I have a really important interview coming up. What can I do to prepare beyond looking at their website? (TPOY011)

Everyone knows that research is important before an interview.  We need a good sense of what the organization and the area we are interviewing for do.  This microcast covers a simple 3-step preparation strategy that provides a strong foundation for a solid interview performance.

How can I do better in interviews? (TPOY010)

There are a number of things we can do to improve our performance in interviews.  This microcast spotlights our attitude.  The key is extending our focus beyond on our ability to do the job, to our enthusiasm for the job.

What is the best way to respond to an ad? (TPOY009)

Job ads and listings are the most visible feature of the job market and yet surveys tell us that about 25% of new hires get their jobs through ads.  Our goal then might be to spend 25% of our job campaign responding to ads.  This microcast goes through some techniques and strategies to make sure that 25% is well spent.

Why don’t I see more jobs I like in ads? (TPOY008)

You may have heard that less than a quarter of people get their jobs through ads or job listings.  You may wonder why the number is so small.

In this microcast we look at ads from the point of view of the person placing them.  In looking at why they are placed in the first place, we can adjust our strategy for the greatest return on our time invested.

I am letting my network know that I am available for any & all types of work. What else can I do? (TPOY007)

When we have many capabilities and are not sure where they might be in demand, it seems prudent to advertise our versatility and our flexibility. It turns out that this strategy can cause unintended consequences. This microcast covers ways to adapt the strategy using approaches that have been effective for others.

When people ask me what I have done, I draw a blank. What can I do to remember more of my accomplishments? (TPOY006)

Often when we try to remember our successes we cannot recall anything. In this microcast we explore how to recall those long forgotten accomplishments.

How can I talk about my experience without bragging? (TPOY005)

It can feel very uncomfortable to talk about how we have contributed at work. It feels conceited and seems to force us to be a person we do want to be. The fact is, there is not just one way to communicate our experience. This microcast explores three basic forms our communication can take: (1) Make a claim, (2) Share results, and (3) Tell a story.

How can I network when it turns me into someone I don’t like? (TPOY004)

Although many job seekers wish it were not so, statistics reinforce that networking is the most common way to land a job. What is not as well understood is what networking is. There are many types of networking which are ineffective or counterproductive and these give networking a bad name. There are basically three types of networking that have been proved effective and which you want to have in your job seeking toolkit     They are outlined in this episode.

What’s the best way to make my resume effective? (TPOY003)

A hiring manager, when considering our resume is looking for how we can add value. The best way to convey our value is to use the bullets of our resume to give examples of our accomplishments. The best examples illustrate WHAT we did and HOW we did it.

If a resume gets only a 10 second glance, how do we grab the reader’s attention? (TPOY002)

Surveys tell us that resumes get an first look of only ten seconds.  What if we can re-think the top of the resume so a reader will give it more time?  This microcast shows how introducing a Title and Key Accomplishments section can do that.