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Winning the Interview

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Some people think that preparing for a job interview is fairly simple. Once you get the call to come in for one you essentially have the job unless you blow the interview. This is not to disrespect Walmart or McDonald’s but unless you are applying for a company like that, the interview process is not easy at all. In fact, getting the interview more times than not is easier than the actual interview itself. This pillar post is going to be for my viewers that are looking for a full-time job and hopefully it’s a highly looked at company.

The first step is having a great resume. There are plenty of good examples on the internet for samples but those are also mixed in with bad ones. Some keys things that you want in your resume are; having as many numbers as possible. It’s much more eye opening for an employer to see you raised over $10,000 in revenue during your 8 week internship than saying you raised a lot of money. Another thing is to make sure the formatting is done correctly. Make sure that everything lines up nicely and that you stay consistent on your word usage such as tenses. Also make sure to use a different starting word for the description of your prior positions. Then there are the more basic things such as make sure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes because that can instantly lose you an interview chance. LinkedIn is similar to your resume but where your resume should only include your most important and relevant things since it should only be a single full page, your LinkedIn page should include everything you’ve done. It should be a page that an employer can visit and see where you went to school, what you did there, how you did there, strengths, weaknesses, and any jobs you had up to this point.

Now if a company has asked you to come in for an interview, this is where you start researching that company. Everyone has many strengths and weaknesses, but this is where you need to see the companies values and what not and tie your best strengths to those values. It’s also where if you have a weakness of time management and their biggest thing is to have great time management, that’s a weakness you shouldn’t bring up. This next part isn’t always possible but now a days companies will let you know who you are interviewing with or it is the HR recruiter who told you that you have an interview. This is where you should look up the interviewer on LinkedIn, connect with them and learn some things about them. That way you can ask them questions more directed at them at the end of the interview. You should also ask your recruiter what specific position you are interviewing for so that you can plan accordingly for that one. Now it’s time for the dress code during an interview. Almost every job will want you to come in dressed business professional.

Even if they don’t say it, a common saying in business is that it is better to be overdressed than under dressed. For those who don’t know, business professional is a suit collared button down shirt with a suit jacket that matches the dress pants and a tie. I understand you might not already have a suit or that you don’t have the money to buy one. Some companies might understand and in that case you can just come in business casual which is business professional but without the suit jacket. If the company insists you be business professional which is understandable as you might need a suit during your job, such as if you’re visiting a client or on a company dinner. Then a possible substitute is to get one from Goodwill as they usually have an okay selection of them and can actually still be in pretty good condition. This is of course like a flat tire where it should only last you until you have the money to replace it with a real suit.

Now before the interview you should know exactly where the interview is happening at and any more specifics like if it’s in a specific room. If you are supposed to arrive at 10:00AM, leave so that you get there anytime from 8:00AM – 9:00AM. This will leave you plenty of time in case you get stuck in traffic, lost, or need to stop for something. The great part about getting there early is that you can continue to practice for the interview. One way of practicing is by looking up common asked interview questions so that you can be more confident going into the interview.

Now during the interview you’re going to want to shake every persons hand in the room whether there are two people or twenty. With the handshake make sure to have a firm grasp and go directly in, not from an upper angle or lower angle. Seems petty but some people think if you are coming in for the handshake from an upper angle, it’s you trying to show dominance. When shaking hands make sure to look the person in the eyes and introduce yourself. Then when you begin your interview make sure to calm yourself down. This will help you not to ramble on answers and or forget answers. If the interviewer asks a tough question, you don’t have to respond right away. Ask them if you can take a second to think about the answer. Most interviewers will like that you are willing to think first instead of going right into the answer. After the interview, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. NEVER SAY NO! That can ruin your entire interview because most interviewers are waiting for questions and asking none can leave them with a bad taste in their mouth. Make sure to have 2-3 pre-planned questions and then try to think of 2-3 questions during the interview. That way you can easily ask three or four questions. After you’re done with questions make sure to shake everyone’s hand again and thank them for their time. If you do all of these things correctly, there shouldn’t be a single employer who won’t hire you.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Daniel_J_McCurdy/2438403

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success

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by Nicholas Lore

DO YOU JUMP OUT OF BED EVERY MORNING AND RUSH TO A JOB YOU LOVE?

