Posts Tagged ‘interview skills’

4 of the Biggest Mistakes Job Seekers Make & How to Correct Them Now

November 12, 2014

job-opportunityWith elections out of the way and hopefully a rosier global economic forecast in the near future, smart job seekers are taking control of their career now, and wisely implementing simple procedures to increase their chances of finding a new job. It’s surprisingly simple to take control of your career right. In addition, once you put these procedures into place, your job search will take on a new energy. I’m sharing these FOUR simple tips to help you get a handle on your job search now,

1) What: Pass / send out a resume that is not totally effective
o Your focus / target is missing or unclear
o Your skill set is missing or incomplete
o Your key words are absent or might not be the most effective ones
o Your uniqueness, accomplishments or successes are weak or are missing completely
o Your resume isn’t formatted so that it is easy to read and that information flows well
o Your resume has misspelled words
o You’ve used a template, it looks like everyone else’s and is not unique to you

Why: If your resume is not a “10” you are hurting / killing your chances of getting calls for interviews. You only have 15 – 20 seconds to impress the reader, otherwise it’s a waste of time to send it out!

2) What: Spending most of the time in your job search on job boards, because you feel you are “doing
something productive”

Why: Job Boards are really quite ineffective. Most people go to Job Boards so you have tons of competition. While you might feel you’re being productive, what you’re doing is very ineffective and your job search will just drag on and on. Only 2 – 3% of job seekers get called to interview from job boards. If you want results, you must spend your time on job search activities that bring about much higher results – like the Hidden Job Market.

3) What: View professional help with your resume and cover letter / career coaching as an expense, not as
an investment in your career.

Why: Why should you consider having a professional work with you? Let me tell you about one of my clients. This person came to me thoroughly disillusioned after searching unsuccessfully for a job for two years. I reworked her resume and coached her on how to conduct a job search. Two weeks later she had two job offers from two different companies – doing work she loves at salaries she deserves.

4) What: Not having a carefully laid out job search plan to follow

Why: It’s important to know all the effective channels to use in your job search. You don’t want to have to take up valuable job-search time to figure out what works and what doesn’t – there is a step-by-step plan that works. I can’t tell you the number of people who initially choose to “go it alone” and end up spending valuable months in a job search that brings no results, before coming to me for help. Maybe some of you know someone like that.

I want you to have every opportunity to get calls for the job opportunities you want, so I am offering you a complementary resume critique. Just email your resume to me at paxton.joyce@gmail.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I would love to hear from you

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3 Mistakes That Can Erase Your Success in Finding a Job

October 16, 2014

Mistake #1 – Analyzing the Job Market
If you listen to the daily news, you get mixed messages on how the job market is and it is easy to get depressed and scared that you will not find a job any time soon, if ever. If those are the feelings you have, do not go looking for a job – no employer wants to interview people who are depressed and scared. Instead, switch your focus to be as positive and upbeat as possible, and then begin looking for employers who need help. In many cases, the same companies that are firing people out one door are hiring people through another. Spend your time finding managers who have work that needs to be done. Don’t make assumptions about what jobs are not available.
Which brings us to the single largest directory of jobs that are not available

Mistake #2 – Poring over job boards and the want ads
DespairJob hunters look at the online job boards (or the classifieds) and see opportunities beckoning. So are the jobs data bases. When 5,000 people apply for a job, the job is hardly “available”. Simple statistics will tell you that even an outstanding candidate can slip through the cracks while unsophisticated Human Resources jockeys are screening thousands of applicants. (And that’s before they get around to actually interviewing a few hundred.)

Like that little post card says, “Thank you for submitting your resume. We are currently evaluating your qualifications. Due to the large number of responses, we will not be able to get back to you any time soon.” (If ever) Do you really consider that job available? You would probably do better by buying a lottery ticket.
The other reason these jobs are not really available is because while Human Resources is reading resumes, some headhunter has met with the hiring manager, submitted three candidates, and is helping one of them evaluate an offer. Human Resources might not even know this is happening. Beep! Time’s up. On to the next resume data base. Spend your time deciding where you would like to work and then finding the decision maker for where you want to work – send your resume to them and request an interview.

Mistake #3 – Under-emphasizing, or neglecting your worth
Your worth is what makes an employer want to hire you – not your “tasks and duties.” Your worth is determined by the value you offer the employer. That means you have to take the initiative in your job hunt. An employer cannot extract value from you — you must offer it to them. You can only offer value if you know what the employer considers valuable. That means conducting a lot of research up front, before you approach any employer.

