Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Be Persistent in your Job Search

Don't get discouraged if you apply for a position and don't get it. If the company has other positions that you think are relevant to your skill set, keep applying. One gentleman did just that with our companies and we didn't select him for the first couple positions, but then a perfect position for him arose and he applied. We have him selected as one of the finalists. So persistence can pay off.

One caveat: don't apply ad nauseum or blanket apply to all positions. This will cause you to lose credibility, coming off desperate because you're really not that good. Just like dating, you don't want to go on the first date and scream I love you, I love you, I love you like Will Ferrell in Elf. Be persistent but don't be annoying.

Good luck in your job search and remember, if there's a company out there that you're excited about pursue them with persistence.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Make a Difference

"One of our strongest instincts as human beings is the innate drive to make a difference. We want to impact people's lives positively and make this world a better place. Go make your mark and add value wherever you can." - Paul Donohue a.k.a P-diddy
 This is the time of year to make a difference. Give a little more. Seek out a way to give back. After all, haven't you already received in abundance

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Interview with Passion

Happy Holidays! I'm just getting back to my blog after an intense month of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I'm still about two thousand words away from finishing before tomorrow's deadline, but it's been quite the endeavor. So in case anyone has checked in on my blog and your heart has just been crushed with sadness that there were not many new posts this month, that's why.

So here's a new post about having passion in your interview. Don't be a deadbeat, no matter if it's a CPA interview or a sales interview. Also, be specific in your responses to questions. Even if it goes above the head of the HR folks. It's ok to dummy it down a little but stay as specific as possible when describing your accomplishments.

Thanks, I hope you enjoy this post and that everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Don't let HR people interpret your resume without a translator!

Highlights at the top of your resume. I talk about this all the time. The reason I do is because it’s important. Please don’t send me a generic resume. Send me a customized resume. I want to see that you really took the time to consider our position and company as a serious option.  A job isn’t just a job. It’s about finding a right fit. If you don’t match with the culture you won’t be happy with them, they won’t be happy with you or both. The same goes with a lot of other areas such as salary, career path, direct coworkers, etc.
My point is, finding a job should be taken seriously. If you’re applying for a Marketing position and at the top of your resume it reads you are an experienced physical therapist, you’re not going to get many calls.
Another example: you read a job description and it says we need someone with:

·       5 years of experience in Marketing
·       3 years running social media campaigns
·       2 years of SEO

If you just send your resume over you’re trusting that the HR folks are just going to see how qualified you are. Wrong. They may, but they may not. Do yourself a favor and talk the same language as them. Interpret your resume for them.

At the top of your resume add a few bullet points that say:

·       7 years of experience in Marketing
·       4 years running social media campaigns
·       5 years of SEO

It’s that simple. You’ll save the HR folks some time, you’ll stand out from other candidates and most important, you’ll get more calls.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Subtle yet Impactful Word Usage in an Interview

Yesterday, I'm sitting in an interview asking the candidate some questions. As he's answering, I realize that this guy is talking different than some of the other folks that I've interviewed for this position.

The specific question at hand was about his management style. He answered like most people, talking about guidelines, performance, creativity, efficiency, etc. What I noticed was in between all the standard answers was some subtlety. He talked about adding a personal touch to the work, respectfully working with others, progressing the teams abilities and careers.

What came across to me was that this guy really is passionate about what he does and what's more, he cares about others and how he can contribute to them. It was a subtle taste of prose in between his hard line answers that I noticed.

That subtlety of genuine excitement about his job and desire to help others achieve the success that he has set him apart from other candidates. Hopefully, this can help you do the same and set yourself apart from others in your interview.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

If you're looking for a job, "don't be a fool" with your social media!

Well, it has happened again. One of my clients was considering a candidate for a position, but after some online research they decided to pass.

So my client went online to check out this candidate and found just one "web gem" that caused them to question. They found a photo that insinuated some pretty disturbing behaviors that you would not want an employer to see. I'll refrain from indicating exactly what it was, but it was of a sexual nature and nothing to do with sexual preference. Yeah that's how disturbing it was!

Anyway, they even decided to give the person the benefit of the doubt and continue with the interview, but as they say, first impressions are lasting impressions.

Word to the wise... be careful what you post in your social media forums, because employers access them. As they should. They are trying to hire people that will represent their company well and not embarrass them with off the clock shenanigans. I guess you should've grown up watching the A Team. Just take Mr. T's advice and "don't be a fool."