CAREEREALISM http://www.careerealism.com Career Advice & Job Search Magazine Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:50:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 How To Overcome Your Interview Anxiety http://www.careerealism.com/interview-anxiety-overcome/ http://www.careerealism.com/interview-anxiety-overcome/#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:50:39 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=43084 If the thought of an interview makes your palms start to sweat and your heart race, check out these five tips on how to overcome your interview anxiety.

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You’re familiar with the feeling. Your palms start sweating, you start to shake and for some reason, your mind goes completely blank. Sounds like a dreaded case of interview jitters! Nerves can bring even the most professional candidate to their knees, impeding their chances of securing the job, even if they’re the most qualified.

Related: 5 Easy Ways To Ease Your Nerves Before A Job Interview

If you know that you’re prone to nerves, make sure you take the necessary steps to control them; before you step into the interview room, not after. Here are a few helpful tips.

How to Overcome Interview Nerves:

1. Be prepared.

Nerves are often triggered by anxiety. It’s common to worry that you won’t know the answer to a particular question at interview, or that you won’t have the necessary knowledge to wow your prospective employer. You can help alleviate this concern by doing your research. Predict possible questions and make sure you know the answers. Feeling well prepared can help to calm your anxiety.

2. Sleep well.

It might be tempting to soothe your worries with several glasses of wine the night before. While this may feel good at the time, it certainly won’t the next day. Have a relaxing bath, avoid too much alcohol, eat well and get a good night’s sleep.

3. Think ahead.

To save yourself time worrying in the morning, lay out your best suit, make sure you’ve already purchased your train tickets or petrol, get some money out if you need to buy lunch, and make sure that all your time on the day is spent focusing on the important task – preparing for that interview.

4. Practice, practice, practice.

If you’re really anxious, ask a trusted friend or family member to perform a ‘test’ interview on you the day before. You’ll get a chance to practice your performance and also receive some valuable feedback.

5. Stay positive.

Remember, you can do this. You’re qualified for the job, you’ve got some great credentials and you’ve got the necessary experience. This company is just as lucky to be interviewing you as you are to be interviewed by them! Boost your self-confidence by telling yourself that it’s in your power to get this job. You can do it.

And in the Interview Itself…

If you feel your heart start to race and your forehead break out in a sweat, take a deep breath. Remember, the people interviewing you want you to succeed. They’re desperately seeking the right person to join their company, and they’re really hoping that you’re that person.

If you start to feel nerves getting the better of you, ask for a moment to pause and gather your thoughts. If necessary, be honest with your interviewers, and explain to them that you’re feeling nervous because the job matters a lot to you. It’s likely that they’ll understand; after all, they’re human too, and they’ve probably experienced nerves at some point in their lives.

Take it slow and steady and keep reminding yourself, this is your job. You can achieve it!

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About the author

Karen Rehn has 13 years experience in the staffing industry. Her zest for business and desire to leave Wisconsin winters behind led her to purchase Helping Hands Staffing Services, which is now known as HH Staffing. She says, “One of the greatest rewards of working in the staffing industry is the ability to make a real difference in the lives of others, I truly believe that our industry has an obligation to actively contribute to enhancing our communities and improving the lives of our employees.”


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6 Tips To Ace Your Phone Interview http://www.careerealism.com/phone-interview-tips-ace/ http://www.careerealism.com/phone-interview-tips-ace/#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:40:15 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=37378 If your resume has made it into the 'YES' pile, then the first thing a company will do is a phone screening. Here are six phone interview tips to follow.

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If your resume has made it into the ‘YES’ pile, then the first thing a company will do is a phone screening. The purpose of this is to test your communication skills, and to do a quick check of your skills and experience to determine if it’s worth bringing you in for an interview.

Related: The Biggest Mistake You Can Make In A Phone Interview

Here are six important tips that will make sure you ace your phone interview:

1. Be Prepared

Basic preparation steps include having your resume in front of you, making sure you are on a good phone line where there are no disturbances, and allocating enough time for the screening, even if it goes beyond what was scheduled.

