Don’t Just Wing It – Get Prepared for Interviews

If you’re the one doing the interviewing, get clear on what strengths, motivational and fit insights you’re looking for before you go into your interviews.

If you’re the one being interviewed, prepare by thinking through examples that illustrate your strengths, what motivates you about the organization and role you’re interviewing for, and the fit between your own preferences and the organization’s Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment (BRAVE).

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Top 5 Reasons Why you Never Hear Back After Applying for a Job and How to Avoid the Resume Black Hole

People often wonder why they never hear anything back after they hit ‘send’ on the email with a resume attached or on the on-line job application. If you’re very lucky, you might have a preliminary email exchange with a recruiter and then never hear from them again. It’s a depressing experience, and one which also casts a shadow on the hiring company’s reputation. So why does it happen? Is it you, is it them, or is it just something every candidate must prepare for in the hiring process?
Many HR managers and recruiters complain that as many as 50 percent of people applying for a given job simply aren’t qualified. Adding to the challenge, most large companies – and many smaller ones – use talent-management software to screen resumes, weeding out up to 50 percent of applicants before a human even looks at a resume or cover letter. The deck is definitely stacked against the job seeker. So how do you break through and Avoid the Resume Black Hole?

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Everything you need to know about The Hidden Job Market

Sorry, but the Hidden Job Market……is not hidden at all!

Hidden Jobs are hidden only from those who have their heads stuck in the internet job listings!
Hidden Jobs are right next door to you, at your neighbor’s house.
Hidden Jobs are at the church you go to.
Hidden Jobs are sitting across the table from you when you are chatting with your friends.
Hidden Jobs are at Starbucks, or on your cell phone AND in your email contacts.
Hidden Jobs are on Yahoo Groups.
Hidden Jobs are contacts in your LinkedIn Groups AND Connections….HELLO?

FACT: 80 to 85 percent of all jobs are never advertised!

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ExecuNet’s Top 10 Trends in the Executive Employment Market

1. Despite continuing slow growth for the overall economy, 25 percent of companies are expected to add new executive positions in 2012. The management-level jobs picture is brightening.

2. Executive recruiters are more positive than they have been in five years and are expecting an average 21 percent gain in executive search assignments in 2012 compared to last year.

3. Top 10 industry growth sectors for executive hiring show continued strength in healthcare, technology and life sciences, but major gains are also expected for the manufacturing, business services and consumer products sectors in 2012.

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Want to Get Lucky?

Fortune cookies never really help you – Plus, they are loaded with sugar…..You need to make your own fortune and L.U.C.K = Laboring Under Correct Knowledge!

Want to Get Lucky?

These 4 Principles Can Create Good Fortune in Your Life and Career:

1. Maximize Chance Opportunities – Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this is various ways, which include building and maintaining a strong network, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and being open to new experiences.

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Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Resumé

Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Resumé | HIRECONSULTING.COM

Does your resume stand out? Will employers quickly see you are the one to do the job? In this post, you’ll learn the top five ways to improve your resumé.

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7 Daily Tips for Being Highly Productive

Get focused and back on track with these helpful tips.

Want to be more productive and get your focus back? There are no secret tricks here… do one thing at a time. Stop multitasking—it’s just another form of distraction. Easier said than done, I know.

Here are seven tips for staying productive:

1. Work backwards from goals to milestones to tasks. Writing down “secure 3 first interviews in 60 days” at the top of your to-do list is a sure way to make sure you never get it done. Break down the work into smaller and smaller chunks until you have specific tasks that can be accomplished in a few hours or days: Sketch a detailed outline with critical success factors and actions to achieving this goal. That’s how you set goals and actually succeed in crossing them off your list.

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Three Steps to Carving out a Career You Love, that Loves You Back.

By Will Marre, Author of the Book: “Save the World and Still be Home for Dinner”

First, do something you are happily willing to become great at. You must love it so much that you’d do it for free with pleasure. You must love it so much that you’re willing to put the effort and practice into becoming and staying great.

Second, target customers who value what you do. Only people who value artistry pay for extraordinary wedding pictures or floral arrangements. Only people who value fitness pay for extraordinary training. In my case, only companies who prize values-based leadership hire me. Don’t waste your time with either customers or employers who don’t value what you value.

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The Interview Mindset and The Law of Attraction

I have been coaching this “interview mindset concept” for many years when conducting Mock Interview Training for executives in transition. The real key is, “Never let the employer think you (the candidate) need them more then they need you.

This is very similar to dating – the more you want to date the other person reduces your chances of getting the date and falling in love. When this happens the interest wanes and they move on to next person.

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The 2-step Method to Getting Job Referrals

The other day I was talking with an executive in career transition that has over 20 years experience in operations management roles with medium to large size companies. He was obviously talented and could easily be the 10th player on a baseball team (so to speak) to most companies, but only if that’s what the company really needed? Now he is ready to write the next chapter in his career, maybe do something new, and wanted to know if I could help him?

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