Ready for your next interview? This video will help you prep.


Key Points…

  1. Do your research: know all about the company you are interviewing with
  2. Get to know them: used LinkedIn and Social Media tools
  3. Get out in the field: aware of current industry news and trends
  4. Bring It: Be prepared for the interview
    1. Prepare your fact sheet: Reference Data – dates and months of previous jobs
    2. Professional and Personal References
    3. Address History
    4. Past Employer Information: physical address, phone number, boss’s name and contact info
    5. Dress one level up
  5. Practice: Mock Interviews
    1. “Tell Me a Story” Past performance is the best predictor of future success
    2. Behavioral Interview Responses — CAR: Challenge, Action, Result
    3. Tell me about yourself
    4. Walk me through your resume: High points in career focus on accomplishments and results
    5. Weakness: How you’ve overcome a challenge
    6. Questions for them are key!
  6. Contact Info for Thank You notes: correct spelling of names, paper/email

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How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot.

What do you do with the first hour of your day to increase productivity and reduce stress?


Mark Twain. Twain famously said that if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you. Your frog is your worst task, and you should do it first thing in the morning.


Tony Robbins, the self-help guru who pitched the power of mindful first-hour rituals long before we all had little computers next to our beds.

Robbins suggests setting up an “Hour of Power,” “30 Minutes to Thrive,” or at least “Fifteen Minutes to Fulfillment.” Part of it involves light exercise, part of it involves motivational incantations, but the most accessible piece involves 10 minutes of thinking of everything you’re grateful for: in yourself, among your family and friends, in your career, and the like. After that, visualize “everything you want in your life as if you had it today.”


Make a simple list of

  1. What I’m NOT going to do today [Distractions]
  2. What I’m going to do today [Productivity]


Kenneth Chenault once said in an interview that the last thing he does before leaving the office is to write down the top 3 things to accomplish tomorrow, then he uses that list to start his day the following morning.

Do what you love. Love what you do.

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” — Steve Jobs

Resume Q&A

1.) How to create a resume
  • Start with a basic outline using one of Word’s resume templates
  • Populate the personal information
  • List target job title in bold all caps as a sort of headline under your name so you are ‘branded’ as that profession
  • Build out your professional experience with titles, companies and dates
  • List education
  • Add skills or volunteer activities
  • Go back and build out the job descriptions with 3-4 bullets that start with action verbs
  • Add in one measurable success or achievement per position
2.) DOs and DON’Ts of Resume Writing
  • Consistent formatting and spacing
  • Spelling and grammar check
  • Ensure that dates and titles are correct
  • Use action verbs to start the job descriptions with measurable successes/achievements
  • Keep it to one or two pages
  • Create an on-line version of your resume in a basic word processor like WordPad that will upload in a legible format into Applicant Tracking Database Systems
  • Guide your reader’s eye to the key points
  • Use more than two types of fonts
  • Make it too lengthy
  • Have too many words on the page
  • Be inconsistent in spacing and formatting
  • Send it without reviewing it for spelling, grammar and other errors
  • Falsify information or make it sound like you did more than reality
  • Use an unprofessional email address or an out of order phone number or a phone number with a funny ring tone or voicemail message
3.) Some of the top ways to get your resume thrown out of consideration
  • Have your resume or cover letter with the wrong company, position or hiring manager listed
  • Not attaching a resume on your application
  • Spelling or grammar errors
  • Not being a fit for the role — be sure to apply for positions you truly qualify for
  • Being out of the target geographic area — if you are trying to relocate from another state there are strategic ways to list this
  • Poor formatting, hard to read, too verbose
  • Creative ways of standing out can appear over confident
4.) Some effective ways to get your resume noticed
  • Use key words from the job description in your resume (i.e. If the job description says ‘patient experience’ rather than ‘customer service’ tailor your resume)
  • Being a good fit for the role (i.e. you have had prior job titles that match the targeted position, you have worked in that industry, you have the education and skills for the position, you know the specific software the job description mentions)
  • Typing a cover letter that is customized for the company, position and that even has a name of a person in that department (show you have done your research)
  • Network your way in.  Use LinkedIn or Facebook to find if you or someone you know knows someone that works for your target company and see if they can ‘refer’ you
  • Call or email the company’s HR department to restate your interest
  • Follow target company on social media channels and their website and in the news to be up to date on their happenings
5.) The best way to approach online applications/resumes
  • Have two basic formats for your resume that you can easily customize (professional/standard and web-friendly)
  • Tailor it to the company and position
  • Update your resume fairly regularly and use it as a ‘living document’
  • Once you’ve done the ground work of creating a resume you can be set-up for success and research ways to improve your resume
  • Ask for feedback and reviews from others
** Remember **
No resume is perfect and every hiring manager or recruiter might have a slight change, preference or recommendation.

