Job Interview Q and A iPhone app

Posted July 16, 2012 by rosewaltz
Categories: Career Transition, Job Search, Job Search, Job Training, New Skills, Social Media

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Career Confidential just launched an app for iPhones and iPads every job searcher will want to use.  The app is named Job Interview Questions and Answers and it is free.  This app provides mock interview practice with a real job coach.  I just tried this myself and loved it!

Professional Job Coach, Peggy McKee, asks a variety of tough but common interview questions.  You video yourself answering the questions so you can see what you look and sound like to the interviewer.  Nobody sees your video but you.  After you replay your answer you may try it again as many times as you wish.  Then you watch and listen to Peggy answer the question and explain the reason behind the question and what the interviewer is looking for.  This teaches you the best way to structure your answer to make a strong, positive impression on the hiring manager.

The coaching and the practice you get with this app is incredible and it will make your answers to interview questions much more effective.  It is also a confidence booster.

It really makes you think about what’s missing in your answer and tells you exactly what the hiring manager really wants to hear from you.

The following 5 questions and answers are free:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why do you want to join this company?
  • Why have you been out of work for so long?
  • Describe yourself to me in one word?
  • What have you been doing since you have been laid off?

There are additional questions which you may purchase if you desire.  For more information visit http://careerconfidential.com/blog/.

Rose Waltz
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Job Searching? Remember to include your phone number on your LinkedIn profile.

Posted May 13, 2012 by rosewaltz
Categories: Career Transition, Job Search, LinkedIn, Social Media

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I received a call from a recruiter recently who found my profile on LinkedIn. He was trying to fill a good paying job in Dallas, TX and I had the experience his client needed.

He thanked me for including my cell phone number on my profile so he could call me.  He mentioned a lot of candidates don’t list a phone number in their profile.  He had a number of positions to fill and didn’t have time to send an e-mail through the LinkedIn website and wait for a response.  When a recruiter finds a good candidate they want a phone number so they can speak with the candidate immediately.

Many recruiters use LinkedIn as their candidate pool when filling open positions; if you want to get a job I highly recommend including a phone number and an e-mail address in both your profile summary and personal contact sections on LinkedIn.  Make it easy for recruiters to get in touch with you.

Lately I’ve obtained more job interviews as a result of recruiters finding me on LinkedIn than as a result of applications I’ve submitted for posted job openings.  It has also been my experience that recruiters and employers seem more interested in me as a candidate if it was initially their idea to contact me.

I have many recruiters and HR people in my LinkedIn network.  Please feel free to invite me to connect and let me know you read my blog.  Perhaps one of my connections could help you land your next job.

Rose Waltz
http://www.rosewaltz.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosewaltz

Take advantage of your time during job transition to improve your skills

Posted January 26, 2012 by rosewaltz
Categories: Career Transition, Computer Training, Job Search, Job Training, New Skills

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We have all been excited to see a new job description posted on an Internet job board that is exactly the type of position desired.  You scan the posting and are delighted that you possess all of the experience to perform the job until you read the following:

Above-average proficiency in the use of _______________ software programs required and additional working knowledge of ______________ software preferred.  While you may possess the necessary skills in several of the programs there may be one or two you haven’t used or perhaps haven’t even heard of before.

There probably isn’t any job searcher who hasn’t been frustrated by this scenario.  You have several alternatives:

  • You could choose not to apply for the job.
  • You could apply for the role in the hopes that your strengths in the other areas are so strong that the employer will overlook a stated requirement in the job description.
  • You could apply and pray that no other candidate has experience with all the programs listed.  You rationalize that as long as the employer will need to hire an unqualified candidate to fill the role it might as well be you.
  • You could go get the training needed to meet the requirements.  If that position is no longer available chances are a similar role with another company will come along.  In the meantime, you are now a more marketable candidate.

I was thrilled to discover New Horizons Computer Learning Centers: http://www.newhorizons.com/content/landing.aspx?id=1580&gclid=CJbGscf17q0CFYFgTAodPTyHtg.  You will find a catalog of available courses on their website.

Even though I have used Microsoft Office Excel on a daily basis in my prior positions, I decided to take advanced software training to improve my skills between jobs.  Their mentored learning program is truly awesome!  Each workstation has two monitors.  You can view and listen to video training on one monitor and you can practice on the other monitor.  When you have questions you can ask one of the instructors for assistance.   I really enjoy being able to set my own pace and replay the instructional videos as much as I want.  If you prefer more traditional classroom training this is also available.

