Unwritten Rules of Life: First Meeting Matters

A Short First Meeting Is All too Crucial to Getting Hired.

The first interview with a potential employer is normally short, sweet, and to the point. It can be as short as fifteen minutes but is absolutely critical in enabling the employer to make any further investment of time or money in you. Onboarding is an expensive process and the limited time frame of the first interview should illustrate that very clearly.

Given the short nature of the first interview many people might take it lightly. Please don’t fall into this trap and let this episode be a quick reminder of the importance of this part of the process. From do’s and don’ts to a commonly used first interview architecture called the 4C’s we provide you with some tips and tricks to land you that next interview.

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Unwritten Rules of Life: Unconsciously Conscious

Getting the Most Out of Interactions.

Make sure when you are interviewing or networking you are getting the most out of the interaction you probably spent a lot of time setting up! We discuss some key points on both verbal and non-verbal communication that can allow a conversation with a potential employer to be a lot more productive and even fun. From being sincere and letting the interviewer guide the conversation to more concrete tactics like matching and modeling and eye contact we will give you a few more tools for the job hunt toolbox.

Even if you are an interview ace or you have listened to all of our other podcasts about networking, still make sure to give this a listen as there are plenty of unique tips and interesting insights.

Enjoy and let us know what you think on social or in the comments on WordPress. Thanks for listening!

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Unwritten Rules of Life: Marketing Yourself

What Is Your Marketing Plan?

Knowing how to market yourself is a key factor in landing an interview. Once you have landed the interview, knowing how to market your strengths is a key factor in getting the job. In this episode we discuss some tactics to make sure you are marketing yourself effectively and that you are not just regurgitating your resume. Marketing yourself not only consists of making sure your resume has keywords resume scanning software will pick up, but also having concrete and concise stories illustrating your strengths prepared for when the recruiter calls. Make sure your marketing plan is well rounded and complete!

A lot of people, myself included, can find self-marketing tacky but it is necessary! No recruiter knows how good you are unless you tell them. Listen to this episode to brush up on self-marketing tactics that will help you get your foot in the door.

Enjoy and let us know what you think on social or in the comments on WordPress. Thanks for listening!

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Unwritten Rules of Life: Peacocks Are Awesome

Networking, Networking, and More Networking:

In this episode we cover the topic of, you guessed it, networking! If you’ve been listening you know that this is a frequent topic of discussion. There’s a reason for this though, it works. Nothing can make more of a difference in your job search than a referral, a piece of advice from a neighbor, or a connection made via a warm introduction. To paraphrase a very smart man, networks are like lawns. Planting a lawn seed by seed sucks and it definitely does not result in what looks like a lawn at first. However treat it well and not only will it grow, it will eventually grow on its own. With proper care of course.

This episode focuses on where to network and the results you should expect to see. Not liking LinkedIn is no longer an excuse to not network as there are opportunities all around you that we will show you how to seek out and pursue. From those opportunities we tell you how to continue growing your network and touch on a future episode topic, the all important follow up.

Thanks for listening!

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Boxers and Ballgowns: The Nitty-Gritty

Just a little disclaimer before we begin here, this is neither Sue or Denise writing this. This is actually Denise’s son Jack (you’ll probably hear me every now and again on the podcast) who is helping produce the online content as well as the podcast. I’m here to boil down Sue and Denise’s excellent advice into a written format with a little added here and there where my experience, having just gone through the hiring process for the first time out of college, tells me I should.

This podcast revolves mainly around making sure your appearance replicates your personality, allowing you to make the best first impression possible. I decided to synthesize Sue and Denise’s advice by making a schedule and a chart. Both the chart and the schedule are just guides and can be modified based on your judgement, especially the times in the schedule. As soon as I got a job I turned into an old man. Warning, this might happen to you as well if it hasn’t already.

1:00 PM the night before

Clean your clothes! Yes, obviously your clothes need to be fresh and washed but they need to be ironed, too. I don’t care who does it, you, your Mom, or a friend it needs to get done. Guys, I’m looking at you mostly (including myself).