Root of Success

by Jon Gordon
There once was a tree that produced an abundant supply of fruit.

Everyone marveled at its ability to produce a record harvest each year.

The owner who sold his fruit at the local market had become one of the wealthiest men in town and he was the envy of all who knew him.

However, as the years passed the owner spent so much of his time counting and selling his fruit that he forgot to nourish the root.

He became so prideful and focused on results that he neglected to see the signs that the tree was dying.

Then one day when the owner went to pick fruit from his tree he was shocked to discover that the tree was barren.

“How could this be,” he asked?

But when he inspected the root he found his answer.

The root had dried up.

He was so focused on the fruit that he neglected the root.

He wished there was something he could do but it was too late.

It was a lesson he would never forget!

How about you? Do you focus on the numbers, the outcomes and the fruit?

Or do you focus on the purpose, people, innovation, culture and root of your success.

Always remember the amount of fruit we produce is just an outcome and measurement of how well we are nurturing our root.

If we take care of our root we’ll always have an abundant supply of fruit.

Ignore the root and say good-bye to the fruit.

What is the root of your success? What do the rootand fruit mean to you?

Make it a great week and remember to “Lead with Love”.

Networking is usually the best way to find a job. But growing a network takes time so you want to build it before you need it. Here’s how to start growing your job search network today.

Employed or not, spend at least 30 minutes per day actively reinforcing your brand and growing your network through the activities listed below.

To excel at networking, the key question to ask is not “what can you do for me?” but rather what can I do for you? The more you give to your network, the more you can get from it.

1. Get an easy-to-remember email address. A good format is firstname.lastname@webmail.com where “webmail” is Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc. Use this address for job search/work purposes only.

2. Choose your personal tagline. Find a 3-4 word phrase that relates to who you are professionally and puts you in a positive light. You want people to think that phrase when they hear your name, and everything you do work-wise should match your tagline. Use it in your email signature and begin by saying it when people ask what you do.

3. Prepare an elevator pitch. In 30 seconds you need to be able to describe who you are and which problems your expertise can solve. Practice until it comes naturally. Tweak as you go, judging by listener response.

4. Build an impressive web profile. A recommendation-filled LinkedIn profile with the right LinkedIn Applications can show off your accomplishments, successes and elevator pitch. LinkedIn will also give you an easy-to-remember url to put in your email signature, on your resume and business cards, encouraging people to connect with you. Use your personal tagline and easy-to-remember email address.

5. Become a LiON, a LinkedIn Open Networker. This is a quick way to grow your number of LinkedIn connections to the top level of “500+” but the looseness of these connections means you shouldn’t expect much from them. Still, all it takes is one good connection for this to be worthwhile.

6. Be active on LinkedIn Answers and LinkedIn Groups related to your profession, responding to questions and drawing other LinkedIn users to connect to you.

7. Sign up to Twitter. Take a few moments to flesh out your profile, putting your personal tagline in the Bio box and customizing the background image. Use TweetLater to automatically follow back any people who follow you, then search for people to add to your network. Once your network has grown a bit, use Twubble to find more people to follow from among your followers’ favorites. Setup a separate account for personal use.

