Friday, September 19, 2014

How to Answer ANY Interview question

So you are petrified of going on an interview?  
Or maybe you have one experience where you could have - -  should have answered differently?  What can you do to prepare yourself for your next one?  Simple. 2 things:
1. Before attempting to answer an interview question, take a couple seconds to determine your response.   Is the question is directed at finding out more about you history or your personality? 
2. Don’t sound flustered; speak clearly and give an honest answer.

Don’t stress yourself over making a right or wrong answer.

Why?
Interview questions are simply about gaining insight into your personality and work habits. Don’t get overworked about making sure you answer correctly; in some cases, there is no right or wrong answer.  Being personable and honest while giving an answer is most important for questions that are odd or seem off topic. 
For strange questions, always remember HOW you respond is much more important than the actual answer. They ask to see if you’ll make a good fit in the department or company. 
2 Sample Questions:
1.  “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” 
It’s easy to talk about your strengths; you’re smart, hard working, a fast learned–but it’s easy to get tripped up when discussing your weaknesses. Never talk about a real weakness unless it’s something you’ve personally overcome at work.  The best answer is to mention a weakness such as, you used to come in late to work a lot but after your supervisor explained why it was necessary for you to come in on time, you were never late again.  And stress how much more you get done when you come in early. 
2. “Give me an example of a time when you had a problem with a supervisor/co-worker and how you approached the problem.” 
Most employees have a problem with a co-worker at some point. How employees handle the problem says a lot about how they deal with people. If you explain to the interviewer that you were able to overcome a people problem at work, this will help your chances of getting the job when asked.
If you need additional advice about handling interview questions, or even putting together a top notch resume — talk to the specialists at New Resume = New You .
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Stay Ahead in Today's Job Market

To stay ahead, and not get bogged down or overwhelmed, there are a few things you have to do when job searching in today's market. 

Stay informed. 
Read, read, read. There are many articles online about  job searching that list what to do and not do. Spend time each day reading articles online. 

Lower your expectations and rise above. 
If you expect to go out and get the first job out of 10 you apply to, you might get let down. A lot has changed in the job market form 5, 10, 15, or 20 years ago.  Employers can get the 10 out of 10 perfect candidate.  Revitalize yourself on paper and electronically with a resume and LinkedIn profile done by a professional (New Resume = New You) and rise above the rest!

Know your timeframe.
Your search WILL take Longer.  It's still good to know someone to get a foot in the door. So, add Networking to your list. Contact me for details on how and where to network.


Network.
With the advancement of social media and the Internet, there are sometimes hundreds or thousands of applicants for the same job you are looking at (and before you've seen it).   Therefore, you need to know someone, and often know intimately about the company culture, so that you can speak to it given the opportunity. 


Know your mobile app advantages.
Job search mobile apps often have algorithms built in to automatically search and find other positions similar to the one you just applied for. So take advantage of that technology.

Know what your edge is.
Work with a professional, like New Resume = New You, who knows today's market and what your edge will be before you accidentally "blow it" and apply with your tweaked version of your resume that won't get you the interview.  

So, lot's of things have changed, but on the other hand, some things are still the same: Employers are still looking for the best qualified candidates, those with achievements, and they still want a current, strong resume and a candidate who is the perfect match  - current, achieving, problem solving, and enthusiastic!.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Use Your Personal Brand to Propel Yourself Forward

Sure, you want to come across strong and confident to land that job you found, right? But how do you do it?  I can help you to kick start that same process. 

Celebrities, Athletes, Entrepreneurs and Professionals are all promoting their personal brand to achieve success and access their greater potential.  It's everywhere you look. Often times, people are even paying lots of money to get it identified for them.  If I asked you to tell me "What is the one thing that you uniquely offer your next company?", can you answer it?
  
Steven Cuoco, proven Intuitive Publicist of United Angels Dream and best selling author invites us to ask ourselves, "do I believe in what I am selling? Is what I am selling really worth my time to make someone else happy, and will the company recognized it or not?  Who am I and do I truly know who I am?"  Most people in the world search for power and stability in all the wrong places.  Why is this?  What is it that you are doing right now?  Do you feel fulfilled by what you are doing?  Do you believe you will be satisfied with the results when you are finished?" 

