Body Language In Job Interviews Is Important


Handshake of two glossy charactersBody Language In Job Interviews Is Important

There is value in the details. Managers are often incredibly busy, which can make for shorter interviews. Therefore importance may be placed on maximizing the time available and attention paid to the more subtle points of job interviews; such as the body language messages you are sending.

Body language can speak louder than words and is critically important. Most people are aware of the basics: importance of a firm handshake, maintaining good eye contact and practicing good posture. But think about what is being communicated by subtle movements, gestures, looks and actions under the total body language “umbrella.” Body language includes actions such as:

  • movement of head, facial expressions (e.g., movement of eyebrows, eyes, nose, etc.)
  • body posture (i.e., the way body is placed, including arms and legs, in relation to each other, and in relation to other people)
  • body proximity, shoulder movement, hand and finger gestures, handling and placement of objects (e.g., pens, papers, etc).
  • Body language movements that telegraph intent, such as gestures (e.g., the particular way a hand is shaken, or someone winking after a particular comment), and vocal cues, including: pitch of voice, volume (e.g., shouting, whispering, etc).
  • Nonverbal cues can say a lot about personality and interest in the open job. Seemingly small movements can send un-intended messages. Examples include: crossing arms (closed; keeps people at bay), over-reacting (nodding hurriedly, insincere, unprofessional), tense facial expressions (nervous, control-oriented, or angry). It is normal to be nervous, and some tension is to be expected.       Take a few long, slow breaths to calm down.

Many hiring managers say they can often tell if someone is the right fit for his or her organization just minutes after the handshake. In a recent Robert Half survey, executives said they typically form an opinion of a candidate within the first ten minutes of an employment interview. With such a short amount of time to interact with a hiring manager, what can the candidate do to achieve a positive response?

The most important body language cue to me is remembering to smile. I know for some people this may be painful, but a ready smile says you are confidant and positive. Being positive goes a long way toward convincing the interviewer that you’re right for the job. Consider whether you’re making any common nervous mistakes (e.g., such as rushing your responses or not listening to the full questions), and adjust your communications as necessary. Many employers want positive people. They are nice to work with and customers appreciate them. A smile says you are that person.

While prepping for your next interview, remember to spend some time in front of a mirror, or better yet, video yourself. Talk through answers to commonly asked interview questions and watch for messages your body language may send. If you see anything negative or weak, take action to correct.


Do Not Write A Bad Resume


Do Not Write A Bad Resume

Sometimes it is worth stating the obvious: a good resume alone can’t get you a job, but a bad resume can stop you from getting the first interview – and without that interview there’s no chance Thumbs-Downof getting the job.

Some of the new rules for better resumes start with the fact that there are fewer rules. A good resume today is one written in a more conservative style and with an emphasis on keywords. Keywords automatically shift the focus onto the skills, tools and achievements that are of particular interest to the employer and the candidate ability to meet those needs. More than ever, for most candidates in most industries, it is important to resist the temptation to make the resume a simple list of jobs worked or tasks completed.

Getting a career job is more competitive than it used to be. The best jobs require more specialized and diverse skills than ever before. Remember what interests an employer for one job may not fit for an employer offering a different job. This is why it is essential that people who qualify for several different types of jobs have different resumes for each one. Each resume should be accurate and truthful, but highlight different strengths related to open job.


Once completing a resume draft, the candidate should ask someone to read it and provide feedback before submitting to employer. The value of a “fresh set of eyes” proves worthwhile over and over.


Top Ten Ways To “Tell Me About Yourself”


Top 10 Ways to ‘Tell Me About Yourself’

It’s the most feared question during any job interview: “Can you tell me about yourself?”

Hiring managers and recruiters have asked this question for many years. You need to be ready to hear it and answer it. At all times.

Now, before I share a list of 10 suggested answers, consider the two essential elements behind the answers:

The medium is the message. The interviewer cares less about your answer to this question and more about the confidence, enthusiasm and passion with which you answer it.

The speed of the response is the response. The biggest mistake you could make is pausing, stalling or fumbling at the onset of your answer, thus demonstrating a lack of self-awareness and self-esteem.

