Readers’ Choice: Top 5 Articles of 2017

By Zach Seybert
In December 27, 2017

With 2017 coming to an end in a few short days (hard to believe, I know), the team here at NexGoal wanted to give a shout out to everyone who reads our articles and welcome our new email subscribers and visitors to the NexGoal family!

As we look ahead to 2018, we also wanted to take a second to reflect on the year that was and highlight some of our most popular articles based on their popularity according to you – our readers!

Questions You Should Be Asking During a Job Interview

Often times during preparation for a job interview, we come up with a list of questions in our head that we want to ask the interviewer. Sometimes these questions get answers along the way, so when the interview is wrapping up and you get asked, “do you have any questions?” the answer becomes “no, I think you answered them all.”

While this might actually be the truth, this could make it seem like you were unprepared for the interview. To ensure that this is not the case, there are six questions (among others) that you should make sure to ask during your job interview. Find out what they are here!

Recruiter Reveals No. 1 Mistake Job Seekers Make in Salary Negotiations

Early in the new year is a popular time for people to start new jobs. If you’re starting a new job, or even thinking about asking your current employer for a raise, chances are the question about your salary expectations will arise. This can be a sort of awkward situation leaving you in an “in-between” stage because you don’t want to ask for too much, but you also don’t want to sell yourself short and not ask for enough.

We provide three recommendations when it comes to salary negotiations for job seekers in this article. Check them out here!

Resume 101: Make These Mistakes and You Have No Shot

Finding a job is essentially a sales process for job seekers in which they “sell themselves” to an employer. Not only do you have to fill out an application to make yourself seem like a viable candidate, but the most important piece of an application is your resume. The hiring process can be difficult because of the influx of resumes that hiring managers likely receive for each job posting, so making yours stand out is crucial.

You Need to Read:   Interview Mistakes: What You Can Learn From One Job Seeker

There are many ways that you can stand out from other applicants, including but not limited to, a unique resume layout, color scheme and creative headlines. However, one of the worst ways to stand out is by having a resume littered with mistakes – a surefire way to not get the job.

In this article, we examine some of the top resume mistakes that employers  hate. Find out how to avoid these mistakes on your resume here!

Avoid This Common Phone Interview Trap If You Want The Job

Phone interviews are usually the first step in the interview process since they come at essentially no cost for the employer and they can get a pretty good feel for whether or not the candidate would be a good fit. A common misconception for the job seeker is that they can take a pretty laid-back approach to this interview since they have resources available to them (i.e., their computer) to look up information on the fly. Those in this party couldn’t be more wrong.

Often times, a phone interview could be even more difficult to “sell yourself” to the hiring manager because you can’t get a read on how the interview is going. The Must provided three ways to best portray yourself during this step of the interview process to avoid falling into the common trap of being “too comfortable.” Read them here.

Do’s and Don’ts After Getting Fired

If you have ever been fired from a job, then you know first-hand that it is a very difficult and emotional time period. While it might seem like a good idea to publicly “rip” your now-former employee via social media as a way to blow off steam, it most certainly is not.

We provide a few “do’s and don’ts” for those who have gone through this experience so they do not burn bridges and jeopardize their future career prospects down the road. Check them out in the full article here.

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Zach is a Digital Content and Marketing Specialist with NexGoal, who specializes in creating career transition and job search preparation content.