Archive for January, 2014
Let’s face it – careers have ups, downs, and steady points. Sometimes a steady job can become a plateau we are comfortable with or worst case, a rut. If you are in the same position for several years are you growing? And are you comfortable or complacent?
If your desire is to keep moving up in your career, the first step in getting back on track is understanding where you are currently. Have you outgrown your position? Are you still challenged? Do you have a career or just a job you could do (and sometimes actually do) in your sleep?
If you come to the conclusion that you are merely off track, stuck, etc. we need to find ways to get back in the game. But why aren’t you always looking for ways to grow? Here are a few common reasons that payroll and HR professionals find themselves stuck – and some things to do about them.
You’ve applied, passed the first interview process and have been invited back for a second interview for your next payroll or HR job. Since you’re on such a roll you should keep doing what works, right? Don’t change a thing and you’ll land the payroll or HR opportunity, right? Wrong!
You’re being invited back to uncover more about yourself – to examine your skills and qualifications both more deeply and in a variety of ways. You are going to need to up your game and bring something new to the table to land your HR or payroll job.
As inevitable as weather small talk is this question:
“Tell me about yourself.”
Don’t take this question lightly – it will set the tone for the rest of the interview.
You even see this question come at you at networking events… and you need your own “elevator pitch” at the ready.
Before we get into what you say, consider how you say it.