Interview Tips for High School & College Grads

Listen high school and college students, graduation is around the corner. Before you know it will be June and you will be walking on that stage to get your diploma or college degree. Phew…you’re almost there…just stay focused. After that faithful graduation day in June 2022, is when the real work begins as you start your job search and job interviews. Preparation is key in any situation, and job interviews are no exception. By knowing what to expect and practicing some interview techniques, you can feel confident and ready for your interview. Keep reading for some tips on how to make a great first impression!

1. Do your research on the company and the position for which you’re interviewing.
I can’t emphasize enough how important this tip is. It can make or break your chances of making a good impression on the interviewer and exhibit your interest in the company overall. You have the internet at your fingertips with your phone or your computer, use it to get your research done to prepare for your interviews. Please take notes of your research to help you with talking points for the actual interview.

2. Prepare questions to ask the interviewer about the company and the role.
It is extremely important for you to understand, you are interviewing the company as much as the company is interviewing you. Ask questions about their company morale, overall working conditions and environment and overall what some of the current employees have to say about the company. You want to make sure that this company’s environment is for you. Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions about adaptable is the company to change in their marketplace. Those are just a few things you should ask them.

3. Practice answering common interview questions ahead of time.
Since you may be fairly new to this process, please practice responding to common interview questions, like you would rehearse for your lines in the school play or practicing a speech for your next presentation. You should practice with someone that will be able to ask the common interview questions and will provide honest feedback after the practice interview is completed.

4. Dress professionally and make sure your hair and makeup are done nicely.
This next tip should be common sense but based on my professional experience, adults will surprise you…and not in a good way. I have unfortunately seen and heard people showing up for a job interview with jeans and wrinkled t-shirt with sneakers but expect to be taken seriously in the interview. If you are going to take the time to attend any job interview, even if it is for a fast food restaurant, please dress professionally. No matter how the staff is dressed, please present yourself as a professional.

The most important thing you can do when it comes to your job interview is prepare. Be sure that you know the company and position well, research what they’re looking for in a candidate, and practice answering any questions they may ask. A lot of people think they don’t need to study anymore once their application has been submitted – but this couldn’t be more wrong! Remember, an interview isn’t just about how good you are at answering questions; it also shows them how much preparation went into getting there. If you want some help preparing or if you’re interested in learning more about our Interview Consultation Service, connect with me by click here.

I know the excitement of preparing to start a new chapter can be exhilarating and scary all at the same time but these tips are here to help you on your career journey. If you are still have questions or need help putting your career path together, go ahead and connect with me here.

The Pandemic RENEWED the Job Market…Take Advantage!!

For the past six months to a year, if you are a skilled professional with at least five years of experience under your belt, you should have been getting calls from agencies and employers looking to replace from the devastation the pandemic cause to various businesses. Some businesses disappeared since the pandemic, while others thrived. The need for virtual business services became devastatingly obvious to employers initially reluctant to participate in virtual (also known as work from home) employees.

I have question…

How is your resume looking like these days?

Is it updated with the most recent jobs?

Will an employer want to read it if they saw it?

Do you have it written and structured for employers to find and want to contact you for an interview?

If the answer no to any of those questions, then you may not be getting the calls for job opportunities that others are getting. Do you understand that the market is ripe for professionals ready to work? Are you missing out on career opportunities because your resume is not doing its job…NOT GOOD!!!

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The Love-Hate Relationship with Job Interviews

We’ve all had that nervous feeling right before your next job interview. It’s nerve racking to say the least. If you’re new to the job search and career space, I completely understand your anxiety around interviews. Half the battle is the level of preparation that takes place before the interview takes place. The other half is keeping your “nerves” under control while you worry about how you will be perceived by the interviewer. In any case, you will still need to be mentally and physically be prepared. Each type of interview requires diverse preparation, which I talk about in this video. If you are looking for interview coaching before your next job interview, go here.

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Work From Home Jobs Thursdays

Here are some work at home positions you can take advantage of now! I will be sharing work from home jobs (WAH/WFH) jobs on a weekly basis. I want you guys to win the job market, so this is just one way to provide help. Here are the specific positions listed below:

1. Part time Program Support Specialist

2. Administrative Assistant

3. Hypertension Peer Mentor $16-18 per hour

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Ramsey Solutions, Chris Hogan and a Federal Lawsuit?

What can we learn in this situation from an HR standpoint?

Here is the news article we discussed in the livestream regarding Chris Hogan’s departure from Ramsey Solutions and the federal lawsuit with another ex-employee currently taking place.

The implications being highlighted will be problematic for the organization, to say the least. Based on the article, Ramsey Solutions’ lawsuit is based on another ex-employee being terminated because she got pregnant due to pre-martial sex, which is against one of Ramsey Solutions’ organization rule.

