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

Interview QuizAs 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.

 4. On a warm sunny day, it is acceptable to wear sunglasses in the interview.

 5. Do wear light cologne or none at all.

 

Man Reviewing Interview Quiz1. It's best to answer all situational questions with one of your accomplishments even if it's unrelated to the job.  False. Do answer all situational questions with an accomplishment. However, you do want to direct your answers to the company needs.  And, present your answers on what you can do for the company, not what they can do for you.  Many interviewees do not remember to do this.  I also recommend using the S.A.R. statement to answer all accomplishments. S.A.R. stands for Situation, Action, Result.  Begin with the verb that best describes your role. For example, managed, developed or represented. Discuss briefly 3 or 4 actions without too much detail. And, end with the result.  What was the outcome of your accomplishment that made it a success? If possible, quantify the results with a specific dollar amount or percentage increased or reduced.  If the results are not available yet, projections are acceptable. Remember to speak the language of the industry where you are interviewing.  This will tell the interviewer you are a good fit and ready to make the change.

2. Focus on your skills. True. Be specific. Say the skills the interviewer is looking for in your answers at least three times throughout your interview.  For example, if you are in Human Resources Management, you may want to name drop the skills Talent Management, Human Resources Management, and Training and Development.  What the employer hears three times in the interview, they will remember.

3. Wear conservative or power colors. This shows your confidence to the interviewer. False. Do wear conservative colors onlyConservative colors include navy blue, black, tan or any earth tone colors that compliment you.  Do not wear power colors to the interview. For example, red is a power color.  Leave the power in the hands of the interviewer.

Business at interview wearing sunglasses4. On a warm sunny day, it is acceptable to wear sunglasses during the interview. False. It is not acceptable to wear sunglasses during the interview. Eye contact is important.  Let the employer see your eye contact. This sounds funny that anyone would wear sunglasses, however, interviewers see it often. I remember seeing someone in an interview with sunglasses and a bright orange tie.  This is a perfect example of what not to do.

5. Do wear light cologne or none at all. True. Ladies and gentlemen, your cologne may offend the interviewer or may even be the cologne of an allergy. Or, remind the interviewer of a former business or personal relationship, which could be a distraction to your interview.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this week’s blog fun and helpful to you. If you're an Executive with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

Job Seeker’s Tool Kit! Negotiating? Be Creative. Think Outside-the-Box

Negotiating Story from JustResumesUSA.comMany of you know, I am an Executive Coach and Professional Resume Writer. I write weekly blog's of success stories and valuable career tips to help professionals with resume writing, interviewing, networking, social networking and negotiating.

This week's blog is one of my favorite negotiating success stories. This is the story of Dane.  Within his 15 years of hard work and dedication, Dane became the #1 Executive Sales Manager at the Corporate Office of a retail chain in the construction Industry. 

After a reorganization and negotiating, he stepped down in salary and position to keep his job. 

Dane had a family to support.  He accepted the position of Sales Representative as he looked for another sales management position.  Now, with lower pay, whenever the executive managers had questions, they came to him.  Afterall, he was the problem solver and was still the most valued employee at the company.  Dane was in a difficult, frustrating position as he began his job search.

We discussed the importance of networking as his primary focus for his job search.  And, we discussed how to maximize his networking skills.  After several weeks of networking and interviewing, he got a great job offer with a property management firm for the position of Director of Capital Expenditures.

With creative negotiating, he took on this new company as a client and moved back up to Executive Sales Manager with his current employer.

How did this happen? And why?  During the reorganization, Dane's current employer was sold to an international company. He liked the new management team and they liked him. The new owners wanted Dane back in Executive Sales Management.  They needed him.  His current employer made him a counter offer. With creative, out-of-the-box negotiating ideas, I suggested he bring this new company on as a client with bonuses and commissions and keep both job opportunities. Dane's current employer worked on an Agreement which allowed him to oversee the property management company as his client and move back up to the Executive Sales Management position. His new client picked up the tab for his car allowance and cell phone expense.  And, my client got the salary increase he always wanted and more! Cool story?  With creative, out-of-the-box thinking, this can happen to you, too!

