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Getting your Dream Job

Answer Job Interview Questions & Score Big
by: Morgan Hamilton

It doesn’t really matter how awesome the résumé reads, how many great laurels you can rest upon, or how much knowledge and experience you have acquired, you can bet that whether or not you land a job will have a great deal to do with how you answer job interview questions. It’s really no secret that a lot of prospective employees below their chances of landing a coveted job by not being prepared for their interview.

As a result, they stumble over their words, say the wrong things, or resort to making up responses. The interviewer can immediately see through that kind of charade, and will not give the applicant a second thought once the session is finished. There’s no reason for this to happen, so don’t be one of them. By spending a bit of time researching the best way to answer job interview questions, you’ll give yourself a huge advantage over your competition.

There are several sources you can go to in order to learn how to answer job interview questions. The very first place I would suggest that you look is the World Wide Web. There are a seemingly endless array of web sites devoted to job seekers and many of them will coach on how to answer job interview questions.

These are the folks who do the actual hiring for many human resource offices so they really know their stuff so you would be well advised to follow their advice. On the websites, you’ll find numerous examples of how a confident, well-spoken candidate would answer job interview questions. Many of the questions that you’ll run into our of the more common variety so you’ll have a pretty good idea how to answer them when they’re asked to you.

Another great source that will help you prepare to answer job interview questions is software designed specifically to help people write résumés. As I’m sure you already know, when you’re writing your résumé you really want to look sharp and place you in the best light possible. Of course, that’s exactly what you want to do when you answer job interview questions too. These tutorials usually consist of video clips showing actors playing the roles of interviewer and interviewee, which means you’ll actually get to see and hear the best way to answer job interview questions. Watching videos are sometimes more helpful in reading the printed word because you can really say how the subject matter unfolds on so many different levels.

And by all means to take the time to practice. In order to get a feel for how you would really answer job interview questions when you’re sitting in the hot seat, ask a family member or friend to sit down with you and role-play the interview process. A dry run like this can be incredibly helpful and preparing you for the real thing. All you have to do is write out several different things you are likely to be asked, then come up with logical and cogent responses to these questions.

During this process there’s nothing wrong with taking your time so that you really get it down cold. If you really want to critique your performance in detail, you should record the session with a camcorder, have others watch and can give you an honest assessment of what they thought. It’s often difficult for us to judge this on our own so I suggest you have others look at it as well.

It takes a lot of hard work, determination, and perseverance to get hired these days. By doing your homework and practicing the art of how to answer job interview questions, you will be going a long way in helping yourself to land that job.

About The Author
Morgan Hamilton offers his findings and insights regarding jobs and career. You can get interesting and informative information here at http://www.jobscareersinfo.com/jobs–careers/employment/answer-job-interview-questions.html

 

 

 

 

8 Easy Steps to a Winning Interview

By: Joe Turner – [work]
Posted 03/28/06

Job interviews can be cause for all types of “jitters” arising from
everything from performance anxiety to traffic jams. You can greatly
minimize your anxieties and increase your chances for a winning
interview by realizing that all job interviews really come down to only
a few basics. Here is a quick checklist of the 8 most important
elements that you need to have covered. (And number 8 is after the
interview).

1. Research before you go (before you even apply). Well before your
first job interview, before the phone screen, before you even call or
send a resume, ask this question: Is this a company you would want to
work for? Know exactly why it is. If not, then why are you there? This
also reduces the possibility of stupid and embarrassing phone screen or
job interview questions on your part. You should already know what
products or services the company is in the business of providing, their
size and their annual revenues (if they are a public company). You
should also go to their website and check out their current press
releases. Granted, most of this is PR fluff, but you can extract some
good nuggets here by finding out what products they’ve just introduced,
what success stories they’re promoting and their most recent stock
performance and growth projections. Many challenges the company may be
faced with are couched in these little releases and it’s good for you
to know and use this to your advantage during the interview.

2. Make sure you can and do answer these 5 job interview questions:

a. Why are you here?

b. What can you do for us?

c. Will you get along with our values and culture here?

d. What makes you different from everyone else that we’ve talked with,
i.e., will you go that extra mile?

e. How much will you cost us? (Save your answer for this one at the
time of an actual job offer. Never talk salary at your first interview
unless they press you and then be general at most.)

3. Have your “stories” in your head, ready to go. At the job interview,
the company wants to find out what kind of employee you would be. The
best way for you to show them is to take the initiative and have
several personal stories that you can tell, taking maybe a half-minute
to 90 seconds each during the job interview to tell. By this I mean,
you’ll develop stories around specific examples of your career. For
instance tell how you either made money or saved money for your current
or previous company, how you faced a crisis in your life or job and how
you responded or recovered from it, how you contributed to the team to
complete a crucial project or company goal. Your stories should all
piece together as answers to the questions above.

4. Have a list of questions YOU want answered beforehand. See #1 above.
At the job interview don’t ask questions you should already have
answers for, however, you DO want to demonstrate interest by having a
few questions for the interviewer that are more specific about the job,
the projects, the immediate needs and the challenges the person filling
this job might be facing.

5. Dress for a job interview not a date. See John Molloy’s Dress for
Success. It’s dated but still the best book there is. If you’re not
sure, call ahead to either your interviewer or the HR department and
ask what to wear. When in doubt, dress more conservatively. You want to
fit in and not feel self conscious about your clothing choice during
the interview.

6. Watch your body language. Don’t fidget, play with your pen or keep
adjusting your collar or your hair. Remember body language sends a
strong signal to others about your inner feelings, your intentions and
thoughts. Bad body language usually stems from nerves or low
confidence. You can reduce your jitters and raise your confidence by
preparing well in advance of your job interview.

7. End the job interview with an answer to this question “what is our
next step?” You’ve gone this far, you have a right to know exactly
what is going to happen as a reult of this meeting. You need to take
responsibility for asking this simple question at the conclusion of the
meeting. Don’t wait for the interviewer. You deserve an answer before
you leave the room.

8. Send an Interview Thank You letter. Do this within the first 24
hours of your interview if at all possible. A handwritten note will
really separate you from everyone else that’s interviewing for this
position.

