Considering a Professional Resume Writer

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By Gordon Walter

There are lots of resources available to help you write your own resume.  The Internet is filled with free resume templates.  Bookstores and public libraries always have books detailing the resume writing process.  Besides, you write things every day, so you can certainly write your own resume.  But should you?

Within this techno-centric age, a good resume is more critical than ever.  A resume is frequently your first introduction to an organization, and the relationship ends there if said resume does not do its’ job.  A professional resume writer adds value.

Today’s resumes should be polished and aligned with technology.  Most resumes are submitted digitally via the Internet through job boards or directly to corporate websites.  Professional resume writers are adept at effectively producing resumes that successfully negotiate these environments.  The writer can establish your “personal brand” through use of primary and secondary keywords reflecting the tools, skills and knowledge employers are looking for and present you as the best fit to meet those needs.  The highly qualified professional resume writer is knowledgeable of current trends and knows how to build a resume portraying the best “you” and uses the right techniques to get favorable notice.  It is all about marketing, and you are the product being sold.  Using a professional resume writer can make the job search a faster process; shorten the amount of time before interviews are scheduled and lessen the total energy consumed by your search campaign.

A good resume writer has honed his/her skills over time, and blends writing ability with career expertise.  The professional writer writes daily, is comfortable in the job search arena, and has a keen sense of “know-how” versus “know-that.”

Looking for a job is stressful and a lot rides on the outcome.  Your resume must not be an afterthought.  To effectively compete with other candidates, it definitely should not be the product of a cookie-cutter template.  Money spent for a professionally written resume is well, well worth it.

Deadly Job Interview Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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You’ve spent days searching through job ads and crafting the perfect resumes and cover letters. Now you have a job interview scheduled. You’re just steps away from your dream job, and in that interview, you’re going to wow them.

You may know what to do during an interview. Do you know what not to do? No matter how much you impress your interviewer in other ways, these deadly job interview and pre-interview mistakes could kill your chances of being hired.

Being Unprepared

Research the company beforehand, on its website and elsewhere. Read reviews about them on Glassdoor and Yelp.

Study job ads the company has posted. You can learn a lot about the company from job descriptions and requirements for other jobs, not just the job you’re applying for. Search local job boards as well as the large aggregator sites like Monster and Indeed.

Avoid being embarrassed. Examine your own online presence well before the interview. Potential employers often do online searches of job candidates, including their social profiles. Unprofessional screen names, posts bad-mouthing an employer, and inappropriate photos could all lower your standing or eliminate you from the running. Clean up your profiles.

Bring several copies of your resume to the interview – you never know who might want one. Bring your list of references, neatly formatted. Bring directions to the interview and your contact person’s name and phone number.

If you might be late for a reason beyond your control, a call to that person could salvage the interview for you. Bring your ID and anything else that the interviewer requests that you bring.

Appearing Disengaged

Your words may indicate that you’re the one to hire, but your body language might contradict your words. Crossed arms, leaning too far back or forward, poor eye contact, distracting movements, and another body language can make you appear detached.

Your demeanor beyond your body language also creates positive or negative impressions. Slouching in the waiting area or appearing lethargic detracts from the impression you want to make. Be poised, confident, and organized starting when you enter the reception area. Smile at the receptionist as well as the interviewer – but don’t smile too much. Be enthusiastic. Let your demeanor show that you’re ready to do the job.

Not having questions to ask also suggests detachment. Questions show that you’ve researched the position and are interested in it. Specific questions about job responsibilities and company culture demonstrate interest. Don’t ask about salary or benefits; let the interviewer bring those up.

Complaining about Your Old Jobs

Your interviewer is probably going to have questions about your current and past jobs. You might be looking for a new job because you can’t stand your current job and you detest your boss. But telling that to the interviewer will probably eliminate you as a candidate for this job.

Keep those negative experiences to yourself. A job interview is not the place to talk about them.

Instead, stay positive, and focus on the future. Talk about how you’re looking for new challenges and new ways to use and develop your skills. If you have to talk about work problems, talk about them as challenges and what you learned from them, without assigning blame.

