Getting a reference from an employer who fired you?

Can you use a previous employer as a reference if they terminated your employment? One reader wanted to know. Hi CareerBeacon! I worked for my most recent employer for over a year. I was fired in January. Can I still get a reference letter from them, even though I was let go? – Jim. First…

Survey: People are telling (mostly) the wrong lies in their job applications

It turns out that most people lie in their resumes and during job interviews, and companies hire them anyway. Those are the findings of a new survey conducted by the ethical hiring practices firm, Checkster. For this research, the team surveyed 400 job applicants and 400 hiring managers, HR professionals and recruiters about honesty in…

The 17 biggest job interview mistakes

Don’t make these 17 major job interview mistakes that could cost your the position, even before the end of the interview. Prepping for a job interview? There’s a whole checklist of things you should definitely not do. A new survey has found the most egregious mistakes job candidates can make in the interview that will…

Questions to be ready for in a teaching job interview

So you want to be a teacher? Good call. You have the chance to work with children and young people, share your passion for learning, and help shape the minds and habits of the next generation. Plus of course you also get iron-clad job security, a great pension, and summers off. But in many jurisdictions…

Essential career tool: Prepare your elevator pitch

Whether you are actively looking for a new job or are just open to potential opportunities that come your way, it is a good idea to have an elevator pitch honed and practiced. It’s an essential career tool for networking, connecting with potential employers, and marketing yourself. Your elevator pitch is a short couple of…

Insider tips on the hiring process (that can give you an edge)

I’ve had to the opportunity to hire people for many teams over the years, and I’ve learned a few things that I didn’t know when I was a job seeker looking for work. Here are some recruiting realities that many candidates don’t know. I hope these can help you out with your job search! There’s…

When to mention your vacation plans during a job interview

A CareerBeacon reader approached our team with a career dilemma that he was having. He wrote: I was approached by a company to interview for a position that I would love to have. The trouble is that they need someone to start right away, but I have a destination wedding coming up. I will need…

Study finds employers can determine your social status after just a few words

A new study has found that hiring managers are judging you on your social status, which they can accurately determine after hearing you say just seven words. The study, conducted by Yale researchers, found that people can accurately assess a stranger’s socioeconomic position, defined by their “income, education, and occupation status,” after hearing them say…

Win the job interview in under 10 minutes

Most employers make up their minds about candidates within the first few minutes of the interview. So, starting off strong and making the right first impression are crucial for landing the job. You are under scrutiny from the moment you arrive for an interview. From your casual small talk and handshake, to body language and…

New study determines the precise length of the perfect handshake

You have to get this right. Your handshake with a potential employer at the outset of a job interview really matters. A new study from the University of Dundee’s School of Social Sciences found that the length of time you spend shaking hands can set the tone for the rest of your interaction. Research has…