Certain Personality Traits Can Help You Get Hired

Thursday, October 27th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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It is hard to truly know what exactly the hiring manager is looking for when making hiring decisions. Yes, the hiring manager is looking for specific skills in candidates, but we all know that just because candidates have certain skills doesn’t mean they necessarily land the job. Skills alone are not the key focus when it comes to hiring decisions. One must have the skills and there is no doubt about that, but more and more company culture is becoming a focus. Hiring mangers are know focused on how candidates would fit into the company culture. Personality matters more than ever when it comes to landing the job. Being flexible and openminded can help you get hired.

What main personality traits can help candidates get the job? Business Insider explored the topic of personality traits and hiring in an online article. According to the article, “Managers usually find job applicants with sufficient technical skills – or at least the capacity to acquire them.”  However, these hiring mangers need to make sure that candidates can fit into the company culture. A key quote from the article stands out, stating, “You can’t teach honesty or character.” This quote is from Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert, who stresses the need for certain personality traits in candidates. It is clear that personality matters when hiring decisions are made. Do you have the personality traits that hiring managers want?

Let’s look at what personality traits are attractive to employers: 

  • Being trustworthy
  • Being enthusiastic
  • Being emotionally intelligent
  • Being respectful
  • Being passionate about work
  • Being intellectually curious
  • Being professional
  • Being team-oriented
  • Being articulate
  • Being organized
  • Being results-oriented
  • Being flexible
  • Being dedicated and loyal
  • Being tenacious
  • Being confident
  • Having a sense of humor



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Former Google career coach: 5 great interview questions to ask job candidates

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 | Posted in Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »

Here is an article that appeared on CNBC.com…we wanted to share it with you…check it out and get some advice to help your career! Read below:

Former Google career coach: 5 great interview questions to ask job candidates

Jenny Blake, co-founder of Google‘s career development and mentorship program, knows a thing or two about what makes an outstanding employee.

Before starting her own coaching firm, Blake helped over 1,000 people improve their careers, all while learning what traits set people up for success.

In her new book “Pivot,” Blake shares some of her best advice.

We asked Blake which interview questions employers should ask to attract highly motivated people. Here’s what she said:

1. Tell me about a time where you solved a particularly interesting problem.

This question gets at problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, Blake said, which are increasingly important in today’s business world.

2. What are you most excited about learning?

Blake said this is a good alternative to the popular five-year question.

“I don’t like the question, ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?'” she said. “Because things are changing too quickly, it is totally irrelevant.” Instead, she recommends that employers get a sense of what a person is eager to work on and which skills they want to develop.

3. What skills or talents seem totally unrelated to your career but that you enjoy pursuing on the side?

This question is another good way to figure out what people are truly passionate about. “I think this one is really interesting,” she said. “I’ve talked with people at Google who raised chickens on the side.”

4. What kind of impact are you most excited to make?

People want to feel that their work is making an impact, according to Blake.

“High net growth individuals want to feel challenged, collaborative and like they are able to make a positive impact within their organizations and outside of them,” she writes in “Pivot.”

5. When was a time things didn’t go as planned, and how did you handle it?

“I do think it’s good to try to frame something up around how someone handles uncertainty or even mistakes,” Blake said. Missteps are inevitable, so hiring people who bounce back is critical.

Be More Hirable: Follow These Tips

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Finding the right job can be difficult. You want to be a good fit in your job and the companies that are hiring want you to fit their culture. A Forbes article contributed by The Muse online looked at this topic.  So, what did the article explain about making people more hirable? What can you do to be more hirable? Let’s find out:

What makes others get new gigs while you are still stuck in your job and not getting noticed? You might need to think about your personal brand and who you are as a job candidate. You can boost your hire-ability in a few different ways, and all of these ways deal with your personal brand.

  • Make sure your online presence shows your best self and that is is updated and true to your personal brand – what does your online presence include? One main online presence needs to show you in a positive, professional way, and this is the LinkedIn presence. Make sure your LinkedIn is clear and organized it is easy for recruiters to find. Hiring managers check LinkedIn to see what candidates are posting. Also, the profile page is viewed by hiring managers and the hiring managers use LinkedIn profile pages as a good resource. Make your LinkedIn page one that recruiters will find to be attractive online.
  • Use a headshot or a professional picture in your LinkedIn profile. This is pretty self-explanatory.
  • Add a line to your professional summary. This shows you are open to new opportunities and that you are interested in new roles.
  • Know your personal brand – own it- have a personal website if you want – just make sure that your online profile and presence are portraying you in your personal light.

Avoid Making Certain Mistakes in Your Job Search

Sunday, August 21st, 2016 | Posted in Articles, Job Search | No Comments »


Looking for a job can be tough. Some people feel sad about having to look for a job. Others are embarrassed about being unemployed. Many people don’t like to talk about the job search if they are actively seeking a job. But, there are things to know when it comes to looking for a new job. It is very easy to make mistakes that will stop you from landing the job. A recent Forbes.com article explores “The 8 Biggest Blunders Job Seekers Make”, looking at mistakes people make during their hunt for the right job. As the title is “The 8 Biggest Blunders Job Seekers Make”, the article looks at just that, the big mistakes that many job seekers make when they are in the process of looking to land a job. We want everyone to find the right job and we are here to help.

