Posts Tagged ‘Career’

Observe Communication Style When Interviewing

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Here are a few things to keep an out for when interviewing for a position:

  • How were the interview and follow-up meetings arranged?
  • Were they set-up by email, phone, or snail mail?
  • Does the company prefer one-on-one or group interview formats?
  • Did the hiring manager give you any technical tests or assessments as part of the interview process?

By observing the different ways companies interview and gather information, job seekers can begin to uncover how information is managed and validated by members of the organization. (more…)

Send a Value-Added Response After the Interview

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Send a Value-Added Response After the Interview

Send a Value-Added Response After the Interview

Send a Thank You Note After the Interview

Within 48 hours after an interview, follow up with a value-added response.  Do not write a thank-you letter or an email that just restates your qualifications. Instead, provide something unique that dramatically sets you apart from others.  Here’s how:  focus on a topic discussed in your interview, and then provide your prospective boss with additional information on that topic.

Here are a few examples that illustrate what I mean: (more…)

Simple Steps to Quality References

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Simple Steps to Quality References

How to Prepare Your References.

A quick how-to if you will about references:

As a foundation to your overall reference plan, get written references. As an option, you can offer to write the recommendation as long as they agree with the information and essentially sign off on the reference letter. By doing this, you have a proactive way to combat a reference who is less than prepared, distracted or unenthusiastic on the phone.

Remember to get permission from your former human resources department to provide you with your employment evaluations. In fact, you can – and probably should – find out exactly what your current and former employer’s reference policy is. Written information can be a powerful testimonial and may negate more lengthy phone calls to your current references.

Also, ask your reference how they would like to be contacted – at home, by cell or by e-mail.

Have a Career Story Ready Before the Interview

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
Have a Career Story Ready Before the Interview

Prepare Your Study Before the Interview

Throughout your career, you may pursue different directions. Be prepared to discuss the reasons for which you’re taking your career in a certain direction.

Organize talking points that help you tell your story. It’s important to touch on reasons why you may have left a company without bashing your former co–workers or supervisors. Explain with confidence the reason that you are making or have made a career change.

Remember that a lack of conversation reflects lack of interest. Be prepared to incorporate the storyline of your background into their organizational challenges. (more…)

Five Tips on How to Ask For More Salary

Friday, March 6th, 2009
Five Tips on How to Ask For More Salary

Asking for More Can Be Tough

Many people we meet don’t have a strategy for negotiating their compensation. They come to me after years of being behind their profession’s salary curve and need direction on how to make immediate change.

Earning less than colleagues with similar, or lesser, skills and experience can certainly be frustrating. Here are a few tips for improving the quality of your salary negotiation conversation and the ensuing final offer in your next position. (more…)

Transparency, Honesty, Authenticity Helps in Job Searches

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
Transparency, Honesty, Authenticity Helps in Job Searches

Transparency, Honesty, Authenticity Helps In Job Searches

One thing that you have to keep in mind, if you decide to go the way of blogging or keeping up a virtual presence, is that everything that is online, stays here forever and that if you happen to not be totally truthful about something, people will find out.

The other lesson is that seekers who connect with employers and recruiters the same way they do with recognizable companies will have a rude awakening. If you take anything from reality TV, you know that people care about authenticity and not acting. You need to start treating everyone like real people even if it is a virtual landscape and not face-to-face.

This will greatly benefit your online presence and being nice to people you do not know, might turn out to be helpful somewhere down the line. (more…)

Sharing Your Way to Your Ideal Career

Thursday, February 19th, 2009
Sharing Your Way to Your Ideal Career

Share Your Way to Your Ideal Career

In todays post we are going to move on with the theme from last time: getting a career you’re happy with is based on selling yourself.

In the book Little Red Book of Sellinz, Jeffrey Gitomer talks about one of the most essential steps to becoming a good salesman: giving before you sell. He says that if you want to build a reputation as being good at selling, you have to start out giving things away free at first, so people would perceive you as an authority in the field. He started by writing a column for the local newspaper where he gave away what could be considered the best secrets he had learned as a salesman. (more…)

Leverage Your Online Presence to Help Soft Sell Recruiters and Employers

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
Leverage Your Online Presence to Help Soft Sell Recruiters/Employers

Be visible in your job search

Become visible in the industry. Whether it’s you or your direct reports, attendance at a new media conference will provide insight and best practices. You may meet some centers of influence that can help you with your job search, or, even a hiring manager! Being visible also gives you the opportunity to find out more about other companies to see if there is a good match.

Becoming visible in your industry is just a way of selling yourself, which is what you need to do in order to get the best positions. You might think that you already are selling yourself. On your resume for example, by highlighting your accomplishments and prior experience. This is true and great, but continuing with the parallels from the sales world, resume selling can be considered hard selling. You are trying to push yourself, telling everybody how great you are. (more…)

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