Monthly Archives: July 2011

Why Are You Here?

By:    John Holmgren    TheExpertResumeWriter.com

When I went to work for IBM many years ago as an entry-level sales representative, my fellow trainees had to develop and present a 30 second answer to the question, asked by a prospective customer, “Why are you here?”

It was the best advice and training I ever received, from a company that knows its stuff.

I have said, in several blogs, that the part of your resume above the fold on page 1 is THE critical information.  The persuasiveness of that “data” is whether you get an interview.

The reader of your resume will spend 30 seconds to a minute to accept or reject you.

That accept / reject procedure is exactly the same story with your interview.

First, let’s define “interview”.  The obvious is that you are invited to an organization to talk with one of their representatives.

However, there are many, many more subtle situations from which you can gain leads.

For instance, your neighbor / hairdresser / barber / banker asks, “So, what will you do next?”

If you have your previously thought out and rehearsed answer ready, you may just impress that person with your focus and attractiveness as a productive employee.

When you are looking for employment, EVERYONE is a lead, a member of your network.

So, how do you prepare?  Have several 30 second speeches absolutely memorized.

  • Why are you here?
  • How can you help our organization?
  • What went wrong with your prior employment?
  • What do you want to be doing in 5 years?

The list goes on and depends on your specific  situation.

Athletes talk of being in “the zone”.  That means that they have practiced so much that there is no need to think.  Just react.

It is your job to be in the employment “zone”.

Why Are You Here?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask me questions

by:  John Holmgren     TheExpertResumeWriter.com

If you follow this site you must know that my prime purpose is to assist people in finding work.  I have been putting out “information” that has seemed relevant to me.  However, that is only from my prospective.

So, I ask you for questions on topics / issues that are important to you.

I promise to give as straight an answer as I can, within the scope of my knowledge, or do my best to research the topic to get you a competent opinion.

Respond with any questions on your mind.  You will not be identified.  Issues that are difficult for you are not unique.  Let’s share them.  Perhaps we will all benefit.

I’m willing to help with the research to locate  information that will help in the job search.

Your turn to participate!

Let’s share.  We can all learn of effective methods of finding new or more satisfying employment.

Training Sources and Finance Assistance

By:  John Holmgren     TheExpertResumeWriter.com

Wee Willie Keeler, a baseball player, hit singles and retired with a career .341 batting average, 14th best in major league history.  His motto, “Hit ‘em where they ain’t”!

And, so should you.

There are many, many sources of funding for college or vocational education, many highly specialized.

Lists are boring.  However, this is to give you a TINY idea of funding available.  If you are the son / daughter of a longshoreman, there may be funds for you!

The idea is to just get you started looking.  Was your mother Irish?  Could be …..

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  So, get to your library and look around.

 

Career College & Technology School Databook – schools offering programs that result in occupational certificate / diploma or a technical associate degree www.ChronicalGuidance.com

Career Resource Guide to Grants, Scholarships and Other Financial Resources – 2 vol. 800 322-8755

College Student’s Guide to Merit and Other No-Need Funding – for those not qualifying for need based funding but still needing financial assistance www.rspfunding.com

Directory of Financial Aids for Women                       www.rspfunding.com

Financial Aid for African Americans                           www.rspfunding.com

Financial Aid for Asian Americans                              www.rspfunding.com

Financial Aid for Hispanic Americans                          www.rspfunding.com

Financial Aid for Military Personnel and Their Families – scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants-in-aid                                                     www.rspfunding.com

Financial Aid Guide – scholarships & loans for high school students, college under- graduates, graduates and adult learners                   www.ChronicalGuidance.com

Finding a Job After Fifty – Terry Harty & Karen Kerkstra Harty

Foundation Grants to Individuals                                www.sbscholarship.org

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online – available at Charleston, SC main library http://gtionline.fdncenter.org

Getting Back to Work – everything you need to know to bounce back and get a job after a layoff – Linda K. Rolie

Getting Financial Aid – scholarships, grants, loans & jobs www.collegeboard.com

Government Assistance Almanac – the guide to federal domestic financial and other programs, covering grants, loans, insurance, personal payments and benefits, subsidies, fellowships, scholarships, etc.                      www.omnigraphics.com

How to Get Money for College – financing your future beyond federal aid www.Petersons.com/books

Job Hunter’s Source Book – where to find employment leads and other job search resources

Kaplan Scholarships (for college)                                 booksupport@kaplan.com

Kuder 4 Adults – career guidance for today’s adults – learn about career development

www.sc.pathways.org

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans 27th Ed. – a guide to education related financial aid programs for students and professionals – 2 vol. www.gale.cengage.com/directory

Scholarships, Grants & Prizes                                     www.Petersons.com/books

The Foundation Center’s Guide to Grant Seeking on the Web – Kief Schladweiler http://fdncenter.org

Vocational & Technical Schools East                         www.Petersons.com