CAREEREALISM Career Advice & Job Search Magazine Wed, 27 May 2015 05:35:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 7 Things Employers Want To Find Out During Job Interviews Wed, 27 May 2015 05:35:01 +0000 Do job interviews stress you out? Let’s break down some typical interview questions you may be asked and what employers are really trying to find out.

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The job interview is an essential part of the screening process for employers. It helps employers dig deep beyond the resume to find out about: 1) your experience and skills for the job, 2) whether you’re a good fit to its workplace culture, and 3) your career goals and outlook to determine how dedicated and loyal you’ll be to the job and continued employment with the company.

Related: 5 Red Flags Employers Watch For In Job Interviews

Asking questions is essential to helping employers make the right decision on which job applicant to select for the job. So, let’s break down some of the typical interview questions you may be asked and what employers are really trying to find out so that you can provide the best response.

1. “Talk about one of your greatest achievements at work.”

Employers are trying to see what you consider important on the job and your key skill set. The best response is an example that can directly relate back to the job you’re applying for.

2. “Talk about a time you faced a major challenge at work.”

Employers are trying to see how you face obstacles at work and your approach to dealing with them. Regardless of the challenge you present, the key is to demonstrate that you were able to overcome it and bring results of success.

3. “What’s your greatest weakness?”

Employers want to see how honest you are, and the way you answer can also shed light on if you’re able to overcome obstacles. Everyone has a weakness, so provide an honest answer but finish off your response with how you’ve worked to improve on it so it actually isn’t a weakness anymore.

4. “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

Employers are trying to see your long-term goals, and how they may fit into their plans. Your response should inform the employer that you’re dedicated to the profession and you have a confident outlook to move up in your career with even more experience and skills to succeed on the job. Do not give an answer that indicates you may not stay with the company.

5. “Describe to me the type of work environment you desire.”

Employers want to ensure you can fit in culturally and they want to understand the type of worker-boss management relationship desired. Say the person supervising is a micromanager, but you are one who has self-drive and desire empowerment – in such a case, conflict is highly likely. Do your research ahead of time to understand the employer’s workplace culture so you respond accordingly, but it’s also important in helping decide whether you should even apply for a job because you want to work in an environment where you’ll be happy.

6. “Why do you want to work with us?”

Employers are trying to see if you’re a serious candidate for the job and if you have a true desire to work for the company and specific field you’re applying for. If you do your research beforehand, you will have an idea of things you can call out about the employer that impresses you. It’ll also inform the employer that you’re not just randomly applying to any job, but that you have a true desire to work for them.

7. “Why are you leaving your employer?”

Employers will ask this question to try to understand your long-term goals. It’s also to ensure that the reason you’re leaving is not one that may present itself again on the new job. If you were fired from your job, the employer wants to ensure the problem or concerns for being fired do not carry over to the new job. Focus on a response that speaks to your desire for more challenge and that will allow you to utilize your experience and skills – at the same time help you to continue to grow them.

When you understand what employers are really trying to seek out with the questions they ask, you can tailor your response so that you come off as the best candidate for the job.

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Don Goodman

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4 Types Of Job Attitudes – Which One Are You? Wed, 27 May 2015 05:15:52 +0000 Did you know there are different types of job attitudes? There are four basic kinds of people in business today. Which one do you think you are?

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Did you know there are different types of job attitudes? Find out which one you are!

Related: How To Be More Likeable At Work: 10 Things To Do Today

Attitude | Noun

  1. The way a person thinks and behaves
  2. A position of the body
  3. Informal a hostile manner
  4. The orientation of an aircraft or spacecraft in relation to some plane or direction [Latin aptus apt]

FACT: Attitude = Effectiveness And Success On-The-Job

Thinking and behaving (attitude) influence the world around us in ways obvious and not so apparent, but the effect is REAL, nonetheless. There are four basic kinds of people in business today. They can be best characterized by their attitudes:

Job Lover

A person can LOVE their job and may, read trade journals, spend hours over “working lunches/breaks,” have friends that are in the same industry, and also find time to seek out ways to even further improve work or business: By all appearances the MODEL worker – right?