Earn an interview by establishing the value you offer before any meetings with the employer take place. The bottom line in any business enterprise is profit. It’s the thing that enables us to survive to work — and succeed — yet another day. Your job hunt is a business enterprise. If it doesn’t promise profit for the prospective employer, it won’t produce profit — in the form of a healthy job offer — 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 that shows your value – 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.***

 

10 Secrets To Finding a Job – Despite a Scarce Job Market

January 8, 2013

ScarceEvery time we turn on the news, we seem to be bombarded with discouraging news about the job market. However, there are open positions that can be found, with persistence. Here are 10 ways you can stay positive and greatly increase your chances for great results. When you take action toward something you want, you remain more positive and feel more in control of the situation.

1)     Strive to be the best in your profession – Demonstrate at every opportunity how you can add value to an organization. Show what distinguishes you from your competition. This applies whether you are currently looking for a job, or whether you already have one. And, keep your job skills current.

2)     Brand yourself – How are you unique? What are your strengths? Who is your target audience? Do you have a personal brand statement? If you’re not sure about the answers to these questions, take the time to reflect on them so you know just what VALUE you offer a new employer, or your current employer.

3)     Network consistently – Join Internet networking groups such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Also, join local and national professional organizations, such as your local Chamber of Commerce, or the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), to name a few. Networking is the #1 way to find a job!

4)     Develop a relationship with a recruiter – especially one that works in your field. Being in their database isn’t enough, you want to be the one that comes to mind when they have a position for which you’d qualify.

5)     Think about freelancing – Become more entrepreneurial, whether you work for yourself or someone else. Visit sologig.com. This is a site that hosts jobs just for freelancers and contractors.

6)     If you are out of work, join a support group – The Boot Camp for Job Seekers Who Want Quick Results™ is a terrific place to start. People support one other and provide leads and advice to others in the group.

7)     Embrace change – Keep your job skills up to date. Create a personal website, or at least a great profile (ask about the 60 Second Commercial) on websites such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Take a class.

8)     Prepare for an evolving job market – Look for trends in the job market where there is increased hiring. Growth industries include health care, technology and green living, to name a few.

9)     Your resume is what gets you interviews – Make sure it shows the type of position you want, how you have the skill set for that type of position, and how you have used your skills to make a difference in the various jobs you have held. It must show VALUE, and it must look great, so an employer will pick up the phone and call you. I have an eBook that shows you how to accomplish all of that.

10)  Make sure your credentials and skill set matches the employers job requirements – Pay attention to the employer’s requirements or job posting – you should match about 75 – 80% of what they want.

 

10 Tips to Optimize Your Job Search Over The Holidays

December 21, 2012
  1. Job-Search2Do not wait until the Holidays are over to begin your job search. The holidays are actually a great time to hunt for a new job. Here are some helpful tips for boosting your job search.
  2. Use Holiday events to network. View every holiday event you attend as a networking opportunity and accept all the invitations you receive, both personal and professional. You never know who may be able to help.
  3. Send a card or personal note. If you’re looking for work or have job searched at all this year, take a few minutes to thank the people who helped with your job search. Don’t send an email. Rather, take the time to send an old-fashioned holiday card to everyone who has assisted.
  4. Build your Brand. Do you have a VisualCV? Is your LinkedIn Profile complete, up-to-date and enticing to potential employers? Have you made those photos on Facebook private of that wild party you attended? If the answer is no, or maybe, or sort of, spend time building your brand so that every single facet of your online brand is not only respectable, but professional and showcases your personal persona. Remember, that if it’s online, someone will find it, and that someone could be your prospective employer.
  5. Connect with your Contacts. The holiday season is an ideal time to connect with your contacts. Wish all your contacts, on Facebook, LinkedIn, and the other social and professional networking sites “Happy Holidays” and remind them that you’re in the market for a new job. Also, take some time to expand your network and increase the number of connections you have. The more connections, the more people who can assist with your job search.
  6. Get a Business Card. The card should be printed with your name, address, phone number(s), and email address. You can design and order cards for a very reasonable price online or at an office supply store. Have your business card ready to give to new contacts when you meet them, so it’s easy for them to get in touch with you. Also, consider putting a couple of your biggest accomplishments on the back of the card.
  7. Don’t quit your job search. Companies are hiring now, despite the down job market. You may not find as many openings as you will after the first of the year, but you may find there’s less competition for the jobs that are available.
  8. Be available to interview. When employers have an end-of-year hiring crunch, being the applicant who can interview on short notice can help your candidacy. When you have a really good opportunity be as flexible and as available as possible when it comes to scheduling interviews. Your availability may help you be the candidate who gets the job offer. Don’t forget a thank you note and if time is short, an email thank you is fine.
  9. Make over your resume. If your resume doesn’t measure up, and employer expectations are very high these days, spend some time on a resume makeover. Even if your resume isn’t professional written, it should appear as though it was. Invest in yourself to have it written professionally or take some time to make sure your resume is close to perfect and ready to impress everyone who reviews it. Use this coupon toward to get started.
  10. Take a break. One of the best things you can do for yourself, and for your job search, is to take a break. Spend time with family and friends. Do something fun. Enjoy yourself. Changing gears and focusing on something other than your job search can be a good way to refocus and get back on track.

