Upcoming Job Fairs (Aug/Sep 2014)

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ATTN Military Job Seekers! Several job fairs and hiring events are coming up in the next few weeks. Find one in your area, save the date, then contact your local Employment Advisor to critique your resume and make sure you’re fully prepared to make a good impression.

 

 

AUGUST

Tuesday, August 5 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Columbia | Fort Jackson Military Community Career Fair
Solomon Center (Bldg. 6510), 5450 Strom Thurmond Blvd., Columbia, 29207
Open to all military personnel, military spouses, veterans, and DoD civilian employees.

Thursday, August 7 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Orangeburg | Truck Driver Hiring Event at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
3250 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg, 29118
At least 15 truck driving companies will be on site to interview and hire potential candidates. You do not need a CDL license to attend this event. Look for the trucks parked along the school’s main entrance; recruiters will be set up nearby. In case of inclement weather, recruiters will move to Building S (Admissions).

Tuesday, August 12 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Aiken | Aiken Job Fair at Aiken Technical College
Gymnasium (Bldg. 900), 2276 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Aiken, 29829
Sponsored by Aiken Technical College, SC Department of Social Services, SC JUMMP, Aiken SC Works, Goodwill Industries, Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, Aiken/Augusta Warrior Project and Operation Palmetto Employment. Dress for success, bring an updated resume, and come prepared to meet employers ready to hire!

Thursday, August 28 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Sumter | Operation Get a Job at Shaw AFB
Community Center, 524 Stuart Avenue, Shaw AFB, 29152

Thursday, August 28 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
West Columbia | VetSuccess on Campus presentation at Midlands Technical College
MTC Airport Campus, Academic Center (Room 143), 1260 Lexington Drive, W. Cola, 29170
OPE/SCNG Employment Services Program Manager Kyle Caldwell and Employment Advisor Clint Lasseter will speak about individual case management for military job seekers, job search tips, and resources available for service members and spouses of any branch + civilian employers who want to hire them.

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday, September 3 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Charlotte, NC | Charlotte Career Fair
Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 JM Kenes Drive, Charlotte, 28262

Monday, September 8 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Charlotte, NC | Charlotte Career Fair
Crowne Plaza Charlotte, 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, 28217

Wednesday, September 24 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Greenwood | Upper Savannah Job Fair at Greenwood Mall
420 SC Hwy 72, Greenwood, 29649

Stay up to date on the latest statewide job fairs and hiring events! Subscribe to OPE News on the home page of Operation Palmetto Employment, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@OPEJobs). For other local announcements, follow the SC Works partner in your area: @SCDEWinfo, @SCWORKSinfo, @SCWorksMidlands, @SCWorksPeeDee, @SCWorksUpstate, @SCWorks_LC, @UpperSCWorks, or @SCWorksWorklink.

How to Improve your Resume in 3 Easy Steps

Writing a resume is one of the things that many people dread. Their concept of resume writing comes from stale, outdated textbooks and English classes in high school and college. They have the myths of resume writing drilled into their head so deep that they are afraid to make any changes that break what they think are “the rules.”

Unfortunately, those same fears are the ones that get in the way and impede your resume from doing the job it is meant to do! The resume’s purpose is to get you the interview. If your resume has nothing in it that correlates with the job you want, you won’t even be in the running for the interview. Let’s fix that! Here are three steps to help you improve your resume and start generating interviews and job offers.

Step #1: Focus the resume

Drop the stodgy old-style objective that was always meaningless and me-focused anyway. Change it up with a specific banner or headline that clarifies your job target and expertise:

● Business Development Manager
● Global Senior Sales Executive
● Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner
● Senior Pastor
● Leadership Development and Sales Training Director

Or change it up with a main heading combined with subheadings of expertise:

● Product Management
● Business Analysis | Business Process Re-engineering

Step # 2: Define and showcase the keywords for the industry

● Keywords are the items that you need to match the hiring manager’s specifications. An easy way to find these is in the job description.
● Figure out your focus for the role you want the most. You can’t run a job search by applying to every job you might fill with the same resume. This is a huge problem for job seekers. They panic and don’t focus the job search. They use the same resume without altering it for multiple positions.
● Start with one resume with a specific set of key words. You can always do a “save as” and tailor your original resume for other positions.

