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Words Have Power

...because they enable us to communicate.

Updated: 2018-02-13T07:05:59.663-08:00


How would you answer the question "Are you smart" on the job interview?


I would answer with the following:

I'm smart enough to know that raw intelligence alone isn't enough to solve anything serious.  Other things matter just as much, if not more so.  In particular:

  • Learning is about acquiring knowledge and wisdom from others. Wisdom and knowledge gives you the background necessary to find connections between seemingly unrelated concepts -- that is where the true breakthroughs often happen. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: "Every man I meet is in some way my superior, and in that I learn from him."  (apologies for the quote not being gender neutral)
  • Collaboration is about harnessing diverse skill sets so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Any serious project requires a serious collaboration.
  • Perseverance is about not giving up when the going gets tough.  No one is smart or wise enough to anticipate all the problems that the world might throw at you.  Smarts without the will to succeed generally doesn't result in much.
Author: Yisong Yue, Machine Learning Professor @Caltech

5 Tips for Job Seekers Jumping In After a Long Employment Gap


Not everyone is meant to work 40, 50, or 60 straight years. Not everyone gets a job at twenty and very few people get through their entire career without taking a short break, voluntary or not. We retire early, go on an extended maternity leave, join the Peace Corps, or any number of other things between jobs. And, that’s totally fine.Problems arise when you’re headed back into the job market after a gap in employment. Things have changed. The economy is different, industries have shifted, and the job search is more challenging and competitive than ever.Jumping back into the job search can be an overwhelming, scary experience, but you can do something about it.Check out these 5 tips for job seekers jumping in after a long employment gap:LearnUnless you work in medieval map restoration, your industry is constantly changing. Companies fall in and out of favor, profits fluctuate, and processes change all the time. Do some research and learn where your unique skills and experience fit best, and how they create a competitive advantage for you in the job hunt.Websites like LinkedIn, GlassDoor, and company websites can help you gauge how things have changed since you last worked.AssessThe job search requires a great deal of self-evaluation. As a worker, who are you? What do you have to offer prospective employers? Why do you want to work in this industry?If it’s been a while since you worked, how has the industry changed? Figure out what skills make you a competitive applicant and which ones are irrelevant. Don’t be too hard on yourself, but honesty is key.Re-buildIf you haven’t been job seeking in more than a month or two, you’ll need to rebuild your job search tool kit. Look at your resume, your portfolio, personal website, and even your professional wardrobe.Some things may stay the same, but you’ll find you might need to completely re-haul others.Join the conversationNot too long ago, the hiring process was rigid and regimented. Job seeker submits an application, hiring manager processes it, an interview happens, and a job pops out. Thanks to today’s technology, this process has loosened considerably. Job seekers can connect with their peers and important people in the industry to score job leads and advice.If you haven’t already, join one or more social media site(s) (we suggest Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and/or the top discussion board forums for your profession). Make connections with people in your industry. Join a conversation and you could be talking to your next boss!Start off slowJust like running a marathon, sculpting a pot, or writing a novel, start things off slow and steady. If you’ve been out of work for a while, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with everything at once. Make a list of all the things you need to do in your job search and consistently knock one or two off the list every day.Once you get back in the swing of things, you’ll find that you don’t need a list anymore, and you won’t be burnt out either.What do you think? What other steps should job seekers take after a long employment gap? Share your thoughts in the comments below!-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------About the AuthorTony Morrison is the Vice President of Business Development at Cachinko, a unique professional community where social networking and job opportunities come together. His roles include sales, marketing, and business development. He is passionate about building B2B and B2C client relationships and brings this passion to Cachinko where he focuses on helping job seekers to find their ideal job and employers to find, attract, and engage their next rock star candidates. [...]

