Things You Should Know for an Interview

By Monday, December 17, 2012 0 Permalink 0

It's been a little while here, but check out my most recent article at EBONY: Applying for jobs in a down economy has to be one of the least enjoyable tasks out there. You know you’re competing against the world. You’re praying that your résumé is optimized to appease the Applicant Tracking System gods. And once you’ve looked for a little while with minimal results, you get discouraged. Then one day you get an email from a recruiter ...

Interviewing the Hiring Manager: Four Questions You Should Ask

By Thursday, November 15, 2012 5 Permalink 0

Interviewing is a 2-way street. I'm sure you've heard this before, but you'd be surprised how many candidates struggle with asking valuable questions. They get to the interview and when it's turned over to them, they go with a lame question like "Tell me more about the company," or "What type of books do you read?" Tell you more? Haven't you done your research? Didn't YOU apply for this job? Be more specific or deal with my ...

How to Request an Informational Interview by Email

By Monday, November 12, 2012 17 Permalink 0

Just over a week ago, I wrote about mistakes to avoid when seeking an informational interview. In it, I explained what an informational interview is and isn't, as well as the common mistakes I've seen people make. If you missed it, you can check out that post here. Today, I'm here to tell you how to request an informational interview by email and get greater results. If you follow these steps, you should see an increase ...

Lessons on Negotiation from @SharkTankABC

By Thursday, November 8, 2012 0 Permalink 0

I had the opportunity to write an article for Brazen Careerist, a popular career and lifestyle site for young professionals. Below you'll see an excerpt from my article, titled Lessons from the Shark Tank: How to Lose an Offer in 15 Minutes or Less. Hope you enjoy and find it useful! -- We can learn a lot of lessons from the hit show Shark Tank, both as entrepreneurs and as job seekers. Haven’t seen the show? Think a panel interview with ...

Four Mistakes to Avoid When Requesting an Informational Interview

By Friday, November 2, 2012 7 Permalink 0

To: rjones@dreamjob.com Date: Mon October 1, 2012 9:45AM Subject: Informational Interview Request From: Aaron Levington Hi Rich, I found your info on the company's website and wanted to reach out because I'm very interested in working for your company. I left you a couple voicemails (past two Mondays) and figured it'd be a good idea to reach out via email as well. I've attached my resume for your review and would love to set up some time to chat when ...

A Few Good Reasons to Consider Sales Jobs During Your Search

By Sunday, October 21, 2012 0 Permalink 0

Before transitioning into my desired career as an HR generalist, I spent four years in sales jobs both as a headhunter for a staffing agency and as a sales and service representative for a Fortune 500 company. Coming out of school, I never thought I'd be a salesperson. The idea of spending hours on the phone trying to schedule appointments and pitching products and services to busy business owners brought back painful memories of my high ...

How I Used LinkedIn As My Career Consultant

By Friday, October 12, 2012 0 Permalink 0

When I decided I wanted to transition from a career in Sales to a career in Human Resources, I knew I had a long journey ahead of me. I'd have to figure out what companies I wanted to work for and what skills would get me closer to my goal role. I also had to think about my career progression once I was made the transition. Interviewers often ask "Where do you see yourself in five ...

7 Resume Adds That Can Subtract Value

By Sunday, October 7, 2012 0 Permalink 0

The following comes from an article I wrote for EBONY on common resume mistakes. You may notice something a little familiar if you read my last post on writing a professional summary. If not, this will be completely "fresh" to you. Either way...enjoy! Your resume is the most important document in your job search. Everything on it needs to add value. But sometimes, we add elements to our resumes that take away from all the hard work we’ve ...

4 Easy Wins: How to Write a Professional Summary That Gets Results

By Monday, September 24, 2012 20 Permalink 0

There's a big difference between an objective statement and a professional summary. Unfortunately, a lot of people still go with the former. They lead with an objective like "To contribute to the company's bottom line by applying knowledge gained through coursework and struggle," or "To continue developing professionally and to apply what I've learned as a professional in my profession to drive organizational bliss." Let me tell you an obvious secret... Objectives like the examples above are ...