Establishing your brand establishes your professional credibility, increases chances for a job interview and/or promotion and ultimately fosters an increase in earning potential.

Establishing your personal brand will ensure a positive representation of your character and identity and will be: 
  • Unique and personal
  • Understandable by those who read it
  • Consistent (during an interview, online and on paper)

How do you start to create your brand?

Step 1:
Think of words that best describe you and then select one. Are you: a Leader? a Task rabbit? a people person? Avoid using words such as dependable, dedicated or reliable.

Step 2:
Reflect on experiences, education and steps you have taken professionally. What do you think has helped to form your career? Have you developed expertise in certain areas? Have you Reduced Costs? Delivered results through Management?

Step 3:
How would your peers, supervisors, and colleagues describe you? Pick up the phone and ask them.  They can share areas and attributes that you never dreamed would be about you.

Step 4:
Discover what is special about you by performing analysis of your comptitions Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats - this is called a SWOT analysis.

Step 5:
Be specific - What is your target role? Use the job title in your brand on your resume and online profiles.  Are you a: Project Specialist? Medical Coordinator? Senior Financial Project Manager? Accountant? C-Level Executive?

Step 6:
Using the information you gathered in the above steps 1-3, compose a 15 word personal statement (your "Tag Line or Headline"). Here’s an example.
“Consistently gains new customers selling more product, more often, for more money, generating revenue and brand recognition.”
Step 7:
Use quantifiable career accomplishments in your resume and online profiles to strengthen you brand position and value.

Step 8:
Use keywords in accomplishment statements that will describe how you used those traits to deliver results. 

Step 9:
Launch your brand.  Online, in-person, in your resume, cover letter, networking, portfolio, biography and every opportunity to share your message with people who might help your career. Exude confidence and communicate your expertise.

Step 10:
Promote: Continually blog, tweet, join online groups, organizations and professional groups.  Follow companies, answer questions, attend networking events and build relationships. 

Now that you have all the information you need to start work on your own personal brand: 

Let New Resume = New You work for you to create your personal professional brand and earn more money.  Visit www.newresumenewyou.yolasite.com for a free consultation

Visit www.stevencuoco.com for more information on Branding You Unstoppable:  Steven is the Founder and CEO of United Angels Dream-Your Second Opinion Resource Company™, EMAGE Magazine™ and Journey's Find™.  Steven has extensive training in executive, sales, and creative experience.  Steven incorporates his knowledge as a Human and Business Analyst; and he brings people together while developing personal and business communication.  Steven works with high profile clientele while providing his skills as a contract, book, magazine, entertainment, and music publicist.  Steven has been featured on CNN, FOX, Forbes, syndicated radio shows and in magazine's world wide.  Steven also wrote: International Best Seller “Guided Transformation: Poems, Quotes, and Inspiration." 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Re-Remembering the Five Keys to Success

Remember the Five Keys to Success (Republished from February 26, 2014)

Remember the Five Keys to Success

By Alicia Pozsony
I believe that those of us out of work have to have the very same qualities it takes to become our own boss, because we are our own boss in the business of networking, job searching, and selling ourselves.
Imagine yourself an entrepreneur. What do you need to succeed? According to a recent article on Web site ezinearticles.comhttp://ezinearticles.com/?How-Entrepreneurs-Succeed---The-5-Qualities-Needed-For-Business-Success&id=22948—there are five qualities that all entrepreneurs share that are the keys to their business success. See how they apply to your own job search:
  1. Desire      You must have a desire to break into the workforce or out of the average nine-to-five in an economy as tough as today’s and to put your ideas, ideals, and beliefs into action. Desire is the one key strength that forces entrepreneurs to stay ahead of competitors.
  2. Positivity     Like an entrepreneur, the job seeker of today must have a positive mental attitude toward life, business goals, and oneself. Job seekers must not be restricted by setbacks, delays, or disappointments. A naturally positive person continues to see opportunities where others see obstacles.
  3. Commitment      To succeed, you have to be committed to putting in the time and hard work necessary to sell yourself and reach your goals. You must commit to your beliefs and desires. Commitment brings efforts, efforts bring results, and results bring successes.
  4. Patience      Patience and commitment go hand in hand, and patient people who dedicate themselves to working away at their goals day after day will reap the rewards when the focused hard work pays off in the form of positive and successful results.
  5. Persistence      Usually, nothing is straightforward or without change, and the future is also usually unknown. These factors mean that the final key attribute of persistence is critical to success. When obstacles appear, when the goalposts get moved, and when tribulations get in the way, you have to persist with your ideas, persist with your hard work, and persist in keeping focused on success. With patient and committed persistence, the desired results will ensue.

