It’s a great time to be searching for a job. In November 2018 unemployment was at a 39-year low and there are companies hiring in many sectors. And that’s great news, but if you want to move on up, it’s still down to you to find the job of your dreams and win at interview. So, Make sure that your interview preparation, particularly anticipating common interview questions is up to scratch. If you manage to get through this far, you have a reasonable chance, dnd having a mock interview might just stop you sabotaging it.
How to prepare for behavioral job interview questions
It’s a question which is amongst the most commonly asked interview questions and can seem quite innocent at first, but could actually be the most important interview question that you will ever answer.
Many of my clients ask "Are there good questions to ask at an interview?" Think of it like this: interviews are a two-way street. It's not just about the interview questions they ask you, or what they think of you, but how well your prospective employer matches up for you. So there is a point, usually toward the end of an interview, when the tables are turned and the interviewer asks "Do you have any questions?" It's time to see this as an opportunity for you to figure out whether you would be happy in this role, working for this employer and whether the company goals over the coming years are aligned with your career goals.
When you apply for a job and you’re called for an interview, you need to be prepared as well as you can. It’s therefore good to know that interviews are often fairly predictable, and there are a number of questions that are commonly asked. The better prepared you are, the more successful your interview will be, but be careful – acing an interview isn’t just about having the most perfectly prepared speeches, you do need to showcase your talents, personality and experience, so that they are the best fit for the role.
Today, I would like to share with you something I tell every one of our clients when we work with them; it is imperative, if you are actually going to win the job -- especially if you are to get a job created for you -- that your next employer perceives you as not just a winning candidate, but actually an investment that will pay off big time.
Today I’d like to address a topic that everyone seeking a professional position knows they should be doing, but so few do it effectively: NETWORKING. Specifically, how to conduct an effective informational interview.
In a recent speaking engagement, someone asked me, “If you had one piece of advice on how to get past a phone interview and get the face to face interview, what would you recommend?”
Today I’d like to hit on some learnings I gleaned from re-reading a classic book on persuasion: “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.” The author, Dr. Robert Cialdini, is considered the father of the science of persuasion (and I bet you didn’t even know that existed!).
Today I’d like to explain why it’s not your fault if you’re currently underpaid, how you can determine if you’re being paid what you’re worth – and if you’re not, what you can do about it.
Imagine walking into an interview for an executive position at a $2 Billion dollar company dressed in shorts, sandals and a t-shirt, holding a red Solo cup. You’d be out of there in a few seconds, escorted by a security officer at each elbow.
This is going to date me, but do you remember that great movie with Alec Baldwin called "Glengarry Glen Ross?" If you do, you will definitely remember the concept of ABC - Always Be Closing.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to another way of starting an interview – whether it be a phone interview or a face to face interview with someone who has not talked with you before.
Are you sure you're making what you're worth? If you have stayed at the same company for more than three years, you may not be earning what the current market is paying for your position.
Can you decrease your job search time simply by understanding how puzzles are put together? Tammy Kabell with Career Resume Consulting explains how YOU are a very valuable piece to the puzzle your future employer is trying to put together.
KANSAS CITY June 20, 2017 -- Career Resume Consulting has been selected for the 2017 Kansas City Award in both the Executive Career Search Services and Resume Writing Services categories by the Kansas City Award Program.
In doing research for an upcoming book I’m writing, 10 Reasons Why You’re Not Being Paid What You’re Worth, I came across some astounding statistics on employee tenure that I just can’t wait to share.
DOWNLOAD THIS GREAT FREE RESOURCE TO START WRITING YOUR RESUME
Here is a great resource for when you are writing an executive resume from scratch. This downloadable document below will give you over 200 key words and phrases that are transferable skills and experience factors that can be used in any industry. Using these skills and experience factor words and phrases will enable the reader of your resume to easily picture you in their organization, since you are taking out all of your own industry jargon.
I’d like to explain why it’s not your fault you may be underpaid, and how you can determine if you’re being paid what you’re worth, and if you’re not, then what you can do about it.