Summary

You become more effective by having only eight simple job interview
actions to keep track of. Since you have been preparing weeks ahead of
time for this moment, much of this work has already been completed.
Keeping track of these eight small steps for your job interview will
greatly increase the chances in your favor of walking out a winner and
one very large step closer to landing the job you really want.

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Ten Preparations to Make before Interviewing

By: Gerry McLaughlin – [work]
Posted 09/12/06

1. First of all, know who the company is and what they do. You’ll be asked, ”Have
you heard of us?” and it is better to be able to respond in the positive. You can
use the Internet to find out something about them. You look unprepared if you
haven’t even taken the time to look them up.

2. Make sure that you can remember what you did on your last few jobs. It doesn’t
look good if you are asked what the project was on a job you worked on recently and
you can’t even remember what the project did, or the name of it (been there).

3. Study up on the skills that you know that they are looking for. You may well be
questioned or even tested on those skills. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember much
about something you did two years ago, but you’re going to have to. You’ll have to
brush up on it again if you hope to get the job.

4. Make sure that you are dressed well but not too flash. A suit is good, but a
Rolex watch and big gold rings aren’t. It goes without saying that an open-necked
shirt with your chest hair hanging out will not look good. The same goes for women
with open-necked shirts (except for the hair hanging out part).

5. Don’t set out for your interview in a Porsche or a sports car. If you have to,
borrow a friend or spouse’s more sedate car. If you’re a contractor, you may earn
more money than your prospective boss but don’t shove it in his face.

6. Don’t wait to leave home till five or ten minutes before you have to. You don’t
want to be late. The first rule of salesmen is to never be late. And you are selling
yourself, your services and your capabilities. On the other side, don’t show up too
early or you may appear too eager.

7. Find out from the agency that sends you if they have sent someone else there for
an interview and ask them to find out what the interview and the interviewers are
like. The agent will be willing to help you even if they have put someone else in.
They are also likely to have spoken to the interviewers and can give you an opinion
on them.

8. If you know someone at the company, contact them to get the rundown on the
company and the people interviewing you. If you don’t know anyone, you might put out
an email to your contacts to see if they know anyone inside the company.

9. Don’t go out drinking the night before, or to a restaurant that has food that
might affect your presence. You’re likely to be nervous and might have had to rush
to get there on time. You never know what is seeping through your pores and into the
interviewer’s nostrils in the small enclosed room where you are being interviewed.
Some non-intrusive aftershave or perfume might be good.

10. Convince yourself that you are the best person for the job and that they will be
lucky to get you. Your confidence will come through. You will get this confidence
through thorough preparation for the interview. There’s nothing more irritating than
failing an interview by not being able to answer something that you should have
known – especially if you have been out of work for a while.

Extra tip: Use the Internet to get as much background information as you can.
Remember IBM, Sun, Microsoft, etc all have sites. Don’t do your Internet
investigation the night before the interview. You might find more information than
you can cope with, or you may have an ISP problem and get nothing at all.
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Gerry McLaughlin has fulfilled every role in Software Development from Trainee Programmer through Systems and Business Analysis, Project Leader and Manager, Systems Manager and Chief
Information Officer with a department of 80 people. Tens of thousands of IT Contractors visit www.ITContractor.com each month to keep themselves in touch with the market.

Personal Pluses That Ace A Job Interview
By: Joel Vance

As the business world has become more competitive for the shrinking markets available to them, companies have shifted their focus from hiring the most educated or experienced graduate, to hiring those employees with personal pluses as well as the job skills.

Right now, you may be in an entry-level job, gaining experience and hoping to work your way up. This is also the time (if you haven’t learned them while growing up), to develop your people skills as well. Because these tend to be the “soft” sell features that make candidates stand out at an interview.

Promptness is one attribute that employers appreciate. It doesn’t come naturally, but it doesn’t take a great deal of work to acquire either. A little planning, or putting thought into your daily routines and habits, mean you are not only on time for work, but for outside activities as well.

Personality also goes a long way, when an employer is considering equally qualified candidates. Do you enjoy your work? Have you had good experiences with previous employers? If not, don’t make those incidents a focus during your interview. Instead, highlight the positive aspects of past jobs, and how they have helped to make you suited for the position related to the interview. And don’t ooze friendliness. Leave that to your puppy at home. Interviewers can spot a phony as soon as they show their orthodontist’s handiwork. Be your natural, sincere self. Your real personality will show through, and sometimes will count for more than the degree on your graduation certificate.

People skills are now being considered one of the most valuable assets that any employee can have, no matter what their role. It’s not just the customer service part of the job that counts, but how well you function as part of a team, and part of what may be a small, and highly motivated company where there can be periods of intense and concentrated work that tests both your professional skills and your temper. Having an even “keel”, and knowing how to deal with those who don’t, is a talent that will follow you from job to job, in written recommendations, and in how you present yourself at an interview.

With the number of people seeking work, either as new graduates or recently laid off employees, you need to put not only your best foot forward, but your best “self”. A company can go to any institute and hire a person trained to a particular skill. What they are really looking for when they grant interviews, is someone with the technical skills and personality pluses.

Author Bio
Joel Vance is an Human Resources expert who has been in HR for 17 years and interviewed 3,159 people. He has also taught at 4 major universities around the country and currently has a best selling book on interviewing entitled The Perfect Interview at www.theperfectinterview.com

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Plan Your Career Progression When Looking For A Job
by: Scott Brown

Although we never truly like to grow up, at some point in our lives we will have to start planning for the future. Why not start now by taking a moment to plan out where you want to be in 5 or 10 years. One of the best times to plan for career progression is during your job search.

Most people have a tendency to look at the salary they are making and decide that they need to make more. Don’t just look at the salary, start looking at the different types of companies where you would like to work. Look at what benefits they offer other than the salary and what chance for advancement they offer. Also, think about location.

Options

No matter what your profession, there are generally options for your progression in your chosen career or there are options for changing careers or industries. Take a moment to list out what you consider to be your options. Do they look good? Is it time to change industries or change careers?

