| Job Search Guide - Mistakes That Cause Loss of Motivation, Focus and Your Dream Job
by Clara Chorley and Tim Muma - Jun, 2015
The longer an individual goes without a job they're searching for, whether their unemployed or unhappy with their current position, the struggle becomes even greater. Clara Chorley, founder and CEO of Clarity Unlimited, talks about the handful of mistakes job seekers make that creates more difficulty for themselves - particularly from the mental side of things. Clara explains to Tim Muma how motivation and focus on attaining o...
| Job Search Guide - What is Your Greatest Weakness?
by Mike Perry and Tim Muma - May, 2015
There are a number of interview questions that cause great stress on job seekers. One particular inquiry people have trouble with is, "What is your greatest weakness?" Tim Muma asks Mike Perry the best way candidates can handle this query. Mike is the president of Szarka Financial Management, and he has over 30 years experience as a hiring manager. He will give you the inside dish on what answers sound good and which ones fall...
| Job Search Guide - Can You Tell Us About a Mistake You Made and How You Overcame It?
by Barry Drexler and Tim Muma - Apr, 2015
There are a number of interview questions job seekers mention as being difficult ones to answer. One of those likely to emerge is, "Can you tell us about a time you made a mistake and how you overcame it?" The Expert Interview Coach, Barry Drexler, tackles this question and gives the listeners insight into the real purpose of this type of inquiry. He also explains to Tim Muma how the candidate should approach the question, inc...
| Job Search Guide - Skilled Trades Worker Shortage: Opportunities Abound
by Craig Mech and Tim Muma - Mar, 2015
For a number of reasons, the skilled trades have taken a sizable hit in recent years, struggling to find qualified workers to fill tons of necessary positions. Craig Mech, VP of manufacturing for GSI Technologies, gives Tim Muma the lowdown on how companies in the skilled trade industries have been hurt. He discusses how education and misconceptions have played a role, and gives listeners some ways to turn this trend around. C...
Job-Search Analysis: Learn How to Job-Search like a Professional!
by Sharon Cohen - Aug, 2015
This week, I presented a webinar for business professionals on "How to Access the Hidden Job market." Within a few minutes of the presentation, I realized that there was a high level of frustration and discouragement with job search. So, I decided to take this webinar back to it's roots. I offered to do a live demonstration of a Job-Search Analysis and open the job search process to the group. Two of the webinar attendees...
Why Interviews are Just Like Texas Hold 'Em Poker: Strategic Moves!
by Sharon Cohen - Aug, 2015
Strategic Moves! •Learn how to work with the cards you've been dealt. •Consider 'future cards' and future opportunities •Placing bets: what are your odds? •Survive multiple rounds and multiple interviews to get to the finish line and the job offer! Let's begin from the "flop." From the flop on, betting begins with the player to the dealer’s left, who can check or bet. When the employer has narrowed down the i...
Resume Tips III: Balancing Accomplishments with Reality
by Robin Schlinger - Aug, 2015
I know that we all face contradictory feelings about our accomplishments: sometimes we boast about them and sometimes we hide them; sometimes we are annoyed because no one recognizes them and sometimes we demand recognition we barely deserve. Those contradictory sentiments often show up in the resumes that job applicants bring to me for my professional review and rewrite. A recent college graduate started out his resume...
Three Ways to Slam Dunk on Your Next Interview
by Mary V. Davids - Aug, 2015
Interviewing can be a stressful process, but if you prepare for the good and the bad, you will have full control of the process and not allow it to have control of you. Once you have received an invitation to talk more about your potential value to an organization, you are half way there. It then is up to you to do the rest. 1.Don’t overlook the receptionist. In a past post I explained the importance of a receptionist. The...
What's Your Industry Brand of Career Success?
by Abby Locke - Aug, 2015
Whether you are actively job hunting, preparing for an interview or about to connect with a new contact, you need to able to articulate your key strengths and unique value proposition. If you have not sat down and evaluated your career success in a long time, now is a good time to start. One of the areas where many senior professionals fall short is capturing strong quantifiable and qualitative achievements relevant to...
How to Move on After a Job Rejection
by Melody Wilding - Jul, 2015
The resume that goes off into the online application ether. The call for a second interview that never comes. The rejection letter from your dream job that hits you like a ton of bricks. No matter what stage you are at in the job search process, it’s likely that rejection has reared its ugly head in your direction. Being turned down for a role you really want is never fun, and it sure can tank your confidence. And...
Accepting Counter Offers is a No-No
by Bernie Frazier - Jul, 2015
As a former recruiting leader, I have encountered numerous times when one of my team members or I would extend a job offer to a candidate only to have their current employer counter it with an offer of their own. Some candidates accepted the counter offer while others said, “Thanks, but no thanks.” I was always surprised (and disappointed) by those who accepted the counter offer for the same reasons I share with you that...
Cracking the Code on Interview Questions
by Bernie Frazier - Jul, 2015
Several years ago, I interviewed someone for an Executive Administrative Assistant position. Because the previous Assistant left the company after 20 years due to harassment from a peer, I knew the next person coming through the door would have to be strong enough to stand up to the “Bully” to get her to back down. After qualifying her credentials by reviewing her resume and in the phone interview, I invited her to meet with...
What Story Does YOUR Resume Tell and Will It Work?
by Jean Cummings - Jul, 2015
Read through your current resume with an objective eye - what story does it tell? Here are some of the stories I've seen in people's resumes: - I had a lot of authority in my jobs before 2005 but since then not so much - I stuck with one job for 10 years back in the '90s but have had really short 1-2 year stints since 2005 - I have a ton of technical skills and am a real hands-on techie (Problem is that resume is mea...
Executive Presence is Coming Full Circle
by Valerie Sokolosky - Jul, 2015
Can I make an observation? And I mean this with due respect. Your clothing does matter! Listen to the marketplace. You’ll find the term Executive Presence is coming full circle. It’s just flat important! Clients who dress for success get the higher marks. Don’t think for a minute that they don’t. Oh, I know what you’re saying – “Why should I be concerned with what I wear when I’m technically proficient?” Because it’s just...
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