Friday, August 17, 2012

Some good interview questions

I came across this article and liked the interview questions it had:

5 Questions Great Job Candidates Ask Interviewers

Just remember to ask these questions within a pertinent context of the position you're interviewing for. These questions portray that you are a results driven person and that's what matters most to employers.

I also like the question about their employees' culture. After all in an interview you are investigating them just as much as they're investigating you.

Just a few more arrows for your quiver.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

His cell phone's ring back lost him the job.

You see a great job post online that seems to be just the right fit. You call in. After speaking with the recruiter, you both agree that this is a good fit. The recruiter sends your resume over to the hiring manager. The hiring manager picks up the phone and dials your number. As he waits for you to answer the voice of a popular adult cartoon show comes on, "I'd love to stay and chat but you're a total &!+$#." He hangs up with out leaving a message and you never know he called.

As a week goes by you are anxious so you call the recruiter back letting him know you are still interested. The recruiter calls the hiring manager. He tells the recruiter that he is looking for respectable professionals not kids he has to babysit.

Everyone loses. Unfortunately, this actually happened. If you're looking for a job you may want to recheck your ringbacks and VM playbacks to make sure this doesn't happen to you.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Find a job using Twitter

I'm back! The summer has been a blast and business has been time consuming, but I can carve out some time to stay on top of my blog again.

Click here for some tips on using Twitter in your job hunt. It's not going to be your most aggressive strategy, but you need to have lots of strategies. If you're using Twitter correctly it will expand your network and build a qualified one. And networking is the BEST tool for finding a job.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Why did they ask that question in the interview?

Here is an article that I found that I thought was worth looking at. The title is a little too slighted for me but you should be aware of what HR folks can and cannot ask you in your interview.

I wouldn't suggest being too closed off in the interview despite this. Anyway, click here to read the article.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Forbes' mistakes to avoid in your job search


I enjoyed this article from on mistakes to avoid on your way to greatness and happiness.

If you're going to be successful in your job search, you will definitely want to avoid these mistakes.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Can employers use social media against you?

When you're looking for a job many companies are checking your social media, whether you like it or not. In fact, some employers are trying to monitor their employees' social media including getting their login info. Read this article on social media login requests from employers.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

How should you ask for time off during the interview process?

Believe it or not, but you may very well find yourself in this situation someday. Maybe you already have. You are making a job change but you have plans for time off already set in stone. So how do you bring that up during the interview process?

The first question precedes this. Should you even share that at all? I've had many candidates bring this up throughout the years. What do you think?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Companies want decision makers

I read this article today:

I agree. Most of my clients are looking for people who feel confident that they can figure out the problems that are weighing on their organization and fix them. They want people that can make decisions.

The best way to prove that you are this type of person is to first, ask questions about their pressing problems or the problems specific to the position you're interviewing for. Second, give them a map of how you would go about solving the problem and/or how you've solved similar problems in the past.

Monday, April 16, 2012

How to speak in an interview: Talker personalities

We're to the final personality profile. The Talker. If the person interviewing you has a talker personality, look out. Talker's are called talker's for a reason, because they can gab. That can throw you off your game, so make sure you stay focused. Talker's are by nature extremely warm and friendly, which can help you relax. Don't be deceived though, their inviting disposition can be a trap. Many people get more liberal with what they say and do when communicating with a talker because of that disposition. You might say some things that you regret because they made you feel like you could be brutally honest.

Here's some tips on how to handle this. First and foremost, reciprocate their overly amicable nature. Compliment them often. Don't be patronizing when you do it, be genuine about what you compliment. Don't go overboard or they'll feel you're both patronizing and disingenuous.

Second, be very expressive. Use gestures. Exaggerate your facial expressions a little. They'll interpret this as passion, which is what a talker will look for.

Third, talk in terms of what compels you, not obligations and duty. For example, say I "enjoy it," or "I helped them do this," instead of  "It was part of the job," and short emotionless answers like "I did this or that." The former express that you feel an inner passion. 

