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How to Answer Tough Interview Questions

Posted June 13th, 2011 by Gail Geary.

Always answer interview questions from the employers perspective which means in a way that shows you as a positive individual.
For example, in answer to “Tell me your reason for leaving” you may be inclined to say that you were fired because you put people before paperwork.” This answer is dead honest and will kill the interview. However, if you say, ” I found that after 14 years with my company, I needed to re-energize my career, go back to school and seek new opportunities in the healthcare field.” you will receive a positive response from the interviewer.

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Leading Edge Job Search Strategies

Posted May 24th, 2011 by Gail Geary.

On Friday May the 13th, 2011, I spoke at the Ravinia Club in Atlanta on” Leading Edge Job Search Strategies”. The #1 Job Search Strategy is to be aware of  industry employment trends. National employment trends in April as reported on CNN and Indeed reported over 34% plus increases from April of last year in Transporation, Manufacturing, Media, IT, Healthcare, Construction and Accounting. Deeper research revealed that state by state employment trends  do not always track with national employment trends.  So how do you find the industries in your state that are hiring?

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Using Linked In to Land a Job

Posted August 2nd, 2010 by Gail Geary.

One of the best ways to land the job you want in tough economic times is by putting your professional profile on www.linkedin.com. Recruiters and prospective employers use www.linked in for their primary search application. You definitely need your profile to be complete with a complimentary and current photograph and all of your recommendations in place.
I review all of my clients’ profiles for completeness and ” positve written presence”. Also, I recommend that my clients attend a free linkedin seminar in person or online through the website to learn how to locate and leverage their contacts for referrals. And, You can included your linkedin url in your e-mail address.

I am interested in hearing how you have networked using linked in to get into the company of your choice.

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Is Entrepreneurship In Your DNA?

Posted June 22nd, 2010 by Gail Geary.

According to Scott Shane, economics professor at Case Western University, entepreneurial characteristics such as higher than average extroversion, openess to experience and even the capacity to be disagreeable(useful in negotiation) are inherited.

 In 2010 I have seen half of my clients embrace the entrpreneurial route, after discovering their passion and being disgusted with the current employment marketplace. 

From the standpoint of my own family, my brother and I became successful entrepreneurs despite having very conservative, cautious parents. In  our case we were rebelling against traditional ways. Maybe there is such a thing as DNA rebellion.

Do you think that  entrepreneurs are born or developed? What characteristics have you seen in those successfully self-employed?

GG

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The Birkman Career Assessment

Posted June 7th, 2010 by Gail Geary.

In my experience the Birkman Career Assessment is the most thorough and revealing career assessment for adults. Not only does it ultimately point you to multiple career possibilities, but also provides you  with Internet links which provide almost everything you need to know  about your career possibilities.

 Even if you  are not changing careers you will learn your strengths, needs,leadership style, and how to deal with your stress behavior.

When my clients have taken the Birkman Assessment I debrief it for them and rely on its contents to enhance the entire career transition process.

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How to Apply for Jobs Where You Appear Overqualified

Posted May 6th, 2010 by Gail Geary.

Although you may  have created an outstanding executive resume, this resume may not be suitable  for a job requiring less experience and less education. So what can you do?

My recommendation is that you create a second resume which  is not so overwhelming in terms of titles, accomplishments, and education and is a close match for the job you are applying for. I can see it being one page instead of two. One of my clients and I brainstormed solutions to this problem today and we came up with additional solutions. you may want to try an unconventional type of profile called a CV. It a narrative version of your professional history and is used most often in education and artistic fields.  Check this our at www.visualcv.com

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How to Comment on Blog Entries

Posted April 22nd, 2010 by Gail Geary.

Your comments are valuable to me! This article tells you how to register with my blog and contribute comments.
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How to Locate a Healthy, Hiring Employer

Posted April 14th, 2010 by Gail Geary.

When you are searching for a new job do your homework.  One of the easiest ways to determine if a company is hiring is to go to www.indeed.com. Indeed.com is a website consolidator and brings in the majority of job banks on the Internet.
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