Step #3: Define your value to the employer

● When you have not clarified for the employer what value you bring, you will not sell them on calling you for an interview.
● [As a job seeker, quiz yourself] on the accomplishment and stories that make you valuable to the employer.

Make your value shine in your resume so that you are the one they want. Combining a great resume with a companion LinkedIn profile and a job search strategy that uses networking and deep research into hidden job markets result in interviews. Preparing for those interviews is the next piece of the puzzle.

SOURCE: DesignResumes.com, via Undercover Recruiter

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Out of Work? Think Again.

get to workYou’ve lost your job – for whatever reason – and now you think of yourself as “out of work.” Don’t get stuck in that mindset! The truth is that you may be out of a paying job, but you’re not out of work (unless you’re retiring). Indeed, your work is just beginning. 

Welcome to your new job

You now have a new full-time job – to find a job. Your new title is Job Seeker, and your hours should be just like the hours you used to work at your former job.

The job search is hard and time-consuming. To be successful, it should be viewed as a job, and you should approach it like you would a project or problem incurred when you were employed.

Get up each day at the usual time. Put on clothes other than your pajamas or sweats. And get to work.

Spend time honing your resume

Part of your work now consists of rewriting your resume for EVERY position you want to go after. Your resume, and cover letter if you use one, should be customized for the specific job you see posted that you wish to apply to.

Read the job qualifications and requirements thoroughly. You will see keywords and phrases used, and those words and phrases should be in the description. If you haven’t done the things listed in the job posting requirements section, then you’re not qualified for that role – move on to the next one.

One more thing: keep a running list of the jobs you’re applying for and which version of your resume you used, and be sure to save all the versions of your resume. After all, if you get invited in for an interview, you will need to bring a resume, and you want to make sure it matches the one you used to apply.

Seem like a lot of work?

Well, it is. It’s part of your new full-time job of job hunting. And you’ve now got plenty of time to do it; about 40 hours per week to be precise.

READ MORE: How to Ensure Your Resume Gets Read By a Human [INFOGRAPHIC]

Research the hiring company and hiring manager

Part of your new job should be research.

Instead of just applying online to every job you see that you’re interested in, do some research on the company. Learn who the hiring managers are within the department this position falls under. Log in to LinkedIn and do an advanced people search to find the name of the person who would most likely be the hiring manager, find out what email format that company uses (I’ll show you how below), and then email your customized resume to that person as well as applying online.

To figure out the email format a company uses, try this. First, find out what the company URL really is – don’t assume you know! For example, Kraft Foods is kraftfoodsgroup.com, and Undercover Recruiter is actually theundercoverrecruiter.com. Then do this search:

(email or contact) “@companyurl.com”

(e.g. Editor “@theundercoverrecruiter.com”)

Sometimes you may have to go through multiple search page results to see an email address. Find the email format and then you can send an email to anyone in that company whose name you know!

Update LinkedIn

Like it or not, recruiters and human resources personnel are using LinkedIn as a primary candidate search tool. Your profile there should be as robust as your resume.

If your profile is missing information, part of your new job is to complete it and makes sure it represents you in a positive light, including the photo. And make sure you make it easy for a recruiter to contact you by including your email address in the Summary section of your profile.

If you don’t want to include your email, then you must be sure to check your LinkedIn inbox daily if not a few times each day.

READ MORE: How to Create the Perfect LinkedIn Profile [INFOGRAPHIC]

Use Indeed.com

Indeed.com is now the largest repository of job postings in the U.S. Get acquainted with it. Create an account (it’s free) and then set up an alert so you get a daily email listing newly posted jobs in your field. You can also create an account and then set up alerts on Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com.

Speed is important when applying for a job, so getting an alert when a new job is posted is very valuable.

