Denver Résumé Writer in Denver Colorado
 
Just went through an hour of interviewing suggestions with an impressive young lady. Linda, I'll call her. A seriously qualified administrator. 

Linda is a single mother who felt she had stalled in her career. So, she took the plunge and decided to go back to school. Just now she is finishing her full degree and looking to reach out for that next level in her career. Understandably she was a little shy on the confidence scale.

Well, after we developed her résumé, pulled all her abilities, achievements, skills, strengths and qualifications together.... aka, her value, she began to see all the merit she had and how able she was and what she had to offer a company.  Her eyes gleamed. Confidence overcame her.

I asked her what she intended to do with her new résumé.

After some silence, her answer was less than positive.

She wasn't lacking confidence with her résumé. She knew it would bring her interviews. But her concern was with how well she would do in an interview. She had no idea how to approach it. Lingering questions: what to say, how prepare, how to approach certain situations. Nervousness, attitude, how to make a good impression, compensation, benefits and even how to close the deal were issues. The nerves were her biggest concern. 

So, we sat down and went over ten suggestions. After several cups of coffee, a little role playing, definite dos and a few don'ts, Linda is looking forward to the interviews. We erased so many of the little things that add up to fear of the interview. It’s not to say she won’t be nervous. Everyone is to some degree. It’s how you handle the nervous afflictions that make you think vomiting is not out of the question. Just kidding.

In summary. Remember if you are comfortable with your résumé. Be comfortable with your interviewing skills. You have to pass both tests to receive an offer.

Tip. Review your interviewing skills with someone you trust. It's hard to see yourself  and especially under stress.  And interviewing for a job is stress. Think you can nail it? Probably so. But if you find yourself saying, “I blew it,” on your way out of the interview or you’re missing out on offers after interviews, take another look at yourself, how you might come across in the stressful setting of being grilled by a prospective employer.

BTW... remember YOU are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you.

Happy hunting,

Chet

 
 
Why I like my job so much. Writing résumés for good people like Brian, (not his real name) a 64 year old talented and vastly experienced tradesman is the perfect example.

I sat down with Brian at a coffee house to hear his story. He was a guy devastated over a knee jerk reaction to a supervisor being a jerk to Brian one too many times. So..... Brian had up and walked out on a job he had held down for years. He had been an exemplary employee at every job he had ever held.

He sat there, over his coffee, down-dog face, and wondered how big a mistake he had made. Walking out on a job. Something he had never even contemplated before. How hard would it be to find another job at his age? (BTW, he looked not a day over 50: fit, articulate, passionate and as cogent as a college kid.) His biggest worry however, was he didn't have the technology that the new industry he had been in for 30 years was focusing in on.  There you have it. Right?  He was in trouble!

Far from it.

During the résumé writing process we discussed his strengths. MANY! I pointed out his loyalty over the years. He was reliable, dependable, got along with his teammates, he was known for mentoring the kids, and he was excellent at his trade with a distinguished performance record. He needed to focus on all those good things about him. His value.

But what about his issue with the tech? I reminded him he could read the technology (that the new industry wanted). He couldn't write it, but he could read it and perform well. Basic fundamental wisdom and experience counts for something.

Here's the best part.

Got a call from Brian 5 days after completing his résumé. He's a new man after 4 interviews. Not only is he sure of getting a new job, but he can choose from 4 highly rated companies who want him to join their teams. All opportunities better than the company that ran him off. What do we say about clouds? They all have a silver lining if you just look 

It's stories like this that me feel good.

Happy job hunting.

Chet Baker