How to Become Your Resume

How to Become Your Resume

Your resume! On paper, you’re the perfect candidate. So, how do you make the same impression in person?

Here is some advice. For example:

Divide your time on a two-to-one ratio. For every hour you spend on the mechanics of interview preparation, researching the company, your route and means of travel, wardrobe preparation, etc., spend two hours with your resume and preparing for questions.

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Job Search – Brush Up Your Interview Dining Etiquette

Job Search – Brush Up Your Interview Dining Etiquette

Interview dining etiquette -I came across this subject and at first I laughed. Then I realised it makes a valuable point. Your table manners and your dining etiquette skills really do matter. They are one reason why employers interview job candidates during lunch or dinner – to evaluate their social skills and to see if they can handle themselves gracefully under pressure. It’s especially true when you’re interviewing for a job where you’ll have a lot of social interaction with clients.

The post on interview dining etiquette at this link gives you some great advice, although it doesn’t tell you how to eat a pear. My mother used to say knowing how to eat a pear was the real test of a gentleman.

http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/interviews/a/interviewdining.htm
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

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Job Search – Providing the Evidence

 Job Search – STAR Stories

I’ve written before about the value of STAR stories in your job search.  STAR stories are a great way of  recording your key achievements and demonstrating your competencies. With them you can provide evidence that you really do have, and know how to use, the competencies required for a particular role.

As a first step, some people create a timeline for their life– showing roles held at various times.  Then they flag up key achievements on the line. These don’t have to be restricted to formal work roles but those in the last 10 years should take priority.  I usually ask clients to choose the 10 they think are the most impressive.  For these 10 they then create STAR stories. For each one you include your job title and how long you were employed in the role, then set out briefly;

  • Situation – Describe the situation, the role and environment
  • Task – the challenge – the task you had to complete or the obstacle you had to overcome
  • Action – what action did you take and why. Include the competencies you called on and how you used them
  • Results – highlight the outcome, the value and benefits delivered – for example, savings made

I’ve mentioned before as well that you can use a summary of your STAR stories to add value to your CV and show what you will bring to any new employer! For the 10 stories above I usually suggest that for each you should produce about one A4 page of text. Of course you then need to summarise these down into short paragraphs for your CV – say three sentences on each with an emphasis on competencies used and benefits delivered.

The A4 summaries make great records for you portfolio.  You can use them to refresh your memory before interviews and to help you give evidenced based replies. They are also useful confidence boosters when feeling a bit daunted by a new challenge.

For the five most striking stories, I would recommend going on to fully develop them as case studies.  Think in terms of producing a magazine article, white paper, report or slide show. This will give you an opportunity to fully reflect on how you achieve and how to set yourself up for success in the future.  But if you have a website you can publish them as examples of what you can do. And of course you can now add them to your LinkedIn profile.

Wendy is the The Career Coach – helping you to find fresh perspectives on your Job Search and Career. She helps you work towards your goals and aspirations, in a way that fits in with both work and home life. Email her at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com,  find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.

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7 Phone Interview Tips That’ll Make You Shine

A landline telephone
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Phone Interview Tips That’ll Make You Shine

In some cases, telephone interviews are a way for employers to “pre-screen” possible job candidatesbefore they are granted an in-person interview. In other cases, employers will conduct the full interview over the phone. Whether you are required to go through a pre-screening or have already been given the interview, you must be more prepared than you would be for an in-person interview, even if you are allowed to interview in your PJ’s. Below are some telephone interview tips to keep in mind so your next phoneinterview is a success.

Telephone Interview Tips

1. Use a landline. You don’t want to risk having problems with cell phone service. It is irritating for employers to conduct interviews if the call breaks up frequently or is dropped completely. If you don’t have a land line at home, just make sure you are in an area with as much cell phone service as possible. Do what you can so the process runs as smooth as possible….

You can read the rest of this post at this link

http://newgradlife.blogspot.co.uk/2009/12/7-phone-interview-tips-to-get-job-2.html

 

Interview Checklist

Interview Checklist

Job Search – The Interview Checklist

Interview checklist – are you ready for that interview? This interview checklist will take you step by step you through everything you need to do to be a success!

What are you going to wear?

The first impression you make on a potential employer can make a big difference. So you need to dress appropriately for a job interview – check out what passes for appropriate business dress in the organization you wish to join. Ask around among your contacts; but note, a business suit is usually standard. Have your interview outfit ready to go, so you can be ready for an interview at very short notice. If you are being interviewed online with a camera switched on, think about how you will look and make sure the background is business like.  Check how you will look before you go online

Review your response to the advert and job description

Take the time to remind yourself how you meet the requirement. Then make sure you have your list available for the interview of exactly how you meet the skills, knowledge and qualities required by the employer. Emphasize those most important for success in the job. Be ready to describe successes you have had that make you the perfect match for the job. The closer your qualifications and experience match the job requirements, the better chance you’ll have of getting a second round interview and a job offer.

Research the organization and those interviewing you

How much do you know about the organization itself? Before you go to the interview be sure you are well informed. Do an internet search and use LinkedIn.

