Rejection – it’s everywhere. Here, there and everywhere when you are in job search mode. Do not let rejection distract you, derail you or disenchant you. Keep going. Keep moving. Do not stop until you are the Number One pick!
Realize that brands attract, brands repel. You have preferences; so do hiring managers.
Educate yourself on best practices of the job search.
Join conversations, meetings and groups, both offline and online to learn, grow and stay current.
Enlist the support, guidance and direction of a trusted team to navigate your way forward.
Connect with others on a consistent basis. Someone, somewhere knows somebody or something that would be good for you to know.
Transition is a process; track your progress to improve performance.
Exhibit excellence in all things job-search related.
Don’t quit on yourself or the search. Some organization, somewhere needs you.
What do you think?
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Here are five very specific questions to ask yourself before you send your résumé to anyone – whether it’s your Mama, your BFF, your lawyer or a prospective employer:
1. Will the reader know within one second your pertinent contact information?
2. Will the reader know within one second what you want to do occupationally?
3. Will the reader know within three seconds why you are a strong contender for the job?
4. Do you love your existing résumé?
5. Is your résumé visually appealing?
If you answered “yes” to the five questions stated above, you are good to go. However, if you cannot answer a definitive “yes” to these five basic questions, back to the drawing board for further revision of your résumé.
In short, make it easy for the hiring manager to connect with your presentation. The easier you make it for readers to grasp you and your story within seconds, the likelier it is you will achieve the results you desire.
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Let’s say you are going through a nasty divorce and your lawyer (and/or soon-to-be ex) advise you that you need to “get a job” – a “real one.” Let’s say that you have been a stay-at-home Mom for 30 years, a wife for 30+ years and that your job has been to run the household while your husband “the big bread winner who always calls the shots” and “makes all the money” wants to get “this transition thing wrapped up as soon as possible.” (The words in quotes represent language clients have used to describe their particular situation). So, where do you begin the process of getting a job given that you have been the stay-at-home professional for three decades? Here are a few thoughts for you to consider:
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“So, what five words best describe you?”
Remember how you responded with:
Remember how they offered the job to another candidate – the one that was a “better fit?”
Here is a little something you might try at home.
Thesaurus each respective word you choose to describe yourself. This can be done through research online or offline. For example, if you are insistent on using the word “loyal” to describe yourself, perhaps you will consider using another word that means something similar and said less frequently to hiring managers. Maybe, just maybe it will help you stand out in a sea of competition.
Another easy thing you can do to distinguish yourself with words is to visit to O*net Online. Once there, enter the “Keyword or O*NET-SOC Code,” filling-in-the-blanks as you wish. Once the occupational area of interest appears, scroll down to “Work Styles” to discover traits aligned with your target job. Also, spend some time reading about the KSAs of your job of interest.
Research. Learn. Discover. Expand the repertoire of words used to describe the amazing Brand You!
"Good words are worth a thousand pictures." ~ Anonymous
In a recent job interview, my client “Jane” was asked what she called a bizarre question:
“So, speak to us about your self-awareness.”
Jane told me she breezed through an answer to which the HR Manager responded “We haven’t interviewed many people with such a heightened sense of self-awareness – very impressive.” Apparently Jane scored some points with her response, as a second interview is in the works.
What would you say if a hiring manager asked you to speak about your self-awareness?
Essence of you
Looking inward for insights, ideas and inspiration
Fact-finding investigation about yourself
Asking yourself tough questions before someone else does
When will outweighs wishful thinking
Advocating through awareness
Recognizing what makes you, you
Expectations and exceptions
Never losing touch with what matters
Expedition of exploration
Saying yes to what works for you.
"You are your own judge. The verdict is up to you." ~ Astrid Alauda
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The thing I love about the career management business is that I have the opportunity to provide services to all ages spanning all generations. In my work with Baby Boomers, one of the frequently cited reasons for not finding a job is this: “I am too old – no one wants to hire me.” Here is a recent story about a Baby Boomer client who received corporate-sponsored outplacement services. We worked together for several sessions. Below is her success story – in her own words:
Are you a Baby Boomer? Do you believe you are not hirable if you are past a certain age? Do you wonder how to even go about looking for a job? I did, too! It’s not as hard as you might think. A few easy steps and you, too, can have your ideal job!
1. Develop a list of what you enjoy, do well and would like to do in the future.
2. Ask yourself tough questions: What are you called to do? What is your mission in life?
3. Make a list of places you would like to work.
4. Create a powerhouse résumé to showcase your talents.
5. Go to the interview believing you already have the job.
And, when you get the job offer call, you will say (like the commercial): THAT WAS EASY!
So how long, might you wonder, did it take the above-referenced Baby Boomer to find a job in an intensely competitive job market? Less than 48 hours! Less than 2 days! Less than 2,880 minutes!
She applied online (based upon a referral) at approximately 8:00 P.M. on a Monday evening; had an interview at 4:00 P.M. the next day and by 4:15 P.M. the following day (Wednesday), received a job offer which she accepted upon negotiation of terms agreeable to both parties. My client is one happily employed Baby Boomer and her new employer can’t wait for her to start!
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
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Have you been a stay-at-home mom or dad for several years? Do you now find yourself in a position where you wish to earn a paycheck for your contributions? Just in case you have been that stay-at-home parent, here are a few tips on how to find a job when your job for nearly 10 years has been running a household.
Get career coaching/counseling help immediately. If you say you cannot afford it, ask yourself this question: “Given the competitive, ever-changing nature of job search, am I willing to spend hours reading and trying to figure-it-out on my own, or would my time and energy be better spent in visiting with a competent career pro for a few sessions?” What might you gain and how might that investment in yourself be worth every cent? Before you engage services, do your due diligence on who’s the “best fit” to help you navigate the transition process.
