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Want to Win at Interviewing? Make Sure You Have the Right Recipe!

August 29, 2012 by  
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Getting a job today is the result of serious, skillful planning and investigation, top-notch preparation, and bucket loads of confidence. If this overwhelms you, it should. Quite simply, your future is not something to take for granted. As an Interview Coach, I’ve dealt with professionals and students at every point in their career paths, and I understand that it’s never stress free when you’re looking for your next best opportunity.

At its core, there are simple pieces to this complicated puzzle of building a career. They are the ingredients you will need to be ready for any job interview, at any point in your professional development. Helping you to have those ingredients ready and at your fingertips is why I wrote my book, Job Interview Skills 101.

What do you need to have ready before you pick out your clothing or shine your shoes? Here’s a brief checklist to consider before you walk out the door. For most of these you will want to refer to my book, Job Interview Skills 101. *And remember, a few sessions with an Interview Coach can make a lifetime of difference!  Here’s your checklist:

A Well-prepared resume

Your “30-second commercial”

Complete and thorough knowledge of your experiences

Seven stories / experiences that you know thoroughly

Solid knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses

The job description

A portfolio or examples of work you have done

A writing sample

 

A word of caution: Remember to keep confidentiality at the forefront of anything you consider providing. If your work samples contain financial information or competitive information, or even the name of a company, these should be removed from all of your examples. If necessary, you can explain that you removed them because you wanted to honor the confidentiality of that company.

Ellyn Small Enisman, LCSW, Certified Coach
Interview Coach
Author of the highly acclaimed book,Job Interview Skills 101
Ellyn@CollegeToCareerCoaching.com
845-323-3835


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Want the job? Ask for the Inside Scoop!

August 22, 2012 by  
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The more you know about each company, the job description, the company’s services and projects, its history, latest news, accomplishments, its mission, vision, and values, the better you will be able to sell yourself as someone who is qualified for the job and can make a true contribution to the company. Does that sound like a tall order?  You bet it is, but in today’s competitive market, there’s no better investment you can make than knowing as much as you can and being prepared for a great interview, should the opportunity arise.

Here are a few online tips to help you gather as much information as you can about the position and the company:

One great source of easily accessible information is LinkedIn. Search the company name and you will find people who work there or who have worked there. Don’t connect to anyone on Linkedin without taking their tutorials first – there are rules about connecting and you want to be sure you abide by them and do not jeopardize your own presence. Instead, find them on Google and email them (I suggest former employees) and ask for their advice and insight. However, if they don’t respond, move on. If they do respond, ask them about the culture, tell them you are very interested in the company and will soon be interviewing for a position. People are always willing to help when you ask for advice. In addition look at their profiles. You may find someone who is in the same position you are interviewing for in another location or someone who had your position and has been promoted. You may also find someone who worked at the company previously.

Likewise, check Facebook for a company page and check to see if anyone is Tweeting about the company on Twitter.

A word of caution: You must tread lightly here. You don’t want to be viewed as a stalker, hounding people who work at the company where you are interviewing. Keep your professionalism and respect appropriate boundaries at all times.

Ellyn Small Enisman, LCSW, Certified Coach
Interview Coach
Author of the highly acclaimed book,Job Interview Skills 101
Ellyn@CollegeToCareerCoaching.com
845-323-3835


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Busting the BS of the Job Search and Interview – Part Three

August 15, 2012 by  
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This Guest Post was written by Heather Markel, Chief BullBusting Officer (CBO) of The BullBuster Café and The BullBuster Boardroom.

This is part three of my bull-busting strategies to take you forward in your search.  Helping people bust through their BS to create better lives is my mission, and when it comes to job searching and interviewing, you need every tool available to help you stand out in the crowd and get noticed. Today’s Bull Buster is one of the most important to shatter to pieces.


THE BIGGEST BS – You only need one resume.

The Truth – If you are applying for different positions, you need one resume per position / title.

The Reality – You need to make it quick and easy for a potential hiring manager to understand that you have the skillset they need.  Also, if you are still sending your resume in any electronic method, it will be sent through a keyword tracker.  If you wrote down that you took a class in “Managing Projects” and the job title you’re applying for is “Project Manager,” your resume is going in the virtual garbage.

The Strategy – Carefully read each job announcement.  It’s your guide to many of the keywords you should be using in your resume.  (Of course – only use those words if you have that experience!)  When you list what you feel are your most valuable skills, make sure to define them in the context of the specific position for which you’re applying.  Make sure that if you’re applying for, say a sales and a marketing position, that each resume is specific to only the skills relevant for sales or marketing.

Take the time to craft your resume to match each and every position you apply for and you will find far more success.  Once you get the interview, you will have a chance to shine – but getting the interview is definitely worth the extra five minutes this will take you.