5:00 PM the night before

Pick out what you want to wear AND TRY IT ON. Now this is really the meat of this podcast. Sue and Denise go into detail regarding this but here are some pointers and a helpful chart to get you pointed in the right direction

  1. When in doubt, dress professionally.
  2. What are you trying to convey? Your outfit should do the groundwork for you! For example, if you are interviewing for a position at a law firm a suit and tie is probably a bare minimum. A watch, nice bag, and a tie clip might show the interviewer you are more put together than the average person. Instead of a suit and tie, maybe something a little more colorful if you’re applying for a creative role.
  3. Google the person you’re meeting and other people you admire in the industry and emulate them! Most importantly if they’re casual, step it up a notch. Don’t walk into a marketing interview looking like Gary Vee, you need to earn your stripes before casual dress is appropriate.
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7:00 PM the night before

Eat a good dinner! After dinner, look up where the meet up is one last time and check how long it’s going to take to get there from your house. Use Waze or Google Maps to use the “depart at” feature so average traffic data is factored in making sure you won’t be late.

10:00 PM the night before

Go to bed! Get 7-8 hours before your meetup and allow enough time to get up and have breakfast, even if it’s something as simple as coffee. Ten PM might be a little early for most of you, but I enjoy my sleep. Do whatever feels right, just don’t go to bed so late you end up sleeping through your alarm.

7:00 AM the morning of

Get up early and have a good breakfast! Even for those of you who don’t eat breakfast, have a cup of coffee or a small muffin. The last thing you want is to go to an interview and start having your hands shake from low blood sugar in the middle of it. Make sure to get up with plenty of time to shower, brush your teeth, apply plenty of deodorant, and do a last bit of interview prep.

*Side note, interview prep is one of our next podcasts so stay tuned.

9:00 AM the morning of

Get dressed and hit the road! Make sure to get on the road with PLENTY of time to get to the meeting or interview AT LEAST 15 minutes early. Early is on time, on time is late, and late is left behind to quote an old basketball coach of mine.

10:00 AM

Crush it!


Again, a lot of this is subjective to how quick you can get ready or when your coffee meet-up or interview is, but the general gist stays the same. Leave ample time and plan things out prior. Also, this may seem remedial to a lot of you and if that’s the case great! Just don’t let something so simple get you counted out.

Make sure to give the podcast a listen as well! Tons more valuable info there as well. If you have any suggestions, feedback, or ideas for future episodes make sure to let us know. Happy Easter!

– Jack

Unwritten Rules of Life: Do Be Preppy

Interview Preparation:

Don’t go into an interview blind! Doing your homework can be the difference between landing the job and not getting a call back.   We discuss what type of research you should be doing before an interview or meeting and how much of a difference that can make. Knowing about the company and the person you’re speaking with can help them see you as more than an interview candidate and can take the conversation to the next level. By asking questions that show you have done your homework, you can really impress the interviewer and make them want to hire you, or at the very least, make a great impression. There is no downside to being prepared!

We introduce a guest for this episode, Allison, who joins us to help exemplify this point with specific tips relevant to today’s recent grads. She talks about her experiences and the impact that preparation has made for her in both interviews and networking situations.

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Unwritten Rules of Life: Jobless Anonymous Ep. 1.1

Transitioning and Networking:

This was actually recorded shortly after Jobless Anonymous Ep. 1, our first podcast concerning the Unwritten Rules of Life. We thought we would also release this version as it provides a slightly different lens to some of the same all important information.

We cover the concepts of moving out of college and into the “terrifying real world”. This episode takes a more nuts and bolts approach as opposed to the more abstract approach of Jobless Anonymous Ep. 1. Learn how to cultivate and properly use a network to your advantage.

Definitely give this podcast a listen as it really outlines concrete strategies you can use to more successfully get help from those around you! Also, if you listened to the first Jobless Anonymous, let us know what you think on our stylistic choices in this episode versus the first episode. We’d love your feedback!

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Unwritten Rules of Life: Boxers and Ballgowns

Dress, Appearance, and First Impressions:

Your qualifications and personality SHOULD be all that matters when meeting someone for the first time. Appearances, however, can put up a barrier that can be difficult for your qualifications to climb over! Don’t let something so easy and something most of you probably find so trivial keep you from your goals.

From coffee to interviews, we walk you through letting your personalities speak through your attire. Most importantly, we enable you to do what most professionals view as a “meets minimum” by giving pointers on how to dress appropriately for a variety of situations. These guidelines should keep you from letting the other party mentally check out as soon as you walk in the door. When in doubt air on the professional side!

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Unwritten Rules of Life: Jobless Anonymous Ep. 1

Transitioning and Networking:

This is our first podcast concerning the Unwritten Rules of Life. We talk about things you didn’t even know you needed to know. Having had our kids and other kids we know recently go through the job hunt, our podcast focuses on joblessness and the various remedies to it.

Not a short topic, but a short podcast to get you started. Enjoy and let us know what you think in the comments either on social or our WordPress.

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