For example, if your current boss has poor communication skills, talk about how you learned to ask questions and do your own research to clarify what needed to be done.

Acting Inappropriately

Interviewers are for assessing your personality and manners as well as your skills and experience. Acting inappropriately can be just as deadly to your job chances as the other interview mistakes described here.

Getting a little personal during the interview can help you or hurt you. If the interviewer leads the conversation to a personal level, finding common interests or hobbies can be a plus.

Be enthusiastic about them and use them to show that you’re a well-rounded person. On the other hand, talking about medical or family problems, for example, is unprofessional. More likely than not, such details will contribute to a negative view of you.

Watch your language as well. A job interview is not the place to swear.

While interviews and first dates have a lot in common, flirting should be left to dates. It may get you positive attention in other situations, but it may make the interviewer uncomfortable. Be friendly, listen, and take part in the conversation on a professional level.

Not Setting the Path Forward

The end of the interview is the beginning of the next steps. Neglect these steps or take the wrong ones, and that job you almost had could disappear.

When the interview is finishing, ask the interviewer about the hiring time frame. Also, ask the interviewer for his or her business card, and send a handwritten thank-you note the next day.

Hand-written notes aren’t common, which makes writing them a great way for you to stand out. If your handwriting is terrible, though, type the note instead-but sign it yourself. Avoid generic notes. Use the interviewer’s name and mention the specific interview.

Later, a follow-up call to show that you’re still interested could help tip the scales in your favor. Don’t call more than once, even if you had to leave a message the first time. Too many calls can make you look like a nuisance. As with all steps, be professional.

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Lose the Resume, Land the Job

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By Gary Burnison

“‘Lose the Résumé’ breaks down every aspect of job hunting, explaining what matters and what doesn’t.” – The New York Times Book Review

Lose the resume and land that coveted job

Gone are the days of polishing up your resume and sending it out at random. At every level today, you need to “lose the resume” in order to land the right job. In other words, you have to learn to tell a story about yourself that speaks to your competencies, purpose, passion, and values. Lose the Resume, Land the Job shares the new rules of engagement: How you must think, act, and present yourself so you can win.

Based on inner exploration drawn from the IP of the world’s largest executive recruiting firm, the book gleans insights and stories (the good, the bad, and sometimes the ugly) from Korn Ferry recruiters across the globe who work with thousands of candidates each day. It helps you gain a deeper perspective on who you are, what you’re passionate about, the cultures in which you fit, the kind of bosses you should work for, and where you can bring the most value to organizations.

•    Includes assessments, questionnaires, and other tools

•    Candid advice for young professionals through middle managers

•    Offers trusted guidance from the same firm that has shown 8 million executives how to achieve their career goals, and that puts a professional in a new job every three minutes

•    Helps you build a plan for the future so you can contribute more to the next employer

Getting a job and, more importantly, building a career has never been more complex. Lose the Resume, Land the Job helps you score the positions that align with your passion and match your attributes — and that will put you on a trajectory toward bigger and better things.

Consider Creating A Personal Web Page

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By Gordon Walter

Most job seekers spend time applying for jobs or hoping to hear responses related to resumes they have submitted through big job boards (e.g., Monster, Career Builder, etc.).  Though such activities are an essential part of a successful job search, you should consider adding another Internet component to your job search strategy:  a personal resume website.

Tight budgets have caused some companies and recruiters to have less money devoted to recruiting efforts.  Such employers and their representatives spend less on the recruiting process and rely more on “free” parts of the Internet to look for potential candidates.  Many job seekers saw this trend and created a personal resume website that is easily found by recruiters using standard search engines:  Google, Yahoo, or Bing.

