This week we look at what makes a successful mentoring relationship work, at what you would learn after 23 failed interviews, and at What jobs pay well and provide meaning.

I blew 23 interviews before I got my first big city job
What could you take away from 23 failed job interviews in a row? First, don’t fake it until you make it. Sure, fake feeling more confident than you do, fake using a real person voice when you want to use a robot voice, fake that you know what to do with your hands. But, in interviews especially, it’s crucial that you accurately represent what it is you can and cannot do. If you once wrote a few listicles on Bernie Sanders, don’t call yourself a “political reporter,” just say what you did in as straightforward a way as possible. Don’t oversell yourself. A smart boss will see right through it and will not hire you; a less smart boss will believe you and expect you to flex those skills on day one, and you will start your job on the wrong foot and perhaps never recover. You have merit as precisely what you are at this moment. Stick with that. Read Article»

Key Factors in Successful Student Mentoring
Inside Higher Ed
No one mentor can provide everything a student needs, but good mentorship requires certain key skills. Mentors can help their mentees by recognizing the totality of their background and providing resources to them regardless of how they came into the relationship. Each mentee will have a different perspective, and avoids a one-size-fits-all approach. Mentors should be clear about the parameters and goals, and they should provide consistent feedback so the mentee can grow. Read Article»

Why This Google Executive Put Her Career on Pause
Fast Company
Have you ever felt like you were floundering when you used to be successful and confident? Consider taking a pause. In 2011, Rachel O’Meara needed a break. Luckily, Google allowed her to take a 90 day unpaid sabatical – or pause- and it made a world of difference. Luckily, you don’t need to take a three-month sabbatical to make a difference. “A pause could mean taking a class, up-leveling your business, getting better at something, or saying a truth that may not have been said before,” O’Meara says. “The whole idea is to connect to self. If you had an extra five minutes or an hour, what could you do differently? What would you say? Who would you be with? Those are great cues about what would work for you.” Read Article»

Everything you should do in the minutes, hours, days, and weeks following a job interview
Business Insider
You had your interview. Now what? Make a game plan for your self by doing things like asking the interviewer when they plan on making a decision, putting some distance between you and the interview before making a firm judgement call on how it went, write a personalized thank you note, send a tailored LinkedIn connect message, and, most importantly, don’t stop the job search. Even if you just interviewed for your dream job, you should never but all of your eggs in one basket. Read Article»

The Art of Not Working at Work5 Ways to Stand Out During Your Next Technical Interview
You can’t fake a skills test. Techincal interviews are unique because they require you to put your money where your mouth is. Engineers are expected to have a solid of undersanding of how computers work – and use that understanding to write code. To stand out in a technical interview, make sure to showcase your general knowledge, what you know about the specific job you are applying for, how your previous experience has prepared you, how well you work wtih others, and how you prioritize. Obviously, the interviewer will be reviewing the quality of your code, but they will also be looking at the order in which you decided to do things to see how your brain works. Read Article»

What Jobs Do People Find Most Meaningful?
Does having a job that’s rich in meaning mean you have to be cash poor? Not if you go into medicine. Working as a doctor or nurse ranks highest on the list for jobs that provide a sense of meaning and are well compensated. Social workers and pastors also report that they get a lot of meaning out of their work, but they are low-paying. Reportedly, jobs in these fields are more likely to be filled by women and that, in general, female-dominated professions were more likely to be high-meaning and low-earning. Read Article»