How to Remain Relaxed During a Panel Interview


Tip 1: Research.

There are many avenues for research prior to attending an interview. Ideally, much of the research can be undertaken even before you have submitted your application. The balance can be undertaken when you know with whom you will be interviewed.

Your research may begin by finding out as much as you can about the company as well as the industry in which it operates. You want to know the key facts about the company, as well as any potential problems it might face. You will also want to identify what opportunities the company might be interested to tap into. The deeper you engage in research on the company and the industry it operates in, the greater your ability to identify potential problems and opportunities for that company. From there, you can consider how your unique set of KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities) can be utilised to help the company overcome its problems and tap into potential opportunities. This component of your research can be undertaken before you even submit your application. The discussion you may have arising from this component of your research will enable you to really shine in the interview.

Once you have been formally invited for an interview, you can ask for the names of each member of the interview panel. With this information to hand, you are in a position to Google interviewers by name with a view to identifying any interests you may share. You may also want to identify accomplishments, publications and/or advocacy panel members may have been involved in. You can drill down into the aspects you most admire about each panel member. The knowledge you pick up about each panel member will go a long way to building a bridge between yourself and them.

Tip 2: Rehearse

Rehearse the interview with a trusted friend, family member or career counsellor. Doing so will give you a great deal of feedback on how you come across in an interview setting. Knowing how you come across, and having the opportunity to hone your answers will go a long way to helping you remain calm in the interview setting.

Another way of honing your interview skills is by applying for roles that you have no intention of accepting (i.e., “practice interviews”). In so doing, you can focus on developing your interview technique in a safe setting: Safe, in the sense that you do not care whether or not you are offered the role. The skills you develop by attending practice interviews will translate to being more comfortably relaxed and able to put your best foot forward at those crucial interviews.

Tip 3: Prepare

Prepare your outfit, materials and accessories the night before. In this way, you will feel more calm and relaxed, knowing that everything you need is ready to go. Whatever you need to bring with you on the day can be carried on your left side, leaving your right hand free to shake hands upon arrival. Doing so will leave you feeling organised and professional and will make a positive first impression.

Tip 4: Calm and Relax Yourself

It is useful to take the time to do some quiet deep breathing before you go into the interview itself. If you are travelling on public transport, you can do this while you travel. If you are driving, you can do so after you have parked your car safely. All you need to do is place your hands on your lap and do some quiet deep breathing for 5-10 minutes. If you have the time, you will find it even more beneficial to do it for 20 minutes. With each deep breath you take, your whole body receives extra oxygen where it counts. You will find that you feel more relaxed, calm, centred, empowered, invigorated and energised. You will also feel like the strongest and most confident version of yourself. That feeling will carry with you into the interview room.

Tip 5: Smile

You will find it helpful to smile at everyone you meet: The receptionist, each staff member with whom you cross paths, any contractors or clients that are onsite, the person who escorts you to the interview room, as well as each member of the interview panel. You will find that the more you smile, the more smiles come back to you. And, the more smiles that come back to you, the more relaxed and collegial the interview will feel like. So, be sure to smile often. At the very least, you can smile before answering each interview question.

At the end of the day, you can feel calm and relaxed, no matter how many people are interviewing you for that highly coveted position.

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Wait, How Do I Write This Email?


By Danny Rubin

In his award-winning guide, communications expert Danny Rubin provides more than 100 email/document templates for networking and the job search. With each template, Rubin saves you time and takes the stress out of professional email writing.
Wait, How Do I Write This Email? is a perfect resource for people who need to build relationships and grow into careers. It’s also used in high schools, colleges, workforce development programs and even the Pentagon as part of in communications courses for senior-level personnel.
Page after page, Rubin offers detailed instructions for networking (ex: how to contact alumni from your school) and the job search (ex: how to apply even if the company has no openings at the time).
He also includes smart LinkedIn templates, memorable handwritten notes, the outline for a powerful one-page resume and a fresh cover letter strategy with a focus on storytelling.
The second edition includes:
– Four sets of classroom activities & teacher notes that correspond with select templates in the book (topics are networking, job search, LinkedIn and writing skills)
– Updates to instructions for sending private LinkedIn messages
– Updates to the email template on how to turn down a job offer

You Majored in What? Designing Your Path From College to Career


By Katherine Brooks

So what are you going to do with your major?”

