The Job Awful Truth’s: 5 Interview Tips To Keep Your Phone Ringing (Volume 1)

November 5, 2009 at 12:07 pm (5 Interview Tips To Keep Your Phone Ringing, Career, Interviewing, job search) (, , , , )

When you are actively pursuing new opportunities, the process will most likely start with some type of phone interview.  Sometimes this will be a simple phone screen with a Human Resources representative, but sometimes it will be with the actual hiring manager.  Regardless of who you speak with, the five tips in this series will give you the best chance of reaching your next goal in the process, getting to the face-to-face interview.

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 1.  BE PREPARED…

THE AWFUL TRUTH is, this will be the only time for you to make the first impression and you are at a disadvantage already. Over 50% of human communication is done through body language and with that piece missing in a phone interview, it is imperative that you be well prepared.  Start with a printed copy of your resume so that you and the person you are talking with are looking at the same document.  Have a list of your top accomplishments written out and placed in front of you.  Remember to focus these accomplishments around ways that you have either saved a company money, made a company money or improved a process or procedure.  In addition, you will want to have the research you have conducted on this company for reference.  As you share your accomplishments, you can relate the information you have gathered to the company and the position you seek.   Have a pen and paper for taking thorough notes.  Lastly, you will want to have your calendar readily available should the opportunity arise to schedule the face-to-face interview.  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, winners don’t wing it, they come prepared, do these things and you should move right on to the next step in the hiring process.

©Copyright, 2009, Nicole Dukehart and Jennifer Bruton. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.

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What Is LinkedIn? And Why Should I Care?

October 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm (Career, job search, Uncategorized) (, , )

With over 40 million members and still growing, LinkedIn is the biggest professional network in the entire world. It connects an individual with numerous contacts. But, there is more to LinkedIn than just connections….after all, recent developments in networking technology should provide more than just size.

LinkedIn is able to facilitate the exchange of ideas on a larger scale. In other words, the network does not just exist – it exists for a specific purpose, which is to increase professional and business opportunities for users. One of the ways that LinkedIn accomplishes this is by providing a means to update profiles as often as it is needed. This gives business contacts the chance to see your most recent projects and contact information.

The next question that should be answered is this: so what? A large number of contacts may seem impressive but how does this translate to actual results? LinkedIn is a valuable tool to professionals because it gives the resources that may otherwise not have been accessed. The website has features such as Answers and Groups that will allow you to get in touch with experts that specialize in the field that you’re interested in. Unlike ordinary research, LinkedIn narrows down the process through introductions and lets you search for people by name, title, company, and other pertinent details.

One of the effects of technology is that there is a wide array of information that is readily available. The downside of this is that it may just be too much. You never know what kind of data will appear about you if your name is searched. LinkedIn gives you control of the information that others can see about you. For individuals serious about the professional impression they want to convey, this is an invaluable opportunity.

With a membership over 40 million strong and counting, LinkedIn has become an important networking tool for everyone, but it has become absolutely essential for jobseekers. There are just too many people on it to ignore–and too many opportunities to connect with them. Jobseekers who learn to make the most of those opportunities–and learn to make LinkedIn work for them–are the ones who will experience the most success.

If you’d like to discover how to set up your LinkedIn profile to attract the attention of hiring managers while avoiding common mistakes, click here. To learn how to use your LinkedIn profile to target those hiring managers and get where you need to go, click here.

For more secrets to a successful job search, click here.

Written by Peggy McKee – the medical sales recruiter
Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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The Job Awful Truth’s: The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search

October 15, 2009 at 7:24 am (Career, job search, The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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bigstockphoto_Man_Looking_At_Computer_In_Des_5307220[1]Are you a person that thinks with regards to your job search, “more is better”?   Have you posted your resume to every job board, applied to every job on multiple company websites, and are working with multiple recruiters regarding various opportunities?  Are you finding that you aren’t getting any interviews, or if you are, not for the opportunities you want?  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, more is not better; more is just more.  Don’t share your resume with everyone.  There is something very attractive in exclusivity. Before you go blasting your resume to every job site on the planet, make a list of your abilities, experience and skills.  Now make a list of several companies that you would like to work for.  Do some research on the companies and determine which jobs at those specific companies you are qualified for and would enjoy doing.  The best approach will be to identify people at those companies that are responsible for hiring those  job functions and begin networking with them.  This may or may not be something you are able to determine or are comfortable doing.  In the alternative, identify one or two recruiters that have an expertise in the specific industry and work with them exclusively.    It is a much more powerful presentation to say “my candidate specifically asked to be considered for your organization” directly to the hiring manager, than having HR pull your resume down from multiple job boards and receive it from various sources.  Frankly, this makes you look desperate and hence unattractive.   THE AWFUL TRUTH is, you need to use restraint, and control your job search to get the job you really want.

©Copyright, 2009, Nicole Dukehart. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.

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