3 Interview Tips From Recruiters


If you are about to have an interview, then you need to prepare yourself ahead of time and know exactly what to do to show the best side of you to the interviewer. You could get some solid advice while working with technical recruiters, but it is also useful to do some research to find out what hiring managers really want.Knowing what hiring managers want or at least determining what they want job seekers to know is not easy, which is why we have compiled three interview tips from recruiters themselves.1. Come PreparedOne of the most important interview tips that interviewers can provide is to come prepared. If you’re already taking the time to do your research, then you’re on the right track. It’s important to impress a hiring manager by demonstrating your preparedness for the interview and for the job.Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to construct a script beforehand and then present it to the interviewer; that would seem far too robotic. Rather, what you should be doing is researching interview tips, roleplaying common interview questions, and researching the company to which you are applying.Memorize a couple of details about the company and figure out what the hiring manager wants from an employee based on the company’s needs and the job description. Doing your homework will show the interviewer you’re well-prepared and ready to take on the role of an employee for the company.Demonstrating how prepared you are for the interview will also reveal a lot of positive aspects about your work ethic and your passion about getting the job.2. Appearance Does MatterThere have been countless debates on how important appearance really is, but all hiring managers can agree on one thing: appearance does matter. Therefore, one of the most essential interview tips from recruiters is to appear clean, well-groomed, and sophisticated.This doesn’t mean you have to wear your most expensive outfit, but it does mean you have to dress in a way that demonstrates your professionalism. You’re being interviewed for the potential to enter a professional environment so you must be able to show that you belong in such an environment. Even though you don’t want to be too fancy, you have to understand that it’s always better to be overdressed than to be underdressed.Additionally, your body language during an interview is part of your appearance and the way you carry yourself. Therefore, you have to be mindful of how your body language makes you appear. Avoid bad posture or nervous tics as much as you can; instead, keep your back straight while maintaining steady eye contact with your interviewer.3. Leave a Lasting ImpressionYour ultimate goal during an interview is to leave a lasting impression upon the employer.There are several ways to accomplish this: Showcase your skills and experience, emphasize your passion for the job, and, most importantly, let your personality shine. Interviews may seem like they are an opportunity for showing off your skills and talents, but they are also the crucial moment in which hiring managers decide whether or not you are a good fit for the company.Hiring managers are constantly asking themselves whether you would blend into their company’s culture. Therefore, you must recognize the company’s vibe and emphasize your ability to be sociable and confident in such an environment. You want to leave the interviewer with a sense that you have made a strong first impression and that your personality is on par with your qualifications.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Author: George Hoadley brings 11 years of experience in management to his role as the Branch Manager of Design Group Staffing in Vancouver. With a LinkedIn Recruiter Certification, his areas of expertise are construction management, engineering, project management, estimating, and operations. [...]

Body Lanuage in Job Interviews: What to be Aware of


You’re preparing for an interview (or maybe several). You’ve read up on the latest tips, and you’ve been rehearsing your answers to the most common interview questions. Maybe you’ve even done some research on the company you’re interviewing with, and you’ve come up with a few questions of your own.In your research, though, did you think much about body language? It’s common for job seekers to focus on what they’re saying with words, but even seasoned candidates think less about what they’re saying with their bodies.You can send many messages with your posture, your hands, and your face. What should you be aware of during your job interviews?Your Hands and ArmsSome people complain about not knowing what to do with their hands during job interviews. Some people will hold pens; others will cross their arms or clasp their hands, simply because they don’t know what else to do.At the other end of the spectrum, you have people who gesticulate wildly—their hands are everywhere as they illustrate every point they make with hand gestures.It’s important to be aware of what you’re doing with your hands, because you don’t want to be caught at either extreme. Folding your arms could make you appear judgmental or nervous. And holding a pen might seem like a great idea—until you start playing with it.Similarly, doing too much with your hands is a problem. While most experts agree some gesticulation is a good thing, too much may make you seem overdramatic. Pay attention to how much talking you do with your hands.Your PostureHow do you usually sit in job interviews? Are you rigidly upright, or do you tend to slump or slouch in your chair? Do you cross your legs, or prop your ankle up over your knee? All of these different postures say something about you. The question is if they’re communicating what you want to say to your interviewers.Most people recommend sitting up straight and well back in your chair. However, this might seem too formal for some; you might look uncomfortable or nervous. On the other hand, slouching could indicate you feel a little too comfortable—or that you’re bored or not interested in the job.Try to find a natural sitting position in which you feel comfortable without slouching. A slight forward lean can communicate interest and confidence.Your FaceYou may not know exactly how expressive you are; relatively few people spend a lot of time talking to themselves in front of a mirror or a camera. But human beings are incredibly expressive—and most people express a lot through their faces. Some people are more expressive than others, but happiness, sadness, and anger all show plainly on your face.Much like hand gestures, you want to use facial expressions moderately. Smiling, naturally and genuinely, says “I’m friendly” and helps your interviewers feel more at ease. A stony facial expression throughout the interview might say you’re cold and standoffish, but smiling too much can also be off-putting.Practise in front of a mirror to see how you’re using facial expressions to accompany your words.Your FeetDo you cross your legs or ankles? Do you tap your toes or swing your foot to and fro in an interview? Sometimes, this kind of fidgeting is a result of nervousness—but it can also look like impatience or boredom. Do you really want your interviewer to think you’re tapping your foot because you want to get out of the interview as soon as you can?Try to pay attention to what you do with your feet during an interview. While you may not think the interviewer will notice, it could be distracting—and more noticeable than you think.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Author: Howard Gang. He is the Branch Manager of Design Group Staffing in Markham, Ontario. With over 30 years of electronics design and manufacturing experience, Howard has held a variety of progressive positions including product design engineering, program management, business develop[...]