WRONG. This employee, business owner, or consultant may miss opportunities by erroneously thinking that all their hard work, without a doubt will benefit them. Throwing oneself into work so fully and energetically can create blinders not only to unexpected pitfalls in the business arena, but may also keep one from fully experiencing personal opportunities. In short, all work and no play makes Jane a dull girl!

Job Doer

Perhaps this Jack or Jane takes a more pragmatic approach: The job as a means to an end. Working like a dog might mean more enjoyable periods of time off, the ability to pay the bills, travel, take vacations, and/or enjoy hobbies. Sometimes it is just the little things – pride in a job well done, being responsible, just being a contributing member of society in general!

Still, there is room for growth and self-examination. A job, business, or current opportunity (while it lasts!) can provide one with the basics, maybe more. Sure life is good, but, in the current climate, one must be prepared for the unexpected.

Job Hater

Again it does not matter the title – owner, worker, consultant, whatever.  Folks in this category may bark out orders whenever possible, complain constantly, frown consistently, and criticize coworkers, boss, company in general. One wonders not how they are able to bring themselves to get out of bed in the morning, but why they are allowed to!

Typically, a person with this type of attitude has too much time and energy wrapped up in expressing these negative feelings that seem to build and explode in a never-ending torrent to consider opportunities. Blindfolded, often opportunities and anything else that could be construed as positive are missed.

Job What?

Most readers will admit to knowing at least one of this type, who can be summed up by their perpetual query, “Why am I here?” They often call in sick whenever possible (especially when not), spend more time on personal business than work, miss meetings, deadlines, and are frequently late/miss work.

This guy or gal is seldom a boss, but sometimes people get lucky and own businesses run effectively by the sweat of others! Regardless, one is left to wonder who benefits from this person showing up on the “job.” Potential is buried by lack of caring and activity. Talk about hiding one’s light under a bushel! Opportunities are not only not recognized by this type, but are literally pushed aside…

Think about your attitude about work now. How is it affecting you and your opportunities – are you prepared to make a change if you need to? Who are you as an owner, employee, boss, or consultant? How do you present to others? Creating an up to date curriculum vitae or resume help you develop a clear statement of who you are and what you have to offer to customers, employees, employers or bosses. In short, it can help you develop your own personal brand that can make you stand head and shoulders above others in your field.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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4 Words That Ruin Your Personal Brand Wed, 27 May 2015 05:00:45 +0000 In professional branding, as in product branding, its all about differentiation. Here are four words that can ruin your personal brand.

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In order to stand out from the crowd, you need to have a strong personal brand. Today, it’s easier to build your brand than ever before. However, it’s also easier to ruin it.

Related: 4 Ways To Give Your Brand A Little Swagger

One of the many things I appreciate about the web is the opportunity to connect with a really interesting and diverse group of people. Typically, we stay in the realm of cyber-networking, but occasionally we transcend the limits of the computer to connect in person.

A little while back, I had the chance to talk with one of my favorite bloggers, a finance executive who writes meaty articles on leadership, governance, risk management, staffing, finance – the nuts and bolts of what it takes to be in business. He isn’t afraid to challenge conventional wisdom, to ask the tough questions, to point out the nakedness of the emperor, and he isn’t afraid to create content that requires readers to exercise their scroll-down finger.

Could Have Knocked Me Over With A Feather

Eventually, as I always do, I turned our conversation to my favorite question, “What is your biggest challenge?” His answer, to use my son’s vernacular, left me gob-smacked. “My biggest challenge is convincing CEOs that, as a Certified General Accountant, I am just as good as a Chartered Accountant.” To understand my reaction, I need to provide some background details that perhaps verge into TMI territory.

When I was pregnant with our youngest child, my husband went through an archetypal mid-career crisis. After deciding he was unhappy with his job and not seeing a lot of opportunity for growth, he decided he needed a change.

Personally, I love change. Thrive on it, in fact. So, I was ecstatic, and encouraged him to figure out what his passion is, and go for it. Over the next few weeks, while he considered his options, I was already mentally making plans to sell our house and backpack with our kids around Europe. It came as a bit of an anticlimax, therefore, when he finally announced his life-changing plan, “I’m going to become an accountant.”