In a recent speaking engagement, someone asked me, “If you had one piece of advice on how to get past a phone interview and get the face to face interview, what would you recommend?”
It doesn’t much matter where you are in your career at the moment. You can be a well-established pro who knows his income ought to be higher. Or you can be a beginner coming out of the gate and trying to make your way…as long as you have your thinking straight and are serious about your career, you can hit the multiple 6-figure income mark, and shoot toward the 7-figure mark.
PREPARING FOR YOUR NEXT INTERVIEW
Today I'd like to give you access to a video I recently made about how to prepare for your next interview. Whether you have an interview coming up that is actually scheduled, or if you just want general information about best practices once you do get an interview, this video is definitely worth checking out. This will be applicable to any phone or face to face interview you might have.
Tammy Kabell with Career Resume Consulting explains how to replace the standard cover letter with a 5 minute handwritten note. She tells you exactly what to write beside your executive resume (of which she recommends a functional resume format) to get the best response.
Below is a video blog post I just made that describes 6 attributes - laws, really - of human behavior, and how to use each to assist you in winning the interview and getting the job offer in an executive search.
Sometimes, the quickest way to increase the effectiveness of your resume is to remove some items from your current resume, which will immediately help boost your response rate. In this video, Tammy Kabell explains 10 things you can remove from your current resume to get more employers and recruiters calling you.
Are you using Google Alerts in your job search? If you're not, let me introduce you to this wonderful application. Google has a simple, free tool that allows you to monitor the web for any new content. The potential for you as a job seeker is really powerful! So, here are instructions on how to use Google Alerts to boost your job search effectiveness:
Love Him or Hate Him, There are Three Personal Branding Lessons from Donald Trump
Unless you live in a mountain in the woods with no Wi-Fi, you know that Donald Trump leads the crowded pack of candidates for president for the Republican Party. Agree with him or not, you have to admit that he has brought a lot of attention early on to a political race that usually, at this point in the competition, gets very little press coverage.
Is your resume still not getting results and you don’t know why?
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Reserve your seat today and you'll also get the 2015 edition of the Resume Reboot Manual, walking you step-by-step through the building of a Rock Star Resume!
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Only a few people ever take their career to the top. Want to be one of them?
The people who make it to the top aren’t just lucky; they’re overachievers. The ones that make a fortune for themselves aren’t like everybody else – they think and act differently! I’ve seen this firsthand so many times in my 12 years as a career professional.
I review a lot of resumes and LinkedIn profiles every week from people who want to work with us, and today I’d like to boil down the three core elements that most all resumes and online profiles are missing; these three things are essential to getting an employer’s attention and helping job seekers become happily employed with their perfect company.
Today I'd like to share with you some advice I gave to a reporter for the magazine Fast Company this afternoon. She asked me, "What advice do you give someone trying to recover from a bad interview?" Well, I'd like you to hear it first!
Today I’d like to share with you a lesson that has completely changed one woman and her family around. I hope I don’t come across as bragging, because the point I really want to drive home is how discovering your true gifts can mean the world to you - and what you can mean to the world.
I do a lot of reading, and if you’ve heard me speak, you know that I don’t do a lot of reading from career books, because I find most of them are woefully out of date. My reading is usually a combination of sales and marketing books, coupled with personal improvement. I’m always thinking in the back of my mind when I read, “How can this information be used to help my clients get their next job even quicker? Can any of these strategies be used in a career search?”
I want to share with you something I’ve noticed this time of year for the past 11 years that I have been in this business. To be honest, I see it nearly every day, all year long, but more frequent as the holidays creep up. I usually fill these blog posts with specific strategies to boost your search results, but today I want to share with you something I feel is more important.
At what age do you become too old for a career change? The answer is: you don't. While changing careers can be more difficult for seasoned workers, there really is no reason why you have to stay in a job you don't enjoy. Career change is possible for anyone and at any age.
It takes a special type of woman to bring home six figures; not just any woman can do it. This doesn't mean that you can't be one of them, only that you will need certain traits to succeed in your career development. Here are five of them.
