How do you avoid getting a job offer rescinded?

1) Always advise your recruiter or potential employer if you may have any misdemeanors or other potential issues with your background check in ADVANCE

2) Always cross check your employment dates and only list months if required on your resume. If your months are off even slightly this can have your offer rescinded
3) If you started a job “temp” but it went perm, you would want to be sure to clarify what dates were temp and what dates were perm
4) Make sure any education listed on your resume is verifiable and/or that you can provide an authentic copy of your Degree or certificate that you have listed
5) DON’T LIE. This is a good catch all to avoid getting your offer rescinded and covers all of the above topics.
If you lie about anything, no matter how insignificant or small it may seem, an employer has every right to rescind your job offer.

What are employers looking for?

Can you do the job?

Do you have the right skills for the job?
Do you fit into the environment/culture of the company?
If you can effectively communicate that you can do the job and that you have the right skills and that you can fit in, then the job is yours. So why do most people not get hired?
What people often do in the interview is GIVE employers reasons not to hire them. The average person has the right skills and could do the job, but they share inappropriate information during the interview. Below are some examples of inappropriate things to discuss in an interview that will cause the employer to not want to hire you:
1) Sharing medical information, such as the fact that you were on a recent medical leave
2) Sharing information that is personal, such as the fact that your are divorced and going through a hard time
3) Sharing information that is covered under the federal discrimination laws (EEOC), such as information related to your age, race, sexual orientation etc…
4) Complaining about past employers and exhibiting a negative attitude about anything in general
5) Sharing confidential information about your past employer that is not meant for public knowledge
These are just a few examples of things you could discuss that would give employers a reason to NOT want to hire you.
Keep this in mind in your next interview and remember to use discretion!

Delivery makes the Difference

It is not what you say, as much as how you say it. This is very true, especially in interviews. Below are some examples of what people say in and interview versus, what they are trying to say:

What was said Example 1:
Interviewer: “Why did you leave your last job?”
Job Seeker: “The company closed.”
What could have been said to make more of an impact/what was meant:
Job Seeker: “I was at my last job over five years and loved everyone there, which is why I stayed as long as I did. Unfortunately, due to things slowing down, they had to restructure, but I am grateful for everything I learned there and look forward to applying it in my next position.”
What was said Example 2:
Interviewer: “Why should we want to hire you?”
Job Seeker: “I am hard working, detail oriented and organized.”
What could have been said to make more of an impact/what was meant:
Job Seeker: “I have spent over 10 years in the field and I love what I do. A few things that make me stand out are probably the fact that I am very detail oriented and organized. An example of where that proved useful in my most recent position was when we were working on a large project that didn’t have any structure. I took the lead on the project and implemented a new organizational system that help cut the time of the project in half.”
Above are just two examples of where job seekers can increase their ability to sell themselves in an interview through better delivery and communication. Almost everyone I have ever interviewed has at least one example of where they have been effective, but often they are not clear on how to deliver that information in an interview. 
It is not just what you say, it is how you say it!

The Art of Intentional Listening

Being able to actively listen is one thing, but having the ability to discern what the other person really wants is an art form. In today's competitive market, it is more important than ever to have a leg up on the competition. One way to make yourself stand out in an interview or network situation is to intentionally listen for what the other person wants or needs. If you are wondering how you can listen intentionally, then this article is for you.   

Most people listen to others through a filter. In fact, study after study has shown that people only listen effectively 25% of the time! People often only hear what they want to hear, and do not pay close enough attention to what is said, and more importantly, to what is not said. Imagine the last time you were having a conversation and your mind began to wander to what you had for breakfast or to the list of errands you had to run. People do not typically listen to what others have to say, rather, they are simply waiting for their turn to offer their opinion or ideas. The same is true for interviewing.


When you are in an interview, you are often wrapped up in trying to think of the next question the interviewer might ask you or perhaps how to convince them to hire you. Rarely do people listen for what the employer needs and how they can solve the employer's problem. If you can learn how to listen for the problems a company needs solved and then turn around and offer a solution, you will blow the competition away!


Below are 3 tips to help you become a more intentional listener:

 

1) Be present-Empty your mind and focus on what the other person is saying, rather then your next response. Be willing to focus all your attention on what the other person is saying. It can be draining to be present all of the time, but in the long run, it is worth it.

 

2) Think/Listen empathetically-Be sensitive to the other person's feelings and thoughts. Avoid using the word “but,” as it negates anything that was said prior. Focus on repeating back to the person what was said in a way that has the other person feel understood, such as “I can see why you would feel that way.”