Reasons to consider a personal resume website:

  1. Telling Your Professional Story.  Lots of job seekers have created social networking pages that are fine for sharing with friends and family but give a view of the person ranging from informal to less than professional.  Employers routinely do Internet searches on promising candidates as an informal background check.  It is much better to have a portfolio of professional accomplishments pop-up early in the search versus pictures of you and your friends at a backyard barbeque.
  2. Employers Guided to You.  Professional career pages allow recruiters to find you.  Some recruiters use Google to search for people after hearing of a layoff.  When beginning the search for people, they type something like “Client Services Representative at XYZ Corporation.”  This provides them with fewer search hits to deal with, and a chance to find good candidates quickly and cheaply.  Since personal resume websites are full of job-related terminology, they are apt to show-up early in such searches.
  3. Holistic View.  A conventional resume must conform to the traditional format, but it is easier to adapt a personal resume website to include other important elements like references, work samples, or formal pictures.  These digital sites are adept at conveying something of who you are.  When done well, it can be compelling and even inspiring to see what people have experienced/accomplished in topical areas outside the realm of a resume.
  4. Resumes are moving to the Internet.  Thanks to the growth of websites such as LinkedIn, an individual’s resume information is increasingly likely to appear on the World Wide Web now more than ever.  Employers In the future will definitely be more likely to find you than versus the conventional model of you searching for them.
  5. Best Personal Websites.  To get a better idea of what can be accomplished with a personal resume website, check-out these sites.  Go to:  https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-35-best-personal-websites-weve-ever-seen.

 

Take 10 Years Off Your Image – Suggestions on how take years off your image and be perceived as more youthful in the office.

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By Stephen Viscusi

How old an impression do you make when you’re interviewing? Of course, we all know that an interviewer can just count backward from the year of graduation printed on your resume. However, here is the truth: Perception is a new reality like 60 is the new 50. So you need to learn the fine art of being perceived as younger as well as looking younger. It’s more than just the way you look.

Is this fair? Is it even legal? And most importantly, should you give in to such nonsense? I’ll put it this way: If you are over 40, you need to read on.

The recession we’ve all been feeling for months is now official. So now bosses can use that magic “R” word as a blank check to fire almost anyone for any reason. And pay attention, over-40s: The wounded economy is an especially perfect opportunity for higher-ups to fire those senior workers whose high wages and big egos have outlasted their welcome.

For those who are unemployed, you must do whatever it takes to convey to hiring managers that you are employable. What does this mean? No one wants to hire someone who’s stuck in the old-fashioned way of thinking that being qualified, working hard and being loyal to a company is enough. Your Princeton degree and enviable references won’t get you far if you’re that naïve.

So back to the age thing.

While many workers have learned that good looks and a polished appearance go a long way toward success in the workplace, too many of them fail to realize that cultivating the perception of youth and a hip attitude is an equally important part of the equation. It’s no secret that we live in an age-obsessed society. Like it or not, “interviewing younger” is the new catchphrase.

“Interviewing younger” and being perceived as more youthful at the office is a vocabulary, a body language, and a look. And here’s a secret: These rules apply even more when your boss is your age or even older. It’s not like you are following these rules to impress a young person. Whatever the age of your boss or interviewer, you need to create a youthful perception of yourself. Otherwise, there’s someone else waiting in the wings with quicker computer skills and contemporary pop-culture knowledge who will be all too happy to fill your shoes.

So how do you do it? Here are some of the secrets in my new book, “Bulletproof Your Job” (HarperCollins), use them to remind yourself how to hold onto your job while those around you are losing theirs):

Rule #1: Crest Whitestrips.
Yup, this is a shallow, cosmetic-based tip. But I get so many letters from people who just don’t understand that having coffee-stained teeth doesn’t do you any favors in the interview department. Stop rolling your eyes; go buy the strips (use the store brand for all I care – I’m not picky), and whiten those teeth. Then smile. Smiling makes you look and feel younger – not bitter, old and unemployed. I don’t care if you really are bitter, old and unemployed. It’s about perception, remember?

Rule #2: If you are over 40, I want you on Facebook today (ditto for LinkedIn).
No friends? You already have one: just Facebook me. If you don’t know how to join, let your kids show you, or even better, have a young person at work “reverse mentor” you on how it works. Let that same person help you choose your profile picture. Seriously.