For the next seven years, DH balanced a full-time career with 30 hours a week of brutal and sweat-intensive study in order to earn his Certified General Accounting accreditation. All of which is to say, I have some inkling about what it takes to become a CGA, and have a tremendous amount of respect for the designation.

As a career consultant and resume writer, I have worked with 4,000+ clients over the past five years, including more than 200 accountants of various stripes. This gives me a unique perspective on how CAs and CGAs differ. The typical CA I have met has been an accountant, through and through. Accounting is all they’ve done since graduating university. It is a rare CA who has ever run a company other than an accounting practice, or even a department that wasn’t strictly accounting and administration.

CGAs, on the other hand, typically have five years or more of professional experience under their belt before they even start the program, and typically earn their accreditation while working full time. This means a newly accredited CGA probably has more than 15 years of business experience, both accounting-specific (a prerequisite to earn their accreditation), and more broadly based in operations, strategic planning, supply chain management, production management, and human resources.

Words That Can Ruin Your Personal Brand

So now, back to my Finance Executive. Unfortunately, he allowed himself to get dragged into a suckers game. I’m not talking about the territorial shoving contest that competing accounting bodies are currently engaged in for the right to be called Public Accountants in Canada. I’m talking about a no-win branding strategy that starts with the phrase, “just as good as.”

Any good marketing expert will tell you there is no credible way to end the statement “just as good as” except with the phrase “at a fraction of the cost.” Knowing what I do about typical career profile of CAs versus CGAs, I could see half a dozen stories my Finance Executive could use to distinguish his career brand, without ever having to resort to “just as good as.”

He could recount his superb track record for bringing companies back from the brink of bankruptcy, not only through good accounting practices, although they were definitely part of the picture, but through good financial and business practices. He could talk about cash-flow optimization and cost management strategies that make good business sense, and how he used them to drive successful turnarounds.

He could also discuss the company that called on his services too late to be saved, and what he can teach other companies from this experience. He could describe his understanding of the language of money – not merely from an accounting perspective, although he has that in spades – but from a business perspective: what it takes to attract investors, build confidence among creditors, safeguard shareholder interests. He could emphasize his approach to ensuring that a company doesn’t just look profitable, but is profitable, and stays profitable, both in the short term and for the long haul.

In professional branding, as in product branding, its all about differentiation – finding a way to make yourself stand out from the crowd. I’m a firm believer in the power of a good story for creating a distinctive brand. What do you have to bring to the table that is unique, one-of-a-kind? What stories can you tell to back it up? How can you make those stories relevant and interesting to your target employer, so that they recognize you as the perfect solution for their challenges?

If you can do this in your resume, your cover letter, your interview, your networking meetings, your blogs, your LinkedIn profile, your web presence – you’ve got it made. If you can’t, you may be left in the unwinnable position of trying to justify why you are “just as good as” the other guy.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Passed Over For A Job? How To Deal Wed, 27 May 2015 04:45:14 +0000 Have you gotten passed over for a job? Can't help but ask yourself, “What do they have I don’t?” Here are some tips on how to deal.

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On a coaching call I had awhile back, I heard from a loyal blog reader who was feeling distraught. In a nutshell, her situation was this:

“After interviewing for almost six months, she thought it as a “sure thing” she’d be offered a new position in her department. Then, as if from nowhere, an external candidate was selected for the role. After all the time and energy she had committed to this, she was left feeling frustrated, demotivated and betrayed. This forward-thinking professional was looking for a few creative ways to overcome those negative feelings as she tried to determine what her next career steps should be.”

Tough situation, huh? I felt for this person. It’s never easy to be passed over for a job, but when it’s right there in front of you—at your current place of employment—it can feel like a slap in the face.

Related: How To Turn Job Rejection Into An Advantage

How can you help but think about it every time you see this new person?

How can you help but ask yourself, “What does she have I don’t have?”

For those of you who are in similar situations, here’s what I suggest you:

1. Remove The Emotion

I know it’s easy to get down on yourself, down on your company, and down on this person who snagged the role from beneath you, but don’t get wrapped up in those emotions.Take a little time to vent and wallow in the disappointment, then move on. It’s a new day.