 

3) Ask questions and offer insights-A great listener will want to make sure they understand the problem clearly. They will ask pertinent questions related to the conversation and will add ideas or insights to what the speaker has already said. This will give the speaker the experience of being heard.

 

Intentional listening takes hard work and focus. It can take an hour or a minute to hear what the other person is saying, that is up to you. If you take the time to work on your intentional listening skills, you will amazed at what you hear.

Why use Twitter in your job search?

What is Twitter, and why should I use it for my job search?

Twitter is a FREE social networking and micro-blogging service that allows people to communicate through 140 characters or less, otherwise known as their tweets. Twitter gives people a chance to network and communicate with millions of people world-wide. Some people use their tweets to share simple every day things such as where they are or what they are doing at that moment, however, job seekers are beginning to realize the value of utilizing Twitter in their job search. Below are the top 5 reasons you should be using Twitter to enhance your job search efforts:

1) Get up to the minute updates on hot jobs! A job seeker can now be alerted through Twitter the moment a hot new job is posted by getting on websites like www.tweetmyjobs.com, www.jobshouts.com, and/or by following recruiters at various agencies and companies.  

2) Each tweet is treated as its own individual web page by Google. This means that what you say on Twitter will automatically help raise your Google ranking (especially if you use your first and last name as your Twitter User name), so make what you say meaningful!

3) Be seen as an expert in your field. Are you transitioning into a new career or do you have less experience than your competition? If so, it has never been easier to establish yourself as an expert by tweeting about relevant topics in your field.

4) Get connected. 80% of jobs are found by word of mouth, and of the 80% of people who find jobs by word of mouth, a majority of those people find their jobs through acquaintances, not close friends!

5) Use your tweets to let others know about your job search. It is great to connect with a lot of people and to be seen as an expert in your field, but you also need to let your followers know what you are looking for. Communicate with your followers by asking them for introductions to particular companies, and offer your connections or knowledge as a resource in return!

Volunteer Experience

When you Volunteer, should you add your volunteer experience to your resume?

YES

There are two possible situations:

1) In the first situation, you may still be employed and be looking for another job. If the volunteer work you are doing while working is NOT in the field that you are looking to get into, then you do not need to list the volunteer work as a position on your resume. In that situation, your volunteer work can go at the bottom of your resume under accomplishments, hobbies, interests, groups, associations etc… If you are doing volunteer work in a field that you currently have no experience in, and are looking to transition into, then it is a good idea to to list your volunteer work as an actual position under your “Work Experience.”

2) In the second situation, you are unemployed and looking for a job. The longer you have been out of work, the more important it is to show something on your resume to explain what you have been doing since your last job. This could be temporary or contract work, or if you volunteer, you can list your volunteer experience as your most recent position. Employers like to see that you have been doing something since you got laid off.

It is important to note that when you list your volunteer work on your resume you should put (Volunteer) next to your experience so that there is no confusion!

Remember, volunteer work can be just as important as paid work, especially when you are learning new and valuable skills.

To list an address or not to list an address…

Yesterday I was speaking at a job seeker workshop and the question arose about whether or not one should list an address on their resume. My thoughts on this are that It depends on the situation. Some companies will require you to have an address, however, as wBurbank, there is a strong possibility that the company in Burbank will be reticent to bring you in for an interview. They might worry that you will get burned out from the commute and quit after a few months. The same is true for people who are relocating long distances. If a company can hire someone just as qualified as you, but the other person lives locally, chances are they will choose the person who lives closer rather than risk dealing with relocation costs and the chance that you might decide not to relocate after all.

It is also important to be careful about posting your resume on www.monster.com or www.careerbuilder.com with your home address. You never know who might find that information. For those candidates that do want to list their address or need to list their address for particular jobs, I always recommend getting a PO Box during the time that you are looking. Getting a PO Box can be a good way to avoid any unwanted solicitations. If you live out of area, you may want to consider leaving your address off your resume, getting a PO Box in the area you are relocating to, or finding out if you can use a friend’s address in the area you are looking to move to.

There is no right answer, but if you notice you are not getting interviews in locations that are further away, you may want to consider alternative options.

Failure is NOT an Option

Failure does not exist. There is only what works and what does not work. Edison said it best when he said “I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” When you redefine your definition of failure in a way that is empowering to you, you will be able to develop a new, more powerful relationship to your unfulfilled expectations. Remember, expectations are pre-made resentments.

