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Improve Interview Listening SkillsEven before the age of digital distractions, people could only remember about 10% of what was said in a face-to-face conversation according to a 1987 study that remains a key gauge of conversational recall. Most people can think more than twice as fast as the average person talks, allowing the mind to easily wander. Sue Shellenbarger writes in the WSJ Work & Family section that it's possible to improve your listening skills and prescribes these steps to help you be more effective during a job interview.
- Clear your mind of distractions.
- Prepare a list of questions or topics you want to cover.
- Plan in advance to limit your time giving answers – be concise, but thorough.
- Drop assumptions that you already know what the interviewer will ask or say.
- Leave cell phones or other mobile devices in your car.
During the Interview
- Take notes to stay focused while listening.
- Paraphrase what you think the interviewer said and ask if you are on point.
- Ask clarifying questions to sharpen the focus of the conversation.
- Notice the interviewer’s body language and facial expressions as potential sources of meaning.
- Use pauses to reflect or draw out more information.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 8:51:42 AM by Chris Bilotta
Resist the Feeling Not to PersistThe duration of unemployment for job seekers 55 and over is 50.4 weeks, compared with 34.2 weeks for those under 55, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. With numbers like these, it's imperative that job seekers have a comprehensive plan that they execute consistently. Above all, it's critical to maintain a positive attitude as it likely means hearing "no" frequently before getting to the ultimate "YES."
Monday, October 14, 2013 - 10:43:07 AM by Chris Bilotta
Your Real JobIn revealing his secrets for climbing to the top, Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, cites a CEO who offered him valuable career advice. He said that job seeking is not something to do when necessary, rather it should be a continuing process. Your job is not your job; your job is to find a better job.
Monday, September 16, 2013 - 8:41:42 AM by Craig Toedtman
How Big is Your Job Search Market?Picture this: we were enjoying an after-dinner round-table with 4 1/2 to 60+ years represented, discussing numbers...yes, numbers - hundreds, thousands, millions. My definition of "google" being 1 followed by infinitive zeroes was quickly corrected to be 1 followed by 100 zeroes. I turned to Zachary, age 4 1/2 and asked "what's the biggest number you know?" His answer: infinity...it took a while to recover. Totally amazed at his answer, as I was expecting to hear millions or trillions or zillions...Infinity was his answer.
That conversation took me to today, and I think about the job market. I like to think the size of our potential job market is infinity; however, that is a bit staggering and probably not a good idea, since it would be easy to get lost. Thinking incrementally is the best approach - being realistic about what organizations are most appealing, will realize your potential contributions, and are approachable.
When moving forward incrementally, there could be thoughts that there are no more organizations to pursue. But that's where infinity comes to play. There are too many organizations to ever think there is not one that is the right one for you. The key in the Job Search is very similar to the age-old phrase "Think globally, act Locally." Keep positive by knowing that your market is infinitesimal, but take it one potential market at a time.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:02:53 AM by Craig Toedtman
Ditch. Dare. Do.William Arruda and Deb Dib have recently published an excellent array of strategies for those considering expanding their job search by touting their "personal brand." Ditch. Dare. Do. outlines 66 - yes, 66 ways to become, as they put it, "influential, indispensable, and incredibly happy at work." And, by the way, these tips don't only apply to the work place. As Dick Boles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute puts it, "'Brand' is just another word for what is unique about you." We are all unique - and the process of defining your brand - or uniqueness - goes a long way to preparing to launch an effective Job Search. JobMetrx.com can help you do that!
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