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

October 19, 2009 at 10:15 am (Career, job search, The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search) (, , , , , )

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Do you find yourself thinking things like “I can’t believe Bob just got that new job, my numbers were better than his?”  Do you spend precious moments obsessing over the fact that you and Charlie have the same skill set and comparable experience, but he is getting 10X the number of interviews?  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, it is a significant waste of your time to focus on other people’s job searches.  You will be much more successful in your own job search if you focus on yourself.  Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, your energy is better spent identifying ways to improve your resume, acquiring new skills to make you more marketable, and networking with those that can help you get hired in the positions you seek.  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, being envious of someone else’s success only takes away from your own.

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

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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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