MAY
08

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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APR
20

Networking Success! Job Seeker Transitions to New Career!

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

 

When I met Ashton, he had not utilized networking in his search. He had been downsized already for a year.

 

Ashton had a family to support and was working nights at UPS. He was a really great guy. I remember how tired he looked as I interviewed him to write his resume. The Nuclear Power Plant where he worked was closing down, so we decided to write a skills-based, functional resume so he could transition into a different industry with more job opportunities. After we finished his resume, I told him I had another client waiting in the lobby and discussed networking with him.

 

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APR
13

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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APR
02

3 Networking Success Stories of Job Seekers Landing the Job

I've been thinking about what to write to you for this week's blog - resume writing, interviewing, social networking, how to write a business letter, or salary negotiating. Then, I remembered three of my favorite networking success stories I'd like to share with you today.

What is networking? Networking is developing relationships with people. The first step in the networking process is to recognize, its' three-tiered process. It's not just who you know, its who the people you know, knows. I call them angels along the way. Why? Because you may be standing next to someone waiting in line at the grocery store today who could lead you to your next job. Finding that next job in modern times is always difficult but there are endless opportunities nowadays too. Who knows, one of the Franchises for sale online may take your fancy. But if you haven't found your calling online, then every day should be a networking opportunity for you. You know, the check out line you're impatiently waiting, that's taking too long, when you're in a hurry. Sound familiar? Read on ... I would like to suggest to begin thinking "network minded." When you begin thinking "network minded" you'll turn "impatience into an opportunity" and seize the moment in the grocery store example above.

 

It's true, when one door closes there are new doors opening up for you. And, metaphorically speaking, I would like to help you recognize these opened doors, one-door-at-a-time. Start thinking "network minded" by keeping your eyes, ears and mind open. Like a lot of newly graduated law students for example they find it hard to break into the employment stage of their education to become a lawyer, this is made easier by law firm recruiters like Lawyer Exchange. This is your preparation time for your job search. Be prepared when you are out and about in your daily life to let the people around you know you're networking, not just looking for a job, but looking for contact names. This will open the doors wide. Remember, there are a lot more people with contacts in the workplace than those who may know of an open job. Networking is also about people helping people. Its about being in the right place, at the right time. Its how most of my clients land great jobs, i.e. networking their way through the informational meeting process.

 

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JAN
20

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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JUL
16

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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JUN
03

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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APR
02

How I Accelerated My Public Speaking at Toastmasters!

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.

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JUN
13

Create Career Success with 3 Steps to Positive Thinking.

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.

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