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The Hidden Skills That Could Change Your Job Search

When experienced job seekers return to the job market, many  have a limited perception of the type of job they should do. Often the thinking is, “I did this for 10 years, so obviously that’s the kind of job I’ll go for now.”

But did you know you have a lot of other options out there?  Buried deep in your resume or in the recesses of your mind, there are skills that you’ve acquired along the way that you probably haven’t thought about in years and those skills could open doors to career opportunities you may never have thought of.

I’ll take an example of my friend. I’m helping her with her resume, and when we sat down and looked at her skills, I could see she was extremely marketable. Her resume was just a bit of a hot mess and wasn’t bringing all of those amazing skills to the forefront. When we deconstructed everything she had done, it was obvious that she could apply for five or six different types of jobs – which opened up her job search options tremendously.

Every experienced job seeker has a wealth of experience that could be applied to a lot of different jobs. By rediscovering your hidden skills, you’ll immediately recognize that you can expand your job search into different areas.

This week, I encourage you to try this exercise and uncover all of your hidden job skills:

  1. Look up job descriptions based on a general search term. For example, I looked up marketing jobs. Within that, I was able to get a list of tons of different types of marketing jobs where any number of my skills would be a fit. In some cases, I discovered new jobs that hadn’t existed when I was in the job market before, giving me new options for my career.
  2. De-construct your resume. Pull out all of your skills and put them into different categories, like sales, finance, events, or whatever makes sense for you.
  3. Go through each of those categories, one at a time, and visualize  what you used to do on a daily basis within those categories and write those down. Over time we forget just how much we used to do in a day, and THAT is where those hidden skills lie.
  4. Create a separate resume for each of those types of job. It’s all about perception. If you’re shooting for an accounting job, you’ll highlight all of the accounting-related skills and accomplishments. If it’s a management position, you’ll highlight all of those skills. Each resume will reflect your best skills and experience in each category.

Here’s an example of an office manager job description from Monster.com:

Office Manager Job Duties:

  • Maintains office services by organizing office operations and procedures; preparing payroll; controlling correspondence; designing filing systems; reviewing and approving supply requisitions; assigning and monitoring clerical functions.
  • Provides historical reference by defining procedures for retention, protection, retrieval, transfer, and disposal of records.
  • Maintains office efficiency by planning and implementing office systems, layouts, and equipment procurement.
  • Designs and implements office policies by establishing standards and procedures; measuring results against standards; making necessary adjustments.
  • Completes operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees; following up on work results.
  • Keeps management informed by reviewing and analyzing special reports; summarizing information; identifying trends.
  • Maintains office staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.
  • Maintains office staff job results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Achieves financial objectives by preparing an annual budget; scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

That’s A LOT of skills! Within that one job description, I see that an office manager does payroll, reporting, employee coaching, scheduling, management, networking and budgeting.  Think of all the different careers where those skills would fit: finance, HR, meeting planning, project management and more! A person with all those skills should have multiple resumes for different types of positions to give them more opportunities for finding a job. By expanding your search, you never know what kinds of new opportunities might come your way.

Experienced job seekers often struggle to navigate today’s market because it has become so competitive and so anonymous. But by showcasing your strongest skills in different areas and continually working to update and modernize your skills, you’ll stand a much better chance of catching the eye of a recruiter and landing a job.

Look for my next blog: De-fluffing Your Resume


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Job Search Success is Back!

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Welcome Back – You Deserve a Second Chance

After a brief hiatus, it has come to my attention that there is an ongoing need for this blog. I met with a friend today who forwarded this blog to other friends and it showed me that there are a lot of job seekers out there in need of support.

There are a crazy number of blogs out there offering advice on how to get a job, but there are very few (or none!) targeting an older audience or an audience who has made mistakes along the way – many of whom are wondering if they’ll ever be able to find a job again.

Whether they’ve chosen their circumstances or are living with the hand they’ve been dealt, there are a lot of job seekers who have been out of the market for these reasons:

  1. Took time off to raise children
  2. Lost their job and think their age is holding them back
  3. Are older but don’t have the means to retire
  4. Been incarcerated and want a fresh start
  5. Been self-employed but now want to work in a company
  6. Believe their lifestyle choices are holding them back

In my opinion, everyone deserves a second chance. We ALL make mistakes and we all make choices in life, whether right or wrong. But this is the beginning of a new chapter and I believe that anything is possible in a new chapter.