8. Create a Facebook Page. Use Facebook for more than staying in touch with friends and family. Separately from your personal profile, use a Facebook Page to promote yourself professionally,  giving Facebook users a place to follow you as an expert in your field.

9. Carry business cards with your personal tagline and contact information to give out to potential business contacts. Try to always leave a note on the back before handing over your card, for example, to write where you met.

10. Ask for referrals when handing over business cards. People are more likely to respond to this than if you ask about open positions in their company. Give them extra cards if they have any potential referrals.

11. Use calling cards for non-business occasions. They’re like a business card, but with personal information. I haven’t tried this yet but I like the idea. The novelty aspect alone will leave a good impression.

12.  Join real-world business networks and chambers of commerce. You want people in your industry to notice you. Find local networks by googling “business network” and the name of your city.

13. Join general purpose business social networks. Besides LinkedIn, there are other networks like Xing and ZoomInfo. Use the one that is most popular in your industry.

14. Join industry-specific social networks. In many cases, these are business social networks created on the Ning platform. Use Ning’s search to find relevant networks or start a Ning network yourself.

15. Start blogging about your profession. As a super virtual resume, blogging is a terrific way to not only grow your network and show your expertise but also to attract job offers.

16. Follow industry blogs of different size readership. Subscribe and comment on them so that their bloggers discover and interact with you, especially if you have your own blog too. It’s better to get a lot of attention from 10 small blogs than no attention on 2 big ones.

17. Participate in industry discussion forums and mailing lists. Become the expert that people want to hear from on the topics you specialize in.

18. Become a member of professional associations. Every market has a group of people who are creating the standards and organizing member professionals. Being part of such groups can net you recognition from across the industry.

19. Create an industry newsletter for an industry niche that doesn’t have one. Or, you could become a contributor to an existing newsletter, but only if there’s a clear way for your network to profit such as via a link or email address in the byline.

20. Go to industry conferences, and make time to meet people and exchange business cards. Also great is to use conferences to finally see people face-to-face after having met online.

21. Attend local (speed) networking events. Have lots of business cards with you and a polished elevator pitch.

22. Organize informal industry events like launch parties or anniversaries. If you choose the right type of event and promote it well, the success will carry over to your personal network and people will want you to do it all again so that they can bring along other contacts who missed out.

23. Bring friends along. You can network in parallel and compare notes, opening doors for each other.

24. Join a job search support club. Also called job clubs or job search clubs or groups. Network with like-minded people.

25. Volunteer. Meeting new people is one of the best reasons why job seekers should volunteer. If there aren’t many opportunities locally through e.g. religious institutions, find them online using a site like Idealist.org.

26. Join a gym. A great place to network with people from across different industries and positions, there are also many other reasons to be exercising regularly.

27. Get a career and/or job search coach. Among the many benefits, the coach will be able to guide you to other ways to grow your network.

28. Find a mentor or mentoring community. You want people who have achieved your goals and can help you achieve similar success. Take your mentor out for lunch and pick their brain.

29. Do information interviews. This is a great way to get your foot in the door, and you’d be surprised how often in can lead to a job, even in a different department or company.

30. Email friends and family and ask them to put you in contact with anyone that can help your job search.

31. Talk to people you see regularly. Neighbors, parents at your kids’ school, taxi drivers. Cast your net as wide as possible.

32. Offer a cash bounty when you email your personal contacts. They’ll be willing to help you for free, but encourage them to forward your email to their own contacts for whom the cash will be a big motivator.

33. Join an alumni jobs network. Placing alumni in jobs is usually a major goal of  university and college alumni networks but also military reserves associations.

34. Nudge people in your network from time to time. A simple “any way I can help?” is a great way to stay in touch and not be forgotten.

35. Keep track of your contacts’ needs. Then, fill those needs whenever you can. The more you give, the more you’ll get. Here are another 9 ways to keep value in your network relationships (lower half of the article).

36. Always follow-up. Whether to confirm a referral or send over a link to an article you discussed, find a good reason to follow up with new contacts before they forget about you, which is usually within 24-48 hours.

