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GLAM Travel Quiz
 

The globe is reopening, which means it's time to stop fantasizing about travel and get out there and explore. But where should I go? Picking a destination for that first big trip back out there can feel like a gargantuan task after over a year of sitting on unused miles, accumulated vacation days, and an ever-growing list of places to visit next can feel like a gargantuan task after over a year of sitting on unused miles, accumulated vacation days, and an ever-growing list of places to visit next can feel like a gargantuan task after over a year of sitting on unused miles. Take this quiz and figure out where should you go next.  CLICK HERE

GLAM Know Before You Go
 

The CDC's January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transit conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect as a consequence of a court order, effective immediately and as of April 18, 2022. As a result, the Order will not be enforced by the CDC. At this time, the CDC continues to advise people to wear masks when using public transportation inside. This page will be updated in the near future to include more information on the recommendations. CLICK HERE

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GLAM Source FAQS

  • Do we offer interview prep help?
    Yes, we do please check out our Book Consultation page and select Interview Tips and Preparation section to schedule a consultation.
  • Tell Me About Yourself.
    Many people fail to prepare for this question since it appears to be simple, yet it is critical. Here's how it works: Don't reveal your entire work (or personal) history. Instead, make a pitch—one that is succinct and appealing, and that clearly demonstrates why you are the best candidate for the job. Lily Zhang, a Muse writer and MIT career counselor, suggests adopting the present, past, and future approach. Give a brief description of your present position (including the scope and potentially one major accomplishment), then include some background on how you got there and any relevant experience you have. Finally, explain why you desire — and are ideal for — this role. Example: "Well, I'm currently an account executive at Johnson, where I'm in charge of our top-performing customer," for example. Prior to that, I worked for an agency where I worked on three major national healthcare brands. And, while I enjoyed my job, I'd like to do more in-depth work with a single healthcare organization, which is why I'm so happy about this opportunity with Universal Health Center."
  • How Did You Hear About This Position?
    Another seemingly benign interview question, this is actually an excellent opportunity to stand out and demonstrate your enthusiasm for the organization. If you learned about the job from a friend or professional acquaintance, for example, mention that individual and explain why you were so enthusiastic about it. Share how you learned about the company through an event or publication. Even if you spotted the job posting on a random employment board, mention something about the position piqued your interest. Example: "Through a friend of a friend, Jessica, I learned about an opportunity on the product team, and as I'm a big fan of your work and have been following you for a while, I figured it would be a great role for me to apply for."
  • Why Do You Want to Work at This Company?
    Be wary of generic responses! You're wasting an opportunity to stand out if what you say can be applied to a variety of other companies, or if your response makes you sound like every other candidate. Do your research and point to something about the company that appeals to you; talk about how you've watched the company grow and change since you first heard of it; focus on the organization's future growth opportunities and how you can contribute to it; or share what has gotten you excited from your interactions with employees so far. Make sure to be specific, regardless of the path you take. And what if, by the time you're well into the hiring process, you can't figure out why you'd want to work for the company you're interviewing with? It could be a warning sign that this job isn't a good fit for you. Example: "I noticed on Indeed that you were hiring for new roles on the East Coast to support your new operations." I conducted some additional research on the new data center you're constructing there, which excites me because I know it will provide possibilities to train new teammates. A Wall Street Journal story also informed me that you are growing in Mexico. I am fluent in Spanish and would be happy to step in and assist with liaising whenever needed."
  • Why Should We Hire You?
    This interview question may appear straightforward (and perhaps daunting! ), but if you get it, you're in luck: There's no better way to promote yourself and your abilities to a hiring manager than this. Your task is to come up with an answer that demonstrates three things: that you can not only perform the work, but also deliver excellent outcomes; that you'll be a good fit for the team and culture; and that you'd be a better hire than any of the other applicants. Example: "I know it's been an exciting period for General Tech, with so much growth and acquisitions, but I also know from experience that it may be difficult for the sales team to comprehend how new products fit in with current ones." It's often easier to market the product you're familiar with, so the newest items may be overlooked, which can have far-reaching consequences for the organization. I've worked as a sales trainer for over a decade, and the majority of that time was spent dealing with sales teams that were in the same boat as Gen Tech. Growth is great, but only if the rest of the organization can keep up with it. I'm convinced that by establishing an ongoing sales training curriculum that stresses where they place in a product portfolio, I can ensure that your sales force is confident and passionate about selling new products."
  • What Are Your Greatest Strengths?
    This is an excellent opportunity to discuss anything that distinguishes you as a strong candidate for this position. Think quality, not quantity, while answering this question. To put it another way, don't recite a list of adjectives. Instead, pick one or a few key attributes that are applicable to this position and illustrate them with examples (depending on the question). Generalizations are never as memorable as stories. And if there's something you've been meaning to say because it makes you a strong contender but haven't got the chance yet, now is the time. Example: "I'd say bringing organization to chaotic surroundings and developing processes to make everyone's lives simpler is one of my best abilities." I established new processes for almost everything in my current work as an executive assistant to a CEO, from scheduling meetings to creating monthly all-hands agendas to preparing for event appearances. Everyone in the organization knew how things worked and how long they took, and the structures helped everyone relax and set expectations. I'd love to apply the same mindset to an operations manager position at a startup, where everything is fresh and expanding, and where just the right amount of structure could keep things moving smoothly."
