JAN
20
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Interviewing Tip #2

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 ...

 

INTERVIEWING Q&A

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."

 

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FEB
17
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Top Job Interview Do’s & Don't for Women & Men to Dress for Success

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

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JAN
07
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LAND AN INTERVIEW? TWO GREAT WAYS TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS

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…

 

Story #1

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!

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APR
13
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Job Interviewing Success! The 7 Critical Rules to Remember

Happy Monday everyone! – So far, this year, we covered topics on resume writing, interviewing, social networking, volunteering, salary negotiating and managing change.  We discussed the 3 things employers look for in the interview, i.e., your experience, motivation and fit.  And, specifically how to answer “Tell me about yourself,” while letting the employer know you have the experience, the motivation. and you're a great fit for the company.  For a refresher of all these details, I recommend reviewing the blog titled "Interviewing Tip #1." We also covered two topics on Dressing for Success to the Job Interview.  Today, we’re going to discuss the basic rules critical for your job interviewing success. These rules will give you a framework to help you successfully answer any question the interviewer asks you.

 

The 7 Critical Job Interviewing Rules to Remember

1.  Use your Impression Management skills wisely.

 

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MAY
08
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Great Interview? Top it Off with a Strategic Proposal in the Thank You Letter

Welcome to this week’s Ask Coach Kim’s Blog! – If you're new here, my blog topics are centered around career advice to help job seekers. With 27 years experience as a Career Coach and Resume Writer, this advice will help you or someone you know be successful through career transition.  If you’re on Twitter, please Retweet.  If you’re on Facebook, please Share with your friends or with everyone. If you’re on LinkedIn, please send to your Contacts.  LinkedIn was originally created for job seekers going through career transition.  Topics in my blogs include resume writing, interviewing, social networking, volunteering, public speaking, salary negotiating and managing change. Last week, we discussed Job Interview Success! The 7 Critical Rules to Remember.  These rules give you a framework to help you successfully answer any question the interviewer asks you.

 

Today's blog focuses on a strategy that positions you as the ideal candidate for the job by writing a proposal to close the deal.  How? By preparing for the interview and asking the interviewer the right questions.  Sounds too simple, doesn’t it? It is. The answers you receive will give you the information you need to turn the employer needs into a proposal.  A proposal of how you can make a positive difference based on the interview.  Sound like a strategic plan for you?  Read on …

When the interviewer asks you “Do you have any questions for me?” Answer “Yes, I have three or yes, I have four.”  Let the interviewer know how many questions you have so they give you the time you need to ask your questions.  After you ask each question, it is important to take notes. Write the key words to the answers the interviewer gives you, in their language.  Below are the strategic questions to ask.

Here’s an example of my experience with a client closing the deal with his proposal.

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JUL
02
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Executive Job Search! 6 Great Phone Tips to Reach the Decision Maker!

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 ...

Tips for the difficult to reach Executive.  If you only get voicemail, do this . . . 

1. Always call 2 hours different each time you call back.  The decision maker you're trying to reach may be in meetings.

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JUN
03
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Executive Job Search Networking! 3 Tips to Land Informational Meetings

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 …

 

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MAY
01
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Job Seeker's Tools! Interviewing? Think Big! Dress for Your Potential!

As many of you know, I write success stories and valuable tips in my weekly blogs to help job seekers through career transition. As a Career Coach, I write professional resumes and coach all levels of professionals with Interview Preparation, Social Networking, Networking and Salary Negotiating.

The first interview success story, I’d like to share with you is from one of my own experiences.  The second interview success story is an experience I observed in one of my workshops, as a facilitator. Sound interesting?  Read on… 

I remember sitting in an office at a call center for about 45 minutes waiting to be interviewed for a trainer position. I had never been in a call center before. I had done all of my interview preparation before attending, so I kind of had an idea of what to expect. I even went as far as looking into employment aptitude testing, just in case they were going to ask me to do some maths questions. Maths isn't my strong point. I did feel over dressed, but I knew I was comfortable, so that's what mattered. I was wearing a mid-length navy blue skirt, white blouse and a matching navy jacket with nylons and 1-inch pump healed shoes. I was wearing 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 felt so over dressed!  But, guess what happened next. I interviewed and landed the Job!

Tip #1. You cannot be too over dressed.  Ladies and gentlemen, wear a business suit to the job interview.

 

The second  interview success story is about Joseph. I was facilitating one of my weekly, 40 hour classes to 20 new hire trainees on how to become a Call Center Operator.  This 5-day workshop provided training on the topics of Human Resources, Customer Service, Quality Standards and Internal Software for the call center computer systems.  The new hire trainees were not required to dress up for training classes and I told the class this on the first day.

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FEB
19
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From the Job Seeker’s Tool Kit! 5 Interview Statements. True or False?

As a professional resume writer and Executive coach, I write blogs on success stories and tips for job seekers going through career transition on the topics of resumes, the interview, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects to help you through career transition.  Today, I thought it would be fun to do something a bit different.  So, this week we’ll take a quiz to review two of my blog posts written earlier this year on the interview and relevant today. Let's see what you remember.  If you haven't read my former interview posts, let's see how much you know. Let’s have some fun with this. Ready? Here we go...

Below are 5 true or false questions based on two of my popular blog posts titled “Job Interviewing Success! The 7 Critical Rules to Remember” and the “Top Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts for Women and Men to Dress for Success.”

5 Interview Question

 Review the interview statements below. Are they True or False?

 1. It's best to answer all situational questions with one of your accomplishments. Even if it’s unrelated to the job, it’s still one of your accomplishments.

 2. Focus your answers on your skills

 3. Wear conservative or power colors. This shows your confidence to the interviewer.

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JUL
16
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3 Great Tips to Prepare for Public Speaking!

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.

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