Whether it is your first job after graduation or a well-considered career move, you always need to be well prepared for the interview. Ensure that your resume is well written. To stand out from the crowd, a professionally written resume is a wise investment. A well-written resume and cover letter will ensure that you are called for a job interview. The process of interviews intimidates many, but you should look at it as a discussion to determine if you are suitable for the job and if this company is right for you. Keep in mind that being well prepared for an interview is as important as the interview itself.

From the first contact, you make with your prospective employer you will be assessed as a prospective employee. You will be evaluated on your level of professionalism, language, and interest in the position.

Do Not Leave Anything to Chance

Most people find the preparation for the interview more stressful than the interview itself. Your preparation for the interview should not leave anything to chance, as you can be sure, neither will your prospective employer. You should have a specific plan of action:

• Prior to the interview, do some online research so you know as much as possible about the company and its corporate objective and mission. Make sure your responses at the interview are a good fit for the company.
• Be sure of the interview format: what do you need to bring with you; whether you will be required to make a presentation, and how long the interview is likely to last.
• You should be dressed appropriately for the occasion – neatly and professionally.
• Check out the time required to reach the venue of the interview, and plan to reach at least 10 to 15 minutes early.
• Rehearse your answers to possible questions.
• Act with poise and be relaxed.
• Always carry extra copies of your resume, in case the interview panel needs a copy.
• Prepare your own set of questions to ask the employer.
• Be well prepared to answer how your experience, education and skills will be an asset to the position you have applied for.

When answering questions, be specific but succinct – try to not respond with long, drawn out answers. Your complete demeanor should reflect your confidence. Neatly fill out the application form. Greet everyone with a firm handshake, and wait to be invited to sit before taking a chair. Do not slouch in the chair and sit up. When talking, smile and always maintain eye contact. Know all your interviewers by name and address them appropriately.

Post Interview Actions

Once the interview is over, thank everyone present and comment about enjoying being there and your continued interest in being considered for the position. It is crucial that you follow-up with a thank you letter that is short and brief. It should reiterate no more than 3 of your strongest skills that you can offer the employer. Do call the employer and do not email the employer unless you have express permission to do so. This will convey your interest for the job, and will demonstrate your follow up skills and enthusiasm for the job.

The impression you have left, your confidence, poise and posture, along with your knowledge on the subject will be an opening for a follow up interview.

 

 

Power Networking: Getting Your Name Out There!

On April 10, 2014, in job hunting, by Rogue Recruiter

Today’s economy presents some very special challenges to people who are unemployed, underemployed, or who are simply trying to give their own business venture a shot in the arm. At times, the job search can seem daunting, if not impossible, as it takes quite a bit of encouragement – and creativity – to keep pressing forward. A highly flexible [power] networking plan is important – one that requires “out of the box” thinking in order to increase your chances of securing desired employment.

The following is a list of options (no cost to low cost) to pursue in order to launch a successful personal marketing plan, which is what networking is all about. Most will cost you little or nothing to implement and for the cash strapped person that can be a real help. I wrote these suggestions for business flight attendants who, understandably, have suffered much since the 2001 terrorist attacks. You can easily modify the suggestions for your particular field of interest.

1. Attend aviation job fairs [carry plenty of business cards and copies of your résumé with you - I would use a Guerrilla Resume to stand out].

2. Join an employment support group.

3. List your résumé with an agency AND make sure you take time to have a coffee with whomever is entrusted with your file so there’s a persoanl connection and you’re not just a meaningless statistic.

4. Create an online résumé for additional exposure – this of course means LinkedIn too.

5. Go to retirement parties of former associates.

6. Become your local airport’s liaison to the surrounding community.

7. Attend a catering class.

8. Form a networking group in your area.

9. Go to conventions.

10. Attend other aviation related meetings [medical seminars, safety and security symposiums, dinners, golf outings, barbecues, fund raisers, 10K races].

11. Serve on an aviation related committee as a volunteer.

12. Volunteer for the Corporate Angel Network.

13. Accept other types of employment within your target company [i.e., dispatcher, sales, customer service, etc.].

14. Write an article about some aspect of corporate aviation and publish it online.

15. Organize a wine tasting seminar in your area or approach a local caterer/vineyard about being aviation’s representative to their business [be prepared to offer plenty of free publicity for them].

16. Work temporarily for a caterer specializing in inflight service.

17. Start a part time business by selling a product that corporate aviators need.

18. Finally, for the savvy [some would say nervy] flight attendant the following type of suggestion could produce dividends: Hang out at the local after work watering hole where aviation folks gather. Learn the language [culture] of the company; find out who the movers and shakers are, etc.

Some people might accuse you of being a shameless self promoter, as if you had a contagious disease. Let them think the worst of you while they sit at home fretting about work while you are winging your way to points hither and yon!

Do not be deterred, but start thinking outside the parameters you [or others] have imposed on yourself; your goal is employment and your name is golden – as such, gold must be prominently displayed in order to command the proper attention [employment] that it so richly deserves!

Go Guerrilla Go!

 

 

Pick The Right Climate

On April 9, 2014, in job hunting, by Rogue Recruiter

If you are looking to move from one location to another there are many, many things to consider. Perhaps too many. You are probably trying to think about places you want to be, what kind of house you want to live in, what kinds of jobs are available, and what kinds of activities and clubs there are to spend time doing away from work. These are all important things to consider before you commit to a move.

However, one vital thing you may not have thought about in this process is climate.  Like snow… welcome to most of Canada but not Vancouver.  Vacillating between  snow and sandy beaches… welcome to Los Angeles {where great ski hills are just a few hours drive up in to the Rocky Mountains and the Santa Monica Pier with all its miles of sandy beach is down the street }. 

It may sounds simple, but you will enjoy your new location much more if it is in a climate that you can handle and enjoy. Even the best home and job will not be as great if they are located in a climate that you do not like. But you know what, considering climate is something most people never consider.

So, what kind of climate would be perfect for you and your family? Are there certain climates that you should avoid as you make a move? If you are unsure of how to answer these questions, try instead to answer these more basic questions first.

  1. What kind of weather do you most enjoy spending time in?
  2. Is it important to you to find a climate that allows you to be outside everyday?
  3. Do you enjoy a climate that includes all four seasons or do you prefer a more consistent climate?

Answering questions like these about climate will help to narrow down the range of possible places that will fit your job and recreation goals. Crossing off possible locations based on climate saves you time and energy from searching out jobs in areas that you will not enjoy living in.

If you have been offered a specific job in a location that has a climate you are unsure about, think about all of the activities you can do

LA Skyline - Wikipedia Photo

LA Skyline – Wikipedia Photo

in that climate. Are you headed to a place with five months of heavy snow and you are unsure of how you will like it? Check out your options in that location. Maybe there will be a snowboarding class you can take or a group of ice fishermen that you can join. Warmer climates will offer plenty of ways to explore the outdoors.

Regardless of what climate you are moving to, you can make the best of it by looking for fun ways to make the most of the area. Enjoying the possibilities that climate allows will make your search for the perfect location to settle in much easier.

 

 

Overcoming Career Obstacles In Spite Of Disability

On April 7, 2014, in job hunting, by Rogue Recruiter
President Franklin Roosevelt, contracted polio in 1921, when he was 39. He used a wheelchair, and metal braces helped him stand.

President Franklin Roosevelt

Is your disability a reason not to aspire to great success in your career, great achievements, and overall fulfillment?

Absolutely not!   

There are some severely handicapped individuals who are incredibly successful and have attained prominent roles in politics, business and the sports arena. Some of these prominent people, you may find out, have even more severe handicaps than you and come from a more disadvantaged background than you. So what enabled them to get to the top? It all starts with having the right frame of mind. It means having your focus on the right target, concentrating on possibilities and opportunities rather than on impossibilities and barriers.

It is true that you are facing some significant challenges, but so did these other successful individuals, some more, and some less. The fact is, all jobseekers have some obstacles to overcome, whether or not they have a disability. At some time or another, we all face setbacks and barriers that bring us to a crossroad in the pursuit of a career. This crossroad will cause you either to retreat or proceed. How will you react?

Bethany Hamilton - one armed surfer girl

Bethany Hamilton – surfer

That’s why you need a research-based job market strategy, that enables you set realistic job market activity goals. This strategy will enable you to create an effective plan for creatively managing your disability when packaging yourself to employers. It will also provide you with key information on where and how to locate jobs that are appropriate for you.

When faced with such a career crossroad moment, you will need to take an honest look at your current aspirations and how realistic they are in comparison to the job market.   Blaming the wrong thing is a common factor that unfortunately blinds a lot of job seekers to the real reasons why they’re experiencing challenges in trying to achieve their job goal.

That’s why you need a research-based job market strategy that enables you set realistic job search activity goals. This strategy will enable you to create an effective plan for creatively managing your disability when packaging yourself to employers. It will also provide you with key information on where and how to locate jobs that are appropriate for you.

Stephen_Hawking

Stephen Hawking – author

However, do note that there is a process to job market success and the proper implementation of your job market strategy depends entirely on how well informed you are of this process.

Mastering this process will enable you develop the lifetime skills required to achieve any job goal you desire. So to put yourself on the right track, start off by taking listening to the FREE audio, “Guerrilla Job Search Secrets Revealed “,  available to the right of this screen.  It’ll help you determine your current level of job market readiness.

Go Guerrilla Go!

David Perry

 

 

Outwitting the Job Market Over the Long Term – Part 3

On April 6, 2014, in job hunting, by Rogue Recruiter

LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES BOTH WITHIN YOUR COMPANY AND BEYOND

If you’ve been in your job for at least a year, a promotion isn’t the only path toward career advancement. Applying for and landing an internal job of higher rank and responsibility is another way of getting ahead. Most companies will pick qualified internal candidates over qualified external ones. Beware, however, of applying for an internal position if you haven’t spent at least twelve months in your present job. While companies are partial to internal candidates, they don’t want someone who will leapfrog from one position to another.

Take a gander at the new openings at your company frequently. Better yet, look for a suitable internal job before it’s publicized. Sometimes, you’ll get a heads-up through word of mouth or office gossip. From there, it’s a matter of speaking to the HR person responsible for filling that position.

While applying for an internal position is a perfectly legitimate means of career advancement, don’t hide your intentions from your boss. He’ll probably find out down the road, through a human resources person or another employee, so you might as well be up-front from the get-go. Also, while it’s acceptable to apply for one or two positions, don’t apply for every opening under the sun. For one thing, human resources won’t take you seriously. And for another, your lack of specificity will signify that you don’t have direction. It’s much better to wait until the right opening comes.

While looking for opportunities internally is important, don’t ignore the opportunities that exist outside of your company. If you successfully used a recruiter in the past, let him know if and when you are about to begin another job search. It’s also a good idea to keep your resume available on at least one employment site in case another company wants to contact you about an open position. Just don’t make your resume too available. If you’ve plastered it all over Monster, HotJobs, and various other job sites, there’s a chance your present employer will notice. Getting caught in the act of looking for an outside job is akin to unofficially declaring your decision to leave the company-something you might not be prepared to do.

NEVER STOP NETWORKING

Just because you are happily employed doesn’t mean you should halt your networking efforts. In fact, the best time to network is probably when you are comfortably situated in a job. That way, you won’t be saddled with the weight of a job search or unemployment. Also, you’ll be able to talk freely with your contacts without having to ask them for favors. As mentioned in chapter 3, it’s important to communicate with your contacts regularly, not just when you need their advice or assistance.

Keep track of your contacts and how often you communicate with them. It’s easy to let months, and even years, pass in between phone calls and e-mails. And the more time that elapses, the harder it is to reestablish contact. Use a calendar, planner, or personal digital assistant to help you organize your correspondence. And don’t forget your Rolodex or address book. Keep it updated with the correct phone numbers and e-mail and mailing addresses of each of your contacts.

If you have a long contact list but little time, try to prioritize. Be sure to make time to see in person those contacts who are most important to you. For acquaintances or casual contacts, the occasional e-mail or phone call is an acceptable alternative to a face-to-face meal or coffee break.

While keeping up-to-date with old contacts is crucial to networking, so too is meeting new people. Your new job will mean lots of fresh faces, so don’t be shy about introducing yourself. Stop and chat with your new coworkers at company-sponsored parties. Go for drinks or dinner with your department. If your company sponsors an employee sports team or weekend activity that doesn’t interfere with more important obligations, sign up.

If your company doesn’t offer many opportunities for socializing, invent your own. Ask a few of your coworkers to your house for a dinner party. If time permits, organize a trip to the movies, bowling alley, local watering hole, or a concert. If you want to organize a larger event or to start a club or a sports team, speak to human resources before you forge ahead. You may need the department’s consent and to follow a certain protocol. Nevertheless, human resources personnel are thrilled when employees think of new and innovative ways to bolster company morale. Most will be happy to oblige.

Finally, remember that networking will benefit you throughout your career. According to a recent poll conducted by the Society of Human Resources Management and the Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal, the percentage of jobseekers who rate networking as an effective job search tactic was 78 percent. Referrals from employees also ranked high at 65 percent. Obviously, when it comes to finding jobs and advancing in your career, the more people you know, the better off you’ll be.

 

 
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