To Keep Interviews Engaging, Use Plenty of Eye Contact


A number of years ago, I was trying hard to get support for an undertaking at work. When I finally got a meeting with a key stakeholder, I was determined to make the best of it.I arrived at the senior vice president’s office prepared to capture and hold her attention. We sat at a coffee table in the corridor of the busy office, and I thought at first this was a good thing. She would probably be more relaxed here, I reasoned.I didn’t realize she would be distracted by the many suppliers, clients, and executives walking past. It was like a having a meeting at a circus.Five minutes into our meeting, I noticed the VP’s gaze shift from my eyes to somewhere over my shoulder. Without thinking, I turned around to see what caught her eye. It was her boss. I thought nothing of it, but when I turned back to the VP, she looked a little embarrassed for the disruption. Despite her best efforts, it happened again. That time, I tried something different: I redoubled my efforts to make eye contact, leaning slightly forward. A surprising thing happened: The VP shifted in her seat, adjusted her glasses, and fixed her eye contact on me. It was like she was saying, “Sorry, I have been rude. It will not happen again.”While an entire book could be written on the subject of eye contact, today’s article is limited to how we can use eye contact to get and keep someone’s attention.The Power of Eye ContactWe can feel it when people are looking at us, even from across the room. If someone raises their eyebrows in surprise (or delight) as they look at us, we subconsciously take it as a cue that they want to engage. When we want to go unnoticed, we’ll only glance at someone, usually sidelong. A longer stare is generally a strong indicator that we want to register our presence with the person we are gazing at.The placement of your gaze on someone can say a lot about your intentions:1. When you’re all business, your gaze will tend to form a triangle from the eyes to the forehead.2. Turning the triangle down from the eyes to the mouth signals friendship.3. Extending the triangle from the eyes down to the chest will indicate romantic intentions – or creepy ones, depending on the context.You can certainly get someone’s attention by glaring at them, or staring at them when they look away, or staring at them when their eyes meet yours – but all that staring gets off-putting fast. So, just how much eye contact is recommended?Generally, I say that 70 percent is the sweet spot – that is, maintaining eye contact for 7 seconds out of every 10. While you’re listening, you can increase that to 90 percent. While you’re talking, 50 percent should be plenty. It is very natural to look away while formulating your thoughts and then make eye contact to confirm you are being heard and understood.As in all aspects of communication, variation keeps it interesting. Occasionally breaking eye contact is one way to bring some variation, but there is more you can do as well. For example, expressions like narrowing your eyes in concentration and widening them in surprise can change things up a bit.Our expressions are usually congruent with the idea we’re discussing, and they generally occur naturally. However, in a recent workshop, a client told me they didn’t have expression in their eyes when they spoke. This is not unusual. Some people are just not that expressive. I advised this client to practice eye gestures that were congruent with what they were saying – e.g., if recalling information, shift your gaze upward; if formulating a thought, look down. This type of “avoidance” actually makes eye contact more interesting, which helps to keep the conversation engaging.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Author: Anthony Awerbuch is a certified body language trainer and an expert in facial expression identification. You can contact him at [...]

