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Apr 24, 2017

Having a tough time explaining your fabulousness to your employer? Having difficulty getting promoted? Feeling unappreciated? Join career expert and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses the best way to get promoted quickly.

This issue is the same whether you’re not getting ahead in your organization or not hearing back from employers when you send out your resume!

You need some oomph behind the story of your career. It’s there! You’re just not telling it!

Yawner…

When it comes to career advancement and promotions, you already know to work hard, work smart, show up to work on time, smile and display that great attitude. Yawn. I won’t bore you with that…

You deserve the advanced course…

I’ll teach you something that will:

  • Give you perspective on what you've accomplished, show you how far you’ve advanced, and highlight how you’ve helped your teams, your companies, and the rest of the world. Aye. You did all that. Yes. You.
  • Provide a solid basis and data for you to conduct effective discussions with your current employer during your performance reviews, annual reviews, and promotion opportunities.
  • Show you what to populate on your resume (because Heaven knows how most of us struggle with this).

Who doesn’t love a journal?

Call it whatever you want—an employee journal, an employee diary, and so on. I’ve called it a Career Achievements Journal and you can grab the FREE DOWNLOAD here:

Career Achievements Journal: 14 Points that Make You Marketable, Get You Promoted, and Accelerate Your Career

For every project or major initiative you undertake, capture the following fourteen points. Do this for every major undertaking however and whenever it arises.

You might have a project last a day, a month, or a year. The length is unimportant as is whether you do your projects serially or simultaneously. Each project has it’s own list.

  1. Project Name: List all major projects and initiatives. They can be a daylong, monthlong, or yearlong initiative.
  2. Statistics: Identify anything quantifiable. This includes budget, timeframe, number of resources, number of customers, etc. Capture anything that shows magnitude and impact.
  3. Business Problem: Identify the high-level business problem you and your company are trying to overcome, improve, and so on.
  4. The Players: List everyone involved from stakeholders, contributors, key team members, units within your organization, partners, and vendors to customers or companies who are benefiting from your project.
  5. Solution: Identify how, at a high-level, you and your company solved the problem.
  6. Result/Outcome: Capture what happened as a result of the project implementation.
  7. Benefits: Capture the entities that benefited (employees, customers, partners, other units in the organization) as well as specifically how they benefited.
  8. Challenges: List the high-level challenges that surfaced during the project. There are the issues that arose as you were building your solution (as opposed to the high-level business problem you were addressing overall).
  9. Overcame Challenges: Identify how you overcame the challenges throughout the project.
  10. Hindsight: Identify what you would have done differently if you started the project knowing what you know now.
  11. Lessons Learned: Capture the high-level lessons you and your organization learned as a result of implementing the project.
  12. Your Development: Identify how you grew specifically. What can you do now that you couldn’t at the beginning of the project? What new skills do you have?
  13. Company Development: Identify how your company grew and improved. What can your company do now that it couldn’t at the beginning of the project?
  14. Victories: Reflect on the high-level victories you achieved over the course the project. Even if the project wasn’t implemented fully, still consider all the accomplishments along the way!!

You might be successful but…

You will never feel successful or happy if you don’t take the time to reflect on all you’ve accomplished.

It’s also extremely important for your personal and professional growth to take time to evaluate the lessons, benefits, and so on of your experiences. If you don’t, you’ll be prone to stagnation not to mention susceptible to repeating your mistakes!

Also, check out 8 Great Tips to Prove Your Value on Your Resume. It goes hand in hand with this lesson.

Make sure to grab the FREE DOWNLOAD. Get it here: Career Achievements Journal: 14 Points that Make You Marketable, Get You Promoted, and Accelerate Your Career

Now, go out and set the world on fire with all you’ve accomplished!

Like this episode? Please share it via social media and review it on iTunes! I can keep this blog and all future podcasts and videos ad-free and sponsor-free ONLY because you share my work! Please share or subscribe to my podcast and YouTube channel too!

Want more advanced material? Join the milewalk Academy and grab some of the free offerings that support the instruction in this post!

Have you seen my FREE Job Interviewing Webinar titled 3 Keys to Ace Any Job Interview? There are several available times this week. Attendees receive an awesome eBook titled How to Interview the Employer: 75 Questions to Ask Before You Take Any Job. Check it out!

