CareerHMO http://careerhmo.com Career Coaching for Job Search Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:14:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How can I build my confidence up? I am not feeling great about myself since losing my job. What are some things I can do to feel better moving forward? http://careerhmo.com/how-can-i-build-my-confidence-up-i-am-not-feeling-great-about-myself-since-losing-my-job-what-are-some-things-i-can-do-to-feel-better-moving-forward/ http://careerhmo.com/how-can-i-build-my-confidence-up-i-am-not-feeling-great-about-myself-since-losing-my-job-what-are-some-things-i-can-do-to-feel-better-moving-forward/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:28:27 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2131 DanRedler-HeadshotDan Redler

To gain momentum and feel better in your job search you need to identify where you are and determine where you want to go. Then, lose the negative self-talk and replace it with positive, action-oriented thoughts. Now turn the new thoughts into positive actions. In short, you have to “Do the Work”.

One of the great things about the JSAP program is that it provides a roadmap to self-confidence. If you commit to it  and go through each module diligently and in the order  presented, you will discover positive things about yourself that will motivate you and you will feel better as you complete each step.

Learn more about Dan’s coaching here.

 

 

Pamela RyanPam Ryan

Losing a job, involuntary or voluntary, with a gap in employment, is never an easy life transition. It is unsettling, shakes-up your world, and is downright scary.  You may want to understand “Why me?”, when in reality, it is most likely not about you.  You need to refocus your energy! Take a moment and just breathe. Plan coffee meetings with friends – keep positive people around you. Self assess in our program! , and finally  – network! Networking will get you meeting new people – its all about engaging with others to get to that next career! What an exciting journey this can be!

  Learn more about Pam’s coaching here.

 

 

 

Howard AlexanderHoward Alexander

Building your confidence when losing your job can be one of the toughest things you must try to overcome. One thing you could do is surround yourself around a positive support group. This group will not allow you to put yourself down, they are there to lift you up and push you to get back on your feet. Also, understand throughout your time in your previous position you have developed many skills that you can be applied to your future position. However even more importantly, this is THE TIME FOR YOU TO REINVENT YOU and start a new path. Sounds exciting right; it can be exciting, challenge and frustrating all at once.  But as your confidence grows so will the rewards that come with it.ward

 Learn more about Howard’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

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Sueann Snodgrass

The key is rebuilding confidence after job loss is to mentally keep the right frame of mind in order to consistently keep on moving forward.  Work on yourself, improving your skills or learning something new that you can add to your resume.  Be mindful of your thoughts and be purposeful in your actions you take each day in order to move forward in your personal and professional life.

Learn about Sueann’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

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A great way to build and maintain confidence is to stay active mentally and physically, which will increase the positive vibes that surround you.  Mentally, work to eliminate the negative self-talk in your head by surrounding yourself with positive influences, whether they be the people you associate with, the books and articles you read, or the podcasts you listen to.  Physically, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and daily meditation do wonders for maintaining a positive attitude and boosting the self-confidence you require for getting your career back on track.

Learn about Joel’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

Cindi Wariwan

 Cindi Wirawan
Here are some practical ideas to feel better moving forward. Take stock of your strengths and achievements. Keep a gratitude journal, or count your blessings. Go through the Confidence Project. Start volunteering. Go travelling or do something you’ve always wanted to do, and come back refreshed and energised. Hang out with positive people, such as the crew at CareerHMO who are going through the same journey as you. And if that’s still not enough, work with a career coach who can help you boost your confidence and encourage you when the going gets tough.

 Learn about Cindi’s coaching here. 

 

 

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 Rich Hernandez

-Don’t beat yourself up over mistakes or failures

Take accountability, learn from the failures and mistakes and use what you learned to move forward in completing your tasks and goals.

-Say what you mean, mean what you say.

Be assertive and be confident in what you say and how you communicate with others.

-Take advantage of your strengths and use those strengths to help you improve your opportunity areas.

-Take a deep breath, and keep a positive outlook.