4 Tips for Computer Eye Strain Relief


1. To ease eye strain, make sure you use good lighting and sit at a proper distance from the computer screen.

2. Take frequent breaks. During your computer breaks, stand up, move about and stretch your arms, legs, back, neck and shoulders to reduce tension and muscle fatigue.

3. During breaks, splash water on your face while closing your eyes. This has an overall relaxing effect and helps you feel refreshed.

4. Use re-wetting eye drops. You can use re-wetting eye drops as and when required. Avoid eye drops with preservatives.

Top 5 Job Interview Blunders


1. A candidate took out a hair brush and brushed her hair in the middle of the interview.

2. A candidate answered her mobile phone and asked the interviewer to leave his own office because it was a "private" phone call.

3. A candidate kept ranting about the last company she worked for. Speaking negatively about your last job will give the interviewer the impression that you are a difficult person to get along with.

4. A candidate was overly modest during a job interview. Modesty won’t help you land a job. Confidently highlight your strengths and accomplishments.

5. A candidate arrived casually late for a job interview. Arriving late to a job interview won't help you in any way. Make sure to appear 10-15 minutes in advance and notify a receptionist that you have arrived.

The Worst Resume Grammar Mistakes


1. Run-On Sentences

Split your run-on sentences up into coherent smaller sentences that make more sense.

2. Using Apostrophes in Plural Words

Plural words don't get apostrophes

3. Random Capitalization

"Resume" is not a name or title-it doesn't need to be capitalized.

4. Changing Tenses

Keep tenses consistent throughout the resume.

Bad Advice from Friends


This particular scenario happens way more often than you might think, so I’m sharing a recent experience in hopes of saving someone else.

One of my candidates was offered a job. The salary offered was over the top of the original salary range. By the way, this is a clear indication that the company really, really wants to hire you. It is extremely rare for an offer to come in at the top of the range, let alone more than the top of the range.

I found out after it was too late that the candidate took the advice of a “friend.” The friend advised my candidate to push for more money with specific instructions to avoid the recruiter and go directly to the hiring manager with the request/demand. The friend’s point was “What have you got to lose?”

And the answer to “what have you got to lose” is: The job offer. It was withdrawn.

This particular candidate had already exhausted his unemployment benefits and had told me he was desperate to find work. The salary that was offered was more than he had ever earned in any past job and he was convinced by his friend that even what was offered was lower than he could get if he just pushed for more money.

If you are working with a Professional Recruiter, you may want to consider this person actually knows what she is doing and will be able to advise and guide you in a way that your friend can’t.

After all, your friend truly does have nothing to lose when you lose the job offer.
Author: Nancy Baughman President (nancybpres), Author at Calm Water Business Partner, LLC. She has over twenty years of general management experience in human resources, operations, marketing and finance, predominantly with start-ups and small to mid-size companies.

Networking Your Way Into a New Job


Is networking your way into a new job the best approach? When it comes to questions like this my answer is always "it depends." I don’t see the world as black and white.  To me there are always gray areas.

There is so much black and white/one-size-fits-all advice on job hunting. I see people taking this advice to heart and not getting the results they thought they would get.

Standard Advice says:  Network your way into the hiring manager. Don’t go through Human Resources.  Use social media sites and all of your networking connections to find the name and contact information for the person who is ultimately hiring for the position you want.  Then, contact that person directly and ask for an informational interview.

That advice actually works, sometimes.  Other scenarios I’ve seen have not worked well at all.

In some cases, I’ve seen the job seeker succeed in getting the information.  They have bypassed all the gatekeepers including Human Resources and are in direct contact with the hiring manager.

Depending upon the size and configuration of the company, they may have just succeeded in eliminating any chance of getting the job.

If it’s a very small company, the Human Resources person may be related to the owner/president of the company.  The HR person may have more influence than you think.

If it’s a very large company, the Vice President of Human Resources may have the ultimate signature authority on the position.

Either way, they won’t be smiling favorably on someone who didn’t bother to submit a resume through the proper channels.

"Informational interviews" have become synonymous with trickery.

What used to be a good way for someone to find out if a career field, company culture or company mission was the right place for them, has turned into a sneaky way to get a job interview.

So many people use a request for an informational interview for the wrong reasons now; it is increasingly rare for anyone to agree to it.