Let me start by saying that getting back into the workforce isn’t easy and if you’re not willing to do the work, then you shouldn’t continue on this journey.

You should also know up front that I don’t believe in excuses and I don’t believe in candy-coating the truth. I do, however, believe that hard work and dedication pay off.

For those who are ready to commit, read on…

Many of the people I’ve spoken with are disheartened. They’re depressed and they’re frustrated. They’ve sent their resume out hundreds of times, only to have it disappear into black hole after black hole. They don’t know what recruiters are looking for – but they know it isn’t them – and they don’t have a clue about how to word their resume so it gets noticed.

I’m going to help you with that.

I’m living proof that it IS possible to return to the job market – it just takes A LOT of work and a lot of focus.

If you’re up for the challenge and willing to do the work, I’m going to help you get back into the workforce. Best of all, I’m not asking for anything in return. I’m doing this because I know how it feels – I’ve been there and I understand exactly what you’re going through.

Just know that what you’re feeling isn’t reality. You’ve convinced yourself that no one will ever hire you again, but I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. Once you start approaching your job search in the right way, you’ll get a job.

The two things you have to remember when you start looking for a job: 

  1. Bring your confidence with you into every situation
  2. Check your ego at the door

No one said it was going to be easy and you’re going to have a few knocks along the way – but it’ll be worth it.

Here’s my #1 rule:

When things don’t go your way, you’re allowed to cry – but only for one day. The next day you’ll need to get up, dust yourself off and move forward. Believe me, you’ll see that it’s the only way to succeed.

Thank you for walking with me through the journey before and for joining me on this new exciting journey.

Together, we’ll break through stereotypes and myths and show others that IT IS possible to have job search success at any age or under any circumstance, as long as you’re willing to do the work required to succeed.

As you start your day today or get yourself ready for bed after another long day of job searching, remember that you’re not alone. You and I, and a lot of other people out there, are on this journey together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Think Your Age Is Keeping You From That Perfect Job?

Age discrimination is a no-no.  We all know that.age discrimination-in-the-workplace, age discrimination, tips for older job seekers

But just like every other form of discrimination, it may be incredibly wrong and unfair – but it still exists.

Over the past six months, I have spoken with a lot of older job seekers. Whether they were forty or sixty, most of them had the same complaint:

They’re pretty sure they’re not being considered for certain jobs because of their age.

LinkedIn has been a blessing on many fronts for job seekers, but there are a few downsides:

1. Your photo
2. Your graduation dates
3. Your years of experience

For better or for worse, these are usually a dead giveaway of a person’s general age and they are readily accessible to recruiters and hiring managers who can decide against candidates before they ever respond to their resume.

Now you may think the solution is to leave dates off of your resume, but this is also a bit of a no-no.

Phil Blair, Executive Officer for Manpower San Diego and author of Job Won, explained in a recent interview with Job Search Success that job seekers who hide dates raise red flags with hiring managers. “First of all, it’s a bit of a give-away that you’re hiding dates because you’re older,” he said.  “But it also makes them wonder what else you might be hiding.”

Rather than resorting to trickery, he suggests that job seekers take some very practical steps to make themselves more competitive:

  • Learn social media and put that on your resume – it will make you look current
  • Stay up to date on the latest trends, technology and programs – what are the latest programs they are using in your industry?
  • Take classes and more classes – continuing education will help keep you fresh. There are lots of free programs online and sometimes even free courses in your community, so be on the lookout
  • Dare to be different – get creative with your resume and cover letter to show off your skills and stand out from the crowd

Don’t be afraid to apply at young companies. Start-ups can be a great place to showcase your diverse range of skills. Some newer companies can’t afford a lot of staff so they need people who can cross-over and do a lot of different things. That’s where your experience and diversity could be your strongest selling point.

Rick Clancy, corporate communications executive at Covario explained in an article entitled Ageism in Small Business published on the AARP website Life Reimagined for Work, that he landed a job with a startup after nine months of intensive job searching.  At 54, he wasn’t quite ready to retire, but he also felt as though his age was holding him back from some opportunities he pursued.

He said that Covario, as a relatively young company, needed someone experienced to come in and build their public relations and communications strategy. Now, more than four years later, Clancy enjoys working with much younger people and, as he says in the article,  “They seem to appreciate having me around.”