Rule #3: Know about and frequently use Google and Wikipedia.
Bookmark them on your computer, and set one as your homepage.

Rule #4: Watch an episode of “Family Guy.”
Discuss. Repeat.

Rule #5: Peruse your local Apple store.
At least learn the difference between an iPod Classic, iPod Touch and iPod Nano and you’re on your way. And buy a set of those identifiable white headphones to keep around, even if you don’t have the iPod to go with them. It’s all about perception.

Rule #6: Do not disclose your SAT scores.
If for some ungodly reason you still remember your SAT scores, keep them to yourself. Not only does no one care, but the scoring isn’t even the same anymore, and you’ll just wind up aging yourself.

Rule #7: Don’t talk about how you’re so addicted to Starbucks.
Or Coffee Bean, or whatever your coffee place of choice is. It seems like this would make you appear younger, but it won’t. Starbucks screams “unemployed loser.” Besides, you should never walk into an interview with a coffee cup, especially since you just whitened those teeth.

Rule #8: Pick up a copy of “Entertainment Weekly” before an interview.
But for God’s sake, don’t take it in with you and don’t let anyone see you reading it. That said, nothing gets you more up to date on the youthful world of pop culture like an issue of EW.

Rule #9: Learn how to text.

Rule #10: Lose the paper.
Young people get their news online – they don’t read newspapers. So don’t carry one into an interview with you or be seen reading it at the office like someone’s mom or dad.

Rule #11: Brush up on sports.
This is easy; you can still get away with talking about Michael Phelps and get credit for this one. Bonus points for knowing who’s in the NCAA tournament.

Rule #12: Make eye contact.
Eye contact is so critical to being perceived as young; don’t be afraid to use it.

Rule #13: Rarely refer to your children.
Never refer to your grandchildren and never ever your great-grandchildren.

Rule #14: Go to the gym.
Or at least say that you do.

Rule #15: Never talk about the ’80s or ’90s.
Never use words from “your day.” Nothing at work is groovy, dy-no-mite, or tubular. Ever.

Rule #16: Get a TiVo or DVR.
Know how they work.

Rule #17: Practice “sounding young” on the phone.
Take a small survey of how old you sound on the phone, and then practice with a friend sounding younger. (A tip: Talk higher and peppier.) This is critical. In the same vein, make sure your outgoing voicemail message isn’t too long or boring. Short and sweet with a positive attitude is all you need.

Rule #18: Dress is very important: always dress age-appropriate.
No 40+ man should be wearing an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt.

Rule #19: Give your hairstyle a long, hard look.
No wonder there are so many makeover shows! My advice is to ask an outsider his or her opinion. Someone who loves you won’t want to hurt your feelings or may love your look for sentimental or romantic reasons – but sadly, that won’t help you find a job. A bad coloring job spells disaster for both men and women, and let’s faces it, hair weaves for men rarely work. Men, don’t go overboard on finding a new hairstyle – just clip your nose and ear hair and you’re on the right track. Ladies, pluck or bleach facial hair.

Rule #20: Skip the cologne and excessive perfume.
And while we’re on the subject, wear deodorant. You may laugh, but many people just don’t do it.

Okay… Feel any younger, or just berated?

Trust me, I just took 15 years off the way you come across. Yeah, some things I talk about here are cosmetic, but most are not. It’s all about perception … and perception is a new reality.

How to Explain Your Faults in a Positive Light in a Job Interview

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We all want to put our best foot forward at the job interview. Yet, we are often asked that dreaded ‘weaknesses’ question where we are meant to disclose our faults. If we are asked to share our faults, how can we present them in a positive light? Should we even do that? Should we pick something inconsequential or something irrelevant to the work environment? Should we be doing something else? This article provides four tips on how to best discuss your faults at the job interview.

Tip 1: Acknowledge Your Faults

Your fault may be as simple as being a “night owl” and therefore finding it difficult to work at 9.00 a.m. the next business day. Your fault might be as simple as being a perfectionist or forthright or even guarded. Others may have told you that you are “too sensitive” or “too unfeeling”. You may have the fault of being a “people person” or a “loner”. Your faults may lie in time or project management. Your faults may also lie with having a personality or mental health concern.

