Saturday, January 4, 2020

How to Avoid 7 Awkward Interview Moments - Spark Hire

How to Avoid 7 Awkward Interview Moments - Spark HireYou think youre ready to bewerbungsgesprch job candidates, but then things get awkward. You cant get a conversation departureed, you dont know how to answer certain questions, or the things you say come out wrong. Now neither you nor the candidate knows how to act. You both walk away from the interview feeling embarrassed, and you both miss out on a potentially great opportunity. Dont let awkward moments ruin relationships with awesome candidates. Awkward job interview moments are bound to happen, but you can avoid unterstellung common ones with these tips Whats your name again?Youve been interviewing candidates for the same position all day. Your last interviewee arrives and youre ready to finish up the day strong. You reach out your hand as she walks into your office and say, Hi, Ashley So nice to finally meet youThe candidate stares at you for a moment and says, Oh, actually, its Allison. You feel stupid, and the rest of the int erview has a weird vibe both you and Allison never get over that first awkward incident. The reverse can also happen and sabotage what would be a great interview. In a 2014 report of mora than 95,000 candidates conducted by Talent Board, 31.9 percent of respondents said they werent given any information from the employer to prepare for a job interview, and less than 40 percent were given the names and hintergrund information of their interviewers. That means most job candidates walk into the interview without knowing your name. And accurately remembering the name of someone you just met isnt easy especially when dealing with the stress and pressure that accompanies job interviews. Dont embarrass yourself or your candidate. Prepare before the interview and provide candidates with the information they need to do the same. If you are interviewing multiple candidates in one day, schedule enough time in between each one to review the resume and application materials of the next candida te.Pro Tip Use interview scheduling software to create a consistent scheduling pattern for your interviews.Less than 40% of candidates are given info on their interviewers AwkwardInterviewMomentsClick To TweetSorry Im lateYour meeting ran later than expected. While youre dealing with an unexpected situation, your candidate is sitting in the lobby, anxiously waiting for the interview to begin. Twenty minutes after the scheduled interview time, you finally greet the candidate and welcome them into your office. No matter the reason, starting an interview late isnt a great way to start off the interview and can reflect poorly on the company. Imagine if the situation was reversed. You would likely feel annoyed and probably write the candidate off immediately. In the same way, your candidate can be late due to circumstances beyond their control. Theres unusual traffic caused by an accident or road work, they need to find someone to watch their sick child the list goes on and on.Avoid the awkwardness of lateness on both ends by exchanging contact information before the interview, that way you can shoot the candidate a quick text if you are delayed and vice versa. Another way to avoid being late is to conduct video interviews instead of interviews on-site especially early in the process.A one-way video interview doesnt require a scheduled time to complete. Candidates can complete them at their convenience, and you can review them when your schedule allows. While two-way interviews need to be scheduled, theres less that can go wrong to make either party late. Can I finish?Instead of interviewing candidates one by one, you opt to save time and interview a few at once in the form of a group interview. Your candidates are expecting to walk into an office and have a one-on-one interview. Now theyre faced with a room of competition and potentially a panel of interviewers. The stress level just got dialed up. You ask a question, and two candidates start answering at the sam e time. They go through an awkward apology before one agrees to answer the question first. During the next question, a candidate interrupts another while theyre giving an answer. Needless to say, this isnt going as planned. Your candidates dont know when to speak and when to listen. Meanwhile, your introverted candidates feel uncomfortable and arent contributing much to the conversation.Group interviews can quickly escalate to an awkward situation, so lead candidates through the process. First, prepare candidates and let them know of the interview format so they dont feel surprised and overwhelmed. Most importantly, help lead the conversation. Direct questions to a specific candidate, and then ask others to share their opinions when theyve finished their answer. If one candidate is shy, ask them questions and encourage them to speak up. I have to take this.Youre in the middle of an interview and your phone rings. You glance at the caller ID and see that its a hard to reach co-worker . Youve been waiting for their call all day, and you know if you dont answer now, youre unlikely