While this method of job hunting may still work in some situations, be very careful who you bypass, step on or step over on your way to that perfect job.

Remember, even if you get the job, you will have to work with the people you avoided, alienated and in general ticked off.
Author: Nancy Baughman President (nancybpres), Author at Calm Water Business Partner, LLC. She has over twenty years of general management experience in human resources, operations, marketing and finance, predominantly with start-ups and small to mid-size companies.

Stages of Grief – Job Loss


I thought everyone knew about the stages of grief.  When you lose someone you love, you go through five stages of grief.  Well, that’s the theory at least…Some people go through five, some people skip a stage or two and some people get stuck in one stage and can’t seem to move on.Why am I talking about this?  Because I see these same stages in people who have lost their job.They are mourning and everyday I see and hear job candidates who are obviously in a “stage” and need to get through to the “acceptance” part because interviewing in any of the other stages is pointless.Elisabeth Kubler-Ross outlined the stages of grief for those facing their own death as:1. Denial2. Anger3. Bargaining4. Depression5. AcceptanceFrom a job interview perspective, this is what they look/sound like and why it’s not a good idea to go into an interview with any of these attitudes:Denial – When asked why you left your last job.  The correct response is not – “I was laid off, but I’m sure they will call me back any day now.”Why should I hire you, you’re not really looking for a job.  You expect to go back to your former employer.Anger – You can guess where I’m going with this one.  The answer to why you left your last job should not include any four letter words or expressions that would tempt your grandmother to hand you a bar of soap to use to wash out your mouth.  Also any description of your former employer other than glowing is going to be perceived in a negative way.Bargaining – I don’t see much of this one in the recruiting world.  I don’t doubt it goes on privately.  Most of what I’ve read and heard about the bargaining stage includes talking with a higher power.Depression – Oh boy!  Nothing screams “don’t hire me” like someone dragging themselves into an interview, staring at their feet, hair not combed, clothing rumpled, mumbling answers to questions and even (yes, I’ve seen this) crying.Acceptance – Why did you leave your last job?  The company hit a financial rough patch and had to let some people go.  Unfortunately, one of them was me.  But, I understand why they had to do it.   My time there was a great experience, but now I’m ready for a new and different challenge and am looking for my next great employer.If you don’t recognize where you are emotionally, ask someone who knows you well.  I bet they can pick out a stage almost instantly.  They will have to be a true friend though because it’s a tough thing to tell someone and even tougher to hear.I’ve seen people get stuck in Anger for years and not understand why they never get a job offer.  I’ve seen others go straight to the Acceptance stage the day after they’ve been laid off.  Everyone is different.  Don’t be too hard on yourself!-------------------------------------------------------------------Author: Nancy Baughman President (nancybpres), Author at Calm Water Business Partner, LLC. She has over twenty years of general management experience in human resources, operations, marketing and finance, predominantly with start-ups and small to mid-size companies. [...]

My Favourite Quotes for Job Seekers


1. "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

2. "Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing."

3. "Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise."

4. "Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it."

5. "It is never too late to be what you might have been."

6. "Combined with passion and perseverance, identifying and leveraging your strengths and aptitudes is the key to any career path."

7. "When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."

8. "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

9. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can... begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

10. "While most are dreaming of success, winners wake-up and work hard to achieve it."

How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors


About the only thing that remains constant in e-book publishing is that it changes—everything from the services to marketing strategies. Here, I’ve attempted to round-up all the good resources I know of related to (1) learning to publish an e-book, (2) finding the right e-publishing services, and (3) staying on top of changes in the industry.
Author: Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She's the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and the former publisher of Writer's Digest. 