 

Apr 7, 2017

Not getting callbacks from the employers when you send out your resume? Join career expert and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses 8 great tips to prove your value on your resume!

I could have titled this post 8 Great Tips to Prove Your Value to Your Employer

Before you non-job-seekers cut out me, this post very accurately could have been titled 8 Great Tips to Prove Your Value to Your Employer. So, stay tuned.

Let’s be honest. How many times do we need to remind our own employers of our awesomeness? I don't know about you, but I seem to need to remind my guy every day because he can't remember a thing.

What’s the problem?

Think about the problem. You're sending out your resume and employers aren’t calling you back. Ouch. [I’ve already explained why that is in How to Get Your Resume Noticed in 5 Seconds Guaranteed.]

Although recruiters are a funky bunch and review those resumes quickly, they do notice an impact player when they see one. So, how do we get you to SHOW you’re that impact player?

First, you need a great layout…

I’ve shot other videos on showing your fabulousness on your resume. (C’mon people. I can’t show you everything in one 10-minute video!)

It’ll be extremely helpful if you check out these little beauties so you know the best layout and so forth. Of course, there are FREE Templates and other things that will make you love me forever:

How to Build the Ultimate Professional Resume (Video, Instruction, and Template)

Immediately DOWNLOAD the FREE Ultimate Professional Resume Template here

This One Trick Will Make Your College Resume Stand Out (Video, Instruction, and Template)

Immediately DOWNLOAD the FREE Ultimate Collegiate Resume Template here

Second, I’ll give you TWO FREE courses if you can stump me…

I’m really confident I can improve your resume if you follow this video and spend a few moments considering these tips. Want to know how confident?

I will give you my Build Your Ultimate Professional Resume Course & Workshop plus any additional online training course you find on the milewalk Academy site—FOR FREE—if you can stump me. Details later.

C’mon buddy. Where are my 8 Tips?

Think about what employers care about. Who makes an impact in their organization? People who these things…

  1. Generate revenue. Employers love people who generate revenue. Do you generate revenue, profits, and acquire new customers? (Check the video for more commentary on this. I won’t say this again for everyone because I hate repeating myself. You get it.)
  1. Improve market and brand awareness. Hey marketing-type folks! Are you creating a better-known brand? Measure it any way you can. Is your company getting more inquiries or email addresses? Is your website traffic increasing due to content marketing? Google Analytics anyone?
  1. Customer attraction and leads. Inside sellers or anyone on the front end of sales can be opening doors. You might not be closing the deal for your company, but you’re filling your sales pipeline. Any lead generation works. Managing a booth at an industry fair? Are you collecting business cards or starting a customer or partnership relationship?
  1. Customer happiness. Service people can rejoice! Maybe you’re a call center operator and helping people who call in because your product or service is broken. You fix it. Voila! What are your customer satisfaction scores? What is your customer retention rate? What about renewals and renewal rate?
  1. Corporate growth and security. Let’s not forget the executives. Have you done anything related to supporting an Initial Public Offering, acquisition, divestiture, etc. Is your corporate and online security safer?
  1. Employee happiness. Human resources, recruiters, and all who manage employees can focus on happiness. What are those employee satisfaction scores? Are your employees staying? Is your attrition bad or is your tenure really, really great? Are your recruitment numbers good? Are they healthy? Are your people progressing through their careers and going through the ranks and staying with you because you offer such great opportunities?
  1. Cost reduction. Yeah baby!! Let’s save some money! Did you do anything to save your company money? That could be anything. It could be optimizing a system that makes you run more efficiently. It could be reducing expenses. Processes you do faster save money.
  1. Process efficiency. Optimize anything lately? I mean anything?!? Did you optimize a process that lets the rest of the employees do their job easier or faster? Maybe you're an accountant who figured out a way to reduce your company's month-end closing cycle from fifteen days to seven days. That saves money. It probably reduces mistakes too. All of that stuff is gold on a resume.

But, Andy, I don’t do those activities at work…

Sure you don’t. If you’re thinking there’s no way I can come up with something like this…

Are you a hostess? How many people do you care for and seat and service each night? Over the course of the year?

Are you a mail carrier? How many houses do you deliver the mail to? How many pounds of mail? How many square miles do you cover every single day, year in and year out?

