[caption id="attachment_22846" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]Timothy Houston’s recent article in Insight News talks about getting in the way. What a humble, yet potent concept. He says, “Sometimes you have to find a way to get in the way.” And he suggests we can do this as we “speak, march, stand, write or vote.” Houston’s is a wide angle view, a long range plan to solve age-old problems in our homes, workplaces, and communities. It’s a plan that just might work.
[caption id="attachment_22401" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]Unfortunately, Dane missed out on a job offer this week after what he thought was a pretty good phone interview. Said the manager, “Overall good background, mostly relevant to what we are seeking.” So far, so good. His background made him right for the job; that wasn’t the obstacle.
[caption id="attachment_22326" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]Does anyone write thank you notes anymore? Yes, they do. They don’t often lick a stamp or seal the envelope with wax, but most people do still take the time to say “Thank you” to those who do something nice for them.
[caption id="attachment_22261" align="alignleft"]jobsearch.about.com[/caption]Tiana sent a worried message. She asked,, “I just read that no one puts an objective at the top of the resume anymore. They said, ‘Dude, seriously, this isn’t 1992.’ I have one there. Why would that be bad?”
[caption id="attachment_22199" align="alignleft"]PhotoXpress[/caption]“We’d like to interview with you,” is music to every job seeker’s ears. Landing the interview is definitely a major step forward in a job search. Now, how to make the most of it? Here are a few tips to help prepare for the conversation:
[caption id="attachment_22121" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]Member of a Board of Directors. It’s on my bucket list. I have served on Boards for non-profits in the past and appreciate having had that opportunity. But not being on a Board now, well, I’m getting itchy. I want to return to the table. I want to confer with other experienced, intelligent and witty professionals. I want to participate on committees and reach consensus on critical issues. I want to make motions that influence an organization and the people it serves.
[caption id="attachment_22041" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]Suzan asks, “As a member of the older set of job seekers, I’m striving to look younger but the more important positions I have held were back in the 90’s. Is it important to list that experience or should I just cut back to my last 4 jobs?”
[caption id="attachment_21978" align="alignleft"]Can Stock Photo[/caption]My friend Kathy sent out an email to software engineers, programmers and other technical types about a technology that doesn’t really work, but everyone kind of puts up with it, developing workarounds and occasionally swearing under their breath. She asked, “Why can’t we do better?” and added, “Opportunity can be found in areas where everyone else has just shrugged their shoulders and said, Oh well, that’s just the way it is.”
[caption id="attachment_21890" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]Succeeding in sales is as easy as falling off a log. If the log is located in the lobby of your best prospect and if falling off of it gets you the attention you need to make a sale. Successful salespeople make it look easy; the truth is, the most successful salespeople work really, really hard to get there. And the best of the best work smart, as well. Big Billers know that making a sale isn’t about sales at all; it’s about knowing what your customer needs and providing the appropriate solution when it’s needed.