 

Heather Markel is the Chief BullBusting Officer (CBO) of The BullBuster Café and The BullBuster Boardroom.  You can learn more about her, and BullBusting strategies at www.bustyourbull.com

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Busting the BS of the Job Search and Interview – Part Two

August 8, 2012 by  
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Helping people bust through their BS to create better lives is not easy.  As The BullBuster, it is my mission to help, and when it comes to job searching and interviewing, believe me, the BS is holding you back. Here are two vital, bull-busting strategies you need to implement ASAP to take you forward in your search.  Let’s face it: If you want to get a response to the resumes you are sending out and land the job, then it’s time to empower yourself with the truth.


#1. THE BS – A job search involves only sending resumes out or submitting them online and waiting for a response.

The Truth – Everyone can send a resume, so you need to give yourself an edge over your competition.

The Reality – You have to get yourself in front of people in order to gain the competitive edge. It goes without saying that follow-up and persistence are a must.  If you’re waiting for people to contact you, I hope someone else is paying your rent and food bill, you’re in for a long wait!

The Strategy – Attend qualified networking events that allow you to mingle with people from the company in which you want to work, or the position you aspire to (for instance, sales managers, project managers, etc.)  These people do not have to be the hiring managers!  You can ask them about their company, what they do there and who they recommend you speak to in order to learn more about the company and available positions.  This is known as an informal interview.  Your goal is always to get another contact, until, eventually, you are part of a formal job interview process.  For more networking tips (and a good laugh) check out the networking video at http://thebullbustercafe.com/networking-is-all-about-me

#2. THE BS – The interview is a one-way street.

The Truth – An interview is very much a two-way-street; an opportunity for the company to determine if you are the right candidate, and the chance for you to see if the job is a match for your skillset and your passion.

The Reality – An interview is like a first date.  If you don’t ask questions and express genuine interest and curiosity about the company that’s hiring you, you won’t be invited back.

The Strategy – Always walk into an interview with at least 10 questions about the company and the position.  Think of concepts like learning about the company’s overall mission and how your job fits into it.  How will your work be evaluated?  Where can you hope to be in 2 – 5 years and what internal opportunities exist for growth?


Heather Markel is the Chief BullBusting Officer (CBO) of The BullBuster Café and The BullBuster Boardroom.  You can learn more about her, and BullBusting strategies at
www.bustyourbull.com

 

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Busting the BS of the Job Search and Interview – Part One

August 2, 2012 by  
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This Guest Post was written by Heather Markel, Chief BullBusting Officer (CBO) of The BullBuster Café and The BullBuster Boardroom.

As The BullBuster, it is my mission to help people bust through their BS to better their lives.  When it comes to job searching and interviewing, I think there’s a lot of BS we believe or use to describe our search.  This leads to a low volume of booked interviews and low hiring rates.  If you want to get a response to the resumes you are sending out and land the job, then it’s time to empower yourself with the truth.  Here are two top areas where BS is holding you back and the strategies you need to implement to take you forward:

#1. THE BS – You’ve sent out “tons” of resumes and no one is responding.

The Truth – You’ve sent out 10 – 20 resumes over the last month.

The Reality – You have a lot of competition, so you won’t get a response to the majority of the resumes and cover letters you send out.  In this case, “tons” should be measured by day, not week, and not month.  When you’re out to market yourself, assume you’ll get about 2 – 5 responses per 100 resumes you send out.  If you do better, that’s fantastic, but with this expectation, you can begin to understand what “tons” really means!

The Strategy – Send out a minimum of 5 – 10 resumes a day, over a one month period, and you might actually get a couple of responses.


#2. THE BS – You really have sent out 100 resumes in the last week or month and can’t understand why no one is responding.

The Truth – You’ve used the same strategy with every resume – you go to a company’s website and submit your resume via their online resume submission service, or you send your resume to the HR Department.

The Reality – You’ve just sent all your resumes to someone else’s garbage can.  With the job market being this tight, the two strategies above make it easy for an employer to weed out lazy people they don’t want to hire from the cream of the crop.  You should NEVER submit your resume online unless you can answer this question, “What is the first and last name, and telephone number of the person who will receive my resume once I click the Submit button?”

The Strategy – Use the company’s website to track down the hiring manager for the job you want to apply for.  If you can’t find a name, then find the headquarters location, call the main number, and ask for the contact information of the hiring manager for the position you want.  Ideally, get their email and email them your resume directly. Then follow up within one week with another email asking if you can set up an appointment.

Heather Markel is the Chief BullBusting Officer (CBO) of The BullBuster Café and The BullBuster Boardroom.  You can learn more about her, and BullBusting strategies at www.bustyourbull.com

 

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PS: To receive more great tips and advice on getting the interview and sidestepping some of the most classing mistakes, sign up for my newsletter at
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