Use your contacts

Do you know anyone who is working at the organization or who has worked there recently? Knowing someone can make a big difference – they might be able to put in a good word for you. Plus your contacts can help you with inside information about the organization, its people and, possibly, the recruitment process itself.

Prepare for Interview Questions

Take time to think through questions you are likely to be asked during the interview. This will help you to organize your answers and it will help to reduce stress.  Ask a friend or family or family member to help you practice your answers – if they are prepared to give you a mock interview so much the better.

Prepare for a presentation

Check whether a presentation is required and then find out as much as possible about the subject.  If they don’t suggest one, then concentrate on showing how you are fitted and how you would approach the job.  Prepare your materials well in advance if you can and have spare copies. Have handouts ready and to a good quality – again take enough for the panel and some spares.  Check out what technology and other material will be available for your use.  If using your own equipment, make sure it is working properly on the day. Don’t assume you can use your own without making inquiries first and ask about plugs etc. Run through your presentation, preferably in front of as friend, beforehand.

Have Clear Travel Directions and Allow Plenty of time

It’s important to know where you need to go for your job interview. You don’t want to be late so start in good time. Use Google Maps to get directions if you’re not sure where you are going.  Check on parking and/or public transport so you arrive with time to spare.

Time to relax!

Check out your appearance when you arrive and then use a simple breathing technique to help you relax – here is a link to one; http://www.yourhappinessfactor.net/2011/02/angry-frustrated-and-stressed-relax-and.html

I hope you have found this Interview Checklist useful.  Now go in there and wow them.  I wish you every success and if you would like some extra help, please get in touch.

Wendy is the The Career Coach – helping you to find fresh perspectives on your Job Search and Career. She helps you work towards your goals and aspirations, in a way that fits in with both work and home life. Email her at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com,  find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.

A free trial/consultation allows you to try phone coaching from the comfort of your own home and without risk. Don’t forget to ask about the Summer Special Offer 

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Job Search – The Interview Checklist

Job Search – The Interview Checklist

Are you ready for that interview? This interview checklist will take you step by step you through everything you need to do to be a success!

What are you going to wear?

The first impression you make on a potential employer can make a big difference. So you need to dress appropriately for a job interview – check out what passes for appropriate business dress in the organization you wish to join. Ask around among your contacts; but note, a business suit is usually standard. Have your interview outfit ready to go, so you can be ready for an interview at very short notice. If you are being interviewed online with a camera switched on, think about how you will look and make sure the background is business like.  Check how you will look before you go online

Review your response to the advert and job description

Take the time to remind yourself how you meet the requirement. Then make sure you have your list available for the interview of exactly how you meet the skills, knowledge and qualities required by the employer. Emphasize those most important for success in the job. Be ready to describe successes you have had that make you the perfect match for the job. The closer your qualifications and experience match the job requirements, the better chance you’ll have of getting a second round interview and a job offer.

Research the organization and those interviewing you

How much do you know about the organization itself? Before you go to the interview be sure you are well informed. Do an internet search and use LinkedIn.

Use your contacts

Do you know anyone who is working at the organization or who has worked there recently? Knowing someone can make a big difference – they might be able to put in a good word for you. Plus your contacts can help you with inside information about the organization, its people and, possibly, the recruitment process itself.

Prepare for Interview Questions

Take time to think through questions you are likely to be asked during the interview. This will help you to organize your answers and it will help to reduce stress.  Ask a friend or family or family member to help you practice your answers – if they are prepared to give you a mock interview so much the better.

Prepare for a presentation

Check whether a presentation is required and then find out as much as possible about the subject.  If they don’t suggest one, then concentrate on showing how you are fitted and how you would approach the job.  Prepare your materials well in advance if you can and have spare copies. Have handouts ready and to a good quality – again take enough for the panel and some spares.  Check out what technology and other material will be available for your use.  If using your own equipment, make sure it is working properly on the day. Don’t assume you can use your own without making inquiries first and ask about plugs etc. Run through your presentation, preferably in front of as friend, beforehand.

Have Clear Travel Directions and Allow Plenty of time

It’s important to know where you need to go for your job interview. You don’t want to be late so start in good time. Use Google Maps to get directions if you’re not sure where you are going.  Check on parking and/or public transport so you arrive with time to spare.

Time to relax!

Check out your appearance when you arrive and then use a simple breathing technique to help you relax – here is a link to one; http://www.yourhappinessfactor.net/2011/02/angry-frustrated-and-stressed-relax-and.html

Now go in there and wow them.  I wish you every success and if you would like some extra help, please get in touch.

Wendy is the The Career Coach – helping you to find fresh perspectives on your Job Search and Career. She helps you work towards your goals and aspirations, in a way that fits in with both work and home life. Email her at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com,  find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.

A free trial/consultation allows you to try phone coaching from the comfort of your own home and without risk. Don’t forget to ask about the Summer Special Offer 

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Competency Based Interview Questions

Competency Based Interview Questions

Job Search – The Interview – Competency Based Interview Questions and Answers

Competency Based Interview Questions! Here is a straight forward overview of the competency-based job interview process.

