10 December 2018

Interviewing Skills: Positioning Your Qualifications

Interviewing Skills


Cruise to Harmony

This week our topic is “Positioning Your Qualifications: How to Differentiate Yourself in Today’s Hyper-Competitive Job Market.” This topic on interviewing skills is one of my favorites as well as one of the most important I teach. Some of you are coming close to landing jobs but falling short and you don’t know why. I’ll tell you why if you come to JobSeekers.

The apostle Paul was a powerful and persuasive positioner. Paul thought about his audience and leveraged what he had in common with them. The skill of matching your qualifications and accomplishments with the specific needs of the hiring organization is called positioning.

I’ve had clients not only land jobs by using this skill, but completely shut down their competition. One client landed two out of three jobs. Interesting story. I will share this on Friday.

This poster was created a few years ago as part of the activity that accompanies this topic.

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JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for more information about the meetings and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

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    Closing the Interview

    How to finish strong and land the job of your dreams.

    Many people leave the interview not knowing where they stand. Some ask, “Dave, I had a great interview three weeks ago and haven’t heard back. Should I contact them?” The three-step process I will teach on Friday is the remedy to prevent this quandary.

    You will learn two very powerful questions to move your candidacy forward to the next step in the process. You will also learn one powerful tie-down question that will save you a lot of heartache later on. This is a can’t-miss meeting.

    BTW, this framework works in many other situations; e.g., at the end of a project management meeting.

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    JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

    Click here for more information about the meetings and agenda.

    See you on Friday!

    – Dave O’Farrell
    Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
    O’Farrell Career Management

    “Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

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      No Meeting This Week


      Horn of Plenty

      Happy Thanksgiving! Our next meeting is on Friday 1 December. “Closing the Interview: How to Finish the Interview Strong and Win the Job of Your Dreams.”

      In the meantime, be sure to read these two blogs:

      God Provides to Those Who Are Faithful. Amen!

      This is Hiring Season

      BTW, congratulations to nine people who’ve already landed job since hiring season began last week.

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      JobSeekers meets (almost) every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

      Click here for meeting day, time and location.

      See you on Friday!

      – Dave O’Farrell
      Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
      O’Farrell Career Management

      “Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

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        Holiday Networking / How to Earn $10K Real Fast

        Holiday networking: Don't delay! Set your alarm now!


        Don’t delay! Set your alarm now!

        Our topic this week for Friday 16 November is holiday networking. It’s also about doing what’s best for you and for your family. This Friday you will learn strategies and practice skills that will help you leverage the contacts you make during this holiday season. I will also share the secret to earning thousands of dollars during the holiday season.

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        But here’s what I really want to say:

        Hi friends, Billy Mays here for JobSeekers of Peachtree City! Come tomorrow to learn the amazing secrets of how to earn $10,000 in just seven weeks! Yes, you can have it all by using the strategy, tools and skills taught at the exciting, fun-filled, action-packed meetings held every Friday morning at First Baptist Church of Peachtree City!

        Don’t delay! Set your alarm now! Don’t miss this holiday networking event! Yes, these methods work like magic when applied with a healthy dose of a positivity and the power of prayer!

        And it’s all yours for only $1.00! A whopping $120 value, for only $1.00. Here’s how to order!

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        JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

        Click here for meeting day, time and location.

        See you on Friday!

        – Dave O’Farrell
        Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
        O’Farrell Career Management

        “Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

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          How to Evaluate and Negotiate the Job Offer

          negotiate the job offer


          No deal, Howie!

          Our topic this week is “Deal or No Deal: How to Evaluate and Negotiate the Job Offer.” I’ve helped many clients negotiate a better job offer; worked with one client on this topic last week. One time I helped a client get a $20K raise after he received the written offer. Come to JS on Friday and I will share my secrets with you.

          The purpose of this session is to help you get what you’re worth when the offer finally comes in. We’ll help you avoid some potential quicksand along the way, we’ll give you a broader perspective on what a total compensation package is, and we’ll discuss having that delicate conversation about compensation and benefits.

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          JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

          Click here for directions and agenda.

          See you on Friday!

          – Dave O’Farrell
          Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
          O’Farrell Career Management

          “Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

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            Interviewing Skills: Resolving Objections

            Resolving Objections


            “You’re over qualified.”

            Another interviewing skills topic this week: “Resolving Objections and Concerns About Your Candidacy.”

