The quick answer: an informational interview is an interview you hold with someone who works in an industry or job that you are interested in. The aim of the informational interview is for you to learn as much as you can from someone who can tell you about the day-to-day of their job.
The point of an informational interview is not to get a job. It’s to learn if a specific field or job is right for you. It can be a connection you make, and keep, that could help in your job search, but you shouldn’t go in expecting to get an offer out of it.
While the world is getting to grips with a pandemic that has seen epic shifts in the way so many of us, work, live and communicate, a more creative, simpler, grateful way of life can offer us grounding and perspective.
Creative Coach, Voice Actor and TEDX Speaker, Esther Wane, believes that creativity and gratitude are ways that can help us to not only navigate the crisis, but thrive beyond it. As well as putting her ideas to work in her own life, Esther is offering a series of free online events and workshops that she hopes will help people to remain hopeful and positive during these turbulent, uncertain times.
Esther’s top tips for using creativity and gratitude are simple, but really can impact our day and mood:
One of the major challenges of leading a remote team is creating a sense of connection between team members, managers, and corporate strategy. While a physical office space allows for casual conversations and group breaks, virtual organizations require a little extra work to establish a sense of communication and integration. By being intentional, you can unite your team even if they work thousands of miles apart by enhancing these three essential connections. Here are three connections points that are essential for any team:
Career Coach Lynee Alves is helping you navigate the ever-changing job market by using LindedIn to score new job opportunities. Alves, the president of Interview Like An Expert, provided advice on overhauling your profile and optimizing the job search feature.
From taking walks between meetings to storing your laptop in a closet after the workday ends, these tips will help you establish guardrails around your work and stave off unnecessary stress.
Do you prefer working with other people? Or would you rather go for jobs where you could work by yourself? If you much prefer the latter, you’re not alone.
People who prefer to work alone can still find jobs in nearly any niche. Here are some of the best jobs where you work alone.
I was speaking with a client recently over coffee when she raised a point that really inspired me. As we were discussing the role of constructive criticism at work, she offered a solid argument:
“If you can’t think of a compliment for someone, it says more about you than it does about them”
This struck me because, as a behavioral specialist, I have noticed this phenomenon during workplace interactions. And it is something I would encourage leaders to pay particular attention to, because focusing on the negative is a very common pitfall when dealing with underperforming employees.
As this epic health crisis continues and more leaders are managing a remote workforce, certain work practices may almost feel “normal” by now. But when it comes to communicating and maintaining connections (and we’re not talking about the strength of your internet connection here), you may still be facing some challenges. After all, those impromptu conversations and serendipitous opportunities for meaningful interactions that were an integral part of day-to-day life pre-pandemic are now gone.
When there is still so much uncertainty, touching base with your team regularly can help them feel more grounded. Update even if there’s no update, says Timothy R. Clark, the CEO of a global leadership consulting firm, in the Harvard Business Review. “Uncertainty fuels anxiety. The more you communicate and share,” he notes, “the less chance there is to develop an information vacuum within your team.”
Here are 3 simple ways to make sure you’re communicating effectively during the pandemic and beyond.
Tips and tricks to improve productivity while working from home and manage a team virtually. Working from home or in a virtual workspace is an effective mode of productivity that offers many advantages in terms of stimulating creative systems and processes and the necessity for improved communications.
Leveraging technology to its fullest extent affords us an opportunity to continue operations and provision of service with minimal interruption, providing we plan, train and execute on some best practices.
For those enacting a rapid transition to digital work or even for veteran leaders of decentralized teams, here are five best practices to ensure that your operation runs smoothly.