Every industry does things a little bit differently when it comes to the job market, so it’s always great to get some insight from someone who’s been there. Ellen Gordon Reeves, author of Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?, has an amazing blog on Change.org focused on getting a career in the non-profit sector, but a lot of the tips are relevant to job-hunters of any age or industry. I’ve read her book cover-to-cover (and e-mailed many job-hunting relatives and friends with her tips) and I’ve learned even more from her blog posts, especially about the right (and wrong) ways to use the internet in your search. Here are some links to a couple of my favorite posts.
This spring we published Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?, an essential guide for young job-seekers by Ellen Gordon Reeves, and what an adventure it has been. One could never have guessed from Ellen’s stellar performance on the Early Show this morning that just a few short months ago she had never been on television before.
An author’s readiness for the national spotlight is the source of anxiety for every publicist. Many new authors come in with a belief they could face anyone from Oprah to Charlie Rose at a moment’s notice, but very few manage to project the confident smooth-talking expert you’re used to seeing on your screen without many hours of lengthy (and expensive) media training and multiple Advils ingested by yours truly.
Thankfully Ellen Reeves’s training was capped off with a few easy-going conference calls and a small iced coffee at the Time Warner Center. Ever since Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? launched in May, Ellen has taken her new-grad advice to such venues as CNN, NPR, ABC News Now, Fox News, EXTRA, and just this morning, the Early Show. Her natural eloquence and bullet-proof expertise have impressed producers around the country and she received the highest compliment an author can get from quite a few of them—an invitation to come back.
With all of this media success, one wonders if maybe Ellen’s new book should be “How to Ace an Interview.” But that might be a chapter in Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? already.