It’s an innocent question that can haunt students from high school to graduate school and beyond.

Relax. Your major is just the starting point for designing a meaningful future. In this indispensable guide, Dr. Katharine Brooks shows you a creative, fun, and intelligent way to figure out what you want to do and how to get it—no matter what you studied in college. You will learn to map your experiences for insights into your strengths and passions, design possible lives, and create goals destined to take you wherever you want to go. Using techniques and ideas that have guided thousands of college students to successful careers, Dr. Brooks will teach you to outsmart and outperform your competition, with more Wisdom Builders and an easily applied career development process.

No matter what career you aspire to, You Majored in What? offers a practical, creative, and successful approach to finding your path to career fulfillment.

It’s a Job Search Jungle Out There


“It’s a jungle out there
Disorder and confusion everywhere
No one seems to care
Well I do
Hey, who’s in charge here?
It’s a jungle out there”*

So goes the opening song for the popular TV show “Monk®.”  Always referred to as “Mr. Monk” or just plain “Monk,”  Adrian Monk was a private detective working as a consultant to the police.  His numerous compulsive habits and phobias compounded life but never stopped him from solving the case.

The Monk song perfectly describes the situation faced by many people entering the job market after years with the same employer.  The job search process does seem like a “jungle out there” and can be a scary, confusing place.  Many selection processes come across as cold and insensitive, where “no one seems to care.”  When facing a panel interview situation, the candidate may wonder “Hey, who’s in charge here?”

The knowledgeable professional Resume Writer and Job Coach is someone who knows.  He/she is expert at helping people navigate the challenges presented by contemporary hiring processes.  They can help you find “who’s in charge” and connect with that person on LinkedIn.  They know how to field a competitive resume, master those pesky job interviews, and emerge with the offer to a new position and a bright future.  Don’t face the job search “jungle” alone.

So who cares?  Nobody cares like the professional Job Coach and Resume Writer.  Let them be your guide.
Submitted by Gordon Walter
*Monk lyrics by Randy Newman, All Rights Reserved


Ladders Resume Guide 2019


By Mark Cenedella

In this 2019 updated edition to the Amazon bestseller, the author of America’s largest career advice newsletter shares best practices and expert advice for writing a great resume, without the drama or agony, in a quick 90 minute read.Based on 15+ years experience, with millions of resumes, from the leader in $100K- $500K careers, Ladders 2019 Resume Guide provides easy and effective advice for fast-rising and mid-career professionals. In about 90 minutes, Cenedella shares the best insights and hand-picked advice from his decades-long experience. Here’s what you’ll learn in Ladders 2019 Resume Guide:The four gatekeepers who can block your resume from success. Cenedella walks you through the four critical gatekeepers that you need to please with your effective resume. Each of these audiences is looking for something different, and his expert insight into the nuances makes it easy for you to master these tricky subtleties.How to avoid resume writing anxiety. Most of us don’t write resumes for a living, but we need a resume to make a living. That creates unneeded anxiety for you. A resume can be so important to your career success, and yet, you likely have very limited personal experience in writing resumes. This lack of understanding about how resumes work — what makes one effective and another a flop — causes resume anxiety. Cenedella dispatches common misconceptions that cause you to worry too much, and highlights for you the tricky areas that you do need to watch out for.The right way to craft a resume that will make you successful. Cenedella shares the principles behind making a successful resume. How and why successful resumes work, and pitfalls to avoid where you unintentionally shoot yourself in the foot. By teaching you the simple rules behind what makes resumes successful, Cenedella prepares you to craft your own professional resume.Specific, step-by-step, line-by-line instructions for the fast-rising and mid-career professional. As a busy, successful professional looking to get ahead, you’re just looking for the right answers as to how to get your resume done. Cenedella boils it all down to the simple line-by-line, and sometimes word-by-word, formula to make a winning resume. Ladders 2019 Resume Guide presents an effective, tested, data-driven, easy-to-follow, easy-to-understand, expert guide to writing your resume right now.Author Marc Cenedella wrote America’s largest career advice newsletter for 15 years, reaching 10 million people weekly. A nationally renowned career expert, his insights into what makes resumes successful are based on data and learnings from helping millions of resumes hit their mark at Ladders, the leader in $100K to $500K careers.

