Here is the easiest, and least stressful approach to finding work opportunities, applying, and then getting through the process of getting interviews and then job offers. Tell your story.
Can you “re-invent” yourself? How would you do that?
You only have 3 Seconds to let someone know “What You Can Do for Them! On a resume, don’t waste the space above the fold with your career objectives, your volunteer work, or even your education. Get to the point! Show your experience, show your results, show your fit with what they are looking for
So why aren’t you getting the interviews? The answer is so simple its crazy.
Don’t forget, the objective of sending in a resume is to capture the attention and interest of the Hiring Manager and to get a telephone or face to face interview. Follow up is critical!
Everyone discourages phone calls but that isn’t going to frighten you is it? I’m sure the company wants to hire go-getters; people excited about the job opportunity!
Get Out of Your Own Way. You have to make it easy for a Hiring Manager to figure you out in the context of what they need done in the job. Make a decision. Are you in love with your resume? or in love with the idea of getting the interview and a job offer?
How’s your profile photo? Do you even have one? Is it up to date? Do you look happy? Presentable? A picture really is worth a thousand words and more profiles get looked at when a picture is included. Exposure is key when you’re looking for a new career opportunity. Make sure your status accurately describes that you are looking for work & what type of position you’re looking for within your preferred industry(ies). examples…
This is where your networking kicks into high gear. Let’s start with your profile photo. Choose a picture that can project you into the business role you’re seeking.
When a employer is looking through a stack of resumes they don’t want to see what you have done; they want to see within seconds….. what you can do for them.
A Candidate that scores high on emotional intelligence can communicate effectively, successfully handle changes and their own impulses, are much better at problem solving, and are capable of using humor to build rapport in stressful situations.
Are you ready to answer the #1 Interview Question?
To start with lets mention the resume style and content that is most likely to get you the interview.
One of the most frustrating parts of a job search is dealing with all the advice you get about resumes. The best approach is a resume that gets you the interview, and helps you get the job! If we have one piece of advice it would be… Don’t make the person reading your resume, work hard to figure you out.
If you have a (numeric) results-oriented, functional style resume you are showcasing… WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU and not just everything that you have done.
Don’t make the person reviewing your resume work hard to figure you out.
So now you have a great resume and you got the interview! Are you ready for the #1 question you are likely to be asked?
OK here it is…
Tell Me About Yourself
The #1 question is not easy to answer UNLESS you are prepared so PRACTICE in front of the mirror over and over until your answer lasts about 20 – 30 seconds at the most, you sound natural and confident. PRACTICE.
Tell Me About Yourself
YOU >>>> You need to give up some personal information. Something about YOU. If you don’t, the interviewer will think you can’t fit into the company, or that you are cold, secretive or not someone they want to have around. We suggest you share innocuous info. that is already on your resume such as (1) where you live now and (2) where you are from originally which is easy to figure out by looking at your high school location and finally (3) something personal related to family (spouse, children, parents, siblings. If you resist this question and say something dumb like “You’re not supposed to ask me that question”, the interview is most likely over. But the trick is to move on very quickly, without a beat. Don’t allow the Interviewer time to ask a follow-up personal question. Move on to…
YOUR PASSION >>>> Are you passionate about what you do AT WORK Yes? Great. No… Whatever, fake it if you have to. Get excited about your career, the things you have done that are connected to WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU. Let the Interviewer start to see that you’re passionate about what you do AT WORK and it is right on target to what they need. Don’t talk about hobbies, trips, your favourite music etc. ONLY AT WORK PASSION. That’s why you are there.
Now just as quick move on to the OPPORTUNITY >>>>
“and, I am very excited about the opportunity to _ _ _ here”
This final part should be EXACTLY AS QUOTED ABOVE. It brings back the answer to why you are sitting there. The most likely follow up question in the interview will be about the opportunity, the job and hopefully your passion for it!
You have showed that YOU are going to fit in, and that you are a good trustworthy person by sharing a bit about yourself. You talked with PASSION about your work and then you expressed interest and excitement in the OPPORTUNITY. Don’t worry if you think it will sound prepared – it won’t. It will sound professional and poised; much better than stumbling for words, or going on and on about things the interviewer isn’t interested in.