This rule of premarital sex seems to lean into employee’s personal life. There are several red flags from an employment law standpoint regarding that rule. As human resources professionals always state, an employer’s handbook, policies and/or rules can help or damage an employer in these situations. Only time will tell how it will work out for Ramsey Solutions.

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StoryTime Career Series – Episode 2: Toxic Work Environment

This is second of the StoryTime Series on my podcast and YouTube channel sharing stories of all of our experiences in the world of careers, jobs, contract work, independent consulting and business interactions. In the second episode, I share one of my experiences while working in a toxic environment. The names, dates and other information were kept confidential to protect the innocent or guilty party.

The objective is the learn and grow from our professional and personal experiences to become a better version of ourselves, professionally. This particular story hits home and taught me so much about myself and the level of restraint I earned during that time. If it wasn’t for a great friend talking me off the proverbial ledge on a weekly basis, I probably would have been arrested for physical assaults and verbal altercations. The tension was thick and my stress level went through the roof! I am grateful to have survived it without loosing my composure.

What did I learn from this experience?

I learned that people and their preconceived notions are so strong, it allowed them to spread malicious lies about other people’s character. Keep in mind, they never took the time to get to know the individual but somehow felt entitled to assume things about people. Needless to say, the very sword those people intended to injury others, they ended up falling the same swords.

I learned corporations set up “certain people” for failure. For example, training some employees on the 25% – 30% of their duties while training other employees on 90% of their duties. They followed up by measuring each employee’s job performance without the same level of detailed training. So the employee with 30% of the training will never perform at the level of the employee that received 90% of the training. When questioned about why the training levels are different when the expectation of performance is the same, you receive responses like “training is a privilege“.

I learned that we all have a choice with the work environment we choose to spend our time. In my case, this employer terminated me for job performance, when I received less than 50% of the necessary training to be successful. It was the second termination from a job that I felt relief! The relief of not ever setting foot in that toxic environment.

If you find yourself having to self-talk your way into the doors of your job every morning…just so you don’t want the entire place to explode while you’re on a lunch break…It’s time to get a concrete career plan specifically tailored to you leaving that toxic environment for GOOD! Start by grabbing my eBook, “From Clueless Teenager to Consummate Professional”, 7 Steps to Cultivating the Career and Economic Life You Want here. It will help you cultivate your exit plan and career strategy. While you’re at it, grab my FREE DREAM Career Guide specifically formulated to help you document your Career Strategy step by step.

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StoryTime Career Series – Episode 1: Communication & Professionalism

This is first of the StoryTime Series on my podcast sharing stories of all of our experiences in the world of careers, jobs, contract work, independent consulting and business interactions. In this first story time, I share one of my experiences while working for an employer. The names, dates and other information were kept confidential to protect the innocent or guilty party.

The objective is the learn and grow from our professional and personal experiences to become a better version of ourselves, professionally.

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Excerpt from “From Clueless Teenager to Consummate Professional” my NEW BOOK 😁😁

I am so excited to share with you the introductory portion of my new book “From Clueless Teenager to Consummate Professional” I want you guys to understand that this is a labour of love true love for my family. I want you guys as budding entrepreneurs or career professionals to have the mindset & strategic plan to make it materialize..then successful.

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Career ReVamp 4.2 – The Corporate Employee (Wrap-Up)

In the final part of the Career ReVamp Series, the integral parts of making the career transition and all the tools needed to make it easier. We know that changing careers, even if it needs to be done by force, is a process…not a sprint! Each parts of the process must be implemented strategically to increase your chances of a successful transition.

1. Career Tools Needed for the ReVamp

2. Need help with completing the new resume for you? Go here or if you just need the new resume to be reviewed professionally, then go here.

3. Want me to complete the new revamped career portfolio? Go here.

4. Are you getting interviews in your new career and want help getting prepared for it? Go here.

5. Need to schedule a career strategy session to have a clear path to revamp your career? Go here.

In Part 1 titled, Know Where You Are Now gives you a place to start. You have to where you are now.

In Part 2 titled, Putting Your Plan Together, helps you assess and document your skills, knowledge base, qualification and your overall professional persona. You should also document how to showcase what you have to offer will benefit your new career venture.

In Part 3.1, titled Entrepreneurial Track, you can use your knowledge base to start a viable business. This episode of the series reviews some aspects of business start-up activities.

Part 3.2 titled The Career Track goes into more detail about how to approach your career change choices. It provides an overview of the what you need to do when you change your career.

In Part 4.1 titled The Business Owner Path provided detailed steps to functional entrepreneurship and the specific steps you will need establish your next successful business as your new career venture.

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