This is business, after all. Things can change in the blink of an eye. The situation might look bleak today, but new opportunities are just around the corner. Don’t beat yourself—or anyone else—up.

2. Get The Scoop

Politely and professionally address the situation with the hiring manager. Ask if he or she can share some of the reasons you weren’t selected. It’s perfectly fine to tell this person that you’re disappointed; you felt your skills and experience were a match for this role.

However, make sure they understand that you respect the final decision and you’re only looking to grow from the experience.

Ask what you can do to be better prepared the next time an opportunity like this comes around. Try to get specifics here: Are you lacking certain skills required for this kind of role? Do you need more education or more hands-on experience? The more you know, the more proactive you can be.

3. Create A Plan

Once you know what you need to be better positioned for future growth, create a plan. Use my Build Your Professional Development Plan workbook to help you outline specific goals and the dates by which you will complete them.

Focusing your attention on this will also help you release any of that negativity that still remains. Nothing feels more satisfying and rewarding than progress.

4. Shift Your Mindset

Have you ever had an experience where something appeared on the surface to be a horrible, negative thing but then, after some time passed, you suddenly realized it was a blessing in disguise? What if that’s what’s happening here? What blessing might be hiding underneath this bad situation?

Look for the opportunity here. Remember, you always find what you’re looking for, so focus on the positive potential.

5. Find An Advocate

Whether we like it or not, the workplace is full of politics. People trade favors and help make things happen for people they like. It’s not always a bad thing… it’s just the way the world works. Why not use that to your advantage? Find someone who really believes in you and supports your efforts to grow. Ask for their help making it happen.

They might not be able to do anything specific now; but perhaps in the future, they’ll have the ear of a decision-maker. Maybe just knowing they’re on your side will help you stay positive.

Having an ally always feels good. Find those people who know your worth and keep them close. Continually reinforce your value and remember to give them support as well. This is a two-way street.

For anyone who’s experienced this kind of thing, I hope my advice here helps.

Keep your chin up and look to the future.

Great things are ahead of you, I promise.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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3 Easy Ways To Offer Value To Your LinkedIn Connections Tue, 26 May 2015 05:35:25 +0000 Not sure how you can add value to your LinkedIn network? Well, have no fear! Here are three SUPER easy ways to offer value to your LinkedIn connections.

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I’m always talking about the importance of offering value to your network. Today, I want to show you HOW you can offer value!

Related: 4 Things You Should NEVER Say In Your LinkedIn Invitations

Sometimes, just asking someone flat out “How can I help you?” is like asking a 5-year-old what he wants to study in college… They just have no idea what’s available to them or how they can use it to their advantage!

Give them something to work with by being specific about what you can realistically offer them. Make a note of what they are looking to do and ask yourself, “How can I help this person with their business initiatives? What support, resources, or connections can I offer them?”

Once you figure all of that out, you can start being their new best career friend. Here are three SUPER easy ways to offer value to your LinkedIn connections:

1. Share an article.

This is the easiest way to start a conversation and/or keep in touch with a contact by offering value. Consider this person’s industry, interests, and special projects – What can you find on their LinkedIn profile? What have you learned about them in your conversations?

If you come across an article (or video) that you think they would find interesting or helpful, don’t be afraid to share it with them

You could say something like, “Saw this article and thought of you! Wanted to share. Enjoy!”

That’s it – Easy. They will appreciate the gesture and will keep you in mind!

2. Share THEIR content with your network.

Another easy way to offer value to your LinkedIn connections is to share their articles with your network. If you really found a blog post from one of your connections interesting, share it with your network by publishing it to your LinkedIn feed with a brief blurb. (Don’t forget to tag the author with the @ feature!)

3. Introduce a connection.

If you think they could benefit from connecting with someone else in your network, you could shoot them a quick message saying something like:

“I noticed you’re looking to break into the entertainment industry. I’d love to introduce you to Jody Smith. She works as a talent agent out in L.A. and I’m sure she’d be a valuable addition to your network. Would you be interested in getting an introduction?”