Or is the work you once enjoyed now just a way to pay the bills? Perhaps you’re even doubting your career choice altogether. Let The Pathfinder guide you to a more engaging, fulfilling work life. Based on breakthrough techniques developed by Rockport Institute, an innovative and award-winning career-counseling network that has changed the lives of over 10,000 people, The Pathfinder offers invaluable advice and more than 100 self-tests and diagnostic tools that will help you choose an entirely new career — or view a current job from a new, more positive perspective. You’ll learn:

* How to design your new career direction step by step so that it fits your talents, personality, needs, goals, values, and is, at the same time, practical and attainable

* How to deal successfully with the “yeah but” voices in your head that keep you going back to the same old ill-fitting job, day after day

* How to land the perfect job in your new field, plus tips on writing a really exceptional résumé, personal marketing, and networking (even for those who hate to network)

Whether you’re a seasoned professional in search of a career change or a beginner just entering the working world, you want to make the right choices from the beginning. No matter where you are in your journey, if you want work to be more of a dance than a drag, The Pathfinder will expertly coach you through the process of designing a career you will love.

Job Search 101: Mindfulness

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Expert Author Ramona L. Clay Most people don’t take the time to think about their careers and plan accordingly.  Oftentimes, the focus is on “Getting The Job!”  Very few, strategically, think about how and why someone will hire them; as a result, many apply to jobs they have not a chance of getting – wasting time and energy. Mindfulness of one’s actions will guide one to the right solutions.

Case in point: Going to a job fair offers a lot of possibilities; however, success comes to those who are mindful and strategic.  Most Companies list the jobs they are recruiting for and someone will, inevitably, walk up and say “what are you hiring for?”  How much time would it take to really research the companies before you go to the job fair?  Come up with a game plan; so that when you approached the company representative – you have something of value to say. There is a process to the madness.  It is important to show “Mindfulness” if you’re serious about getting a job.

Oftentimes, companies develop a series of pre-screening questions to evaluate candidates who submit resumes.  It eliminates wasting time looking at candidates who are not qualified.  Some of the pre-screening questions may include years of experience; education; industry, etc.  The pre-requirements may be specific or general – depending on the position.  That is why it is so important to be mindful of the job you are applying for because the higher your resume ranks in skills and experience; the better the chances of you being called and considered for a position.  To avoid the “black-hole” affect “thoroughly” read the job description.

As a recruiter, I usually do not go below 80% of pre-screening assessments.  Companies can be selective because there are hundreds of applicants applying for the same position.  The larger the company the more competitive the position; so being mindful of how your skills and experience match-up with the job description is important.

Consider your skills and experience; working at a large corporation is equivalent to a university or college level playing field – you got to be good.  They are looking for premier candidates; most positions are highly-skilled and targeted in a specific niche or industry.  No longer do large corporations provide the training & nurturing like they did in the past.  They have colleges, universities, and trade schools to do that; however, they will offer internships to students, but they are looking for students who can perform well in both the workplace and school.

Mindfulness is also about being realistic.  It is similar to a truck driver applying for a position as a Product Designer.  He became so upset that no one got back to him that he called the Vice President and President of the company.  Of course, they were upset that no one got back to him, but when they realized the reality of the situation – that was it!

If you are seeking employment without a lot of experience or training; medium to small businesses are a perfect place to build your experience.  You can maximize your visibility and skills.  Most small to medium firms do not have the stringent hiring requirements that large corporations have; including getting hired quicker.  Most small to medium firms may not be at job fairs or post online because of budget constraint.  One has to be aware of local companies in their area.  There are openings all around us – the key is strategically being Mindful of these opportunities.

Ramona Clay; President/Owner, Global Staffing Partners has been a recruiter for over 20+ years.  Ms. Clay recruits for companies nationally & internationally.  She specializes in Diversity/Executive Search; Technology; and Healthcare staffing.  Her emphasis – across the board – is diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Global Staffing Partners is headquartered in Wilmington, DE. http://www.Global-Staffing-Partners.com.

Ms. Clay, author; Living with Joy, Startup Pro, and Living with Joy2, http://www.AnomarPublishing.com and soon-to-be release, The Job Makeover. Ms. Clay does Career Coaching and Job Makeover Workshops. Books are also available online Amazon.com.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Ramona_L._Clay/1783658

From the Other Side of the Desk: A Practical Guide to Shortening Your Job Search

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By Jay D. Fusaro and Rosemary D. Fusaro

If you’re in the market for a new job, you’re probably also in the market for some sage advice on how to polish up your skills and differentiate yourself from the competition.

