Question? Are You Ready To Style Your Career Brand?

frontpicture_copy

The competition is tough!! When you are  looking for a new position or other opportunities, how can you possibly stand out from the crowd? We’ll one way to accomplish this is to have a career brand that stands out and will make  you the sought after candidate over others.

Here are 5 ways you can get started with enhancing your career brand:

1. Your Resume – You want to have an updated resume that clearly reflects who you are, quickly. Recruiters and hiring managers review many resumes at a time. So when they get to your resume, you want to format it just right so that “YOU” jump right out at them and grab their attention. You want to include a dynamic branding statement, and be sure that your resume is tailored to the opportunity. It is also recommended that you have your resume reviewed by a professional for feedback.

2. Your Branding Statement – This should be  2-3 sentences that reflects who you are and what you have to offer. This generally replaces the objective on your resume, and it can also be used on your social media profiles and business cards.  This way those who read your information can quickly determine if you may be a good fit their opportunity.

3. Your Online Presence – More and more employers are searching online to find that right person to hire. So you want to make sure that you can easily be found online. You also want to be sure that the information about you online is positive and professional. A great way to see what employers may see about you is to go ahead and search yourself online and see what comes up. This way you can ensure that  there is no negative information about you online that could prevent you from your next opportunity.

4. Social Media Profile – Another great way to enhance your brand is to have consistency within all of your social media profiles. So that way, regardless of where you are found online, the message is the same. You could consider having a professional photo as your profile picture and samples of your work, as appropriate.

5. Your Expertise – Showcasing your expertise is another great way to enhance your career brand. Whether speaking on a topic that you know about well,  starting a blog, or conducting a training. You can package that into links on your profile that prospective employers can click on and learn more about you first hand. That will certainly help you stand out.

So think about how you can enhance your career brand and package it so that you will continue to stand out for more opportunities. This is an area that will continue to evolve as you do so changing and revising along the way is to be expected.  If you like this information and want to learn more about career branding, then click here.

_______________________________________________________________________________

A Pose Small

Alisa Charles is the creator of Style Your Career for Busy Moms. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) and has been practicing human resources for over 20 years. She is the author of “90 New Employee Orientation Ideas for Human Resources Professionals” currently available on Amazon.com. In addition to her HR  background,  Alisa is a certified Personal & Executive coach and enjoys using her extensive HR experience with her coaching background to assist individuals in achieving their goals.

Proven Job Interview Techniques That Work

There are times when a job interview is part of the next step in one’s career. This could be due to unexpected unemployment, a chance to interview for a promotion, or to simply seek out other opportunities.

If you find yourself in the midst of preparing for a job interview in the near future, let me share some proven job interview techniques that work.

Say it like you mean it – Don’t underestimate the power of a positive and enthusiastic attitude. Whether leaving a voicemail for a recruiter, interviewing over the phone/online, or even during an in person interview, you want your enthusiasm for the opportunity to shine through.

Of course I am not suggesting that you be disingenuous or overdo it. However, you will want to find the characteristics of the opportunity that excite you and let it be reflected in your conversations during the interview.

For example, maybe the job location is ideal for you, or the experience you will gain from the opportunity will help you get to the next level in your career. Whatever aspects of the position are exciting to you; let that be your motivation to express your authentic enthusiasm about it.

This will help you stand out over other candidates, particularly if they are less enthusiastic, have a dry personality or a negative attitude. The person conducting the interview usually feels more favorable about a candidate who has an upbeat energy about them.

No Tattle Telling – During the job interview you will most likely be asked questions about your prior employment. As tempting as it might be, if you had a bad experience, please don’t use this as an opportunity to share negative comments about any of your past employers.

Certainly nothing wrong with sharing challenges that you may have faced and how you overcame them. You just want to do this in a respectful and positive way.

For example, I would not suggest responding with, “I had a terrible boss who didn’t know how to do their job so I had to step in and do all the work for them“. Instead, I would suggest you say something like, “At times I didn’t have all the information I needed about a task so I would seek out my supervisor for clarification. This worked out well and I was able to successfully meet the expectations.”

This way, you share a challenge that you had, but talk about it in a more positive way. This helps you stand out over other candidates who are negative about their employment experience. The biggest risk in being negative is that the interviewer may assume that will you become negative about the company if hired for their opportunity.

Respond Urgently – A job search may become slow at times, especially when it comes to hearing back from an employer. You spend a lot of time sending out resumes and it can become frustrating when you do not get a response right away.

However, when you do get a response, I want you to respond with a sense of urgency on your part. This shows your strong interest in the opportunity and may help you stand out over other candidates who may take their time in responding.

This applies to any phase of the interview process such as an initial email or voicemail you may receive, to even the timing of your follow-up thank you note after the interview.

