“I wrote “The Ultimate Job-Seekers Guide” because I saw the challenges many job-seekers faced were of their own making – they had poor resumes, didn’t interview well and overall just didn’t have a process in place.
Out of the book, I developed a one-hour webinar
entitled “Resumes, Interviewing and the World of Work” (outline below). I have done it for Drexel University (where I got my MBA) alumni where it has been captured for their alumni website. I am scheduled to do it for Georgetown University on October 17th and am pursing doing so for Penn State and the University of Maryland (among others).
I am offering it to these alumni groups at no cost – my way of “paying back the system”… as well as marketing my book. If you think YOUR alumni group could benefit from such a webinar, either send me contact information ([email protected]) or let your alumni resource folks know it is available and to contact me.
“Resumes, Interviewing and the World of Work”
What will the participants take away?
- Some Absolutes You Need to Know About the World of Work.
- Resumes – The Key to Your Next Job – Better Get it Right! The “Dos and Don’ts” of resumes; 10 ways to guarantee that your resume will eliminate you from consideration!
- Interviewing – The Bridge Between You and Your Next Job. The right way and the wrong way to interview; the common mistakes candidates make.
Ray Wylie Hubbard is a great C&W singer songwriter – his best known song – “Up Against the Wall Red Neck Mother” – has been recorded by many, many others, but his song I like the best…and the one with a great personal message is “Mother Blues.
You can find versions of it on YouTube galore… it is well worth watching in concert….and it is definitely NOT mainstream country, but the last few lines are:
“And the days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, well – those are pretty good days”.
Words of wisdom for us all….
Every problem you will ever face has been faced by others, and their experiences can be roadmaps for you of what to do …and not do. A study of the success and failures of others, as captured in books about them, becomes the equivalent of a MBA in management.
I offer for your review a very well-written and most informative book by Colin Powell “It Worked For Me”. The story of the book is best told by Powell himself:
“I love stories. In the course of my career I gathered a number of them that mean a lot to me. Most come from my military life. I was in the military from age seventeen as an ROTC cadet until I was a retired GI at age fifty-six. Others came from my service as Secretary of State and as National Security Advisor. Yet others came to me as I wandered through life. In this book I want to share with you a selection of these stories as well as experiences that have stayed with me over the years.
Each one of them taught me something important about life and leadership. Some of the stories deal with serious aspects of my life, including some of the controversial issues I was involved in during my tenure as Secretary of State. There are also humorous stories from my life as well. I offer them to you for whatever use you may wish to make of them.
The first part of It Worked for Me explains my Thirteen Rules, which have been bouncing around since they were first published in Parade Magazine over twenty years ago. These are rules that I have gathered over the years and to which I’ve adhered in my career.
CLP’s Thirteen Rules:
- It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
- Get mad, then get over it.
- Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
- It can be done!
- Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
- Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
- You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
- Check small things.
- Share credit.
- Remain calm. Be kind.
- Have a vision. Be demanding.
- Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
The rest of the book focuses on everything from the importance of really knowing who you are and how to always be yourself to why I put an emphasis on knowing and taking care of others, especially those who are your followers. I go into my experience in the exploding digital realm that has reshaped the world and our lives. I talk about how to be a great manager and a great leader. I give no conclusions or recommendations, just my observations. The chapters are free-standing. You can read them straight through or jump in anywhere. Everyone has life lessons and stories. These are mine. All I can say is that they worked for me. –Colin Powell
If you are in the metropolitan Washington, DC area and have qualifications to work in the areas of :
- Administrative & Office/Clerical
Check out the website for NRI Staffing Resources – Washington’s premier staffing service. Established in 1967, NRI’s clients are the who’s who of metro DC.
If you are not in the metro DC area, check out the website for the American Staffing Association – www.americanstaffing.net
There you will find thousands of staffing services cross-referenced by geographic location and areas of specialization.
Either way – read Chapter 6 – “How to Best Use a Staffing Service Company/Headhunter”!
In Chapter 8: Interviewing – the Bridge Between You and Your Next Job, I talk extensively about the preparation process. Getting a job offer requires significant preparation to interview.
Here are some additional questions you need to be prepared to answer. Remember – success lies in the preparation. Just like the questions I detailed in the book, draft and then rehearse answers to these questions:
- “Describe the “culture” that existed at your last job.” Follow-up question: “If you were the boss, what would you have changed?”
- “How have your increased the efficiency of your group or department?”
- “What happened because you were there in your last job?”
- “What is the last book you read?” Follow-up question: “What did you get out of it?”…or “Tell me about it”
- “What was the most difficult aspect of your last job?”
- “What five words best describe you?”
- “When you wanted to make a suggestion or presentation to your boss about an idea you had, how did you prepare to do so?”
- “Assume a co-worker is doing something that negatively impacts how you do your work. How would you resolve this issue?”
- “How did you plan your workweek? What tools or processes did you use?”
- “Tell me how you solved a serious problem or issue.”
Finally – don’t be surprised if your interviewer gives you an assignment such as: “I would like you to do something for me. By tomorrow afternoon, please have sent me an email summarizing a story you read in today’s paper or heard on the evening news. One typewritten page max.”
These guidelines – and others – about how to get the job you want can be found in “The Ultimate Job-Seeker’s Guide”.
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