Interview with Andrea Kay (Audio Snippet)

Last week, I had a recorded conversation with Andrea Kay, syndicated Career Columnist) and author of “This Is How To Get Your Next Job.” What I liked about our conversation was  her candor as she inserted solutions and a positive outlook while  sharing advice.  As part of our conversation, she gave advice about answering those out-of-the-box interview questions such as “What is Your Greatest Weakness?”

You can hear the entire conversation at The Voice of Job Seekers blog tomorrow! Find out how you can win a copy of  Andrea’s book, “This is How To Get Your Next Job!”

The Resume Objective Question

A reader recently pointed to me an article that they read on NBC Universal Life Goes Strong blog on how we should blow up the objective statement on résumés. When you read the article, it aligns closely with what I believe:

Leslie Ayres (@JobSearchGuru), The Real Job Guru, wrote the article, “The Resume Objective is Dead, So Why Are You Still Using It?” makes 3 points that are very true:

1) Objective statements are completely about the candidate

2) Companies also ditched the candidate because of it was all about the candidate

3) The competitiveness of candidates who say much more than, “… hire me and I’ll be more focused!”

Simply, objective statements don’t compete anymore. They don’t say enough about the candidate, nor doesn’t grab the reviewer’s attention. So what should we do?

For the answer go to The Voice of Job Seekers Blog!

Your Brain, The Most Important Job Seeking Tool

I wrote about the brain being the weapon of choice for job seeking efforts two years ago. I thought that the points then still transcends to know. We underestimate how powerful our brains are in discerning right from wrong, and what’s career fits our style of learning and thinking. It’s more important than your resume, a smooth 30-second introduction, or any other means of presenting yourself. Your brain is the central hub of all things you.

Essentially, your brain competes with your heart. A common example of this comes from my original posting two years ago:

The job posting says: Must have a Microsoft Office A+ certification
Your heart says: I’ve worked with Microsoft Office for 10 years now, I can do the job
Your BRAIN says: I haven’t used Office in 6 months since my position was tossed and I never had formal training.
The truth is: No certification, no interview

I hope you will read the rest of the article, and find some truth to follow.

Most Important Job Seeking Tool? Your Brain, not Your Resume

Who Benefits Most From An Informational Interview?

I was quoted in The Modesto Bee Worker Wise Blog on Sunday about Informational Interviews. It’s a great tool when you understand the dynamics of an informational interview.

You can position this business meeting with a Human Resource professional who wouldn’t mind sharing information about a position in for about 10 minutes. People who have experience success in setting up these meetings can get more than 10 minutes, especially if it’s a conversation (but not very casual).

You want information that will help position your resume and future interviews with any company. The benefit is the information, and a small possibility you will be invited to officially interview for a similar position.

I suggest 10 minutes because the HR person doesn’t have to schedule it  (most of the time). Here are some short tips that should help:

  1. Dress as if you would for an interview.
  2. Let the person know the nature of the questions. The agreement takes any potential tension out of the meeting.
  3. Don’t ask for the job. Be forthright with your intentions that you are looking for information.
  4. It’s okay to compare your experience to the required experience for the job.
  5. The key is conversational, and be likeable.
  6. Send a thank you note. Handwritten is better, mail it, and continue to set up other conversations like it.


Here’s the short article, but I included scenarios of what not to do:

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