37. Use thank you notes. Always take the time necessary to appreciate the people in your network. Just because people are happy to help doesn’t mean you should take their help for granted. Snail mail will make your note stand out even more.

Source: http://jobmob.co.il/blog/ideas-to-grow-your-job-search-network-right-now/

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Grow Your Network: Strategies To Expand Your Contact List

Networking is often considered a prerequisite for achieving success in one’s professional or personal life. We live in an environment where it is not what you know, but rather who you know that matters; and knowing the right people could catapult even an ordinary person to great heights. In order to know the right people, however, it is important to expand your contact list beyond just family and friends. The following strategies will help you grow your network.

Snowball your network
Have you ever been called by an insurance agent or a savvy sales professional? Notice how at the end of the conversation you are asked for referrals. You could apply the same strategy to grow your network list. At every meeting, try asking for names of others you could speak with. When you speak to these individuals, again ask for more referrals. Within a few months your network would have snowballed to hundreds or even thousands of contacts. How you leverage this network is up to you.

You never know
Many decades ago there was a visible demarcation between different sections of the society. In those days, if you wanted to network with someone in the upper echelon, you would have to actually know someone up there. A noticeable effect of rapid globalization and widespread technological advancement, however, is the thinning of socio-economic boundaries. One’s circle of contacts is now not limited to any particular stratum; almost anyone could know anyone.

I would like to consider myself a proponent of the “you never know” rule. In other words, you never know who knows whom. Don’t assume the bartender doesn’t know someone of interest to you or the hairdresser (whom you speak with anyways) is not a potential networking contact. I have witnessed numerous success stories where unexpected acquaintances, ranging from subway riders and bartenders to massage therapists have served as tremendously helpful resources for career advancement.

What could be easier than making connections through the written word. Who says networking is only about conversations. I consider every individual who reads my articles as a potential networking contact. If you are good at something, write about it. From trade magazines and scholarly journals to blogs, there are plenty of opportunities to write.

You could also write to initiate a conversation. Example, if you read an interesting article, don’t hesitate to write an appreciation letter (or e-mail) to the author. If you read about someone’s victory or loss, drop in a line even if you don’t know the person. That first initiative could lead to a series of opportunities.

Use technology
Until a few years ago I was a non-believer when it came to networking through technology. Fast forward a few years, my online network now comprises of thousands of contacts. Professional online groups (on Yahoo, MSN, Google …), e-lists, forums, online networking services (such as linkedin.com), and the likes have introduced a new dimension to the world of networking. Despite the widespread optimism, I view technology as a supplement — as opposed to a replacement — to my traditional networking efforts. (Caveat: always be careful online.)

Go and network
From trade shows to association or chamber of commerce meetings to conferences, be omnipresent. If you are not yet a member of a professional group or association, consider joining one.

Comb through publications
Regularly read newspapers, industry publications, and professional literature. These will acquaint you with key players within your profession. Don’t stop at knowing their names; make efforts to get in touch with them, whether through letters or in-person meetings.

Those (authors, writers, researchers, experts, etc.) contributing to these publications are generally top professionals with a huge clout in their area of expertise. Knowing them could mean tapping into a pool of thousands of professionals.

Be genuinely interested in others
Social magnets are generally people who are genuinely interested in the welfare of others. From sharing [non-confidential] articles to volunteering on a project, a lot could be done to contribute to your contacts’ welfare. Jay, a pharmaceutical sales representative, for example, has grown his network to over 5,000 contacts using a very simple strategy: writing letters. He is constantly on the lookout for news about key people. He congratulates them for victories, consoles them during the loss of a loved one, or simply wishes them on special occasions. The results have been very encouraging.

Network with well-networked people
Just knowing one well-networked individual could mean tapping into a potential network of hundreds. What a jumpstart.

Growing your network is like watering a plant. Do it regularly and you will watch your network grow. It does take some effort but the payoff is well worth the invested time.

Source: http://www.saicareers.com/networking/grow_network.html