In summary, be overly friendly, be passionate and expressive, but don't go overboard. Be genuine. Most importantly, talker's are more focused on the feeling they get about you. So make sure it's genuine and positive.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How to speak in an interview: Pacer personalities

When interviewing with a pacer personality you must understand one important thing. Their decision process is most likely slower than yours, unless you're a predominant pacer personality yourself. Have you ever given some one what you think is a no brainer decision, including all the facts they would need to make that decision, yet they still said I don't know I have to think about it. Worse yet, it was just a simple unimportant decision. Yeah, that's a pacer. This easily frustrates the doer and talker personalities. 

Another attribute of the pacer is their patience and listening ability. If you're not careful they'll let you talk and talk and talk until you've dug your own grave. You may feel like you're saying all the wrong things because of the lack of responsiveness.

So how do you interact appropriately with a pacer?

Immediately, it would be important to find out what to them are the deciding factors for this position. In other words, ask them: in your opinion what would the optimal candidate be like? Let's say for example they will say we need someone who is thorough and a perfectionist. You need to pull out your bag of power statements (again search this term in my blog archive if it's not familiar) and give them as many examples of your thoroughness and perfectionism as you can. The whole point is you want to get their buy in. Pacers are all about warm fuzzies. They need to feel reassured. So give them lot's of reasons and benefits.

Also, you definitely want probably close to a gagillion references on hand, approximately. And you want them to be as third party as possible, so no co-workers, managers and executives (that worked closely with you) only. Again, the more you understand what their expected the timetable is and what factors will decide who they pick, the better you'll be able to do things at their pace. And that will win over a pacer.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

How to speak in an interview: Doer personalities

Now it's time to go over the Doer personality. What would your interview be like if the person conducting the interview was a doer? They would be curt or short in their speech. They would try to move things along quickly and try to cut straight to the weightier matters. They want to see results. They want to know what the bottom line is.

This type of personality can come off as impatient and short, which could make some feel like they're just trying to blow you off. You may feel like you're saying all the wrong things. Perhaps, you just feel like they're being rude.

Those things may be true for some, but most of the time it is just how Doers communicate. Especially with Doers DON'T TAKE IT PERSONAL. They are just extremely focused on being effective, efficient, priority-oriented, etc. It's not about you, it's about them.

Here's how you respond...

Give them the major points. They are not interested in the details. They want to know what results you've accomplished in your past positions. So come prepared before hand with power statements (search my blog if that's a new terminology for you), so that you're organized and confident. Confidence is key with Doers because they are confident in general. Also, do not give excuses or talk unnecessarily. These will cause them to get impatient with you. Above all try to be confident about what your saying and give them only the information that will prove that you can get the job done. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

How to speak in an interview

It's important to know how to speak in an interview. The most important advice I can give on this is to imitate the interviewer. People respond better to those that are more like them. They think to themselves, now finally a person who really understands the world. This will inevitably improve your position in the interview.

So how do you do it? First, you must understand the their language and then how to properly respond. Here is a quick personality chart. Remember no one person can be categorized into these personalities. Every person is extremely dynamic and is a combination of these personalities. However understanding these can help you to better understand and respond to others.

The 4 different personalities are Controller, Doer, Pacer, Talker. Today I'll just go over the controller personality. Here are some tendencies of controller personalities. They are detail oriented. They want to know all the facts and data so that they can be in control, so they will ask you a lot of questions. They want to feel like they were able to get to the root of the story and solve the case. While they're questioning you, they don't use many gestures which leaves you believing that they are very skeptical of you and suspicious that you are not the real deal Holyfield.

Have you ever run into someone like this before in an interview? Here's how to approach them. Again, depending on your personality you will find this easier or more difficult to do.

So here we go. Be courteous and diplomatic. Controller's will like that you are acting "appropriate" for the situation. Make sure that your questions and answers have a purpose. Don't ask questions that are not related to the job. Do not criticize. Although controller personalities can be big critics themselves, you don't want to criticize your last employer or they might see that as your weakness not the employers. They'll assume that you're going to have similar issues if you were to get this job.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Finding a Job 'the Hunger Games' Way

The job market is extremely competitive right now. One mistake and you could lose out on a job to another candidate. This can mean the difference between making it or breaking it in the fight to take care of your family. Take a few tips from The Hunger Games.

1. Seek sponsers. Seek out supervisors and colleagues from your past jobs (supervisors are the best) that will vouch for your work. Give these as referrals in the interview. Be forward and let them know, if you want an unbiased opinion on my work there give so and so a call. Here's his number. Remember, make sure that they will say positive things about you before you decide to give their names out.

