How to Master a Phone Interview in 5 Easy Steps

With the state of the world, a phone interview is more common than ever. With hundreds of candidates applying for a single job, it might sound and seem intimidating when you think of making a great impression with a phone interview.  How in the world will you do that?

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5 Tips for Mastering the Phone Interview

According to a post on Zety.com, “On average, each corporate job offer attracts 250 resumes. Of those candidates, 4 to 6 will get called for an interview, and only one will get the job.”  These 5 tips will help you master your phone interview and stand out from the crowd.

1. Prepare 

Prepare the same way you would for an in-person interview. It’s crucial to spend just as much time prepping for your phone interview as you would an in-person interview.

Come up with a list of your strengths, the skills you bring to the table, and why you are interested in that specific job.

2.  Set A Time

If the call comes out of the blue, without warning, ask to set a time to talk. Let them know you’re thrilled to talk but ask to speak later and suggest a time.

Even if it is just for later that day, you need time to gather your thoughts, take a deep breath and find a quiet place to talk with a good connection where you won’t be interrupted.

3. Smile and Make Eye Contact

Try standing and smiling while talking. Standing boosts your energy level and smiling while looking at yourself in the mirror, affects your tone of voice and will make a more favorable impression.

4. Don’t Over-talk 

Don’t over-talk and listen closely. A phone call makes it difficult to read nonverbal cues that indicate the interviewer is about to speak.

Talk slowly, pause, and ask if more detail would be useful.

Take notes on what the interviewer is asking. This will help you write a personalized thank you letter, which you MUST do post-interview.

5. Ask About the Next Step 

Ask about the next step in the hiring process and then follow up. Before you hang up the phone, tell the interviewer how excited and appreciative you are for this opportunity and ask what the next step in the process will be.

Use the notes you took during the interview to incorporate specific details in your thank you note. It is also important to include specific ways you would contribute to the company.

Mastering a phone interview can seem overwhelming, but by following these 5 simple steps, you can make the impression you want and help you land that important job.

Do You Need Help?

If you would like to practice or hone your phone interviewing skills, contact Career Coach Rachel Schneider for an appointment.

By |2020-05-28T12:00:56-05:00May 28th, 2020|Job Interview, Job Search, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Master a Phone Interview in 5 Easy Steps

Job Hunting During an Economic Downturn

Unemployment is stressful, but job-hunting during an economic downturn can significantly increase that stress. According to Blogs.IMF.org, we are in the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. There are fewer jobs available, and the ones that are, have a reduced salary. Or are those ideas just myths?

News Flash…While there may be fewer jobs available in some industries, others are thriving. And the ones that are thriving, are paying higher salaries for quality employees.

Job Hunting during economic downturn

What You Need To Know During an Economic Downturn

If you know where to look and how to approach the job market, an economic downturn might be the best time for you to be job hunting. Here’s what you need to know:

Focus on Growth Industries

When the economy is struggling, there are always a few industries that are thriving because they’re needed more. Think about what people are using more of, what their habits are, what kind of businesses are they frequenting. This will give you some insight into the types of companies that are thriving and looking for help.

Target Companies

Instead of emailing your resume to every job opening you find, choose a few select companies you’d like to work for and focus on pursuing them. Even if they don’t have any current openings available, they will need to keep your resume on file and you could be the first to know about a new opening, even before it’s posted in some cases.

Talk to People

Your friends, your family, your former co-workers, even your former clients. They all know people and those people know people. It’s much easier to find a job through your network of connections. Tell people about your experience, skills, and past positions. This will help them to make quality connections for you.

Start Freelancing

If a job is not available in your field or there’s a possibility your current field might not fully recover, consider freelancing. Start your own company focusing on your area of expertise. Since you don’t have the overhead and payroll of your past employer, you can charge a lower fee.  Just don’t make your rates too low, you have expenses you have to cover as well and your time is valuable.

Consider a Temporary Position

While it’s not ideal, a temporary position can help you get through an economic downturn until you can find a better position. Some larger corporations offer temporary positions that later convert to permanent ones. Or take a job in another industry. Even if it’s not what you want to do, you’ll learn new skills and earn a paycheck.

Stay Positive

Keeping a positive attitude can be the hardest thing to do, but it will help you get through this challenging time. And, that positive attitude will shine during interviews and give you a leg up above other applicants. Stay focused on the positive things in your life and the things you have control over. Everything else, you can’t worry about it. Even when there’s a 10% unemployment rate, that means there’s 90% employment. You just have to find the right opportunity for you.

It’s stressful to be job hunting during an economic downturn, no doubt, but staying positive, keeping your options open, and thinking outside the box will help you survive and thrive.

If You Need Help

If you need help updating your resume or practicing for an interview during these hard times, consider reaching out to me, Rachel at Career Find to assist you.

By |2020-05-01T15:49:44-05:00May 4th, 2020|career search, Job Search|Comments Off on Job Hunting During an Economic Downturn

Top 5 Job Hunt Errors To Avoid

Hunting a job is never easy.  But there are common job hunt errors that people make without realizing it that hurt their employment chances.