2. Research The Company And The Interviewer

The first question I used to ask job seekers was, “What do you know about us?” If I did not think they had spent the time to do their homework, they were immediately downgraded. So, spend some time to check out their website and press releases, and see what employees say about them on Glassdoor.com.

Also, go to LinkedIn and review the background of the person conducting the interview. Check if the manager you will be reporting to participates in LinkedIn groups and discussions, and see if you have anything in common.

3. Exude Energy And Interest

The words you use account for only 15% of the effectiveness of your communications. Intonation and body language are most important, and since you are on the phone, you live and die by your intonation.

Put energy in your voice and demonstrate a high level of interest. An old telemarketing trick is to have a mirror in front of you and smile when you speak since that automatically affects your tone in a positive way.

4. Ask Questions And Build Rapport

People hire people they like, so it is important to turn the interview into a conversation by asking intelligent questions. Show off your expertise by following up their question with an insightful question of your own. Those who just answer questions and wait for the next question will lose here.

Use a conversational tone, as if you are having lunch with a friend, telling a story, instead of just responding to questions.

For example, here are two ways to respond to, “Can you tell me about your experience at Bank of America?”

“At Bank of America, I was hired to oversee the integration of systems that were the result from acquisitions.”

Or…

“You know, that was a really challenging experience because I had to integrate all the different systems that were the result of acquisitions. You can just imagine how tricky that would be since there were so many differences between them, and I had to research and document the trade-offs from an integration of each one.”

Which is more interesting?

I did some interview coaching with a highly accomplished technical manager at Intel who was getting interviews and no call backs. It was immediately clear that he was just responding to questions in a fairly monotone manner and was about as interesting as a memory chip. After some coaching on how to build rapport using the above technique, he had three offers in four weeks.

5. Ask The Most Important Question

Companies have a reason they are looking for talent and it is your job to find out what their chief source of “pain” is. Do this by asking:

“What is the biggest challenge someone will face in this job in the next six months?”

This lets you target your responses and demonstrate how you have successfully handled these challenges before.

6. See If They Have Any Concerns

Don’t just end the call wondering how you did, ask them. If you are going for a sales position, this is mandatory.

State something like:

“Based on what we discussed today, do you think I am a good candidate for this position?”

Now, when they respond, you can handle any concerns they may have.

Using these six simple techniques will make sure you have made a favorable impression with the employer.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Don Goodman’s firm was rated as the #1 Resume Writing Service in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Don is a triple-certified, nationally recognized Expert Resume Writer, Career Management Coach and Job Search Strategist who has helped thousands of people secure their next job. Check out his Resume Writing Service. Get a Free Resume Evaluation or call him at 800.909.0109  for more information.


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4 Easy Steps To Speed Up Your Job Search http://www.careerealism.com/speed-up-your-job-search/ http://www.careerealism.com/speed-up-your-job-search/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:30:05 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=35743 What really makes a job search successful and efficient? These simple steps will speed up your job search.

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I got an email yesterday from a client wanting to know if I had any job search tips. Unfortunately, he had been recently laid off and found himself on the job market. Talking to him got me thinking… what really makes a job search successful?

Related: Quick Analysis Of Your Job Search Techniques

The bad news is that there isn’t a magic formula. The good news is there are a number of very simple things you CAN do to improve your marketability. Here are four easy steps:

1. Update Your Resume As Soon As Possible

This might sound simple, but it is by far the most important (and first) step in a job search. You need to have your resume ready to roll at a moment’s notice. The way I see it, there are two kinds of job seekers. There is the job seeker that draws confidence from being prepared and then there is the kind of job seeker that gets blindsided by the unexpected. I know which kind I’d rather be. The best time to focus on your resume is when you don’t need it.

2. Figure Out Who Your Resume Is For

Is your resume for you or is it for prospective employers? The resume might have your data on it, but ultimately, the documents that make it past the ATS’s not only have the right amount of keywords peppered throughout, but also show, very clearly, what the applicant can do FOR the potential employer. When writing your resume, always keep potential employers in the forefront of your mind.

3. Realize It’s Not About You

Really. It’s not. The most successful job seekers understand that it’s about what you do for others, not about what they can do for you. This is a fundamental idea that for some, I hope turns the act of “networking” completely upside down. In every interaction, the most important thing is to demonstrate “how can I help YOU?”  It’s the folks that unselfishly look out for those around them that make opportunities happen. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

What connections can you help make?