Important Tips to Create Your Video Resume


By Colin Ong

We are facing a situation where it is getting more challenging to land a job interview and it is crucial to creating more exposure to differentiate yourself from the rest of the noisy job-market.

How can this be achieved?  Here comes the video resume which allows you to essentially put across important bits of your typed resume in a short video. The hope is that the recruiter will be instantly impressed and grant you the interview opportunities.

Here are more tips for you as you make your first video resume:

Tight Budget

Many first-time job-seekers may be on a very tight budget and this means that getting the video resume created by a professional company is definitely out of the question. But do not worry.

You can get students in audio-visual courses to design and record for you as their project and in return, you can also put their names and contact numbers at the end of it to serve as accreditation. This makes a very good win-win situation.

Keep It Within A Minute

The Video Resume should be around a minute because if it is too long, the recruiter may be lost about the main message.

Write A Script

Unless you are very experienced or am an established Video Blogger, you should spend some time writing and editing a script. Practice makes perfect. Do check for grammatical mistakes and ensure that the script is kept clear and not drown the viewer with too much information.

Memorize The Script

It will look more compelling to memorize the script as it comes across as more natural and believable. Keeping to a script will also ensure that you are able to meet the time constraints.

Formal Clothing

Remember to be respectful to the recruiter and be dressed in formal corporate attire. You are sending an important message that you are a team player and are able to be dressed to put the company in a good light.


Remember to put some subtitles so that the recruiter can remember on the key-words like “initiative”, “experienced”, “team-player” and “hardworking”. To further make a deeper impact, ensure that these key-words are colored and have some form of animation.


Many Video Resumes that I happen to view on YouTube have rather imposing background music. It is quite sad that music does not gel with the content. Another flip side is that the music may muffle what you want to communicate with the recruiter and the whole idea of creating a video resume will be lost.


The jury is out about uploading your video resume on YouTube. I have seen perfectly good video resumes that have very unfair and negative comments on YouTube. These comments are not constructive and can even distract the recruiter. Thus it is good advice to disable the comment page if you upload your Video Resume on YouTube.

Your Referees

You should make an effort to include your referees in the video resume with short bites of them telling the recruiter about your strengths. This will send a strong message to your recruiter that you are really serious about wanting to ace the job and there are people who can vouch for your abilities. Do remember to put the names and the contact number of your referees in it.

Mobile Platform

As it is becoming very common for recruiters to use their mobile devices to view your video resume, do remember not to include too much information or it will look like a big mess. Then the impact of creating it will not be felt.

Best wishes for creating your Video Resume.

Colin Ong TS is a recognized business teacher and writer. He can be contacted 96749640 /

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7 Tips for Successful Phone Interviews


By Angela Loeb  The phone interview is such a crucial part of the hiring phase because if you can’t make a good first impression on the phone, your chances of being invited for an in-person interview are nil. Below are 7 tips to keep in mind for successful phone interviews.

1. Choose a quiet environment. Be sure you’re taking the call in a place where you won’t be distracted and where you won’t have background noises such as the television, radio, dogs barking, kids crying, etc. For example, if you are surprised by a call on your cell phone while at the grocery store, ask the person if you can call them right back or put them on hold until you can find a quiet, secluded place to speak. Better yet, ask the caller if you can schedule the interview for a mutually convenient time, preferably for when you can be away from the commotion and can take notes.