Be quick to apply

Why is speed in applying important? An average of 250 people apply for every job posting (I’ve seen it as high as 500), and hiring managers tend to review resumes in the order they were received. They may find 3 or 4 acceptable candidates from the first 50 who applied, meaning they might stop right there and not read the other 200 resumes.

You might be the perfect candidate, but they won’t know it!

Network

Find out if there are professional associations or groups in your industry, join them and attend their events. Just joining won’t do you any good – you need to go out and meet people face to face. One of those meetings might uncover a job opening that hasn’t been advertised!

READ MORE: 3 Smart Networking Strategies To Use at Your Next Event

Sign up with staffing agencies

It doesn’t cost you anything but time to sign up with a variety of staffing agencies and since you’ve got time on your hands, there’s no reason not to. Do some Googling to find local staffing firms, especially those who specialize in what you do. Call them to find out their process for registering, and visit their web sites frequently to see new job postings.

Don’t balk at working a temporary (contract) job, as those often lead to full-time employment offers.

Take a work break

You’ll burn out if you spend every hour of every ‘work’ day focused on job hunting and networking. Instead, find a book to read, especially one that will give you additional knowledge in your job discipline. Take a class and learn something new and relevant to your career.

Just don’t view being unemployed as a vacation from work!

Source: TheUndercoverRecruiter.com

How to Land a Federal Job

federal flagYou’ve probably heard that federal agencies give some hiring preferences to veterans.

But did you know:

■ That some positions are awarded to vets noncompetitively — i.e., they’re not publicly listed for nonvets?

■ That résumés submitted to federal agencies should be different from those submitted to private-sector employers?

■ That if you ask, government agencies may give you important information related to a position that’s not included in a public job listing, which could give you a leg up on other applicants?

As a whole, the federal government represents one of the largest, most veteran-hungry job markets in the country. It’s also one of the most competitive — and unconventional.

To help you sort it out, Military Times quizzed hiring officials and advisers from many of the largest veteran employers in the federal government, as well as outside experts, for tips on how vets can land federal jobs.

They gave us advice covering every step of the process.

 

Before you separate

1. Start preparing early. With his retirement looming, Michael Cheshier, a master chief Navy counselor, applied for a civilian position with the service to lead its military support section, last October — more than three months before the first scheduled day on the job in February.

That sort of time frame is not unusual for federal jobs, which must abide by particular application processes and, as a result, typically take longer to hire a candidate.

2. Research your options. The “federal government” doesn’t function as one huge organization. It consists of many agencies, both large and small, sometimes stacked within other agencies and departments. The hiring procedures and accommodations for veterans can be similarly complicated.

But vets can use one site — fedshirevets.gov — to learn almost anything they’d want or need to know about getting a federal job. USAJobs.gov, the primary federal job search site, also has information and tools. Additionally, some agencies have their own sites, such as the Veterans Affairs Department’s vaforvets.va.gov, with more information for vet job seekers.

3. Network with your co-workers. If you’re contemplating a federal job within your current military branch or closely related to the work you’re already doing, “you may have the inside track,” said Greg Rinckey, a federal employment attorney and managing partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey.

For example, you may actually know the person who would decide whether to hire you as a civilian. Or you may be working alongside civilians in similar jobs who can offer specific advice on how to get the gig and the inside scoop on what the job is really like.

“Sit down with the civilian working in the office and say, ‘Hey, what are the pros and cons?’ ” Rinckey said.

4. Look for fed-focused TAP sessions. Under recent revisions to the Transition Assistance Program, TAP classes can include special modules and workshops focused on federal government work. They start with basic overviews that will help you determine if federal work is for you and delve into much greater detail for those who are interested.

5. Save up for interview clothes. After years of having Uncle Sam provide all the necessary dress uniforms, some vets might not think to stock their closets with interview-appropriate clothes when they transition out.

That was a jolt for Cheshire, who advises his fellow transitioning vets to start saving for this particular need well before getting out. “It’s expensive,” he said. “You’re going to pay a good amount to dress for success.”