to reach them again until next week. You apologize to the candidate and tell them it will just be a minute you have to take this call. You chat for a few minutes before hanging up the phone and turning your attention back to the candidate. Now where were we?Answering a phone call during an interview is rude and shows the candidate that you dont value their time. What would you do if a candidate answered their phone or checked their text messages during the job interview? Chances are, you wouldnt hire them.In the same way, candidates wont want to work for you if you pick up the phone mid-conversation. After all, a survey of more than 20,000 professionals around the world conducted by LinkedIn in February and March found that 83 percent of respondents said a negative interview experience can change their mind about a position or company they previously liked. Not only is answering the pho ne rude, it disrupts the conversation. The candidate is left to listen to your conversation, and is then expected to pick up the interview again when youre done. After such a large interruption, recapturing the flow of a conversation is near impossible.Dont answer your phone in an interview. Keep your cellphone out of arms reach and off. Remind your co-workers, boss, and employees that you will be in an interview at a certain time and that they shouldnt contact you.UmmmmSilence in an interview can be a good thing. It can give the candidate a chance to think about their answer before responding, as well as give you a few seconds to process an answer before you move on. But there are times when silence can be awkward.You ask the candidate a question, and they respond with a short yes or no. You wait for them to elaborate, but they never do. The silence seems to go on forever, and its difficult to get a conversation going with the candidate. In this situation, your reaction may be to k eep moving the interview forward to get passed the awkwardness. But in doing so, youre missing out on getting the information you want and on making a connection with the candidate. If a candidate gives a short answer, dont rush to move to the next question. Instead, ask them follow-up questions to get them to open-up and answer the question in more detail.When you wait for candidates to elaborate on a question, but they never do AwkwardClick To TweetFunny storyIn the interview, youre trying to build rapport with the candidate and make them feel more comfortable. But you could be trying too hard. At the start of the interview, you open with a joke. You tell a funny story from last years company picnic or you tell a joke you heard from a co-worker the other day. You get to the punchline and theres no reaction from the candidate. After a few seconds, they try to fake a laugh, but you know its forced. You feel awkward because your joke didnt land, and the candidate feels awkward becaus e theyre nervous and not sure how to act in the situation.Just because jokes can go bad, doesnt mean you should stay away from them in the job interview. The interview doesnt need to be strictly serious, beginning to end. But forcing jokes can make things uncomfortable for both you and the candidate. Instead, try to use humor organically. If you have a funny story about a similar situation a candidate discusses, tell it. This shows that youre listening and engaging with the candidate, and gives them insight into your company culture. Humor can help break the ice and make the interview more personal and comfortable, but opening with a water cooler joke sets you up for an awkward moment.Im not sure.At the end of the interview, you open the floor to questions from the candidate. But their question takes you off guard. You dont understand the question or youre not sure of the answer. Maybe they asked about your high turnover rate, why the last employee left, or about team collaboration. You stare at the candidate, struggling to find the right words. If a candidate asks a difficult question or about a sore subject, tell them the truth. They will appreciate your honesty more than a superficial answer. In fact, 81 percent of employees surveyed by 15Five in March would rather join a company that values open communication than trendy perks.81% of employees value open communication over trendy perksClick To TweetBe open with candidates. Dont badmouth past employees or mention anyone by name, but you can tell them about problems without giving too many details. If you dont know the answer to a question, offer them the contact information of someone who would know. You can also tell them you will follow-up with them after the interview with an answer. Write the question down, get the answer from your boss or colleagues, and remember to actually send it to the candidate.In any situation where people meet for the first time, things can get awkward. Although you cant prepare for everything that can happen, you can avoid awkward interview moments with some preparation and forethought. Doing so makes the process easier and more enjoyable for both you and the candidate. Whats your most awkward interview moment? Tell us in the comments below