2. Build alliances. Make sure you are talking to everyone you know and letting them know that you're looking so you can get as many job leads as possible.

3. Be the last one standing. Work harder, smarter and faster than anyone else in the interview process. Research the company, practice how you will answer questions, practice what questions you will ask, practice your pitch, make your communications professional and on queue.

Side not: Whatever you do though don't show up the host.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How are people finding jobs right now?

So I did an HR internship for a global organization while in school and they had a statistic that over 75% of jobs are filled through networking. We used that as a basis to teach folks how to better leverage their networks.

New technologies such as online job boards, meta search engines, company career sites, etc. disseminate information about job openings much faster, broader and more efficiently than what we've ever seen. So with all this technology is old fashioned networking still the best way to find a job?

What do you think?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Have an objective in your interview.

I've talked a lot about preparation prior to your interviews, but what's the point of preparation if you don't know what you're preparing for. Do your company research before your interview and then decide what you want to accomplish in the interview.

Do you want to learn more about the day to day duties of the position? Do you want to learn what their competitive advantage is? Do you want to know what they're culture is like? All of these questions can be important but you need to determine these objectives before hand.

If you don't have an objective, you'll look lost and that will not get you hired, unless you're interviewing for Gilligan's Island.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Looking for a job? Watch NCAA March Madness!

If you're looking for a job right now, turn on the ol' boob tube and watch a little NCAA March Madness. We've already had a few amazing comebacks that prove that you're never down and out.

Take inspiration from these guys who have spent countless hours their throughout their lives and do not know how to give up. Don't you give up on yourself either.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Do [you] feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson
A little luck never hurts. Hard work does. Maybe that's why some people are willing to bet on luck before working hard. Regardless, luck can come from being in the right place at the right time. You can't be in the right place unless your doing something.

Be like Thomas Jefferson. Believe in yourself. Believe that working harder and smarter will bring luck and good fortune. Don't sit around and do nothing, then hope in your moment of desperation that Clint Eastwood's gun has already run out of bullets. So you gotta ask yourself that one question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya... punk?

Monday, March 12, 2012

'Lead by example' is not just a cliché!

Last night I watched a documentary on D-Day. One segment included a great story of leadership. The allied soldiers found themselves pinned between the cliffs below the Nazi fortifications and the exposed beach. General Norman "Dutch" Cota rallied the nearby allied soldiers and they rushed one of the Nazi fortified gunner positions. Cota lead the charge.

This principal holds true in business. You can lead by example. When every one else is scared or they simply don't know what to do, a leader must be willing to throw himself in the trenches and show them the way. I don't know about Cota, but most leaders get scared just the same as everyone else. The difference is they don't lose their heads, they don't give up, they don't acquiesce. They take courage, make a plan and move forward.

Whatever is blocking you from getting out of your pinned position, finding a job, increasing sales for your team, or whatever, take a page from General Cota's book. Take courage, make a plan and move forward. That will inspire others and they will follow.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Should companies hire for talent or for personality?

Are you extremely good at what you do, but don't have the world's most sparkling personality. Take comfort from this article on personality-based hiring.

Sometimes companies try to maintain a certain culture among it's employees. I think that's a great idea in many regards. I also think it's a great idea to surround yourself with the brightest people and especially people who think and/or see things in different ways than you do.

Some of the best matches made in heaven are between a sparkling, dynamic, gregarious personality and a boring, pensive, reclusive one.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Technical Support Jobs Available

I just wanted to get the word out that one of our clients in Utah County needs to hire 3 tier 1 tech support people ASAP. If you are interested or know someone who might be, click on Job Openings in my Links widget on the right.

The company is looking for a generalist with experience in both Windows and Mac operating systems, who has a knack for troubleshooting. You would be supporting their software products for both consumers and corporate clients.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Career Fair 6 March 2012 at OWATC in Ogden

Tomorrow 6 March 2012 there will be a career fair up in Ogden. The location is the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College (OWATC) at 200 N Washington Blvd., Ogden, UT 84404. It will be open to the public from 3pm - 630pm.

Come on out and see who's there. I myself will be there representing my company proHR. We hope to see you there.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How to beat Resume Screening Software

Who hasn't come across a few opportunities where they were screened by those software programs? It's frustrating right? Here's a few tips on how to beat 'em.