Finding any job in today's economy can be tough, but finding a job that will provide a six-figure income can prove especially difficult. Jobs with six-figure incomes aren't easy to come by, and even if you do find one, there is no guarantee you'll get the job. That doesn't mean that you can't focus your career development efforts and increase your chances, however. Here are four career development obstacles you will likely face when looking for a job with a six-figure income and how to overcome them.
Most people don't just stumble upon their dream job as soon as they enter the workforce. Instead, they have to decide what they want to do and then find and take the steps they need to get there. The first step to reaching your dream job isn't going back to school; it's career development goal setting. Here are four ways goal setting can help you with career development.
Making a career change is always a big leap of faith. Whether you’ve been downsized from your old job or this career change is your own choice, launching into a job search can be overwhelming. At this point, I always like to remember the Mary Poppin’s school of thought that “A teaspoon of sugar makes the medicine go down!” So, let’s start with 4 ways to make your job search fun!
If you’re currently making a career change, then networking is essential for your job search. With an extremely competitive job market, candidates in the middle of a career change need to set themselves apart from the crowd. Searching for jobs on the internet can help, but more than half of the available job openings are not posted online.
If you’re in the process of making a career change, then you might be concerned about your current credit score. Especially if you’ve been in the career change mode for a little while, tight times often show up in your credit report right away. The good news is that most background checks usually don’t use a credit score to disqualify a potential candidate. So, how are credit scores used by employers while you undergo your career change?
There are several career development theories that explain why a person chooses a particular job or career for their income. Each theory is unique in its perspective and offers interesting viewpoints to back up its rationale. Employment counselors can assist their clients in finding the best career by using one or more of these career development theories.
If you are looking to make a career change but you are having trouble finding a new job, you may feel like you have exhausted every possibility. There is one way of increasing your career change possibilities that you probably haven't thought of yet, however: exercise. Exercise doesn't just help you get in shape; it can also help you make an impending career change.
For most people in the corporate world, a promotion is the prize that everyone is seeking. After all, a promotion often comes with a new title, a pay raise and a bigger office with a better view. While promotions are great, however, they do have several downsides that aren't mentioned in routine career advice.
If you are like most of the rest of America, the chances are high that you are an active social media user. What you may not be doing that you should, however, is using your social media profile to land your next job. While social media hasn't yet taken the place of more traditional job searching and career development methods, it is a powerful tool that can help you find and secure your next job. Here's how.
When talking to a career guidance counselor, you will probably hear a range of helpful advice, including to choose a job that you love and to choose a job that will pay the bills. One important piece of information you may not hear from a career guidance counselor, however, is that your young looks may threaten to hold you back from achieving and excelling in the job that you want. That's right--looking younger than your age can actually hold you back when it comes to your career.
This morning I'd like to talk with you about the universality CRC's approach to job seeking. Meaning, as I acquire more and more international clients, I find that our techniques work all over the world - basically, because all human behavior is the same, no matter what culture.
The first look of your interview may have the power to create a final decision among employers. The fashion statement you make is also an indication of your personality, attention to detail and your lifestyle. If it doesn't have a strong impression left by those interviewing you, then it may make it difficult for you to make the needed career change. Following certain fashion tips for an interview is a simple step to landing the job you desire.
Going to work and being happy at the same time should be a priority in every individual's life. If your job creates added stress or difficulties, then it reflects in your lifestyle and relationships. Examining and reflecting on your career also points you in the direction of needing a new job or remaining with your existing career. There are many signs that point to whether you need a career change with the current position you are in.
You may have seen a recent Job Market Minute I wrote where I discussed what it takes to conduct a successful job search; things like a Rock Star Resume, a great online profile, a strategy to connect with decision makers, etc.
Beginning to move into a career or shift in job also may lead into stress and discouragement. The longer you look, the more difficult it becomes to remain motivated when sending out your resume and waiting for a response. If you are interested in your personal career development but are still searching, then there are certain tricks to keep you moving forward with a positive attitude until you find the perfect fit.