Let’s look at what Forbes says are major “blunders” that job seekers make.

Here are some of the key mistakes job seekers make – avoid these but read these points to make sure you understand what not to do in your job search: 

  1. Not using their network – this matters – according to the article, between 70 and 80 % of jobs are found through a network connection – so…use your network! Do it! Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for more figures, but according to the BLS 70% of jobs are found through networking.
  2. Thinking that just because they are qualified that they will be hired right away – wrong – jobs have to be the right fit – one person might have a great background and be qualified for the job, but their personality might not be a fit – there are a lot of factors! Don’t think that just because you are qualified that you don’t need to have a personal brand and sell yourself.
  3. Not paying attention to their virtual brand – many people don’t “Google” their name to see what comes up – you should! It is important to know that people will “Google” you and that hiring managers will probably search your name to see what information is available.
  4. Being too flexible is not a good thing – don’t just say you are open to a variety of jobs – it is ok to be a little flexible, but as the article says, “Don’t try to be all things to all people.”
  5. Being unprepared for job interviews – this is not good! You need to be prepared for your interviews. A big mistake people make is they assume that they have done the research they need to do but they have not prepared to be asked tough questions. Also, it is important to stay current with the news related to the job you are interviewing for, because it shows you are interested and eager in a good way. People who are not current on the news of the company they are interviewing at are viewed as not being prepared for their interviews.

Listening Matters on the Job and in the Job Search

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 | Posted in Food for Thought, Hiring Resources, Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »


Listening is sometimes an underrated concept. There has been much focus on making yourself heard and having a loud presence and so on and so forth…but what about listening? Have we forgotten that listening matters also? When it comes to doing well in a team setting at the office listening matters. When it comes to interviewing for a new job…you guessed it…listening matters. You get the point.

We have conversations everyday and we are all very busy people with busy minds and a long list of things to do. With busy lives comes distractions. Think about this concept…do you really listen when people are speaking to you? Maybe you get so used to your home life and the people that are around you everyday that you don’t need to REALLY listen. But this is not a good thing to do…you need to listen! So listen up now…well read up and pay attention.

The interviewer in your next job interview will want to know that you are listening intently. So, look them in the eyes and focus and pay attention. Do not look at the plant on the file cabinet in the corner of their office. Do not look out the window in the conference room you are in and start seeing what birds you see in the sky. To listen you need to focus your eyes. Listening intently involves your eyes and your ears.

Let’s look at some other expert tips on how to listen with purpose so that you can accomplish more of your personal and professional goals and be the best version of yourself.

  1. PURPOSE – It matters – think about the purpose of the conversation you are having…why are you having the conversation? What project are you discussing? What job are they talking to you about and why is it important? 
  2. PAY ATTENTION – This is self-explanatory, but it is true. You need to focus. Having eyes open and ears open is what matters to really pay attention.
  3. EXPRESS THAT YOU ARE CURIOUS – You should be interested in the topic you are discussing and listen when the other person is talking about the key points to the topic. If you are truly interested in the project at hand or the position you are interviewing for, you need to show to you are truly curious and that you want to know the details.
  4. DO NOT INTERRUPT – Be considerate. Practice good manners. Listen and do not speak until it is your time to speak and the other person is done talking.

Some information and listening tips taken from/inspired by this article by Inc. Magazine


What Do Hiring Managers Look For When Hiring?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 | Posted in Food for Thought, Hiring Resources, Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »


Business Insider  looked at this topic of hiring managers. What exactly do hiring managers look for in job candidates? In the Business Insider article they specifically looked at what skills and traits employers seem to value the most when looking at new candidates. What are the findings on this? We agree with the article that the traits and skills can depend on the industry, but we also agree with a key finding in the article…that personality matters. Today, more than ever before, personality can make or break your chances of landing the job. According to the expert in the article, Lynn Taylor, “When you reach a job posting, you’ll see many adjectives that will seemingly clue you into the ‘right’ personality to project.” She says that in order to give off this trustworthiness you will need to do certain things in your interview:

  • Listen, pay attention, show that you care
  • Be human, show your human side
  • Be confident
  • Show curiosity and interest
  • Be yourself

The expert says that “The overriding super trait that supersedes all others in countless studies is trustworthiness.”

Being trustworthy is key to getting the job. Hiring managers obviously want you to have skills that the job requires, but they also need to be able to trust you, and the team you get places on will also need to be able to trust you. 

Phone Interview Tips So You Can Make The In-person Next

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 | Posted in Food for Thought, Interviewing, Job Search, Resume | No Comments »




Want to really rock your phone interview? Even if you aren’t sure whether or not you would be good in your phone interview, phone interviews are often times unavoidable. So, let us look at what you can to make sure you are comfortable in your phone interview. Being comfortable in your phone interview can help you ace the interview and move on to the in-person interview

What can you do to do have a successful phone interview?