There may be other faults that you identify within yourself. The best thing you can do is to openly and honestly acknowledge your faults. Interviewers ask this question to get a sense of your level of self-awareness as well as how well you will get along with the existing staff.

Tip 2: Recognise the Conditions Under Which an Attribute Becomes a Fault

Your faults may become a strength in different contexts, tasks or environments. Similarly, attributes that you normally consider to be a strength may be considered a fault in a different context, task or environment. So, being a night owl, for instance, maybe a problem if you work a typical Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. However, if you do evening work, then your night-owl nature may become a strength. In my youth, I discovered that my political allegiance became an unforgivable fault when I worked for a company that favored a different political party.

Tip 3: What You Are Already Doing

Once you have shared your faults, you will need to continue by sharing the steps you have/are taking to address those same faults.

You can also speak to how you are placing yourself in environments where your faults become a strength. If you have always gotten in trouble at school for being a chatterbox, for instance, you could talk about choosing a profession or role where chatting becomes a virtue.

Tip 4: Handling Sensitive Faults

If your faults lie in a personality or mental health concern, those faults are likely to be very personal and very sensitive. It is up to you how much/how little you choose to disclose. However, the same principles remain. You might simply say “I have a problem with a mental health problem” (without needing to go into any details). You might then go on to say that you are currently seeing (or have seen) a psychologist to get some strategies to manage it. If you are still addressing this concern, you could give an indication of how far you have already come or how much further you have to go.

At the end of the day, you can speak openly and honestly about your faults, while simultaneously showcasing who you are and what you can do for a potential employer.

Do you want to know more? Be sure to look at some of my ezine article “Tell Me Your Weakness – Interview Question”. You will also find more articles on this, and related, topics on both my websites:

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How to Write the Perfect Resume: Stand Out, Land Interviews, and Get the Job You Want

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By Dan Clay

Learn the tested and proven resume writing formula that’s landed jobs at Google, Salesforce, LinkedIn, and other world-class companies!

Picture a scenario: You’re sitting at your kitchen table scrolling through job listings when you see one that catches your eye. As you read through the job description, your excitement builds as you realize that the job is a perfect fit! Not wasting another second, you fill out the application, attach your resume, and hold your breath as you hit “Apply.”

Then you wait. And wait. And wait some more. Weeks go by without hearing so much as a peep, and before long you’ve given up hope on what seemed like a match made in heaven.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone! On average there are 250 resumes submitted for every job opening, which means that 99.6% of applicants will fail to land the jobs they apply for.

To get the job you want, you don’t just need a great resume–you need an outstanding resume, one that puts you in the top 1% of candidates for the job. That means ditching the same old advice you’ve been following with little results and adopting a tried-and-true process for getting your resume noticed in even the most competitive situations.

In this book, Dan Clay breaks down the exact method he’s carefully developed over a period of ten years and provides a precise, step-by-step set of instructions for crafting the perfect resume, down to the last period.

Unlike the dime-a-dozen recruiters turned career coaches who have never had to put themselves on the line in today’s brutally competitive job market, Dan offers practical, real-world experience gained from applying for and getting job offers from some of the most prestigious, competitive companies in the world.

And when it comes to something as important as your career, don’t you deserve to learn from someone who’s actually succeeded at doing what you’re hoping to do?

Of course you do! Here are some of the things you’ll learn about how to transform your resume from average to awe-inspiring:

 

    • How to handle tricky pitfalls like extended time off or unemployment and have your resume come out as strong as ever

 

    • How to make your accomplishments sound dramatically more impressive without having to tell a single lie

 

    • How to remove the guesswork about what to include in your resume and build it to the exacting specifications of your target job’s requirements

 

    • How to pass the four tests that companies will put your resume through with flying colors

 

    • How to strike the perfect composition of content, white space, and page length to accentuate and differentiate your strengths

 

    • How to avoid the common (and not so common) resume mistakes that leave your resume dead on arrival

 

    • How to tell a powerful story that demonstrates your capabilities in a way that will knock the socks off anyone reading it

 

  • How to stand out without resorting to cheap tricks that come off as cheesy or over-the-top

PLUS, you’ll also gain access to a free companion website containing fully editable resume templates, a perfect resume checklist, and other bonus materials to give you everything you need to create a stunning resume that will get you noticed and land you interviews.