By responding with a sense of urgency, you display a level of interest in the opportunity that will help you get noticed.

Again, be sure to try these proven job interview techniques for better results:

  • Say it like you mean it
  • No Tattle Telling
  • Respond Urgently

If you feel that these techniques were helpful and you would like to learn more, then click HERE to receive your FREE job interview “quick start” guide that will show you 5 more steps to impress during your very next job interview.

 

______________________________________________________________________________

A Pose Small Alisa Charles is the creator of Style Your Career for Busy Moms. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human  Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) and has been practicing human resources for over 20 years. She is the author of “90 New Employee  Orientation Ideas for Human Resources Professionals” currently available on Amazon.com. In addition to her HR background,  Alisa is a certified Personal & Executive coach and enjoys using her extensive HR experience with her coaching background to assist individuals in achieving their goals.

5 Quick Tips to Accelerate Your Career

Are you looking to do more amazing things in your career? Are you looking to get noticed at work?  Then get your copy of “5 Quick Tips to Accelerate Your Career” today.

When you sign up for news and updates from Style Your Career, you will receive your complimentary copy sent directly to your inbox.

Generally speaking, most everyone is looking for that next opportunity. But competition can be a little tough at times, especially if you are in a situation where several others are also looking for that same opportunity. What can you do to stand out?

In addition to the quick tips that are listed inside “5 Quick Tips to Accelerate Your Career”, there are some other areas you could consider.

Show off Your Expertise – One way to accelerate your career is to become an expert in your field and show off your expertise. If you write a blog, articles, do volunteer work, or have presented on something outside of work, then share your accomplishments with others. It will also come in handy around performance review time, or when others are looking for resources in an area that you are an “expert” in.

Share your goals – Sometimes you may feel as if you are getting looked over for opportunities  at work. Well it could be that others are not even aware that you are interested. So if you would like to be considered in the future, be sure to let someone know. It can be as simple as saying “The next time you all are looking for help on “any topic/issue/project” I would be very interested in working on a project like that in the future. Sometimes they may welcome you right away to the team if needed, and other times it becomes a mental note for future projects.  By putting yourself out there — it really does make it easier for those looking for help to find you.

Give Feedback — Another thing you can do to stand out is to give feedback and lot’s of it. The next time you get an email at work, instead instead of reading the email and moving on to your next one, why not take the time to provide feedback on the message. At meetings or conference calls, use those opportunities to ask questions or share your opinion.The more you do this, the more people will be looking for you to jump in the conversation with your thoughts. That helps you to stand out over others and can lead to all sorts of opportunities.

So if you like these ideas and want more, if you have not already, be sure to sign up today to receive your free copy of “5 Quick Tips to Accelerate Your Career”.

_____________________________________________________________________________

A Pose Small  Alisa Charles is the creator of Style Your Career for Busy Moms. She is also a certified  Senior Professional in Human   Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) and has been practicing human resources for over 20 years. She is the author of “90 New Employee  Orientation Ideas for Human Resources Professionals” currently available on Amazon.com. In addition to her HR background,  Alisa is a certified Personal & Executive coach and enjoys using her extensive HR experience with her coaching background to assist individuals in achieving their goals.

3 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Next Interview

Learn about 3 common mistakes to avoid during your very next job interview. The mistakes and what to do about it below.

Mistake #1: Failure to properly prepare

Not being prepared for a job interview isn’t an option if you are looking to increase your chance of a successful outcome. Instead, you want to show up for a job interview with your knowledge of the company, extra resumes, and dressed in appropriate attire. By being prepared, you have a better chance of standing out over other candidates and obtaining the results you are looking for.

Mistake #2: Failure to provide complete responses to interview questions

Most interviewers will ask you behavior-based interview questions as part of the interview process. This is where they will ask you questions about something that you have done in your past employment. For example, you may be asked to describe how you handled a particular situation or challenge in a past position. This helps them to learn more about you and how you have handled certain situations. It also helps them to predict how you many handle a similar situation in the future.

When this occurs, many candidates generally do well by describing a specific problem, obstacle or challenge that they faced. However, you don’t want to stop there. You want to make sure you tell the entire story by including the actions you took and the outcome. By providing all 3 elements, a problem, the action that you took, and a result, you are providing a complete response to the interview question.

Mistake #3 Failure to communicate how your experience can benefit the organization

While it’s important to share about your experience and accomplishment during a job interview, you don’t want to stop there. Instead of just sharing your accomplishments, you also want to explain how it can benefit the company if they were to hire you. This can include how you can solve a problem, make life easier, or save the company time or money.

For example, instead of just saying “I worked in accounting for 5 years”, you could say something like “As an accounting professional, I have created systems that saved managers time and money in expense control management. I would like the opportunity to develop a similar process for your organization so that managers will have more time to focus on their other priorities.”

stick_figure_interviewing_women_12437

By incorporating the benefit to the organization, it’s shows how hiring you could potentially make life a little easier for managers.