As you talk to people, they should be able to feel your positive nature as well as your confidence.   Learn about Rich’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

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There is a position open in my company that I would like to apply for. What is the best way to stand out from the competition? http://careerhmo.com/there-is-a-position-open-in-my-company-that-i-would-like-to-apply-for-what-is-the-best-way-to-stand-out-from-the-competition/ http://careerhmo.com/there-is-a-position-open-in-my-company-that-i-would-like-to-apply-for-what-is-the-best-way-to-stand-out-from-the-competition/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 22:35:00 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2077 Lisa

Lisa Adams

The first step in making sure you stand out from the competition for a job inside your current company is to be “rock star” in your current role.  Understand your value, specifically your brand.  If you don’t know what your current brand is, now is the time to figure it out. Not only does our brand help us to get hired it also helps us to move through an organization

Learn more about Lisa’s coaching here.
 

 

 

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The best way to position yourself for a promotion — or a lateral move — inside your company is simple.  Demonstrate your commitment to your company. Brand yourself as someone who is a dedicated professional.  Produce high quality work.  Take on tough assignments.  Get involved with charitable causes your company supports.

Do these things now, so that when an opportunity comes up in the future you will have put yourself ahead of your competition.

  Learn more about Bud’s coaching here.


 

 

Kristen Burke

If the position is in your current company you should take the opportunity to do some internal networking. Reach out to people you know who are in the department. Chances are that you could get some inside information about the position so you could write a 30-60-90 day plan of what you would accomplish in your first 90 days in that position. Even though you have the inside track, make sure you update your resume and LinkedIn profile. Also take the time to write a killer cover letter, highlighting your connection to the position and company

 

Learn more about Kristen’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

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John Toomey

The best way to stand out is to show how you do more than is expected of you in your current position. Show how you are part of the company and work to its overall success. Make it clear you understand how the new position fits into the company and how you can make a difference. Never say anything bad about your current department and put the emphasis on the reasons why the open position is a great move for you and the new department.

Learn about John’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

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The best way to stand out is to show how you do more than is expected of you in your current position. Show how you are part of the company and work to its overall success. Make it clear you understand how the new position fits into the company and how you can make a difference. Never say anything bad about your current department and put the emphasis on the reasons why the open position is a great move for you and the new department.”

Learn about Kitty’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

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How do mentors make a difference in my job search? How do I find one? http://careerhmo.com/how-do-mentors-make-a-difference-in-my-job-search-how-do-i-find-one/ http://careerhmo.com/how-do-mentors-make-a-difference-in-my-job-search-how-do-i-find-one/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:59:32 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2070 Lisa

Lisa Adams

Having a mentor assist you in a job search, adds not only support, but also a “reality check”. Mentors guide and should give honest practical advice in 2 areas. They can help in vetting out your direction.  They can guide you in navigating connections and timing in reaching out to connections. Do not expect your mentor to give you all their contacts.  That would be unfair to them and possibly very uncomfortable. Be sure to develop a job search plan along with target job and target companies, then ask their advice or feedback.

 

To find a mentor, be on the look out for professionals with similar values to yours and someone you admire.  Be sure you admire them for the right reasons not just their job title or how much money they make.  Lastly you have to make sure that if they give you advice, that this is someone whose advice you will heed.

Learn more about Lisa’s coaching here.

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The old saying “a mentor’s hindsight can become your foresight” is especially true when it comes to job hunting.  A good mentor will share his or her stories with you — stories of triumph (landing the job) and stories of failure (not getting an interview, not getting the job after a promising interview).  The lessons your mentor learned along the way and passes on to you can help you have more triumphs and fewer failures.

Listen to the stories your mentor tells you about his or her job searches.  Ask for the lessons behind these stories.  Put the lessons to work in your job search.

The best way to find a mentor is to look around you and identify the people you admire. Initiate a relationship with them.  Don’t ask then to mentor you immediately. Let the relationship grow before you begin asking for favors.

  Learn more about Bud’s coaching here.