Whether you’re a new graduate looking for your first job, a career veteran angling for your next move, a recent victim of a layoff, or someone looking to dip their toes back into the workplace after taking a few years off, this comprehensive guide aims to be the best–and last–resume writing book you’ll ever need for your career.

What are you waiting for? Scroll to the top of the page and select the buy now button to start crafting your perfect resume today!

The Who, What and Why of Job Interviewing

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By Carole Martin

Interviews can be daunting to the most experienced job seeker, and “terror-ific” for the less experienced. Preparation before the interview can make a huge difference in your confidence level. Here are some basic questions to get you thinking about the process.

One of the questions most frequently asked in an interview is – “WHO ARE YOU?” – or – “TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF.”

The answer you give to this question will set the tone for the rest of the interview. Focus is the key or you will wander about in a circle, or dig yourself into a deep hole.

The secret to success with this free-form question is to focus, script and practice. You cannot afford to “wing” this statement, as it will have an effect on the rest of the interview.

List five strengths that you have that would be pertinent to this job. (Experiences, traits, skills). What do you want the interviewer to know about you when you leave? Practice with your script, until you feel confident about what you want to emphasize in your statement. Your script is a way of helping you stay on track, but shouldn’t be memorized, resulting in sounding stiff and rehearsed. You should sound natural and conversational.

One of the most dreaded questions by candidates is – WHAT ARE YOUR LONG-TERM GOALS?

This open-ended question and others like; “Where do you see yourself in five years?” throw most candidates off balance. The object of the question is to check for your self-awareness and communication skills.

If you are the type of person who prefers an organized way of life, you may find this question a “piece of cake”. But, if you are among the majority of persons who let life happen as it comes along, you will probably not have a smooth answer without some forethought.

The best answers will come from you thinking about what you want. Most successful business people will tell you that a key success factor is the ability to set and achieve goals. Begin by setting short-term goals. Right now your goal may be “to get a job”. But, what kind of job? And, where do you go from there?

No one can tell you exactly how to answer this question – it will come from what is important to you. However, the more focused and employer-centered you can be about your goal, the better your chances will be of steering the interview in the right direction.

Another among the dreaded questions is – WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?

This is another broad question that can take you down the wrong road unless you have done some thinking about what to say ahead of time. This question is about selling yourself. Think of yourself as the product. Why should the customer buy?

Develop a “sales” statement. The more detail you give the better your answer will be. This is not a time to talk about what you want. It is time to summarize your accomplishments and relate what makes you unique.

Start by looking at the job description or posting. What is the employer stressing as the requirements of the job? What will it take to get the job done? Make a list of those requirements.

Next, do an inventory to determine what you have to offer as a fit against those requirements. Think of two or three key qualities you have to offer that match what the employer is seeking. Don’t underestimate personal traits that make you unique – your energy, personality type, working style, and people skills.

Completing an exercise around this question will allow you to concentrate on your unique qualities. Like snowflakes, no two people are alike. Take some time to think about what sets you apart from others.

Regardless of what you are asked in an interview, preparation and practice will improve your performance and give you a better chance at competing with the other candidates. Knowing who you are and what you have to offer is vital for success!

Interviewing Tips to Get That Job

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By Marie Magdala Roker

Anyone who is a jobseeker knows that looking for a new job or career is a job in itself. Once you have completed the laborious task of writing your resume and submitting it to various companies, you now have to pass the screen test to get the job. Interviews are the gateway to landing your ideal job. These five tips will help you get on your way to making that job yours.

Tip 1.  Be Confident.

