Dear J.T. & Dale: When May came around last year, my wife was ill and I was worn out and felt that I needed some time to regroup, so I voluntarily resigned my position. Six months ago I was ready to look for something new but have been unable to find a position. I've had some interviews, but they have gotten me nowhere. I am thinking about doing a mock interview for help. Any advice would be welcomed. — ChrisDale: The job search process comes down to just three steps: Spotting openings, getting interviews and getting offers. The problem is that each step requires a different skill set. To wildly oversimplify, let's say the first stage is research/networking, the second is sales and the third is presentation skills. You are getting past the first two tests, Chris, so you just need to work on the third. That's where the mock interviews will be invaluable. No one would, say, sing the national anthem at a ballgame without rehearsing, but job searchers forget they have a lot of career notes to hit in an interview and need to rehearse them. J.T.: Ideally, the mock interview would be with a career counselor or someone who's done lots of hiring. He or she can tell you if you are promoting yourself properly. Times have changed. Employers are looking for talent that knows how to jump in and get things moving with little instruction. Everyone who's working is feeling overworked, so it's important to show how your years of experience will help. That's why it sounds like you might benefit from getting some help with your personal brand. You've got to tighten up your messaging and start to knock on the doors of people who absolutely use/need/demand what you are selling. How can employers use your expertise right now? Dale: Said another way, you don't sell your qualifications — those are in your resume, and they're what got you the interview — rather, when you get in front of the hiring manager, you demonstrate helpfulness, how you can be of immediate use. Practice that in mock interviews and let us know if the interviews turn around for you. Feel free to send questions to J.T. and Dale via e-mail at email@example.com or write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019.© 2012 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.Image Credit: Shutterstock
8 Ways You're Being SHUT OUT Of The Hiring Process
1-hour workshop to help job seekers figure out what's getting them tossed from the hiring process
September 28, 2022
Are you terrified of screwing up a job interview? Does the thought of writing a cover letter horrify you? Are you scared to network with others? What do you even say, anyway? If you're struggling to overcome your job search fears, this live event is for you.
We get it. Looking for work can be scary, especially if you’ve been at it for a long time and haven’t gotten any results.
Understanding which fears are getting in the way and how to overcome them will make all the difference. Sometimes you might not be aware of which obstacle is getting in the way of your goals. If you want to overcome these fears once and for all, we invite you to join us!
In this training, you’ll learn how to:
- Utilize strategies for coping with your job search fears
- Be confident in your job search—from writing your resume to networking
- Face your fears and move forward
Join our CEO, J.T. O'Donnell, and Director of Training Development & Coaching, Christina Burgio, for this live event on Wednesday, October 5th at 12 pm ET.
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