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Prepare and nail your next job interview

Silly job interview questions

How can you stand out and nail that upcoming job interview? What can you do to ensure that your interviewer sees and understands who you are, your true value and skills. How can you impress your interviewer and make sure you are the best candidate for the job?

In most job interviews, interviewers will try to screen potential candidates to make sure that their values align with company values. Interviewers will also try to ask questions that will reveal who you are. Recruiters will also try to create a relaxed environment to put you at ease to help discover more about the potential candidate.

The job interview is where you need convey who you really are and it is up to the interviewer to ensure that it’s an accurate face.

Here are a few guidelines of what you can do before your next job interview:

Before the interview

  • Ask yourself what your mission in life is and why you are interested in the position.
  • Ask yourself what is the most important thing in life and how will you be able to honor this through your work.
  • Does the job align with your professional and career aspirations or are you just looking for a paycheck?
  • Do you share the same values and vision of the company?

It is important that you prepare yourself and do some background research about the company so that you can impress the interviewer.

  • Understand and know what the company’s mission, vision, and values are and how they resonate with you. Have you been able to demonstrate these values in previous work or life experiences?
  • Embrace the tribal mentality whereby you are all in this together and every person’s contribution counts and important.
  • Are you prepared to discuss with your interviewer how you perform on a bad day.

During the interview

  • Try to speak the same language so that the interviewer sees you as similar to them.
  • Listen to questions and provide appropriate feedback and what the interview craves.
  • Mirror your interviewer with body posture, gestures, and vocal tone.
  • Bring visual aids to convey that you understand the challenges of the position and your strategies and solutions to deal with these challenges.

After the interview

It is important to send a thank-you note and better if this is hand written and personal. Also, make sure that it is easy for your interviewer to contact current and previous supervisors and peers for reference calls.

Source: Christine Comaford

Rewarding high paying non-desk jobs and careers

Boring desk job
A good paying job and an active working environment cannot occur at the same time. Is this correct? Good news for those individuals who do not want to find themselves sitting in a cubicle and chained to desk all day.

By far, the vast majority of good paying jobs require extensive postgraduate degrees, however there are many non-desk jobs that do not require four year degrees and also offer a good hourly salary.

There are numerous non-desk job that pay above average hourly salaries that do not require formal degrees according to a research study CareerBuilder.

The survey highlighted that individuals working in non-desk jobs are twice as likely to complain or express discontent with their occupation and work environment, but they were far less likely to be overweight. Not only do non-desk jobs  offer great environments and a slimmer waistline—they can offer bigger paychecks.

Over the last decade, there has been a huge shift from labour intensive jobs to a professional services economy given the huge profits and gains associated with information and service industry occupations. Having said this, one of the fastest areas of job growth are associated with middle-skill occupations that do not require individuals to sit behind a desk in front of a computer for 45 hours a week.

Here is a list of the best high paying non-desk jobs:

Health care occupations  
Dental hygienist
Diagnostic medical sonographer
Occupational therapy assistant

Construction and extraction occupations  
Elevator installer and repairer
Boilermaker
Rotary drill operator, oil and gas

Installation and maintenance occupations  
Electrical power-line installer and repairer
Avionics technician
Signal and track switch repairer

Architecture and engineering occupations  
Mechanical engineering technician
Industrial engineering technician
Electro-mechanical technician

Green energy occupations
Wind turbine service technician
Solar photovoltaic installer

Miscellaneous non-desk occupations 
Locksmith
Massage therapist
Travel guide
Fitness trainer and aerobics instructor

High paying jobs that do not require a Bachelors degree

John Travlota Airline Pilot

Having a bachelors degree is no longer a requirement to a lucrative career. I agree, having a bachelors degree will earn you more money than if you do not have one, however, this is not always the case. Research undertaken by CareerCast found that there are numerous jobs and profession that enable you to earn a high salary without having to undertake a 4 year college degree. Having said that, they do require specialized training.

“There’s no question that college graduates with four-year degrees are very likely to earn almost $1 million more in compensation through the course of their careers,” says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast. “However, for the many people who are unable to earn that degree because of the costs, financial obligations, or other reasons, it’s still possible to have a very rewarding, challenging, fulfilling career that pays well. “These jobs offer great opportunities for those job seekers,” he said. “To land one of these jobs, you’ll need to compensate with good old-fashioned hard work and some post-high-school training,”

CareerCast evaluated 200 professions across a variety of industries and skill levels to determine the highest-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. It gathered data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, trade-association studies, and other sources.