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Make sure you have a good location to have a call. It needs to be a quiet area where you can focus. The area that you do your call in needs to be somewhere you can pay full attention to the call

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Conduct research. Know your facts. Make sure you know do extensive research on the company and role. Knowing more than you need to can only benefit you in the long run

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Make notes. Write down some things you want to be sure to mention on your call. These notes can be about you and your resume but they can also be about the position you are interviewing for or just notes about the company

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Rehearse, but only a little bit. You don’t want to sound like you are reciting a scripted answer

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Have your resources in front of you so you can use them during the call

Keep your resume and cover letter out on the desk or table you are sitting at for the phone interview

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Ask your interviewer if they have any specific questions about you

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Send a follow-up/thank you email

Land the Job This Fall

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 | Posted in Job Search | No Comments »


pile pebbles stone and green leaf in garden


Fall is when we no longer can go to the beach in our free time and we don’t seem to have that free-spirited summer attitude among us any longer. So it is a time to get serious. If you are looking for a job, now is the time to land that job! Let’s look at some tips on how to get your search going and land the job this fall.

1. See the fall as a time with new opportunities for a fresh start. 

2. Take a fresh look at your resume and rework it a few times taking into account any wisdom you gained over the summer. Maybe this summer you gained some insights about yourself and your job aspirations? If so, translate these insights into your resume.

3. Spruce up your online presence. And if you don’t already have an online presence, consider making one. LinkedIn is a great way to highlight your accomplishments on your profile page. Also, some people feel that personal websites are helpful in showing off their work – portfolios etc. This can be helpful. 



An Article We Wanted to Share on Job Search by CareerBuilder

Friday, September 4th, 2015 | Posted in Food for Thought, Job Search | No Comments »

5 common pieces of job search advice you should ignore

  • Aug. 31, 2015, 11:12 AM


There’s lots of advice for job-seekers out there, but not all of it is worth heeding.

Whether you’re a recent graduate, in between jobs or just casually browsing to see what’s out there, you’ve probably gotten no shortage of advice from all sides on how best to find a job.

With so many pieces of advice out there, it can be difficult to determine what’s worth listening to and what isn’t.

To help you separate the wheat from the chaff, here are five common job search tips that you may want to avoid.

1. Use lots of buzzwords

One of the biggest challenges in writing a resume is to find a way to get employers to actually notice it. A common suggestion to achieve this is to use attention-grabbing buzzwords — but this can actually have the opposite effect.

“Job seekers are often told to pack ‘buzzwords’ into their resume. Unfortunately, words that soundgreat like ‘results,’ ‘optimized,’ ‘detail-oriented,’ etc. often don’t actually mean anything,” says Brette Rowley, CEO and founder of personal branding agency Top Seed. “It’s more important to demonstrate the effect you had on your previous workplaces through metrics and plain language that anyone can understand.”

2. Plan it all out

Every year we hear about candidates who came into an interview and didn’t know something as basic as what the company does or even the company’s name. It’s clear that doing some prep work beforehand is a good idea — but did you know it’s also possible to have too much of a good thing?

“My greatest piece of advice would be to lose the over-preparation and instead arrive with self-worth, a listening ear and a candid approach,” says Julieanne O’Connor, author of “Spelling It Out for Your Career.”

“What employers care about is hiring someone who is malleable and willing to give their personal assets/value. So the more a person can arrive to an interview grounded in self-worth, and the more they can listen, the better. Listening is the No. 1 greatest skill.”

3. Apply to as many jobs as possible

Most people are familiar with the phrase “quality over quantity,” but many forget to apply it to their job search. “While there can be strength in numbers, this is faulty logic,” says Andrea Berkman-Donlon, founder, The Constant Professional. “Over-applying may get you an increased number of interviews, but what percent of those meetings will be worth your time? Make sure you read the job descriptions before you send your resume.”

4. Take a day off

While sending out resumes and applications willy-nilly may be inadvisable, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be constantly putting effort into your job search. Whether you’re making calls to recruiters, keeping up with industry news, researching top companies in your field, attending industry events, or exercising your skills with online courses, the important thing is to stay active.

“When you are not working, your primary job is to get a job. Therefore, wake up each day with a goal and stick to it,” says Berkman-Donlon. “Staying with a routine will also ensure you are proactive about the search and will keep you abreast of changes to your industry.”

5. Make your biggest weakness a backdoor positive

It should go without saying that giving a straight answer in a job interview is typically a good idea. Still, many people ignore this when it comes to the dreaded “biggest weakness” question, instead trying to paint a positive attribute as a negative.

“This is a terrible suggestion, as the interviewer is looking for you to honestly appraise your faults and talk about how you’ve worked to overcome them,” says James Rice, head of digital marketing at WikiJob. “Saying that you too often work late, or that you’re too much of a perfectionist, fails to demonstrate any real self-awareness and makes you come across as fake.”

Seeking out advice and adapting your search habits can be enormously beneficial to your job hunt. But it’s just as important not to blindly accept any old advice as gospel.

Read the original article on CareerBuilder. Copyright 2015.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/5-common-pieces-of-job-search-advice-you-should-ignore-2015-8#ixzz3kkEouJ37

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

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


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