Clancy felt that some companies were probably not hiring him because they thought he would be too expensive.  Right or wrong, some companies hire younger, less experienced workers because they cost less.  And they probably miss out on great older candidates as a result.

It’s not personal.  It’s business.

Smart companies value a blend of ages.  A mix of Millennials and Baby Boomers – Fresh Ideas with Experience. Those are the kinds of companies you want to work for because they value balance.

You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but you will be someone’s.

Always remember that confidence sells.  Even if you don’t feel confident – you need to come across with confidence – in your LinkedIn profile photo, in your cover letter and in interviews.  Even if you’ve been rejected time after time, somehow you have to find a way to make yourself shine every time.

Remember: however you feel on the inside is what will show on the outside.

That’s true with happiness, confidence and age.

Check out my Pinterest Board: Tips for Older Job Seekers and this great site: www.workforce50.com

Photo via Google: www.tridiversity.org

Have you experienced discrimination during your job search?  We’d love to hear your story!

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When Job Search Stress Rocks Your Relationship

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Relationships can be tricky at the best of times.  Two people with different backgrounds come together and expect to live harmoniously for the rest of their lives.  But once the honeymoon is over and real life steps in, most people find that it takes work to keep a relationship strong.

Under normal circumstances, with normal life stress, couples can typically weather the tough times.  But a long-term job search can really put a relationship to the test.

Job searching can wreak havoc with the job seeker’s self-esteem.

Here are just a few of the challenges job seekers face on a daily basis:

  • REJECTION – from constantly being turned down for the job
  • FRUSTRATION – at not hearing back from hiring managers
  • CONFUSION – not knowing what you’re doing wrong or what you should be doing differently
  • HELPLESSNESS – from not being able to control the situation
  • SADNESS – grieving over a lost job or the kind of life you once lived
  • SELF-DOUBT – if you’re constantly told you’re not good enough, you start to believe it

These kinds of feelings can wear out even the most optimistic job seeker and can cause them to become edgy and reactive or fall into a depression.  Unfortunately, the partner is normally the one who bears the brunt of the job seeker’s frustration and worry.

So how does any relationship survive the strain of a job search?

By keeping perspective, committing to the relationship and following these simple steps:

COMMUNICATE

Constant bickering is a sign that there are deeper issues at hand.  Chances are, no one is getting their needs met during this difficult period.  Set aside a half an hour a day to hash through your feelings and talk about your needs.  Although it might be difficult, try to make an effort to satisfy each other’s needs – which could be as simple as one partner needing a bit more space or the other needing to be heard.

And whatever you do, don’t argue in front of your children.  Arguing can fill children with insecurities – so commit to being strong parents no matter how bad things get – and protect your children from your very grown-up issues.

Advice for men: Show empathy.  You’re not going to be able to change the situation, but chances are your partner is frustrated and just wants to be understood and reassured.

Advice for women: Avoid nitpicking.  Recognize when you need to talk and ask your partner to sit down and discuss your concerns.  Men are more likely to be empathetic when you show your softer, more vulnerable side than your angry side.

CREATE A BUDGET

Create a budget you can both live with.  Print up a bank statement from the past month and go through each expense.  From grocery shopping to eating out to cash withdrawals, it will become more obvious to both of you where costs can be cut.  By eliminating wasted money, you might find there’s a bit of fun money left over.  Even if it means going out to a cheap restaurant once a week and sharing a meal, just having some funds allocated for “splurging” can give everyone something to look forward to.  Another fun thing to do is to challenge yourselves to find as many free activities as possible in your area.  A simple online search for “free things to do” in your city, will turn up results you never expected.

TAKE SOME SPACE

When the arguments escalate past the point of any sensibility, someone needs to immediately take some space. One of you needs to be the bigger person and diffuse the situation, even if it means walking out of the room. Don’t be a Right Fighter. Ask yourself the question that Dr. Phil asks guests on his show: Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?  By stepping away, both parties can reflect and regain perspective.

SHOW EMPATHY

I know when couples fight, it’s difficult for either one to back down and feel anything but anger for the other.  But this is the time when showing kindness and empathy will pay off in spades.  Chances are the job seeker is feeling vulnerable and that’s the time they need to know that their partner is there for them.  Something as simple as a hug and these words – It’s going to be O.K. – can make all of the difference. 