Mentors are a great resource for information during your job search! You should tap into your mentor’s knowledge about things like the current climate in your field of work, changes they see,companies they think are staying ahead of the curve and how they got to where they are today. The best way to find a mentor is to research someone in your field who you admire or reach out to past colleagues or bosses who you want to emulate. Once you have found that person, don’t be afraid to ask them to be your mentor. It will be a great boost to their ego and I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t be flattered that you asked. Make sure that you utilize the time you will have with your mentor wisely, have an agenda of what you want to discuss and questions to ask ahead of time.

 

Learn more about Kristen’s coaching here. 

 

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John Toomey

“Mentors are a great help in your job search. They are more than just a network connection, they are someone you have develop a long term professional relationship with. The mentor has a clear understanding of your career goals and the steps it takes to get there. They help by giving your job search more focus and extend good council. Some Alumni organization and some larger companies run mentoring programs and can be a good source. If you are going to look on your own look for someone you admire and respect. Maybe someone in a position you want to get to at some point. It can be someone in you company or outside. Know what you want to get from the mentoring relationship. It is important that both of you have a clear understanding of the process and what both wants to get out of it.”

Learn about John’s coaching here. 

 

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Mentors can really make a difference in your job search because they can offer advice and perspective that you don’t yet have. The best way to find one is to ask! If you are looking to go into a field or start a career that is different from your previous positions, then research your new area of interest and find the people who are experts in that field. Reach out to them and ask them if they are open to allowing you to learn from them by asking questions and following their work. Most people will be flattered and will want to help. If they say they are too busy, then keep looking, but look for people who can really help you transition into the field in which you are interested and want to break into.

Learn about Kitty’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

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What is the Best Way to Ask for an Informational Interview? http://careerhmo.com/what-is-the-best-way-to-ask-for-an-informational-interview/ http://careerhmo.com/what-is-the-best-way-to-ask-for-an-informational-interview/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:42:20 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2062 Informationalinterview

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Lisa Adams

I have found the best way to ask for an informational interview is of course following the start of connection via LinkedIn or other resource.  It would be good to have had at least one email interaction beyond an introduction, such as sending a content rich article to help them.

After that, THEN, I would email them to simply state, “I am interested in learning more about how you started in your current company and / or role.  I am looking into making a switch (in job or company).  Would you be available for a either a 20 -30 minute phone call or to meet in person for coffee?  Specifically I would like to learn …”(state a question about their background that could help start the conversation and give the person you want to meet with an idea of what you are looking for)

Suggest some dates and time or pockets of time that could work.  Ask them what would work for them and then thank them for their time.  I have seen this work many times. The knowledge gained in an informational interview is invaluable.

 

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The best way to ask for an informational interview is simple.  Be upfront and straightforward. Tell the person you’re contacting that you think he or she works for a great company and you are interested in learning more about them.  Then ask if you can meet with him or her to discuss his or her experience in working for the company,  It’s that simple.

Here’s a phone script, that can also be used as an email.

 

Hello John (or Jane):

We are connected on LinkedIn.  From my research I see that you work for XYZ company.  I’ve always admired your company.  I would like to learn more about it from somebody who has first hand experience.  I’d appreciate it if you would be willing to chat with me about your experiences working for XYZ company. Here are a few days and times I am available.  Does one of these work for you?  If not, please suggest an alternative and I will do my best to make it work.  Learn more about Bud’s coaching here.

 

Kitty Boitnott

Approach someone you know or you have been introduced to if possible and ask if they would be able to offer 30 minutes of their valuable time to tell you a little about what it is like to work for Company XYZ. Don’t put any pressure on the individual you are asking. If they agree, they are doing you a favor. And it might help to consider it a conversation as opposed to an “interview.” The word, “interview” puts a certain amount of pressure on it that doesn’t need to be involved. You are looking for information…you are not yet looking for a job.

   Learn about Kitty’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

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Liz Dexter Wilson

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Informational Interviews are imperative to beginning the networking process. Why? Because the process of networking is all about the following; identifying your industry of interest, targeting companies that resonate with you, locating interesting individuals within those companies and initiating conversations that build professional relationships. Once these steps are completed, asking for Informational Interviews will be the next step.