Potential answers include the following:

  1. “I can summarize who I am in three words.” (Grabs their attention immediately. Demonstrates your ability to be concise, creative and compelling)
  2. “The quotation I live my life by is…” (Proves that personal development is an essential part of your growth plan. Also shows your ability to motivate yourself)
  3. “My personal philosophy is…” (Companies hire athletes – not shortstops. This line indicates your position as a thinker, not just an employee)
  4. “People who know me best say that I’m…” (This response offers insight into your own level of self-awareness)
  5. “Well, I googled myself this morning, and here’s what I found…” (Tech-savvy, fun, cool people would say this. Unexpected and memorable)
  6. “My passion is…” (People don’t care what you do – people care who you are. And what you’re passionate about is who you are. Plus, passion unearths enthusiasm)
  7. “When I was seven years old, I always wanted to be…” (An answer like this shows that you’ve been preparing for this job your whole life, not just the night before)
  8. “If Hollywood made a move about my life, it would be called…” (Engaging, interesting and entertaining)
  9. “Can I show you, instead of tell you?” (Then, pull something out of your pocket that represents who you are. Who could resist this answer? Who could forget this answer?)
  10. “The compliment people give me most frequently is…” (Almost like a testimonial, this response also indicates self-awareness and openness to feedback)

Keep in mind that these examples are merely the opener. The secret is thinking how you will follow up each answer with relevant, interesting and concise explanations that make the already bored interviewer look up from his stale coffee and think, “Wow! That’s the best answer I’ve heard all day!”

Ultimately it’s about:

  • Answering quickly
  • Speaking creatively
  • Breaking people’s patterns

I understand your fear with such answers. Responses like these are risky and unexpected. And that’s exactly why they work. You are a good candidate for the position because of your answers. When people ask you to tell them about yourself, make them glad they asked.Business People tech 8

5 Common Lies to Avoid on Your Resume

September 8, 2014 — Posted By Editorial Staff

5 Common Lies to Avoid on  Your Resume

Any lie, big or small, brings trouble when it’s found out. When you’re putting a resume together, it may be tempting to say you made a little more than you did, or that your title was a little more important than it was. These may seem like small lies, but they can be easily found out by a potential employer.

Your resume is the way you market yourself and showcase your capabilities and credentials in the most crisp and relevant way possible. If your resume contains false information, your reputation will be tarnished.

Read: Resume Templates for Beginners

Employers usually run background checks on prospective employees that include fact-checking basic resume information. The most common areas in which employers catch prospects in a lie are academic credentials, employment dates, compensation, job titles, and references.

Much of this information is very easy to find online. In other words, your truth is easy to verify, and your lies are easy to expose. Experts say long-term unemployment can be a tempting factor in doctoring a resume. Motivated by jealousy or desperation, applicants convince themselves to stretch the truth to make themselves look more appealing.

Don’t give in to this temptation. You’ll only sabotage your chances at a good job and a solid reputation with an employer who respects your real skills and achievements.

Fig. Fraudulent Resume Practices. According to the Accu-Screen, Inc., ADP and The Society of Human Resource Manager, the 5 prominent aspects which persistently feature in falsified resumes are depicted.

Lie #1 Exaggerating job titles

Because job titles are not standardized these days, elevating a job title may seem like an easy way to make previous positions sound more important. However, job titles can be checked with just a call to your previous employer. Don’t risk your reputation for this seemingly small, but easily checked, exaggeration of the truth.

Read: A Checklist for Background Checks

Lie #2 Doctoring employment dates

Being out of work for some time makes it tempting to fabricate employment dates to avoid showing gaps in employment history. This is a lie that is easily found out, and also one that has serious consequences for hiring. Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics and a renowned economics professor, cites this particular lie as a “little cheat” and a common one: “My hunch is that the reputed 50 percent of resume cheaters are mostly making little cheats here and there, for instance, to cover up times when they were out of the labor force for six months.” Don’t be a cheater, even on a small scale.

Lie #3 Fabricating your academic credentials

The academic credentials in your resume are often the first ones to be scrutinized by your potential employer. Listing a degree you almost have, or prerequisites you intend to get, will only lead to actual, factual trouble. Any employer who attempts to verify your academic standing will easily find the truth, and if you are a few credits down from the general requirements of that degree you’re supposed to have, or a few prerequisites short for the job, your potential employer will become a lost prospect as soon as the fact check of your resume is complete.

Lie #4 Forging references

Obviously, forged references are among the easiest lies to expose. Best practices for gathering references include: mention only the names of people who are directly connected to you, validate provided contact information, and get an acknowledgement from the person in the reference so they know to expect contact from your prospective employer. Try to provide information that can easily be validated to aid your candidature.

Read: 3 Tips for Hiring Managers – What to Really Look for in a Resume

Lie #5 Inflating compensation

Seeking a higher salary can make it tempting to lie about the compensation you received from your last employer. However, if this information is fact checked, inflating your last salary could take you out of the running for a prospective job. It certainly will hurt your credibility and ability to negotiate for higher pay. A more proper approach is to mention an average or a range of pay that is commensurate with the work expected.

The bottom line: Applying for jobs can be a nerve-wracking business. You may be tempted to stretch the truth of your skills and accomplishments, but at least in these 5 key areas, what you say is easily verified or debunked with a few calls or clicks of a mouse.

Don’t let the stress get to you, and don’t let the truth get away from you in your resume. The facts will come out one way or another; let them be on your side.