Choosing your path

1. Think about the job you want, not just the agency. Many agencies will have jobs with similar roles and functions, which means more options to pick from, said Tim McManus, a vice president at the Partnership for Public Service.

For example, a vet who wants to do federal work helping other current and former service members can choose from among VA, the service branches, the Defense Department, the Labor Department, the Housing and Urban Development Department and others, said McManus, who added: “I would encourage vets to pursue their passions.”

2. Decide if you want to change direction. If you love what you’ve been doing in the military, that experience could translate into a better starting position with the feds. But if you got stuck with a military occupational specialty you didn’t like, the transition can be a great time for a course correction.

Hakeem Basheerud-Deen did just that. After nearly 25 years in the Air Force, he took a different approach in his federal career and ended up at the Office of Personnel Management — an agency he hadn’t even heard of before.

“Some of these programs … can give opportunities to change careers, open up new possibilities, and that’s what it was for me,” said Basheerud-Deen, now OPM’s director of veterans services.

3. Follow the money, not the crowd. Some agencies are seeing their budgets scaled back as Congress seeks to trim costs; others are facing new challenges and getting the funding to address them, McManus said. Your odds of getting a job will be better at the latter agencies — the ones whose profiles, and budgets, are growing.

That said, you may also improve your employment chances by seeking work at some of the more obscure federal departments that don’t get as much attention, or as many applications, as the ones you read about in headlines.

4. Talk to the agency’s vet hiring office. Most of the largest federal agencies have special offices dedicated just to helping and hiring vets, said Lawrence Wark, director of VA’s version of that office. Reach out to such offices for specific direction and advice early in your transition process. And it might not hurt if your name rings a bell when they’re thumbing through résumés later.

5. Consider your destination. Your chances of landing a federal job may improve if you’re willing to move to a federal hub, such as Washington, D.C., Cheshier said.

But some agencies and departments, such as those under the Justice Department, have a presence throughout the country, according to Trevor Norris, deputy director of human resources in that department’s Justice Management Division. That “provides an opportunity for vets to work close to home,” he said.

Writing your résumé

1. Use the USAJobs.gov résumé building tool. Federal agencies have different expectations for résumés than most other employers. But this tool can help applicants build résumés that meet those expectations in a simple, intuitive process, McManus said.

2. Go big. Private-sector companies typically expect a one-page résumé, maybe two if you’ve had a long, impressive career. But federal sector résumés “require a lot more detail,” said Daniel Hester, chief of the Staffing and Classification Branch in the Army’s Employment Policy Division.

The Justice Department’s Norris added that vets should give fuller descriptions of their duties and view the federal résumé as a chance to demonstrate good writing skills.

3. Drop the military jargon. This is the right approach even if you’re applying to an agency tied closely to the U.S. military. “There’s as good a chance as any that [the people looking at your résumé] have absolutely no military experience,” said VA’s Wark. List your skills, certifications and relevant experience in terms anyone can understand.

4. Have someone else look at your résumé. Colleagues, family, friends, veterans’ advocates within agencies — all may have useful input. Sometimes, even headhunters and job advisers in the private sector will offer such services to vets for free, Rinckey said. “They’ll move things around, and they’ll play with words … so that it flows better.”

5. Customize for particular jobs. Are you more likely to pay attention to an email written specifically for you or one that was clearly spammed out to the entire Internet? Federal agencies feel the same way about résumés.

Their job listings spell out, with key words and phrases, exactly what they want for particular openings. Experts advise tweaking your résumé for each opening you apply for, emphasizing the aspects of your education and experience that are relevant, downplaying those that are not and incorporating the listing’s key words and phrases into your résumé’s language.

Finding the openings

1. Search open listings. USAJobs.gov is the main hub to search open jobs across the federal government, and it allows you to find jobs by location, agency, job title, skill or keyword.

But don’t end your search there. Check out the websites of the particular agencies you’re interested in, and you could find more. For instance, Norris said agencies under the Justice Department occasionally have listings on their sites that don’t appear elsewhere.