I opted to purchase a training package that will allow me to take as many computer courses as I want over a stated period of time.  I’m training on a number of different software programs and taking classes for multiple experience levels.  I’m training on all the different versions of the software as well so that it won’t matter what version a future employer is utilizing.  The beauty of this is that you will know the differences between the versions and could provide guidance to a future employer when they are deciding whether to upgrade their systems.

If your budget doesn’t permit you to pay for training you may wish to check with your local unemployment office to explore any free available training.  You can also search the Internet for any free training.  I found the following information:

http://www.twc.state.tx.us/svcs/funds/sdfintro.html

http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/community-tools/job-skills/success-stories/

Just for the record, I’m not receiving any incentive to blog about New Horizons Computer Learning Centers.  I’m merely a pleased client currently in career transition who wishes to share my experience with other job searchers.

Please share any other training resources you know about or success stories you may have about how job training enabled you to find employment.

Rose Waltz
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http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosewaltz

You’re Hired Success Story

Posted August 28, 2010 by rosewaltz
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One of the best pieces of advice I received while job hunting was to join job search networking groups.  My first thought when a friend mentioned this was how would meeting with a group of other unemployed people help me find employment?  I envisioned a massive pity party so I initially decided to pursue my job search on my own with the assistance of an outplacement consulting firm.  Still unemployed after more than three months and countless hours of applying for jobs through online job boards, I decided it was time to explore these groups.

My first meeting was with a group sponsored by the outplacement firm.  It consisted of a dozen people and served as a job search accountability group where we discussed our applications, interviews and activity each week.  These people became good friends and helped me keep my search focused.

My next meeting was at the Southlake Focus Group in Southlake, TX.  I walked into a room with over 300 people who all had the same goal in mind–employment.  This group consisted of people from many different vocations and was amazing.  I witnessed people lining up at the front to announce they got a job this week and relating their stories.  Other people were announcing the names of companies where they were seeking contacts to assist them with getting interviews.  For the next three months I attended weekly meetings and both gave and received job leads and motivational support.  I also obtained information about upcoming training sessions related to resume drafting and refining interview skills.  This is where I found out about Crossroads Bible Church Career Transition Network in Double Oak, TX.

Crossroads Career Transition Network proved to be the turning point in my job search.  This group was led by 7 recruiters who possessed a lot of knowledge about job searching and what employers are looking for.   They volunteered their time to provide a free one day class.  They provided a complete review of my resume and returned it covered with red marks and comments.  I listened to Dirk Spencer from PSI Protech Solutions talk about Resume Psychology.  He had a whole new take on designing a winning resume and I was intrigued by his suggestions.  During the next few days I incorporated major changes to my resume based on what I had learned.

I continued to attend the two job groups and was enjoying them so much I added a third group which focused on my job niche.  This group provided targeted job leads and connections related to human resources.

I was still trolling the online job boards but now I was applying with my new resume and following up my application by obtaining connections at the companies from the job clubs.  It was the combination of my revised resume, the connections that I made and thinking outside the box that led to landing my new position.

When I mentioned the name of the company I wanted to work for at Southlake Focus Group one of the members told me the head of human resources at that company was married to the owner of a local wine shop.  He suggested I take my resume to the wine shop and ask if the owner could help me get an interview at his wife’s company.  I thought this sounded pretty odd and was about to discard this suggestion when it occurred to me that while I might be embarrassed walking into a wine shop with my resume, that I didn’t have anything to lose.  I had been hearing for many months that I needed to think outside the box.

On my way home from the meeting I noticed a sign for the wine shop which I hadn’t paid any attention to before.  I’m allergic to alcohol and don’t drink.  I stopped at the wine shop but the owner was out so I spoke with the clerk and explained my mission.  She took my resume and I went home.

I knew the clerk gave my resume to the wine shop owner because the following day I received a call from a recruiter at the company where I wanted to work asking to schedule a telephone interview.  Over the next two weeks I had 7 in person interviews.  The final interview was with the Director of Human Resources who was the wine shop owner’s wife.

It turns out the company was looking for a Senior Benefits Analyst who could think outside the box.  The little wine shop maneuver got their attention and they hired me.