Ask open ended questions. You may even choose to treat the conversation like an informational interview.

What professional needs does the other party have and how can you fill them?

4. Determine Your Target

This is such a simple concept, but is probably the biggest obstacle I see with many of my clients. You have to have a target. It is as easy as that. How can you expect to reach the goal of employment without aiming for a bulls-eye?

The first step is to clearly identify the job/profession/industry you are targeting. You may even have a company that you’ve always wanted to work at. Make sure that your goal aligns with your experience. Then (and only then) are you free to begin outlining a plan to achieve your goal.

Here’s an example:

I have an open door policy with my resume clients and I keep tabs on them throughout their job searches. Out of all the resumes and resume clients I’ve ever had, only one resume didn’t work. One. When I wrote the initial resume, my client was targeting retail sales positions. Then she called one day a couple of months into her job search wondering why she wasn’t getting any responses. I asked her to send me an example of the jobs she was applying for and guess what? All the online job applications she had filled out were for human resources positions. No wonder her resume didn’t work!

After rewriting her resume, she found work relatively quickly and it just goes to show how important it is to aim before you pull the trigger.

Know your audience, be proactive, and remember that it’s not about you.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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3 Awkward Office Situations And What To Do When You’re In Them http://www.careerealism.com/awkward-office-situations/ http://www.careerealism.com/awkward-office-situations/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:10:16 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=35651 Whether or not you have a good work environment, you can still run into the occasional issue. Learn how to handle these 3 awkward office situations.

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When you think of an office, what’s the scenario that you imagine? Do you see hardworking people doing their duties from 9 to 5, or do you simply hear the clicking sound of keyboards? What about the harmonious relationship between the management and employees? Do you sense that as well?

Related: 4 Tips For Avoiding Conflict In The Workplace

It is the picture of an ideal work environment that makes employees productive. However, there are some awkward office situations that are out of your hands, and the only thing you can control is how you react to them.

Awkward Office Situations

Avoid the drama that particular office relationships can cause. Read on to find out what you can do when you find yourself in any of them:

Your boss becomes “touchy-feely.”

The Scenario: You just finished presenting your proposal in the meeting room, received a resounding applause from your colleagues, and a slight tap on the shoulder from your boss. Inspired to do better, you return to that little cubicle of yours and continue doing the monthly report your boss asked you to do. You are so focused that you didn’t notice that he’s looking at your monitor. He leans forward, tells you that it’s not the way to do it, and types it for you—all the while enveloping you in his arms.

You are already feeling uncomfortable, but you just let him be since you still think it’s harmless (plus, he’s your boss). The next day, he asks where you live so he could drop you off. It leaves you puzzled—it’s not yet late and also, does his wife know?

What You Should Do: In this situation, trust your instincts. He and his unnecessary advances can manipulate the situation and make you look like you’re flirting with the boss. Don’t wait for him to cross the line and say no to his invitations unless you’re with your co-workers. If he’s really persistent, request a transfer to a different department. You can’t compromise your image and you don’t want to create problems for either his or your family.

Your office relationship with a colleague turns into romance.

The Scenario: You’re eating lunch alone in the pantry when your office crush enters and asks if he can join you. This guy is someone you’ve been eyeing for months now because you think he’s cute and has a good sense of humor. You thought that this will be the first and last time you’ll be spending alone time with him but after several days and weeks of having a quick, small talk while making coffee, he finally asks if you can have dinner after work—just the two of you. Everything went by so fast and now you’re officially dating an office mate.

What You Should Do: There’s nothing really wrong with having a relationship with an office mate, even if he’s from the same department. It becomes wrong when it affects your work. Are you so in love that all you can think of is him? Don’t forget that you have a pile of paperwork that needs more attention. Also, in case you decide to part ways, stay professional. It’s hard but you should have known the perils of office romance before engaging in one.

The rumor-monger’s fishing for the latest ‘news.’

