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."
Dressing appropriately for the interview is important. Why? Think about it. For the interviewer, it is the first image of you when they first see you. It is their first impression of you. Quite often I am asked “how do I dress for the interview if the employees dress casual.”
Below are the top do’s and don’ts for women and men to think about when preparing for the interview. Think, dress for success!
Do’s & Don'ts for Women
I was having lunch yesterday with one of my business colleagues, Jan from "Get You Started eMarketing http://www.getyoustartedemarketing.com." She said something that reminded me of two great job interview success stories I’d like to share with you for my blog this week. In fact, I immediately told Jan about these stories and took out a pen and pad of paper to write down notes. Both stories took place in a call center. The first story is from one of my own experiences. The second story is an experience I observed in one of my workshops, as a facilitator. Read on…
I felt so over dressed! I Got the Job!
I remember sitting in an office at a call center for about 45 minutes waiting to be called to interview for a trainer position. I had never been in a call center before. As I watched people come and go and walking around me, I noticed how they dressed. OMG. I felt so over dressed in my conservative business suit. I was wearing a mid length navy blue skirt, white blouse and a matching navy jacket with nylons and 1-inch pump healed shoes. The perfect outfit for your typical job interview. Right? Well, in the call center environment most employees were dressed very casual. Let's make this long story, short … I got the job!
What is passion? By Webster’s definition passion is excitement, enthusiasm and delight. Is your job exciting and challenging to you? Do you wake up in the morning enthusiastic to go to work. Do you have job that inspires you? A job that delights you or a career you love? If your answer is yes, please send me your stories of inspiration. Was it your resume, interviewing, social networking or negotiating skills that landed your dream job or career? What do you love about your job? What inspired you?
If your answer is “no” or you’re concerned you will lose your job soon, or, maybe you recently lost your job, consider this … Did your job inspire you? No? Not really? I wrote this for you too. Read on ...
Where do you find your passion(s)? Your inspirations? Your dream job? Could it be right here, right now? Could it be right in the midst of the sudden changes happening to you today? Is your future all about attitude? Is your future all about perspective?
Here is a great success story from one of my clients. I wrote this story for housewives and moms re-entering the job market in one of my books titled “Just Resumes, 200 Powerful and Proven Successful Resume to Get that Job” by Kim Marino. It is available through Amazon.com. To see the actual resume sample we’ll be discussing, check out the resume section at your local library for the book mentioned above.
This is a true story from a housewife/mom who got credit where credit is due as experienced husband’s helper and volunteer at her children’s elementary school!
As an Executive Coach, I work with Executives through their career transition and beyond. I write professional resumes and coach professionals on how to successfully network, social network, interview, negotiate the salary and/or move up to the next level at the company. Last week, we discussed how to get past voicemail in order to reach the decision maker when networking and making follow up phone calls. Networking purposely and successfully is the key to reaching your job search goals in today’s job market. This week, we will continue to focus on “Networking for the Executive job search.”
If you have a mutual networking contact, most of you are aware, the percentage of landing the informational meeting is higher than without a contact. I’d like to share with you 3 tips that will be sure to increase your success to land informational meetings on your follow up phone calls without a networking contact.
As an Executive Coach, I have listened to many phone calls while clients made their initial calls in my office. Through listening to client phone calls and hearing the decision maker’s needs on the calls …
I would like to pay a Tribute to our greatly gifted icon and talented Human Being by writing my favorite quotes of wisdom spoken in his Commencement address. Steve Jobs delivered this speech, June 2005 at Stanford University. I am also including a link to Steve Jobs Commencement address on youtube.
QUOTES FROM STEVE JOBS
1. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
2. "Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking."
3. "If you live every day as if it were your last, someday you'll be right."
I love Toastmasters. I joined Toastmasters to increase my public speaking skills. I presented three speeches to this group so far. With over 25 weekly members, the calendar for public speakers fills up quickly.
Whether you are already a member of Toastmasters, thinking about joining a chapter or simply curious about public speaking, there will be a golden nugget and insight for you as you reflect upon this extraordinary story. This experience happened to me at the previous Toastmasters meeting only a couple weeks ago. Looking back, I clearly see how it accelerated my awareness of my public speaking potential.