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Job Hunt Errors to Avoid

It is easy to make an error when preparing for your job hunt.  However, even little mistakes can be very costly, especially in a very competitive environment. Here are 5 common job search errors to avoid:

  • It’s Not All About You

While finding a job may seem all about you, it isn’t for the employer. Your potential employers are looking to grow their business with the right team that needs the least amount of training and can help improve the bottom line. Instead of focusing on the “why I need this job”, focus on how you can provide value to your potential employer.

  • You Have Blinders On

Job Hunt ErrorsWhen you are looking for a job, don’t be afraid to interview with several companies at once.  You can also let the interviewer know you are interested in other positions with the company.  Perhaps they will see a better fit in a different position.  Learn more in this post by ZipRecruiter.  This way, you can be ready for any opportunity and are able to brush off disappointments that come along in the job search process.

  • You Forget the Thank You Note 

If you are rejected for a job, you should still send a thank you note. What? Yes! By thanking the employer for the opportunity and wishing them well, you open yourself up for future opportunities within that company. Check out this post to learn more about the importance of a thank you note.

  • You Forgot to Double-check Your ‘Real’ Reputation

Only give out references that you’ve prescreened. Don’t forget to Google yourself occasionally because the person interviewing you will. Don’t forget to clean up any social media accounts that might have anything negative posted including pictures.  Lastly, use your personal email on your resume, not your current employer’s email account. It sends the wrong message.

  • You Don’t Have a Clear Strategy

When submitting resumes for several companies or industries, you need to tailor every submission like it is the most important. Have a plan of attack to help keep yourself organized and on schedule in order not to miss a step in the follow-up job search process.

We Can Help

If you need help updating your resume or practicing for an interview, consider reaching out to me, Rachel at Career Find to assist you.

By |2020-04-08T11:31:14-05:00April 8th, 2020|Interview Prep, Job Search|Comments Off on Top 5 Job Hunt Errors To Avoid

Using Text Messaging In Your Job Search

Do you text often?  Are your texting skills lacking or do you “rock” it?

According to Jobvite’s 2018 Recruiter Nation Survey, 43 percent of hiring managers have communicated with job candidates via text.  This trend will continue to increase.  So it is in your best interest to brush up on the texting skills and be prepared to respond should a hiring manager contact you.

Text Messaging

Text Messaging Tips

How do you ensure that you can present yourself as positively as possible when you have to be short and succinct?  These tips might help:

Don’t Initiate Text

Let the interviewer or recruiter be the first to use text between you.  Send your initial job application and resume through traditional channels, and communicate afterwards via email or phone.

If the interviewer reaches out to you via text, they will be expecting a response.  At that time it is fine to return a message via text.

Don’t Ignore Messages

If an interviewer texts you, they can usually see when it was read.  So be prompt in responding.  If it will be a while, let them know you are currently working and will respond in an hour or whenever.

Keep It Professional

It can be tempting to just give them a one or two-word answer, use abbreviation, emoticons, etc.  Don’t do it.  Use complete sentences, full words, and a professional tone. You are not texting family in a relaxed tone.  Keep a degree of formality and professionalism in job search texts.

Check your Text “Signature”

If you have a text “signature” that is sent at the bottom of every text message, make sure it’s appropriate for use in professional communications.

Spelling and Punctuation Matter

Check and re-check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and watch out for auto-correct errors.

Stay Within Business Hours

Because texting, like phone conversations, is “real time” communications, only send your text to a recruiter during normal business hours.

Double Check Who You are Sending to

Before you hit send, check that you’re sending the text to the right person.  We have all heard the horror stories of messages being sent to the wrong person.

You want to keep your text message as short as possible, but don’t be afraid to convey information that will showcase your abilities and heighten the interviewer or recruiter’s interest in you.  You want to appear professional regardless of what tool is used in the job search process.

If you would like to learn more, I found this article about what it is like to apply for a job via text to be very interesting.

Do You Need Help

If you need help preparing for the job-hunt, contact your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider, at Career Find for an Introduction Call.  I can help you create a resume that will differentiate you from the competition, develop a unique job search strategy, and help you to feel confident as you begin the job search process.

 

 

 

By |2019-03-12T07:22:06-05:00March 12th, 2019|Job Search|Comments Off on Using Text Messaging In Your Job Search

Things to Consider Before Applying for a Non-Profit Job

If you’re ready to leave the corporate world behind and look for a job with a non-profit, you may think it’s a great shift. But the needs of a non-profit are very different from that corporate job you’ve been working. Before you send out your resume, there are a few roadblocks that may keep you from getting hired.

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Here’s what you need to consider before applying for a non-profit job:

Thinking the Job Will Be Easy

Maybe one of the reasons you want to leave the corporate world is because you’re feeling overworked and underappreciated. While the non-profit world will probably appreciate you more, you don’t know the meaning of overworked yet.

Most people take a job with a non-profit because they’re passionate about the cause. This usually translates to working as much and as often as they possibly can to support their non-profit organization. Weekends and 12-15-hour days are pretty normal.

