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.
Being selective about what you apply for, combined with a targeted “What I Can Do For You” resume, will get you better results.
If you are picky, you have more time for (1) researching the position/company, (2) customizing your resume which should only take 5 minutes, and (3) doing a personal telephone follow up to see if your resume was received, and to ask when they expect to make a decision.
The easiest way to make it through the nerve-wracking days before a big interview is to have a plan to Be Yourself. In practical terms, here is a checklist that will help.
- Is your resume 100% accurate and truthful?
If it is all true, then you don’t have to worry. Talking about your achievements and experience will come more naturally (practice helps too). Creating success stories is the easiest way to practice talking about yourself in the context of work.
- Are you a fit to the job? Do you feel you could do whatever is asked of you?
If you somehow got a job interview and you aren’t totally qualified, but you want the opportunity. Disclose your weakness at the start of the interview in a positive way before you are asked about any weaknesses or concerns. Say something like “I can do 90% of this job and the other 10% I may need some guidance” You may be surprised that this honesty gets you the job!
- Are your references on board and aware you are on a job search?
References like an ex-boss usually want to help you succeed. Talking to them on a regular basis will make you feel more confident about yourself and that they will say good things about you. As a bonus, your reference may have some job opportunities to tell you about.
There are lots of other suggestions such as meditation or relaxation techniques. My opinion is that if you aren’t regularly doing these things, just before an interview is not the best time to start until everything else is already prepared; from your 3 second resume (bring 2 clean copies) to interview tips and success stories.
Sleeping and eating well. Dressing up. All good.
Here are some more tips on how to reduce the fear and anxiety of a job interview from Undercover Recruiter @undercoverRec and Casey Fleischmann @caseyjfleisch
Have you thought about coming to the job interview with your success stories
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
The point of view of the Job Seeker will determine which mobile app makes sense. If you are looking in Toronto GTA then by all means try out zenPeak Job Alerts. If you want opinions on companies and interview experiences posted by job Seekers, then try out glassdoor (although there is not much data for Canada or Toronto).
Efficiency is the best course to take in any endeavour, and using the job ALERT app is no different. It is aimed to help you find the best local hidden job opportunities as easily as possible.
How do we make this as easy and efficient as possible… by using tags.
Our team manually enters tags that suit not only the specific job description but also the thought pattern of the user searching the alerts.
What do these tags look like.
- Company names for those who are looking for very specific opportunities,
- Business segments to narrow the search field such as finance, IT, sales, marketing
- Descriptive words for the position title you are looking for such as manager or consultant.
You can also check out the Top 20 Tags within the app to make sure you are hitting some of the most popular words used in alerts and postings, b sure to check this regularly to see if there any new tags relevant to you!
You can modify your tags anytime to adjust your search perimeters to help you find the perfect job!
Now get searching!
A hidden job is exactly that. It is hidden away, and doesn’t appear all over the Internet on hundreds of job boards attracting thousands of applicants.
Part of our mission is to help job seekers find full-time, salaried work in Toronto GTA. You don’t have to take our word for it.
How have we taken action? We have updated our mobile app (with more updates to come) It’s the first of its kind anywhere where tags and mapped results make it easy to find hundreds of local & hidden jobs. More? Check out the zenPeak website for help with resumes, interviews, success stories and more.
With a Success Story, you demonstrate communication skills, in addition to talking about your achievement.
A few thoughts about job interviews; before during and after
So why aren’t you getting the interviews? The answer is so simple its crazy.
I usually have at least 5 – 10 books laying beside my bed. All non-fiction and all requiring a different state of mind to open up and read. Is this something you also encounter? What’s on your reading list?
It started off as a good idea. Post a job on a website and job seekers can apply directly, without calling or mailing a resume in. Simple, fast and easy. Good for the environment and high-tech too.
Unfortunately, too easy!
A Job Seeker needs support and encouragement but a job group is the wrong place to get it – anyone at a job club who gets a job will disappear so fast they won’t even leave a vapour trail. Why? because they are happy to brush off the stink and misery of not having a job. That’s the truth.
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!
There are different Candidate “mindsets” around getting a Hiring Manager to offer you an interview. One mindset is “I could be really good in the job, and if they just gave me a chance, they would see” This mindset is usually accompanied by a resume that is generic, and not customized to the opportunity…Another mindset is built around improving your statistical chances of getting the interview. It involves more working and less hoping.
Assume you are face to face, and given an opportunity to capture the attention of the Interviewer. Do you think creating and practicing a success story is a good investment of your time? YES!
Here is a short list of lackadaisical job seeker behaviors:
1. Returning calls days later rather than hours or minutes later.
2. Losing self control in conversations and either talking too much or not answering questions.
3. Spending the majority of time at home applying for jobs online.
4. Sending out mass emails asking for help.
5. Finding escapes from working at it, such as television or shopping or golf.
6. Attending group networking events, job fairs, etc.
7. Wasting time and precious energy blaming a boss (or the economy or a spouse or others) for the current situation.