What should I say when I'm asked  to summarize my job experience?

What should I say when I'm asked to summarize my job experience?

What should I say when asked  why I left my last job?

What should I say when asked why I left my last job?

What should I say when asked  where I see myself in five years?

What should I say when asked where I see myself in five years?

How should I answer questions about  strengths, weaknesses, successes  and failures?

How should I answer questions about strengths, weaknesses, successes and failures?

How do I respond to questions  about gaps in my resume?

How do I respond to questions about gaps in my resume?

If I don't get along with my supervisor,  what should I say if the interviewer  asks to speak with my boss?

If I don't get along with my supervisor, what should I say if the interviewer asks to speak with my boss?

What questions should I  be sure to ask?

What questions should I be sure to ask?

What are some good questions  to ask if I have the time?

What are some good questions to ask if I have the time?

Should I call a potential employer  if I don't hear back from them  after an interview?

Should I call a potential employer if I don't hear back from them after an interview?

Can I send thank-you notes  by email?

Can I send thank-you notes by email?

Should I send thank-you notes  to everyone I interviewed with?

Should I send thank-you notes to everyone I interviewed with?

Should I send thank-you notes  after an interview?

Should I send thank-you notes after an interview?

How do I handle nervousness?

How do I handle nervousness?

What should I do if I'm late  for an interview?

What should I do if I'm late for an interview?

What should I bring to an interview?

What should I bring to an interview?

How should I dress for an interview?

How should I dress for an interview?

What if I can't dodge the  salary question?

What if I can't dodge the salary question?

 How do I answer questions  about salary?

How do I answer questions about salary?

How do I find out what  a job pays?

How do I find out what a job pays?

What are some good questions  to ask if I have the time?

What are some good questions to ask if I have the time?

What questions should I  be sure to ask?

What questions should I be sure to ask?

If I don't get along with my supervisor,  what should I say if the interviewer  asks to speak with my boss?

If I don't get along with my supervisor, what should I say if the interviewer asks to speak with my boss?

How do I respond to questions  about gaps in my resume?

How do I respond to questions about gaps in my resume?

How should I answer questions about  strengths, weaknesses, successes  and failures?

How should I answer questions about strengths, weaknesses, successes and failures?

What should I say when asked  where I see myself in five years?

What should I say when asked where I see myself in five years?

What should I say when asked  why I left my last job?

What should I say when asked why I left my last job?

What should I say when I'm asked  to summarize my job experience?

What should I say when I'm asked to summarize my job experience?

Is there anything I shouldn't  ask my interviewer?

Is there anything I shouldn't ask my interviewer?

How should I handle questions  I don't want to be asked?

How should I handle questions I don't want to be asked?

 How do I know what the interviewer  is going to ask me?

How do I know what the interviewer is going to ask me?

What should I do if I find something negative about the interviewer  or company in my research?

What should I do if I find something negative about the interviewer or company in my research?

Can I take my research material  with me to an interview?

Can I take my research material with me to an interview?

What should I learn from my  job interview research?

What should I learn from my job interview research?

What research should I do  before a job interview?

What research should I do before a job interview?

How do I handle a lunch or  coffee interview?

How do I handle a lunch or coffee interview?

How do I handle a video interview?

How do I handle a video interview?

What should I do if I'm asked to  travel out of town for an interview?

What should I do if I'm asked to travel out of town for an interview?

What should I be sure to do when  I get called for an interview?

What should I be sure to do when I get called for an interview?

Getting the Job Interview

Getting the Job Interview

What can I do if I ask for a raise  and don't get one?

What can I do if I ask for a raise and don't get one?

 If I don't get a raise should  I look for another job?

If I don't get a raise should I look for another job?

How much of a raise  should I ask for?

How much of a raise should I ask for?

Should I ask for a raise on  the basis of need?

Should I ask for a raise on the basis of need?

How do I ask for a raise?

How do I ask for a raise?

Who should I ask for a raise?

Who should I ask for a raise?

How should I prepare to  ask for a raise?

How should I prepare to ask for a raise?

When can I ask for a raise?

When can I ask for a raise?

What if an employer goes back on the deal arranged in the job offer?

What if an employer goes back on the deal arranged in the job offer?

Should I ask an employer to  put a job offer in writing?

Should I ask an employer to put a job offer in writing?

If I don't get the amount I asked for,  should I still accept the job?

If I don't get the amount I asked for, should I still accept the job?

How do I ask for more money  when negotiating a job offer?

How do I ask for more money when negotiating a job offer?

What can I ask for when I negotiate  a salary and benefits?

What can I ask for when I negotiate a salary and benefits?

How do I evaluate a job offer?

How do I evaluate a job offer?

When I get a job offer,  what should I say?

When I get a job offer, what should I say?

When during the interview process  should I start negotiating salary?

When during the interview process should I start negotiating salary?

What do I say if I just can't  dodge a question  about salary?

What do I say if I just can't dodge a question about salary?

Should I tell a head hunter  how much I need to make?

Should I tell a head hunter how much I need to make?

How do I handle salary questions  on job applications?

How do I handle salary questions on job applications?

Should I address salary questions  in my cover letter?

Should I address salary questions in my cover letter?

Why does an employer ask  about my salary history?

Why does an employer ask about my salary history?

What type of salary information  should I have ready before  an interview?

What type of salary information should I have ready before an interview?

How can I get salary data?

How can I get salary data?

How can I prepare for  salary negotiations?

How can I prepare for salary negotiations?

