The Job Search Boot Camp And Show

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For many episodes Angela and I have hosted The Job Search Boot Camp Show with special guests and career experts. Show statistics have shown that our Job Search Boot Camp “mini-edition” has pulled in the most listeners. When our guest this week had to cancel, we were able to get back to the basics in this fun and informative show!

The Job Search Boot Camp started as a half-day seminar where we taught people how to READY-AIM-GET HIRED! In this three step process we teach you the steps to get the job you want quicker and easier.

Listen to our mini-bootcamp show to get the time-tested techniques that really do work.

Job Interview: 9 Etiquette Tips For A Great 1st Impression Handshake

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This is basic stuff, but sometimes it’s the basic things that will make or break you. So, if you already know these things, great! Consider this a review! 1. Make sure your hands are clean and your nails are well-clipped and manicured. 2. You don’t want to offer a cold hand, so be sure…

Job Search: Tips & Templates for Thank You Notes

I remember a story that Richard Bolles tells in his classic book, What Color Is Your Parachute?, about a baseball team hiring someone for their public relations position. The woman who was hired later asked why they picked her out of the 35 or so applicants. They told her that she was the only one who had written a thank you note after the interview. Sometimes I’m still taken aback when a client asks me if he or she should write a thank you note. Yes, always, always write a thank you note. Since it’s such an overlooked step…

Part 2: How to Prepare for an Interview with an Executive

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Yesterday, in “Part 1: How to Prepare for an Interview with an Executive,” we discussed the general mindset of executives and the perspective they’ll have when they’re interviewing you for a postion with their organization. Sometimes this level of interview is called a “stamp of approval” interview, which means that the executive is meeting with you to either approve of the candidate chose or exercise veto power. And that means that you still need to impress this person. Below are some of the typical questions you might get from an executive during your interview…

Part 1: How to Prepare for an Interview with an Executive

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A client has been interviewing for a fantastic opportunity that seems to match up well with the definition of her ideal job. She’s made it through the phone screening with the recruiter. She aced the interview with the hiring manager. Next up is round 3 with the VP of the division, a gentleman who came up through the ranks and has been with the company for a long time. She asked me: “What questions can I expect to be asked; what is the rationale behind each question asked; and can you give me hypothetical answers or best approaches to each?” Good question!…

“Why should I hire you over the other guy?”

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When you get into the interview process, you need to be able to answer the question, “Why should I hire you over the other guy?” Your answer needs to be stronger than providing a list of past tasks and experience. Yesterday, Jay talked about behavioral-based questions. He called them annoying…

Attitude, Passion, Selling It & Acing The Interview

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This week I spoke to a gentleman on the west coast who told me that at the age of 51 and having struggling with health issues for the last year, he’s ready to just get a job – forget what he’s passionate about. Mmmm…. Well, if you’re familiar with my take on things, you know I didn’t let that pass. I told him about a…

Tough Interview Questions – Dealing with the Dark Side, Part II

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In part one of Tough Interview Questions – Dealing with the Dark Side, we looked at the most challenging interview question that can trip up even the most seasoned professional: “What is your greatest weakness?” Today, I want to discuss how to answer this question, look at possible other dark-side questions you might get during the interview process and how to prepare yourself to give authentic answers that impress the prospective employer. First, let’s take on how to answer the weakness question…

Tough Interview Questions – Dealing with the Dark Side, Part I

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Today, I want to address a particular question that seems to trip up even the most confident interviewee: “What is your greatest weakness?” Early in my career, back when I was a recruiter, I used to ask these questions separately: What is your greatest strength?; What is your greatest weakness?; What do you like most about your job?; and What do you dislike most about your job? After a while I began to notice similarities. The answers I received from job candidates kept proving over and over that…