 

Keep in mind that an Informational Interview will most likely be the first impression you make upon a professional. Therefore, you must have a strong strategy in how you present yourself. Once you have thoroughly researched the individuals you want to initiate conversations with, contact each of them via e-mail or LinkedIn. Your message must explain why you find their professional experience compelling. Tell them your interest in the industry and explain that you are in the process of collecting as much information about this industry as possible. Then, ask each professional if they are willing to meet with you to discuss their career path and their experience within the industry. Offer to pay for coffee or lunch and let each professional know you are happy to assist him/her in return. This strategy will guarantee a positive first impression and will most likely land you several Informational Interviews.

 Learn about Liz’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

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How can I most effectively connect with a job post through my cover letter? http://careerhmo.com/how-can-i-most-effectively-connect-with-a-job-post-through-my-cover-letter/ http://careerhmo.com/how-can-i-most-effectively-connect-with-a-job-post-through-my-cover-letter/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:57:58 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2046 coverletterwcoffee

 

 

 

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To most effectively “connect” with a job post I would say to research the organization as much as you can. It is crucial to understand the organization and how they resonate with you in order to create the best cover letter. Also I would, in choosing an accomplishment to highlight in a cover letter, lean towards a skill that the job post requires. Demonstrating you can add value to the organization through key skills.    Learn more about Lisa’s coaching here.

 

 

 

 

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This one is a no brainer.  My best advice is to create a disruptive cover letter as described in JSAP Module 14. Highlight a connection you have to the company or one of its products. It you have no connection to the company or one of its products, highlight the connection you have to the type of work you’ll be doing.

One of my clients created an absolutely brilliant disruptive cover letter by beginning with his experience on an aircraft carrier.  He described the dynamic and somewhat unsafe environment, and what he learned about industrial safety from this experience.  His voer letter and resume got him an interview and he landed a job as an Environment, Health and Safety professional with a large company.

  Learn more about Bud’s coaching here.


 

 

Kristen Burke

The cover letter is a great place to showcase your connection and enthusiasm for the company you are applying to. Your resume tells them why you are qualified for the position but your cover letter should tell them why you belong there. Telling a story of how you are connected to the company is a great way to start.  You want your story to make them feel like you are already part of the team. Have attention grabbing headlines and keep it to one story so the cover letter is better focused. 

Learn more about Kristen’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

Kitty Boitnott

Effectively connect with a job post through your cover letter by creating a connection and telling your story utilizing the keywords from the job description. Make sure you use the keywords from the posting to describe your experience. By demonstrating that you know and understand what the job would entail based on your understanding of the job description and your own experience, you can create the connection that the reader will need to make between you and the open position.   Learn about Kitty’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

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Liz Dexter Wilson

Applying directly to a job posting is a huge challenge and rarely results in success. Therefore, the cover letter is your greatest opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Unlike your resume’-a facts based document-your cover letter allows you to capture the reader’s attention by connecting your unique value with the requirements for the job. However, the most important component of your cover letter is telling your story. Providing a compelling story that tells the reader why this is the company for you, how you fit their mission and why this position appeals to you, will get you the attention you deserve.    Learn about Liz’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

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I’m “crushing” on a company and I have been turned down for the position in which I just interviewed. How can I keep on this company’s radar for future job opportunities? http://careerhmo.com/im-crushing-on-a-company-and-i-have-been-turned-down-for-the-position-in-which-i-just-interviewed-how-can-i-keep-on-this-companys-radar-for-future-job-opportunities/ http://careerhmo.com/im-crushing-on-a-company-and-i-have-been-turned-down-for-the-position-in-which-i-just-interviewed-how-can-i-keep-on-this-companys-radar-for-future-job-opportunities/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:04:11 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2006           

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In order to keep your connections to this company take the lack of an offer in stride. I know it is difficult especially when a “job crush” is involved.  You’ll want to thank them for the opportunity.  Let them know you would like to be considered again as a viable candidate when and if the right position comes along. By taking the high road you are showing the organization that you are a mature professional and that you are truly interested in their company.
On the positive side you learned more about the company  having gone through the process AND you have more connections there than you did before.  Give it about a month then reconnect with your contacts by simply sending an email.  Say hello, hope you are well and send along an interesting article that could be helpful to them.

