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Over Time

Do you have any idea how much the world of work has changed over the last few generations? It really is a bit mind-boggling when you think about it. It really wasn’t until around the Second World War where the idea of a career started to take hold. Before then, yet well into the first third of the 20th Century, there were basically only three types of jobs:

  1.  You were a laborer, worked with your hands, built and fixed things, manufactured and delivered goods, grew food, raised animals, etc.
  2.  You sold the goods that were made and grown by your neighbors, worked in stores, banks, all kinds of retail and wholesale transactions.
  3.  You studied and learned to be a “professional,” i.e. doctor, lawyer, educator.

Certainly, there were also other profitable endeavors folks chose to occupy their lives with, but the vast majority of occupations fell into those three categories. And roughly 90% of all those jobs were held by men. However, when the men went off to war, the women stepped in to fill the jobs that had been held by men, whether it was manufacturing or banking. Proving their effectiveness in the workplace during the crises of war, the employment landscape was now open for women to pursue jobs like never before.

By the middle of the 20th Century and the migration of families to the suburbs from the urban centers, people were faced with the question of commuting or establishing their work lives within their communities. Those who chose to build their work lives in the suburbs closer to their new homes were part of the great work expansion; the realization that ... (read more:  https://hanklondon.com/over-time/ )

Every few weeks we pose a question you might get asked during an interview and a suggestion on how you might formulate your answer. 

This week’s question:

Are you really suited for this job?

This question can certainly cause you to raise an eyebrow. After all, why would you apply for a job you weren’t qualified for? It happens all the time – people apply for jobs without the slightest relevant experience or idea what the job really entails, with scant hope that the employer will actually see something redeeming. Employers do not have the time or impetus these days to analyze an applicant’s resume attempting to figure out where they might fit in. So, without being snarky, answer in the affirmative: “Yes,” your experience, skills and knowledge have thoroughly prepared you to handle the responsibilities of this job and the new challenges it presents based on your understanding of the company’s needs from their job description and research you’ve done on the company and their goals. Take a moment to mention your most relevant skills that you know will be useful in this position, and express how you will apply those skills and others to be successful. Use PAR’s to outline your relevant qualifications. You can also mention any previous experience you have carrying out the same or similar tasks and the success you had, again conveying the relevance of what you’ve done before to what you hope to be doing in the immediate future. Keep in mind the importance of being brief and concise; you don’t want to spend your whole interview answering just one question.


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