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Bestselling author Tyler Cowen on Is work fun

Bestselling author Tyler Cowen on Is work funBestselling author Tyler Cowen on Is work funThe following excerpt is reprinted from BIG BUSINESS A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero by Tyler Cowen. Copyright 2019 by the author and reprinted with permission of St. Martins Press, LLC.Is work fun?Yes, running a business is rewarding for the CEO, but what about the workers? Worker exploitation is one of the oldest charges levied at capitalism, and it persists through the current day. For instance, in a recent Times Literary Supplement review of books about work, Joe Moran summed it up bluntly These books are about the misery. David Graeber, in his recent highly popular book, says it all in the title Bullsh-t Jobs A Theory. Jeffrey Pfeffer, from the Stanford School of Business, calls his latest book Dying for a Paycheck, even though there is established evidence that unemployment is worse for yur health than working.Follow Ladders on FlipboardFollow Ladders magazines on Flipboard coverin g Happiness, Productivity, Job Satisfaction, Neuroscience, and moreId like to suggest that productive work is one of the most fulfilling sides of our lives. For the most part, it makes us happier, better adjusted, and better connected to the social world. It gives balance to our home lives. It helps us realize who we are as human beings. This is one of the subtler ways in which capitalism is a creator- namely, a creator of our better selves.Ill get back to those points, but in the meantime I do need to put some bad news on the table. Its called work its also called labor. Those are not in every way positive words. If you said to a friend (or, rather, an ex-friend), Being with you is work, it would not be an entirely positive comment. Or it might be said that you labor under a delusion, but no one would say that you labor under a happy or ecstatic feeling.To oversimplify by only a bit, they have to pay you to do it. And that suggests work is not in every way fun. Furthermore, for mos t people work is the main way that they interact with business on a daily basis, which means that business is associated with the activities that take some of the fun out of our lives. Bits of fun are drained on a very regular basis, often five days a week, but the paychecks arrive less frequently in most cases and often by the less visible means of direct deposit. So the stresses and tedium of the work are for many people more vivid than the wages they earn. And that in sum is one reason business is not entirely popular with the American public- or, indeed, with the public elsewhere in the world. Business is like the parent who tells you that you cant have everything you want all the time.Some recent studies and surveys illustrate the potential burden of work. edel laureate Daniel Kahneman and economist Alan Krueger measure our daily affective experiences by having people wear beepers that go off at irregular intervals, at which time the people record what they are doing and their feelings. You can think of this as a technique for measuring moods. But the researchers ask about more than just the subjects feelings at a given point in time they also ask how happy people are with various aspects of their lives. The study thus considers both momentary pleasure and the overall feeling of satisfaction from a life well spent, because happiness isnt just a single thing with a unidimensional scale. For this study, the researchers recruited 909 employed women with an average age of thirty-eight and an average household income of $54,700.And what did the researchers find? The highest-rated activities, from most favored to less favored, were intimate relations, socializing, relaxing, and prayer/worship/meditation. In the middle of the list were watching TV, preparing food, and talking on the phone, among other mundane activities. The bottom five were childcare, computer/email/ internet, housework, working, and- dead last- commuting.So working is next to last in terms of producing a positive mood, and that is sad news. But that doesnt mean we dont like work it only means we like other things better. And in fact, when you drill down, the ratio of people who have positive feelings about work to those who have negative feelings is just over 3.5 to 1. (Thats not as good as the5.10 to 0.36 positive-to-negative ratio for intimate relations, but sex always was going to beat out work anyway.)Consider also that the saatkorn data tischset shows people spending 6.9 hours a day working, whereas prayer/worship/meditation is done only about 24 minutes a day. Presumably that is because you are paid to work but not paid to pray. If people prayed 6.9 hours a day, most of them probably would find it less intrinsically