DON’T GIVE UP

Always remember: the grass is NOT always greener on the other side.  In today’s society, marriages have become disposable.  With a divorce rate of 50% in the U.S., many couples give up without really trying.

If you think you’re under stress now, try getting divorced.   The Health 24 website gives a list of the 41 Major Life Stressors and assigns “life change units” to each stressor.  Losing your job was given 43 life change units while divorce was #2 on the list with 73 life change units.  Only the death of a spouse ranked higher.  So before you throw out your relationship thinking it will make your life easier, consider these statistics.

AND REMEMBER: The job search is only temporary.  Even if it takes a year, in the big picture, it’s a short period of time – so hang in there.

Some of the strongest couples I know have weathered difficult events that it seemed no relationship could possibly survive.  I think you’ll find if you can hang in there and put these simple steps into practice, there’s a light, a job and a stronger relationship at the end of the tunnel.

 

 

 


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Have You Lost Your Job Search Mojo?

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Job searching can be a tough game.  At times it feels like the ball is in everyone else’s court and that we’re powerless to change the situation.

Logic tells us we have to persevere but our hearts and spirits grow increasingly weary from rejection and lack of progress.

We questions ourselves and we second-guess our abilities.

I’ve been there, and it isn’t easy.

See if you can relate to any of these questions:

  • Do wake up on Monday morning dreading the week ahead – not because you have a job you hate, but because you have no job at all?
  • Do you find yourself envious of people going to work, then feeling depressed that you’re not one of them?
  • Do you catch yourself saying things like, “What’s the point of applying?  I’m never going to hear back,” or “I’ll never get a job”?
  • Are you spending an increasing number of  hours surfing the net without actually accomplishing anything?
  • Do you get down on yourself for not having a job?

If you answered yes to most of those questions, then chances are you’ve lost your JOB SEARCH MOJO.

I lost my mojo this week and it wasn’t fun.  But after a couple of days of moping around, I decided to take back my power.

And so can you.

Here are 5 steps to reigniting your job search mojo and reclaiming your power:

Create a schedule for the week

When you find yourself drifting aimlessly and spending a lot of wasted hours on the computer, get back in charge of your day.  On Sunday, create a schedule for the week.  A job search schedule – just like a work scheduleschedule.  And stick to it.

At the end of each day, check off everything you accomplished and add any extra tasks or disruptions that cropped up.  By the end of the week, you should feel a sense of accomplishment and you’ll be able to identify time hacks that should be eliminated.  I’ll create a separate blog with a sample schedule for you to try out.

 Step outside of your comfort zone every week

Instead of hiding behind your computer every day, force yourself to try something that makes you a little bit uncomfortable. For example:

  • Meet one new person each week
  • Attend a networking event
  • Start a weekly class
  • Call someone to set up an informational interview

Try and do something EVERY week.  You may think you’re accomplishing a lot behind your computer, but I can tell you that you’ll accomplish A LOT MORE by getting out in the world and meeting people.   Every time we challenge ourselves, we  learn, we grow and we gain much-needed confidence.

Spend more quality time applying for fewer jobs

How many times have you reached Friday only to think, “I’ve applied for ten jobs this week and haven’t heard a thing!”  Well, I can tell you, there’s a reason for that.

You’re not spending enough time perfecting your cover letter and resume for a few quality jobs.

When we get desperate, it’s easy to panic and start sending our resume out to every job we come across.  In the moment, it makes us feel like we’ve accomplished something, but in the long run, it’s a waste of time.

Instead, choose a couple of more appropriate jobs, then spend the time necessary to write a job-specific cover letter and resume.  It might take a couple of hours, but it raises the chances of getting your resume noticed.  And remember to think in terms of results.  What have you accomplished in the past and how can those accomplishments be useful for their company?  Take the time to understand the company and tell them how you can ease their pain.

Commit to learning a new skill every week

This is another fun challenge.  As you’re searching for a job, see if there are any programs that keep cropping up as a requirement.  Then, start learning that program. For example, A LOT of jobs require Excel and PowerPoint skills.  So look on YouTube for tutorials and look up free blogs for tips and tricks.  It’s a lot easier than you think. Play around with it and don’t be afraid to try new things.  I can tell you from experience that you can teach yourself programs.  Most programs are designed to be user-friendly these days, so stop telling yourself you’re not a “techy” person and start learning.  I promise that you’ll feel empowered by the experience – and bonus, you’ll have another marketable skill to add to your resume.