Learn more about Lisa’s coaching here.

Bud Bilanich

bb head shot suzanne 4:2It’s tough to interview and not get the job — especially if the company is high on your bucket list.  The best thing you can do is to stay in touch.  Send a handwritten note to the hiring manager and internal recruiter of HR person thanking them for the opportunity to interview and expressing your disappointment in not getting the job.  Tell them that you really want to work for their company. Ask for their feedback on what you can do to make yourself a better candidate the next time around.

Then borrow a page from the marketing handbook.  Build TOMA — Top Of Mind Awareness — with the company.  Stay in touch with the internal recruiter or HR person.  Send him or her an email once a quarter, reminding him or her that you’re still interested in the company and asking if he or she is currently recruiting for any jobs for which you are qualified.
Finally, while this may seem to be your dream company, don’t abandon your efforts to land a position with the other companies on your bucket list.  Keep your job search active.

  Learn more about Bud’s coaching here.


It can be very disappointing to be turned down for a position with a company you love. Make sure to thank them for their time and consideration. Let them know you are still interested in the company if something becomes available. I would also see if they can give you any suggestions to help increase your chances of getting a position in the future. Make sure you stay in touch with the people you met in the company with a monthly email with an article they might be interested in or other valuable information you could share. You want to be the first person they think of when something becomes available and who knows, they may create a position for you if they see your continued enthusiasm and professionalism.

 

Learn more about Kristen’s coaching here. 

 

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John Toomey

It is always hard when we get turned down for a position at a company we are excited about. The best thing to do is to follow up with thank you’s for the opportunity to interview for the position. Let them know you are very excited about the company and would like to be considered for future positions that would match your background. I would ask the best way to for you to say in touch with them. Keep following the company and staying in touch with your contacts throughout the company. Being positive is always the best approach. You never know if the person hired might not work out and you could be called.

Learn about John’s coaching here. 

 

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Elizabeth Dexter-Wilson

The bad news is that you did not get the job. However, there is still good news! Since you were a top candidate, you have already established the beginnings of a strong professional relationship with this company. Take advantage of this! Establish a schedule that includes one e-mail per month with the individuals who interviewed you. Your e-mail must be strategic and not just a brief “I wanted to touch base” message. Instead, share strong industry information such as articles or blog posts that you believe will resonate with them. Let them know your thoughts and ideas on these articles as well. This strategy allows you to continue a dialogue and demonstrate your unique gifts.  Learn about Liz’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have made it to the final interview. What can I do to close and get hired? http://careerhmo.com/i-have-made-it-to-the-final-interview-what-can-i-do-to-close-and-get-hired/ http://careerhmo.com/i-have-made-it-to-the-final-interview-what-can-i-do-to-close-and-get-hired/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:17:02 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=2001

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If you have made it to the final interview, you are most definitely at the top of the list for obtaining the job. Therefore, take advantage of this interview by corresponding as if you already have the job. Consider this your final consultation with the decision makers and, prior to the interview, prepare an outline describing what you plan to accomplish in your first 3 months. Then, during your interview, share and discuss this plan with the decision makers to engage and consult them further. This will give you an edge in sharing your plans to be the “aspirin for their pain”.

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations, you’ve made it this far. Approach the interview with a sense of confidence.  They definitely consider you to be a strong candidate.  Prepare for the interview as you wold any other.  Anticipate the questions you are likely to be asked — this should be easier this time around as you have some experience with the company’s interviewing practices — and prepare your answers.  Role play with a friend until your answers come off your tongue naturally.  Think about the questions you have abut the position and company.  Put together a list of questions you want to ask in the interview.  Avoid questions about salary, benefits, vacation, holidays etc.  There will be plenty of time to ask those types of questions once you have a firm offer.
Finally, show up for the interview convinced that you are the best person for the job — and let your confidence show.  Good luck.  Learn more about Bud’s coaching here.