2. Prepare as you would for an in-person interview. You might be the type who can answer questions on the fly, and maybe you know the job description quite well by heart. Still, it’s best to prepare ahead of time and have your notes, the job description, your resume, and whatever other reference materials you need within reach. The majority of phone interviews are efficient screening calls made by recruiters. They want to know if you fit the criteria of the job description and if your salary is in the ballpark. Experienced recruiters can usually determine this pretty quickly. However, you might find that some recruiters prefer to have a more in-depth conversation with you, and sometimes it’s the hiring manager who conducts the phone interview. Just in case, you should prepare as you would for a full-fledged, in-person interview.

3. Be prepared to answer screening-out questions. The typical purpose of the phone interview is to screen out candidates. The interviewer is looking for red flags. He or she is trying to narrow the field of candidates and select the best matches to invite in for a face-to-face interview. You’ll get questions like:

  • Why are you looking for a new position? (Answer in a positive way no matter how unhappy you are about your situation!)
  • Walk me through your background. Why did you leave here, why did you leave there… ? (Always give a positive spin to your reason for leaving. Talk about what you did in your previous experience as it relates back to the position at hand.)
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • What was your biggest accomplishment during your last position?
  • What specific projects have you worked on?
  • Why are you interested in our position/company?

4. Engage with good questions. First of all, definitely ask questions. However, don’t ask what could appear to be “it’s all about me” questions. Also, at this stage, it’s better for the interviewer to be the one who mentions money or benefits. These are topics that you might have to address when asked about them during a phone interview, but they’re best left, if at all possible, until the later and/or final stages of the hiring process. Your only goal at this point should be to convince the interviewer that your skills and experience fit their needs. Ask the interviewer how success is defined for this position. Ask the interviewer what are the most important elements of the job description. Ask the interviewer why the position is open. Those are examples of good questions for a phone interview. And, of course, listen well to their responses, taking notes if you can.

5. Speak clearly. This might be an obvious tip, but it’s such a vital thing to remember with phone interviews because it’s through your words and your tone of voice that you get the chance to make a great impression. Keep the mouthpiece near your mouth. Don’t chew gum, eat, drink, or smoke. Sounds are amplified over the phone – the sounds of smacking, chewing, swallowing, and inhaling/exhaling are certain to be picked up. Besides, if your mouth is busy with that other activity, you won’t be as coherent as you need to be when you need to speak.

6. Use the name of your interviewer. Write down the name of the interviewer when you first hear it, and use it occasionally throughout the conversation. People like the sound of their own name, and this easy tip will go a long way in helping you to build rapport. Beware that you don’t overdo it though. The key word here is “occasionally.” Using a person’s name every time you respond could sound contrived and unnatural.

7. Smile. Let the interviewer “hear the smile” in your voice. Some experts says that you should prop up a mirror where you are doing the interview so that you can observe yourself and, therefore, remind yourself to smile. If you prefer not to do that, at least have a post-it note with the word “smile” written on it, and put it where you’ll see it during the call. Phone interviewing deprives you of the chance to communicate your excitement and interest through your facial expressions and eye contact. Your voice is the only way you have to project positive energy and convey how you feel. You’ll naturally feel more enthusiastic when you smile, and your voice will definitely reflect your smile.

Angela Loeb is into self-development & personal empowerment, being awed by nature, writing, and being inspired by superhero stories. She’s also a career expert who’s advised job seekers for more than two decades. Learn more about Angela and her services at

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Secrets to Finding an Executive Position While Still Employed


By Erin Kennedy 

Following are highlights from Erin’s article:  “The Secrets to Finding an Executive Position While Still Employed”

Think Outside the “Networking” Box

  • There are many ways to network.
  • The hidden job market is the best way to go about conducting a secret job search.
    • Attending professional events or using the tools offered by LinkedIn, are excellent ways to learn about jobs not yet advertised.
  • Even volunteering or being involved in your community can lead to new opportunities, so being active can move your job search forward as well.