Again, three common mistakes to avoid during your next job interview 1) Failure to properly prepare; 2) Failure to provide complete responses to interview questions; and 3) Failure to communicate how your experience can benefit the company.

By following the suggestions, you will increase your chances of a more favorable job interview outcome. It will also help you to stand out over other candidates and help you obtain the opportunities you are seeking.

If you like these suggestions and would like more information about success in your next job interview, then click here to receive your free job interview “quick start” guide here. This guide includes 5 steps to impress during your next interview. Enjoy!

______________________________________________________________________________

A Pose Small Alisa Charles is the creator of Style Your Career for Busy Moms. She is also a certified  Senior Professional in Human   Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) and has been practicing human resources for over 20 years. She is the author of “90 New Employee  Orientation Ideas for Human Resources Professionals” currently available on Amazon.com. In addition to her HR background,  Alisa is a certified Personal & Executive coach and enjoys using her extensive HR experience with her coaching background to assist individuals in achieving their goals.

5 Great Habits That Can Energize Your Career and Life

Forming good habits is a great way for sustainable success in your career. A habit is something we do often without really realizing that we are doing it. That’s because it has been engrained in our minds and has become a part of our regular routine.

Here are 5 great habits that can re-energize your career and your life.

Good  Habit #1 – The Habit of Being GRATEFUL

It can be very easy to focus on things that may not have gone as planned. Perhaps there was a challenge at work, an opportunity that was missed, or you faced some other disappointment.

I want to share about the good habit of being GRATEFUL. Regardless of the challenges you may be facing, turn that disappointment around and focus on the things that you are grateful for.

This helps to shift gears quickly to the things that are truly important to you. There will be other deadlines, more opportunities to obtain, and other chances to fix the things that didn’t work out.

In the meantime, start or continue the habit of being GRATEFUL and you will notice that those issues that may have gotten you down before are relatively small compared to all the things you are grateful for.

Good Habit #2: The Habit of Taking Risks

My daughter has been in gymnastics for quite a few years now, and she had always been nervous about doing a back hand spring. She decided to participate in a special clinic that focused just on this technique.

As I watched from a distance, I could see the coach working with her to do the flip on her own. At first she did it with him spotting her. Then it was time for her to try it by herself. As I watched, I could see that at first she was very hesitant.However, with a little more encouragement from the coach, she did it!

She overcame her fear and TOOK THE RISK.  Now she wants to compete and join the competition team. Overcoming this obstacle has opened her mind to even greater possibilities.

What is the challenge in your world? It may be accepting a new job or opportunity, writing a book, or starting that business or project. Whatever it may be, think about this habit of TAKING RISKS. Once you achieve the goal, amazing opportunities will follow.

Good Habit #3:  The Habit of MANAGING YOUR TIME

Sometimes I think we all wish that there could be more hours in a day. However, the reality is, there will always only be 24 hours in a day. So how you manage your time is important when it comes to managing your career and your life.

A habit of managing your time will help you to think about the things you do in your typical day that you can stop doing, rearrange or delegate to others. This will certainly free up more time for you to relax, reduce stress, and do more of the things you enjoy doing.

Good Habit #4 The Habit of POSITIVITY

Another habit that is a good one but not always an easy one is the habit of POSITIVITY.

There is so much power in what we think and what we say, so keeping it positive will certainly offer a better chance of a good result or outcome.

Be intentional about being more positive and resist the urge to be negative about situations. You can start by saying positive things like “I will get that job”, “I will finish that home project” or “I will accomplish that goal”. Continuing to develop a habit of being more positive is a great approach that will help you to better deal with the situations you face now and in the future.

Good Habit #5: The Habit of MAKING EACH DAY AWESOME

Each day is an opportunity to do something great.  It’s also an opportunity to be and do our very best.

It can be tempting to simply rush through the day or focus on what’s next on the schedule. However, by practicing a habit of MAKING EACH DAY AWESOME, you will focus more on living and being present in the moment; putting forth your best efforts, and unleashing all of the creativity, wisdom and talents throughout the day.

Try starting this habit and make today, tomorrow and each day after that a day that is focused, fun, inspiring, and AWESOME!!

By implementing these 5 great habits, you will be well on your way to re-energizing your career and your life.

__________________________________________________________________________

A Pose Small Alisa Charles is the creator of Style Your Career for Busy Moms. She is also a certified  Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) and has been practicing human resources for over 20 years. She is the author of “90 New Employee  Orientation Ideas for Human Resources Professionals” currently available on Amazon.com. In addition to her HR  background,  Alisa is a certified Personal & Executive Coach and enjoys using her extensive HR experience with her coaching background to assist individuals in achieving their goals.