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    Job Search Guide - Creating a Wow Factor in Your Job Search
by Mike Perry and Tim Muma - May, 2016
Finding a way to standout from the crowd has always been a key to landing a new job. With so much information and competitive options available, job seekers need to find ways to make employers say, "Wow!" Mike Perry, president of Szarka Financial, uses his decades of experience in hiring to give job seekers the inside scoop on what hits home with potential employers. He tells Tim Muma the specific areas hiring personnel look f...
 
    LJNRadio Shorts: Ron Swanson Interviews for a Job...and Shows Us How NOT to Act
by Ron Swanson and Tim Muma - Apr, 2016
You can find plenty of advice from experts about what you should say and do in a job interview, but the best teacher is often the one who shows you the wrong way to handle things. Go inside a mock interview with Ron Swanson, a man who says and does what he wants, regardless of the consequences. This is how NOT to act when interviewing for a job. Job Search Guide covers all facets of the process from strategies for cover let...
 
    Job Search Guide - Can You Tell Us About a Mistake You Made and How You Overcame It?
by Barry Drexler and Tim Muma - Apr, 2016
There are a number of interview questions job seekers mention as being difficult ones to answer. One of those likely to emerge is, "Can you tell us about a time you made a mistake and how you overcame it?" The Expert Interview Coach, Barry Drexler, tackles this question and gives the listeners insight into the real purpose of this type of inquiry. He also explains to Tim Muma how the candidate should approach the question, inc...
 
    Moving Up the Ladder - Myth vs. Reality: The Job Interview
by Mike Perry and Tim Muma - Feb, 2016
The interview starts long before you meet face-to-face with the hiring manager, and it doesn't end until a deal is reached...or you find out you're not the chosen one. Mike Perry, president of Szarka Financial, brings us his unmatched experience with interviews, letting us know which thoughts and ideas ring true - or false - when selling yourself one last time. Mike gives Tim Muma detailed examples of what will work for you wh...
 
  Your Top Priority In The Interview: Hint - It's not getting the offer
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Success is measured by your results. You’ve had this ingrained in you:. It follows that if you didn’t get an offer after your interview, you failed. Your self-esteem takes a hit and maybe even depression sets in. “Nobody wants me.” You make all about you. You all have heard about how much a “bad hire” costs the company. Well it costs you as well. Your zeal to get the offer by overselling yourself with the “right answe...
 
  10 Surefire Ways To Blow An Interview
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Interviews: They’re all about pressing the flesh or running for office, or a first date. You are talking to a complete stranger. Sweat comes out of glands you didn’t know you had. Relax: It’s probably easier to just blow them off. If you want to know how to “blow” an interview, be sure to take any or all of the following actions: » Don’t prepare. Your intention to be spontaneous is important. Let them talk about thei...
 
  Job Search: What's Your ROI Message?
by Georgia Adamson - May, 2016
No employer is going to hire you because you’re a good person–likable, presentable, etc. Not even if you really need a job, sad to say. You’ll have to do better than that if you want to land the new job you’re after. What you need to consider is why the prospective employer should care, why they would think you could be the answer they’re looking for. That’s it, pure and simple. Of course, it’s really not quite that simple....
 
  Interview Questions You Should Always Be Prepared to Answer
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2016
Interview preparation is hard work. You need to practice your STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) responses. You have to vet out possible behavioral questions and craft compelling responses to them. You must ensure that your image reflects your professionalism—your shirt must be ironed, and your shoes must be polished! Be sure that you are focusing your efforts in the right area, by narrowing in on what the interviewer...
 
  Time to Retire the "Elevator Speech" For Job Seekers
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Time to retire the term “elevator speech” from the job seekers lexicon. Does it really work for job seekers? Isn’t a “speech” about 30 or 40 minutes? Most elevators are very short rides here in California. So what is the standard definition? From Wikipedia: “An elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short summary used to quickly and simply defines a person, profession, product, service, organization or event...
 
  Ask Deb: Preparing Recent Grads For The Workforce
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2016
I recently interviewed four candidates for an entry-level position on my team. One thing that is absolutely clear at the end of this experience is that college career centers are giving their students bad, outdated advice! All four of these young people had objective statements on their resumes, and presented themselves in the same bland manner. They talked about their academic achievements, and how great they were, but they n...
 
  Unethical Employers - Deceptive Practices
by Georgia Adamson - May, 2016
Ever had a company hire you for a job that sounded just right for you–and turned out to be all wrong? It’s possible you didn’t do enough due diligence ahead of time, but on many occasions the fact is that the company was simply unethical in its approach to hiring. Unfortunately, you didn’t find that out until you went to work there. Unethical Hiring Approaches & Deceptive Practices Some common elements seem to be part of...
 
  4 Things You Should Know About References
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2016
I field many questions about professional references, and there is an abundance of both misunderstanding and erroneous information out there. I want to dispel the many myths that there are, so here are the top four things you should know about references. •They can say anything: Many people tell me that their former employer will only verify dates of employment and previous titles. That may very well be the employer’s form...
 
  You Didn't Get The Job - Here Are 5 Reasons Why
by Louise Garver - May, 2016
You didn’t get the job. All factors point to you being the perfect candidate for the job too, which can be the most angering of the job-search process. You have the right experience, exude leadership talent, possess above-average interview skills—but you didn’t get the job. It’s likely that even if you ask the recruiter or interviewer you won’t get an entirely truthful answer as to why you weren’t their top choice. Here...
 
  Why Is My Resume Not Working? 2 Words!
by Jean Cummings - May, 2016
It's been a long time since anything's been simple about executive resumes. People ask questions such as: should my resume be two pages or one, can you have three or more pages, how should it look, can I have a functional resume? And people ask: why I am not getting called back, why aren't recruiters contacting me, why have I been looking for months with no luck? Well, the simple answer to all these questions is, drum roll...
 
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