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The Survivors Club

The Survivors Club

Most unemployed people read books on resume writing, job search strategies, interviewing skills, etc. There is another book that should be on their reading list, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with the job search process.

Did you ever wondered why some people survive and others don’t? Why some stay calm and collected and others become highly stressed and unravel? How could some bounce back from adversity, while others collapse and surrender? Read more

10 Things Emotionally Resilient People Don’t Do

Emotional resilience is trendy, so read on. Basically, this means that if you are emotionally resilient, you can bounce back from most setbacks that life can throw at you. In times of stress, failure or even a natural disaster, your emotional resilience will be put to the test. The word ‘resilience’ comes from the Latin word ‘resilio’ which means to bounce back. Business people, social workers and school children can all benefit from this emotional fitness.

So, how emotionally fit are you? Let us look at what these people never do because they have a natural talent to cope with the stress of everyday living.

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6 Reasons Why Every Job Seeker Should Take a Sales Training Course, and 3 Reasons Why They Won’t

Just to make sure I don’t bury the lead on this article, if you are currently unemployed and struggling with the job search process, Frontline Learning is offering over 40 free e-learning courses including a comprehensive consultative sales training course with over 20 hours of online content. See the bottom of the article for more details.

 The three lowest points in my life coincided with being unemployed and looking for a new job. More than 20 years later there is one particular job interview that still disturbs me.  I remember knowing two things as the interview was winding up.  First,  I was pretty sure that I could do the job effectively.  Second,  I knew without a doubt I was not getting the job because the interview had gone so poorly.  Nothing I said seemed to be the “right” answer and every time I tried to clarify myself or re-explain,  it just got worse. Like the most horrible first date you can imagine where she doesn’t laugh at any of your jokes but you really,  really like her and so you try harder.  And she sees  your desperation. 

But instead of doing the decent human thing and least pretending to be mildly amused,  she gulps her wine and rolls her eyes and then giggles sarcastically when the waiter stops by to ask if we are enjoying our evening. Not that this has ever happened to me personally, but I’ve heard it can be a humiliating experience. Bottom line: being really great at your job doesn’t mean you are really great at finding a new job. Read more

4 Easy Steps For Creating A Targeted Resume

Targeted resumes (customized resumes) get interviews and get jobs. Would you use the same resume to apply for both a teaching position and an office job? You’d better not if you want a decent shot at getting an interview.

A customized resume is one that is tailored to a specific job. You’d start with your resume template and strategically customize it to feature the skills and accomplishments that best match the typical job description for the job you want.

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Avoid These Job Search “Landmines”

If you’re being honest, you can probably name a bad habit or two that impacts your personal life. But what about those not-so-great behaviors related to your job search?

We’ve identified four habits you might need to kick to put yourself at the front of the hiring line, and provide tips for overcoming these potential stumbling blocks. Read on to see if any of these following bad habits ring true: Read more

Strategies for Successful Interviewing

The job interview is a brief, but crucial, component of the employment process.  If you are thinking of re-entering the working world after a hiatus or starting to look for a new opportunity after a long tenure with your current firm, it’s wise to brush up on what to expect during an interview.

Especially if the position you’re interviewing for involves managing a large office and juggling numerous administrative responsibilities, the ability to present yourself well and inspire confidence is critical. By taking note of these key interview strategies, you can make the best possible impression and land the position you seek. Read more

You’ve Been Culled from the Herd. Now What?

You’ve Been Culled from the Herd. Now What?

So you’ve been canned. Fired. Layed off. Downsized. Whatever. You’ve been culled from the herd.

For some it happens abruptly with no advance warning. Others knew it was probably coming, the final painful step after months of waiting, wondering, worrying. But whether sudden or gradual, for most people the moment they lose their job ranks among the lowest points in their professional life. And for some it is the low point of their entire life. Read more

Didn’t Get the Job? You’ll Never Know Why.

Written by Lauren Weber for the Wall Street Journal.

You aced the interview, your resume sings, but in the end, you didn’t get the job. Chances are, you’ll never know why.

It is a painful conundrum of the job search process: Rejected candidates want to understand why they didn’t get hired, but employers, fearing discrimination complaints, keep silent. And those who do speak up offer little more than platitudes. Read more

The Unthinkable

If you are unemployed and looking for work in this tough, tough economy, you should have plenty of time to catch up on your reading. And you should add “The Unthinkable” to your reading list. This is a thinking person’s guide to survival. The work profiles many real-life disasters, and while your current employment situation may not be as dramatic or extreme, you can benefit from learning about the thoughts and actions of survivors. Read more

How to Handle Behavioral Interview Questions

Most interviewers have been coached to focus on behavioral interview questions designed to dig deeper and reveal more about the job candidate.žThe interviewer is typically looking for specific competencies, and asks (ideally, non-obvious) questions to assess those competencies (or lack thereof). “Tell me about a time when you were under pressure a great deal of pressure at work,” would be an example. You may think the interviewer is looking for insight into how you handle workplace stress, which may be true. But the interviewer may instead be looking for other things such as:

  • When under stress how effective are your problem solving skills?
  • Are you more frustrated by people, situations or systems?
  • Do you do you tend to blame others, or hold yourself primarily accountable?

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