How to "Ace" a Follow-up Job Interview


You recall a friend telling you that at the second job interview level the competition is that much tougher than the first, and the questions you'll receive will be more challenging to answer. This time the employer wants to make sure you're the most qualified of all candidates who've applied.That means preparing for the new interview even more carefully. Consider doing a little more networking and inquiring from people who've had a similar experience. If possible, talk to a human resources representative who may be willing to give you feedback on your progress. Or if you know an employee at the company, he or she might help you prepare for the next interview.Never Hurts to Ask . . .Assure them you're not looking for an unfair advantage or inside information—just support for making wise choices on what to prepare for. If you know the name of the person who will be interviewing perhaps you can gain some insight into that individual's personality and interviewing style.Once you've reached the second job interview, keep your cool. Remember how well you did the first time. Something you said or did won you this current opportunity so you don't want to change your approach. Answer questions in a friendly yet forthright way, citing an example to back up the response whenever you can.For example, if you're asked about your problem-solving ability, avoid a general response such as "I'm pretty good at restoring tranquility after chaos." Instead share a specific incident: (example) "During a power outage at my previous place of employment when all computers went down, I gathered the employees in my department together and led a discussion on how to remain calm in a crisis so that everyone benefits. I received the Employee of the Year Award for having turned the tide at the company during that time."By the time you've gotten to the second interview, you will likely be meeting with a high-level company executive. The interview may allow time for informal conversation so he or she can get to know more about you on a personal level. Be ready and willing to share a few anecdotes and experiences from your life outside the office. Keep in mind that the interviewer will be hiring an individual, not just a professional.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Author: Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system. [...]

Cover Letters That WIN In 2016


As we settle into the New Year, it is once again, time to set priorities. How about putting "Write a brand new cover letter" at the top of your list?Decorate Your Cover Letter With SincerityWhat does it take to create cover letters that sparkle with warm words and practical information? Four simple (and sincere) ingredients that you can master with a little time and thought.1.      A friendly greeting.  Dear Ms. Manager:I was excited to read your ad for a qualified person to fill the position of sales executive at the XYZ Corporation. I felt you were writing to me personally, since I've had seven years of product sales experience and have directed… which resulted in increased revenue for my previous employer…2.      A specific point.In fact, all of the tasks I performed as product sales manager of ABC Company have prepared me for what I consider the next level--sales executive. I am ready and eager to assume the full responsibilities of this position. I'm known for my ability to pull team members together, to lead and accomplish goals with them, and to intervene in a crisis with a level head.     3.   A practical goal.My objective for the next year is to encourage my peers and subordinates and to increase the company revenue through cost cutting and savings. Customer service and harmonious employee relations are also among my top goals day-to-day. 4.       A future plan.May we meet to discuss this job? I'd welcome the opportunity to hear your expectations for the man or woman you hire and to provide you with examples of why I believe I'm the person to fill the position. Please call me at 111-123-4567 at your earliest convenience.Raise Your Glass To A Great New Year And A Great New JobComplete your cover letter and then take an honest look at it. Does it include the four elements listed above? Does it sound friendly yet professional? Does it reflect you at your best? If your answer to any of these questions is 'no' then go back and rework that section until it feels just right. Keep in mind the most important action to take is to be yourself. Then raise your glass to the New Year--the year that will lead you to new employment and new opportunities--the result of a great cover letter that presents your unique self.Happy New Year and happy job hunting!----------------------------------------------------------------------Author: Jimmy Sweeney - President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator. [...]

6 "KEYS" To Job Interview Success In The New Year


A new job in the New Year. Wouldn't that be wonderful? You may be nodding your head. Read on to find out how to ring in 2016 with a first class interview. The keys below will help you unlock the door to your next job interview.Key #1:  Turn off negative thoughts. Look at yourself in a mirror and affirm what you see and know. You are a capable and experienced person who can talk clearly and with confidence.Key #2:  Practice with a friend what you want to say and do during the interview. Such an exercise is a good way to shake off worries and to make changes before the big day.Key #3:  Remember that fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real. Some apprehension is perfectly normal. It means you are eager to do your best and you're taking the interview seriously.Key #4: Avoid drinking or smoking before your appointment. Raising a glass or two during the holiday season may be fun at a party but not before an interview.Key #5: Put off vigorous exercise for another day or when the interview is over. You'll want to be alert and attentive as you listen to the interviewer's questions and to your own responses.Key #6: Stick to the point. Talk about what is relevant to the interview––your work experience, job qualifications, and your goals for supporting the company and increasing revenue and so on. Avoid talking about their family and friends, hobbies and health. If you are asked questions about such matters, of course answer honestly, but briefly. Too much unrelated information can ruin your chances.Before the interview, slip these 'keys' onto your keychain, review them, and use them. Watch how they will unlock the door to a first class interview for the job you desire.Happy New Year!----------------------------------------------------------------Author: Jimmy Sweeney is president of CareerJimmy and creator of the brand new, "Job Interview Secret Document."  [...]