Decisions

Whether your chosen career is the one for you or you decide you need to change, there are some important decisions you will need to make when you get ready to plan your career progression.

First, do you have enough education to qualify for the position you want? If not, how do you plan to get it? Looking for jobs with companies that have great education benefits can help you in achieving your goal.

Secondly, do you have the depth and breadth of experience you need to get where you want to be? Will your current job offer you the opportunity to get that experience? If not, what types of companies will help you gain the required experience?

Finally, are you in the right area to get where you want to be? If you are looking to make a certain salary or are looking for a position that might be exclusive to certain areas (like making movies), you need to plan a career progression that allows you to move into the areas where you can pursue your dream.

So, if you are starting your job search and are just thinking about how much money you are going to make at your next job, take a moment to look where you want to be down the road and plan your job search accordingly. Being proactive and planning ahead will help prevent you from looking back on your career with regret after you turn fifty.

About The Author
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively. To download your own free copy of the Job Search Handbook, visit http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com.

HOW TO EASILY GET A JOB: The Common Mistakes Made By A Job Seeker
by: Lubowa Planet

 
Would you like to learn how you can easily get a job?

Imagine finishing your university studies completely confident and prepared for the job market—

Knowing all that will be required of you as a job seeker.

Now I want you to imagine being completely in control of the outcome of your job search activities and landing the job of your dreams, which will make you happy and comfortable…Sound too good to be true?

After you read this short article, you will feel like your fears of never getting a job are almost completely solved, all you will have to do is to go out and get one.

Right off the butt, I want to tell you that getting a job is as easy as mastering the English alphabet. However, it makes me sad whenever I see a bright individual blundering his chances of getting a job by committing mistakes that can be easily avoided.

MYTH: Most job seekers think they can get the job just because they’re good at what they do.

FACT: Wrong! The jobseeker that knows how to present his CV, use the CV to effectively search for that job and how to act during an interview and answer questions well will get the job!

So what does this imply, it implies that the process of getting a job boils down to three things namely, Writing a good CV, using the most effective job search methods and mastering the art of interviews. What are the common mistakes you are bound to commit as a job seeker?

1. Writing a poor CV.

These days’ employers often receive a lot of CVs for advertised and not advertised jobs. Jobs advertised in national papers can often attract hundreds of applicants. So your CV has to be just that little bit special to stand out if you want to obtain interviews.

Your CV is a very important document; with it rest your hopes and dreams for the future -that next step up the career ladder, a better position, more money, new challenges, etc. Your CV therefore has to represent the best you have to offer if you do not want to miss out on that job you saw advertised or heard of which was ‘perfect’ for you.

However, most job seekers spend a lot of time, effort and some times money, to write a very good CV. When they are through with the writing bit, they then make several copies, which they will attach to each and every Job application they send out. This is a very grave mistake. You should never do this. Each Job you apply for, you should send a customized CV. A CV that is tailored to the requirements of that particular position. In the book titled “How To Easily Get Jobs-Interview Questions And Their Right Answers Exposed”, The four different types of CVs are shown with guidelines on how to write each particular CV and when to submit which CV. Plus the 15 thing that you should never include in your CV.

If you have customized your CV but doesn’t seem to have the impact you wanted and you’re not getting many interviews, then you should consider the following mistakes you might be committing: Are you aiming for jobs that you aren’t qualified for? Does your CV meet the requirements of an advertisement? Are you older/younger than the stated age range on the advertisement? If you can see no reason why you have been rejected then you should look again carefully at your CV, as this must be the culprit.

2. Using Poor Job Search strategies.

Once you have prepared your CV you are ready to start looking for a job .In Uganda today, there are essentially four ways to find a job. The mistake that most graduate Job seekers do is to use only one method of job hunting. There preferred method is that of submitting application for jobs advertise in newspapers, radio and other print media. However, Over 67% of opportunities in any country are not advertised in the above media. So you should be able to use a method that will help you to uncover the 67% of unadvertised jobs. This method is called “Networking” and is extensively written about in many books including that written by me. In other words, To easily get a job, you will need to use more than two method of job searching. Faster results will be achieved when you use the four method of job searching.

3. Not Being Specific:

Most job seekers prolong their unemployment period because they lack vision. They do not know what they want. Though a few people have succeeded in getting a job when they just requested for any job, the majority of applications that request for any job will end up in the dustbin, never to be seen again.

You should not just apply for any job, ask for a particular Job. “What Job Do I want?” You should ask your self the question before you start hunting for the job. If you need help in reviewing your career plans you can get advice from ‘Careers Service. These can be found at most departments at the various schools, institutions and Universities. It is important to have thought through the types of job/career you are seeking. This will help you identify potential employers and target your applications by presenting clearly what you have to offer.

4. Minimal interview skills by the candidate:

Many job seekers I have worked on have confided in me that even though they eagerly wait for the interview appointment to come in, they also hate the night proceeding to it. This is because they are not sure of what their performance at the interviews will be. Answering job interviews is an art that is perfected with preparation, practice and repetition. However, job seekers make a mistake of coming for the interview unprepared and not knowing what to expect.

Before you go for an interview, find out everything you can about the company by reading their annual report if they have one. Re-read your application, thinking through your own career and the questions they might ask you. You should try to anticipate the general questions which they will ask and also prepare some questions to ask them.

To do well at the interview, you will need to convince the interviewer you are technically qualified to do the job. You will also need to show that you are sufficiently motivated to get the job done well and that you will fit in with the company’s organizational structure and the team in which you will work.

You should dress smartly for the interview and should leave home earlier than you need to on the day of the interview – you may be delayed by traffic or for other reasons. Be courteous to all employees of the company. At the interview itself you must be positive about yourself and your abilities – but do not make a mistake to waffle.

In the book “How To easily Get Jobs-Interview Questions And Their Right Answers Exposed”, You are shown secret techniques, tactics and strategies that you should use to out perform your completion and ACE any job interview. It has over 150 common questions asked at job interview, with the most excellent answer in response to the questions. These questions are a good resource for any one preparing for any job interview.