Rose Waltz                                                                         http://www.rosewaltz.com                                                                                                                                                                http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosewaltz

My Favorite Questions To Ask During A Job Interview

Posted July 20, 2009 by rosewaltz
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What are the primary selling points of working for __________ Company?  Note: if the interviewer can’t think of any you probably don’t want to work there.

Why did you decide to work at __________ Company?  Note:  This gives the interviewer an opportunity to talk about them and shows you have an interest in them.

How would you describe your ideal candidate for this position?  Note:  I always ask this question early in the interview so that I can stress any experience I have that matches their ideal candidate.  Since most job descriptions contain a lengthy list of skills and experience they are seeking this helps you know what to zero in on during the interview. This information is invaluable when you prepare your follow up e-mail or letter after the interview.

Why is this position available?  Note:  This could produce some very revealing information.

What would you like to see as the first three things someone new in this position will need to deal with?   Note:  This may elicit any problems in the department you’ll want to know about.

What are the short and long term goals of this position?  Note:  This will give you an idea as to whether they expect someone to be able to walk on water or simply do a great job.

What is the most important contribution you would expect of new hire during the first six months?

What metrics and measures will be used to measure success for this position?

Who would new hire report to and what is their management style?

How would you describe your company’s culture?

What tools and resources will be available to assist new hire in performing this role?

What type of in house training will be available to the new hire?

Will any employees report to this position?

What is turnover rate at ___________ Company?

Have there been any layoffs at ____________ Company during the past two years?

Knowing what you know so far about my skills, work experience and educational background is there any reason why you feel I would not be considered for this position?   Note:  I always ask this question at the end because it encourages the interviewer to explain any concerns they have about hiring you so that you can address them and reassure the interviewer that you are the right candidate for the job.

Rose Waltz                                                                         http://www.rosewaltz.com                                                                                                                                                                http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosewaltz

Favorite Job Search Websites

Posted July 11, 2009 by rosewaltz
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  1. http://www.tweetmyjobs.com/
    This is an awesome site for job seekers!  You just subscribe to job channels in whatever fields you are interested in and in whatever locations you desire.  You also set up twitter to follow tweetmyjobs.  Then you get e-mails listing new job openings. 
  2. http://www.smartbrief.com/industryjobs/
    Smart Brief Jobs are featured content in various industry newsletters. SmartBrief publishes co-branded, customized e-mail newsletters in partnership with leading trade associations and professional societies.  You may sign up to receive daily e-mail newsletters for free.
  3. http://www.linkedin.com
    Please read my last blog post for details about job searching on this site.
  4. http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en
    I suggest reading Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0 by Jay Conrad Levinson and David E. Perry for instructions on using Boolean search strings to find the most jobs.  Every job searcher needs to read this book.  It contains excellent advice you won’t find anywhere else.
  5. http://search4uinc.com/
  6. http://www.ggrweb.com/job.html
  7. http://www.linkup.com
  8. http://www.indeed.com
  9. http://www.simplyhired.com
  10. http://www.getthejob.com
  11. http://www.job-search-engine.com/
  12. http://www.theladders.com
  13. http://www.careerbuilder.com
  14. http://www.yahoohotjobs.com
  15. http://www.monster.com
  16. http://www.visualcv.com
    Once you set up a free visual cv on this site you can access the job search feature.
  17. http://www.usajobs.gov
  18. http://www.nationjob.com
  19. http://www.oodle.com/job/

 Niche Job Boards for Employee Benefits and HR Jobs:

  1. http://employeebenefitsjobs.com/jobs/by_date.stm
  2. http://jobs.shrm.org/c/search.cfm?site_id=1612
  3. http://www.ifebp.org/Resources/Jobs%20and%20Resumes/jobs/
  4. http://www.401kads.com/
  5. http://www.pensionsjobsboard.com/advanced_search.php
  6. http://www.peba.org/cgi-bin/jobline.asp
  7. http://www.swba.org/jobbank.htm

Best of luck in your job search!

Rose Waltz                                                                         http://www.rosewaltz.com                                                                                                                                                                http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosewaltz

Why I love searching for jobs on LinkedIn.

Posted June 20, 2009 by rosewaltz
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One of the best job search resources is: http://www.linkedin.com.