7 Things You Should Never Say in Your Cover Letter


1.   "I’m a hard worker."

2.  Personal life stories.

3.  Salary expectations.

4.  Why you’re looking to leave your current employer.

5.  "I really need this job"

6.  "I don’t have any experience"

7.  "I’ll accept any job with your company."

Show RESULTS in Your Resume!


Hiring managers whip through most resumes that land on their desks. Why do they process them so quickly? Because much of what they see is so boring. Same old thing day after day. Job seekers jump on the Internet, pick a sample that seems good enough and then they swap out their information for what they've read.That is one way to write a resume. But it's totally ineffective. In today's highly competitive job market it takes more than 'good enough.' It takes extraordinary. It takes that extra step that will separate you from the pack.One way to do that is to draw the employer's attention to the resultsyou've accomplished and produced during your work life. Avoid generalizations like this:·         encouraged team players·         took responsibilities seriously·         led sales team to victory·         met all assigned deadlinesThose attributes deserve a pat on the back but that's about all. Hiring managers want to know what they mean. So you must be specific in your use of language. Compare the list above to the one below and decide which one you'd be interested in if you were the employer trying to fill an opening at your company.·         taught and modeled efficiency and effective work habits during a team training·         took responsibility for cutting production costs by 10% beyond the stated monthly budget and achieved that goal·         rallied sales team to increase department revenue by 20% in the first quarter·         exceeded all assigned deadlines by two weeks, providing time for corrections and revisionsNow imagine yourself as the corporate rep who has been told to interview and hire someone who can join the company and assume immediate responsibility for putting the sales department on solid footing within six months. You know that if you don't pull this off your head will roll!Meanwhile, you have hundreds of resumes piling up on your desk and you have to read them all if you're going to find the right person for the job. So you tackle the first 25, hoping to find a jewel in the stack before the day is over. Suddenly there it is--the resume that shouts "Read me and be surprised."What attracts you? The clear, direct, and specific statements that have to do with resultsachieved, instead of a bland list of nice qualities about the job seeker.So when you are ready to create a resume that will 'sell,' think about results--the actions you took that led to something concrete that benefitted the company in a real way, that increased revenue, breakthroughs in the industry, cost-cutting, and techniques and ideas that made a real difference. Then show how you can transfer those skills to the new job you hope to win.--------------------------------------------------------------------------Author: Jimmy Sweeney - originator of the brand new, Amazing Resume Creator [...]

"Tighten Up" Your Resume Cover Letter


When asked about employment dates, DO NOT lie; do not even try to hide the gaps.You should have an acceptable reason for leaving a job and explaining a long gap in your career.The acceptable reasons for leaving a company:1. Relocation2. Taking time off to take care of your children.3. Health ProblemsThe writing is pompous, pitiful, and pathetic! The job searchers who create such cover letters try hard to impress a potential employer but instead do just the opposite.But you don't have to be among this crowd. You can take a moment to put these five steps into action before you write your next cover letter. 1.  Open your letter with a 'killer headline'—a phrase you carefully select to win the hiring manager's attention in a way that will compel him or her to finish reading. Example:KEEP READING to find out why I'm the person most qualified to fill the position of [insert job opening title here].            2.  Create short sentences using simple words. Stay away from long-winded writing that causes the reader to gasp for a breath or run to the dictionary to understand what you're trying to say. Shorter is the order of the day. Examples:                        I worked for XYZ Company for six years as Chief Operating Officer, exceeding all financial goals.3. Keep your letter on one page. Be clear and focused on a single topic—why you're the one for the job and what makes you qualified. You can cover details and dates in your resume instead of adding pages to your cover letter.4. Be sure to say 'thanks.' Whether or not you receive a job offer, be sure to express your appreciation for being considered. Courtesy counts! Examples:I am grateful for your taking time to read my letter.5.   Include a P.S. after your signature line. This is an excellent way to remind the hiring manager of what you'll do next. Example:P.S. On April 9 I'll give you a call to talk more about this outstanding position. I look forward to meeting and speak with you in person about (insert job title here). If you have any questions, please phone me at 555-555-5555. Thank you ahead of time.Put together a cover letter with these five ingredients and you'll be among the few job seekers that know how to reach and relate to a hiring manager in a positive and encouraging way. What more could you want? And what more could a hiring manager want than a person like you who is willing and able and pleasant, yet professional?------------------------------------------------------------------------------Author: Jimmy SweeneyInstant Cover Letters - "In just 3½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!" [...]