Well, those are some of the mistakes that are committed during job seeking and I have shown you how you can avoid them so as to easily get a job. For even more information, I recommend that you get your self a copy of the Book titled” How To Easily Get Jobs-Interview Questions And Their Right Answers Exposed”

About The Author
Lubowa.M.Planet is the author of the book titled “How To Easily Get Jobs-Interview Questions And Their Right Answers Exposed”at: http://www.easyjob.homebusiness-4-enterpreneurs.com

Five Reasons You Were Rejected for the Job You Thought You Had

By: Gerry McLaughlin – [work]
Posted 09/05/06

You thought you had the job nailed. The interview went well–the interviewer seemed to like you and your skills were a perfect fit. They even seemed to be on the verge of offering you the job on the spot. But your agency tells you the next day you didn’t get the job or contract. What happened? It came as a big shock, didn’t it?

Losing a job or contract you thought you had is a real blow to your self-esteem. All sorts of reasons start to race through your mind. Was your agency up to something? Did one of your references put in a bad word for you? You just can’t believe it or understand it.

Having been on both sides of this situation, here are some of the reasons that it might have happened:

1. Better Candidate

By far the most likely thing to have happened is that somebody walked in later that afternoon, or the next morning, for an interview who was a better fit perfect for the position than you. As an employer it used to happen to me fairly regularly that I would interview someone I felt happy with and would have been glad to take on. But then somebody else would come along later who was exactly who we wanted, even more so than the previous candidate.

2. Agency Hocus Pocus

Although reason number one is by far the most likely, there is the possibility that the agent sent two candidates along for a contract position, and the client likes both of you. In that situation the agent may steer the client towards the candidate the agency can make the most money from.

3. Someone Recognized You

It’s always possible that someone you worked with previously recognized you as you walked in for the interview. Maybe they knew you got into trouble at the other place, thought you were incompetent, or just plain didn’t like you. And they passed that information on after you left the building.

There’s also the possibility that person is protecting himself or herself. Maybe they were sacked from the previous company and didn’t want someone knowing that starting at his or her new place of employment. I once lost a job I thought was a sure thing. I found out later I lost out because of a bad recommendation from someone I’d worked with previously. The guy had been escorted off the premises by the security guards where I worked with him before.

4. Jumped the Gun

It happens fairly regularly that Project Managers interview for positions they haven’t received a budget for yet. It was only wishful thinking on their part. They either never get budget permission or they have to wait longer than expected, by which time you’re already at a different job. If you were interviewing for a contract position, perhaps HR was still hoping to hire a permanent employee and didn’t want to commit to a contractor.

5. Bad Reference

There’s also the possibility that the company got a bad reference on you. This could have come from your previous employer, client or even a co-worker.

Hiring agents have told me that often the best sources to ask will be other contractors or co-workers. They may have somebody at a site where you used to work, and the agent will simply call them to ask what you were like. If you are unlucky they connected with someone with whom you didn’t get along.

However, by far the most likely occurrence, in my experience, is that someone else came along for an interview after you did that the company simply liked better. This is what happens in 9 cases out of 10, and possibly 99 cases out of 100.

Where do you go from here? If you lost out to someone else, you could try to find out what distinguished that person from you. It may mean you getting more training in job skills to match or exceed that other candidate. If you had equal skills and experience, maybe that other person presented himself or herself better. You might consider getting interview training so you don’t lose jobs again.
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Gerry McLaughlin has fulfilled every role in Software Development from Trainee Programmer through Systems and Business Analysis, Project Leader and Manager, Systems Manager and Chief
Information Officer with a department of 80 people. Tens of thousands of IT Contractors visit www.ITContractor.com each month to keep themselves in touch with the market.

An Effective Resume Objective Can Make a Big Difference

By: Joe Turner – [work]
Posted 03/29/06

A missing or lame Objective section can get your tossed in the trash in a matter of seconds. There are quite simply too many better s out there to bother. Yet most job seekers screw this up terribly.

The basics are thus: toward the top just above or just underneath your “Keyword Competencies” paragraph, put your “Objective” section which is quite simply the object of your job search, the title of the job you are seeking.

Here’s a Bad Example: Most people put in a title (like “Software Developer” or, “Lighthouse Keeper” or, “Marketing Director” or “Product Manager” or “NASCAR Pit Boss” in some long droning sentence that reads like:

Objective: “Challenging opportunity as a (title) where I can effectively use my managing and sales skills in my ongoing effort to help grow an organization, blah, blah..”

This is not only boring, it’s also highly ineffective. Your has only so much available space and your potential reader so little available time. This sort of verbiage does not transmit key information that will widen your net.

Use the “Objective” to do one thing, focus on your objective.

Here’s a Better Example: Instead of just filling out the target title as “JAVA Programmer” for instance, also list other closely allied titles that the searcher may be searching on. For instance:

Objective: “Java Programmer, Software Engineer, Application Developer, Software Developer.”

Use each section in your to answer one question only. By putting several potential titles in the Objective heading (and leaving out the skill-set info of the first example), you tighten up your focus and you widen your net. Even within larger companies, there may be several different job requisitions at any one time. For example, it hasn’t been uncommon for a company to have concurrent openings for “Java Programmer”, “Software Developer”, “Software Engineer”, all of which you may well be qualified for. So don’t limit yourself with your objective title. Use this space to your best advantage and you will reap greater returns.

Summary: Wow, that was pretty easy wasn’t it? But you know, most of your competitors in the job search process DON’T DO THIS SIMPLE THING. Add this improvement to your today and you’ll find yourself out of the lost abyss and back in the game and closer to getting that job you really want.

 

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How To Find An Organization Worth Working For

By: Patricia Soldati – [work]
Posted 05/09/06

Sadly, many top companies today would likely flunk a spiritual audit.

Hidden behind the endless talk of organizational values, are profit-driven, high-pressure labor camps trading paychecks — and diminishing perks for your soul. All of which means that uncovering a company’s corporate culture is a critical task for todays job searcher. As important as the job itself.

