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  Job Seekers: Help Yourself and HR in Your Job Search! Call the Hiring Manager Directly
by Randy Block - Jun, 2016
Are you sending out resumes, and answering advertisements on company websites? Did someone tell you that you could upset and turn-off Human Resources if you bypass them? You have been “good” by following the “rules”. You say to yourself, “I’m perfect for the job.” You wait. It’s now weeks later and you’ve received no reply: “How can they miss my great background? If I could just get to the manager…” Here’s an important f...
 
  The Seven Tips to Starting a New Job Successfully
by Randy Block - Jun, 2016
Congratulations! You have accepted a new position. All of that work of looking for a job has paid off, handsomely. Take a breather. Now, it’s time to switch gears. Your next objective is to integrate yourself into your new organization. 1. Day one: maintain old contacts Be sure to say thank you to all the people who helped you get the new position. Often people don’t make this effort because they feel they’ll be in th...
 
  Career Phases: With master of a skill or skills, can a job burnout be far behind?
by Randy Block - Jun, 2016
Both learning and developing motivate us and keep us alive. As learning/development goes down, our motivation and self esteem tends to hit the skids. Companies encourage us to keep doing what we are doing successfully – and they will pay top dollars to keep you in place. Which phase are you in? Phase One: Considered a relative newbie with a high learning curve. Self-esteem is good as well as motivation. Confidence is...
 
  Interviewing - When the 'Fit' is Everything
by Randy Block - Jun, 2016
Over the years, both as a coach and recruiter, I have heard the following refrains when it comes to interviewing: “I had all the right answers but I did not make to the next round”. “The interview went really well and it has been two weeks since I heard anything”. “My top priority when I interview is to get the offer. Then I will decide if I want the job”. The organization’s response? “The fit wasn’t there.” Be...
 
  When Your Resume is Useless and When It Is Useful
by Randy Block - Jun, 2016
After a speech, I often encounter someone from the audience who approaches me and asks: “What do you think of my resume?” I smile and ask: “What job are you applying for?” More often than not, they respond with: “Nothing in particular. I just want to know what you think of it?” I give it a cursory look for achievement metrics and style points and usually say, “It’s fine as is; but I could give you a better critique if you w...
 
  Your Top Priority In The Interview: Hint - It's not getting the offer
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Success is measured by your results. You’ve had this ingrained in you:. It follows that if you didn’t get an offer after your interview, you failed. Your self-esteem takes a hit and maybe even depression sets in. “Nobody wants me.” You make all about you. You all have heard about how much a “bad hire” costs the company. Well it costs you as well. Your zeal to get the offer by overselling yourself with the “right answe...
 
  10 Surefire Ways To Blow An Interview
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Interviews: They’re all about pressing the flesh or running for office, or a first date. You are talking to a complete stranger. Sweat comes out of glands you didn’t know you had. Relax: It’s probably easier to just blow them off. If you want to know how to “blow” an interview, be sure to take any or all of the following actions: » Don’t prepare. Your intention to be spontaneous is important. Let them talk about thei...
 
  Time to Retire the "Elevator Speech" For Job Seekers
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Time to retire the term “elevator speech” from the job seekers lexicon. Does it really work for job seekers? Isn’t a “speech” about 30 or 40 minutes? Most elevators are very short rides here in California. So what is the standard definition? From Wikipedia: “An elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short summary used to quickly and simply defines a person, profession, product, service, organization or event...
 
  Being Over Age 60 and a Job Seeker: Is Securing A Fulltime Permanent Job Your Priority?
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Are you sending out resumes, and answering advertisements on company websites? Did someone tell you that you could upset and turn-off Human Resources if you bypass them? You have been “good” by following the “rules”. You say to yourself, “I’m perfect for the job.” You wait. It’s now weeks later and you’ve received no reply: “How can they miss my great background? If I could just get to the manager…” Here’s an important f...
 
  9 Mistakes Boomers Make In The Job Search
by Randy Block - May, 2013
“I just want a job” is a familiar refrain I hear at my presentations; usually from someone with gray hair. My reply is: “Apply at Costco, Home Depot or Target – and get at least 30 hours for the benefits”. You know how challenging the job market is out there. And you can only make it harder on yourself. In my work with Boomers, they may even know better but their execution is less than stellar – far less. The Nine Mist...
 
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