Are you a mechanic? How many cars have you fixed within the last year?

Are you a project manager? What's the size of the project budget? Did you complete it on time? How many people did you manage? How many people did you coach? How many people did you mentor?

We could go all day, but I have a time limit and word count limit and your attention span limit.

Hey, you mentioned a contest or something…

Think about what I said. If you can’t figure out a way to improve your resume, head to the comments section (wherever you’re seeing this) and say…

“Hey, Andy, I’m a [insert title here/perhaps type of company too] and I do [insert what you do] and I can’t figure out how to quantity or show impact. What should I do?”

I’ll respond with advice. If I can’t figure out something for you to add, you can have my resume course & workshop for FREE and any other online training course in the milewalk Academy.

Tell me I don’t love you.

Want more resume help? For a ridiculously low investment and huge value, check out my resume course & workshop!

Like this episode? Please share it via social media and review it on iTunes! I can keep this blog and all future podcasts and videos ad-free and sponsor-free ONLY because you share my work! Please share or subscribe to my podcast and YouTube channel too!

Want more advanced material? Join the milewalk Academy and grab some of the free offerings that support the instruction in this post!

Have you seen my FREE Job Interviewing Webinar titled 3 Keys to Ace Any Job Interview? There are several available times this week. Attendees receive an awesome eBook titled How to Interview the Employer: 75 Questions to Ask Before You Take Any Job. Check it out!

Mar 14, 2017

Struggling to come up with a creative idea? Not sure how to improve your product, service, book, blog post, speech, or anything you’re working? Join career expert, motivator, and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses 3 easy ways to create something original!

But, it’s all been done before…NOT!

It’s getting harder and harder to create something original because there is more and more stuff being distributed, searched for, and copied on the Internet.

More people than ever are introducing their ideas to the world. How do you create something new and fresh especially when you think you don’t have a creative bone in your body?

Good news is you don’t need to be creative!

You just have to have an opinion. I know you have one of those even if you don’t express it.

Awareness and research are the keys…

Whenever I’m looking for new, fresh ways to create good content for you, there are three questions or thoughts I use.

I review a lot of material and read many books, online magazines, and so on. I do a lot of research. These are stimulants and give me ideas.

So, when I’m looking for new, fresh ways to create good content for you, there are three questions or thoughts I use.

Doesn’t everything great come in threes?

When I’m looking for new, fresh ways to create good content for you, there are three questions or thoughts I use.

  1. That is not true because…
  2. That is true, but…
  3. That is true, and…

Use these statements to add your own thoughts, ideas, and additions. Bam! It’s original because there’s only one you and you’ve just altered something.

The minute you add your own flavor to something, it’s an original. You are an original and therefore the transitive property lives on.

I don’t care if someone else thinks the same thing or said the same thing. Put your personality and twist on it. Besides, people need to hear stuff a billion times before they get it. Repetition breeds impression and all that.

Tell me something original. Go ahead! I dare ya!

Like this episode? Please share it via social media and review it on iTunes! I can keep this blog and all future podcasts and videos ad-free and sponsor-free ONLY because you share my work! Please share or subscribe to my podcast and YouTube channel too!

Want more advanced material? Join the milewalk Academy and grab some of the free offerings that support the instruction in this post!

Mar 7, 2017

Confused about how to use your few minutes with an employer at a job fair? Not sure how to make that unforgettable impression? Join career expert, motivator, and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses how to spend your 5 minutes at a job fair!

First, what not to do…

Before I dive into how I would spend my five minutes, let’s cover what not to do. It's the biggest mistake people make when they go to job fairs.

It’s the same issue I covered in The Number 1 Reason Why You Do Not Get Hired. It’s the same reason you don't get called back after a job fair.

It’s spending your time trying to get out everything there is to know about you, what you think are the highlights of your career (or studies), what you think are your best attributes, and what you think are your most desired skills.

Big mistake.

You spend too much time sharing and don’t know whether that’s what the employer needs to know!

How do you know what the employer seeks?

Try this…

Waltz up to the booth (or person or whoever looks like someone who knows what they’re doing), and say…

“Hi. My name’s Frankie Fabulous. I'd love to share a little bit about myself and learn about your company. Before I do that, could you tell me what you're looking for in an entry-level candidate?”