The Scenario: A colleague is having trouble with the task assigned to her, and you decide to help her out—that’s how your friendship started. You encourage each other whenever you are both stressed-out. Soon, you were able to talk not only about the latest rom-com flick but also share some tidbits about each other’s personal lives.

After a while, you find yourself working with a different team in your department. It’s your first time to work with them and you don’t know anything about your new teammates except their name and job description. To build rapport and teamwork, they invited you to go out after work. But instead of asking details about you, they were asking if your office BFF is seeing another man.

What You Should Do: During the forming stage, it’s normal to tell them interesting facts about you that can strengthen the team’s bond and for them to gauge your ability. However, it’s not an excuse to gossip about someone else just to talk about something in common. If you have to answer, just tell them you don’t know even if it’s not believable.

It’s hard to find real friends in the workplace, but it’s harder to have enemies. Gossip can backfire, so beware of the things you say. Avoid divulging secrets and stay with generic topics.

Can you relate to any of these situations? Comment below to discuss your office concerns and how you dealt with them, whether they’re listed here or not.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Top 10 Core Beliefs For Career Coaching http://www.careerealism.com/career-coaching-core-beliefs/ http://www.careerealism.com/career-coaching-core-beliefs/#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:50:15 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=43172 Career coaches are meant to motivate and help job seekers. Here are the top ten core beliefs for career coaching, directly from an experienced career coach.

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As we know, in today’s society setting yourself apart from the crowd is very important. We also learn that it is important to understand how to market our own skills to the world around us. In other words we need to either develop our own brand or refine how we want the world to notice us.

Related: Feeling Stuck? Here’s Why You Need A Career Coach

As a career coach I have been lucky to have worked with several clients to assist them in achieving their goals. Therefore, I would like to share with you my top 10 core beliefs for career coaching that I believe can help you to continue to stay motivated and push forward.

Top 10 Core Beliefs For Career Coaching:

  • Everyone has a different path towards success.
  • Sometimes if we just sit back and listen, we may just find our answer.
  • Stop thinking about “What If” and start saying “Why Not”.
  • Failure is a new way of gaining something positive and growing stronger from the experience.
  • Gaining a cultural experience can be key to helping you adapt to a more global community.
  • “You” time is always important for growth.
  • One act of kindness can go a long way.
  • A major or degree is not a one size fits all in the job market.
  • “GPA” is important;  Goals, Perseverance, and Attitude.
  • Change can be good even if it is scary to think about.

These 10 core beliefs have gotten me through a lot of challenging situations and have continually helped me grow both personally and professionally.

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About the author

Howard Alexander is a martial artist at heart who has found a passion for the career development field. I have trained in Judo for close to 30 years. The skills, techniques and drive I gained from this sport/martial art have allowed me to become who I am in the career services field, which is a coach, motivator, supporter and believer. If you want to learn more about Howard, visit his coaching page, his LinkedIn profile, or follow him on Twitter.


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What To Do When Your Interview Isn’t Going Well http://www.careerealism.com/interview-isnt-going-well/ http://www.careerealism.com/interview-isnt-going-well/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:40:58 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40614 We all hope for the best when walking into an interview, but that doesn’t always happen. When your interview isn't going well, keep these tips in mind.

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We all hope for the best when walking into an interview, but that doesn’t always happen.

Related: 5 Ways To Ease Your Nerves Before A Job Interview

It may be something from your end: arriving late, not making the right connection, or blurting out something that was better off left out, or it may be something from the interviewer’s end: the interviewer doing too much talking, asking irrelevant questions, or jumping out of the interview mid-course due to a sudden emergency.

Whatever the case, don’t get down in the dumps. When your interview isn’t going well, keep these tips in mind:

Lateness

Even people who prepare and travel well in advance of an appointment come across unexpected situations. If you’re going to run late, put in a call to the interviewer to apologize and inform them when you are expected to arrive. There’s not much you can do about the situation, but the interviewer will appreciate you taking responsibility by calling to apologize in advance and notifying them of your expected lateness.

Inexperienced Interviewer

Some interviewers don’t have the experience and don’t know what to ask to get the key points out of the job candidate. In this scenario, it may make sense to take control in a non-obvious manner. Think about questions you weren’t asked, but should be asked, and say something like, “Perhaps I can tell you about my background in…” or “Let me share with you a similar scenario I’ve been involved in and how the problem was addressed.”