Be Careful When Using LinkedIn

  • Use LinkedIn when searching for a new job.
    • Begin by updating settings.
      • If settings are not updated appropriately, connections may be able to see every change to profile.
    • Remember that co-workers and bosses are often included as members of the Connections network.
    • When working on LinkedIn profile development, alter settings to ensure the wrong people don’t see any changes made.

Strictly Confidential

  • It’s important to keep things under wraps, until ready to go public. Keep things confidential.
    • Use the term “confidential applicant” instead of name, to avoid showing up on the current employer’s search for a new candidate.
    • Not using the company’s name anywhere on the resume is important.

Don’t Use Company Time

  • Job searches should not be done on company time.
    • If your current boss finds out, there’s a chance you could be fired.
    • If a potential employer finds out search was conducted on company time, they may think you’ll do the same to them and not offer you a job.

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Job Search Tips – What Phrases Should You Use on Job Search Sites?


By Adnan Masood   

If you are looking for a job, you are likely to search online. The good news? There are many job search sites for you to choose from. Aside from the larger and well-known sites, there are also those that are locally run and operated. Regardless of which website you use, how you search is very important. After all, the fastest way to seek employment is to find jobs that you are qualified for.

In terms of searching for job search sites, how can you do this?

Here are three different ways that you can find open positions that you are qualified for online:

Job Search Tip #1 – Search with the Job Title Name.  This is a pretty simple approach, yet it is the best. What position are you looking to find? Is it a retail manager? If so, ideal search phrases include retail management, retail manager, or store manager. Is it a work at home sales position? If so, ideal search phrases include home-based sales, inbound sales rep, work at home sales, and so forth.

Job search sites pull keywords from your search and pair it with keywords inside a job listing. Since a company always labels a job with the title, this method of searching produces the best results.

Job Search Tip #2 – Search with Job Duty.  Another way to find a job on a job search site is to do a search with a duty. For example, a retail worker often must perform sales work, customer service, and checking out customers. Ideal search phrases include customer service, cashier, sales, and so forth.

As previously stated, job search sites pull keywords from your search phrase and attempt to match up those phrases with keywords inside a job listing posted online. While the best results are produced by using a job title, you can search with a job duty instead as well. The only downside is that some duties are similar for a wide range of jobs; therefore, you are likely to get more non-relevant results with this approach.

Job Search Tip #3 – Search with Company Name.  Do you want to work for a specific company? If so, you can also do a search with that company name. If you are looking for a better paying job, this approach is ideal. However, if you are looking for any decent position that will provide a paycheck now, it is best to use one of the above-mentioned options that produce more results.

While this method of searching job sites does work, results are not guaranteed. Why? While a good percentage of companies do include their company name, some like to keep this information hidden. While it won’t hurt to use this method of searching when seeking employment, know that you do have other options. You should use those other options if your search does not produce any results.

So there you have it; you now got a few great suggestions on the different methods of searching when it comes to looking for employment on job search sites.

The Quick & Complete Guide to a Winning Interview


By Thea Kelly 

Praised as “Excellent” on, this brief, encouraging interview guide offers a simple, smart approach to interview preparation. Get That Job! is packed with all you need to get ready for the best interview of your life.

In today’s competitive job market you need to stand out – for the right reasons. “Canned’ interview answers won’t work, nor will “winging it.” You need to be both authentic and strategic to convince the employer you’re “the one.”

Through proven interview tips and step-by-step instructions, this book will help you to:

✔ Communicate the unique strengths that make you the right person for the job.
✔ Realize why employers ask many of the most common interview questions – and how to answer with confidence.
✔ Succeed with video interviews, behavioral interviews and panels.
✔ Build an arsenal of success stories – more than you think you have!
✔ Ace every step – from the first screening to accepting the offer.

With 20+ years of experience in coaching, career services and communications, Thea Kelley helps individuals achieve career breakthroughs. She shares her expertise in books, blogs and radio interviews, as well as one-on-one coaching for everyone from senior executives to recent graduates.

The Place for help with Job Interviewing and all aspects of the job search process