2. Find noncompetitive listings for vets only. Federal agencies allow vets meeting particular requirements to go after some jobs before civilians can. Both VA and the Office of Personnel Management track such positions and have listings available. Officials with those agencies advise watching VA’s website and following OPM across social media channels to stay in the loop.

3. Let the feds find you. Upload the right résumé to the right place, and you could snag a federal job before anyone else knows it’s even open. When a job opens up at VA, Wark said, the agency often looks through the vet résumés it has on file, submitted through its website, to see if there are any great matches. Other agencies do likewise with résumés uploaded to USAJobs.gov. If your résumé has what they’re looking for, the feds may be contacting you about a job opening.

4. Don’t limit the search to your dream job. Getting that initial fed job often is more difficult than transferring from one federal job to another. So it might be best to go for a federal gig that isn’t quite what you want to do for the rest of your life, if it gets you closer to that job. “It’s much easier to fill a position laterally from within the federal government … than to go through the competitive process,” Wark said.

5. Try to find lots of jobs to apply for. “The best advice I can give is to start early and cast a wide net,” federal employment lawyer Rinckey said. There are many federal agencies to choose from and many other people trying to get those jobs. Odds are that you won’t snag the first position you try for.

Applying for positions

1. Ask for the position description documents. These are internal documents that federal agencies use to describe what they expect from particular positions. They are usually not included in job listings, Wark said, but they are subject to public records requests, and agencies will often hand them over if asked.

“It gives you more information about the job, and it allows you to create a résumé and submit a résumé that probably does a better job of fitting your experiences against the elements of that job,” he said.

2. Be careful to include everything a job listing requires. “There’s really no way to guarantee failure more quickly than to submit an incomplete package,” said Justice’s Norris. Applying for a federal job as a vet usually entails more than just a résumé. Paperwork establishing veteran status, additional documentation if you’re applying for a noncompetitive listing, job-specific questionnaires, school transcripts and other materials may be needed.

3. Be honest. Many federal jobs include questionnaires designed to determine an applicant’s experience level and how good a fit the person might be for the position. Vets shouldn’t sell themselves short, but they won’t do themselves any favors by indicating an experience level in the questionnaire that the résumé doesn’t back up.

Rinckey compared the importance of accuracy on such questionnaires to that of accuracy on security clearance applications. If hiring managers think the application is inflated, “right away, they move on to the next person.”

4. If you don’t get the job, ask why. Some job applicants make the same mistakes over and over and never realize what they’re doing wrong. If someone else is picked for a job that you thought you were perfect for, reach out to the contacts provided in the job listing and see if they’ll tell you why you fell short. “Gaining that feedback is helpful for the next time,” Wark said.

5. Vet preference doesn’t mean vet guarantee. The federal government goes out of its way to hire military veterans. This also means that a lot of veterans apply for federal jobs, in addition to the civilian population. Don’t expect a cakewalk.

“There are a lot of veterans leaving the military and they are looking for opportunities in the federal government,” said Cynthia Sepulveda, an Army human resources specialist. “They are competing against their fellow soldiers.”

SOURCE: Armytimes.com

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How to Perfect an Interview [Top 8 Ps]

Acing an interview is not an easy task. You’re trying to present yourself as the most desirable candidate and beat out all the rest. In addition to competing against a group of strangers, you also have to plead your case to a stranger. It seems the only known reliable factor of success is YOU. Luckily with upfront preparations, real-time performance and a killer follow-through you can come out on top.

Preparation

All it takes is a quick trip to Google to prepare for the inevitable portions of an interview. Role play with a friend the most frequently asked interview questions to practice your verbiage and composition. Just hearing yourself speak out loud can calm your nerves for the real thing.

Plan Backwards

Make a list and use backwards planning to ensure that you arrive on time. The fundamentals of backwards planning lie in starting at your end goal (arriving at the interview), estimating the length of the tasks in between and then, time lining each step out. So, for example, if your interview is at 11:45am you’ll want to arrive fifteen minutes early (11:30). You should also allow for 10 minutes to park (11:20) and it should take you forty-five minutes in heavy traffic to get there (10:35), so plan on heading to your car at 10:30am.