 

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John Toomey

First it is great to have reached this level in the process. At this point you know pretty well what the hot buttons are for the company with this position so emphasize the skills that fill those needs. Also it is good to ask if there is anything else you can answer for them about your skills and how they fit for this position. Having some good questions about the company will show your knowledge of them. Then just relax and show how you are the perfect candidate!!          Learn about John’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

Lisa AdamsLisa

When you are one of the final candidates and are going into a final round of interviews, there are 2 key factors to remember.
First, by this point in the process you have proven you can do the job. The final choice will come down to, who is most compatible with the team. Are you a team player and will you truly mesh with the group.
A tactic to help here is to continue to remember you are in an interview but get to know the hiring manager / team better.  Smile be friendly.  Speak to them as future colleagues and people you enjoy being around.
Secondly, the company wants to know which of the final candidates “gets it”, gets what this company is about, and is a part of their tribe. A tactic to use is to remember what got you excited about the company in the first place and what have you learned throughout the interview process. Speak to this in your interview. Learn about Lisa’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How does a job searcher handle the apparent slow down of activity around the holidays? http://careerhmo.com/how-does-a-job-searcher-handle-the-apparent-slow-down-of-activity-around-the-holidays-should-heshe-keep-at-it-with-more-or-less-full-momentum-or-take-a-break-thinking-that-nothing-is-going-to-happen/ http://careerhmo.com/how-does-a-job-searcher-handle-the-apparent-slow-down-of-activity-around-the-holidays-should-heshe-keep-at-it-with-more-or-less-full-momentum-or-take-a-break-thinking-that-nothing-is-going-to-happen/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:47:39 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=1986  

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Lisa Adams

What I have discovered is that the holidays are a perfect time to keep up your momentum in your job search. Organizations are still hiring during December and January.  Keep hitting your job search every day and take advantage of this time to meet with contacts either in you network or at target companies, in person. December is a fantastic time to do this.  In general most people’s work schedule slow.  Offer to take people for coffee. You may be surprised how much activity you can generate during this time of year.  

Learn more about Lisa’s coaching here. 

 

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Even though the activity may seem to slow down around the holidays, I think that any ‘business of one’ knows that it’s important to always be proactive.  A great deal of activity is occurring during the holiday season and that activity can translate into ‘networking’ opportunities.  This may be formal or informal, but it ’tis the season, so let yourself have some fun!

Keep in mind that most hiring managers are working on budgets at year end.  They may not be hiring now, but they are putting together their needs for next year.  Your network can keep you in the loop on new activity.  While you are reaching out to catch up with (and stay in front of) your network, try to find some time to get together over the holidays.  If you can’t connect over the holidays, suggest getting together in the New Year.  This will help you stay positive during a stressful holiday season and keep the momentum going on your search efforts.

Learn more about Anne Marie’s coaching here.

 

 

Bud Bilanich

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The holidays are a tough time to be looking for a job.  Businesses are wrapping up their year, making sure they hit their targets and make their numbers.  Hiring often falls to the wayside until the new year.

That being said, job seekers can use the time around the holidays to step back and reassess where they are in their search.  Here are some things you can do to keep your job search momentum during the holidays…

– Tweak your LinkedIn profile

– Review and revise your bucket list companies

– Continue networking, the holidays are a great time to reconnect or stay in touch with your network

– Reflect on what is going well and what is going not so well and adjust your search accordingly in the the new year.

– Take some time to reflect on your blessings, and approach the new year and your job search with a sense of gratitude.    Learn more about Bud’s coaching here.

 

Keep the momentum going! You never know when a company is going to need someone right away. I think job searching during the holidays is very similar to selling a house during the holidays, your first instinct is to stop and wait until the first of the year. I bought my house 2 weeks before Christmas because I needed a place to live. Companies will hire during the holidays because they need to fill a position. A bonus to this strategy is that there will be fewer applicants if a position opens up because your competition will be waiting until the new year.

