| 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...
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...
Gain the Interview Advantage: Benefits of Interview Coaching
by Michelle Dumas - Jul, 2015
Wow. You had no idea your job search would be such hard work, did you? But the standout resume we created for you at Distinctive Documents really paid off. And all the time and effort you’ve spent networking, researching, applying and following up have reaped rewards. You’ve got some interviews scheduled, you’ve picked up your power suit from the dry cleaners, and you’re all set to go. You just know your interview perfor...
7 Clues the Interview Didn’t Go as Planned
by Lisa Rangel - Jul, 2015
The most difficult part of the job search for many is the dreaded interview. Interviews are designed to test applicants to see if they will be a good fit for the company. After an interview, it is normal to spend time waiting for a phone call as you hope to land that next job. However, if you pay attention to a few details, you can probably already tell if you have shot at the job or not. Knowing when an interview didn’t go as...
8 Actions to Take If You Don’t Get the Job
by Lisa Rangel - Jun, 2015
“Thank you for your interest, but…” Your third interview with the company included senior members of the executive team. You thought the position was yours. The polite telephone call you just received, that began in this manner, let you know otherwise. After you graciously respond and end the call, you are, frankly, stunned. You did not get the job—what next? Almost everyone interviews for jobs they do not get. Finding...
Learn To Impress In Less Than Two Minutes
by Connie Pheiff - Jun, 2015
You’re at a networking event. You have your business cards, your elevator pitch ready to promote your business, product, and service, and you are wearing your best suit. You have less than two minutes to influence and you fabulously fail at first impressions. Sound like anyone you know? There is power in building relationships. If you can impress in less than two minutes, you rule the power of relationships. The opportunit...
What Is a Hiring Manager?
by Robin Schlinger - Jun, 2015
In these blogs, I have often mentioned “hiring managers and recruiters.” Hiring managers are the individuals in a company who review job applicants. They may work in a company’s Human Resources department or may be the manager you would report to if hired. Hiring managers often work with recruiters to find quality job applicants. Recently I took a look at the capabilities and qualities that companies value most in hiring manag...
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