Landing the perfect job is dependent on convincing employers that you are the right fit for their company. You want to make sure that the first impression speaks to them and helps you to move into an interview and finalized position within a company. Looking into leaving the right impression for your career development begins with polishing a resume that speaks to employers in a positive manner.
Career Development in Kansas City
The value of your lifestyle is dependent on certain decisions that you make while developing your own life path. If you are searching for different options, then you can consider career development. This is known to make a deep impact on your life path while creating specific results with your lifestyle over a long period of time.
Career Counseling in Kansas City
Creating a career path that fits with your personal desires is the beginning step to developing a fruitful life. Before you decide on a specific job, you will want to look at assistance and guidance. Career counseling can help you to take the next steps in your career while allowing you to have a deeper understanding of the possibilities that are available.
Career Development in Kansas City
There are many opportunities that are continuing to develop. Today, careers and job opportunities are multiplying with a variety of possibilities. If you are ready to jump into your passion, then you can look at career development. This allows you to move forward on the path that you desire while helping you to create the life that you desire. Before you begin, you will want to look at what possibilities for career development are available.
Career Advice in Kansas City
Planning out your future begins with looking at the career that you desire. To move forward with your career, consider looking at the following career advice for the desired results.
Intuition can be a difficult concept to explain to someone that hasn’t the faintest clue as to its meaning. For lack of a Webster’s Dictionary definition, it can often be described as an inner knowing, or a gut feeling that tells your brain a specific message.
What all business leaders recognize is that to stay in business and excel you must have a competitive advantage. There is no easier way to gain advantages than executing innovative ideas.
Improve Your Organizational Skills by Doing Less
It never fails to amaze me that there are articles out there that talk about having better organizational skills, and their methods involve adding 6-10 things more you need to do each day. To me, it makes sense that if I want to improve my organizational skills I first must scale back on what zaps my productivity and perpetuates my lack of organization. I need to organize my time to be productive at the best times.
Tips For Creating a Worthwhile Business Plan
Working on process documents, also better known as business plans, is a rather frustrating exercise. While constructing it, no matter how much time you spend on it, it will simply be changed almost immediately. This can be just as frustrating for the users of the business plan as it is for the writers of the process documents. So why don’t people just scrap the entire process of writing business plans upfront entirely? Building a business plan make the writer explore the many different areas to plan for his or her business.
Urban myths exist in all topics. There are even myths about the executive job search. Go to any networking event or speak with a fellow job-seeker, and you’re sure to hear a few myths about how to find an executive position. If you believe everything you hear about searching for an executive job, you might make the job search process more difficult than necessary.
Welcome back to the second part of my series on competing in all segments of the job market! In the first portion, I covered how to identify six-figure positions in the highly-competitive published job market by exploring the five segments of the job market. Today, I’m covering the 3 segments of the unpublished or hidden job market.
When you’re completing an executive-level job search for six-figure jobs, it can be difficult to find suitable positions to apply for. After all, 85% of six-figure jobs are in the unpublished job market -- meaning that companies aren’t broadcasting these open positions, making them harder to discover and apply for.
As I’ve said before, an HR manager does much more than simply vetting applicants -- they have a direct input on the hiring process, working closely with departmental hiring managers and CEOs or presidents. Thus, it’s important to follow these interview tips even in a preliminary meeting with an HR manager -- your performance there can directly affect your ability to get the job. Here are my interview tips to help you ace your interview with an HR manager.
As an executive career coach and a former HR manager, I have extensive experience working with HR representatives and hiring managers alike. From my experiences working with clients, I know that job applicants, executive or not, often don’t really understand the role of a HR manager in the hiring process.
Last week, I shared the five interview questions that you need to answer well in order to land a high-paying job--see the first two key interview questions here, and the last three here. Now I’m sharing some tips for finding those high-paying job openings in the first place.
Last week I shared the first two interview questions that you will undoubtedly encounter in some form during the hiring process. As a former hiring manager with 18+ years of experience in the business world and an executive career search consultant, I am familiar with the hiring process and have noticed that interview questions can be summed up by five key questions that you must be prepared to answer.