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

Job Seeker’s Tools! Interviewing? Think Big! Dress for Your Potential!

I was having lunch with one of my business colleagues, Jan from "Get You Started eMarketing "  She said something that reminded me of two great job interview success stories I’d like to share with you in my blog this week.  And, 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. As I watched people come and go, I noticed how they dressed. OMG. Suddenly, 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. 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.

Joseph was an operator trainee. He dressed for success to a 5-day “New Hire Training Workshop” with the intention to land an interview for a higher position. Joseph dressed for his potential!

On the first Monday morning of the new hire training class, I noticed Joseph, one of the new hire trainees, all dressed up in a business suit.  He continued to wear a business suit all week for five days.

I asked him, “Why do you get dressed up in a business suit for training?”  He said “I wear a business suit because I have call center supervisor experience and I heard there’s a supervisor position open. I want to be considered a candidate for this position.” 

Joseph got an interview and landed the supervisor job directly out of training.

Are you applying for a job or jobs you know you may be over qualified? If so, think big.  Do further research on the company. Get to know the internal scoop by joining conversations on Twitter. Seek out networking contacts on LinkedIn.  And, "Dress for your potential,"  in the interview and beyond.

Tip #2.  Remember, “Think big, think success,” when dressing up for the job interview and beyond.  Dress the role you want to be noted for.  If you’re applying for a trainee role and you’re interested in moving up the ranks, show the interviewer you are management material and ready to take the challenge. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

 

 

Military to Civilian Job Success!

Welcome to this week’s blog.  As a professional resume writer and career coach, I write blogs for job seekers going through career transition.  You will find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects related to help you through career transition.  Today I will be touching base on tips for job seekers looking for work after serving in the Military and how to use the skills gained from the Military Service. This blog will include tips on writing the resume, interviewing and networking through informational meetings for Military job seekers. These same rules apply for job seekers making a career change to a different industry.

 

Today's blog is a true success story about John. When John came home from serving in the Military, he first got a job as a Store Manager for one of the big retail equipment and office supply chain stores.  When I met him, he had recently been fired from that position after two years at the company. John said he was looking for a similar position.  He was concerned because he was fired by a boss who did not like him and this work was all he knew besides his military training. Sound familiar?   Read on …

 

In my opinion, John was positive, a highly skilled store manager and a great employee.  He was very creative, organized and a motivating team leader.  He was always creating efficient ways to save money for the company.  His boss asked him to do something one day that didn’t work out and he became the scapegoat in the situation.  This is why he lost the job.

 

I noticed John was still speaking the Military Language

I asked him if he would like me to interview him to write a resume for a civilian job using his Military experience.  He said “Yes, I would.”  John’s primary skills came from the Military so we needed to refocus his resume to speak the civilian lingo. We discussed his Military experience and training in budgeting and finance and created a functional resume highlighting these skills and utilized civilian language in his keyword list and accomplishments throughout his resume.  After we completed the resume, John told me he was in the Air Force Academy“This is a high honor,” he said to me. I suggested he start contacting the members he knew from the Air Force Academy and he did.  John did so well networking through the Air Force Academy he never needed to network or look for work anywhere else.

 

John needed a lot of interviewing training to help him transition from Military to civilian language. He interviewed well after a few mock interviews as I helped him eliminate the F-16 fighter jet lingo, critiquing each meeting less and less over time. Within weeks, John had been successfully interviewing with his huge network of Air Force Academy Graduates.  He was so excited when he told me "I landed a great job at one of the federal government agencies as a Budget Analyst.  In addition to a huge increase in salary, I will earn a raise in nine months with a promotion in one year due to my Military status." In addition to this great news, John also received a sign-on bonus giving him the highest starting pay for this position.

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at kim@justresumesusa.com.

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …