Job-Search Tips: Acing Phone Interviews

In our previous post we discussed the preparation required to be successful in a telephone interview. We are now going to complete the exercise by dealing with the interview itself.

We are assuming that you have created your research and prepared the room and now you are ready to get to work. Remember one of my favorite pieces of advice, we have been given 2 ears and 1 mouth so we can listen twice as much as we talk. Not having the person in front of you allows for a wandering mind that may easily lose concentration, pay attention! Continue reading

5 Reasons why some people get hired first

Have you ever wondered why some people get hired quicker than others? Here are 5 reasons why some people just seem to be more successful. Experience of working with many hundreds of job seekers has shown me that these are common characteristics make a job seeker successful. Continue reading

4 First Impression Screw Ups

In the job search process we have 4 chances to screw up that most important “First Impression”. It has been said that the first 3 to 5 seconds are the most important moments in any meeting and in job search those moments are not limited to face to face interviews. Continue reading

Different Perspectives – Outplacement Counselors

This portion of Different Perspectives looks at some of the ways in which professional coaches and counselors respond to the same type of question as that given to Job Seekers. How can we, as professionals answer our clients when they ask for some reassurance and a silver bullet? Below are two of the responses I received, both of which demonstrate the dilemma that a coach or consultant faces. Continue reading

4 Keys to interview success – A different perspective

Let us, for one moment think about the interview process from the employer’s perspective and see if we can learn a little bit of how best we can help them make a decision in our favor.

What is the goal of every employer who is looking to hire someone? From the bottom position to the top, the objective is the same, find someone who can walk in the door on Monday morning, spend a few minutes with HR to discuss benefits, policies, etc. and then hit the floor running. Continue reading

Keeping your Job, Building your future

Keeping your job at a time when everyone around you is losing theirs is not a bad idea. The obvious question is ‘How’?

There are some very obvious and not so helpful suggestions such as being really, really nice to your boss, otherwise known as ass kissing, but there is no guarantee that this will keep you protected during a layoff. Continue reading