 

Learn more about Kristen’s coaching here. 

 

 

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John Toomey

There are a lot of things we can do to be effective in making connections on LinkedIn, the most important professional social media site ever. Joining groups, commenting on posts, being active and on and on all help. But I find the most single important way, and something so many of us do not do, is to personalize all our connection requests. The connection is not “computer to computer” or “account to account”, it is “person to person”. We need to make a real connection to a real person and have a real purpose for wanting to connect with them. This does two things for us, first we show by taking the time to personalize the request that we value them as a connection and second we increase the quality of our connections by adding people that add value to our network. After all, this is our goal, to have a strong functioning network on LinkedIn.

Learn about John’s coaching here. 

 

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Elizabeth Dexter-Wilson

Regardless of whether you are in a job search, you are always in the process of building relationships. And, in order to build relationships that are genuine, it takes time. So, when it comes to building professional relationships, taking advantage of time will always give you an edge. Therefore, why not take advantage of the holidays to gain that edge and continue to build your alliances? Remember. During the holiday season, you don’t need to be heavily discussing your job search, your unique value and your “super powers” with your relationships. You can simply stay in touch, bond, think of ways to “pay it forward” and continue to be genuine.  Learn About Liz’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was laid off and have been out of work for over a year. How do I explain that in an interview? http://careerhmo.com/i-was-laid-off-and-have-been-out-of-work-for-over-a-year-how-do-i-explain-that-in-an-interview/ http://careerhmo.com/i-was-laid-off-and-have-been-out-of-work-for-over-a-year-how-do-i-explain-that-in-an-interview/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:57:08 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=1969

 

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Lisa Adams

When you have been laid off and it has been over a year, let people know 3 things in order to come across positively;

1. What you have learned about the job search and even how you have changed your tactics to show how you add value to prospective employers.

2. Not is a defensive manner, let them know what new skills you have learned in the year or what activities besides job search you have added to your life.  For instance, taking on a new hobby, increasing your health by replacing bad habits with new healthier ones, or volunteer work you have been able to do.

3.  Sometimes letting people know that the break, although longer than you anticipated, has been a good one.  A time for you to refresh, recharge, and be ready to take on new and bigger challenges.   Learn more about Lisa’s coaching here. 

ANNE_MARIE_COOLEY_profile photo-1Anne Marie Cooley

The good news about this question is that you have overcome the first hurdle, you have an interview!  Now, an important point when interviewing post a layoff that has turned into an extended period of unemployment is to be proactive.  You’ll need to be prepared to address why you were laid-off.  The best defense is always an offense, so be ready to present yourself well.  That means you’ll need to be positive and be able to paint the picture of what you have accomplished in the time since you were laid off.  Unemployed does not equate to inactive and you need to get that message across to your prospective employer.  Speak about all of the activities that you have engaged in during this period – training to enhance your knowledge base and skill set, active membership in associations that are related to your industry, volunteering in your community, church, local schools.  Perhaps you have been investigating a career transition that has brought you to this particular interview.  Emphasizing your activity networking and interviewing during this time can become an asset, as well, as your confidence builds through these experiences.

It’s up to you to facilitate the interview so that the interviewer receives as much information as possible about you and the value that you will add for them.

Learn more about Anne Marie’s coaching here.

bb head shot suzanne 4:2 Bud Bilanich

Relax.  You’ve made it as far as the interview.  That means that the company is interested in you.  Go into the interview with confidence.

On the other hand, be prepared to answer a question about why you have been unemployed for the past 12 months.  You might say something like, “My company had a major downsizing, and I lost my job along with XXX of my coworkers.  I have been actively looking for the right opportunity since then.  I believe I’ve found it here.  I am very impressed with your company because…  I’m a great fit for this position because… I want to be able to make a contribution to what you’re doing.”

Notice how this answer acknowledges that you’ve been unemployed for a year.  But then it quickly moves to why you want to work for the company that is interviewing you and why you’re a good candidate. An answer like this puts you in charge of the interview.  You answer the question briefly and then move on to what you want to get across to the interviewer.