Your first impression is your only impression.  Nothing is worse than a limp handshake, slumped shoulders, poor eye contact or poor communication skills. A potential employer can tell immediately if you are the man or woman for this job by your body language. Although aggressiveness is a turn-off, being passive gives the indication that you are not sure of yourself or your qualifications. Keep eye contact when answering questions or when the interviewer is speaking directly to you. Smile occasionally to show your interest and enthusiasm. Keeping a steady gaze on the interviewer can be disturbing to an interviewer. Look away occasionally. Lean forward to show that you are interested in what the interviewer is saying. Speak in a concise and clear voice. If you have problems annunciating certain words, don’t try to use them in an interview. If this is difficult for you, practice with a mirror and pay attention to your facial expressions.

Other interview killers: Slouching in a chair, crossing your arms, playing with your hair or jewelry, Leaning back in the chair.

Tip 2.  Act as If.

You are what you believe.  Act as if you had the job. What would you do if you had this position? How would you act? How would a person in this position act and speak? What are your responsibilities in this position? What is a typical day like for you in this job? Change your attitude towards yourself and your strengths. If you start thinking that you won’t get the job, you will do small unnoticeable things to sabotage your chances. Great free resource: www.confidenceworld.com.

Tip 3.  Know the Company.

Know the business.  I once sat on a couple of interviews where the interviewees did not do any research on the company. This sends a message that you are looking for any job, not this specific job. Once your interview is scheduled, get on the net and start finding out everything you can about the company. A good place to start is www.hoovers.com, which gives you industry information, top competitors, names of CEO, etc. If you’d like to know what current or former employees have to say about the company, try www.wetfeet.com. Beware of disgruntled postings. Call the company headquarters and ask for the marketing department to get specific information. Weave your research into the interview by stating. I read an article in the Wall Street Journal, which mentioned that your company is thinking about XYZ. This lets the interviewer know that you have taken the time to know more about the company. You can ask questions about something you read, but don’t challenge them or you’ll come across as a know-it-all.

Tip 4.  Be Prepared.

Know what to say.  Most interviewers ask the same standard questions about your strengths, weaknesses, former employers, work history. If you are being interviewed by several people, this might be a good cop, bad cop situation. Pay attention to who is playing bad cop, they are looking for signs of weakness and dishonesty. To be well prepared, before the interview, write out all your accomplishments, both personal and professional. List your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest, it’s easier to remember the truth than it is a lie. Extra Tip: Write out situations in which you have demonstrated: leadership skills, determination, stress management, creativity, and flexibility. Be prepared to answer the question: Why do you want this job? If you’re not sure, reevaluate your decision. If you arrive a few minutes early, review what you wrote in the waiting room before the interview. Great list of interview questions: http://www.indiana.edu/~libpers/interview.html

Tip 5.  Ask for The Job.

You get what you ask for.  The most important step in the interviewing process is one most people miss. ASK FOR THE JOB! Most interviewers are waiting for that closure. If you have done everything exceptionally well during the interviewing process, but have not asked for the job, you’ve just wasted an interview. Asking for the job shows the potential employer that you are assertive, confident and right for the job. It might feel uncomfortable, but this is your only chance to ask for something you really want. Make sure your voice is firm and you make eye contact. Think of it as your closing argument, you’ve got to win over the jury. You should also ask the interviewer if he or she thinks you are right for the job. Even if they tell you something unpleasant, think of it as a lesson learned. However, do yourself a favor and ask for the job. You deserve it!

Career Development Interventions

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by Spencer G. Niles, JoAnn E Harris-Bowlsbey

This comprehensive, top-selling text presents theories, assessments, planning tools, resources, and technologies relevant to modern career development in a practical approach that shows theory and research in action. With four chapters devoted to career development in educational settings, it analyzes the various aspects of career development interventions for the elementary, middle and high school, higher education, and community audiences, and provides strategies for implementing career counseling techniques and creating and designing career development programs. The new edition of Career Development Interventions features a stronger emphasis on the elementary school level, up-to-date coverage of the use of technology in career guidance/counseling, including the use of social media for job-seeking, and the addition of new case studies and practical assignments throughout.

 

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