If you’re a professional…

“Hi. My name’s Susie Sensational. Could you tell me what the most important skills are in [insert whatever position it is you’re looking to attain]?”

Give them a minute or two to share that insight with you. They’ll go on with…

“Well, we're looking for somebody with this kind of background or these kind of skills or these kind of traits.”

You’ll hear a bunch of different stuff like detail-oriented, great communication skills, engineering students, so on and so forth.

Now, you’re a salesperson…

Collect the insight. Then, dive into your remaining 2-3 minutes with exactly how you match exactly what they’re looking for!

As soon as you leave, they’ll be thinking boy, that John Smith…he seemed to match exactly what we needed. We need to call him back.

A gold star…

Most booth people need to jot notes on your resume because they can’t possibly remember everyone.

As soon as you walk away, they scratch on your resume numbers or stars or whatever.

He’s a 2. She’s a 5. Give him a silver star. Give her a gold star. You get the picture.

And, you get a star from me for watching. Thanks!

Like this episode? Please share it via social media and review it on iTunes! I can keep this blog and all future podcasts and videos ad-free and sponsor-free ONLY because you share my work! Please share or subscribe to my podcast and YouTube channel too!

Want more advanced material? Join the milewalk Academy and grab some of the free offerings that support the instruction in this post!

Mar 2, 2017

Are you struggling to prepare your questions to ask an employer in a job interview? Not sure what to ask or how to ask it? Join career expert, motivator, and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses the most valuable question to ask in a job interview!

Before we get rolling, I want to express I understand many of you struggle with what questions to ask an employer as well as how to ask them.

This part of the interview—when you get to ask your questions—offers a great chance to sell yourself. It’s also the most important part of getting the information you need to make a great decision about whether the employer is a good for you.

Good vs. good for you!

There are a lot of questions you need to ask and several areas you need to investigate. Is the company a good company? Is it solid in general? Is it a good company for you?

Even though the company is a good company doesn’t mean it’s a good company for you! There are a lot of questions that go along with trying to figure this out.

All good things come in 3’s

When you ask your questions, you should keep these three goals in mind. Every question should be designed to:

  1. Sell yourself
  2. Get the information you need
  3. Get the information as quickly as possible

The faster you get the information the more time you have to get more information. The more information you have the more informed the decision. The more informed the decision, the better the decision. (Whew! That’s a lot of mores!)

A question is never just a question

There is a whole lot that goes into asking your questions, how to organize them, when to use the information and so on. I have an entire free webcast that covers these called 3 Keys to Ace Any Job Interview. See below for details. Go ahead and sign up. I dare ya.

You can protect yourself with your questions

One other aspect I’d like to add regarding why I think this is such a valuable question is it helps you overcome one of the biggest reasons you don’t get hired.

A month or so ago, I shot a video and made a blog post titled The Number 1 Reason Why You Do Not Get Hired. The number one reason you don't get hired is not because you lack qualifications. Chances are very good if you're interviewing you’re qualified.

It's the job candidates’ inability to map how their qualifications align to what the employer needs. Keep that in mind because there is a great chance you can made that misstep in the interview.

What is the question already?

The reason I think this question is a valuable one is because it helps you sell yourself, gets you great information quickly, AND helps you overcome that great obstacle in getting hired.

So, here it is…

“If you were to give me a job offer and I was to accept it, after one year on the job, what would you consider a success? What would success look like to you? Specifically, what will I have accomplished you would consider to be a success?"

Why is this an uber cool question?

This question gives you clarity regarding what the interviewer thinks success looks like.

Now, you can use that insight to reply how you would accomplish that or how your skills or capabilities align to accomplish that success!

You're speaking to exactly how you would to work toward that success and it’s what the interview wants and needs to know. Ultimately, interviewers need to answer, “Will this job candidate be successful in the role?”

Wait! There’s more!

Here's what else it does. If you ask that question to every single interviewer you might get a slightly different answer. At least now you know what that interviewer thinks success is.

Maybe you're interviewing with various people within the organization and they each have different goals or requirements. Now you can align your answers to how it affects that person and his or her interests. (Let's not worry just yet whether or not all their answers are consistent. That's something you can sort out later. The most important thing while you're in that particular interview is to get that interviewer to like you.)

