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In this issue: Look like a leader, Network like a boss, 5 Expert Formulas for "Tell me about yourself
 
August 20 · Issue #1 · View online
The Briefcase "Briefs" Job Search Newsletter
In this issue: Look like a leader, Network like a boss, 5 Expert Formulas for “Tell me about yourself”, How to answer the dreaded interview question “What’s your greatest weakness, How to handle salary discussions, and more….

We are back.
Woohoo! The monthly “Briefs” are back. I took a short sabbatical from individual client work over the summer while my family moved. We are excited to be in the Research Triangle and back in the South. If you are ever in the area, let’s do coffee (or kombucha–my fav). While I was away, I did a lot of reading, project planning and building out new job search resources. Stay tuned– I’ve got some exciting announcements to share in the near future.
Leadership Briefs
How to present yourself like a leader with Sylvie di Giusto
The No-BS Career Advice You Wish You Had 5 Years Ago
Climbing the ladder.
How to Reach Out to Someone Whose Career You Admire
8 Actionable Ways To Find Anyone’s Email Address
Interview coming up?
I am probably losing cool points today, but I’ll admit I used to love Challenge 24 in elementary school.
For those of you who’ve never played, it’s a fast, tournament style card game where the objective is to find a way to manipulate four integers so that the end result is 24.
Elementary school teachers love this game because repetition is a PROVEN way to improve memory.
💼 What does this mean for your job search?
If you are not routinely practicing your elevator pitch and common interview questions, you could be setting yourself up for a not so stellar performance.
When practicing, you should consider “spaced repetition” vs. binging the night before your interview.
Pierce J. Howard, author of the Owner’s Manual for the Brain explains it, “Work involving higher mental functions, such as analysis and synthesis, needs to be spaced out to allow new neural connections to solidify. New learning drives out old learning when insufficient time intervenes.”
💼 Your takeaway: If you have an interview coming up, spend 20 minutes to an hour every day leading up to the interview working on your responses.

Speaking of responses...
5 Expert formulas to use to answer "Tell Me About Yourself"
4 Experts weigh in on the daunting, “What is Your Greatest Weakness?” question
Let's talk salary
Bans of questions about salary history questions are growing. How to answer them if you’re asked anyway. - The Washington Post
Here’s what to say to a hiring manager to find out a job’s salary before you apply, according to career experts
Just for fun.
Google Assistant now lets you assign reminders to other people | VentureBeat
What's new and next?
Excited to share that I am launching one of the first Alexa Flash Briefings on the topic of job searching in September! If you have an Alexa device, you can go ahead and subscribe.
Amazon.com: Job Search and Interview Tips: Alexa Skills
Thank you :)
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