Archive for June, 2014

10 Essential Interview Tips for Job Seekers Who Are 50+

June 30, 2014

Age Discrimination 2I hear from so many people who are over 50 that finding a new job, or advancing in their current job, is very difficult. There is not supposed to be any age discrimination, but you and I know it definitely exists in many instances. So what can be done to alleviate it as much as possible? Here are 10 tips to consider if you are experiencing age discrimination, or want to do whatever you can avoid it.

  1. First impressions count – you are being evaluated from the minute you walk into the room. Present yourself as energetic and vibrant – give the impression you can do what it takes to get the job done.
  2. Get an up-to-date haircut and if coloring your hair would help, consider it.
  3. Wear clothes that look “current”, are comfortable and that fit you well. Dress for the job you want.
  4. Be aware of your body language – act alert, interested and enthusiastic – if you aren’t enthusiastic about you, how do you expect anyone else to be.
  5. When face-to-face with the interviewer, give a warm smile, a firm handshake and direct eye contact to make a lasting impression.
  6. Make sure you are current with the technology and changes within your field.
  7. Focus on the employers’ needs, not yours. The main point the employer wants to know is what you can do to help them succeed. To address that, you have to have done your homework so you know what their needs are.
  8. Have specific examples of successes and accomplishments that you’ve had in previous jobs that illustrate how you’ve used skills that pertain to the job you are interviewing for.
  9. Interviewing is a two-way street. Make sure you have relevant questions to ask the interviewer – again, you will have had to conduct research on the company to decide what these might be.
  10. Interviewing is selling and YOU are the product – highlight the benefits you will bring to the position so the Interviewer will see why you are the right person for the job.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want, and that your resume doesn’t indicate your age – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

I would love to hear your experiences of conducting a job search, if you are 50+, or are not advancing in your career as you would like.

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4 Tips to Jump-Start Your Job Search

June 23, 2014

Jump Start#1 Set specific weekly goals
Why: This will help you get and stay on track for your job search. It helps you decide what steps you have to take to get where you want to go and gives you a plan of how to get there.
a) get focused
b) review what needs to be done
c) plan out time – spend 10 minutes each morning prioritizing what needs to be done that day
d) mark off time on your schedule each day to devote to your job search
e) working vs. not working

#2 Get specific about what you want to do
Why: It helps you focus as to how to conduct your job search and what to put on your resume
a) ask yourself questions to identify/clarify your job target
b) decide on companies whose culture, people and values most closely align with yours
c) decide your skill set
d) write this all down and weight your options

#3 Think about your personal branding
Why: This will provide a clear, positive and powerful picture of who you are and what you have to offer a new employer. It will increase your credibility and give a snapshot of your perceived value. The branding process has been a revolution in the job search process. It sets you apart from your peers and establishes you as a valuable commodity.
a) decide your skill set
b) think of 3 – 5 successes you have had in your career
c) write a value proposition – this will become the cornerstone for your successful job search

#4 Have a resume that is a “10”
Why: This is your marketing document – designed to sell YOU. It must reflect your value, even though you are not there. It must be compelling enough to have the company pick up the phone and call you for an interview
a) A Career Focus – so the reader can tell by reading the resume if you completely understand
what types of problems you would be asked to solve for the type of position you are seeking.
b) Skills & Core Competencies – showing you have the observable capabilities employers
expect from the “best in the field” for the position you want.
c) Key Words – essential if you want to have your resume seen by human eyes once it is scanned
into a employer database.
d) Resume Format – one that is concise and organized, where every aspect matches your
excellence with the employers’ needs, yet is also easy to follow, showing your career progression
and other pertinent information.
e) Achievements, Successes & Highlights – show how you have documented proof of high-
impact stories, moving from the problem-solving to the solution and its impact on the bottom line.
The employer needs to understand the ROI he would receive and be able to use the resume for
negotiating salary, benefits, perks and severance.
e) Education – see that it is adequately reflected on your resume.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

 

Essential Tips That Will Greatly Increase Your Chances of Getting Interviews

June 9, 2014

You’re fooling yourself if you think you’re going to get a job by copying a resume out of a book, or using one of a family member or friend, who has a similar position.

Too many job seekers simply buy a resume book, find the resume that best fits them, plug in their information, and begin sending their resumes out.

Then they sit back and wait, and wait for employers to call them for interviews, and don’t understand why they are not getting any response.

Here are the facts:
1. Employers spend about 6 – 8 minutes to scan a resume to see if they want to consider you further
2. The top half of your resume needs to grab the readers’ attention, showing value you provide an employer
3. Only one out of every 100 resumes received by employers, gets a call to interview
4. First impressions play a big part in the resumes that are considered
5. A “10” resume can give you up to a 30% better chance of getting an interview and a higher starting salary

“Like a perfect tennis serve, a perfect golf swing or a perfect omelet, a perfect resume takes more effort than simply copying what others do,” writes Tom Jackson, in his book “The Perfect Resume.” A great resume needs to be strategically written, keeping in mind what the employers needs are and how your unique skills can meet those needs.

If you want to maintain a competitive edge, make sure your resume contains the following:
1. A clear focus/target that answers the employers’ question “What job does this person want?”
2. A section that states you have the specific qualifications to do the job for which you have applied
3. Key words that will pull up your resume, to be seen by human eyes, when it’s scanned into a database
4. The value you bring to the employer – you must show what you can do to help the employer succeed
5. Your education – is it a fit for the job
6. Formatting that looks professional, easy to read and flows well

Each of the above points contribute to making your resume a “10” and giving you up to a 30% better chance of getting an interview and a higher starting salary. By having a clear strategy, and working that strategy consistently, you have a much greater chance of landing the PERFECT JOB for you.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

 

Let People Open Doors For You

June 2, 2014

ConnectionsEvery person ever hired was hired by a person. Your sources of job leads and interviews are people you know, or are about to know. Don’t expect to get a job from the internet, or the want ads. Expect your friends, family, neighbors, LinkedIn, Facebook and business associates, fellow church members and other people you know to help you. When you ask others, with confidence, if they know of people who you might talk with, they are glad to help.

Here are some tips to guide you:

  • Conduct a people search instead of a job search – spend your time connecting with other people instead of looking for specific jobs on job boards or in ads
  • Let people know you are looking, but don’t specifically ask for a job – people love to help, but they don’t want to feel “put on the spot” with a direct request for a job
  • Companies are still hiring, however they are being more selective, relying more on referrals from current employees, and less on posting to job boards or placing ads. Now more than ever, it is not just what you know, or even who you know, but who knows what you know that differentiates those considered for existing positions – purposely network to develop strategic relationships and be connected inside your target companies
  • Focus on highlighting your value by establishing credibility, promoting trust, demonstrating extraordinary knowledge and skills, and inspiring confidence about your genuine interest to add value to an organization as a team player

Summer is almost here, and NOW is the time to ramp up your job search. Many budgets open up in July and people do get hired.

I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist[at]aol[dot]com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.

I would love your feedback on this!