To find a company that recognizes you have needs and desires beyond the workday children, aging parents, personal interests, church and self — start with the highest level view of the qualities that make any organization spiritually rich:

**Trust, active participation, mutual respect, and a feeling of belonging.
**Open, honest communication flowing up, down and across an organization
**Congruity — stated values are healthy and consistently practiced.
**Leadership emerges and is welcomed at all levels

The cumulative result of these four patterns is a high “group intelligence” which produces organizations that are flexible, responsive, and able to react to change quickly. These companies respect you as an individual and are productive, profitable entities.

3 Steps To Uncovering Cultural Truth
You may never completely know a corporate culture until you have worked at the company for a while, but you can get darn close with the right kind of research. And do be pro-active. If there is an organization that you have even a inkling that you might like to work for take them through this 3-step process.

1. Know your own cultural values. Use the list of questions below to create your own prioritized cultural checklist.

Community Spirit/Mutual Resepct
**Do employees at all levels address each other by first names?
**How are new employees assimilated into the company?
**What programs or events exist to foster team spirit?
**How were you greeted?
**What do employee voice mail greetings sound like?

Work-Life Balance
**Is there a flex-time program?
**Is tele-commuting an option?
**Is there daycare?
**Is there a corporate wellness program?

Open, Two-way Communication
**What mechanisms does the company have in place to get feedback from its **employees?
**Is salary information accessible to all employees?
**How are decisions made – and how are those decisions communicated?
**Who sits where at meetings?

Atmosphere
**Is it relaxed or formal?
**Is there a casual dress code? Does it operate at all levels of the organization?
**Are you free to drop into your bosses office? His boss?
**Are all employees on a first-name basis?

Performance
**To what degree does the company emphasize results?
**What opportunities exist for training and personal development?
**How do employees learn/know what is expected of them?
**Is there latitude for creativity and innovation?

Inclusion vs. Exclusion
**Are people of various backgrounds and personal preferences welcomed?
**Is there a Diversity program?
**How successful has the organization been at fostering diversity?
**What is the percentage of (women or minorities, etc.) in management positions?

Rewards and Recognition
**Are employees appropriately rewarded and recognized?
**What is the basis for rewards and recognition? (i.e., individual vs. team vs.
organization based; performance vs. tenure)?
**Are non-sales based contributions recognized?
**What recognition programs are in place?

Physical Environment
**Does the physical environment provide comfort and inspire productivity?
**Is the space attractive, clean and well-kept, with equipment in good working order?
**Are there differences due to status or function?
**Are personal office/cube spaces decorated ?

Groups and Networks
**How political is this company?
**How are promotions earned?
**Are there collegial groups within the company?

History
**Does the company have a sense of historyof legacy?
**Is it communicated inside and outside the company?
**What are the stories and myths that people talks about?
**Are these shared internally and externally?
**In what ways does the organization fulfill its social obligations to the community?

2. Research the company’s culture. The obvious sources are the company’s annual report and website, but take these with a grain of salt. These are institutional views used to woo shareholders, clients and potential employees. For greater objectivity, talk to company employees, or try WetFeet.com or Vault.com.

3. If you interview…arrive early. Unannounced if possible — and spend time observing how current employees interact with each other, how they are dressed, and their level of courtesy and professionalism. During your interview, ask questions from the list above to get a feel for the corporate culture.
If you get a chance to meet with employees, ask one or more of these questions:

1. What 5 words would you use to describe your company?
2. What’s it really like to work here?
3. What skills and characteristics does the company value?
4. Do you feel as though you know what is expected of you?
5. How do people from different departments interact?
6. What behaviors get rewarded in this company?
7. How effectively does the company communicate to its employees?

Your decision to work for a company is a very big deal. Look beyond the job and the paycheck — and make sure its a match worth your commitment.
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Patricia Soldati is former President and COO of a Fortune 500 national finance organization who re-invented her working life in 1999. As a career specialist, she helps corporate professionals find work they love — both within the corporate arena, and by leaving it behind. She is a Certified Coach and Thought Leader for a major workplace-related website. To learn how she can support your search for an exceptional working life, visit http://www.purposefulwork.com

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Your Resume Must Tell Employers What They Want to Know

By: Accuro Resumes – [work]
Posted 08/25/06

Your Resume Must Tell Employers What They Want to Know
When you attempt to craft a resume, there is always the danger that you will fall in love with your own creation. While it stands to reason that you would want to produce a resume that reads well to you, your opinion doesn’t count as much as a prospective employer’s viewpoint.

As a result, it is vitally important that you turn out a resume that tells employers exactly what they want to know. If your resume is deficient in any way..if it fails to inform a recruiting manager where you worked, how long you worked there, what your educational background is, what skills you possess, and your general qualifications for a specific position..your resume will quickly end up in the waste bin.

Don’t Depend on the Interview to Make Up for Problems With Your Resume
A number of job-seekers are satisfied with producing a resume that’s less than perfect because they hold out the hope that they can make up for their resume’s flaws through a stellar performance during a job interview. The problem with this line of thinking is that, unless your resume is top-notch, it is unlikely that you will be selected for any interview at all. Therefore, it pays to devote time and attention to fine-tuning your resume so that it meets the needs of prospective employers.

Put Yourself in the Employer’s Place
In order to write an effective resume, you need to put yourself in the place of the hiring manager. The employer’s eyes may be glazing over from all the resumes he or she has had to review. As a result, the employer is probably skimming through the stack looking for potential employees who fit some key criteria: the criteria being that they will perform the job effectively and efficiently; they will benefit the company; and they will be dedicated to their position.

Be Sure to Cover the Basics
While it is certainly wise to make your resume as brief as you possibly can, it is critically important that you include the basic information a prospective employer wants to know. You might be surprised at the fact that a number of job-seekers forget to include their e-mail addresses or cell phone numbers-two key ways for employers to get in touch with them. Also, be sure to include your snail-mail address, in case the employer needs you to fill out an application or a survey.