Be sure to call the building’s front desk prior to your interview and ask for any parking recommendations. And anytime you can perform a drive-by dry run, do it! When it comes to arriving late to an interview, there really are no excuses.

Posture

Your posture has an impact on people’s impression of you as it’s correlated to both confidence and being self-aware. Give yourself a posture check by rolling your shoulders back. Also, elongate your spine by picturing an imaginary string being tugged from the top of your head. In addition to great posture, equip your appearance with a clean smile, firm handshake and eye contact. Remember to nod during the speaker’s portion too, as a way to convey your active listening.

Positivity

Interviewing requires a certain level of finesse. While your past job may have been miserable and former bosses might have been nightmares- spare your interviewer from any negative feelings. Instead, stay positive by highlighting lessons learned and perspectives gained.

Performance

Do more than come equipped with your current resume. Come with a plan of attack for the position that you want. This will require some pre-interview research on your end, but the work will be worth it.

Interviewers are sure to be impressed by a candidate who takes the initiative to construct a plan of action for the desired position. Provide a bulleted one-page list detailing how you would tackle this job and highlight what unique attributes you would bring to the table, should the opportunity be extended.

Probe

Don’t get up from your chair until you ask a question that comments on the company’s culture. Again, pre-interview preparations are required. Do your research and know what the company values. Use your interview as a chance to showcase your knowledge and dive deeper.

In addition to learning about the company’s culture, it’s also a good idea to brush on the company’s history, the CEO’s background as well as the background of the hiring manager that will be interviewing you. The more initiative you can show and knowledge you can display, the better chance you’ll have of coming off as a qualified and prepared candidate

Postpone

As frustrating as it may be, postpone talks of salary negotiations and benefits. In the eyes of a hiring manager, these types of discussions should be held off until an offer has been extended or at least until the close of the second interview.

Postal

Send a clean, handwritten thank you note expressing your gratitude for your interviewer’s time and consideration. Keep it short, sweet and above all, timely. Consider already having the card and stamp ready, so that after the interview all you’ll have to do is properly address your letter and drop it in the mail.

How do you prepare for a perfect interview? Share your tips in the comments below!

Author: Kelly Gregorio writes about employment trends and workplace tips while working at Advantage Capital Funds, a small business loan provider. You can read her daily business blog here.

Source: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/8-perfect-interview/

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Making the First Impression Count: 5 Interviewing Tips for Introverts

Ten seconds: that might be all you have to make a strong first impression and secure the job you’re interviewing for. As an introvert, interviews might terrify you to start with, so all that emphasis on first impressions might make you want to feign sickness.

But don’t fear! You probably already know that being introverted doesn’t mean you’re antisocial or can’t perform at the highest level. It just means you need different types of social interactions and gain energy in different ways. Many people who perform in front of huge audiences are also introverts, and they can turn on the charm when the situation calls for it. With a little guidance, so can you:

1) Understand the Introvert’s Problems:

Introverts tend to be more humble and reserved in their interactions with people until they get to know them better. There’s nothing wrong with this in most social situations, but this isn’t a luxury you have during a job interview. This unique setting presents four common problems for everyone, but they can be especially daunting to introverts. The problems are:

  1. You are out of your comfort zone.

  2. You are not in control of the situation.

  3. You need to talk about yourself in glowing terms.

  4. There’s a lot on the line, so the fear of failure is even greater.

These concerns are best addressed by preparing well and focusing on the things you can control, rather than the things you can’t.

2) Check Your Appearance:

A tip about appearance may seem obvious, but you would be surprised by how many people show up to interviews looking disheveled and unkempt. Make sure your clothes are clean, pressed, and appropriate for the situation. Looking great will also make you feel more confident in the interview, so be sure to wear nice, yet comfortable, attire.

