New to the job market? Do these 5 things…Part 3 of 5

We are now in the 3rd part of the 5 part series for the high school or college students entering the job market. Before you delve into part 3, check out the first two parts to get all the valuable nuggets…

Part 1..Go here

Part 2..Go here

If you still do not have your career tools, such as your resume and your cover letter completed, check out my resource here here to get those completed as soon as possible! You will need those #careertools to complete the steps in part 3.

Ok, now that you have gotten the first two parts, now let’s get into part 3.

If you have your bare minimum career tools completed such as your #resume and #coverletter, then you can jumping right into using the career tools on the online job boards and social media platforms. The online platforms I personally recommend are the following:

1. LinkedIn.com (Social Media Network where employers look for candidates)

2. Indeed.com (The most popular online job board since 2015)

3. CareerBuilder.com (One of the most resourceful job board for the last 15 years)

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New to the job market? Do these 5 things…Part 2 of 5

In Part 1 of the “New to the job market” series, I discussed the importance of having your #careertools prepared. Watch Part 1 here.

In order for you, the new job seeker, to become successful, you cannot do it alone. Your personal #network is extremely important. I don’t mean just simply reaching out to people you know and asking them for job leads or opportunities, but truly #connect with your network.

Take the time to find out how they are doing and “LISTEN” to them. You may be surprised by what you find out and how you can be helpful.

I will be discussing the importance of your online presence in Part 3 of the series, so look out for it.

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Two Interview mistakes to AVOID…if you want the job

Whether you are just starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, mistakes are bound to happen. You do your best in every professional interaction, but we are all human at the end of the day. There are some mistake that you should do your best to avoid, especially when it comes to job interviews. It can truly be a nerve wrenching experience…but it helps to be truly be prepared. If you struggle with job interviews and want to get the tools to handle yourself like a boss? Check out my self-directed resource here.

If you don’t take the time to prepare for your next job interview, you can make these critical mistakes I talk about in the video. So let’s address the mistakes to AVOID:

Mistake #1: Not knowing anything about the company you are #interviewing for.
In the wonderful era of technology, there’s no excuse for this mistake, unless you did not even try to prepare for this interview.

Mistake #2: Having your mobile phone powered on with the ringer turned on. Your mobile phone is a distraction. Leave it in the car!

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Just graduated? Two ways to you can win in your career

1. You should have a complete professional portfolio to house all of your career tools, such as your resumes, cover letters, letters of recommendation, award certificates and other pertinent documentation. If you do not have a professional portfolio, check out these two options below:

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Please look into obtaining one of these portfolio, so you can stand out from the rest of the job candidates more professional, instead of showing up to an job interview with a manila folder.

2. Make sure you have all of the essential career tools completed and updated. If your career tools like your resumes, cover letters and/or letters of recommendations could use a well-needed make over, check out my career tools review service, which you can find here.

If you don’t have any of your career tools prepared? I will work with you directly to get the process started by you going here.

3.. Cultivate and Maintain Productive & Professional Relationships. Having key relationship can truly help you garner career opportunities normally not released to the public. It is important stay connected to your professional network through phone calls, social media and simple emails. Technology has made it much easier for you to stay connected, so there’s not excuse.

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Don’t think you need a resume?

There have been times where I don’t want to be bothered with resumes, cover letters and all the other career tools because it seems like a chore….

Well, let’s consider this scenario for a moment. If you were a real estate broker attending a networking event where at least 60% of the people there stated on their attendance card, they are looking to buy or sell their current primary residence. As you “work the room” with some of these people, the conversations leads to them asking you what you do for a living and you say, I’m a real estate broker. At least five of the ten people you have spoken with in that event expressed a very strong interest in conducting real estate transactions.

Hmmm…Stop and think for a minute, do you think you are in the right place at the right time as a real estate broker? Let me ask you another question, do you want to be in that networking event without your business card and a way to obtain their contact information? You see where I’m going here. The moral of the story is….have your career tools ready for business, to cultivate promising business and #career opportunities.

Just like this story of you being the real estate broker, you do not want to hear about career opportunities and not take full advantage of them. Granted, you can garner career opportunities without career tools, but you always put yourself in a better position, when you have your career tools ready to work for you.

If you are struggling with having your resumes, cover letters or letters of recommendation work for you and you need to have them working for you again, check out this resource here.

If you don’t have any of your career tools completed and need my help to get them created and structured for the career of your choice, check out my resource here to discuss the career tools needed to jumpstart your success in your chosen industry. The saying goes, when preparation meets opportunity, SUCCESS is inevitable.

