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8 April, 2021 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Career Building, Career Management, Career Transition/Outplacement, Interviewing Skills
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Break Out of Your Boring Shell, Put Your Best Foot Forward

Posted April 8th, 2021 | Author: John G. Self
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“Remember, John, put Your best foot forward.”  My mother’s favorite encouraging words when I was in high school.  

Hi, I am John Self.  I am a career transition coach who specializes in helping managers and executives deliver killer interviews because this is where jobs are won or lost.

One of the most critical questions is the first one: “Tell us about yourself.”  Or, “Why do you want to work for us?”  Your answer, regardless of the question, should put your best foot forward. It should be compelling and engaging because it will set the tone for the balance of the interview. 

Last year, a new client came to me for help.  She was getting plenty of interviews but no offers. Good references, a solid record of accomplishment, but she could not close the deal.

Join me tomorrow. I am going to share with you her new answer to that all-important first question.  The answer that led to a killer job offer.

Like me, follow me and I will see you tomorrow with the answer.

If you are struggling with your job search, we are here to help. If you would like a free, no-obligation consult to help jump-start your job search, schedule some time with John Self. We are here to help.

© 2021 John Gregory Self

7 April, 2021 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Career Transition/Outplacement, Interviewing Skills, Job Search
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Don’t Panic! It’s Not Complicated: 3 Guidelines to Help You Prepare for Job Interviews

Posted April 7th, 2021 | Author: John G. Self

How the heck do you prepare for a job interview? 

It is impossible to know what questions you will be asked. 

I hear that a lot in my career coaching practice. Relax, it is not that complicated if you act on these three points:

  1. The average person will hold 12 jobs over a 32-year career, according to research. This equates to 30 to 50 interviews in a lifetime. Every time you are interviewed, make a list of the questions. You are going to hear the same questions over and over.
  2. Screening interviews focus on your experience and chronological career progression. Identify one or two accomplishments from each job. If there are employment gaps, be prepared with a succinct explanation.  If there is a question you hope they don’t ask, be prepared with your answer
  3. Look at the job summary.  That is your roadmap for issues the employer will want to explore. Make a list of questions you would ask if you were conducting the interview. That, too, can be a good guide for your preparation.

For a list of commonly asked questions, please email us at GuidingYourCareer@JohnGSelf.Com

© 2021 John Gregory Self

6 April, 2021 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Career Management, Career Transition/Outplacement, Interviewing Skills, Resume
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Out hustle the competition; Don’t Give Up

Posted April 6th, 2021 | Author: John G. Self

One of the worst feelings is losing your job and knowing that you did not have enough cash to pay the rent and buy food.

Companies are hiring now, but there is a massive backlog of people who lost their jobs at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown. But do not despair. There is good news and a pathway to success.

Here is a winning goal:  Don’t be like everyone else! Work harder and smarter.  

  1. First, acknowledge that hunting for a new job has dramatically changed. What worked in the past will not work today.
  2. Second, exploit market opportunities. Many of the millions who remain unemployed are uninformed of, or unwilling to adapt to, the new rules. This is excellent news for you. Now go out-hustle your competitors. Customize your resume, do your homework and prepare/rehearse for each interview.
  3. There will be rejection. Get back up and go again.  Do not give up.

Get a free resume review from a veteran recruiter with more than 25 years of global executive search experience. Schedule your time.

© 2021 John Gregory Self

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