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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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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Resume Success for the Mom Re-entering the Job Market


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 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!


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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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