Category Archives: Career Advice

Get Ready To Answer This Job Interview Question: Why Should We Hire You?

Most candidates hear this commonly-asked job interview question–why should we hire you?–with an emphasis on you. Employers, however, want your answer to place an emphasis on them. In this before & after video, you see the single most common pitfall … Continue reading

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Are You Contemplating a Mid-Career Change?

Most of my mid-career clients have a good career, good writing skills, a decent resume that just has to be updated, and are confident about their ability to write cover letters. But they feel overwhelmed by THE JOB SEARCH after … Continue reading

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To Help Students Develop Soft Skills They’ll Need in the Workplace, Please Don’t Do This…

“Double-spaced Times New Roman 12 point font with 1.25″ margins” Over and over surveys of employers tell us that the skills they most want in new hires who are recent grads are “soft skills” or “executive function” skills. These are … Continue reading

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Are You Ready to Answer Job Interview Questions in Spanish?

There are two important generalizations on the subject of answering job interview questions in Spanish: 1- If you say that you speak Spanish on your resume, cover letter, or other part of a job application, be ready to answer questions in Spanish … Continue reading

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Make Professional Development and Career Prep Part of Your Language Courses–Every Day!

This year I have been posting daily professional development and career prep tips using the hashtags #CareerPrepLangs (English) and #CareerPrepSpan (Spanish). In an earlier post, I mentioned that I combine 4-5 of these tips into a single 5-10 minute lesson … Continue reading

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Before and After Answers to Commonly-Asked Job Interview Questions on YouTube

The darcylear.com YouTube channel is going strong with nearly 10,000 views.  Some of the most popular content is the before and after answers to commonly-asked job interview questions. I ask unsuspecting “candidates” (gracious volunteer students) common job interview questions without … Continue reading

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#CareerPrepLangs New in 2016 from darcylear.com

To start off 2016, I have set up two new hashtags: #CareerPrepLangs #CareerPrepSpan Each day, I will post one tweet in English and one in Spanish on professional development and career preparation.   These are elements that I integrate into my … Continue reading

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Use Google Docs and Drive in Your Language Courses

Guest blogger Heather Moon describes how she uses Google Docs and Drive in her Spanish classes, the advantages for students and instructor alike and the technical/professional skills that are layered onto her traditional Spanish curriculum. I use many different Google … Continue reading

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Why a “Revise & Resubmit” Is Really an “Accept!”

Did you just receive a “Revise and Resubmit”? Any scholar who publishes is familiar with the flood of mixed emotions that accompany a “revise and resubmit” notification: Jubilance: “Yay! I heard back on this manuscript!” Despair: “Noooooo! They want me … Continue reading

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Honor These Rules of Good Public Speaking

The skills required for public speaking are the same ones you’ll need for networking and for interviews. The same rules apply no matter how small the task. Honor these rules and you’ll be ready to excel in public speaking in … Continue reading

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