Just make sure you ask your other connection if the introduction is appropriate before offering him/her up!

(PS. This is called super connecting, and it’s super cool. Read this post to learn more about it!)

Need help?

Want to get noticed by recruiters on LinkedIn? Not sure if your LinkedIn profile is up to snuff? Check out our LinkedIn assessment to see EXACTLY where you need to up your LinkedIn game.

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My #1 Secret For Figuring Out Your Passion Tue, 26 May 2015 05:25:21 +0000 It can be exhausting to work in a job that isn't in line with your passion. But what if you don't know it? Here's my secret for figuring our your passion.

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Whether you just graduated college or you’re making a mid-life career change, it can be hard to pinpoint what you’re truly passionate about doing. It can be overwhelming, even exhausting, to think about choosing one thing and doing it for the rest of your life.

Related: 4 Ways To Take Ownership Of Your Career

And while you may take several different paths in your career, there will always be something you’re absolutely obsessed with doing. I’m here to help you figure out what that “thing” is!

Think about projects that energize you.

My #1 secret for figuring our your passion in life? Think about what activities energize you!

What projects could you just get lost in for hours on end without even realizing how much time has passed? What do you do that makes the time fly by? What makes you excited and inspired?

For me, it’s writing. I love writing. It’s one of those activities that, when inspired, I just get downright giddy about doing. Whenever I have to write blog posts for work, it feels truly indulgent. I don’t feel like I’m at work – Instead, I’m in my own little world doing something that makes me happy. It’s a great feeling!

Think about one project you did recently that you absolutely LOVED being apart of – Don’t limit your answer to professional activities and projects. Consider your hobbies and volunteer activities, too! Then, evaluate why you enjoy doing those tasks so much.

Distilling this information down to basic activities and tasks you are passionate about doing can really help you figure out what you’re passionate about in your life and career. It’s a wonderful way to learn about yourself and pinpoint a career that will allow you to work on projects that energize you every day!

Want more career change tips?

If you want help mapping out your own, unique career development plan, check out my career coaching page over at CareerHMO! I can help you get where you want to go.

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6 Strategies For Surviving In A Job You Hate Tue, 26 May 2015 05:00:47 +0000 How do you survive in a job you hate? Out of necessity, you are stuck in a job that is unbearable - and as a result, you hate life. Here are some tips.

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How do you survive in a job you hate? All of us have been there at some point. Out of necessity, you are stuck in a job that is unbearable – and as a result, you hate life. This is all-too-common in the U.S., where workers are often treated as commodities and liabilities, and get almost no real respect.

QUIZ: Should You Quit Your Job?

Unfortunately, under current conditions few have the luxury of simply quitting, so here are several strategies for coping in a job you just can’t stomach.

1. Set Goals And Objectives

If there is a bright side to your situation, it’s easier to get a job if you already have one. This means that if you are in a job you hate, you’re in a better position to get something better. Set a goal every week for sending out X number of resumes and attending a networking event or job fair. Such actions will help you to see a light at the end of the tunnel (which won’t be New Jersey).

2. Set Aside Time For Yourself

If you are overscheduled and harassed, you’ll be making a bad thing worse. It is vital to set some time aside each day, particularly before heading into work. It’s also helpful to engage in some activity that brings a smile to your face, whether it’s reading the latest Facebook posts, treating yourself to a favorite snack, or playing your favorite music on the stereo.

3. Create Diversions

If possible, fill your workspace and/or your day with small diversions. For example, an inside sales representative who sometimes dislikes making “cold calls” to prospective clients might bring a joke book to work and make it a point to read something funny before picking up the phone. It made a great deal of difference when it came to talk to people.

4. Learn New Tricks

If you don’t have the job you want, it may be due to a lack of skills and/or knowledge. Fortunately, this is highly curable. It’s never too late to learn something new that may make you more marketable when a new and better opportunity comes along. Are $$$’s in short supply? Is free better? The Internet has a treasure-trove of free seminars and webinars to help you build your education. Also, make use of your local library. Many carry new how-to DVD’s relative to improving your personal and professional skills (i.e. coaching yourself to success, dealing with management issues, and time management).

