Please join us for the June Hirewire on Tuesday, June 11th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.
Over the past few years, senior executive Bob Braham experienced a higher than normal degree of churn in his career at the VP level. Braham began his career at Hewlett Packard, where he worked for eleven years. During this time he became the youngest member to be elected to HP Sales Hall of Fame and was then promoted to a district manager and a regional sales manager. When he experienced his recent career turbulence, each of his job changes was a move up and each of them happened relatively quickly. After others came to him for counseling on their job searches, he decided to publish OMG I Need A Job to share the lessons he learned on his recent, successful job hunts.
In today’s capricious job market, landing a great employment opportunity can seem more than tricky—and even brutal. However, no matter what the current economy may indicate, the chance of becoming gainfully, meaningfully employed is well within your reach. That is, if you have an effective plan in motion. Now, seasoned senior executive Bob Braham draws from decades of experience in both the hiring and job-hunting process to give you the roadmap that will lead to a highly desirable position. OMG I Need A Job: A Practical Guide to Finding a Great Job in Any Economy is ideal for anyone who is searching for a job, from those who have already been in the workforce to recent college graduates who are ready to get working.
Professional and easy-to-read, OMG I Need A Job provides an actionable process to guide prospective employees through all aspects of the job hunt, from finding the right company to making the right impression. Rather than sharing the perspective of human resources professionals, like many job-hunting books do, Braham has written the guide based on his own experiences on the employment battlefield, from the shock of a sudden layoff to his own trial-and-error practices to adopt the most effective strategies for identifying the next opportunity. The result is a brass tacks, step-by-step resource that guides you through everything you’ll need to know, including getting your story down after being let go; getting organized; learning how to use the Internet as a research tool; figuring out what you really want to do; creating a network; building a resume; acing the interview; and much more.
No-nonsense and results-driven, OMG I Need A Job: A Practical Guide to Finding a Great Job in Any Economy will give you the information and inspiration you need to become the master of your own destiny, and the architect of your own resume. It’s required reading for anyone who is committed to creating a gratifying career, one plum job at a time.
Thanks to all who came out to the March Hirewire. One Job Seeker wrote in and said:
“I was at the Hirewire discussion last night and it was the best job hunting talk I have heard for years. I really appreciate the useful information. Thank you for your efforts.” – C.C.
Don’t miss April 9th as Hirewire will host a guest speaker, more info as the date gets closer.
Five Tips for Overcoming the Interview Jitters
Guest Post: – Philip J Reed, on behalf of the Westwood College business management degree program
If you’re feeling jittery about your upcoming interview, you’re not alone. The truth is that even very experienced interviewees often face nervousness in these situations. Feeling nervous is one thing; dealing with it is another. By knowing how to handle your jitters, you will be able to overcome them and increase your odds of having a successful interview. Five terrific tips for pushing through your nervousness are highlighted below.
- Be Prepared – It is crucial to sit down and rehearse common interview questions before sitting down for an actual interview. At the same time, you need to come up with strong, excellent answers to those questions. Have a friend sit down and run through these questions with you several times. Make sure to switch around the order of the questions to ensure that you have everything down pat. When you’re at the actual interview, these rehearsals will be fresh in your mind, and your answers will flow more easily.
- Be Informed – Anxiety is often caused by fear of the unknown. When you don’t know what to expect, you’re more likely to be overcome by nerves. Do as much research about the company as possible to ward this off. Learn about the position for which you are being interviewed in depth. By having a clear concept of the company and the position, your confidence will soar, and your anxiety will be pushed aside.
- Avoid Caffeine – While you don’t want to show up at your interview with bags under your eyes and an extreme lack of energy, you don’t want to be overloaded with caffeine either. Caffeine heightens the effects of nervousness and anxiety. It makes these issues worse. It’s fine to have a cup of coffee in the morning, but just use it to get going for the day. In the hours leading up to your interview, sip water instead. Without huge amounts of caffeine coursing through your veins, you’ll be in a better position to remain calm during your interview.
- Put Yourself in the Interviewer’s Shoes – People often forget that interviewers want the process to go well just as much as they do. With every candidate that sits down, an interviewer is hoping that he or she will be a perfect fit. In other words, the interviewer is pulling for you. Give them what they want by showing that you are calm, collected and ready to do a great job. In the hours before going in for your interview, repeat this idea to yourself again and again: The interviewer doesn’t want you to fail.
- Remember to Breathe – Breathing deeply and purposefully makes it easier to stay calm. Don’t wait until you actually step into the interview room to put this technique to work. Practice deep breathing in the days leading up to the interview. Breathe in slowly through your nose and exhale slowly from your mouth. Be mindful of the air as it moves through your body. Continue to do this during the interview itself. It won’t be apparent to anyone else, and it will keep you grounded. It’s also a good way to stay in the moment. Instead of worrying about the outcome of the interview or ruminating on past failures, focus on the questions and on your breathing.
There’s no question that interviews are stressful. However, it’s not a question of avoiding them…it’s a question of succeeding at them! Those who manage to overcome their nervousness tend to have the easiest time. Implement the tips above to increase your odds of having a smooth, easy, successful interview.