Try calling the company and "working the building" (sales term for finagling your way from one person to the next until you find the decision maker) so you can figure out what keywords their looking for.

Contact a friend who works there and ask what the process is, what keywords they're looking for, etc.

Don't have a friend there? Make a friend who works there, by commenting on their blogs, websites, FB, etc.

I have done all of the above and got a call from the companies with those blasted scanning software programs.

SIDEOUT: Ask yourself, why are you just sending resumes into companies? The best way to get a job is through your personal network. So start networking.

Note: Those software programs can have some term recognition flaws, as well.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Are you scared to apply for a job?

"Those who are hesitating, getting scared, or becoming paralyzed lose out on the opportunities at hand..." - Mike Mann, Make Millions and Make Change!
When it comes to job searching don't NOT apply for a job because you're not sure about it. Go ahead and apply. If you don't you may miss out on an opportunity.

The same goes with contacting folks in your personal network to find out if they have or know of any job openings. When you hesitate or back off something because of fear, you can lose out on great opportunities.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure that you are following the best practices that I've mentioned in my blogs when you're applying for these jobs. (tailor your resume, apply for something that has a relevant connection to your skill sets, etc.) And remember don't lose your head if they don't call you back. Try to figure out what would get you more call backs (again read past Brecheisen blogs on that) but don't worry about everyone calling you back, worry about the right ones calling you back.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Why have you been out of work for so long?

Read this blog from Simply Hired:

“Why have you been out of work for so long?" Another Tough Interview Question

By Martin Yate CP

My take is this. Don't be out of work for so long! Employers don't want to hire deadbeats. Sounds harsh, right? It's the wrong mindset, but it's the reality of what a lot of HR folks think about people who've been out of work for so long. So don't be.

You're probably asking. But how? I can't find a job. I'm getting an unfair shake. (I can hear Jeffrey Gitomer's whiny voice here) On and on you can go complaining and rationalizing your position, but that won't find you work. So what's the answer?

Easy. Don't be out of work. If you get layed off, fired, whatever don't stop. Start consulting. Go after business. Make connections. Shoot, you may find a job from knocking the socks off some clients as a consultant.

The best answer I've heard is "I have several (or a few) projects going that I would need to wrap up.

Please feel free to check out our current job openings on my links widget to the right. 

Prepare for Unusual Interview Questions

Okay. So you can't prepare for everything in the interview. You're dealing with people and people are random, meaning you may not be able to predict everything that they're going to throw at you. But you can prepare yourself for that randomness.

The goal is to think outside of the box in your preparation. Prepare your mind how to respond to random or seemingly out of place questions. Make a list of the areas an interviewer might test with their questions. They'll ask questions about: My personal background, professional background, my problem solving, handling stress and/or deadlines, specific experiences, growth, past performance, my behavior in regards to change or confrontation, etc.

Once you've identified these areas. First, think about the motives behind the questions. Why are they asking it? To get specific answers on my skill set, to see my thought process, to gauge my interest or emotion, etc. Second, think of specific ways you would answer those. Again, you can't prepare for every question but you can map out a pattern to answer the questions. For example, if someone is asking you a question about behavior in regards to change. The motive of the question is they want to know if you're going to be difficult to work with. So pattern your response to be agreeable and polite no matter what or who is the subject of your response.

Of course, these tips are for those who are trying to genuinely answer the questions, and doing it in a way that gets the intended message across. If you're trying to be deceitful, that almost always comes through, unless you're a great con-man. Which I wouldn't suggest being - that always ends poorly. The truth always comes out sooner or later. So be truthful but prepare for randomness in the interview.

Here's a few examples of random interview questions

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Conduct Job Warfare Like George W. Bush.

Yes. Looking for a job and warfare can be related. You need contacts: people. And you need contacts: shots that hit their intended target. But where I'm going with this is preemptive strikes.

How many HR people do you know?

That's not a rhetorical question. Count 'em up! Then contact them and stay in touch. This is important whether you're currently looking for a job or happily employed. In fact, if you preemptively reach out and stay in touch with HR folks the better position you'll be in when you are looking for a job.