When it comes to the hiring process, applicants like to feel that they are prepared to answer any and all interview questions sent their way. Before I started Career Resume Consulting in 2008, not only did I work as a marketing director at the largest executive career firm in the United States, but I also spent 18 years in the corporate world as a hiring manager for both large companies and smaller start-up ventures. As a result, I understand how you should market yourself during the interview process, and what types of interview questions HR officials and hiring managers ask potential employees.
In my last post, I explained why you should be doing informational interviewing if you are interested in expanding your existing network and seeing what positions are available outside of your current company.
One of the easiest ways to branch out and find a new position is informational interviewing, but surprisingly not many job seekers engage in this process. When my clients approach me for interview preparation, they are usually referring to hiring interviews and not informational interviewing. This is a network-building process that can help you organically increase your job prospects and make real connections in your industry.
Discussing money can be awkward, especially when it comes to compensation negotiation with a potential employer. I am frequently asked questions about when and how to approach compensation discussions during interviews. Some job seekers even wonder how much control they have when it comes to compensation negotiation.
Hi Everyone! Today I'd like to share with you an intro into one of the modules of my online coaching program, the Six Figure Pro program. It has some great tips about what to include and what not to include when writing a resume.
Since I’ve had such a great response to my recent training videos, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide live training and answer any questions about anyone’s current job search situation.
Last week we discussed the first 5 of the 10 character traits necessary for a successful executive job search. When it comes to the job search process as a whole, these 10 traits will help you improve your skills and networking abilities.
In my experience, I have found that having these specific character traits is the difference between getting a job in a few weeks vs. a few months.
For job seekers, LinkedIn is not just your online resume. LinkedIn is also a powerful research tool that can connect you to groups, companies, and most importantly, employers.
I receive a lot of questions about how to use LinkedIn and your profile to the best of its ability. LinkedIn is essential to reach decision makers and employers. That said, it’s important your profile is compelling and tells your story.
The key to introducing yourself is to position yourself in a way that will help you get the most out of a conversation. Whether this is in a networking conversation or in an interview, your introduction is your opportunity to be memorable.
If you ask an HR manager or recruiter what they’ve found to be the most effective way to find qualified candidates, I bet they’ll tell you through referrals. In fact, that's what they tell me.
A lot of times when job seekers are getting ready for their initial interview with HR, they try to read their mind. Of course, this ability would be nice in this situation, but I think you’ll find guessing to be a waste of time.
Last week I discussed steps 1-3 of the 5 steps to communicating your “one big thing”. When you’re talking to employers, recruiters or anyone you’re networking with, these 5 steps will help you actively communicate the benefits you will bring to a company from hiring you.
When having networking conversations, informational interviews, phone interviews and face-to-face interviews, you are given a chance to do some personal marketing. During your personal marketing communication, you have the opportunity to pitch your “One Big Thing.”
Welcome to this week's edition of your Job Market Minute: it's designed to give you valuable career search advice that will take less than 60 seconds to read...
Many job seekers leave out the detail of a job title on their resume while applying for jobs. Well, without a job title, how are recruiters or hiring managers going to know what position you’re pursuing? Even if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for yet, here’s why you should consider placing a job title at the top of your resume:
Welcome to this week's edition of your Job Market Minute: it's designed to give you valuable career search advice that will take less than 60 seconds to read...
Spring is finally here! (Yeah, I know it's supposed to snow tomorrow morning... so it's somewhat of a bipolar spring), but what I've seen pop up along with the tulips and daffodils is the activity my clients are getting - I would say the number of phone calls for interviews they've been receiving in the last month are triple the rate we saw the first quarter of the year. Even two of my "outliers," those clients that take longer to start a job than 10 weeks - they've talked with two and three employers in the last week, respectively.
And in Kansas City, February 2013's Small Business lending catapulted 30%, when compared with the same month last year, and the Small Business Association granted half a million dollars last month to help spur small business growth in KC, so things are starting to change for the better - firms are starting to hire. The sweet spot, as far as I have seen, is companies making $10-$25M in annual revenue. These companies are growing, and they're needing new people.