5. Decompress

Failing to “blow off steam” and letting frustrations build up can be dangerous not only to yourself but to others as well. Continuous physical exercise is a great tension reliever, obviously, but also don’t overlook fun activities such as softball, bowling, and dancing. Or, a leisure walk at a local park can go a long way towards depressurizing and maintaining a positive outlook.

6. Keep On Keepin’ On

Anything worth doing at all is worth doing well – even if it’s something you hate. Not only will this give you a sense of accomplishment and pride in yourself, it can also help you down the road should you need a reference.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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5 Tips For Asking For A LinkedIn Recommendation Tue, 26 May 2015 05:00:08 +0000 Compiling LinkedIn recommendations is among the best strategies for raising credibility. Here's how to ask for (and get) a quality LinkedIn recommendation.

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Optimizing your LinkedIn profile, building your number of contacts, and participating in groups are all actions to contribute to raising your LinkedIn visibility. But visibility and credibility go hand-in-hand. Credibility is key so those who view your profile see immediate social proof of your expertise. Compiling LinkedIn recommendations is among the best strategies for raising credibility.

Related: 3 Things Your LinkedIn Summary MUST Say

Here are five tips to ask for – and get – a quality LinkedIn recommendation.

1. Identify ideal endorsers.

Instead of approaching all 3,000 members of your network with a mass email that says, “Will you endorse me?” be strategic about issuing your requests. Settle on a number: 10, 25, 50, or 100 people with whom you had a positive professional relationship.

Arrive upon as high a number as possible, but then reduce the overwhelm. Tackle this number in bite-sized chunks. For example, make contact with five people each week until you’ve reached your goal.

2. List your greatest hits.

Because the best recommendations are specific, it benefits you to zero in on the greatest achievements to highlight in your professional history. Doing so will contribute to you controlling the message and cultivating a theme across all your LinkedIn recommendations that reinforces your brand.

Review your resume, performance evaluations, and accolades from customers or superiors. Use these to compile your list of key accomplishments, which will provide the substantive material for the recommendations you request.

3. Give before you receive.

Show your social media savvy in the LinkedIn land of reciprocity. Don’t demonstrate the bad form of asking for a recommendation – or anything else – without offering something that you can do for the other person. Identify people to whom you can give recommendations, then do so proactively.

Allow your act of giving to speak for itself. Some people will automatically reciprocate. For those who don’t, gently nudge in the form of an inbox message after a week or so. Say, “You were on my mind and it occurred to me to write you a recommendation about our work together. Have you had a chance to see it?” Your inquiry should prompt a positive response, and likely a recommendation in return.

4. Request early and often.

Best practices call for requesting your LinkedIn recommendation either while you’re still employed with the company where you worked with the prospective endorser, or soon after you leave. Your request will land in more open arms when you are fresh on the endorser’s mind.

If the endorser doesn’t respond right away, do not take it personally. Everyone is busy. Repeat your request, but this time, graduate to a quick phone call to make sure your request is heard.

5. Do ask AND do tell.

Most people will want to give you a recommendation, but they simply may not know how. The solution, then, is to ask for the recommendation and tell them what to say all at the same time.

Here’s how this works best: recall a particular project you both worked on and mention it in your request. For example, “When we needed to roll up our sleeves and change our sales strategy with the ABC account, you said the idea I came up with was the one that sealed the deal. Perhaps you could mention that in your recommendation, and of course discuss any other point you find appropriate.”

Your LinkedIn recommendations can prove critical to providing the potential employer with the exact information he needs to decide whether to call you. Structure your approach strategically, ask your ideal prospective endorsers, and guide them in saying something substantive that reinforces your brand. That’s how to build a list of LinkedIn recommendations that serves you well.

This post was originally published on an earlier date.

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Jewel Bracy DeMaio finds out who you are, what you do, and the value you bring, and articulates that in a way that invites the employers and recruiters to call you. Ms. DeMaio is a triple-certified, nationally-recognized executive resume writer and job search coach. Learn more at or call 855-JOB-FOUND.