For example, if you go into an interview and you prepare for hours rehearsing your answers over and over, yet you still get passed on, chances are you might wind up beating yourself up and thinking to yourself how unfair it is that you were not hired, or how you are not worth hiring. If instead, you look at this as a learning opportunity, you can create something very powerful. You could look at being passed on as a chance to grow yourself as an individual and as a potential employee. Take this opportunity of being passed on to evaluate what was missing in the interview that might have made a difference and ask yourself “Would I have been happy in this job?” Often times we sabotage an interview because we know intuitively the job is not what we want. Perhaps not being hired for that particular position is the best thing that could have happened. Look at what possibilities you can create out of NOT being the one who was chosen, and create an empowering context for your next interview.
Many people relate to failure as though failing means something is wrong with them, however, this perspective can be detrimental to one’s personal growth and development, as well as, to achieving one’s goals.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If you find you keep getting the same results that don’t work for you, then it is time for you to branch out and expand yourself in a whole new way. A great exercise that I often give my clients is called the “3 NOs.”
This exercise entails attempting to get 3 NOs from people about something that is important to you. Your objective is to get the person you are asking to say NO. Some of you reading this might cringe at the thought of hearing NO, and others might think that getting a NO is no big deal. Wherever you are at is perfect. The purpose of this exercise is to get present to your relationship to failure. By better understanding your relationship to failure and being able to be unstoppable in the face of hearing NO, you will learn to become fearless. A great example of practicing getting NOs is with dating. If you are someone who is single, I would encourage you to ask 3 complete strangers out on a date and be intentional in getting a NO from them. You might even be pleasantly surprised by a YES. The same goes for a job seeker. As a job seeker you can practice calling CEOs and HR Manager on Linkedin and asking for an interview. You might be surprised by the results you produce!

Attitude is EVERYTHING

If you do not have a CAN DO attitude, you cannot get the job. Of the 20 6 figure earners I have interviewed thus far, each has agreed on one thing: ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING!

What does this mean? It means that, if you go into an interview, and make it all about what the employer can offer you, they are not going to be interested. They want to know, what is in it for them if they hire you. The mistake many job seekers are making is not being flexible. It is important to realize that you first need to get hired and prove your worth before you can start making demands.

The second thing this means is that your attitude about your job search, and your current situation can directly impact how effective you are in finding a new position. There are numerous talented individuals on the job market right now, and yes it is very competitive. This, however, does not mean it is impossible to find a wonderful job.  Job seekers are being hired every day, and often in great positions. So you may be wondering what is it that they have that you don’t? They have a positive mental attitude and perseverance. Many of them may have also been looking for a job for months or years, but this did not hinder them in finding that perfect position.

I understand that in certain fields there my be less positions then in others. One such example would be real estate. If you are in one of these fields that is not hiring, I would encourage you to look at your situation as an opportunity rather then a problem. One six figure earner I recently interviewed explained that what has made him successful in his life and his career has been looking at every potential challenge as an opportunity. With great challenges come great growth opportunities.

Next time you are feeling frustrated or depressed about your job search or just in general, try to look for where there is an opportunity to grow in ways you could have never imagined before.

Facebook, Not Just for Friends!

When Facebook first came out, it was a great way to connect with old high school and college friends who you had lost touch with. Now that things have become more challenging with the economy, people are looking for new and innovative ways to find a job. One of these new ways to find a job is through using Facebook.

A concern that is often posed to me about utilizing Facebook in your job search is: “I do not want my friends or family to know I am looking.” The fact that you are looking for a job is nothing to be ashamed of. It is just what is so. You would probably be surprised how many of your old college and high school friends would be happy to help you in whatever way they can. In the last year, since things have gotten tough, people have been banding together in support of one another in ways we would have never thought possible.

It is important to realize, your friends are your resources. Ask them, using your status update, if they might have any leads for you or perhaps be able to introduce you to that special company you have been trying to get in the door with. Keep in mind that a majority of jobs are found through word of mouth, not through recruiters or job postings. Often times a company will ask for internal referrals first, and the people they are asking for those internal referrals from are your friends on Facebook!

*I would like to mention one caveat about using Facebook. If you are still employed, be careful about posting status updates regarding your job search. Even if you think your profile is private, your employer may know someone that has access to your profile and find out you are looking!

The next time you go onto Facebook to update your status, remember, it can be a useful tool in helping you to find your next job!