What if an employer reacts negatively  when I start the salary negotiation?

What if an employer reacts negatively when I start the salary negotiation?

What happens if I don't negotiate  my salary and benefits?

What happens if I don't negotiate my salary and benefits?

Will asking for more money  cause an employer to  pull a job offer?

Will asking for more money cause an employer to pull a job offer?

 Can I expect to get a better deal when negotiating salary and benefits?

Can I expect to get a better deal when negotiating salary and benefits?

Negotiating Salary

Negotiating Salary

 What if things I am interested in  aren't likely to make me any money?

What if things I am interested in aren't likely to make me any money?

How do interests relate to a career?

How do interests relate to a career?

How do I figure out what interests me?

How do I figure out what interests me?

What are interests?

What are interests?

What if I'm good at things I don't want to do?

What if I'm good at things I don't want to do?

How do I use my skills and abilities to help me figure out what I should do for a career?

How do I use my skills and abilities to help me figure out what I should do for a career?

How do I figure out what I'm good at?

How do I figure out what I'm good at?

What's the difference between skills and abilities?

What's the difference between skills and abilities?

What do my values have to do with my career?

What do my values have to do with my career?

 How do I figure out what my values are?

How do I figure out what my values are?

The Importance of Values in Choosing a Career

The Importance of Values in Choosing a Career

What does it mean to shadow  someone, and who should I shadow?

What does it mean to shadow someone, and who should I shadow?

What is an internship, and should  I consider doing one?

What is an internship, and should I consider doing one?

 Who sould I talk to, and what should I ask?

Who sould I talk to, and what should I ask?

What are information interviews?

What are information interviews?

 Where can I get more information on careers?

Where can I get more information on careers?

How do I figure out if a career is right for me before investing lots of time and money in training and education?

How do I figure out if a career is right for me before investing lots of time and money in training and education?

I have some ideas about what I want to do.  Now what?

I have some ideas about what I want to do. Now what?

How do I put this together in a useful way?

How do I put this together in a useful way?

What do my values have to do with my career?

What do my values have to do with my career?

I'm already working, so I don't have time for an internship.  Now what?

I'm already working, so I don't have time for an internship. Now what?

How can I use my summers to prepare?

How can I use my summers to prepare?

 How about classes? Which ones are the best to take?

How about classes? Which ones are the best to take?

 What can my college career center do for me?

What can my college career center do for me?

What can I do right now to prepare for a career?

What can I do right now to prepare for a career?

What's your best advice on finding a career I'll love?

What's your best advice on finding a career I'll love?

Can you sum up the process of finding the right career?

Can you sum up the process of finding the right career?

What are the first things I should consider?

What are the first things I should consider?

What's the process for figuring this out?

What's the process for figuring this out?

Is it normal not to know what I want?

Is it normal not to know what I want?

Why is choosing the right career so hard?

Why is choosing the right career so hard?

Does it matter if it's the right career, as long as I can make a living?

Does it matter if it's the right career, as long as I can make a living?

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Karen Chopra

Licensed Professional Counselor

www.ChopraCareers.com  

Karen James Chopra, LPC, MCC, NCC, has been counseling career clients since 1999 and has helped hundreds of clients change careers, find new jobs and deal more effectively with workplace challenges.

In addition to her private practice, she has worked for two national corporate outplacement firms: Lee Hecht Harrison and Resource Careers. These are the organizations that help people who have experienced a layoff or downsizing to find new jobs, and their programs are usually considered the gold-standard of job search technique.

Ms Chopra is a regular presenter on career issues, having taught career theory at the graduate level, designed and delivered numerous workshops, and served as a regular guest commentator on WMAL’s career radio show “Your Career Life.”

She is a career-changer herself. Before entering the counseling field, she worked for nearly a decade as a trade negotiator for the United States Government, first at the Department of Commerce and then at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Ms. Chopra holds a number of relevant licenses and certifications: licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia; Master Career Counselor (MCC), a designation of the National Career Development Association (NCDA); and National Certified Counselor (NCC), a designation of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).  She belongs to all of the relevant national and local associations involved in career counseling, including the American Counseling Association (ACA),  the National Employment Counselors Association (NECA), the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Career-Life Planning Network (MAC-LPN).

Her B.A. is from the University of Virginia, and she received a masters of science in foreign service from Georgetown University, and a masters in community counseling from George Washington University.

What should I say when asked why I left my last job?

Career counselor Karen Chopra advises focusing on the positives when explaining why you left your previous employment.

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Host: What should I say when asked why I left my last job?

Karen James Chopra: This can be a challenging question if you left your last job under a cloud or you left your last job because the boss was difficult and what we are looking for here is an answer that is truthful and doesn't have any conflicts with the facts, but at the same time, doesn't provide lots of information about how difficult it was working in your previous company and most specifically, you don't want to say anything negative about the last company. So you may say, "I have run out of running room at that company. I have been there for 10 years and I had a wonderful experience and there is no room for me to grow any longer and so I decided to move on.

" Or the company offered a buyout and it was an opportunity I didn't want to pass up. It gave me an opportunity to think a little bit about what I wanted to do next and that's what I have been doing for the last six months.

" It maybe because of personal reasons, "I left to take care of an elderly parent," or "I left to take care of the child and now I am returning to the world of work.

"What you are looking for here is a pretty short answer that just answers the question but doesn't provide a lot of detail. You are not obligated to justify why you left your last company. They are just looking to see if there is a problem here. So with your answer indicate that there is not, smile and move on.