rewarding, and arguably it would have a much lower score. (If you are wondering, intimate relations averages 12 minutes a day, and that too might be less popular if it were at 6.9 hours a day.) In that regard, work doesnt do nearly as badly as those num bers at first seem to indicate. People are doing so much of it precisely because it has a high net reward, even if not all of that reward is direct fun in the moment. Furthermore, work is often an important pathway toward both intimate relations and socializing, the two highest-rated activities on the list that induces many people to work more than would otherwise be the case.Do note an important caveat namely, that the women in this study were polled only on workdays. Had they been polled on weekends, perhaps work would seem a bit more welcome and a little less burdensome. How would children have done as a source of pleasure if the queries had been posed on the weekends too? We just dont know.It is interesting to see what the authors find about work as a source of lifetime satisfaction compared with immediate mood. Some of what we do, such as caring for our children, seems more importantfor lifetime satisfaction than for fun in the moment, as having kids can be pretty stressful. Wh en it comes to work, the same is true a good job boosts overall feelings of satisfaction more than it helps our immediate mood. On this measure, the benefits of work are again higher than they may look at first.I am not trying to whitewash the burdens of the workday and the workplace. Nonetheless, a lot of the other evidence points us toward the more positive side of work. Work provides us with a lot of what we value in life, including affirmation of our social worth, a structure for problem solving combined with rewards, and an important source of social interactions with (sometimes) sympathetic or like-minded others. Many jobs are creative 82 percent of all workers report that their jobs consist mainly of solving unforeseen problems on their own.3Plus there is always the paycheck. Its not just the food and rent the money from work often gives us the means to make, keep, and stay in touch with some of those friends we value so much. In this regard, the value of work and the value o f friends are by no means so separate. Of course, these benefits from work are no accident in large part they are created by employers to try to lure more talented workers. That is exactly what competition requires. Even if the bosses do not explicitly plan all of the social benefits of work, they allow them to persist and grow, for the purposes of worker morale, recruitment, and retention.Another way to think about the non-pay-related benefits of having a job is to consider the well-known and indeed sky-high personal costs of unemployment. Not having a job when you want to be working damages happiness and health well beyond what the lost income alone would account for. For instance, the unemployed are more likely to have mental health problems, are more likely to commit suicide, and are significantly less happy. Sometimes there is a causality problem behind any inference- for instance, do people kill themselves because they are unemployed, or are they unemployed because possible su icidal tendencies make them less well suited to do well in a job interview? Still, as best we can tell, unemployment makes a lot of individual lives much, much worse. In the well-known study by economists Andrew E. Clark and Andrew J. Oswald, involuntary unemployment is worse for individual happiness than divorce or separation. Often it is more valuable to watch what people do rather than what they say or how they report their momentary moods.The aggregate data on work hours are striking, and they show that Americans have fairly positive attitudes toward work. For instance, if we consider weekly work hours per American, that number rose from 22.34 in 1950 to 23.94 in 2000, hardly a sign of work falling out of fashion. Over this period, too, large numbers of women came into the workforce, many because they wanted to work and earn their own incomes. The reality is that preferences for work havent declined nearly as much as commentators had been predicting earlier in the twentieth cent ury. Earning and spending money is fun, and many jobs are more rewarding, more social, and safer than they used to be. Even with much higher living standards now than in the immediate postwar era, Americans still basically want to stay on the job.You might also enjoyNew neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happyStrangers know your social class in the first seven words you say, study finds10 lessons from Benjamin Franklins daily schedule that will double your productivityThe worst mistakes you can make in an interview, according to 12 CEOs10 habits of mentally strong people