Stay-At-Home Mom: Recently I visited with a career management professional for some interview coaching and for help with my professional resume because I felt very "out of it" since I have been out of the workforce for so long. My career for the last 9 1/2 years involved raising two children, cooking, cleaning, grocery store shopping, running kids to doctor appointments, dentist appointments, sports activities, school activities, play dates, being there for all the sick days they had and just being there for every "MOMMY I NEED......" Now, both of my children are in school and I wanted to find a career again.
Make a list of your skills. If you say you don’t have any skills or you don’t know what your skills are, take time out to learn and discover what they are before you enter the competitive job search arena. Otherwise, it will take a seasoned HR pro or recruiting professional about ten seconds to figure out that you are seriously not serious about the job search process.
Stay-At-Home Mom: A career pro helped bring out the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) that I possessed and helped build my confidence needed for walking into interviews.
Build a first-class resume that represents you with excellence in your absence. Resume writing has changed since 2004. One-size-fits-all resume writing, in most instances, won’t work to your advantage. Modify, customize and tailor text to align with your target goal. As you update your resume from nearly a decade ago, make certain to put forth the very best version of brand you in 2014’s resume edition.
Stay-At-Home Mom: The counselor was very helpful, knowledgeable and didn’t make me feel stupid when I didn’t know how to answer the questions.
Practice speaking about your credentials, bearing in mind your new target goal. If you wish to pursue sales and account management, for example, compile evidence as to why you would be a good hire. First, prove to yourself that you have the requisite credentials for the job before you try and prove it to a hiring manager. Practice too much -- then you will be ready to compete with confidence.
Stay-At-Home Mom: The best piece of advice I received: “Know your KSAs, show confidence and establish eye contact with the hiring manager.”
At the beginning of your job interview, briefly and succinctly explain the facts to account for your time the past several years. Do not wait for the hiring manager to ask “So, Betsy, what have you been doing the last 10 years?” Be open and transparent about your status -- own it! Show your confidence and passion for being a great parent! Show your confidence and passion for being a great candidate and future employee!
Stay-At-Home Mom: I had my first interview and I landed the job that I wanted.
If you are a stay-at-home mom or dad, my hope is that you will land the job YOU want with the utmost of speed and success.
Stay-At-Home Mom: Length of time it took to find a new job following the steps detailed above: “12 calendar days from the time I sent resume until I received a job offer.”
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One of the many things I like (love) about Twitter can be stated in one word: brevity! Twitter has indeed impacted my work as a career management professional. Twitter has also impacted the way I build résumés. A “think tweet” mentality has shaped the way I craft PowerPoints, deliver presentations and write blog posts.
According to statistics, the average attention span has shrunk from 12 seconds in 2000 to eight in 2013. And further, according to statistics, the average attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds. Comforting to know that Perdita, our expired goldfish, had an attention span longer than mine!
As a job seeker, do you speak with brevity in conversations with hiring managers, recruiters and your network connections? Do you know someone who talks ad nauseam, telling stories that ramble on and on and eventually end up nowhere?
Here are a few yes or no questions for you as your job search gets underway.
? Do you talk too much? ___ Yes ___No
? Do you go into too much detail when answering a question? ___ Yes ___No
? Do you speak with clarity and conciseness in conveying a compelling message? ___Yes ___No
? Do you summarize a large amount of information into a bite-size nugget? ___Yes ___No
? Do you talk excessively to mask your lack of preparation? ___Yes ___No
? Do you get to the point or do you wander in circles, never getting to the heart of the matter? ___Yes ___No
? Do you use brevity to your advantage to distinguish your brand in an intensely competitive job market? ___Yes___No
In his new book “Brief, Make a Bigger Impact By Saying Less” author Joseph McCormack delivers numerous insights and ideas on how brevity can help you distinguish yourself and stand out from the crowd. Less is more.
If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack. ~ Winston Churchill
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"Success is the sum of details." ~ Harvey S. Firestone
Make time for them? There are numerous details to consider as it relates to job search. What is a detail, anyway? According to the dictionary, a detail is “a small part of something or a particular fact or piece of information about something or someone.”
A few years ago, another consultant and I were asked to meet with a company’s top two candidates for a senior sales leadership role. Our directive was to ask each candidate the same set of questions – one of which was:
So tell us about your commitment to details and give us three examples pertinent to sales leadership.
As the first candidate proceeded to give a lengthy defense of how detail-driven he was, he asked if we minded if he removed his suit jacket. (He was getting a little warm.) We said we didn’t mind at all. As he stood up to hang up his jacket, we noticed his shirt was a total wrinkled mess, except for the part his suit jacket covered. Wrinkled like the shirt had just been pulled from the laundry basket.
My consulting partner (male) went off script and asked Candidate A this question.
I am curious – you have been telling us how detail-minded you are in all aspects of your work...I was wondering if you would like to comment on your shirt – those details.
The candidate looked at his shirt and apologized profusely for his lack of attention to details. He said he was in a hurry and did not take the extra time to iron it, except for the front and cuffs. He thought the suit jacket would cover up the shortcut.
Details. They are everywhere in job search.
They’re in your résumé.
They’re in your attire.
They’re in your conversations.
They’re in your preparedness.
They’re in your job interviews.
They are the teensiest of little things that can do you in and you don’t even know it.
As a job seeker, are you paying attention to the details – the kind of details that can land you or lose you a job?
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