From the Other Side of the Desk: A Practical Guide to Shortening Your Job Search by longtime hiring manager-turned-career coach Jay D. Fusaro tells readers the tough but inspiring truth: job offers are hard to get, but with carefully crafted tools and a whole lot of preparation, everyone can learn the skills they need to get a new job, and in less time than it usually takes.

Jay’s comprehensive advice applies to new college grads, displaced workers, veterans as well as CEOs, people wanting to move up in their current company, and those who wish to apply for their dream job in a brand new field.

From the personal introduction to the playbook, from the bio to the resume, from the interview to the offer, this book conveys the essential skills, tools, and techniques required to land the opportunity you seek.

7 Strategies To Make Your Resume Engaging

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Resume Tip Number 1 – Engaging Summary
1. A résumé objective is frowned upon. It has been for over 20 years.
2. The objective used to tell the employer what the candidate wants. Today it is outdated because it is obvious you are looking for a job!
3. The summary is focused on what you, as a candidate, can do for the employer. This is the feel-good section. It’s equivalent to the handshake.
4. Highlighting soft skills here gives your resume a core of humanity.

Resume Tip Number 2 – Engaging Headings
• Use “Core competencies” if you have two to five years of experience or are switching careers. Give categories of your expertise here.
• Use “Professional Expertise” if you have longer work histories. And yes summarize them here.
• Use “Technical Competencies” if you are technically competent. This is a key area especially for people who are applying for technical jobs.

Resume Tip Number 3 – Engaging Experience
1. People end up paying more attention to job duties and descriptions than accomplishments. Don’t do that.
2. Include results, effects and contributions made at your former jobs, along with the company name, job title and years of employment.
3. Keep them short, sweet, concise and compact.
4. State the most important points first.
5. State the most valuable bits first.
6. Avoid stating more than 7.

Resume Tip Number 4 – Engaging Education Highlights
1. Institution, dates attended and the degree or certification you received are listed in the education section.
2. Professional development, continuing education, on-the-job training and other nontraditional education should be included here as well.
3. As a bonus – state something that you are currently doing. Shows you want to learn and grow to become better.

Resume Tip Number 5 – Engaging Finish
1. Over here, add elements that don’t quite fit in any of the other sections.
2. For a technical position, this could include experience with proprietary or customized software.
3. For an executive position, you could include leadership activities.
4. Major awards, recognitions and accomplishments that deserve a little more attention than a detail in another part of the résumé, they can go here.

Resume Tip Number 6 – Engaging All The Way
1. Encapsulate the entire Resume as a package.
2. Have a singularity of Focus & Brand
3. Give the employer something extra to look forward to
4. Ensure everything from the design to the presentation is different
5. Always remember – content is king!

Resume Tip Number 7 – Engaging 101
1. Don’t assume just because you are good at your job, you are also good at Branding, Resume Writing, Interview Skills and Job Searching. Leave this to the Professionals. Being Mentored will improve your chances of being Engaging!

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How to Find a Job You Will Love

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Many businesses have high turnover rates due to unhappy, unsatisfied, and/or unappreciated employees. There are several ways a company can create loyalty, happiness, and more positive attitudes towards employee’s jobs. One such approach is through increased company functions and gatherings that help develop office friendships throughout the company. Also, the creation of management teams and developing a teamwork mentality will help employees gain the feeling of ownership in their company. Instead of an us versus them attitude between departments, friendships throughout the company will also help build a complete team attitude. Many prominent companies create outlets for their employees to volunteer, fundraise, and help their community. The following suggestions will also increase employee pride, happiness, and ownership of their responsibilities at work.

• Family Atmosphere – This type of environment creates a climate of fairness, equality, respect, and makes it safe to express dissent. This atmosphere is welcoming and creates a friendly environment to introduce new ideas. Employees teams may encourage a challenging but supportive environment and strengthen loyalty and teamwork throughout the organization.

• Recognition Programs – Company programs that recognize hard work, commitment, effort, and contributions breed organizational success and loyalty. The recognition program should include monthly awards and gift cards or a free lunch. Recognition from a supervisor at least two ranks above an employee makes a meaningful, engaging difference in employee morale.

• Organizational Pride and Belonging – Promote activities that development and establish pride and loyalty which is the backbone of any businesses long-term success. Employee turnover is extremely expensive and productivity and product or service development suffers. An engaged employee is a person who is enthusiastic about their work. Improving employee engagement directly impacts measurable business outcomes. Employees who are committed to success, emotionally attached, and socially involved with a company demonstrate qualities that business managers thirst to have. Engaged employees are more productive at work, take less sick days and exhibit other favorable behavior, promote the business to others and show their happiness to customers.