Another way of redirecting an interview in right direction is asking those relevant questions, like “Can you describe to me the typical day in such a position?” or “What are some of the main challenges to the job?” The responses provided will offer opportunities for you to chime in to share relevant information that further highlights why you are a good fit for the job.

Bad Questions

There may also be times when the interviewer asks oddball questions. Take it for what it is and respond. There may be no right or wrong answer. The interviewer may be testing you, so let the interviewer see and hear your thinking process.

Thank Goodness For The Thank-You Note

Regardless of how an interview turns out, always send a personalized follow-up thank-you note. This is an opportunity to reiterate the important points you want to get across. It’s also a chance to touch on points that you may have missed or may have not responded to in the best fashion.

Keep these tips in mind to turn any interview around for better results. And remember, each interview is a new learning experience to help you improve on the next one.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Don Goodman’s firm was rated as the #1 Resume Writing Service in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Don is a triple-certified, nationally recognized Expert Resume Writer, Career Management Coach and Job Search Strategist who has helped thousands of people secure their next job. Check out his Resume Writing Service. Get a Free Resume Evaluation or call him at 800.909.0109  for more information.


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The Lazy Networker’s Guide To Moving Up http://www.careerealism.com/lazy-networkers-guide-moving-up/ http://www.careerealism.com/lazy-networkers-guide-moving-up/#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:30:08 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40968 Want success? Learn from Tim Ferriss, angel investor and author of the Four-Hour Workweek. Here's the lazy networker's guide to moving up.

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In 2007, Tim Ferriss, angel investor and author of the Four-Hour Workweek, challenged students in a “High-Tech Entrepreneurship” class to contact high-profile celebrities and CEO’s…

Related: My #1 Secret For Building Your Network

… And get answers for questions they’ve always wanted to ask. The winner, who contacted the most hard-to-reach person with the most intriguing question, received a round-trip plane ticket anywhere in the world.

Interesting idea, isn’t it?

Imagine making contact with an “impossible-to-reach” person and asking them a burning question. Maybe making a connection, and building a relationship over time.

Perhaps getting an intro to a place you’ve always wanted to work… or even working for the person you contacted!

I’ll tell you how they did it in a minute, as well as how Tim Ferriss himself does it, but first…

Is Tim Ferriss Crazy?

Why did he offer a round-trip ticket – an amazing (and expensive) prize – to the winner of his little contest?

“I believe that success can be measured in the number of uncomfortable conversations you’re willing to have. I felt that if I could help students overcome the fear of rejection with cold-calling and cold e-mail, it would serve them forever.

– Tim Ferriss

Okay Tim, makes sense. Overcome your fear, and do something that will move you forward in the process.

The Lazy Networker’s Guide To Moving Up

The “Tim Ferriss Technique,” which he uses himself and his students applied in this contest is coming up…

First, here are five tips I would apply today if I were participating in the contest. Here’s the lazy networker’s guide to moving up:

1. Warm Them Up

Follow them on social media, and start commenting on and liking their stuff. Find a way to make an impression.

If you’re a writer, you could also write a blog post mentioning them, and then send a simple tweet letting them know.

2. Keep It Concise

First of all, be realistic. This person is incredibly busy, and they’re not going to respond to a long email telling your life story.

So, keep any contact you have with them short, and to the point. Honor their time, and you might just get some of it.

3. Remember WIIFM

WIIFM = What’s In It For Me?

Make your communication all about them right from the start. Think about how you can add value to their lives with something interesting or helpful, and go from there.

4. Keep It Light

Bring a sense of humor into every contact with you have them, and you’ll not only be more interesting, you’ll be more likeable. And with that, you’ll have a better chance of building a relationship.

5. Find Common Ground

This could be a passion for anything from a sports team to a food group. Whatever it is, find something that you have in common, and share that. It’ll warm up the conversation from the start.

