Are You Ready for “This”? Thinking Ahead in Your Job Search

 Interview August – Being Prepared “Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity”   Being prepared has definitely been a theme in my life in central Florida during Hurricane Season (June 1 – Nov. 30). Starting every May or June, I buy a few items each week at the grocery store to stock up & check the supply list for necessities.  In years past, we weathered threats of Hurricane Charley here in Tampa Bay in 2004 with nothing but a day of occasional drizzle and normal wind gusts materializing – luckily for us.  The storm turned a mere hour before it was Read More

VIDEO: How to Follow Up After a Job Interview

  So you’re sitting at home after what you THINK  (and hope!) was a good job interview — WHEW!   What now?  Here’s a few easy and effective ideas about how to follow up after an interview:       Come join the Resume Confidence PRIVATE (aka Secret) Facebook Group – Job Search Support for Success – contact me here for all the (simple & easy!) details to join! We talk about this sort of thing, and tons of other related stuff all the time – and it’s a “secret” group, meaning NO ONE outside the group can see your Read More

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