Your resume should include a complete job history (at least, post-college), information about skills you have that are applicable to the job you’re applying for, a list of the degrees you’ve earned and the colleges, universities, and relevant training programs you’ve attended, and your references. A prospective employer wants to know what your references have to say about you-he or she doesn’t want to take the time to call you and track down names and phone numbers at the last minute. The more complete the information you provide about your references, the better. Providing reference information as an addendum to your resume is a positive option.

Indicate Why Your Candidacy is Special
Once you’ve covered the basics, it’s highly important that you provide the employer with information that will distinguish your candidacy from the rest of the job applicants. If your resume is overly broad in focus, it will not attract the interest of a corporate recruiter. Instead, consider narrowing your focus by including information about special skill sets you possess, leadership roles you’ve held, and evidence of your team-building abilities. This information, like the rest of the information on your resume, must be presented in a clear, concise manner-otherwise, the employer will simply move onto the next resume.

Don’t Forget the Profile
Employers are definitely interested in your key accomplishments, evidence of your professionalism and your pursuit of excellence. These achievements can be easily encapsulated in a profile section at the beginning of your resume. Recruiters can read through the profile quickly, giving them an immediate impression of your suitability for the position that’s been advertised.

What Employers Don’t Want to Know
It is also important to pay some attention to what employers don’t want to know-or, at least, what they would prefer not to read on your resume. While each prospective employer is unique, there are certain common viewpoints that most share when it comes to resume appraisal.

In an effort to set themselves apart from the pack of other job applicants, a number of job-seekers make the mistake of making their resumes ”too personal.” For instance, one individual who was seeking a position in government tried to portray himself in a unique light by including the names of his three dogs. Rather than making him appear intriguing, his decision to include dog news on his resume proved to be a deal-ender.

Also, for the most part, your resume does not need to explain in detail why you left a particular position. You can leave the discussion of that for the eventual job interview. It is far better to talk about the pitfalls in your job history in person rather than to try to explain them on paper.

The Intangibles
There are certain intangibles that employers want to know about you-information that you can convey in your resume. For instance, by proofreading your resume carefully and making sure that it is error-free, you are showing a prospective employer that you have a keen eye for detail. By presenting your resume in a professional, easy-to-read manner, you are demonstrating that you have excellent written communication skills. By listing your community and volunteer activities, you show an employer that you have a sense of commitment to bettering the world around you. These intangibles can often determine whether or not you are called in for an interview-or whether your resume is kept on file-never to be seen again.

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Interview Tactics – Stand Out From The Crowd

By: Simone Emmons – [work]
Posted 02/04/06

Going into an interview without a plan is like committing employment suicide. There are several things that you can do to prepare for an interview that will make a lasting impression in the interviewer and make your skills stand out from the crowd.

Once you get a call to go in for an interview, your number one priority becomes PREPARATION. You can never be ”too ready” for an interview. The more prepared you are, the harder it will be to make mistakes. Here are several things that you can do to prepare for an interview.
– Know Your Contact
When you do get a call for an interview, ask the name of the person or persons that you’ll be talking to. It’s a nice edge to be able to greet your interviewer by name at the beginning of the interview without waiting for them to introduce themselves. It’s the first indication that you’re on top of things, and have prepared beforehand.

– Do Your Research
Before going to the interview, make sure you do some research on the Internet. First try to do a search to see if the company has an established website. Read about their products or the services the company offers. Also do more research on the search engines to see if there are any articles that come up mentioning the company. You be amazed how many information you can find out from search engines. While you do your research and learn about the company you can prepare your questions to take to the interview. It is ok to ask questions and it will show that you have a genuine interest in the company.

– Practice Your Responses
If you’re the overly nervous type, it’s best to practice your responses to the questions that you may be asked by the interviewer. You should practice your wording and the tone of voice that you plan to use. You can also role-play with a friend or family member. Try keeping your responses as brief as possible and do not mention any of your personal information. An interviewer is only interested in your work experience not your personal life.

– Dress the Part
”Dress for success” is a phrase that I’m sure you have heard a thousand times or more. Never has there been a truer statement. It really does matter what you wear and how you’re groomed. Again, we get back to first impressions. As soon as the interviewer sees you, he/she is already forming an opinion about you simply by the way you’re dressed and groomed.

– Get Organized
Make sure that all of the things that you’ll need for the interview are laid out the day before. Make a checklist of the things that you’ll need if you have to search for them.

– Attitude and Body Language
There are many things that you can do to focus on the interview. Keeping your body language under control is at the top of the list. It’s not just the words that come out of your mouth, but often the mannerisms that you use that will give the wrong impression. Moving around in your chair, playing with you hair, tapping, crossing your leg and swinging it or any other thing that you do out of nervousness will be distracting to the interviewer and he/she will notice.

– Show Your Confidence
You’ll need to put yourself in the right frame of mind before entering the interview room. Attitude and confidence count and you need to have the right amount of both. You can’t enter into an interview with a defeatist attitude or lack confidence in your abilities. Again, you won’t come off as the professional that you claim to be.

Remember that during an interview, you’re a sales person. You’re there to sell your skills and expertise to your prospective employer. You want to market yourself in the most interesting and appealing way possible. Solid preparation for the interview gives you that advantage. A sales person that is knowledgeable, friendly and positive always closes the sale, remember that!
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Simone Emmons is a human resources professional of 18 years and founder of www.Hispanic-Jobs.com and www.Asian-Jobs.com.

At http://www.hispanic-jobs.com and http://www.asian-jobs.com we provide thousands of job opportunities for bilingual English/Spanish and English/Asian-speaking professionals ranging from entry level to executive level – nationwide.

Top 10 Job Interview Questions with Tips on How to Answer

By: Joi Hernaez – [work]
Posted 08/08/06

1. Can you tell me something about yourself?
This is the probably the most terrifying interview questions of all time and the most difficult to answer as well. As an applicant for a certain job, you’d be wondering what the employer wants to know. What’s the point of asking this kind of question? I suggest that you should relax and think of this situation as a great opportunity to impress your employer. Well, the technique here is you should answer them with something that supports your career goals. Avoid telling those things about your name, your birth date, where you live, hobbies and other extra curricular activities. It would be better if you tell them something relevant about your qualifications and employment history.