Go the extra mile and seek out HR folks in companies within your industry or the industry you would like to be in. Make a friend and stay in touch in case something changes for you in the future. They may even reach out to you at an unexpected time. So the lesson here is to be preemptive in your job search.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Interview Tip: Provide Solutions in the Interview.

Whatever position you're interviewing for, you should come prepared with questions that will help you understand what problems the company needs the position to solve.

Once you've discovered what the problems are give solutions. No brainer right? Wrong! People don't usually offer solutions in their interviews. It happens every day. If you offer solutions that make sense to them you will get hired. And that's the ultimate goal.

(Note: If you're a real pro, you'll find a way to figure out the problems before you even get to the interview and come with developed solutions.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Don't get old and rusty, just get old.

Just because you're getting old, doesn't mean your career has to taper off. Like Napoleon Hill mentions in his book Think and Grow Rich, most of the richest people in the US made the majority of their money in their 50s.

I believe one of the best ways to accomplish this is to stay relevant throughout your career. Always stay hands on in whatever you do. Continue to get your hands dirty even as you move into management. You will grow stagnant if you do not continue to view the problems at eye level and dream, create, and solve.

In all the interviews I've done with executives, this seems to stand out as one of the most common themes among the successful ones. So as you get old, don't forget where you came from.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Jack-of-all-Trades VS Master-of-One

Today's question is should you be a jack of all trades or a master of one?

They both have their merits. A master of one has a highly developed skill set. Those type of jobs tend to pay a lot higher than the average. A jack of all trades will also have a job because of their versatility.

On the flip side, both have their drawbacks. A master of one can become so specialized that they work themselves out of a job when that need disappears. A jack of all trades may never achieve a higher than average income.

So which way should you go? My advice is to do what you love. But to speak specifically to these two options I would say you want to become both. Become highly specialized in a specific skill, but diversify by running a business on the side or dipping your hand in another area from time to time. Or along the path to specialization master a process or talent that can be used across any industry.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Are you struggling to find your calling?

"Where your talents and the needs of the world cross lies your calling." -Aristotle
There's nothing more fulfilling than finding your calling in life. Sometimes it can be a battle to find. The best way to to find it is to start early. The more life experiences you have, the more you explore who you are, and the more involved you get in the workforce the easier it will be.

1) Life experiences - get out see the world. Go on a vacation and take a trip around the country. Or just spend an entire day walking around downtown. These are all ways to see the world from a different perspective which can help inspire you.

2) Explore who you are - write down your talents. Ask others what they think your talents are. Then take those talents around to different people (friends, family, etc.) and ask what occupations those would be most conducive with.

3) Get more involved in the workforce - start your own curb painting company, window washing company, etc. Do internships instead of wasting your summers at home.

Whatever you do. Do it. It can be a life long battle to find your calling. Trust me you can cover a lot more ground if you get others involved.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Don't fall short in the interview like the Pats did in the Super Bowl.

Yesterday I read a great article from Career Rocketeer on what you can take away from the Super Bowl that can help you in your job search. Here's the link:

I just wanted to add a couple thoughts. First, DON'T THROW BEHIND YOUR RECEIVERS. That lost the game for Tom Brady and the Pats. In your job search, your receivers are those who receive your resumes, your words in an interview, etc. Don't leave the interview saying oh I should have said this or that. Say it.

The easiest way to do that is to prepare before hand with the materials that best sell you on the position. Of course, as I've preached throughout my blog, you must do research online about the company, you must call and talk to folks within the company and you have to prepare statements that show your abilities by sharing past successes to the interviewer.

Don't fall short in the interview like the Pats did in the Super Bowl.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Don't be willy nilly!

Pay attention to detail throughout the interview process. Many hiring managers see your attention to detail as a sign of your professionalism and ability.

Don't put together a resume willy nilly! The same holds true for any other document. Have a friend proof read it for you and give you feedback.

And whatever you do don't be disqualified for not using SPELL CHECK!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Do NOT go out with guns a blazing!

Here's a tip on dealing with rejection in your job search. Learn to bow out gracefully. Do NOT go out with guns a blazing!

It's never good to burn a bridge so don't. It's especially not good to burn a bridge if it's the only way out of town. I have interviewed several folks that were also interviewing at other companies where I know people in HR. You have to be careful because you never know who knows who.

