduates shine in competitive job markets.

From The Savvy Intern at youtern:

If you can't afford the wardrobe Dawn Rasmussen suggests in this article, try thrift shopping.  
Don't want to be the doormat who takes on more responsibility without any reward? Be sure to track everything, then ask for that raise or promotion. 

Here are links to two recent blog posts that have been popular on darcylear.com: 

It doesn't have to be pizza and it doesn't have to be medical school, but you do have to make connections with interviewers and then follow-up.

Even if you don't study languages, you have to be ready to translate your skills, experience, and qualifications for the job search. 
You do this "translating" all the time in your life as you move from one subculture to which you belong to another and then back again.
Job Interview Quick Tips for June
Many recent grads are making the rounds, doing as many interviews as they can.  
Here are two quick tips based on the "before" and "after" video series I've posted to YouTube.  
1- Make every answer about them--the interviewers, the employers, their company:
What is it they need?  What do you know about their mission, vision, and values? 
Show you've done your homework and know what they need.  Then explain how you meet their needs by providing a specific example from your experience and make the connection to the job you're interviewing for explicit.
Here's one commonly-asked job interview question as candidates hear it: 
Why should we hire you?  
The answer too often reflects the emphasis on "you," the candidate.
Here's one example I've posted to YouTube.
Instead, you have to hear the question this way (emphasis on "we," the interviewers):
Why should we hire you?
And here's that same candidate answering with a focus on the company--she starts the answer with, "I know you are looking for..."
2- Be prepared. This is especially important when it comes to talking about information you provided.  Don't be caught off guard by the interviewers asking you about something that's on your resume.  
If you put it on your resume or in your cover letter, be ready with a short, clear, concise answer when interviewers say, "tell me about that." And make sure you connect it to the skills that employer is looking for in the ideal candidate (see #1 above).  
Here's an example of a candidate being caught off guard by a question about her resume. Because she's not prepared, she rambles a bit and makes minor mistakes.  
Once she practices and prepares, she delivers a great answer to the same interview question: here it is.  
For the full series of before and after answers to commonly-asked job interview questions, see the Job Interview Prep playlist on YouTube.
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