Welcome to my Blog. As many of you know I write success stories and valuable tips on how to write the resume,prepare for the interview, informational interviewing, social networking, salary negotiating, positive thinking, managing change and mastering success, volunteering and public speaking.
Today we will be discussing the resume do's and don'ts. Interested? Read on ...
I had a blast discussing Resume Makeovers Saturday morning on Dream Job Radio, hosted by Daniel and Leah Lakstins. If you missed the show, you can hear it by going to iTunes Resumes Makeovers. Daniel asked great questions and youll hear the answers on how to make your resume pop. In addition to blogging about resume writing, many of you know I write success stories and valuable tips on preparing for the interview, networking, informational interviewing, social networking, salary negotiating, positive thinking, managing change and mastering success, volunteering and public speaking. These are some really great tips to help you in your daily life, I mean I don't think people realise just how important something like networking is though. This is what helps you get the job, so if you are an electrician for example, then you really need to get started on your networking, why not check out something like http://yoursgi.com/electrician-network/ to give you a better idea of what to do next. Todays blog is a story about Ashton who networked his way to a successful career transition. This is quite a story. Interested? Read on
As many of you know, I write success stories and valuable tips on networking, how to write resumes, prepare for the interview, salary negotiating, volunteering and public speaking. This is the success story of Cal and how one of his networking contacts led him to his ideal job.Cal just sold his small trucking business and wasn't quite sure how to apply networking to his job search.
He was looking for a Sales Manager position and found his opportunity through networking. This is what happened.
Cal's daughter, Annie, was a dental hygienist. She cleaned patient's teeth while networking for her dad. One day when she was networking with a patient in the dental chair, she discovered he was an acquaintance of one of her dad's buddies. "Don't you just love it when the dentist or dental hygienist asks you questions when your mouth is wide open, stuffed with dental tools?" Would you like to hear more? Read on …
Last week we discussed the 3 things employers look for with Interviewing Tip #1, i.e., your experience, motivation and fit. For a refresher of all the details, I recommend reviewing Interviewing Tip #1. Are you ready for Interview Tip #2? Read on ...
Today, I am going give you a great example of how to answer one of the most tough questions asked to specifically let the employer know “I have the experience. I have the motivation. And, I am a great fit for the company."
I was thinking about what I would like to write to you this week - resume writing, interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating. Then, I read a comment on volunteering as a job seeker on LinkedIn Groups. The group is called JobAngels, a Hiring for Hope program.
I have many success stories of real people going through career transition while volunteering. I would like to share two of these stories of encouragement with you today. As a job seeker, whether you want to change careers or need help networking, I hope this blog will encourage you to volunteer, network and help others do the same. If while you're volunteering and you need to earn some cash you could look into real work from home jobs some more and see if you can earn money from home. The following are true stories from professionals who were once in the position where many of you are today. Volunteering made a positive change to their lives forever. Are you interested in hearing more? Read on …
Success Story #1
Lucy reached out via email. Her response back was a job offer.
Lucy was looking for a job due to a company buyout where she worked for 19 years. She lived in a small town in the Midwest with a population of about 5000 people. Her position was in Human Resources. I remember, for several weeks, every time I asked her how she was doing with her job search, she would start the conversation with “I live in a small town, I’m 55 years old and there are no jobs here for me.” We had already discussed how to network and contact people she knew to let them know she is available and looking for work. Lucy had only been seeking jobs posted in her local paper and online. After several weeks, she was finally ready to step out-of-the-box and let others know she was looking for a job. She already had been volunteering 17 years for a local non profit organization. When she emailed the Assistant Director to ask her to be a reference for her job search, the Assistant Director's response was “I just got promoted to Director. Would you like to have my job as Assistant Director?” Lucy was thrilled. She loved working for this woman and at this time of her life, she was ready to make a career change. She had been preparing for the latter part of her work life all along and didn’t even realize it. She gratefully accepted this paid position. Does this sound familiar to you? If so, are you ready to take the challenge and start networking to let others you know you’re looking for work?
When I was thinking about what to write to you this week, I thought of one of the most difficult times in my life. A time so difficult, I realized my fear of public speaking changed from a big giant in my life to a tiny, little piece of dust. As a career coach, I am confident this information will be valuable for interviewing, networking and negotiating as well.
Do you have a fear of public speaking? Have you ever wanted to be a trainer, but your fear of public speaking has prevented you from applying for the job? Or, maybe you have a story to tell. A story that will help others, but your fear of public speaking has prevented you from telling your story to groups? Is fear of public speaking your answer to the question Whats your biggest weakness? FYI! Only use this answer, if you dont need it for the job. All these things were ME, many years ago. Can you relate to this today? It could be hard for those who aren't native English speakers to speak publicly, so might look for help from somewhere like Effortless English accent training to help an improve their English.
Did you know that most of us started out with this fear? Well, in 1997, I had just gone through an experience that was bigger than my fear of public speaking I knew my fear of public speaking was about to end in comparison. However, I still needed to prove it to myself. So, this is what I did. I applied for the trainer job I always wanted and created a marketing campaign for my first public speaking engagement. I was ready.
In addition to writing Executive results-oriented resumes, I coach Executives on how to interview, network and negotiate to get results. Are you in an Executive job search? If so, I always recommend contacting at least two recruiters specializing in your field and profession.
So, you've contacted two recruiters specializing in your profession. And, you selected companies with direct contact names to start setting up your own informational interviews. Did you send out your networking brief or resume with a great informational meeting letter? Is it now week two or three of making follow up calls?
Are you getting only voicemail and thinking, “Doesn’t the Executive answer their phone?”
Does this sound familiar? If the answer is “yes,” this week’s blog is just for you.
As an Executive Career Coach, I know how difficult it can be to get past voicemail today. When you’re working so hard on your job search campaign and unable to reach the decision maker, it can be frustrating. All the tips below make perfect sense. You may just need a reminder and/or maybe there's a few tips listed you hadn’t tried yet. If it is a simple case of the decision maker not getting back to you, I recommend using one tip each week for the difficult to reach decision makers, when you are only getting voicemail. Here they are ...
1. Always call 2 hours different each time you call back. The decision maker you're trying to reach may be in meetings.