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3 Tips For Maximizing Your Out-Of-State Resume Tue, 26 May 2015 04:30:00 +0000 When you're applying for an out-of-state job, you really need to make your resume stand out. Here are three tips for your out-of-state resume.

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Trying to acquire an out-of-state job can be a bit more challenging than securing one in the state you’re in, simply because you are lacking certain advantages of in-state candidates. So, it will be up to you to show in your resume being out-of-state is not a hindrance.

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Here’s how you can get started on your out-of-state resume:

1. Show That Relocating Isn’t A Problem

One concern a hiring manager might have regarding your applying for a job while out-of-state is that relocating could be a challenge. It’s a great idea to address this head on by noting on your resume that you’re ready to relocate. Also, in your cover letter, you can reiterate this and mention that you’re open to interviewing at any time in any location.

2. Prove You Can Adapt To The Area As Necessary

Another concern an employer could have is you might be unable to quickly adapt to the area to which you’d be moving. This is especially important if you will need to build local clientele for the company. Even if the concern isn’t listed in the job posting, it’s good for you to show you have a proven track record of hitting the ground running in all of the jobs you’ve worked—no matter where they were located.

If the company needs to know that you can build connections, then mention in your resume you’ve done so already. Show you already have an expansive Rolodex and are eager to make new connections.

3. Make Your Out-Of-State Perspective Intriguing

The fact you’re out-of-state doesn’t have to be a hindrance. In fact, being from out of the area can bring a new and fresh perspective to the company, so be sure to sound “alive” in your resume. Show you’re eager to get started in a new environment and bring unique ideas to the table that you’ve acquired thanks to your current environment. Without directly saying being foreign to the area is better, you can still be intriguing enough to encourage them to want to know more about you.

Of course, you want to cover the basics when writing your resume, including adding plenty of industry-related keywords, creating a great job target and career summary, and making sure there are absolutely no typos. But taking the extra step to show your out-of-state status isn’t a hindrance could make your resume stand out against your competition.

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#1 Thing That Sabotages Your Networking Potential Mon, 25 May 2015 05:30:50 +0000 Check this: There’s a little, tiny fear in the back of your head that sabotages your networking potential - and it’s being afraid to reach out to people.

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Networking can be intimidating, I get that. I know the feeling. I know it can feel like your stomach is going to fall out when you even THINK about talking to a stranger. Ugh, the WORST.

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But, check this: There’s a little, tiny fear in the back of your head that sabotages your networking potential – and it’s being afraid to reach out to people.

Think about it: Have you ever shied away from introducing yourself to someone simply because you thought they “didn’t have time” to deal with you? Or, because they were “too busy and important” to want to hear what you have to say?

It’s happened to all of us at least once, right? The difference between successful networkers and unsuccessful ones is that they don’t let this fear hold them back from meeting new people – even really, super important people.

Who do you wish you could spend five minutes talking with? I don’t care if it’s Oprah or the manager at a local store. Think of all of the authors, influencers, and anyone else you admire professionally, then create an Interview Bucket list and reach out to them somehow.

I know what you’re thinking: “How am I going to contact someone like Oprah? She’s too busy, popular, and important to hear what I have to say!”

Okay, while that might be true, you’re never going to know if you don’t try. Thanks to the Internet, we have access to almost anyone at any time. It’s amazing, and if you’re not taking advantage of it while you have it, you’re just silly.

Take a look at your Interview Bucket list. Engage with them on Twitter, shoot them an email, or connect with them on LinkedIn. It’s easy!

I used to let this little fear control my networking habits. Then, I realized that not reaching out to people who were important influencers to me was wrecking my career development. #RealityCheck

Now, I love engaging with all kinds of people (and I’ve met and worked with some pretty AMAZING people that I never would have if I had let my fear hold me back!). Read this post to learn more about what I’ve learned about networking over the last few years.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to people. You never know who is willing to connect with you – What do you have to lose? Go for it! It could change your life.

Want to become a a master networker?

If you want to brush up on your networking skills and become the person who “knows everybody,” I can help! I’ve got some great strategies you can start using. Check out my career coaching page here.

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