The reason this question is so powerful is because it surfaces for you what each interviewer thinks success looks like. They make their decisions on what they think, not necessarily reality. This helps you overcome the disparity and makes sure they all want hire you—for whatever their reasons might be. :)

Free Live Job Interviewing Webcast: I’m offering a FREE LIVE WEBCAST titled 3 Keys to Ace Any Job Interview. It comes with great instruction and a nice workbook for note taking. Even more, I have an awesome giveaway when you attend. It’s an eBook titled How to Interview the Employer: 75 Great Questions to Ask Before You Take Any Job. There are several times available.

You can sign up here.

Like this episode? Please share it via social media and review it on iTunes! I can keep this blog and all future podcasts and videos ad-free and sponsor-free ONLY because you share my work! Please share or subscribe to my podcast and YouTube channel too!

Want more advanced material? Join the milewalk Academy!

Feb 20, 2017

Are you achieving all you can every day? Feeling like your days just get away from you? Do you look back and wonder where did the time go? Join career expert, motivator, and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses 7 simple habits to make every day productive!

Make sure to grab my handy booklet the Guide to Leading Fulfilled Days: 7 Simple Habits to Make Every Day Productive so you can easily record, reflect, plan, and make every day wildly successful!

Get it here:

https://milewalk.leadpages.co/leadbox/1433d9dc3f72a2%3A17fd80be1346dc/5761512987688960/

No skills or much time required…

I’ve got some great tips today. They’re an orderly set of tips and habits you can implement. The greatest part about these habits is they require no skills and very little time to put in place.

What happens between the time you wake up and the end of the year?

I want to bring you back about a year and a half ago. I wrote a blog post about my two morning tricks to eating the frog. That was about how you get your morning going. You can get off to a great start regardless of your morning routine. It’s all about your mindset.

Toward the end of last year, I did a video and a post about how to reflect your way to success. It was really designed help you look back at the end of each year, reflect on what you learned and what you accomplished. But, the special part about this process is—no matter you did during the year—you will feel great about yourself and all you have accomplished. Yes. It’s that bulletproof a technique. Check it out. (There’s even a great planner download.)

What happens in between your mornings and when you wake up toward the end of the year? You live each day!

How do you ensure you can look back at the end of each year and say, “Wow, what a great year (or great day or great week or great month)?” That’s what today’s session is all about!

The 7 Habits…

Here are seven simple habits to make every day productive.

The first two, in fact, start the night before.

1. Identify three goals you want to accomplish the next day?

Think in advance about what you want to accomplish. The most important aspect when identifying these goals is to make sure there’s an element of completeness.

You don’t want your goals to be goals such as “make progress on my project.” It’s too loose. Focus more on what you need to complete in step one of the project. If step one is too big to complete in one day, then identify the portion of step one.

Whatever it is, just make sure there is some conclusion you can draw and that there is an element of completeness to it.

Also, don’t have too many goals. If you have too many goals, you’ll be chasing too many rabbits and won’t catch any. You get the gist.

2. Schedule your entire calendar for the next day (the night before).

Schedule your day. I stress the word your day.

You will be far less likely to get interrupted by other people’s issues or other people’s requests if you’ve made your plan.

Never ever—I repeat never—check your morning email before your day is scheduled.

If you do that, you’re likely going to run amok and other people’s issues will interrupt your intentions. You won’t be able to work on the key projects or goals you identified.

Also, I recommend scheduling every single minute of your day. If you don’t know what you’re doing between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM, schedule “open time” or “buffer time” or “recovery time.”

That will give you a chance to catch up or handle unexpected issues that arise during the day.

3. Identify three things you’re grateful for as early in the morning as possible.

However you start your day, whatever morning routine is, be grateful. Be deliberately grateful.

I get up. Take care of my dogs. Go to the gym to exercise. I come home and meditate. I eat. That’s my routine.

Whether you just get up and take a shower or stretch and have a cup of coffee or dance or whatever, spend a moment to be grateful. It takes a mere minute to write down three things for which you are grateful.

It is physiologically impossible to be stressed and grateful at the same time. You’re giving yourself a chance to be stress-free even if it’s for mere seconds.

Put yourself in the right mindset.

There is another aspect to gratitude. You can be assured gratitude is a wonderful place where there is a force greater than you and greater than I that is always available to you in a positive way.