 

What Are Your Career Goals for 2013?

December 18, 2012

Thought for the day: “A person who aims at nothing is sure to hit it.” ~ Anonymous

goal settingIf you are like most of us this time of year, you start thinking about the New Year and how you would like things to change for the better, especially in your career. In order to make that happen, you have to do things differently. You cannot keep doing what you have been doing and expect things to change – it just won’t happen. You have to make a new plan of action and then implement your plan.

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes have a hard time of following through with what I want to change. We can make all the plans to make changes, but unless we execute those changes, success is not going to happen. Here are some steps you can take to ensure success:

  • Make an INTENTION – something you really intend to do
  • List your ACTION STEPS to carry out your intentions – list what needs to be done to make each intention happen
  • EXECUTE your action steps – schedule them into your daily/weekly routine so they get accomplished
  • Then, CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCCESSES along the way – big and little ones – they will come!

In order to help you achieve your goal, I’d like to invite you to take advantage of a New Year’s special I am offering – “Get Hired Now” – this is personal, 1-on-1 coaching session where you and I will work together to…

  • Create a crystal clear vision for the type of job you want, the income level you desire, and what it will take to make it happen – FAST
  • Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your success with getting interviews and ace-ing them
  • Leave this session renewed, re-energized, and inspired to get hired now in the best, highest paying job you’ve ever had.

If you’d like to take advantage of this very special, very limited, and totally FREE 30 minute “Get Hired Now” coaching session, email me at careerist@aol.com and answer the follow questions – also include your phone number:

1. How long have you been unemployed?
2. What was the last job you had?
3. Did you like it?
4. How long did you have that job?
5. What were you paid at that job?
6. On a scale of 0-10, how important is it for you to find a job right now?

I am here, and ready to support you in your success of landing a new job!

Getting In The Door So You Can “Show Your Stuff”

November 6, 2012

When clients ask me an effective way to find a new job, one of the things I suggest is to have them research companies where they would like to work and get an interview with the person that would be the decision maker for their area of expertise. Get in front of someone who has the authority to hire you and show them your value – they just might create a job for you.

How do you inspire a company to create a new job just for you?  Forget about your credentials, your history and past jobs. They are irrelevant to a new company. If you focus on your past when searching for a new job, you’ll get yourself into the same dead-end job you just left.

Here’s what you do. Decide where you want to work. Study your target company. Explore the problems and challenges it is facing, and figure out how you can help the company tackle them profitably. Apply your skills and abilities in new ways to redefine your qualifications. Think in terms of what the company doesn’t have, but needs – that’s you new job. That’s the business plan you need to present.

The job you want to create is essentially a new business. But, don’t expect your target company to figure out whether this “new business” is justified. You must be ready to explain it to them. Show how you’ll deliver profit in new ways. That’s what will make the company create a new job just for you.

You don’t get into a company by asking the HR department to let you in. To get into the inner sanctum where hiring decision are really made, you need someone with a key. You need a personal introduction.

Employees of the company are an obvious solution, but not the only one, and not the best one. You can develop great contacts in a company by talking to the company’s vendors and its customers, its bankers and real estate agents, its landlords and its competitors. These are “players” who can make the kinds of introductions you need. Research them. Call them. Cultivate them.

You will find these people by studying the appropriate periodicals and professional journals; by talking to industry associations; by attending industry events; by making some smart guesses; and by getting on the phone. That’s how headhunters get leads on good job candidates. It’s how you can get past the guard.

Six Secrets To Having A Stellar Resume

October 25, 2012

You’re fooling yourself if you think you’re going to get a job by copying a resume out of a book.

Too many job hunters simply buy a resume book, find one that best fits them and plug in their information. Voila! Done! Those are most likely the people who don’t understand why interviews are few and far between.

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. Doing your homework – evaluating your unique value – pays big dividends. Your rewards come as much from the process of thinking and defining what you want, and what you have to offer a new employer, as the finished resume.

If you want to stay competitive by keeping up with current trends, you’ve got to try some new tactics. Adhere to these practices:

1)     Using technology is preferable to having it use you. An ASCII resume is preferred by most companies (70%) when you apply by email. Not crafting your resume consistent with Internet and search technology will severely limit your reach.

