Have a Good Elevator Pitch, It Can Help You Get a Job

August 24th, 2015 | Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »

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You are looking for a job. Guess what you need to have ready to go? Your pitch…your elevator pitch that is. If you are searching for a new job, you need to know that landing the job you want entails some “self-selling”. You need to be able to prove that you are going to be an asset. In order to “sell yourself”, you need to be prepared. The key step to being prepare to sell yourself and get the job is to have the elevator pitch nailed down. It is essential to have a solid elevator pitch in the back of your mind; this pitch should be basically memorized. This should not be too hard since you know yourself better than anyone else and you know your strengths and weaknesses the best.

So this pitch…what does it need to accomplish? Well it needs to be prepared in your mind so that you have it ready if you find yourself networking at an event, grabbing a drink with someone you met at a work event, or you might need to have it ready for when you find yourself talking to someone in an actual elevator. Conferences and seminars can be great for networking, and the pitch is key in these times. You have an opportunity in these settings to do a quick sell for yourself and you need to know what to say. The elevator pitch is also important for the more formal interviews for jobs, but this is pretty obvious. The interviewer expects you to know yourself and your abilities very well and they expect you to be able to summarize your skills in a quick “pitch”. This pitch should tell the interviewer why you are best person for the job and why you are a fit at their organization. So what makes a good elevator pitch?

  1. Know what an elevator pitch is and take it for what it is…this should be a short summary. Focus on your key points that your strengths.
  2. Highlight the value you can bring to the organization. Value is vital. Show that you can add value.
  3. Include key points from your resume but don’t just reiterate your whole resume. Cut it down to what matters most to getting the job. Think about what the best things are to focus on from your resume and use these in your pitch.
  4. Sell yourself, but do it efficiently. Make sure you know the timing of the pitch and plan for it to be short.
  5. Practice your pitch. You know yourself, but make sure you know how to sell yourself in the best way possible.

 

Info gathered from: http://www.business2community.com/human-resources/what-your-job-search-needs-is-an-elevator-pitch-01300172 

Build Confidence For Job Interviews

August 3rd, 2015 | Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »

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Confidence is key to a lot of things in life. Showing that you believe in yourself and trust yourself matters and it can help you the land job of your dreams. But, let’s be honest here…interviewing is a daunting task. It can be hard to “talk yourself up” and make the best case for yourself in a few minutes setting across a table from someone in HR who is screening your every move. Luckily, there is a lot of research done on interviewing and a lot of articles are written about this topic. An online article was recently written on “How to Build Confidence Before Your Next Job Interview” and 5 tips were given on “Creating Confidence Before Your Interview”…want to know the 5 tips from the article? Let’s explore these 5 tips so you can ace the interview and land the job!

  1. Research. You need to research the company ahead of time. Having knowledge going into your interview will make you more confident. We are all more confident when you what we are talking about. Know about the company and know why you want to work there so you can confidently answer the questions in your interview.
  2. Practice your answers out loud ahead of time. This will help since in the interview it will not be the first time.
  3. Prepare the night before. You can never be too prepared. Preparation boosts confidence. Pack your briefcase with any materials you need. Choose what you will wear to the interview the night before so you don’t rush before the interview.
  4. Leave early and be on time. Consider traffic delays or anything else that might make you late to your interview. Leave ahead of time so you can ensure that you will arrive in time to check in to the office and wait for your interviewer.
  5. Have a confidence-boosting resume that will clearly show your talents and will lead you interviewer to ask you the questions that you are prepared to answer. Highlight your proudest accomplishments on your resume so that you will exude confidence when you are discussing your achievements.

How to Make a Good Impression Online…It Matters to Your Job Hunt

July 21st, 2015 | Food for Thought, Job Search | No Comments »

A job interview consultant and career adviser, Vicky Oliver, recently shared some tips on how to make a good impression online. Let’s get straight to it and see what the top tips she thinks you need to know to make a “killer first impression online”.

  1. Be the curator of your own online presence. You know yourself best but ensure you put your business-worthy self out there on the internet and keep it professional. 
  2. Use true photos. You want to be recognizable in your online photos. Don’t retouch your photos to a level where no one can recognize you…be your true self in your online photos.
  3. Don’t vent online. Keep your inner venting thoughts to yourself or at least offline. Political and controversial rants online will most likely not help you get hired.
  4. Update your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is used for professionals and it serves its purposes. Many hiring managers use LinkedIn to look up candidates. Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date.
  5. Clean up your online profile. Make sure it is spotless. Just make sure you have all of your information that you want to give off in a accurate manner.
  6. Be in charge of your personal branding. Make the changes online to reflect the image you want to give off.

