Interviews and Personal Learning Systems

Captain’s log, Stardate: 1.13.2019

OK guys, we’re almost two weeks into all those goals and resolutions we set for ourselves. How is everyone doing? My goal was to focus more on my newsletter and so far so good. Remember if you want to see success you need to be in it for the long haul.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

30-60-90 Day Plan— Do you have one? If you are planning on interview you might want to consider it. The first 90 days in a new position are critical to your long-term success with a company. Creating a plan for your first three months can be helpful in landing the job — and it can also guide your actions during the transition period in your new position. Creating a 30-60-90 day plan can signal to the hiring manager that you’re a serious candidate and you’re willing to invest the time and resources necessary to be successful in the position, while also demonstrating your knowledge of the company’s needs.

Informational interviews are a great tool in the job seeker’s toolbox. They can provide some inside information and work as a solid networking strategy. However… Be sure to prepare for your informational interview. Familiarize yourself with the person you’re meeting with, their job, the company, and the industry. You don’t want to waste someone’s time by asking them a question that could have been answered with a Google search.

Prepping for an interview? Make sure you go prepared with questions. Here are a few to get you started:

What is the biggest challenge facing the organization in the next six months? How is this role expected to address this challenge (or is it?)? What do you absolutely need to accomplish within the first 90 days? What is the biggest problem that needs to be solved in this role?

If you are a CEO, Director, Project Leader or even a shift manager you need to project strength. You’ve been given the responsibility to drive the direction of your team. You need people to follow your lead. So do it the right way. Lift your team up.

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” – Booker T. Washington


CURRENT STATUS: Trying to be more intentional in what I read and how I interact with it. Sort of a slow roll to a personal learning system. As stability is more important to me than #popularity I am eschewing Evernote and its brethren and instead started playing around with Microsoft’s OneNote. Seeing some potential.

WATCHING: Just finished season 3 of The Magicians on Netflix. If you were a Buffy fan back in the day you’ll like this slighted edgier show.

READING: The Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay. Absolutely loved his Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, and Cabin has been named a Top Choice for 2018 at Goodreads. Worth a look.

LISTENING: Harnes Kretzer’s latest release on BandcampBlack NoiseAmbient, house, drone, sort of defies categorization.

INBOX THREAT LEVEL: Current status above is a round-about attempt at taming this beast as well.

Author: Steve P Brady

My vocation is that of an English teacher and job search coach, but in my leisure time I am a book nerd and a huge horror fan.