The guide includes insider tips and guidance on how competency-based questions are asked. It describes how the competency-based is conducted and how to succeed at this type of interview. Learn how to structure your answers and prove your ability to perform well in the job.

This video is from http://www.job-interview-site.com/com…

Wendy is the Happiness Coach and author of  The Wolf Project and a new novel, Blood Brothers, to be published in Summer 2013.  As a life and career coach and blogger, she helps people reach their goals and aspirations. As a novelist she hopes to entertain. Oh and she writes poetry too! To find out more email wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com,  find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.

A free trial/consultation allows you to try phone coaching from the comfort of your own home and without risk.  And remember there are great benefits to be achieved from coaching by phone or Skype.

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Job Search – The Interview – Competency Based Interview Questions and Answers

Job Search – The Interview – Competency Based Interview Questions and Answers

Here is a straight forward overview of the competency-based job interview process.

The guide includes insider tips and guidance on how competency-based questions are asked. It describes how the competency-based is conducted and how to succeed at this type of interview. Learn how to structure your answers and prove your ability to perform well in the job.

This video is from http://www.job-interview-site.com/com…

Wendy is the Happiness Coach and author of  The Wolf Project and a new novel, Blood Brothers, to be published in Summer 2013.  As a life and career coach and blogger, she helps people reach their goals and aspirations. As a novelist she hopes to entertain. Oh and she writes poetry too! To find out more email wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com,  find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.

A free trial/consultation allows you to try phone coaching from the comfort of your own home and without risk.  And remember there are great benefits to be achieved from coaching by phone or Skype.

CV review and interview preparation and coaching to improve your confidence and self esteem are a speciality

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Job Search – Funny Interview Mistakes Not To Make

Job Search – Funny Interview Mistakes Not To Make

This is a great piece from  Alison Doyle on About.Com

Interviews can go really wrong really fast. Sometimes, you can knock yourself out of contention for the job before you even get a chance to introduce yourself. It could be wearing the wrong interview clothes or talking on the phone or chewing gum or even having beer cans fall out of your backpack at the worst possible time.

Some interview mistakes are embarrassing, others could have been easily prevented, and some are funny later – even if they weren’t funny during the job interview.

How Not to Impress the Interviewer

One of the funniest interviews, looking back, that I ever conducted when I was a hiring manager involved an applicant for a top level finance position who started taking off his shirt to show me the scars from a boating accident he was in. He wanted to show me why he had been out of a work.

It wasn’t funny then. I couldn’t imagine why he was starting to get undressed in my office. Years later though, it still makes my list of the top interview mistakes I’ve seen…….

Read the rest at http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interview-mistakes/a/funny-interview-mistakes.htm

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! To find out more emailwendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.  

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Job Search: How To Add Value To Your CV And Make It Jump Out From The Pile

Add Value To Your CV

Job Search: How To Add Value To Your CV And Make It Jump Out From The Pile

We all know that recruiters find themselves faced with piles of CVs/Resumes to sift.  How do you make your CV jump out of the pile and on to the desk as selected for interview. Well, when you write your it,  it helps to keep in mind why you are doing it.

At its most basic, A CV is a short list of facts about you and your work history, skills, qualifications and experience. A good CV is essential when looking for work and it is worth spending time getting it right. It needs to show you as valuable to any potential employer.

So what will a recruiter be looking for?

Well certainly your CV should:

  • Be neat, certainly typed, without typos, and to the best standard you can achieve in content and layout
  • Be short, 2 sides of a sheet of A4 paper is usually enough
  • Be positive, it should emphasize your achievements, strengths, successes
  • Make a good impression. This means presenting the facts about you in a positive way.

I hope you are going to

  • Send your CV with a covering letter or email asking companies if they have any current or future vacancies.
  • Send your CV when applying for advertised vacancies
  • Use your CV to help you remember all the dates and information you need each time you need to fill in an application form.
  • Use it to jog your memory when applying for jobs by phone – it can help if you are asked to give more information about previous jobs.
  • Have your CV with you while you’re waiting to be called in to an interview to help refresh your memory.
  • You can also leave a copy with the interviewer if they do not already have one!

Sometimes recruitment agencies ask to see your CV before you can register with them.

So your CV is a way of letting a potential employer know just what value they will get if they employ you. This should be you marketing the most valuable product you have – yourself! Therefore it is going to be much more than just a list of roles.

For each role you do include, you need to show how in that role you added value.

When you have done that you can then lay claim to the associated competencies.

For example, if you led a team;

  • Why did they exist
  • Where did you lead them
  • What did they achieve as a result of your leadership?
  • What was your contribution and what hurdles did you have to overcome
  • What value was delivered?

How does that information provide evidence to support your claim to the competence of leadership?

STAR stories make you a star

Remember  STAR stories – for each one you include your job title and how long you were employed in the role, then set out briefly;

Situation – Describe the situation/problem you were faced with
Task – what did you have to do?
Action – what action did you take and why.
Results – highlight the outcome and the value delivered

Use a summary of your STAR stories to add value to your CV and show how you will add value for any new employer!

Meanwhile if there is advice you would like or questions you would like answered, please get in touch!

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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