What Keeps Employees Interested in Their Jobs?

July 13th, 2015 | Food for Thought, Job Search | No Comments »

Do you ever think about the idea of a job being related to happiness and interest? Yes, a job pays the bills. So, jobs are necessary to live your life and cover your expenses. But, sometimes jobs also keep us interested. Employees strengths also matter when it comes to interest, because if you have strong skills in the area you are working, you will be naturally more interested.

Sometimes we like our jobs! And as a staffing agency, we care about placing people in jobs that will keep them interested. Which brings us to the idea of employee interest. What keeps employees interested in their jobs? Are they regularly interested in the work they are doing on the job? If so, what keeps them interested in the routine things they do at work? An employee engagement consultancy recently shared some insight into the idea of employee interest. The Marcus Buckingham Company shared 4 key things that they say keep employees interested in their jobs. Let’s see what these 4 things are..

  1. Purpose – Understanding the company’s mission and your role in it
  2. Excellence – Feeling like you can succeed because of your strengths and shared values
  3. Support – Having a team that helps you and recognizes your work
  4. Future – Envisioning growth for both the company and your career

The 4 things in the list above are the direct findings of The Marcus Buckingham Company’s study. But, we couldn’t agree more. Employee happiness and interest matter and being in the right job for you is important to productivity. You need to know what the mission and purpose of the organization you are working tirelessly to support are… you should know the reasons you work so hard everyday. Do you support the mission? Do you feel like you and the company you support are contributing to society in a way that you agree with? Are you sharing your strengths with your organization and using these strengths to boost the company’s own uphill trajectory? Does the growth and prosperity of the company matter to you? Are you interested in taking your job to the next level and helping your company reach new heights? Ask yourself these questions. Find the right job.

What You Should Consider Before You Start a New Job

June 23rd, 2015 | Food for Thought, Job Search | No Comments »

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Starting a new job can make you nervous and uncomfortable. But, if you consider some key components before you start a new job, you will be less anxious and will be more prepared. A LinkedIn influencer recently shared some tips on starting a new job. He laid out the top 10 things he thinks are important to consider before starting a new job. Knowing what you want and expect from a new job is vital to your happiness and success in a new role. Make sure you really think it through before you accept a new job. It is hard to know for sure if you will truly enjoy your new job or not, but if you evaluate it beforehand, you will be in a better position to like it in the long term.

Here are 10 things that you should consider before you start a new job:

  1. Decide what you want to sell
  2. Decide who you want to sell it to
  3. Look at the market in that space
  4. Determine the budget
  5. Make sure you know who you will be partnering with/working with
  6. Note the setting – where you will be working – consider whether or not the location is strategic or doable
  7. Figure out how you will promote whatever it is you are selling, be it goods or services, regardless of whether or not you are in a true sales position…you are always selling yourself on the job!
  8. Find out how you will sell your goods or services
  9. Think about what you expect from you job and determine what you truly need from it
  10. Evaluate a work-life balance plan and you will balance your new job with your home life and personal life

Land the Job, Get the Promotion, or Just Get Ahead: How to Impress

June 17th, 2015 | Food for Thought, Hiring Resources, Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »

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Everyday or whenever we meet someone new which is more often than not, we form opinions of others and they form opinions of us based on impressions. When you’re job hunting or just looking to get ahead, especially professionally speaking, impressions matter. 

According to Inc. online’s partner website The Muse, “Some experts estimate that 85% of your financial success comes not from your skills or knowledge, but from your ability to connect with other people and engender their trust and respect. Within seconds, everyone you meet forms an impression that largely determines whether they’ll like, trust, and respect you. Whether you’re job-hunting or fundraising or leading an organization, making a good impression is absolutely critical.”

So, I think you get the point. Making an impression matters, whether you like it or not. Impressions matter in both our personal and professional lives, but making a good impression in a professional setting can be tough to master. If you want to land your next job or get a promotion or just make a good impression on your coworkers, there are some tips that can assist with this. Obviously it is important to be your self and do your best to be the best employee you can be, but free advice that can help you get ahead is hard to pass up. So, that being said, read on for some tips on how to make a good impression within seconds.