As you read this story, imagine being the character practicing your public speaking skills. How would you act? how would you feel? What would you think? And, what would you have done?
This is what transpired...
I received an email from my Toastmasters group “Noonshiners.” They were looking for a volunteer because a slot just opened up for a public speaking engagement the following day. I’ve been practicing my speech to be presented at the end of September for three weeks now and felt ready to take on this challenge. So I volunteered and added myself to the Toastmasters calendar.
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.
Hi everyone. I finally got my blog up and running. What career coaching tips would you love to read in my Blog? Do you need interviewing help? Would you like career advice from an Executive Coach with over 25 years experience? Let’s discuss the job interview. Read on …
WHAT 3 THINGS ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR?
Do you know what employers are really looking for?
Are you at a crossroads in your career? As a career coach, one thing every client I work with has in common is they are all going through a major change in their life. When you are in career transition, whether you’re working on your resume, interviewing, networking or salary negotiating skills, it is so important to maintain a healthy balance during change so you don’t crash. Remember, being successful includes maintaining a healthy balance in every area of your life. So, in this week’s blog, I would like to give you the tools you’ll need to create career goals and overcome fears in order to achieve your goals.
I have a story to tell you. Before I get started … I want you to know… that everything I’m about to tell you about my life is what led me to be in this positive place. I am living proof of how using your own personal power by choosing positive thinking, can change your life.
Here's my story. I discovered the inner strength and personal power within me many years ago when I lost my job, I lost my house and to top that off, my dog of 15 years died. I remember sitting there as I was realizing that almost every area of my life had changed within 1 month. Was I scared? You bet I was. It was at that moment, I decided I had to clean house, mentally and physically. Get rid of negative people in my life and surround myself with positive energy to simplify my life. I was starting over. My life was a new adventure. What I didn’t know was I was about to face, within another month my biggest challenge ever. The phone rang, I heard a voice say “Are you sitting down?” I remember thinking “Oh God, no, not my son, Max.” I asked “is he alive?” He said barely. My 7 year old son was diagnosed with bone cancer and if we didn’t start the most aggressive, experimental chemo therapy within 12 hours he’d die. For me, it was incomprehensible that my happy little boy who already was challenged with Cerebral Palsy and in a wheel chair at the age of 7 was now fighting for his life with bone cancer. It took me a very long time to tell this story without tears. I was already aware of the effects that positive thinking could have on my life. I also knew that if I didn’t start practicing positive think right away, I would not be able to make it through this to be there for my son.
I love LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great place to be a voice. And to also connect with people you in a similar industry to yourself. For many of us, LinkedIn is used as a way to search for jobs and connect. But for businesses, it can go beyond this, with the use of something like Linkedin Integration, by targeting the right audiences for their products and content. There is so much more to this platform than we think. Today I'm going to write about one of the many ways you can begin to establish your online presence through LinkedIn Groups. When I discovered people were watching me on LinkedIn, I honestly had no idea. I was just doing what I do, i.e., helping people. After all, I am a Career Coach. And, I do participate in Groups on LinkedIn with other professionals related to Career Coaching.
Typically, I would simply answer a question by commenting for one of my teammates or Group members. I didn't realize I was creating an online presence until people started contacting me and telling me they knew who I was from my online presence on LinkedIn.
My vision started pulling me many years ago (long before I was aware) when I had a fear of public speaking. You see the companies I wanted to work for told me it was required to facilitate workshops first in order to be a coach. It was common in the industry. So for a long time I just didn’t bother applying for the jobs when I learned this. Can you relate?
Later, whenever I saw a trainer position available, it would jump out at me. It would give me a nudge. I noticed it, but I wouldn’t pay attention to it because it required getting up in front of a group. Eventually, I would land the interviews and sabotage each one over and over and over again. I would start out doing great in the interview. When the interviewer started describing the job to me and I saw myself standing in front of a group of people, the fear would overcome me with an internal panic and I would sabotage the interview. It was very subtle. I didn’t even know I doing this. However, I do remember thinking back in 1995 over 15 years ago “I not going to get up in front of that group.”
Today, I know there was clearly something trying to emerge from within my soul. My passion, my purpose. What I didn’t realize was I was in an internal war between my EGO and my soul’s purpose, my true vision, my destiny.