READ MORE: How to Dress for Your Job Interview

You also want to be aware of body language. This can be a big trouble spot for introverts. As you prepare for an interview, pay attention to how you stand and sit, where your eyes naturally go when someone is talking, whether or not you smile easily, and your posture.

READ MORE: How to Perfect Body Language for Your Job Interview

3) Prepare Your Mind:

It is especially important for introverts to prepare mentally. How much do you know about the company and position you’re applying for? Explore the company website and learn everything you can about the business as a whole. Having a firm grasp on the company, its stakeholders, and its future goals will allow you to speak more freely about the position. Before the interview, outline how you will contribute to the company and help meet its goals. This way, you can discuss directly how hiring you would ultimately benefit the company. Rehearsing these things can help you feel more comfortable answering questions and will show that you’ve spent time trying to truly understand the organization.

4) Get in the Right State:

Your “state” is how you feel and what attitude you project. To understand it more fully, do this exercise: First, sit down, hang your head low, and tell yourself you are unhappy. It feels appropriate, right? Now, stay in the same position, and say, “I feel wonderful!” That probably feels weird. Now stand up, take a deep breath, look to the sky, and shout, “I’m so sad and depressed!” I’m guessing that didn’t feel right, either. Smile, and then shout, “I feel great! I’m so happy!” It’s hard to feel sad on the inside with such positive external expressions; your physical state directly correlates to your mental state.

The problem is that it’s sometimes not as simple as deciding to change your state. We all have beliefs that can limit us and skeletons in our closets that hold us back emotionally or psychologically. If you feel like you’re struggling to project a confident state, find a person to help you evaluate these things and disarm your limiting beliefs.

One trick life coaches encourage is to have the person imagine he already has the job. How does that feel? What is life like? You can embrace those sensations and carry them with you into the interview, helping you take control and feel like a winner.

When you’re in the right state for an interview, you will smile naturally, hold your head high, put your shoulders back, and make lots of eye contact. Other things to remember are to shake hands firmly and look up while you think about an answer to a question, rather than letting your eyes fall to your lap. All of these actions communicate confidence.

5) Get to the “Bragging”:

By: Administrador Galeria UninterWhen you walk into an interview in the right state with confident body language, you make the most of those crucial 10 seconds. But then what? The first 10 seconds are important, but you still have an entire interview to get through. This is where you have to stay confident enough to talk about yourself in a flattering light.

Talking yourself up can be uncomfortable, but your interviewers can’t take days or even hours to get to know you. They want to know your strengths, and they want to know that you know your strengths. By demonstrating a firm understanding of yourself, you show them you grasp how you can best serve the company.

Interviewing well is a skill. Some people have that skill naturally and easily establish rapport with others the second they meet. Others have to work to develop that skill. As long as you prepare and showcase why you’re a valuable candidate, an employer will only take note of your strengths. And being an introvert just might be one of them.

Author: Rod Beau is a senior consultant at Rod Beau Coaching Mentoring and Consulting and has been an internationally sought-after education and management consultant and keynote speaker for over 25 years. His practical, real-world business experience and career has been in educational leadership, relocation consulting, and executive coaching.

SOURCE: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/interviewing-tips-introverts/

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What Resume Style Works Best For You?

One size fits all doesn’t apply to your resume. Did you know that your resume should probably be tweaked for every single job application? There are also several different types of resumes to consider. One style might be more effective than another for applying to certain companies or job positions.

Three HR recruiters at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (all former military, by the way) recently shared these and other valuable tips during a Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills Workshop for un/underemployed service and family members.

The top three resume styles include chronological, functional and targeted. This article explains the difference, and includes links to other tips and resources. Here’s a few other tips we learned from the hiring experts at BCBS:

·         Always include the month in your work experience date ranges, not just the year. Don’t leave it up to the hiring manager to guess.

·         Wondering how to answer that tricky salary range question? Check out GlassDoor.com.

·         Want to ace the interview? Practice your responses in advance with the STAR Technique.

Need help with your own resume? Interested in attending a future workshop? Want to make a smooth transition from military service to civilian employment? Send an email and let us know. We’re here to help!

 

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