2. What are your strengths?
Be sure that you tackle those points that would help you do the job you’re applying for. Tell something about your technical skills and your qualifications and be sure to support them with specific examples.

3. What are your weaknesses?
With regards to your weaknesses, you should answer them with things that you are improving upon and make sure that it is work related. Do not just tell your weak points; you should back up your statement with things that you are doing to improve your weak points.

4. How do you handle stress/pressure?
Some companies have a type of interviews where in a group of interviewers ask you a set of questions. Some interviewers purposely stir up emotional responses by asking questions in a challenging manner. Their purpose is to find out how you handle the stress.
If you were asked about this question, just relax and keep your self calm because they are already observing you. Just describe how you handle pressure by being honest and direct, but avoid being anxious.

5. What do you know about our company?
Before you can answer this question, you must have a research about the company you are applying to. Knowing their mission and vision can help you make the interview more interactive. It would be better if you tell them that you want to know more about the company. This shows that you are interested to the company and you really wanted to be part of the team.

6. Why do you want to work in our company?
If you were asked about this question, the first thing that would come into your mind would be ”Because you have a job opening”. Well, those are clear answers but it won’t give you additional points on your interview. Those kinds of answers might sound sarcastic and may possibly annoy the interviewer.
The point of asking this question is to determine whether you have an idea about where you want to work or you’re just applying to any company that has a job opening.
Having a brief research on a company before your interview can help you to stand out as a competent applicant. It would be helpful if you can think of some reasons about what you can contribute to the company.

7. Why do you want to leave your current job?
Not all interviewee can deliver a straight forward answer to this question. Of course you have your own reasons why you want to leave your current job. You should be careful in answering this question. By all means you should keep your answers in a positive manner. As much as possible, do not give them a hint on how much you hate your current officemate or your boss. At this point, the interviewer is testing your attitude. The firm wants to hire someone who has the potential to become part of their team and not a negative one who can pull them down.

8. What can you contribute to our company?
Tell them your qualities that are related to the position you are applying for. Give them some ways in which you can help the company grow and be productive by sharing your thoughts and ideas. Show them your dedication and your willingness to be a part of the company.

9. Why should the company hire you?
Basically, this question is about selling yourself. Just like the first question, telling something about your self. Develop a sales statement and be more detailed as much as you can. Tell them something about what makes you unique and what you can contribute to the company. Think of your qualities you have to offer that match on what the employer is looking for.

10. Where do you see yourself five or ten years from now?
In answering this question, you should focus on your career-advancement goals that are related with the job you are applying for.

Interview questions are very tricky and you should be more careful in answering them. Your future career relies on how you deliver your answers. Respond appropriately, just relax and be yourself.
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Joi Hernaez is a Search Engine Optimization Specialist and an Internet Marketer.
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Vision Directed Interviews: How to Succeed within Interviews
By: Pamela Watson
You’ve probably read numerous job interview tips which list the ways to respond to the difficult interview questions: Tell me about Yourself; What are your work-related weaknesses?; Why are you leaving your current employer? These are the usual dreaded questions that we all expect to hear from interviewers. Typically interviewees are advised to create well-prepared and rehearsed scripts to respond to these dreaded questions. And so, during the course of the interview, interviewees sit on the edge of their seats waiting to respond, trying to remember the correct answers. And consequently, the interview becomes a race, a highly tense setting designed to stay one step ahead of the other with scripted conversation and pre-planned positioning and second-guessing. The possibility of authentically assessing the merits of the position and being able to evaluate how you might fit within the company’s culture and mission is minimized in this scenario.

Optimally, the interviewer and the interviewee should operate within the same mental space. To effectively hire someone who fits within the organizational game plan, as well as the specific position, the interviewer needs to ensure that the questions will provide opportunities for detailed, authentic discourse. At a minimum, the interviewer is looking for information regarding situations/projects/tasks/assignments in which you’ve handled, the specific steps undertaken to achieve results, and the direct results accomplished.

As an interviewee, you have to be able to deliver this information….no matter the question. Additionally, as an interviewee, the only way you’ll be able to respond with full confidence (without referring to a script) is by ensuring that you’ve done your homework. To confidently manage the interview, it’s important to know where you’re heading – – to know your vision. Everything else should flow directly from your career or personal vision. Every tactic you undertake to find the new job, the new career opportunity, or the promotion should emanate from your established vision. In this manner, you will be able to hit the answers to those dreaded questions without feeling nervous because the interview is not the most important tactic – – it’s one step within a strategy. It’s your well-crafted vision that’s essential, not a well-prepared and rehearsed script based on someone else’s words. Authentic interviews happen when you’re able to effectively convey your vision, your passion, your success stories.

Have You Created a Personal or Career Vision? More details provided in the next BCM Career Management Guide. Contact me directly with questions, comments, feedback at pwatson@beaconcareermgmt.com

Setting Goals: Your only recipe for success
By: Innocent Mwangi Gathungu
Goals are like signposts. As long as you can see these signposts, then you know you are heading in the right direction. When you set goals, you eliminate the possibility veering off the track and derailing into failure. When a train veers of the rails, the entire locomotive is derailed. Looking at the rails, one does not see anything special in them; just a solid mass of steel. But that simple mass of steel ensures that the train remains on course and that everyone on board reaches their destination safely and on time.

Goals are like rails. Without them, our claim to success will never find expression in reality. Just as a train must stay on the rails to complete the journey, our dreams, our ambitions, and our desires must find expression in goals that are clear, realistic and timely.

When we have well articulated and clearly defined goals, the journey towards success becomes lighter, even less tiring. This is because goals help us to (i) stay focused (ii) be realistic in our expectations (iii) gauge our progress (iv) avoid being overwhelmed (v) re-evaluate and redefine our strategy to ensure conformity and consistency with our objectives.

Stay focused
John Maxwell says “obstacles are the things you see when you take your eyes off the goal”. How true! Every time you take your eyes away from the goal at hand, you will surely wander off into troubled waters. If you get to a point in your success journey where you can’t see your goal, you are definitely headed into failure territory.