2)     Prepare resumes in both presentation and digital forms. Understand the implications, limitations and strengths of each.

3)     Take the time to do it right. There are few jobs that do not require a resume as a prerequisite to even being considered as a candidate.

4)     First impressions. The quality of the opportunities you are considered for is a function of the quality of your resume and how you get it delivered.

5)     Know yourself and what you want. Until you have examined and weighed both internal and external factors, you are not equipped to make a compelling case for the kind of work you seek.

6)     Gear your resume toward where you want to be by focusing on your future career or job goals. Do not rely only on jobs you’ve already had.

The question to ask yourself is: How is my resume working for me? Is it bringing me the results I want? If not you might want to make some changes.

I can help you with that – if you want your resume to be critiqued by me, send it to careerist@aol.com and put CRITIQUE in the subject line. I’d love to hear from you!

SALARY: Should You Divulge Your Past Salary History?

October 11, 2012

Think carefully before divulging your past salary history in an interview. Many people think that by not doing so, it might prejudice an employer’s offer, so they gladly reveal their salary history if required, so as not to be disqualified.

Instead of trying to placate an interviewer, try to focus on projecting a clear impression of what’s important to you and what you’re worth. When you withhold your salary history, it forces a candidate and an employer to negotiate based on the candidate’s future value. Do you really want to get stuck defending what your last employer paid you?

This salary issue is more than a question of being cooperative. It’s about making sound judgments. In my opinion, an intelligent disagreement and discussion about salary reveals integrity and it stimulates an important dialogue. Employers who rely on salary history to judge you, are trusting another company’s evaluation of you. Think about that. It’s almost insane. What really matters is what you can do for this company now and in the future. Is the company able to make that judgment? Why does it need your last employer’s “salary input”?

Declining to divulge salary history is not about being uncooperative. It’s about shifting the interview to a higher plane. Don’t worry so much about getting disqualified. Any candidate can be cooperative, but few can demonstrate their value and get paid what they’re really worth. Your value lies in what you can do next; not in what somebody paid you to do last year. If you learn to hold your ground properly you will earn a manager’s respect, and maybe the offer you deserve.

Joyce welcomes any comments you have regarding the various topics addressed on the blog. Also, she would like you to ask any questions you might have that relate to a career transition. That way, she can address your needs, making sure you get relevant information to what matter most to you.

 

Mistakes That Can Kill Your Success In Finding a Job

October 10, 2012

Mistake #1 – Analyzing the Job Market

If you listen to the news everyday, it is easy to get depressed and scared, and that can make you a terrible job hunter – no employer wants to interview people who are depressed and scared. Instead, switch your focus, stay as upbeat as possible and look for employers that need help. In many cases, the same companies that are firing people out one door are hiring people through another. Spend your time finding managers who have work that needs to be done. Don’t make assumptions about what jobs are not available.

Which brings us to the single largest directory of jobs that are NOT available

Mistake #2 – Spending all Your Time Pouring over Job Boards

Job hunters look at the online job boards (or the classifieds) and see opportunities beckoning. So are the jobs data bases. When 5,000 people apply for a job, the job is hardly “available”. Simple statistics will tell you that even an outstanding candidate can slip through the cracks while unsophisticated Human Resources jockeys are screening thousands of applicants. (And that’s before they get around to actually interviewing a few hundred.)

Like that little post card says, “Thank you for submitting your resume. We are currently evaluating your qualifications. Due to the large number of responses, we will not be able to get back to you any time soon.” (If ever) Do you really consider that job available? You would probably do better by buying a lottery ticket.

The other reason these jobs are not really available is because while Human Resources is reading resumes, some headhunter has met with the hiring manager, submitted three candidates, and is helping one of them evaluate an offer. Human Resources might not even know this is happening. Beep! Time’s up. On to the next resume data base.

Mistake #3 – Under-emphasizing, or neglecting to show your worth/value

Your worth is what makes an employer want to hire you. Your worth is determined by the value you offer the employer. That means you have to take the initiative in your job hunt. An employer cannot extract value from you — you must offer it. You can only offer value if you know what is valuable to the employer. That means a lot of research up front, before you approach any employer.

Earn an interview by establishing the value you offer before any meetings with the employer take place. The bottom line in any business enterprise is profit. It’s the thing that enables us to survive to work — and succeed — yet another day. Your job hunt is a business enterprise. If it doesn’t promise profit for the prospective employer, it won’t produce profit — in the form of a healthy job offer — for you.

PS: I can help you with this in my Boot Camp for Job Seekers Who Want Quick Results™, give me a call at 248/478-5662

I look forward to you sharing your comments on the blog.