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When preparing for a job interview, the obvious thing to focus on is finding a way to confidently and articulately respond to the questions that you suspect will be asked.
However, as in any other conversation between people, there are other, unspoken questions that hiring managers and recruiters are asking themselves at the same time.
If you can get the answers to these questions right, you are well on your way to being successful with your application.
So, what are the questions that hiring managers ask themselves?
We’ve all had bad days at work.
Maybe a few people called in sick, leaving you with too much to do.
Maybe it’s a full moon and every second customer is cranky.
Maybe your boss was too hard on you for no apparent reason.
Maybe you’ve just had one of those days when you couldn’t get anything right.
The temptation is to think that every day is going to be like that.
When the farmer comes to choose the turkeys at Thanksgiving he looks across the barn and finds the most suitable for the dinner table.
The ones that sit there all day and don’t move very much, making their meat nice and tender.
The ones who spend more time at the trough, gorging themselves and getting fatter.
Perhaps even the grumpy ones who aren’t nice to the other turkeys, making them expendable.
The farmer chooses turkeys that have, without knowing it, prepared themselves to be eaten.
Similarly, when it’s time for a company to shed staff, someone will look across the office or factory and find the most suitable candidates.
As a professional resume writer, one of the important elements of our role is to sell the capabilities of our clients effectively.
With so much competition in the job market at the moment, it’s important that we find a way to positively promote our clients’ attributes so that they get more interviews and have an increased chance of success.
However, if you’re writing a resume for yourself, this can be a difficult process and it can be hard to put down on paper what your strengths are in a compelling way.
We often feel self-conscious and feel as though we are in danger of sounding arrogant if we are too extravagant in the language that we use to describe our capabilities, so there is a simple test that I use to measure the effectiveness of the resumes that we write.
I call it the “Best Friend Test.”
Do you go to work:
- because you have to earn a living?
- so that you don’t get fired?
- because you don’t know any different?
- just to get away from the kids?
- to pay off your massive debts?
- out of a sense of duty?
- because you’re counting down the days to retirement?
Or do you go to work: Read the rest of this entry »
Three university students with equivalent intelligence and backgrounds had appointments to see their career counsellor.
“What do you expect from your career?” the counsellor asked the first student.
“I’m a realist. The best I can hope for is to get a job, any job, and slog away for the next 40 years until I retire,” replied the first student.
“What do you expect from your career?” the counsellor asked the second student.
“I’m a realist. I think that I have the talent to find a reasonably fulfilling career and if I put my head down and work hard, I should be reasonably successful,” he replied.
“What do you expect from your career?” the counsellor asked the third student.
Every now and then, we meet or hear about people who are extraordinarily talented.
They may be extra smart, ultra athletic, ridiculously good-looking or even worse, all three.
Life seems to come easily to them and it can be tempting to look at them and assume that they will get all of the good things in life and leave the scraps the rest of us little battlers.
Alternatively, you may be one of the talented few and life was going smoothly, until one day you looked around and noticed that less naturally capable people were passing you by.
But it doesn’t have to be like that.
Talent doesn’t always win and here are four attributes that always beat talent:
There was a time when the safe and responsible career choice was to find a job in a large organisation.
The larger the better.
Preferably in banking, insurance, utilities or perhaps even the public service.
You had a job for life.
The work may have been largely anonymous and what you did wasn’t that important or life-changing, but if you went in every day, punched the clock and repeated the process for years and perhaps even decades, you were safe and received a steady paycheck.
Of course, there were the occasional renegades who worked for a fringe organisation or perhaps were even reckless enough to start their own business.
As a father of three young children, I’ve seen more than my fair share of finger paintings over the past few years.
Each of my kids is extremely proud of their artistic achievements and they are eager to show off their work.
Their little faces beam and their heads are held high as they describe the monster, castle, dinosaur or family portrait that is contained within their painting.
I hope that they never grow out of the feeling of pride that they get when they have the opportunity to display their unique skills.
I hope that they never stop aspiring to use their creativity to bring colour to the world.
My two boys, Hayden and Logan, love dinosaurs.
From the terrifying T-Rex, to the massive Brontosaurus, they love reading and learning more about them.
They are fascinated by all sorts of dinosaurs, make up stories about them and often ask questions about them, expecting that their wise old dad will have the answers.
Of course, the most popular question is, “Why did dinosaurs become extinct?”
My response generally is something along the lines of, “Because they couldn’t adapt and were unable to cope with changing conditions as effectively as other species.”