You will feel better and better things will happen to you and for you. It’s just a wonderful way to start your day.

4. Identify what you accomplished during the day.

After you work your day, write down what you actually achieved related to those three big goals.

Note how that positions you for tomorrow. This will help you plan tomorrow.

5. Consider your lessons of the day.

Write down a couple or three lessons you actually learned for that day.

It’s really, really important to take a few minutes to think about what transpired over the course of the day and what you actually learned.

What did you learn about yourself or your projects or the people you work or what to do or not to do?

If you don’t identify these lessons, you’re not going to feel accomplished and you’ll make the same mistakes.

6. Celebrate your victories.

Write down your three wins for the day.

Give yourself a little brag zone. It’s okay to say, “Wahoo, I accomplished goals one, two, and three!” or “I sold my first project!” or “Our marketing project is complete!”

It could be anything you feel great about accomplishing that day. Just make sure your celebrate something.

7. Identify three things you’re grateful for as late in the day as possible.

Repeat habit three. As late in the day as possible, and I stress as late in the day as reasonably possible, identify three more things you’re grateful for. Preferably, these will be three items from that day (but they don’t have to be).

Later in the day is best because if these are your last thoughts of the day you’ll have a better night’s sleep. You’ll go to sleep, wake up a lot more refreshed, and go into your next day in a much better frame of mind.

MORE GOODIES!

Grab my FREE download of the Guide to Leading Fulfilled Days: 7 Simple Habits to Make Every Day Productive and you’ll have a handy checklist of what to record, reflect on, and plan your day!

Like this episode? Please share it via social media and review it on iTunes! I can keep this blog and all future podcasts and videos ad-free and sponsor-free ONLY because you share my work! Please share or subscribe to my podcast and YouTube channel too!

Want more advanced material? Join the milewalk Academy and grab some of the free offerings that support the instruction in this post!

Thanks!

Andy

Feb 16, 2017

Are you frustrated when an employer asks you, "Why have you had so many job during your career?" or "Why can't you seem to stay at one job for any lengthy period of time?" Do you have difficulty coming up with a great response? Join career expert, motivator, and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses the best answer to the job hopper question!

Help is here!

I’ll tell you exactly how to answer those questions, but let’s first address what’s happening when an interviewer asks you these questions.

Realize no one is smart enough to take your responses from those particular questions and determine whether you’ll be a great employee in their company. It's just too great a leap to connect those dots.

Decisions you made years ago simply won’t help them understand how you're going to fit into their organization.

What’s the question you’re really being asked?

If you are interviewing, whether on the phone or in person, the employer has essentially granted on paper you are qualified for the job and deserving of their time!

The question they are truly asking is, “Why will it be different this time?”

The interviewer wants to know why are you going to make a good decision that sticks…so when you join their company you’ll be a good longstanding, successful employee.

That’s what they really want to know. That’s what they want to be assured of.

That’s the question you need to answer!

Turn multiple job hops into one issue you’ve resolved!

First, take responsibility and own your previous actions.

Second, turn “several” problems into one problem you can address quickly. That is, if you’ve had a handful of job hops, respond to all of them at once. Make it a universal issue you’ve now fixed. You can diffuse it all in one fell swoop.

Third, give your response with a smile and lots of positivity regarding why this will work going forward.

The answer…

“Ya know, you’re right. I do have a few (or a number of) job hops in my history.

I discovered very recently the reason I was having some trouble was due to a common issue. I wasn’t clear upfront regarding all the criteria I needed to be fulfilled in my job.

I did some self-reflection and thought deeply about everything I needed to make me happy in my work life. I hadn’t done that previously. But, now, I took the time. Performed the exercises and reflected.

This has put me in a much better position to evaluate whether any future job opportunity and company will be a great fit for me because I now have a much more complete list of the criteria I need. I have that clarity.

Previously, I wasn’t as skilled at getting the information I need from the employer, but I’m in a much better position now because I’ve gone through this reflection.

I understand specifically what I need to evaluate and how to evaluate it. Now, I’m more confident I can determine whether your company is a good one for me.”

Why this works…

First, you avoid the risk of dragging the conversation on by trying to take one job hop at a time.