The Job Interview: A New Look For the New Year


It's that time of year again—the opportunity to start fresh as you plan for the job interview that's coming your way in 2015.
Being invited for an interview is a good sign. It means you've said something in your cover letter or resume that prompted the employer to call you. So rather than letting worry or fear drive you, focus on the positive aspects of a job interview and look at the experience in a new way for this new year.
•  The hiring manager is a human being—just like you.
He or she probably has a family, hobbies, problems, and interests, as you do. Meet and greet the person with a firm handshake, a friendly smile, and eye-to-eye contact. People can tell immediately if you're sincere or merely going through the motions. Are you sincere and friendly or a character in a story? Make this opportunity count for you and for the other person.
• Present a professional appearance so you will create a favorable impression.
Dress appropriately for a job interview. A suit or sport coat and slacks and polished shoes for men work best. A dress or jacket and skirt or pants for a woman are perfect. Avoid spike heels that might cause you to slip or fall. Press your clothes the night before and choose accessories that are simple and tasteful. Avoid flashy jewelry, dangling earrings, gaudy belt buckles and so on. You'll want the hiring manager to look at you, not your accessories.
• Be prepared to show the employer that you're the ideal candidate for the job.
Mention practical and specific examples of your talent, skills, and experience. Avoid talking in generalities about your character traits (leader, problem solver, and decision maker, and team player). Instead illustrate those attributes by sharing a 'true story' from your education or work life that shows your ability to lead or solve a problem.
For example, did you step up and resolve a crisis or settle a conflict between two employees or make a spontaneous decision that determined an essential outcome? A word picture will help the hiring manager envision what happened.
• End the interview with a sincere 'thank you' and follow up with a written note of gratitude.
People who remember to express their honest appreciation are rarely forgotten. The road that leads you from job interview to job placement intersects with honesty and gratitude. Don't miss it!
Author: Jimmy Sweeney

Out With The Old, In With A New… Cover Letter!


Say good-bye to the old and hello to the new! There's something special about a bright new beginning, an opportunity to start fresh. And there's no time like the present––January 2015––to create a cover letter that will lead you to the job you've only thought about.You're not the only one eager to start over. Employers want to pair qualified job seekers with quality jobs. Help them look good and help yourself at the same time by creating a job search cover letter that will place you front and center. How can you do that? By following the proven strategy outlined below. Use The Four P's Recipe…Ring in the New Year with a cover letter that is professional, positive, precise, and personal. Write as if you're speaking to a friend. PROFESSIONAL: Thank you for posting your need for a manager for your sporting goods store. POSITIVE: I've played sports all my life and have a passion for helping others succeed in their sport of choice. PRECISE: Based on my experience as the assistant manager of Sam's Sports in my former location, Big City, USA, I know the value of high-quality equipment, good employee relations, and excellent customer service.PERSONAL: I hope you will consider me for the position of manager. I will pay close attention to your company standards and promise to meet them to the best of my ability.Notice the difference between the style of the previous writing and the one below:"Given your listing posted on I am responding herein with the sincere hope that you will provide me with ample consideration regarding the possibility of granting me an interview with the high expectation of being hired for said stated employment . . ."Kick this clutter to the curb and write a cover letter in simple conversational language that reflects your personality. Think of the employer as a good friend who wants to hire you because of your honesty and humility. You're not banging down his door but rather knocking respectfully.Raise Your Glass!Before sending your cover letter, read it aloud so you can catch errors or a formal tone.Cut the long and windy sentences. Chop the pompous phrases. Clip the weedy words. Revise it again until you hear your own voice on the page. Add a dash of personality. Then toast the New Year—the year that will change your life and your employment because of a great cover letter that will have any hiring manager sit up and toast with you.Happy New Year and happy job hunting!------------------------------------------------------------Author:  Jimmy SweeneyAmazing Cover Letter Creator [...]