Goals constantly remind us that there are tasks that need to be done, and within a particular time frame, for us to make progress. Without goals reminding us of where we are and what we are supposed to do to get where we ought to be, we will only be working hard and achieving nothing. Hard work, as Maxwell says, “is the accumulation of easy tasks you did not do when you should have”. The easy routine tasks that we sometimes ignore feeds into our success. Failure to perform these tasks will translate into failure.

Goals must be realistic
Goals must be firmly established upon unflinching reality. If you want to go to New York and you only have ten dollars, it would be foolhardy to start packing for your journey. The reality is that boarding a plane to New York from Nairobi costs more than 10 dollars! But you say, “I have faith in God”? Well, faith is not foolish, neither is it an emotion. No amount of goose bumps or frenzied hysteria will take you to New York on ten dollars. Be real or you will miss the deal.

Goals are yardsticks
Like yardsticks, goals help us gauge or measure our progress, or lack of it. Without goals constantly reminding us where we are and what we should be doing to get where we ought to be, we will be running wild. No amount of sticking our head deep into the sand will help us achieve success. We must stick it out to the end by daily attaining the goals we have set for ourselves. This can only be done if today’s tasks are ‘done’ today!

To post pone to tomorrow today’s task will only mean one thing: a clog up tasks. The result is that we end up breaking our backs trying to accomplish both yesterday’s and today’s tasks; resulting in sloppy and unfinished tasks.

Goals help us avoid overwhelm
To de-stress our lives, we need to learn how to work smart by finishing our daily tasks on schedule.

This is important if we are to avoid being overwhelmed by tasks carried over from yesterday.

One of the leading causes of burnout and depression is the failure to tackle simple tasks on time. As tasks pile up one after another, we end up having to work overtime and sometimes overnight; pushing our body to limits it was not designed to go. To avoid overwhelm, learn to decongest your life by doing what must be done today, today! However if you want to work hard and up stressing yourself, go ahead and let the tasks accumulate.

Goals help us re-strategize
Finally we need to re-evaluate and redefine our strategy to ensure conformity with our objectives. Strategies help us achieve our goals faster. However, some of the strategies we use are sometimes rendered obsolete by the passage of time. When this happens, it is important to redefine or tweak them a little.

Strategies must always remain relevant and in line with the desired goals. When they become irrelevant or obsolete, they should be discarded and new ones invented.

Strategies help us save time by crowding out irrelevant tasks; those that only take up our time but which do not feed into in to our goals. Strategies also help us to concentrate on priority tasks; those that are crucial to the attainment of our goals.

Author Bio
Innocent Mwangi Gathungu is a motivational and inspirational speaker. He specialises in helping people in their spiritual lives and in motivating them to achieve their highest potential. For motivational and inspirational articles, visit his websites at http://www.ssmk.net and www.realopportunity.org.

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Ten Tips for Working Your Way Up

(ARA) – When it comes to the working world, there are myths and there are realities. Attaining a promotion by simply showing up on time and doing your job proficiently is the stuff of folklore. These days, employees have to really prove their worth to gain advancement, as many employers are asking employees to do more with fewer resources, find hidden efficiencies and keep operating costs low.

Peter Harris, chief executive officer of Snelling Staffing Services, offers the following tips to help employees make the most of the career opportunities that present themselves each day:

1. Keep up with industry trends and technology.

Employers are all looking for top-caliber performers that possess very specific skills and know-how. In order to prove that you’re the right fit for that management position you’ve been eyeing, you have to stay up on industry trends and the latest technologies being used in your field. The easiest way to “wow” your boss is to demonstrate the extent and timeliness of your acumen and expertise.

2. Stay marketable.

Attend classes and seminars, especially if the company is willing to pay for the entry fees. Also, volunteer for projects that will enhance your abilities. Being involved shows initiative, an attribute your boss will respect. And, always keep an up-to-date résumé on hand; you never know when a promotion will open up for applicants.

3. Be proactive.

Sometimes, it’s just about sitting down with your supervisor and asking, “What do I have to do to be on track towards a promotion?” Request specific feedback if there are areas in which your employer would like you to improve, and chart a timeline with specific productivity and/or quality goals.

4. Adopt a mentor.

One of the best things you can to do to develop your own career is to learn more about the career of a superior or someone in leadership. Choose a person in your office or a peer within a trade association whom you respect and ask him or her to sit down with you on a regular basis to discuss your career and provide counsel. Finding a great mentor can boost your confidence, provide valuable insight and help you set attainable goals.

5. Avoid the office rumor mill.

When you see Gossipy Gail and Loose-Lips Louie at the water cooler, pass them by. You can come back for water later! Nothing will hurt your credibility more than perpetuating negative or sensitive office buzz.

6. Cultivate a relationship with your supervisor.

Especially in the staffing services’ world, candidates seeking full-time employment should get to know the supervisor at their assignment better. If a supervisor likes you, is impressed by your work ethic and skill set, a temporary assignment could very easily turn into a more permanent position.

7. Read up.

Stay up on the latest movers and shakers in your industry and pick up reading materials that will make you think like a leader, such as “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t” by Jim Collins; “First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently” by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman and “Winning” by Jack and Suzy Welch.

8. Dress for the position.

If you want that new gig, then dress like you already have it. Granted, don’t go into debt for a designer suit or pair of shoes, but take a little time to make yourself dress in the style you would if you were working in the position above your own.

9. Join and volunteer in industry associations/organizations.

Nothing can make an employee more visible than joining industry associations, especially if you haven’t gotten your foot in the door yet. Meetings, mixers and events provide priceless networking opportunities and can expose you to key players and industry leaders.

10. Don’t be afraid to change careers.

If you’re not happy (or at least satisfied) with your career, then maybe it’s time to think about taking a break to regroup and determine what career would rejuvenate your passion and get you excited about each workday.

It’s easy to get caught up and let another year slip by, but there are things you can do to breathe new life into your career. By pairing even just a few of these suggestions with a positive attitude and accountability, you’ll be able to become a standout among your peers.

For more information, visit www.snelling.com.

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