• Mentor Programs – Thinking long-term for future company success. A mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser that assists in developing competent employees and future leaders. Mentoring program train and encourage seasoned employees to be mentors. A mentoring program can facilitate dynamic skill growth throughout an organization. Informal learning can be as important as formal learning programs.

• Volunteering Options – Look for opportunities for your company employees to get involved in the community. Allow your employees to volunteer their time or fundraise for a good cause. It is good public relations for companies to show their communities they care about their customers. These activities will create good-will among the local community and your employees. Create a team to decide what cause your company will offer financial support for a charity or cause.

Employee engagement can be improved by aligning the goals of individual with the goals of the business. Employee motivation should be associated with traditional rewards, such as pay and compensation, but also with emotional rewards such as personal growth, working for a common cause, being part of a high-performance team, and being recognized for achievements.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Michael_Zuren_PhD./1966583

Resumes For Dummies

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Master the art of resume writing and boost your chances of getting hiredWith unemployment rates still running high, getting an edge up on the competition in your field—whatever it may be—can be an intimidating and exhausting undertaking. Luckily, Resumes For Dummies is here to serve as your life raft as you navigate the murky waters of a modern-day job search. Inside, you’ll find expert guidance on writing a winning resume that will set you head and shoulders above the crowd to land that elusive interview and get the job of your dreams.

There’s nothing easy and breezy about looking for a new job—whether you currently have one or not. But rather than succumbing to the panic that might convince you to hide under the covers, Resumes For Dummies arms you with the confidence you need to write a resume that will have prospective employers knocking your at your door.

  • Includes tips on avoiding common resume-writing mistakes
  • Provides updates on the latest changes in the job market that you’ll need to take into account when writing a resume
  • Outlines how to approach a lay-off in a professional light
  • Covers how to confront privacy and reputation issues in online social job search

Whether you’re a recent graduate, second-timer looking for your next job, prime-timer who hasn’t job-searched in decades, or the unfortunate victim of a lay-off, Resumes For Dummies takes the fear out of putting your skills on paper and sets you on the path to getting your foot in the door—and landing the job of your dreams.

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Modernize Your Resume … Get Noticed…Get Hired

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Based on today’s real-world job search trends, Modernize Your Resume shows job seekers how to craft a winning resume to meet the complexities of today’s highly competitive and technologically driven employment market. Readers will learn to:

* Write tight, lean, clean, and laser-focused content to keep readers engaged.

* Integrate keywords that are vital to being found online.

* Capture attention with a distinctive design.

* Understand how to use today s modern resume for person-to-person job search as well as electronic, digital, and mobile search technologies.

* The 80+ resume samples demonstrate these strategies in action for real-life job seekers who ve excelled in their search campaigns. Clear guidelines and easy-to-follow examples give readers practical know-how for building a powerful resume for today. The resume book we have all been waiting for from resume industry leaders Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark. Rich Feller, Past President, National Career Development Association

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Federal Resume Guidebook

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by Kathryn Troutman

Federal jobs tend to offer high pay, great benefits, a strong employee support system, and they are some of the most coveted opportunities in today’s job market. As a result, competition for these jobs is at a record high. To survive the initial resume screening, let alone achieve one of these in-demand jobs, candidates must understand how federal resumes are different from resumes for other occupations and know how to write them effectively.

The Federal Resume Guidebook reveals this essential information and much more. Recently, the Hiring Reform Initiative completely changed the federal hiring process. The new edition of this best-selling book explains these new processes and procedures and teaches people how to write winning federal resumes.

Readers learn how to effectively include KSAs in their resume, maximize their resume’s presentation in Online Format, and maximize the readability of their USAJOBS federal resume. Readers also gain guidance for analyzing vacancy announcements to pinpoint keywords, mastering the Assessment Questionnaire, and the process for applying for federal jobs. In addition, this book showcases more than a dozen federal resume samples to demonstrate which components stand out best to HR specialists and hiring supervisors.

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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018

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By Richard N. Bolles

With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world’s What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by [Bolles, Richard N.]most popular job-search book is updated for 2018 and tailors Richard Bolles’s long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today’s job-hunters and career-changers.

In today’s challenging job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work–and which don’t. This revised edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.

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