Here are the results of CareerCast research:

10. Communications Equipment Mechanic – Annual Median Salary: $54,530
9. Aircraft Mechanic – Annual Median Salary: $55,230
8. Respiratory Therapist – Annual Median Salary: $55,870
7. Police Officer – Annual Median Salary: $56,980
6. Electrical Technician – Annual Median Salary: $57,850
5. Retail Buyer – Annual Median Salary: $60,550
4. Web Developer – Annual Median Salary: $62,500
3. Registered Nurse – Annual Median Salary: $65,470
2. Farmer Rancher – Annual Median Salary: $69,300
1. Commercial Pilot – Annual Median Salary: $73,280

How to BOTOX your resume and land your dream job

Botox your profile and resume

Sometimes in our careers, when one is tenured, one needs to BOTOX your profile and resume. To remove certain history on your resume is not dishonest, what you are ensuring is that what is in your resume is relevant to the job that you are applying for. In today’s world, No one wants a 20 page resume.

A definite don’t, is to make the very first line something like this….”More than 30 years Experience”, a young hiring manager sees this as OLD, not Experienced. Remember most of the Generations X and Y are now in the working populations. So age proofing your cv is critical. This has been tried and tested, BOTOX your resume and you will see how much more interested you will be appear to be.

Here are a few things to do quickly:

  • Remove the decades ago jobs, they are no longer relevant in todays world.
  • Think of your CV like a personal advert, keep it short, sharp and exciting. This document is only a door opener.
  • You do not need to put your birth date, nor the year you completed high school. All you need to do is show your highest qualification and the date on that one.
  • You do not need to list your career aspirations and personal goals, they are only interested in what you are going to do for them.
  • Omit the 6 months stint jobs or part time roles, they are not interested in these either.
  • Type you CV in a font size of no less than 12, no one want to read tiny font.

These are your CV essentials:

  • You personal details, but not your address.
  • Make sure your email address is professional.
  • Summarize your career with bullets points.
  • Take the key words from the job description and sprinkle them through out your CV.
  • Include your professional skills, and not too much details.
  • Hobbies/Interests: These make you stand apart and tell a lot about you, do not go into too much detail though.
  •  Add your LinkedIn link as well as any other social media links you have.

In closing, when you send your CV to a prospective employer, make the job title your subject line with your name. Now go get to work, and have fun with re inventing yourself in this regard.

8 Leadership Lessons in the School of Life

lessons-learned

The beauty about life is that each day we get another chance to do things differently. Our errors from yesterday are an integral part of our success in life.

Here are a few guidelines to help you along the way, in the School of Life:

Run like there is no tomorrow

We only have the certainty of today, so make it count. Live up to your potential. Stop sweating the small and unimportant things that happen daily.  Put your blinkers on and focus straight ahead. Get it done and know you are more than capable.

Work – Life Balance

Over the years you hear in work, this is not personal BUT…Of course work is personal. To retain objectivity is the key. Learn to take your team on the journey of self discovery with you. You have a core set of values that should be aligned to the organization that you work for. Live this and lead with this. Do not negotiate it.

Look at the long term picture

When one runs a long distance, it takes planning, training, unique skills and time. One must make informed decisions for this race. This is a metaphor for your life. Take stop, know your direction, it will help you stay on course and make wise decisions in your day to day life. Great leaders look forward and know what is coming.

Identify a coach or expert on your journey

It is imperative that one has an individual that one can go too for an objective perspective and for guidance. Often this person has more experience than you and will guide you to better decisions. This person may change and that is OK. Find a mentor that you trust with your career. Approach someone you know and admire. Seek expert guidance. This must be done with respect. This is proven and it really works. Remember the only stupid question is the one not Asked!

Titles actually don’t matter

Whatever your role is know strive to operate at one level higher, leaders are identified as they go the extra mile. This means leading by great example, have a brilliant work ethic, in essence ensure that you really SHOW UP!

It is important to consciously grow your Business Network

As we go through life there are growth stages, so earlier on one has great friendships, nurture these as in the long term some of these friendships will grow into critical business alliances. Be aware of this and start surrounding yourself with top class people and will help you effectively grow your business network.

The blunders in life

You must know that we all mess up. It is how you come back from it that shows what you are truly made off. Sending a positive message after a glitch and growing yourself in self knowledge is key to becoming an accomplished leader. This will ensure you CHOOSE success over failure time and time again.

Being knocked down and getting up

You have to think long term, you have to keep getting up again and say to the world, ”Is that all you have?”  Leaders are made of tough stuff. Leaders can be grown, remember where there is will, there is always a way!