Remember: a naturally positive person frees the mind from negativity and disappointment so as to be free to dream, imagine, develop, and expand.
Best of luck in your job search. Stay positive, and keep networking!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Top 4 Reasons You May Not Be Getting Interviews

Not getting interviews?
Here’s how recruiting usually works:
  1. Job description is posted.
  2. Many resumes are received.
  3. Resumes are reviewed and top candidates are chosen.
  4. Interviews with top candidates are chosen.
  5. Hiring decision made and offer given to top candidate.
Many people don’t make it past step two because their resume has something that prevents them from being selected. So, what can you do?

Make Sure You’re Qualified

Honestly look at your skills and figure out which positions you are qualified for.  Apply only to those. 

Qualify Yourself For The Position

You can make your resume stand out, sure, but you need to make it to the interview process, right? Match the language used in the job posting. For example, if the job description list attributes of the role, give examples in your achievements of similar tasks.

Keywords, Though Boring, Get You Chosen

Keywords that are in the job description, will help you pass an electronic screening tool. Read the job description to see the keywords and phrases in the position description. 

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread

Spellcheck doesn’t pick up grammar mistakes - do a manual proofread of your resume before you submit it. or hire a professional service like New Resume = New You to do a thorough review of your resume.
Reduce your chances of being eliminated. It’s difficult to be critical of your own work, but it’s needed if you want to be selected for an interview.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Times are changing and so should you!

For those of you who didn't know, I am now in the business of making people look good. (Sometimes, I even make them feel good, too!)
Self worth shows even before you get the interview.
Your self image can be improved by bettering yourself!
"How can you improve yourself quickly and easily?", you ask?

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Two Important Tips to remember when Interviewing

Where should you start?
Ever wonder how you can interview better? Not sure who you are meeting with and how you should act? Not sure what you can do to better prepare? Well, I can help with 2 important reminders.  
Tip #1 Act the interview! 
Imagine being in a conversation with a friend. You both have the same tone, facial gestures, hand gestures, and way of speaking
You can maintain rapport through similarities when speaking to another person. The sense of ease when talking with one another and the same mood is called mirroring. 
Establishing good rapport is important when interviewing and it may make the difference in getting an offer or not getting the offer. People usually hire people they like.  Apply the mirroring technique to help you make everyone feel at ease with the conversation taking place.  Observing body language, including posture, hand gestures, facial expressions, tone, volume and rate of speech, and applying it to yourself. 
Apply these tips to use mirroring successfully.

Body Posture
     Are they sitting upright, leaning forward, or placing their hands on the table? 
Hand Gestures
     Do they make hand gestures when talking? Consider doing the same when it is your turn to talk.
Voice
     Is their tone mild, volume soft and rate of speech relaxed ? Use the same attributes when you respond.
Facial Expressions
     Did they raise an eyebrow or smile? Make a connection with your own expression to show you understand what they are saying and show you are engaged in the conversation.


THE CATCH: Mirroring has to be sincere and natural.  


Tip # 2: Notice the Negative: 
Negative connotations may include crossing arms over the chest, looking at the clock or their watch, leaning their chin on their hand, yawning and turning sideways. If they show signs of negativity, consider where your responses or body language are in line with the role and their company. 

Contact me for interviewing coaching, interview technique sessions and Resume and cover letter or LinkedIn Profile Updates! 
Good luck on your interview!!
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