When you do this, the interviewer thinks goodness. It's always something with her. It seems like a different issue every time or he's just like Pig Pen. He's got that cloud of rain over himself wherever he goes.

You’ve also shifted a negative question into a positive action you’ve taken!

There are exceptions, but the pattern is what’s important…

I realize people leave jobs for countless reasons. You could have an illness in the family. Your husband or wife could be getting transferred.

But, if you're getting asked the job hopper question, the interviewer is looking for the common pattern.

Take responsibility. Defuse it all at once. Speak positively about the action you've taken to overcome it and why it won't be an issue this time!

Need help with your resume to market yourself effectively. Check out my FREE Ultimate Professional Resume Template.

You can download it here and also check out my post How to Build the Ultimate Professional Resume.

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Jan 29, 2017

Have you wondered why your resume doesn’t get noticed? Are you curious regarding how a recruiter “examines” your resume? Interested in the job resume killers? Join career expert, motivator, and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses how to get your resume noticed in 5 seconds guaranteed!

How can you review 500,000 resumes? Honestly?

I’ve reviewed more than a half million resumes during my career. I bet you’re wondering how this is possible.

Combine decades of interviewing and hiring at a high velocity, coupled with a whopping no-thank-you to a great recession (where I reviewed an average of 1,500-2000 resumes per week for four years), and strong relationships with prominent outplacement companies who send me resumes by the thousands when they handle a large reduction in workforce for one of their clients, and, hey presto, there it is.

How long? 6 Seconds!?

Recruiters worth their salt can glance through your entire resume within six seconds, which means you’ve got five seconds to interrupt their mind-numbing, eye-glazing, white-noise-like key-stroking through an electronic pile that will make you start talking slowly no matter how much caffeine you’ve had.

Don’t believe me? I’m sharing my personal experience (more on this in a minute), but a number of job sites such as The Ladders (check out their eye-tracking story on how recruiters review resumes) indicate their survey says employers review your resume in six seconds. Ouch.

Why? Everyone’s busy and they have too many resumes to review.

How do you review the resume?

Click. Open. Big Thunderbolt Mac Screen!

Eye-Glance 1: Name please! My eyes go right for the top center. I want to see your name. Just your name. I don’t need 18 other credentials and letters (unless you’re a medical doctor, lawyer, or whatever). An address is nice too. I want to know your geography.

Eye-Glance 2: Then I look at the entire top half of the first of page of your resume—all at once. I’m looking for something specific (more later). I do not start reading the top half of the page. I’m filing away whether I want to come back to it later. If it has what I want, I’ll come back. If it doesn’t have what I want, I never go back to it.

Eye-Glance 3: Then I scramble down the left column of the first page. I’m looking for the companies you worked for. I’m much more interested in which companies you worked for than the positions you held. I want people who’ve played for Super Bowl-winning teams.

Eye-Glance 4: Then I look at the entire second page all at once. Yes. The entire page. If you have a third page, I’m upset because you didn’t respect my time.

Side note: If I can sum up my entire 28-year career in 26 words, you can summarize a 50-year career in two pages. If you think you can’t, you are mistaken.’

This entire eye-glancing escapade takes me no longer than six seconds.

How do you decide to keep reviewing the resume?

Now, I need to decide whether to delete the resume or whether to review it. I stress the word review because anyone who has time to read your entire resume has too much time on his or her hands.

Want to know what I’m looking for?

What’s the 5-second magic pill!

Why did you open this post? It was one of two reasons.

You either know and love me and thought omigawd, Andy has another amazing post and I just have to watch (listen or read). Otherwise, you had no clue who I was, but saw the headline telling you some dude promises you resume glory in five seconds.

I’m guessing the latter. Regardless of your reason, you need to interrupt the recruiter’s mind-numbing review process by giving her something she’ll love—right away. It’ll be your analogous “headline.”

She wants to know you’ll bring value to her organization.

The easiest way to do this is by encapsulating who you are professionally—in aggregate—and also highlighting your (likely three most) valuable contributions.

I suggest doing this in a Career Profile section at the very top followed immediately by a Career Highlights section immediately underneath.

I’ve already given you the exact formula and language in How to Build the Ultimate Professional Resume. I’ve also given you the templates whether you need a professional or collegiate resume.

Get your ultimate professional resume template with instruction here.

