There are also career assistance programs available just about anywhere that can provide mock interviews, and interview practice and evaluation sessions for free or for a slight fee. In the Chicago area, for example, I have met with an advisor from an organization called Career Renewal, and I know several people that highly recommend The Career Transition Centers of Chicago for these and other job search related services, including free resume reviews and courses on how to start a business.
For those willing and able to pay, there are also professional career counselors. As I noted last week, while I have not yet decided if this is a next step for me, after asking for recommendations from Chicago area leaders I met with Michael Thompson of Interlude Coaching, a highly regarded gentleman with an exceptionally interesting career himself!
A similar approach is to ask for an informational interview or an information-only meeting with individuals in your target market.
From my experience, most interviews fail for one reason: lack of preparation, either by the interviewee or the interviewer. Doing your homework on the firm, the industry, the position, and even the interviewer set you up for success.
After reviewing and adjusting the five key elements of your job search, the improvements you should see should make a major difference in moving your job search forward again!
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