Not Volunteering

If you’re applying for a non-profit position without ever volunteering your time, hiring managers are going to question your commitment to the organization’s mission.

If you say you care deeply about an issue but you don’t have any volunteer experience, that’s a red flag. If you truly care about the mission, volunteer first and prove you’re committed to their mission.

Assume It’s Not a “Real” Business

While non-profits are deeply committed to their cause, they also want to hire people who can manage their staff and volunteers, cut costs, and raise money. If they’re going to spend the money to hire someone, they want someone with management and financial skills.

Thinking Too Highly of Your Skills and Experience

You may think that because you earned your skills in the corporate world that they are superior to the skills you would’ve earned in the non-profit world. Most people who work for non-profits are professionals who have worked their way up and have strong experience.

While it’s important to be confident about your skills during your interview, it’s also important that you not underestimate the skills of the other people already working at the non-profit.

Being Seen as a Stand-Out

In the corporate world, your successes are usually your own. But in the non-profit world, successes are about the team. It’s important to be seen as a team player in your interview, otherwise, you can kiss that non-profit job good-bye.

Highlight your experiences with people you worked with in the past and share successes that the whole team enjoyed.

Non Profit Tips

To ensure a successful interview for a non-profit position take these tips to heart:

  • Use a chronological resume to highlight your job growth from one position to the next.
  • Customize your resume to the position you’re applying for instead of submitting a generic resume.
  • Show that you understand and connect with the non-profit’s mission by doing some research on them before going to your interview.
  • Share how you have the ability to work with others to resolve a problem and find a solution.
  • Show that you care about their mission by volunteering for their group or another similar group before submitting your resume.

Working in the non-profit world is not for the person who wants a Monday-Friday, 9-5 job. It requires a lot of hard work and commitment. Know what you’re signing up for before wasting both your time and that of the interviewer.

Still Interested?

If working for a non-profit still sounds like a good fit for you, consider working with me, your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider, at Career Find.  We can schedule a meeting to create a resume that will differentiate you from other non-profit job seekers and develop a job search strategy to help you feel confident as you meet with various non-profits.

By |2019-05-06T10:09:20-05:00October 4th, 2018|Job Search|Comments Off on Things to Consider Before Applying for a Non-Profit Job

5 Areas of LinkedIn Job Recruiters Use to Screen Applicants

Would it surprise you to know that social media has become an almost universally adopted hiring tool, with 92 percent of recruiters surveyed using it as part of their interview and hiring process?   Of the various social media, LinkedIn comes out on top with 87 percent of recruiters using Linkedin.  Fifty-five percent are using Facebook, and 47 percent are using Twitter.

LinkedIn Use in Job Search

Recruiters are searching more than just your profile, they are giving it a thorough review for not only qualifications but to learn a little more about an applicant’s personality.

Screening Applicants

Here are the top things job recruiters look at when screening applicants:

1. Is Your Profile Completed?

If your profile is incomplete, it probably means you don’t give much thought to how you present yourself to others. It makes a bad first impression. Your profile should be your online resume showing your previous and current places of employment with accurate start and end dates.

You should also include a summary of your qualifications, awards, work history, and skills along with a recommendation or two. Your summary should be short, concise, and easy to read with bullet points.

Make the most of your headline, it’s your first profile impression. Check for discrepancies, they can be a red flag to employers that you’re not detail-oriented.

2. Your Photo

Is your photo a professional headshot or a selfie? Are you wearing professional attire or dressed casually while at the beach? Is it a close-up or just a dark shadow in the background? Your photo represents who you are in the business world, not on vacation.

It should represent the job you’re seeking. If you can’t afford to get a professional headshot, dress in business attire and have a friend or family member take a photo of you against a solid color background.

3. Your Connections

The more connections you have, the more a job recruiter sees that you are a networker and make connections that can improve your knowledge and referrals. If you have less than 300 connections, you need to take some time to beef up your profile and connect with more people.

4. Your Activity

During a job search, recruiters want to see that you’re active on LinkedIn. Are you reading your news feed, sharing content, and commenting regularly? This will show a recruiter that you have a level of professional interaction with your connections.

If you’ve written articles, be sure to include links to them in your profile so that recruiters can learn more about you. Keep any content you post professional, this is your online image.

5. Your Status

If you’re currently seeking a new position, using the “ Open Candidates ” option will allow you to privately let recruiters know that you’re searching. If recruiters know this in advance, they are more likely to send opportunities your way.

Job Recruiters Take Your Profile Seriously

Job recruiters take your LinkedIn profile seriously so you need to as well if you want to grab their attention.  Spending an afternoon updating your profile is time well spent if you’re looking for a new job.  You can make it easier for recruiters to find you by joining industry groups and commenting on discussions. Recruiters are always seeking professionals within their industry to connect with.

By |2019-05-06T10:09:36-05:00September 18th, 2018|Job Search|Comments Off on 5 Areas of LinkedIn Job Recruiters Use to Screen Applicants
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