  • What Do You Consider to Be Your Weaknesses?
    Beyond finding any major red flags, your interviewer is attempting to measure your self-awareness and honesty with this question. So neither "I can't meet a deadline to save my life" nor "Nothing!" are viable options. "I'm flawless!" Consider something you struggle with but are attempting to better as a way to strike a balance. Perhaps you've never been very good at public speaking, but you've lately volunteered to lead meetings to help you become more comfortable speaking in front of a group. Example: "It's tough for me to tell when the folks I work with are overburdened or unsatisfied with their tasks." We have weekly check-ins to make sure I'm not asking too much or too little of my staff. I like to ask if they feel on top of their task, how I can better support them, if there's anything they'd like to take on or get rid of, and if they're enthusiastic about what they're doing. Even if the answer is 'all excellent,' these meetings are crucial in establishing a positive and trustworthy connection."
  • Tell Me About a Challenge or Conflict You’ve Faced at Work, and How You Dealt With It.
    During a job interview, you're generally not keen to discuss workplace difficulties. However, if you're questioned, don't say you've never had one. Be open and honest about a challenging scenario you've encountered (but not as much as you might if venting to a friend). Former recruiter Robert Tucker says, "Most individuals who inquire are merely searching for evidence that you're willing to tackle these kinds of challenges head-on and make a real attempt at reaching to a settlement." As you recount the tale (and answer any follow-up questions), be calm and professional, spend more time discussing the resolution than the disagreement, and indicate what you'd do differently next time to demonstrate that "you're open to learning from challenging experiences."
  • What’s a Time You Disagreed With a Decision That Was Made at Work?
    Here, the perfect anecdote is one in which you handled a conflict professionally and learnt something from it. Zhang advises that you pay special attention to how you begin and end your response. To begin, make a brief comment that frames the rest of your response, one that alluded to the final point or reason for presenting this story. "I learned early in my professional career that it's fine to disagree if you have statistics to back up your hunches," for example. To finish strong, give a one-sentence summary of your response ("In short...") or briefly discuss how what you learned or gained from this experience might aid you in the role you're applying for.
  • Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?
    This is a difficult question, but you can be sure you'll be asked it. Maintain a good attitude—you have nothing to gain by being critical of your current employment. Instead, present yourself in a way that demonstrates your eagerness to take on new challenges and that the position you're applying for is a better fit for you. "I'd really like to be a part of product development from start to finish," for example, and "I know I'd have that opportunity here." What if you were fired from your most recent position? Keep it short and sweet: "Unfortunately, I was let go" is a perfectly fine response. Example: "I'm ready to take on the next step in my profession." I like working with the people I did, and the projects I worked on, but I recognized I wasn't being challenged as much as I used to be. Rather than becoming complacent, I resolved to seek a role that would allow me to continue to develop."
  • Why Was There a Gap in Your Employment?
    Perhaps you were caring for children or elderly parents, dealing with health concerns, or traveling around the world. Perhaps you simply took a long time to find the proper work. Whatever the cause, be ready to talk about the gap (or gaps) on your CV. Seriously, practice delivering your response aloud. The most important thing is to be honest, but it doesn't mean you have to reveal more information than you're comfortable with. You can also discuss how any abilities or attributes you developed or earned during your time away from the workforce—whether through volunteer work, running a home, or dealing with a personal crisis—would help you flourish in this profession. Example: "I spent a number of years working at a corporation in a highly hard profession, in which I was quite successful, as you can see from my recommendations." However, I'd reached a point in my job where I wanted to concentrate on my personal development. I learned a lot about how to get along with people of various ages and cultures during my travels. Now I'm more than ready to re-enter the workforce with fresh vigor and focus, and I believe this position is the best vehicle for doing so."
  • How Do You Deal With Pressure or Stressful Situations?
    Another question you might feel compelled to avoid in order to demonstrate that you're the ideal candidate who can handle everything is this one. However, don't disregard this one (for example, don't respond, "I just put my head down and push through it," or "I don't get stressed out"). Instead, talk about how you communicate and otherwise try to minimize pressure, as well as your go-to tactics for dealing with stress (whether it's meditating for 10 minutes every day, making sure you go for a run, or keeping a super-detailed to-do list). All the better if you can provide a real-life example of a stressful circumstance you successfully negotiated. Example: "Thinking about the eventual outcome keeps me motivated." Even in the midst of a difficult situation, I've found that reminding myself of my goals helps me take a step back and be positive."

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur?

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TOP GLAM TIPS

1. You must be organized in order to succeed in business. - Business Tip

2. Every successful business keeps detailed records. Click here to get 50% off for 6 months with Quickbooks using my code. - Business Tip

3. Consistency is a key component to making money in business. - Business Tip

*Click here to learn more about how GLAM can help you prepare your business plan.

4. Never stop learning. - Career Tip

5. Be a team player. - Career Tip

6. Maintain a good work ethic. Career Tip

7. Make sure your resume and cover letter is updated regularly. 

*Click here to learn more about how GLAM can help you prepare for your interview and revamp your resume and cover letter.

8. Learn a few key phrases in the local language. - Travel Tip

9. Purchase travel insurance at all times. - Travel Tip

10. Make photocopies of important documents Travel Tip

*Click here to learn more about how GLAM can help you book your next vacation/trip.

11. Make sure everyone signing the document(s) have VALID government issued photo ID - Notary Tip

12. Public notaries aren't allowed to give legal advice (need legal advice, click here) - Notary Tip

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