Get your ultimate collegiate resume template with instruction here.

The absolute DO NOTS as in NEVER EVER!

Don’t waste your most prime real estate at the top of your resume with…

An objective statement. Yuck. Double yuck. You are advertising what your objective, needs, or wants are. The employer wants to know what you can contribute. Tell them what you offer not what you want.

A bunch of skills: Ugh. Please, whatever you do, don’t list skills in a table or any other format that tells the employer you are a leader, project manager, hard-working, detail-oriented, energetic, so on and so forth and so boring. This takes up space sharing generic skills, which are technically your opinion of yourself. The employer wants facts. Give them facts. Caveat: you can identify skills in your career profile sparingly and according to the instruction I provided in How to Build the Ultimate Professional Resume.

An education section: Education is nice and should be toward the bottom of your resume if you’ve been working professionally for more than 24 hours. That’s right. You’re a pro now. Drop it down. Caveat: You are in a CV-type world where the studies, doctorates, and so forth are key. Caveat Part Deux: You’re a college student.

Coming soon! I’ll be running a webinar completely dedicated to writing the perfect resume. If you’re on my Tips for Work and Life® blog subscription, you’ll be notified!

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You can sign up here.

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Andy 

Jan 10, 2017

Have you wondered why you didn’t get hired even though you were perfect for the job? Join career expert, motivator, and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses the number 1 reason you did not get hired!

Mistake Alert

Most people think they get hired because of their qualifications. In doing so, they expend so much energy in the interview focusing on their experience before they know which parts of their experience and qualifications the employer is most interested in. At this point, you must be thinking whaaaaaa?

The Obvious

You are in a job interview of some kind. The employer, through its action of spending time to speak with you, thinks you’re qualified—on paper.

The Not-So-Obvious 

You actually get a job interview because of your qualifications. You get the job for three reasons, none of which are your qualifications.

Why Do You Get the Job?

Based on my observation from thousands of interviews between my clients (the hiring companies) and job candidates (prospective employees), I've concluded a candidate's attainment of the job is largely contingent on three often-undetectable success factors:

  • The candidate's ability to effectively articulate his or her qualifications and potential contributions (encoding)
  • The interviewer's ability to accurately interpret the candidate's qualifications (decoding)
  • The interviewer's capacity to remember the candidate (memory)

It all comes down to your ability to communicate how your qualifications match what the employer needs.

The Unfortunate Reality

The reality is you have a greater chance of failing the interview because of a misrepresentation or misinterpretation than you do a lack of qualification.

The 3-Step Fix 

  1. Keep the three reasons why you get hired in mind. Awareness and consciousness (of these issues) is key to success. Of course, general consciousness is too. J
  1. When asked an interview question, don’t rush to share your awesomeness unless you know which part of your awesomeness the interviewer and employer needs to know. (That is, it doesn’t matter if you’re fantastic. You need to connect the dots for the employer how your fabulousness matches what it needs!) Sometimes the job interviewer’s question is specific and he or she identifies clearly what’s needed. Other times, the interviewer is vague. Make sure to look before you leap.
  1. Ask a clarifying question (if need be) to zone in on exactly what information the interviewer needs to know to determine whether you are a great fit. This is especially helpful in the wake of the dreaded and horribly ineffective, “Please tell me about yourself,” question. (See Bonus Section for more.)

Bonus Section 

For junior and mid-level folks who often face the dreaded, “Please tell me about yourself,” question, your immediate response to ensure clarification should be: 

I’d love to tell you about myself. Can you let me know what part of my background would be most helpful for you to know so you can make a good determination regarding whether I’m a great fit for your company?

For senior-level folks, make sure to clarify what the employer considers the most important growth areas (units) within the company as well as what attributes, traits, capabilities, and skills are most important for its leaders.

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Free Live Webcast: I’m offering a FREE LIVE WEBCAST titled 3 Keys to Ace Any Job Interview. It comes with great instruction and a nice workbook for note taking. Even more, I have an awesome giveaway when you attend. It’s an eBook titled How to Interview the Employer: 75 Great Questions to Ask Before You Take Any Job. There are several times available.

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https://www.milewalkacademy.com/p/webcast-3-keys-to-ace-any-job-interview-registration

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Thanks,

Andy

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