Job Tip #14 | Ask Intelligent Questions

17 Mar

Do you ask intelligent questions during your job search interviews?

People determine your intelligence by the questions you ask, not by the answers you give during job interviews.

Try this:

  • Make a list of 7 intelligent questions to ask during your job interviews.
  • Find a way to ask these questions during the interview.
  • Make sure your timing is right for each question.

Now, try this:

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Marvin Wilson is a freelance resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com. He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson and  you should Become a Fan at http://www.facebook.com/CoachM

Job Tip | Create A 140 Character Resume

10 Feb

Since less is sometimes more, some employers may opt to have you tweet in 140 characters or less your experience and/or reason why they should hire you.

For example, they may ask you to answer this question in 140 characters or less.

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Job Tip #12 | Use Common Courtesy: Say Thank You and Please

27 Jan

Quite often I get requests from people asking me to review their resume, LinkedIn profile, visit and read their blog, etc. While I can sometimes be quite busy, I don’t mind. It’s cool seeing what other people are doing in their career. And it’s cool helping people succeed.

The funny thing is though.

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Job Tip #11 | Focus On Small Opportunities to…

21 Jan
  • Find small ways to differentiate yourself from your colleagues (or competitors).
  • Create results and successes for yourself, your manager, your department, and your company.
  • Improve what you can easily improve.
  • Be the first to volunteer for those not so glamorous projects.
  • Help your manager stand out or be successful.
  • Network face to face – from top to bottom and from side to side.
  • Recognize and promote other people successes and accomplishments as well as your own.
  • Show you care – you really care!
  • Learn and develop new job skills and build on existing talents.
  • Take (calculated) risks.

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Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com. He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You should Become a Fan at http://www.facebook.com/CoachM

Job Tip #10 | Have a Written Resume Before Contacting Hiring Managers

20 Jan

Frequently I get calls from job seekers inquiring about getting their resume written. Part of my needs assessment (or information gathering) process is asking how soon they need their resume. The answer is almost always the same. I need it within the next day or two. Or I need it as soon as possible.  My next question is, “Why the rush?”

They almost always give the same answer as other job seekers, “I promised the manager I would get it to him today or tomorrow,” or something along those lines.

Are you kidding me?

I think to myself, “You don’t have anything to present to the hiring manager, yet you’re actively performing your job search AND you promised him your resume by the end of the day or tomorrow?”

Now I do understand sometimes these conversations come up between two people who are simply having a conversation. But to be an active job seeker and calling managers to request interviews without a complete and well-written resume is one sure way to show managers you don’t’ care about their time or yours. And that’s not good!

So, it’s a good idea to have your resume finished and ready before contacting hiring managers or inquiring about a job.

That way, if the hiring manager is interested and asks you to send your resume immediately, you can. Right now!

In addition, your conversation will still be fresh on her mind and she doesn’t have to remember what was said and to whom.

More importantly, this also shows you are:

  • prepared and focused
  • fast and Reliable
  • results driven
  • professional

So there you have it. Make every effort to have your resume completed prior to contacting employers and hiring managers.  You’ll enjoy a more stress-free job search.

What do you say? Please share your thoughts in the comments …

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Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com. He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You should Become a Fan at http://www.facebook.com/CoachM

Job Tip #9 | Make a Great First Impression the Second Time

15 Jan

You’ve sent your resume and the accompanying cover letter and you’ve no doubt made a remarkable first impression. Now you think, “It’s a matter of time before someone contacts me about a job interview.”

Oftentimes you’ll be excited about any expectation of getting a return call from an employer.

Stop! Hold up! Wait a minute!

Don’t be in too much of a hurry to answer the phone or shoot off an email just yet.

Why? Because,

  • You may come across as being overly anxious or needy.
  • You may appear to be unprepared and unfocused.
  • You may want to consider what action steps you’ll take next.
  • You may be at work and run the risk of being overheard.
  • You may want to be in the driver seat during your job search.

So, never answer the phone or reply to an email if you are not ready to talk to or communicate with an employer.

Preparation is key.

The time must be right for both you and the employer. This is so important. If you are not prepared, then you may come across as someone who is not smart, intelligent, or capable of performing on the job.

It’s better to talk to an employer when you have planned and prepared your presentation. This way you’ll appear as being prepared and your conversation will reflect it.

In addition, the employer may see you as the intelligent person you are and as the perfect fit for the job and company.

What do you say? Please share your thoughts in the comments …

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Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com. He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You should Become a Fan at http://www.facebook.com/CoachM

Job Tip #8 | Focus: Ask Yourself This Question “What’s the One Thing…?”

12 Jan

Not all actions bring about the same results.

Some actions may negatively influence your career and life while other actions may positively influence them. In this article I encourage you to determine what positive action you can take today to move you one step closer to career and personal success.

So as you move forward in 2010 and beyond ask yourself this question at the beginning of each day:

What’s the ONE thing I can do TODAY that will move me closer to accomplishing my career goals?

This question is really important for a number of reasons.

  • It gets the “wheels” turning in your head for positive actions you can take today, right now.
  • It weeds out the unimportant junk that only creates busyness (or noise) instead of creating value for your employer or creating portable equity for your personal brand.
  • It helps build tenacity or becomes a tool for removing barriers that hinder success.
  • It keeps you focused on the big picture.

Once you have decided on what the one thing is, you can then take action.

Your goals could be anything ranging from learning a new job skill to starting your own business.

And your actions could be anything as simple as making a to-do list to making that much needed phone call to a new contact.

Again, it’s important to first determine what that one thing is and then take action. The snowballing effect of doing the one thing daily builds momentum and moves you closer to your goals.  Thus, your success is inevitable.

And think about this.

There are 365 days in a year, correct? So, if you ask yourself this question every day of the year and act on it, you would have taken at least 365 steps toward achieving your goals.

That’s 365 steps to move you closer toward career, financial, and personal success. Awesome!

What do you say? Please share your thoughts in the comments …

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Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com.  He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You should Become a Fan at http://www.facebook.com/CoachM

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