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Interim Management Consultants Can Help Employers Shoulder a Long Hiring Process

Interim Management Consultants Can Help Employers Shoulder a Long Hiring ProcessInterim Management Consultants Can Help Employers Shoulder a Long Hiring ProcessThe U.S. economy has added more than 2.3 million jobs since the beginning of 2015, according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and employers keep adding positions. The problem, however, is that many businesses find it challenging to fill those roles. Unemployment is also low, which means there are fewer candidates available for hire.As Robert Half senior executive director Paul McDonald noted in his coverage of the November 2015 jobs report, hiring is extremely competitive right now, which means the hiring process often drags on much longer than most companies anticipate.McDonald paints this picture of the hiring market in his post I cant tell you how many times I have encountered employers who are downright shocked that a job has remain unfilled for weeks - and, very often, months - on end. They had visions of bringing in someone right away and hadnt planned to be without a core employee for so long. Their current team is being asked to work shorthanded and running the risk of burning out. Worse, theres no relief in sight.McDonald points to job candidates ability to be selective in this market as one of the main reasons that many employers are struggling to hire for key roles. He notes that it is not unusual for highly skilled professionals actively looking for work to receive multiple offers. And passive job seekers often need to be convinced of the benefits of changing companies.Immediate business needs can add pressureIf your organization wants to hire specialized talent, particularly for senior-level roles, it is entirely possible that you will need to wait longer than expected to fill a position. While you might not be able to expedite the hiring process to meet your preferred timeline, your firm doesnt have to leave critical roles open - or put important business on the back burner.Augmenting your staff with an interim management consultant is one solution while you conduct a search for full-time candidates. These experienced professionals can take on essential roles, from accounting manager to chief financial officer.This staffing management approach can help employers facing a long hiring process to avoid making a snap decision that could lead to a poor outcome, according to McDonald Its tempting to bring someone - anyone on board when workloads are piling up, and your employees are unable to absorb even one more task. But desperation can easily lead to bad (and costly) hiring decisions.If engaging interim help during a protracted candidate search sounds like the right approach for your business, McDonald recommends enlisting the help of a staffing specialist.Additional resourcesHow Project Consultants Can Turn Your geschftsleben Problems Into Wins 3 Case Studies This post provides an overview of three ways that interim management and project consultants from Robert Half Management Resources have helped employers handle specific business initiatives and improve their bottom line.Robert Half Management Resources Areas of Specialization Whether your organization is expanding, consolidating, restructuring or undergoing a complex systems conversion, or preparing for an IPO, we can provide highly skilled senior-level professionals with extensive experience to help move your business forward.2016 Robert Half Salary Guide Foretells of ConsultantOpportunitiesResearch for Robert Halfs latest Salary Guide for accounting and finance suggests that many employers will need to engage skilled consultants next year. Read this post to learn which specializationsare expected to be in high demand.A Move to Consulting Attractive for Most Financial Leaders Are you a financial executive who is considering the consulting path? If so, you are not alone. According to our research, more than eight in 10 CFOs said consulting is an attractive car eer for senior-level accounting and finance professionals. This post explains why.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Zhang to Receive Fitzroy Medal at the Honors Assembly

Zhang to Receive Fitzroy Medal at the Honors Assembly Zhang to Receive Fitzroy Medal at the Honors Assembly Zhang to Receive Fitzroy Medal at the Honors AssemblyXiang Zhang, Ph.D. Xiang Zhang, Ph.D., the Ernest S. Kuh endowed chair professor at the University of California Berkeley, and seven other engineering luminaries will be recognized by the Society this year at the ASME Honors Assembly. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, which is being held in Montreal from Nov. 14 to 20. Dr. Zhang, an ASME Fellow and resident of Alamo, Calif., will receive the Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy and Roland V. Fitzroy Medal for his pioneering contributions in metamaterials and the creation of the first optical superlens to overcome the fundamental diffraction limit in imaging and for the invention of plasmonic lithography technology to advance nanoscale manufacturing, which is important for microelectronics and data st orage applications. Established in 2011, the Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy and Roland V. Fitzroy Medal recognizes pioneering contributions to the frontiers of engineering leading to a breakthrough in existing technology or leading to new applications or new areas of engineering endeavor. In addition to the position of Ernest S. Kuh endowed chair professor of mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley, Zhang is a distinguished researcher, a pioneer in metamaterials and a world leader in nanomanufacturing. Zhang also serves as director of the Center for Scalable and Integrated Nanomanufacturing, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, and director of the Materials Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Zhangs transformative research in optical metamaterials, nano-optics and photonics has had a profound impact on optical science and technology. His groundbreaking demonstrations of optical metamaterials include the first magne tic response of metamaterials at far-infrared frequencies, which opened the door to the worldwide pursuit of optical metamaterials. Using composite metamaterials, Zhang was the first researcher to overcome the fundamental limit of diffraction, solving a 200-year-old aufgabe and bringing about a shift in engineering materials design and applications. Based on this breakthrough, he created the first optical superlens, the first 3-D bulk metamaterials with a negative optical refractive index, and the first optical invisibility cloak. Zhang also pioneered a new nanofabrication technology and coined the term plasmonic lithography. With its ability to reach down to 10 nanometer scale, this technology will provide an effective solution for nanoscale manufacturing, which is critical for electronics manufacturing and the magnetic storage industry. In addition to having his work covered widely in the international media, Zhangs negative refraction breakthrough was selected by Time m agazine as one of the Top 10 Scientific Discoveries and one of the Best 50 Inventions of 2008. The superlens was among Discover magazines Top 100 Science Stories of 2007 and RD Magazines Top 25 Most Innovative Products of 2006. A member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and Chinas Academia Sinica, Zhang is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Optical Society, and the International Society for Optics and Photonics Engineers (SPIE). He has been a member of the ASME Nanotechnology Institute since 2003. Zhang earned a bachelors degree and a masters degree in solid state physics from Nanjing University, China, in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He earned a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1992 and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley in 1996. The ASME Foundation is the proud supporter of the ASME Honors and Awards program through the m anagement of award endowment funds set up by individuals, corporations or groups. For more information on the 2014 Honors Assembly and each of this years award recipients, visit www.asmeconferences.org/Congress2014/Honors.cfm.