Take Care of Yourself

stress managementI know this seems obvious, but it’s essential to take care of yourself physically in order to perform at your best mentally and emotionally.

Don’t make job searching a 24/7 endeavor.  Give yourself permission to take some down time and relax.

Commit to a healthy diet and add some form of exercise to your daily schedule.  You’ll feel better and you’ll look better.

And most important: Don’t beat yourself up when you don’t hear back from companies.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

It’s BUSINESS – it’s not personal.

Try and keep perspective.  Think about what is most important to you.  Whether it’s your child, your spouse, your sibling or your beloved pet, doing this exercise puts things in perspective, helps to ground you and reminds you about what is most important in life.

Eventually, you WILL land that job.  So relax, get organized and put these steps into practice.  And enjoy your life.  One day soon, when you’re hard at work, you’ll look back on this time and wish that you had.

For more advice, check out my Pinterest Boards: Stress Management and Perspsective.

 

 

 


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YOUR TOP 5 JOB-SEARCH QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Job seekers spend a lot of time online.  Faced with a daily barrage of conflicting information, many job seekers wonder how they’ll ever get a job again.

Phil Blair, Executive Officer, Manpower San Diego

Fortunately, there is a great new book written by a recruiting expert that gives us the honest answers we’ve been looking for.

Phil Blair, Executive Officer of Manpower San Diego and author of the new Job-Search Book: JOB WON, gives us an inside peek into the minds of recruiters:  What are they really thinking when we walk into a room? How should I really format my resume?  What should I say in my cover letter?  And much more.

With over 500,000 hires under his belt, Blair has seen and heard it all.  Job Won provides a step-by-step guide to navigating the job-search market and helps you identify the mistakes you may have been making in your quest to land that perfect job.

Last week, I sat down with Blair and asked him the questions you’ve been asking me over the past few months.  For the sake of space, I have selected the top 5 questions. If you’re interested in receiving a complete list, feel free to contact me at the email address at the end of this blog.

AM I BEING PASSED OVER FOR JOBS BECAUSE OF MY AGE?

Ever feel like you’re being overlooked for a job because you’re too old?  Well, according to Blair, it has nothing to do with you and EVERYTHING to do with your resume.  If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest technology and skills, companies are going to look for someone who has.  Age has nothing to do with it.

In fact, unlike twenty or thirty years ago, employers don’t expect workers to become “lifers” at their company.  According to Blair, the average life span of a job is just over 3 years.  So whether you’re thirty or fifty-five, employers know they’ll probably only have you for a finite period of time.

“The reality is that most companies like a blend of ages,” said Blair.  “You don’t want all twenty-year olds with no experience working for you.  Just like you don’t want an entire staff made up of experienced workers.  It’s important to find a balance of ages AND personalities.”

“The funny thing is that young people think more experienced workers are getting all of the jobs.  And older workers think younger people are.  I hear both of those complaints all of the time.  The truth is, the most qualified person who fits in with the company culture is the person getting the job.  Their age doesn’t matter.”

HIS ADVICE:  Be confident and stay competitive by getting and keeping your skills up to date.  Stop complaining and start doing!   “If you want me to believe in you, you have to believe in yourself,” he said.  AND – Don’t try and disguise dates on your resume.  This only makes interviewers suspicious.  You NEVER want to raise red flags by leaving out information.  It makes the interviewer wonder what else you’re hiding.   You don’t need to include your retail job from thirty years ago, but include important, relevant information that’s related to the position you’re applying for.

WHAT IF I HAVE A BIG GAP ON MY RESUME?

Been a stay-at-home mom or dad for ten years?  Blair says it doesn’t have the stigma you imagine.  The important thing is to address it head on and fill in the gap with all of the things you’ve been doing for the past ten years.

Chances are, it’s a lot.

Stay-at-home moms and dads don’t just stay at home and clean all day.  They work – all of the time – even if they’re not drawing a paycheck.

From volunteer work to running meetings to taking classes – all of the work you’ve done is relevant and should be included on your resume.  They are all transferable skills.

“Sell the interviewer on the fact that you’re an accomplished person,” said Blair.

