Has This Happened to You in an Interview?

  A wonderful client (okay, 99.9% of my clients are wonderful! I set it up that way!)  had an interview yesterday & sent me a note about it. She said, “..not a lot of interviewing happened, the interviewer talked a lot…” Has this ever happened to you?   It did to me once, and what it told me, in that case, anyway, was that this probably indicated a few characteristics of at least that manager (who would be my manager), and probably, then, the organization under her management style.  To me, it signaled a lack focus on details/due diligence with much Read More

Job Searching Can Be FUN!

  Okay, to be truthful, not usually.   BUT, we can choose to have some fun with it if we want to, because our attitudes and frame of mind can be sensed by employers.  The Lionel Richie Method of Job Search? Grumpy, beat down, or resentful?  Your interviewer will sniff that out like a bloodhound to a raw piece of meat.   Feeling good, positive, hopeful?  Your good nature will also shine through, unmistakeable.  By nature, people are attracted to confidence and ease.   Have a good laugh whenever you can. Do things that are fun when you’re not job Read More

Be the “Big Fish” in the Great Sea of Job Applicants . . .

  Here are some tips on how little details can make a big impression:   Tailor/customize your cover letter & resume to the specifics in the job posting.  Yes this is extra work for you, but if it’s a job you are really interested in, the extra effort is worthwhile.  Match your language to the language of the advertisement.  For example, if the job posting stated they wanted a teacher or two years of teaching experience, I’d use the words “taught” “instructed” in my cover letter/resume more often than I would say “trained” or “facilitated”, even though all words are Read More

7 Transferable Skills – and How To Talk About Them

Regardless of your field, there are several key skills that almost any job requires or values.  They are skills that translate from one type of job into another, regardless of the industry or type of environment. Especially when you want to shift from one job title, department, or field to another, knowing how to market yourself for a new position by focusing on your transferable skills is vital!   Here are a few examples of what are often called ‘transferable skills’ that are valuable to most any employer: Written and verbal communication Computer skills – general familiarity with the internet, a Read More

Part III: What I Learned From Applying for (and Turning Down) a Job Offer to be a Contract Resume Writer for a Large Job Search Website

  Part III:  Evaluating the Company and Job Offer Recently I stumbled upon a job posting for a Contract Resume Writer position with a large online job search services website that shall remain nameless.  Find out how I came to find this opportunity and why I went ahead and applied for it  by requesting the cover letter (as a sample with strategy commentary just for you!) I sent in for this position. This experience was really just a strong, first-hand rerun of things I already knew but just hadn’t had happen directly TO me in awhile.  I’m so glad I did this because it Read More