  Learn more about Bud’s coaching here.


Honesty is the best policy. The question will come up when you are networking and in an interview. If the company you were working for had to downsize or went out of business you can tell the potential employer just that. If you were let go for a performance issue you can tell the potential employer how you have learned from that situation and what you will do differently in the future. Staying positive about your past employer is important and expressing the experience and lessons learned is a great way to do that.

 

Learn more about Kristen’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Toomey

There are a lot of things we can do to be effective in making connections on LinkedIn, the most important professional social media site ever. Joining groups, commenting on posts, being active and on and on all help. But I find the most single important way, and something so many of us do not do, is to personalize all our connection requests. The connection is not “computer to computer” or “account to account”, it is “person to person”. We need to make a real connection to a real person and have a real purpose for wanting to connect with them. This does two things for us, first we show by taking the time to personalize the request that we value them as a connection and second we increase the quality of our connections by adding people that add value to our network. After all, this is our goal, to have a strong functioning network on LinkedIn.

Learn about John’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Networking events make me nervous, what are other ways I can network? http://careerhmo.com/networking-events-make-me-nervous-what-are-other-ways-i-can-network/ http://careerhmo.com/networking-events-make-me-nervous-what-are-other-ways-i-can-network/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:52:58 +0000 http://careerhmo.com/?p=1957

 

Kristen Burke

To make your LI connections really take shape, be sure to continue to nourish them once they are made.  Too often I see job seekers make a connection but then fail to follow up or continue the conversation.  Once they connect with you, send a “thank you for connecting” email via LinkedIn.  Keep it brief and sincere.  From there you can build up this “relationship”.  You now have their contact information and can send emails directly to them, outside of LI.

 

 

Learn more about Kristen’s coaching here. 

 

ANNE_MARIE_COOLEY_profile photo-1Anne Marie Cooley

Events that are labeled as ‘networking’ events take on a heightened expectation on the part of a participant.  For someone who already is uncomfortable with the idea of ‘meeting and greeting’ strangers, this can be a difficult way to interact.

Strategies for, and alternatives to, attending networking events might include turning the tables.  Become an event organizer and you are more in control of the meet and greet.  Think of yourself as the host who wants everyone to have the best time.  You can also volunteer at a fundraising event for an organization that you support.  This may be a non-profit group, a charity, or even a corporate charity event.  You’ll  be part of the event and have a built-in reason to network with other participants.  It also gives you an opportunity to meet the organizers of the event at pre-event meetings.  Another added perk, volunteers are not paid but they are also welcome to attend the event for free!  Learn more about Anne Marie’s coaching here.

 

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Networking is not synonymous with event.  I think of networking as making friends.  I meet someone and my first thought is “What can I do to help this person?”  Usually it’s an introduction.  I make that introduction.  This giving with no expectation of return has allowed me to build a huge network of friends who I can call on when I need them.

Just last week, I was doing some research for a project that I’m starting.  I reached out to 30 of my friends — people in my network — and asked them to help me by answering two questions.  I heard from 28 of the 30 in 10 days time.

These people were willing to help me because I helped them first.  So my best advice is to take it one person at a time and be as helpful to as many people as you can.


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Kitty Boitnott

 

For people who hate “networking events,” one way to network without considering it “networking” is to volunteer for a cause in which you believe. By doing that, you have the added benefit of working for something that is meaningful to you, but you also get to meet like minded people. As you add to your circle of friends and acquaintances, you may be surprised at the connections that you make that can potentially lead to other types of introductions that could ultimately assist you in your job search.

Learn more about Kitty’s coaching here. 

 

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If you are nervous at pure networking events start off in situations you are more comfortable in. Alumni events are a great place that have a different focus but can be a perfect place to make connections. Professional events bring people together that have a lot of common interests and makes it easier to network. Events that have a speaker or presentation can give you some common topics to start conversations that can lead to a great connection. After a few of these events you will be a networking pro.

 Learn more about John’s coaching here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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