HIS ADVICE: Get those skills up to date, do volunteer work and start studying.  SHOW the interviewer that you are continually working to better yourself, stay current and expand your skill sets.

AM I BEING JUDGED ON MY APPEARANCE?

Business People Shaking Hands At OfficeThe answer is a definitive yes – from the moment you walk in the door.  And I don’t mean any of your physical characteristics.  I mean the way you present yourself.

It seems obvious – I always thought it was – but Blair has seen his share of candidates dress inappropriately for interviews.

“Leave the cleavage and short skirts for the nightclub,” he advises.  “There’s nothing that makes an interviewer more uncomfortable than seeing cleavage and short skirts.  And men: always wear clean and pressed interview clothes in keeping with the company’s image.  When people come into my office, I immediately imagine them with my biggest client.  How would they act, speak and dress?  The way they present themselves in the interview is how I imagine they’ll present themselves with my client – and the client is my number one priority – so I’m only going to send them the candidate that I feel will represent Manpower and their company in the best light.”

HIS ADVICE:  Follow these rules of thumb when dressing for an interview:

  1. Dress professionally.  Your dress should reflect the company culture.  Show you’ve done your research and dress in a similar manner that would suit their standards.
  2. Limit jewelry.  Blair said that there’s nothing worse than bangles or bracelets clanking against a desk during an interview.  A watch is always important.  It shows the hiring manager you pay attention to the time.
  3. Go easy on the makeup and perfume.  You don’t want the hiring manager to be distracted by anything you’re wearing.
  4. Your clothes should be clean and pressed.  Even if you can only afford one interview outfit, keep it crisp and clean and ready to wear at a moment’s notice.
  5. Wear a smile – a positive attitude and demeanor will get the interviewer’s attention much quicker than a brightly-colored blouse.

CAN TEMP WORK HELP ME GET BACK IN THE GAME?

Blair is passionate about temp work.  During his 37 year career, his team has placed over 500,000 candidates in positions throughout San Diego.   And he feels strongly that it’s a great way to get back to work.

According to Blair, there are multiple advantages to temp work:

  • You can put company names back on your resume
  • You can to see and use the latest technology
  • It gives you a chance to test the waters and make sure you can manage your family’s schedule with a full-time job
  • Temping offers daily networking opportunities
  • Your job might turn permanent
  • You can meet the hiring managers directly and get the inside scoop on upcoming positions
  • It gives you the chance to show employers your skills rather than just explaining it on paper
  • You can earn some much-needed income

Did you know that 42% of temp assignments turn into permanent jobs?

Did you also realize that temp jobs are no longer JUST limited to clerical work?  There are jobs available in ALL types of fields.  Check out Blair’s KUSI news segment:  Real Jobs in the Staffing Industry to learn more about modern-day temping.

HIS ADVICE: Check out your nearest staffing agency, set up a meeting and explore the possibilities.

WHERE DO I DRAW THE LINE BETWEEN HEALTHY PERSEVERANCE AND COMING ACROSS LIKE A STALKER?

While it’s really good to know as much as you can about a company, “Googling” the interviewer is downright creepy.  Blair said that he has had people come into interviews and try to bond with him over personal information they dug up on the internet.

He suggests approaching your follow-up with “polite persistence.”Crazy Business Woman Working

It’s OK to look at their LinkedIn profile, but don’t do a background check or bring up anything personal during an interview.  You may think you’re showing initiative, but the interviewer is probably worrying that you’re going to show up at their house in the middle of the night if you don’t get the job.

Also, thank-you notes are ALWAYS welcome – if not essential.  A hand-written note goes a long way.  You can even drop the interviewer a quick message about an article you came across that was relevant to something you discussed.  It will be appreciated and show that you listened when they spoke.

HIS ADVICE: Always keep your interview professional.  And make sure you follow up on the interview with a healthy amount of “polite persistence.”

For more great job-search advice, order JOB WON and visit the JOB WON website at: www.job-won.com

And, for additional tips from my interview with Phil Blair, email me at: jobsuccessblog@gmail.com, Subject Line: Job Search Tips.  I will answer more of your questions including: What if I have something negative in my work history?  How do I develop an elevator pitch?  How can I keep from getting discouraged during my job search?  And more.

A special thanks to Phil Blair and his team at Manpower San Diego for making me feel welcome and for sharing this valuable job-search advice.

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