            Have you been passed over for a position because you were too old or too inexperienced – or for something else? This week’s topic is one of the most important ones I teach. We will learn and practice skills to resolve concerns about age, experience and many other things. Before the meeting, think about concerns employers have had that have prevented you from getting a job. Think about what you will do differently the next time you find yourself in that situation.

            Here are a few you may have heard:

            1. You’re over qualified.
            2. You don’t have enough [industry] experience.
            3. How long have you been out of work? / You’ve been out of work too long.
            4. The job pays 70% of what you used to make; is that an issue? / We don’t think you’ll stay.
            5. When did you get your degree?
            6. You don’t have a degree.
            7. You’re too old.

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            JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

            Click here for more information about the meetings and agenda.

            See you on Friday!

            – Dave O’Farrell
            Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
            O’Farrell Career Management

            “Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

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              Using Recommendations to Build Your Brand

              build-your-brandOur topic this Friday is “Using Recommendations to Build Your Brand: How to Get Past the Platitudes and Really Leverage Your References.”

              This week you will learn (or learn more about) how to use testimonials to build your brand. I’ve had several clients credit this specific process and the accompanying tool as the key to landing a new job. I will share these specific examples with you.

              To be better prepared for the meeting, bring letters of recommendation, complementary emails from the past, performance evaluations with strong praise in them, and hand-written “thank you” notes that you have received.

              Several of our clients have gotten jobs specifically because they embraced the principles I will teach this week. I will mention a couple of them.

              Come Friday to learn the secrets of creating a truly powerful, brand-building set of references! Some of my clients say it is one of the most esteeming things they have ever done.

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              JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

              Click here for directions and agenda.

              See you on Friday!

              – Dave O’Farrell
              Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
              O’Farrell Career Management

              “Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

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                Articulating Past Achievements

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                Be a STAR,
                But think “RATS.”

                Our topic this week, “Articulating Past Achievements: How to Create an Explosive Résumé” will help you to turn it up a notch in your next interview; it will also help you strengthen your résumé. You’ll learn why RATS are so important to a job seeker — in fact, you’ll learn to love RATS and will want them running around you all the time.

                Bring your resume so you can immediately apply what you learn.

                When I taught this topic in October 2003, one participant cited this as the turning point in his job search. Greg reworked résumé as a result of this topic. When I spoke to him on 2/4/2004, he was on his third day on his new job. “The phone started ringing when I took your advice and focused on results. The less you say in a résumé, the more interesting you sound. Use the bare essentials, no more than what you need.”

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                JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

                Click here for directions and agenda.

                See you on Friday!

                – Dave O’Farrell
                Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
                O’Farrell Career Management

                “Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

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                  Preparing for an Interview

                  InterviewHave you ever been called in the morning for a face-to-face interview in the same afternoon? Our topic tomorrow is “Preparing for an Interview.” The purpose of the session is to review and discuss some very important things you can do to get ready for an interview.

                  We’ve had terrific success lately at my office preparing clients for interviews. Two gentlemen and one lady have final interviews this week. One lady we trained last week received a job offer this week. Another gentleman has an interview next Monday. My all-time favorite story was with a gentleman who hired us to do a full-scale, three-hour role play with him. He landed a job as president of the U.S. division of a Dutch company.

                  Come this week for a taste of this successful strategy.

                  To be better prepared for the meeting, bring your preparation notes for an upcoming job interview. If you don’t have an interview scheduled, bring notes from an interview you’ve already been to, or, bring a job lead for a position at a target company.

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                  JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

                  Click here for directions and agenda.

                  See you on Friday!

                  – Dave O’Farrell
                  Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
                  O’Farrell Career Management

                  “Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

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                    Improving Your P&L Skills (Questioning Skills)

                    questioning skills


                    To get more of this: $, do more of this: P&L.

                    Want to be a more effective networker? Want to be more engaging when you score a big interview? Want to uncover the hidden job market and move your campaign forward? Then come to JobSeekers this week to improve your questioning skills.

                    This week’s session, “Improving Your P&L Skills: Improve This and You Will Improve Your Personal P&L!” – will make you more effective in your networking and interviewing of course, but it will also make you more effective in all your communications – as a parent, spouse, salesperson, entrepreneur or whatever. Come to JobSeekers to learn and apply the principles of good probing and listening. You’ll be glad you did!

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                    JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

                    Click here for directions and agenda.

                    See you on Friday!

                    – Dave O’Farrell
                    Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
                    O’Farrell Career Management

                    “Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

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