The “Tim Ferriss Technique”

“I participate in this contest every day,” said Ferriss. “I do what I always do: find a personal e-mail if possible, often through their little-known personal blogs, send a two- to three-paragraph e-mail which explains that you are familiar with their work, and ask one simple-to-answer but thought-provoking question in that e-mail related to their work or life philosophies. The goal is to start a dialogue so they take the time to answer future e-mails – not to ask for help. That can only come after at least three or four genuine e-mail exchanges.”

And that’s how it’s done. So think about who you’d like to reach out to and what you’d like to ask them, and then build up some courage and try it out.

If you’d like more interesting and effective job-seeking techniques, check out this free video I put together alongside my mentor containing three powerful and tangible things you can start doing today to get your dream job.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

 

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Ryan Niessen is a keynote speaker and co-creator of The Gateway Method: a simple, proven way to gain inside access to the world’s best employers and get your dream job. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Facebook.

 

 


 

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5 Easy Tips To Get Noticed By Prospective Employers http://www.careerealism.com/get-noticed-prospective-employers/ http://www.careerealism.com/get-noticed-prospective-employers/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:20:12 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=34727 One of the best ways to stand out is to boost your job profile to get noticed by prospective employers. Here are five easy tips that will help...

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With the high rate of unemployment and so many people clamoring after the same jobs, it pays to stay ahead of the employment game. The trick is discovering and perfecting ways and means of doing so. If you are performing a sales vacancy search, there are many other job seekers doing the same thing. One of the best ways to stand out is to boost your job profile to get noticed by prospective employers. Here are five easy tips that will help:

1. Improve Job-Hiring Techniques

When it comes to areas like submitting a cover letter and resume, it is important to know what to say and how to say it. If you highlight the wrong points, in spite of your qualifications, you will be by-passed. Therefore, search out information that focuses on how to effectively compile a CV to impress employers.

2. Strengthen Communications  

Taking courses to strengthen your speech can have a lasting effect on your verbal presentations. It will advance you in smooth and fluent responses during an interview. It is especially an asset if you are seeking a job that involves dealing with and talking to people.

3. Increase Linguistic Ability

Due to travel, technology and other modern inventions, the world has become a small place. Because of this, there is no telling who may cross your path. Adding another language to your speech can increase your chances of being hired. The more people with whom you can communicate, the better you can conduct and advance a business.

4. Enhance Technological Skills

Proficiency in the use of the computer and other technical devices will empower you to keep pace in an ever-changing workplace. By sharpening your skills in this area, the more proficient you will appear to a future employer. It will demonstrate your competency to get things done and to do them in an up-to-date fashion.

5. Sharpen Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills are vital to any potential employees skill set. This qualification says to employers that you have the ability to interact with individuals effectively and efficiently. Sharpening these skills enables you to handle conflict resolutions and problem solving.

Whether you are seeking employment in the business of sales or similar category, you need an impressive job profile. It should be in place before your search begins. Without having to spend any money, you can work on the above-mentioned tips through self-help efforts.

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Changing careers can be daunting. Not only do you have to carefully consider everything in leaving your job behind, but you have to calculate the steps needed in order to progress into an alternative career or industry.

Related: 4 Secrets To Changing Careers In Your 40s

Deciding to change careers is the first step in the process, but alongside the decision come a variety of administrative responsibilities.

(If you are yet to quit your existing job, make sure you check out my video on How To Quit Your Job The Right Way by clicking here.)

In order to apply for new jobs, you will need the relevant documents: a resume, portfolio, and cover letter.

Where To Start?

The first step you will take in tailoring your resume is by linking your past experience with your possible positions in the future. Always keep in mind what the employer is looking for and what they would want to read about you.

This doesn’t mean you have to fabricate the perfect resume, it’s just about anticipating what the employer would like to know about you and your experience.

Even though you might feel your new career path is worlds apart from you previous position, there are still ways in which you can link and combine the skills to make them relevant to what lies ahead.

State Your Objectives

The easiest way to jump the career change hurdle is by being clear and open in your resume and/or cover letter. Don’t try and trick the HR or recruiting into thinking that you have vast experience in a particular field when you don’t.

Make it clear that you are in the midst of a career transition and mention how your past experience alongside your skills and expertise can tie in with the position you are applying for.

Don’t Use Cliches

Don’t fall into the trap of using resume cliches.

