Jun 26, 2014

May the Job Search Force be with You - Job Interview-Wise

Unless you were born on Planet Hoth in the stomach of a Tauntaun, and lived there your entire life, and then died there, you've heard of The Force (no irony intended - okay, maybe a little was intended).  Anyway, you know - The Force - from which Luke Skywalker (among many other Jedi's, and Sith for that matter) were able to wield lightsabers, conduct mind tricks and open locked doors.  In this article, I want to focus on the latter of those three:  Opening locked doors.

Specifically, I'm speaking of opening the locked doors of job interviews.  Wouldn't it be grand to have The Force when it comes to job interview door opening?  I mean, seriously, how many muggles (oops, crossing multi-billion dollar sci-fi conglomeration boundaries - let me back-up), er, non-jedi's are able to open a job interview door wide open, much less get our foot in the door.  If you're a muggle...er, non-jedi, read on...

I will share with you three strategies that I have learned that immensely aid in opening that door.  Here goes:

1. Make sure job industry-relevant keywords and key-phrases are included in your resume.  These days, in the marvel-of-a-technological world we live in most companies (Read ALL Fortune 1,000 companies, and a vast majority of what would be considered as mid-level companies) utilize resume scanning technology.  If you even want to have a chance to enter into a discussion with someone in that company, include relevant keywords and key-phrases.

2. Acquire referrals.  What I mean here is that you utilize your family, friends and acquaintances.  Use word-of-mouth to get your foot in the door for a job interview.  If you do by chance have family owning a certain business - your chance of getting an interview for the position you are looking for is that much better.  Don't be too proud and pull a Walter White - utilize your available resources and get that job!

3. Utilize the Golden Rule.  I know, sounds a bit lame and ultra non-business, but hear me out.  What I have learned in business and life is this:  You will be treated as you have treated others.  Therefore, if you were rejected at a job interview, be gracious.  I have heard examples of numbers of clients who have acquired a job, even when they didn't nab the first interview.  However, they were they were grateful for the opportunity, and pleasant to the interviewer and... guess what - they got a call-back within a day.

The point is, you never know what all of your efforts will accomplish in attaining a job interview.  However, these three points will definitely head you in the right direction.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or thoughts concerning resumes.

Also, I welcome ideas and thoughts for future articles.  Let me know, and thanks for reading.


Jun 23, 2014

Job Search Blues

Are you having the "Job Search Blues"?  Don't be shy or too proud to admit it.  This job market is tough (and I should know, I work with hundreds of job seekers each year trying to get their individual dream job).

So... If you are honest enough to admit that you have the "Job Search Blues" - here are some pointers to get you through:

1. Make sure your resume (and accordingly your job search plan) are targeted enough and effectively.  There is nothing that will kill a job search quicker than a "shotgun" approach to the job search.  You need to have that "rifle" focus.  Don't get too general - be direct, targeted and focused.

2. Ask for help, and encouragement.  A kind word of support or encouragement will go a long way.  Actual, honest help will go even further.  Both are essential for your job search.  Although it is more than possible without, support throughout your job search will make the process and time period that much easier and less stressful.  Never be too proud to ask for help, or encouragement.

3. "Never, never, never give up."  I know, I plagiarized a bit (more than kudos to Sir Winston Churchill) this quote, but the message stands for all time - don't give up your job search, no matter what!  And, besides, the more you try and keep pushing through your job search, the more practice you will acquire, and the more effective you will be at it.  

So, if you have the "Job Search Blues," - check and double check your resume and job search strategy, garner support and assistance, and never, ever give up.  If you work on these points in full, you will be on your way out of the blues, and into the funky dance music (or whatever music comes up in your mind when you get hired - maybe angels singing?) that much faster.

As always, let me know if you need any help or assistance in your job search, and good luck!

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