Go to “Jobs Home” and on the right side of screen it shows companies in your network and you will want to click on “see more”.  On the right side of screen where it says “modify search” look for the box marked “industry” and click on down arrow.  Choose an industry.  In the “limit search” box click the button for “all companies”.  In the “hiring” box check the box next to “only companies with jobs posted on LinkedIn”.  Then click on “search” in lower right side of screen. 

You will see a list of companies in the industry you selected and next to each one it will list the number of jobs available at that company.   Click on the number and details about that job will appear.  This is a simple and effective way to find companies in your field that have posted job openings.  It is much quicker than going to each company’s individual website to see if they have openings.  The first time I saw this I felt like a child in a candy shop.  For a job searcher, locating this information was like finding gold.

The LinkedIn Learning Center offers a ‘Job Seeker’ Users Guide that displays various tips to help you best utilize LinkedIn for your job search needs. Click on ‘Learning Center’ in the bottom navigation area of your home page. User Guides are found at the bottom left side of the Learning Center page along with other articles and video tutorials on how you can use LinkedIn to its fullest potential.

Select ‘Search Answers’ to the left of the LinkedIn Search box at the top of any page on the site. Search for a topic like ‘job search’ to read comments and advice from your fellow LinkedIn peers and experts. Find out what has works and doesn’t work for them.

Browse the LinkedIn Blog and its archives for articles, videos and success stories on how LinkedIn has helped others in their search for a new job or career.  Go to http://blog.linkedin.com/?s=job+search.

Select ‘Job Search’ to the left of the LinkedIn Search box at the top of any page on the site. Click on ‘Advanced’ to build searches that can help you find jobs posted exclusively on LinkedIn’s job board and other jobs posted out of the Web.

Utilize the JobsInsider feature included in the LinkedIn Toolbar. This will help you identify inside connections you already have that work for the companies that are hiring.

Job Search Tips

  1. Advanced Search Fields
  2. Keyword field – Enter any keywords to search on; the field at the top of the page searches the entire job listing.
  3. Location – Limit your search to jobs in a particular area or country.
  4. Experience Level – Limit your search only to jobs that require a certain level of experience.
  5. Search jobs posted – Limit your search only to jobs posted within a certain period of time.
  6. Job Title – Limit your searches to particular job titles only.
  7. Company – Limit your searches to jobs at a particular company.
  8. Job Function – Limit your searches to jobs with one or more primary job functions. Use ctrl-click on Windows, or cmd-click on the Macintosh to select more than one industry at a time.
  9. Industry – Limit your searches to jobs in one or more primary industries. Use ‘ctrl+click’ on Windows, or ‘cmd+click’ on the Macintosh to select more than one industry at a time.
  10. Sort Results by:
    1. Date posted – Show the most recently posted jobs first.
    2. Location – Show the jobs found in alphabetical order by location.
    3. Company – Show the jobs found in alphabetical order by company.
    4. Job Title – Show the jobs found in alphabetical order by title.
    5. Degrees away from you – Show jobs posted for companies in which you have the closest degree of connections first.
    6. Keyword Relevance – Show job postings weighted based on your keywords.

Special types of searches:

  1. “QUOTED” searches – If you would like to search for an exact phrase (for example: “product manager”) you can enclose the phrase in quotation marks.
  2. MINUS searches – If you would like to do a search but exclude a particular term, type that term with a – immediately before it (e.g.: -sales). Your search results will exclude any job containing that term.
  3. OR searches – If you would like to search for jobs which include just one of two or more terms (for example: Marketing OR Advertising) you can separate those terms with the upper-case word OR.
  4. AND searches – If you would like to search for jobs which include two terms (for example: finance AND director) you can separate those terms with the upper-case word AND. However, you don’t have to use AND – if you enter two terms (for example: finance director) it will assume that there is an AND between them.
  5. PARENTHETICAL searches – If you would like to do a complex search (for instance, finding advertising sales or marketing jobs) you can combine terms like this: marketing OR (advertising AND sales). This will find people who have marketing in their profiles, or have advertising AND sales in their descriptions.

There are many slideshare presentations about job searching on LinkedIn.   Slideshare is one of many applications featured on LinkedIn.  These presentations are free and contain excellent job search information.  Check out: http://www.slideshare.net/search/slideshow?q=+job+searching+on+Linkedin&submit=post&searchfrom=header&x=51&y=11.

Rose Waltz
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