Monday, December 16, 2019

5 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Navigate a Career Change

5 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Navigate a Career Change 5 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Navigate a Career Change Changing careers involves a lot of adjusting. You may feel alittle lost along the way. You might even have moments when you think itd be better to throw in the towel.Dont give up Dig deep for motivation, never forget why you started this journey, and keep goinguntil youve accomplished what you set out to do.When I need motivation, I like to collect inspirational quotesI can refer back to when I feel my drive start to wane. Here are five of my favorites - maybe they can help you, too1. It Takes as Much Energy to Wish as It Does to Plan. (Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States)You cant just sit at a job you hate, daydreaming about a different job, and then go home to daydream some more. You actually have to dosomething if you want to get that different job.Make a plan. It doesnt have to cover your career change from A to Z it just needs to entail some k ind of action you will take in the real world. Then, once youveaccomplished that plan, start the next one.The key is to keep moving. Instead of getting bogged down in endless fantasizing, be energized by the momentum you build bit by bit as you navigate through the process. If youve actually done something to make your career change a reality, youre already ahead of the curve. fruchtwein people just accept that their work is a drudge and get on with it day in, day out.2. Whenever You Become Empowered, You Will Be Tested.(Caroline Myss, Author)Atremendous rush of excitement comes over someone when they decide to dedicate their time and energy to pursuing their true passion. However, things will get tough along the way. You may have to give up personal time to do some training or gain experience. Youll probably be pressed during interviews about why youre making this change now. Your family or friends may think youre making a mistake and withhold their support.All those things are tes ts of your sense of empowerment. Youveallowed yourself to want more out of your work. That makes you different from most people, and you will meet resistance because of that. Some of that resistance will be positive, as when hiring managers want to make sure youre clear about what you want. Some of theresistance will just be envy and cynicism. Its up to you to hold onto your sense of empowerment through it all.3. Dont Stand in the Corner Waiting for the Chance / Make Your Own Music, Start Your Own Dance.(Madonna, the Undisputed Queen of Pop)Lifted from an infectious but mostly forgotten tune called Spotlight, these are lyrics to live by. Madonnas material is full of positivity, drive, and ambition - no surprise, considering shes still a force to be reckoned with more than three decades into her career.Whenever you feellike giving in to doubt - whenever youre ready to throw your hands up and say, I guess it just wasnt meant to be - resist it. Go back to that place of self-discover y where you first decided to embark on this new adventure. Recalibrate and try a different path. Whatever you do, dont just stand around hoping for opportunities to come. Put on your favorite 80s beats, roll up your sleeves, and get back out there.4. We Must Be Willing to Let Go of the Life We Planned so as to Have the LifeThat Is Waiting for Us.(Joseph Campbell, Author andProfessor of Comparative Mythology)It takes guts to try something new, especially in your career. Fear of failure or, even worse, obsessing over the correct way forwardcan lead to inertia.When a change is important to you, you may want to control everything, lest you make a mistake that could jeopardize your success.However, one of the most important components of a successful career change is the willingness to get lostand explore. Dont be afraid to backtrack and start again. Approach every opportunity with a fresh perspective. Let go of your anxiety about not knowing what youre doing and just do it. You cannot r each a new destination by walking someone elses path.5. You Dont Get What You Wish for. You Dont Even Get What You Hope for. You Get What You Believe.(Oprah Winfrey, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Talk Show Host)Anyone who has ever achieved anything will tell you about the importance of knowing they wouldmake it in the end. There are plenty of quotesthat refer to this principle, but none sums it up better thanOprahs triple-punch reality check about the difference between wanting, hoping, and believing.Psychologists tell us our chances of making it in a life-or-death situation go up or down according to what were thinking. In other words, if you anticipate youll make it, you have abetter chance of making it. If belief can help save your life, imagine what it can do for your career change No matter how many stumbling blocks you come across, know in your gut that success is already yours. You just havent arrived yet.Rui Betencourt is the editor ofRuibetencourt.com. Follow him onLink edInandTwitter.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