But all of this good news doesn't do you any good if you can't WOW them in the interview, right. So this week's advice is going to focus on a single trick I teach my clients that skyrockets their research results of a company prior to an interview. The more you know about a company, the more intelligently you can ask questions, right?
So here is a Google search trick that nearly no one knows about:
It's called a filetype search. Google not only records every web page out there, but also every document - every PDF, Powerpoint (.PPT), Word document (.DOC), etc. You can search for these documents on Google to look for White papers mentioning the name of your target company, Powerpoint presentations presented at a conference about trends in that industry, even internal research documents, as long as they were posted on an unsecured site at some point.
You'll be SURPRISED - NO , SHOCKED - at what you'll find! And your knowledge will go way beyond the other candidates, who are just reading through the company's website.
So how do you perform this search? The formula is simple: in a Google search field, preferably on a Google Chrome web browser, as you get the best results, type in the name of the company (with quotes around it if it is more than one word) then a plus sign, then the word filetype, followed by a colon and the type of document you're looking for. Let me give you a few examples of what you can do:
Garmin+filetype:ppt (then hit enter)
"plastics manufacturing trends 2013"+filetype:pdf
You can even combine the two techniques to include both the company name and the type of information you're looking for. For instance:
...to get presentations that have been made about the trends Garmin is leading or following.
You can come to an interview oftentimes knowing more about the company than the person across the desk from you. You'll certainly come across as someone who is really enthusiastic about the job and knows how to research to get the information you need.
I hope this bit of advice serves you in your search this week - make this your best week of searching ever, and keep up the productivity!
Career Resume Consulting
Approaching an interview intelligently can set you apart from your competition and position you as having the expertise a decision maker needs. Knowing certain things about your potential future employer can be used as interviewing GOLD. These nuggets of info allow you to gain understanding of the employer, and you can use this understanding to help articulate what you can do for them.
Today's lesson is one of marketing and sales - personally marketing yourself during the hiring process. This begins with the resume, continues with the online profile, includes all of the conversations, both by phone and face to face, and concludes with the negotiation process.
Before we get into today's lesson, I'd like to invite you to this month's Six Figure Network event TONIGHT at 6pm. This networking event is specifically designed to pair six figure job seekers with employers who are looking to build relationships with top talent in the KC area in a relaxed setting.
Networking is one of the most effective ways of finding a high-paying position in this job market, but networking the right way relative to job seeking goes well beyond giving your friends a copy of your resume, or asking them if they know of anyone who is hiring.
Well, our inaugural Six Figure Network - Kansas City event was a huge hit last night, and I want to thank everyone for coming out to Lee's Summit for our job seeking networking evening. I especially want to thank those of you who drove from Olathe and Leawood, as well as from KC North, just to take part in the festivities. We had a great turnout, and every single person there was a top notch Rock Star.
Finally - a Networking Event in Kansas City
Designed Specifically for Six-Figure Job Seekers and
Employers Looking to Build Relationships with Top Talent!
Special Reminder: If January, the biggest hiring month of the year, has passed you by and you're still looking for a job, it will be worth your time to attend my FREE Resume Reboot Workshop happening this Thursday, February 7th, from 1-3 pm. This is an in-person workshop and seating is extremely limited. For more information and to register, visit: http://resumerebootworkshop.
One of my current clients is 73 years old. In fact, most of my clients are over 50, and the topic of ageism comes up a lot. In my nearly 10 years of experience marketing clients into six-figure positions, I've really only seen advanced age as a true obstacle in the Midwest at age 58 or older (the East and West coasts are a little different).
A fact you need to know is that January is traditionally ALWAYS the biggest hiring month of the year, no matter what the unemployment rate. In fact, on average, hiring happens 19% more in January than in any other month. So you've got two weeks to get your resume in tip top shape to take advantage of January's hiring.