The same holds true for me. I don't burn bridges with candidates. I may find them a perfect fit for another position in the future. It's also possible that they could be instrumental in helping me find a job in the future.

Be professional and bow out gracefully. You are in control of your own PR.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tip on Interview Tips

Here's a tip on following interview tips. Don't get discouraged if you try one and it doesn't work. Every situation is different. It doesn't mean that the tip doesn't work. It may mean that it needs to be changed or modified for the situation.

It's also possible that it was used incorrectly. Keep at it. The tips I give and hopefully any other tip you might come across have worked for someone. That's why I share them, because I've seen them work.

Again, if you tried a tip and it didn't work, modify it, practice it, hone it and it will work.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Rehearse Answers to Interview Questions

I just want to follow up on one of my blogs from last week. It's important to prepare for job interviews by researching most commonly asked interview questions.

It's equally important to then write (or type) out your responses and then rehearse them. Memorize them or at least the main points and rehearse them. Practice in front of a mirror, camera, whatever, but treat it like a professional baseball player would. Study your intonations and movements. What type of feelings or attitudes do they give off. How would others perceive/receive it?

Just a helpful tip that has been useful for me over the years.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tip for connecting on LinkedIn

I receive a lot of invitations on LinkedIn. I also send out a lot of invitations. When you send out an invitation make sure you add a brief personable explanation as to what your purpose is. There's a couple reasons why.

First, it's rude not to. Don't be rude by not explaining yourself. Especially, if the person you're trying to connect with doesn't know you from Adam. Would you go up to a person and talk business without introducing yourself? No. The same goes online. It's no different if you're a professional. So be professional.

Second, how will they know how to help you? I enjoy connecting people with others and helping out where I can. I can't do that if I don't know you or your intentions.

Help yourself out, drop a line to the folks you're connecting with on LinkedIn. You'll get a lot more positive responses.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Interview Questions - Google it.

Prepare for interview questions before your interview. The easiest way to do that is to google "interview questions," or "best interview questions," "common interview questions," etc.

It's just a good idea to have a few answers prepared for the interview. It'll pay off for you.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Share Job Opportunities with Others

Let others know about the job opportunities you're pursuing. If you're excited about them and you share the positive experiences and details, this can spark them to share other opportunities with you.

For example, maybe they know other people in the industry of field you're looking into.

The more positive you are about your job search the more it will help.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Networking within the company you are applying to - Follow Up

I wanted to follow up on last weeks blog about networking within the company you're applying to.

Again, it can be a great help to create an internal advocate for you while you're in the interview process, but it can also backfire on you if your so called 'friend' or past work associate doesn't speak highly of you.

Many folks get good reviews through this method, but unfortunately some do not. Just make sure that you only mention people as references that would say good things about you. Otherwise leave it alone.

Having said that the HR people will do the best they can in their background checks to find an unbiased opinion of your abilities.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Formal Education vs. Real World Experience

Check out this article on experience vs. education:

Personally, I don't think they are at odds. You need formal education to give you tools and you need real world experience to give you tools.

What you don't need is one or the other. That is a one winged plane.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Networking within the company you are applying to

When you apply for any position you should connect with your network to find out if you know anyone that works at that company.

Many times I receive personal emails from coworkers about friends who have applied. This strengthens your credibility.

I usually at least give these folks a call because I trust the opinion of a lot of my coworkers. It doesn't mean you'll get the job, but at least you will increase your chances of getting a phone call.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Understanding the Interview Process

Once you've engaged with someone about a position and you both agree that it's a good fit, ask what the rest of the interview process will be like.

You will prepare and interview differently depending on who the interviewer is. It's important, for example, to know whether you'll be interviewing with an HR person or the CEO.

It's also good to know what kind of skills or personality tests you'll have and whether they'll be online or on site. Again, that changes how you prepare.

Just remember. You can't just send people a resume and assume they can derive your experience from it. Prepare so you can show them your experience.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Define your goals in your Job Hunt

Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas and New Year's celebrations were great and that you were able to receive support from your family.

I read a quote this morning I wanted to share.

"Define clearly what you want to have happen in your life. Keep the vision in front of you and make a total commitment to fulfill it." - Paul Donahue

Decide what you want to do for work that would be fulfilling and provide for your family then set goals for your job hunt and go after them.