Secrets to Finding an Executive Position While Still Employed

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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?

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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.

HADOOP BIG DATA Interview Questions You’ll Most Likely Be Asked

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By Vibrant Publishers 

• 200 Hadoop BIG DATA Interview Questions
• 76 HR Interview Questions
• Real life scenario based questions
• Strategies to respond to interview questions
• 2 Aptitude Tests

Hadoop BIG DATA Interview Questions You’ll Most Likely Be Asked is a perfect companion to stand ahead above the rest in today’s competitive job market. Rather than going through comprehensive, textbook-sized reference guides, this book includes only the information required immediately for job search to build an IT career. This book puts the interviewee in the driver’s seat and helps them steer their way to impress the interviewer.
The following is included in this book:
a) 200 Hadoop BIG DATA Interview Questions, Answers and Proven Strategies for getting hired as an IT professional
b) Dozens of examples to respond to interview questions
c) 76 HR Questions with Answers and Proven strategies to give specific, impressive, answers that help nail the interviews
d) 2 Aptitude Tests download available on www.vibrantpublishers.com

The Quick & Complete Guide to a Winning Interview

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By Thea Kelly 

Praised as “Excellent” on Forbes.com, 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.

Take 10 Years Off Your Image

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By Stephen Viscusi, The Ladders

Suggestions on how to take 10 years off your image and be perceived as more youthful in the office.

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.

Though the economy is much stronger, so is the penchant for mergers, acquisitions, and other organizational changes.  So now some bosses can use such events as a reason to thin the ranks.  And pay attention, over-40s:  A reduction in force 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 already 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 about 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):

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?

If you are over 40, I want you on LinkedIn today.
If you don’t know how to join, just ask someone.  Let that same person help you choose your profile picture. Seriously.

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

Peruse your local Apple store.
At least learn the difference between an iPad, MacBook Pro, or Android and iOS, and you’re on your way.  And buy a set of those headphones to keep around. It’s all about perception.

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.

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.

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.

Learn how to text.
Many younger people do not use email.

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

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.

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

Rarely refer to your children.
Never refer to your grandchildren and never ever your great-grandchildren.

Go to the gym.
Or at least get moving.  Regular and brisk walks can work wonders.

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

Get a DVR.
Know how they work.

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.

Dress is very important: always dress age-appropriate.
It never works to try dressing like a millennial.

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.

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.

Guide To Rethinking Resumes

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By Richard N. Bolles

The first resume book from the What Color Is Your Parachute? career guru Richard Bolles.

Resumes get an average of eight seconds of attention before going in the trash—or getting on the shortlist. That’s just one of the findings reported here, as legendary career expert Richard N. Bolles presents new research about resumes in a guide that summarizes everything job-hunters and career-changers need to know about this essential tool.

This timely resource features the latest research on important resume topics such as keywords, soft skills, scanning software, social media, and online posting. Bolles argues that on the basis of what we now know, we need to rethink what a resume is—and how it should be written. He details the words that must be avoided, and the words that must be used, on a resume that wins you interviews.

This slim volume distills a huge amount of information down to its very essence. Armed with tips and shortcuts based on the author’s decades of experience, you can craft a resume and cover letter that will stand out to your dream employers—and increase your chances of getting interviews and landing jobs.

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The 21st Century Job Search

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By Bruce Hurwitz

Bruce Hurwitz has never been afraid of controversy, nor is he hesitant to admit when he is wrong. Accordingly, in The 21st Century Job Search, he revisits his previous comments on such things as wearing large engagement rings to job interviews, his short-lived position as a career coach at a New York university, and coping with discrimination, topics which raised some eyebrows when he originally wrote about them on LinkedIn.

In the book you will learn:

  • How to prepare for an effective job search;
  • How to research prospective employers;
  • How to handle your Internet presence;
  • How to utilize LinkedIn to build your brand and attract employers;
  • How to effectively network – especially if you are shy;
  • How to prepare for surprises;
  • How to correctly read job descriptions to avoid frustration;
  • What really happens to, and how to write, effective cover letters;
  • What really happens to, and how to write, effective resumes;
  • How to properly prepare for phone, video and in-person interviews;
  • What questions to ask, and how to answers questions you will be asked, in interviews;
  • How to follow-up after an interview;
  • About legal and illegal discrimination; and
  • About negotiating, offer letters and resigning.

Hurwitz also tackles the “tough” issues of dealing with a “resume gap,” raising health issues, and how to turn having been a stay-at-home parent or caregiver into an attraction for employers.

But he does not simply tell readers what to do, when possible, he shows them. There is a script, especially for the shy, for effective networking and follow up. Additionally, readers will find sample letters for networking, expressing interest in a company, applying for jobs, thanking interviewers and, his personal favorite, the rejection letter.

While in the book he gives particular advice to veterans, college students, “older” candidates, the long-term unemployed, stay-at-home parents, and caregivers about how to minimize rejection and reduce frustration, and effectively cope with the different stages of a job search, the book is for any job seeker regardless of their circumstances.

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Land Your Dream Job Anywhere

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By Mac Prichard

Job hunting is not an innate ability; no one is born with the magical power to land a great job. It is a learned skill that anyone can master with practice. Unfortunately, most people are never taught how to look for a job. High school and college teach us the technical skills to use in our career, but we are never taught the nuts-and-bolts of how to conduct a strategic job search. Instead, we are left mostly to rely on trial and error. That’s the reason this book exists—to outline a proven job-search strategy that actually works. You’ll find a process that results in a faster, less-frustrating job search—one that maximizes your chances of finding a job you love

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A Time-Tested Model For Job Search Success

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By Gordon Walter

Simple and straightforward, the following basic job search model works over and over again.  This is not to minimize the fact that effectively looking for a job is hard work.  But the steps to getting there can be boiled-down to the following:

·         Be motivated.  Ensure attitude is positive and upbeat (even if you do not feel that way).

·         Seek assistance.  Be proactive and do not hesitate to ask for help from family, friends or a job search professional.

·         Select appropriate job search approach.  There are many good ones out there, and many work just fine.  The secret is to pick one and get started.

·         Assess skills and identify core competencies.  The Internet or your local library are replete with many fine resources that are available to help with this.   Other good sources can be found at the Career Center website of a university or your local community college.

·         Develop job search plan.  Establish a budgeted amount of time for job search activity, set some goals and when they will be accomplished.

·         Conduct research on jobs, employers, and communities.  Thanks to the Internet, there is a huge amount of information available concerning employers.  GlassDoor.com is a helpful resource on a number of topics, including employer pay, benefits and employment practices.

·         Prepare due diligence to ensure effectively written applications, resumes and letters.  Spend the time NOW to prepare resume, cover letter templates and other correspondence.  Insure they are PERFECT, and ready to send if potential employer suddenly says “send me a resume.”

·         Network for information, advice and referrals.  It is an undeniable fact that most people who get jobs get them as a result of networking.  It can be hard work, but resist the temptation to sit at a computer cranking out resumes to job boards, and spend the MAJORITY of your time in networking activity.

·         Develop winning job interview skills.  Consult with job search websites or contact a skilled professional.  Some employers have honed the selection process to a high art, and you need to be ready updated on what to say, not say, and contemporary thinking on the best interviewing protocols.  The higher a job is on the organization chart, the more complex a hiring process can be.

Motivated * Assistance * Approach * Core Competencies * Research * Due Diligence * Network * Interview Skills

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5 Tips for Job Interviewing Success

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By Marie Magdala Roker

Anyone who is a job seeker 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 own 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 on 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 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 3Know 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 you’re 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!

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