12 Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing Your Résumé

12 Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing Your Rsum12 Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing Your RsumWriting a rsum can be a daunting task. It has a style unlike virtually any other document you are likely to write. Consequently, many people rely on either preconceived ideas or stock templates when setting down their credentials for a new position, dooming themselves to a mediocre product from the get-go.We often carry around outdated concepts when we dont keep up to date with current trends. Todays quality rsums have dispensed with objective statements, and must contain far more information about your accomplishments than your responsibilities. To stand out from the competition you must convey your personal brand, highlight your skills and explain the results of your work. And at the same time, your rsum should be formatted to be applicant tracking system (ATS) friendly.Rather than just trying to initially compose a document in rsum format, it is often very helpful to first create a background document you might think of as a well of information from which to draw. To get organized, begin by creating topic headings for each of the sections of the rsum Professional Experience, Skills, Education, Certifications Training, Volunteer / Community Activities.Compose bullet points where you highlight each of your major accomplishments. And fill them in with a longhand version of what you did, how you did it and what happened because of your activity.Dont worry about conforming to the space limitation of a page or two in this private document. Just pour out your story on to several pages, and then you will be able to cull the highlights for your finished product. Moreover, having thought about and articulated your experiences you will also have taken an important step forward in preparing stories to tell when you get to interviewing for coveted roles.In each section or bullet point of your rsum well, answer these questions as best you can1. How did you get this job? What does the company do? Who buys its products or services?2. What are your major responsibilities? What have been the biggest challenges you faced in accomplishing them? What did you do, and how did it turn out? What resulted from your actions?3. What are you most proud to have accomplished in this role?4. How have you saved your employer time or increased productivity?5. What have you done, to increase sales or revenue for your employer? How did you go about doing it? What tools, skills, knowledge or software did you utilize?6. What have you done, and how did you do it, to decrease costs or expenses for your employer? Again, what tools, skills, knowledge or software did you utilize?7. How have your accomplishments in this role stacked up against others in your department, company or industry?8. Why is your employer better off because you were hired?9. What did you start or set up that became a model for others to copy in other locations or companies?10. How did you make life easi er for your boss, your peers or others with whom you worked?11. How are you viewed by your boss, peers and those you supervise?12. What is your reputation among your vendors, customers or clients? Why do they have this opinion of you?Your rsum well will likely turn out to be several pages long. Then, you can draw from it the main substance and ideas that emerge from your self-reflection.Once youve completed this preliminary document and are ready to write the rsum itself, determine for yourself the overall impression of what you want to create in the mind of your reader. With this in mind, go back to highlight all the things that youve written that will contribute to someone coming to the conclusion you seek. Now you are well underway to figuring out what to include in the bullet points you will be fashioning.Bear in mind, employers are ultimately far less concerned about reading a listing of your current and former job descriptions than coming to understand how you have fulfilled y our responsibilities in a way that sets you apart from everyone else. That is why each bullet point should be in what professional rsum writers call a STAR format that conveys succinctly your Situation, Task, Action and Results.When you go about the task of rsum creation this way, you will create a document that will interest its readers to invest far more than the six to 10 seconds they give to your competition.Happy hunting

Friday, December 6, 2019

Instant Solutions to Truck Driver Resume

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