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8 Steps to a Successful Job Search



8 Primary Job Search Steps

  1. Determine career objective (what kind of job do you want?  Do not answer too quickly; put it in writing)
  2. Develop resume using keywords/phrases, perfect spelling and error-free (keywords reflect what employers are looking for; determine which of them are part of your skill set or experience and be sure they are in your resume)
  3. Create personal brand; use keywords in resume as basis
    1. Professional use of picture(s)
  4. Network, Network, Network
    1. Talk to people (friends, neighbors, relatives)
    2. Make selective use of social media and web tools
    3. Any social media used is scrubbed and vetted
  5. Search for jobs; use keywords/phrases; focus on use of online resources
  6. Proactive use of correspondence; be sure letters use one or more of keywords/phrases
  7. Respond timely and professionally to all responses
  8. If in doubt, hire a professional resume writer; a professional writer knows the entire process; is skilled at conveying your skills, knowledge and experience in light of employer requirements; works quickly and efficiently; results in your getting interviews

Online Employment Websites By Industry Served


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Following is a list of job search resources and the types of position, industry or group to which they primarily support.  All of them also serve other groups, industries, but if there is a tendency for one particular area, it is indicated.

Online Employment by Industry

Absolute Health Care (healthcare) (new graduates) (healthcare jobs) (retail and service jobs) (new graduates) (new graduates) (hourly, hospitality and service jobs) (hourly, hospitality and service jobs) (employers specifically recruiting minority candidates)

ExecuNet (professional and executive jobs) (career and job management; personalized)

Hcareers (Hospitality, Hotel, Resort) (healthcare)

HEALTHeCAREERS Network ( (professional) (general) (logistics, truck driving, delivery, and warehouse) (general)

Yahoo! HotJobs (general)

Social Networking Websites


networking 2Following is a list of prominent social networking websites that are beneficial for use in a job search.  There are new ones all the time, but these are some of the largest and have an established track record.  Be thoughtful as to which one(s) you use.  Some tend to be more purely social (e.g., FaceBook), others have more of a professional bent (LinkedIn), or commercial (Twitter).  Most of the websites on this list have their own job boards within the site.

Add the prefix “.com” to the end of the terms below when typed as all one word to access the website.

Primary Social Networking Websites



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Slide Share


Glass door

Job vent

Start Your Job Search By Looking At Primary Job Boards


facebook logo Twitter Logolinkedin logoFollowing is a list of large, national/global job boards for your consideration.  When beginning a job search, investigate them, assess their strengths versus your need.  Some of them are more effective for service industry positions; some provide better support for professionals, etc.

Add a “.com” to the end of each term below, typed as one word to access the site.

Primary Job Boards


Career Builder

Career Journal

Exec Searches

Federal Job Search

Hot Jobs


Job Central

Job Hunt

Job New USA

Job Pier

Job Search USA

Job Star

Jobs with Justice

Missouri Career Source

MRI Network

Search Ease

Simply Hired

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True Careers

Internet Sourcing and Niche Job Boards


Glassdoor logoYou may blinkedin logoe familiar with several of the large job search websites (e.g., Monster.comsimply hired logo,, etc.), but did you know there are many others?  Some of these “job boards” provide niche services specifically for veterans, people in specified ethnic groups, healthcare professionals, construction trade positions, etc.  In some cases it can be advantages to post a resume on smaller job boards that feature positions in your targeted area.

Following are some of my favorites:

Internet Sourcing (job board access with free membership)

Niche Job Websites (NFP) (regional) (healthcare) (hospitality) (non-corporate positions) (green job board) (subsidiary of (creative and technical) (government) (executive) (finance)

Resume Pro’s and Con’s


Resume graphicSome resumes these days are incredibly good and do many things necessary for success in a challenging job market, while others are less so. Following are observations on what makes the difference between a good resume and those not as effective.

“Resume +”

The resume is:

  • Well-organized and very readable
  • No more than 1-2 two pages in length (Curriculum Vitae’s are an exception where “more the better” often applies)
  • Built around keywords (behaviors, skills and attributes most likely searched for by résumé screening software)
  • Spelling out acronyms placed in parentheses
  • Crisp, detailed and to the point
  • Tailor-made for a specific job
  • Making use of the appropriate number of metrics to quantify and tell a story

“Resume -“

The resume:

  • Lacks necessary detail; more facts regarding past experience needed for reader to get sense of career progression
  • Presents information that is too high-level and vague; large gaps between jobs not explained
  • Fails to list all technical skills, certifications, software, etc. (Determine those items best supporting the desired job and list them; not doing this may prompt reader to assume you’re lacking in this area – most relevant for non-managerial positions)
  • Lacks metrics making it difficult for reader to determine scope
  • Has grammatical, spelling and other errors (all such no-no’s often prove fatal to a job candidacy)

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