Tips:

  • Neutralize the situation — Take the effort to be mindful of your immediate signals. Evaluate the meeting and make sure there is positive air and if it does not seem that positive vibes are flowing, try to neutralize this meeting and show interest. 
  • Be aware of personal space — mind your own personal space and be aware of the personal space of others. Follow the other person’s cues. Take note of their gestures and see if the situation is relaxed and make sure the positive vibes are felt.
  • Be yourself — this will allow for consistency when it comes to  your general image. By being yourself from the beginning, this will leave little room for surprises later with a different side of your personality.
  • Body language matters —Actions speak louder than words…or so they say, and it is essential that you are approachable. Make sure your facial expressions are positive and inviting.
  • Stay positive — this goes with all the other tips above, so it is self-explanatory.
  • Control your attitude — again this goes with the positive vibes and being inviting in general. Give off good energy. Whatever energy you give off in your first meeting will establish the impression you give to the other person.
  • Dress for success — look presentable and approachable (yes approachable again! key word!) so that you can give off a nice first impression that shows you are a conscientious person and you care about your job and general well-being. Be yourself while also being professional and meeting the standards of the work situation. The way you are dressed sends a message about who you are and what your package is like. Be your own personal brand. Determine what your personal brand is, and then maintain this image.
  • Have a personal statement — yes your personal statement is what you are as a brand, but have an actual verbal personal statement that you would like to share upon meeting someone new at work or in your next interview or meeting.
  • MAKE EVERY MEETING COUNT! – NO EXPLANATION NEEDED HERE 

 

For more tips on how to give off a great impression check this out :

https://www.themuse.com/advice/13-tricks-for-impressing-anyone-you-meet-in-under-30-seconds

 

 

How to Communicate Well at Work

May 26th, 2015 | Resume | No Comments »

Now more than ever employers are looking for people who can blend into the office environment, who can get along with others, and who can communicate well and get things done. Are you a good employee? Would you be a good addition to a new team? Are you looking for a job but just can’t seem to be a fit anywhere? Have you ever wondered whether or not you might not have the right communication skills to be a positive addition to a team? The good news is that many journalists and researchers alike have investigated what it takes to be a good team player and what it means to communicate well at work. Here are some tips from U.S. News & World Report on how to communicate well at work, with insights from author of Great on the Job Jodi Glickman.

  1. Ask for help, ask questions when you don’t know how to do something
  2. Say good morning and mean it; engage with your coworkers
  3. Say goodbye — same as good morning. Mean it. Connect with your coworkers
  4. Request feedback; ask for people to tell you what you’re doing well and what your aren’t
  5. Keep the door open; be open to ideas and conversations with other members of your team at work

You might think you are already doing these things, but really evaluate your day-to-day at work and see if you and your coworkers are communicating effectively. Are you saying hello and meaning it? Are you allowing your team members to reach out to you with feedback? Are you asking for help when you need it? You might think you are doing these things, but make an effort to do them more often and to incorporate the tips above into your daily routine at work if you aren’t already making these things a habit.

10 Resume Buzzwords that Employers Can’t Stand

April 15th, 2015 | Articles, Resume | No Comments »

Resume Buzzwords

Everything in your resume has a purpose. From the details of your achievements down to the design and individual words you choose, it all matters.

Words that fail to serve your purpose and entice employers to interview you need to be plucked up by the root and replaced. And these 15 boring resume buzzwords and phrases are ripe for removal. Read more…

3 Simple Rules for a Sharp Interview Outfit

March 25th, 2015 | Articles, Interviewing | No Comments »

Interview Outfit

Most interview preparation is about your words: what to say and what to ask employers. Yet your appearance holds equal sway.

No one picks a product off the shelf, even a superior one, if the packaging appears slipshod and ill-conceived. Good interviewers package themselves the right way and their interview outfit is critical to that image. Read more…

The Quickest Way to End Your Job Search

March 19th, 2015 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »

Working with a Technical Recruiter

If you’re job hunting, much of your schedule (before work, after work, and on lunch) is consumed by your search. Hours feel frittered away as you identify opportunities, research employers, revise resumes, interview, network, and maintain all that a job search entails.

Some days, it probably even feels like you’re juggling porcelain dolls, striving to keep all of these delicate processes up in the air. Sound a little nerve-racking? Then it’s time to accelerate your job search with a technical recruiter. Read more…