Special Reminder: January is always the biggest hiring month of the year, with an average of 19% more hiring than any other month. Get your resume "hiring ready" by joining my free, in-person resume building workshop this Thursday afternoon. Find out more and register to attend at http://resumerebootworkshop.
One of the keys to a successful six-figure job search is staying organized.
Sometimes you just put off starting your executive job search because you don't even know where to begin. So let me give you some basics to start with:
To minimize the effect of long term unemployment on a resume, only list your years of employment for each position, and delete the months.
Most of my clients are over fifty, and the topic of ageism comes up a lot. In my nine years of experience marketing clients into $100K+ positions, I have really only seen advanced age as a true obstacle here in the Midwest after age 58.
Happy Labor Day! As a six-figure job seeking professional, you need to become a professional job seeker. That means developing your skills In every aspect of a job search
One of the most important things you can do to your resume to increase the response is to add the achievements you've made in your career with specific numbers attached. But a lot of people have a hard time coming up with a good amount of achievements, much less adding numbers to them.
A common hurdle my clients have faced before working with me is the liability of being overqualified, especially when they have over 20 years of experience.
Job Seekers are changing industries more than ever before. In this job market, it may be necessary, but it can be intimidating if you've been in the same industry - or even with the same company - your entire career.
Networking is one of the most effective ways of finding a high paying position in this job market, but networking the right way relative to six-figure job seeking goes well beyond giving your friends copies of your resume or asking them if they know of anyone who is hiring.
To get an employer's attention and keep it, you need to understand that hiring managers listen to the station WIIFM - What's In It For Me. Keep in mind throughout all communication with a decision maker that an employer is hiring you for how you can affect their bottom line and how you can pay for yourself - and the quicker the better.
Today, I want you to picture yourself in your perfect job. It's a better fit than where you are now, you're making more money, you have more responsibility and room for growth. It may even be closer to home. It's in a growing industry and you're fully challenged every day.
When putting together your six figure job search strategy, there's one thing you need to keep in mind. Until an employer knows you - until anyone knows you - you are nothing but a commodity. Like a can of soup in an aisle of 600 cans of soup.
There are a lot of reasons people fail in the search for a six figure job, and there are fewer reasons why they succeed.
When you're networking and you explain what type of job you're looking for, if the person you're talking to doesn't know of any openings for that job, then you're out of luck. You may also be one of thirty Sales Directors in a room. So today, I want to give you a method of introducing yourself that will make you memorable, and will expand your audience's perception of your capabilities.
I've referred to job searching before as being a lot like baseball, where you have to run all of the bases, step by step, before you can win the game and start the job. But most six figure job seekers I see are throwing their balls, catching a few and running around, but not performing these methodically in any way. It ends up looking a lot like a ballgame warm-up.
If it's been more than five years since you've looked for a job, it's important that you understand the current convergence of three forces in the marketplace: economic, social and technological. The Perfect Storm of these three forces has transformed how you conduct an effective six-figure career search.
Did you know there are Recruiters out there that won't give you a second look unless you have three or four LinkedIn recommendations? But sometimes it's hard to get someone to take the time to write one from scratch.
My clients are often told that their resumes don't look like resumes. One client was told by an employer last week that his looked like an advertisement. I'm proud of that, because it reads like an ad, which means it'll work like an ad - and yours will, too, if you follow this key advice:
One interviewing technique I teach my clients is to approach the hiring process as if you were a consultant. If you wanted a company to hire you to solve specific problems or increase the effectiveness of their business, what type of questions would you ask the decision makers? How would you listen differently to the hiring managers' descriptions of their needs? Would you be more active in determining their pain points - those specific challenges they are looking to immediately address, as well as in the long term?
Welcome to Career Resume Consulting's new website. Many of you may be wondering exactly what it means to conduct an Executive Job Search, Why You Should Have a Compelling Online Presence and what exactly does a Six Figure Job Search entail?
I've included numerous resources within the website to help not only Executive Job Seekers improve their job search, but ultimately share with you the benefit of how a fantastic marketing resume and working with the right executive "coach" can shave months off your job search and land you a job you love and are passionate about.