For instance, people mentioning that the fact that they are ‘perfectionists’ is a weakness. Or using phrases such as ‘hard-working,’ ‘team-player,’ or ‘hands-on.’ Every Tom, Dick, and Harry out there has used them, and it will only damage the credibility of your resume.

State The Important Facts First

Those hiring new employees don’t necessarily read every word on the resume.

That’s why you need to list your information and facts in a way that is easy to ‘digest’ for your prospective employer. Structure your resume in such a way that all the headings are relevant and the most important facts relating to your new career are listed first.

Make Use Of Action Verbs

Accomplishments that outline your unique contribution are great. If at all possible, use action verbs such as ‘collaborated,’ ‘designed,’ ‘planned,’ ‘developed,’ ‘initiated,’ ‘sold,’ and so on.

Not only will this show that you are influential within a company, but action verbs will show your proactive approach in the working environment.

Work With What You Already Have

If you’ve been in the workforce for quite some time and now you are changing careers, you don’t have to make use of your college resume anymore. Your professional portfolio and resume will now be most relevant.

Some skills are beneficial to any job, for instance, leadership, communication, negotiation, independent learning, management, problem solving, and so on. Just make sure that you do have examples of where you practiced each of these skills and ideas of how you could do so in your future position.

Even if you don’t have experience in the field you are about to enter – you have life experience and alongside a positive attitude and willingness to learn this is vitally important to prospective employers.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Many candidates tend to just make a few small adjustments on their resume, hoping for the best. By not knowing what you are getting yourself into, you might be wasting both your and the company’s time.

Do some research about the ultimate resumes in your new career field. You could even have a chat with someone you know in the industry, especially if it’s a senior, and pick their brains on the current expectations.

The more you know, the better your chances of ultimately representing yourself as the ideal candidate for the job.

Showcase The Natural Progress

Structure your resume in such a way that you don’t come across as a job hopper.

Showcase the natural progress from one industry to another by combining your skills, expertise, and interest in your resume. The best advice would be to find an underlying theme or practice that connects all your different experiences and base your new summary, cover letter, and resume upon this premise.

Your Extensive Knowledge

The best way to convince them of your interest in the industry is by sharing your extensive knowledge even though you might not have first-hand experience.

If it’s in any way possible, show them the numbers! The idea is to back-up your claims of expertise with actual instances where your work has resulted in a positive change within the company. If you were a social media expert, give them the actual numbers of how much your audience increased while you were responsible for those tasks.

If you need to acquire some skills to make yourself more interesting to potential employers, check out this video on how to use the internet for that purpose.

Update Your Cover Letter

Your cover letter is important to show your understanding of the position and its requirements. It shows that you’ve done your research and you understand how your experience, interests, and background can possibly tie into the position.

In the case of a career transition, you cover letter will also mention that you are changing careers or entering a different field. Be open about your past, present, and ideal future.

Include Your Online Representation

Online representation could be seen as an add-on to your current resume. These days, companies don’t just stare at a few pieces of paper to get to know you as a possible employee. They do research. As in social media research – on you.

Before applying for a job, ‘Google’ your own name and see what comes up. It’s very interesting and might even tell you more about yourself than you were aware of.

Your online reputation speaks of your most obvious, or well-optimized habits. For instance, if you claim to be a resource within a certain industry but when you search those keywords alongside your name and nothing comes up, this will take away much of your credibility.

At the end of the day, it’s about making your mark both on the print version of your resume as well as your online representation.

Apart from promoting yourself, your expertise and interests on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+, you could sign up for online portfolios such as About.me, Contently, and Visualize.me.

Your online representation will do the talking, even if you are not sure what to say. Of course, not all companies rely on your online reputation, but having this intact might benefit both the company and your career.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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About the author

Alex Simon is a career reinvention coach and speaker. Often referred to as “a master at breaking into sexy and exciting careers”, he has promoted world title fights, managed Indy 500 race car drivers, worked for a Wall Street giant, and is the subject of Starsuckers, an award-winning documentary on the pursuit of fame. Check out his website, follow him on Twitter, find him on YouTube, or add him on LinkedIn!

 

 


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