Posts Tagged “hiring”

According to Hire Right, a firm that specializes in employee back ground checks:

80% of all resumes are misleading
20% state fraudulent degrees
30% show altered employment dates
40% have inflated salary claims
30% have inaccurate job descriptions
27% give falsified references

These are sobering statistics. The playing field is not level. Those that chose the path of un-truths or who stretch the truth run the very real risk of being found out. Most employers have a clause on the application making you verify that what you are saying is the truth. And when you’re information is found to be untrue, they will fire you.

Make the most out of what you have done, but don’t feel you need to embellish to the point of lying. No job is worth that.

Can you think on your feet?

Posted by | February 8, 2012 | Interview Tools

The ability to “think and speak on your feet” is an important skill that often determines your success in job interviews. And once you land the job, many kinds of careers and occupations require this skill. To practice for your upcoming interviews try this exercise.

Print out this list of questions before you read through them. Cut them apart and put them in a jar. When you are ready to practice “thinking on your feet”, stand in front of a mirror, pull out a topic at random and talk to the mirror for two minutes about whatever is on the paper.

  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go first and why?
  • If you could have only 3 electrical appliances in your house, what would they be and why?
  • Why does glue not stick to the bottle?
  • What nocturnal animal would you be if you had to choose and why?
  • If Abe Lincoln and George Washington got into a fight who’d win?
  • If you had a snail that could magically grant wishes, what would you name it?
  • If you had the chance to go back in time for 24 hours, where and when would you go?
  • What’s your worst/best memory of high school and why?
  • What was your favorite pet you had as a child and why?
  • What is the most rewarding experience you have had and what made it so?
  • Who or what inspires you and why?
  • If you could travel back in time and meet yourself as a 10 year old kid what advice would you want to give him/her?
  • Who is your favorite super hero?
  • Which is your favorite cartoon character?

Now that you have practiced thinking on your feet, you are ready to answer specific interview questions. Check back soon, I will post a list of interview practice questions that you can do the same exercise with.

One of my Twitter followers is looking for a new job and lives in Arizona. Cathy wanted to know about  Career Centers.

The question is a great one. Career Centers can be a valuable resource when job hunting. Finding an agency that has the experience and connections is essential. And this applies if you are job searching in Arizona or any other state in the Union. Since Cathy wants to stay in Arizona (I live in NJ so I can’t  blame her for wanting to stay where its warm) she is searching for someone who knows the local economy, the local business and their needs. She is looking beyond just posting her resume on LinkedIn,  “spraying, then praying” as she sends out hundreds of resumes via online job offers, then praying she’ll hear from them.

My thanks to Cathy for getting me thinking about how people find jobs. Once you find out that most of the major newspapers now partner with Monster, you see that many people are looking at the same jobs on-line. Finding a local source with up-to-the minute listings gives anyone an edge.

In Arizona, I know that Valerie and staff at Accurate Placement offers such a service. Cathy can submit her resume to hundreds of job opportunities in Arizona via their website http://www.accurateplacement.com/ Although much of what Accurate Placement does is on-line, there are real people behind the website interested in helping people find jobs.

Once you find a good source for reviewing all open jobs, then the work really begins. There’s researching the companies, preparing for interviews and picking out what to wear. Then thank you cards to send, second interviews to prepare for and finally salary negotiations.

Remember, finding a job is a job! So use all the resources at your disposal to find the job of your dreams. Cathy is!

LAST WEEK

The Friday US Dept. of Labor October Report showed Non farm payrolls added 80,000 jobs. Unemployment remained at 9.0%. The Huffington Post reported that many people have exhausted their benefits and are no longer receiving assistance.
There is still a lot of political talk about jobs but is seems that both sides are using job creation against the other party instead of creating jobs for their constituents . I hope I will soon be proven wrong.

UPCOMING

Thursday will be New Jobless claims.The past 4 weeks have been flat around 406,000. Maybe there is a light after all?

This coming Friday is Veteran’s Day. Please say thank you to those who are serving. I know some people say “it’s their choice of a job”, but the demands are great and the sacrifice often is the same as our fire fighters and police officers here at home. I think all who serve deserve thanks.

I updated my OneStopJobsOnline Face Book page this week, check out the welcome video tab.

There are days when everything just seems to fall into place and others days where I just can’t seem to catch a break. What makes the difference? I get up from the same bed, eat the same breakfast, shower, shave and dress in the same manner. I drive to work along the same route and listen to the same news radio station. I park in the same parking spot at work and enter through the same door. Yet some days things go exceptionally well and other days it seem like I should have stayed in bed.

The same thing happens when  you are job hunting. What seems to work one day seems to be out of kilter the next. Why that happens may be summed up in two words; preparation and opportunity.

As an employee and manager, I find the next day goes best if I have made the time to organize myself the day before. When I have reviewed my day planner and noted what I have accomplished and what I need to do the next day, I am more prepared.

Doing this before I go to bed allows my sub-conscious mind to work on it overnight, developing answers to questions and getting everything in order. When I wake up, it’s all in place. I’ve done the preparation and all that is left is to put myself in the way of the opportunity.

The same holds true with a job search. Doing what is necessary each day, that is the preparation, will put you in the path of opportunity. Preparation means doing the research about the companies you are applying for. Preparation means having compelling, true, specific stories about how you have; increased profits, saved expenses or improved customer service at your current or previous jobs. Preparation includes rehearsing the interview, knowing what types of questions will be answered and practicing the answers. Preparation means tailoring each resume or application to the specific job, not just “spraying and praying”.

Doing what is necessary each day will put you in the place where your preparation intersects with your opportunity. And the result will be everything falling into place as you hear those magic words “you’re hired”.

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