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Difficult Job Interview Questions & How to Respond Strategically – Part 4 of 4

We have come to the final Part 4 of the 4 Part Series, Difficult Job Interview Questions & How to Respond Strategically.

In Part 1, we addressed the question, “Why should I hire you?” and how to respond to get a positive feedback from the interviewer. You can check out Part 1 video here

Part 2 tackles the next difficult question, “How do you handle deadlines?“. Part 2 helps you to say strategic things to establish a better rapport with the employer #interviewing you. You can check out part 2 here.

Part 3, we explored how to answer the question, “Have you ever been fired & why?”. Part 3 helps you to honestly and strategically respond to the employer by packing it professionally. Go check out Part 3 here.

Let’s get into Part 4…

The difficult question we are wrapping up with… “What are you weaknesses?”. You have to understand what employers are looking for when they ask this question. They are not necessarily looking for your weaknesses, they are listening for how you overcome those weakness or shortcomings. If you are looking for direct coaching through these and other key interview questions,
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Difficult Job Interview Questions & How to Respond Strategically – Part 1 of 4

In this interview series, I want to prepare you as #careercoach to be ready for the difficulties in your career process and prepare you for them.

We are addressing the first of the four difficult questions you may encounter in your #jobinterviews…and provide strategic ways to respond to them honestly and professionally.

If you looking for assistance with even more interview preparation questions, check out my resource here to get you even more strategic direction.

Want to conquer more in-depth, industry based interview questions that other candidates fumble and get nervous over? Do you want to shine bright to the interviewer, instead of crumbling under pressure during the interview process? Schedule your interview coaching session by going here

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How to Present Yourself in a Job Interview

 
Your communication skills are extremely important in the interview which plays a huge role in how you present yourself. In this video, I talk about one of the ways to help you improve how you present yourself in a job interview. To get the entire article from the June 2018 DREAM Career Newsletter….go here to get your FREE copy.

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Self-Praise sounds conceited…Why letters of recommendation can boost your professional reputation

In your job search or business activities, you may hear people mention letters of recommendation, but do you really understand what it is? Do you understand how this #careertool can truly help to distinguish you from other candidates in the job market or in business, if you’re an entrepreneur? The title “Self-Praise sound conceited…Why letters of recommendation can boost your Professional Reputation”, speaks to how others view you and its influence on the new professional relationships you cultivate interviews and business meetings.

I don’t want to assume that everyone reading or listening to this post knows what a letter of recommendation is, so let me explain. A letter of recommendation is a letter written by a person(s) who have experienced working with you in a professional capacity and writes a letter communicating how they felt about the work you do, the way it which you do it and how they felt your work positively affected them and the organization you are both associated with. It’s not be textbook definition, but it gives you a better idea of what the letter of recommendation is and what’s included. Now, let’s talk about how this career tool can help you in your career and business ventures.

Your career and your business life cannot survive without other people. I know you wanted to think otherwise, but nothing can be further from the truth. In your career, you need people who will create and offer job/career opportunities. In business, you will need people to market your business to and continuously patronize your business, if you ever hope to keep your business alive. So taking the time to understanding how people work and what they respond to helps you utilize your career tools strategically. The letter of recommendation is no different. There are two major questions that your letters of recommendation will answer for your future employers or new business relationship, if it is structured correctly. Here are the questions:

1. Can this candidate or possible business partner do what their resume or professional snapshot says they can do?

The letter of recommendation written by an individual you worked with or worked for in a job, contract position or voluntary capacity answers the question of what you can do. Your skills and qualifications are validated in the letter of recommendation because it is discussed. The individual should reference two or three of your core skills and qualifications for the industry you have experience or education. This give the business person or interview another person’s perspective on your qualifications and how it will benefit their organization.

2. What is the work ethic or personality type of this person that I cannot find out from this interview?

Since the person writing the letter of recommendation is someone you have previously worked with some capacity, then they should also reference information about your “positive” or “energetic” personality. The person should also reference your strong work ethic and overall attitude of getting the job done well and quickly. These type of phrases in the letters or recommendation will communicate to the future employer or future business partner that you have the aptitude to meet their business needs because of how you work. It is vital to understand that someone else speaking on your behalf automatically bears more weight that you speaking for yourself.

Overall, the letters of recommendation will positively enhance your reputation without you saying a word. Other people you have worked with validates your experience, work ethic and overall qualifications, so it is extremely vital that you use letters of recommendation in your career strategy, especially during job interviews. I want you to know I am hear to help you to become a better version of yourself, professionally. If you need help with getting your letters of recommendation completed or reviewed to make sure this career tool is working for you, then check out the career tools review resource .

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