Lincoln’s Birthday

It’s a good idea to reflect about Honest Abe on the occasion of his birthday today because our sixteenth President has passed along some great advice.  One of Lincoln’t sayings  is about the importance of preparing for whatever tasks lie ahead of you:

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Abe’s quote certainly applies to job interviews. It’s  the reason why you need to spend twice as much time preparing for an interview than the time spent at the interview.

You’ll find several posts  here on Your Career  that will help you get ready for interviewing by following these links—Learn to prepare for tricky interview questionsThe easiest way to prepare for an interviewMore about how to prepare for a job interview.

If you work hard to land interviews but don’t prepare for them, you won’t get job offers.

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RANDY PLACE is a job finding strategist and author of Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.




About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.