14 August 2018

Changing Careers

Changing Careers


Where are you headed?

Has an employer ever told you, “We’re going to hire someone with more experience?” Our topic for this Friday is “Changing Careers: How to Break into a New Function or Industry.” I personally changed careers many years ago, and since then, have been blessed to help 1000+ other people change careers too. I will share the four secrets to making a successful career change. My informal polls reveal that two-thirds of all job seekers are thinking of changing fields or industries (or both). We will discuss strategies to be more effective in making the shift. It will be good advice for all job seekers, but particularly for those who are changing careers. To be better prepared for the meeting, do these three things:

  • Develop your story about why you have a burning desire to break into this new career.
  • Think of (or find) a person who is already in your target field and industry that can coach you on how to break into your new career.
  • Find at least one association that represents your projected function or industry.

BTW, be sure to read Even Jesus Changed Careers.

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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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    Acing the Interview

    Acing the Interview


    Those who shoot from the hip usually
    shoot themselves in the foot.

    Our topic this week is, “Acing the Interview: How to put your best foot forward.” To be better prepared for the meeting, bring a “good fit” job lead and three copies of your resume with you. Hopefully, your lead will be for a job interview you have next week. If you don’t have an interview scheduled, bring a job lead and your preparation for a position you’d like to interview for.

    My concern is that we work hard to win interviews, and then don’t do the preparation it takes to capitalize on the opportunities when they finally come along. Tomorrow, we’ll get some practice in so you can “ace” your next interview.

    Two Quick Success Stories About Acing the Interview

    When we taught this topic in August 2009, a seeker named Sandra volunteered to be the interviewee in a role play at table #12. She brought a job lead for her #1 job at her #1 target company. She landed the job days later. She’s still there nine years later.

    One example of “acing the interview” occurred several months ago after a client hired O’Farrell Career Management to do her résumé. Not too long after that she hired us again to help her with ace the interview. At JobSeekers she reported that the company reviewed “several hundred” applications. They phone-screened 110 candidates, interviewed 10 face-to-face, and made one offer. Very proud of Lisa for doing what it took to win the job.

    Come to JS this Friday for a rewarding and enriching experience.

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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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      Winning Networking Appointments

      Winning Networking AppointmentsOur topic for Friday, “Winning Networking Appointments: How to overcome call reluctance and other campaign-stalling inertia,” is one you can’t miss!

      By now everyone knows that most salaried jobs (up to 80%) are found through networking. People tell me that they are reluctant to make networking calls – and they wouldn’t know what to say if they did make networking calls. This week we will address both of these issues. Come Friday and find out how and why.

      I will share at 2x2x3 matrix I’ve developed to teach the step-by-step process to drive the process of turning a contact or connection into an interview and job offer.

      By the way, last week I challenged you to raise your hippo score by 20 points. With God’s help, you can make it happen. What do you think? Are you up to the challenge?

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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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        Who’s on Your A-Team?

        a-team

        “I pity the fool who doesn’t have an A-Team”

        Our topic this Friday is “Who’s on Your A-Team? How to knock down one obstacle at a time to achieve job search success.”

        King Solomon, one of the wisest men ever, said, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed (Proverbs 15:22).” The more career coaching I do, the more important I see this as the cornerstone of an effective job campaign. People who have advisory teams get better results in less time. Come Friday and find out why.

        “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice (Proverbs 13:10).”

        BTW, the person with the highest hippo score in January last year accepted a job the following week. The person with the second highest hippo score accepted a job the following week. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

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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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          Looking for Hippos

          Hippos #3Been looking for hippos lately? If not, I recommend you come to JobSeekers on Friday. You’ll learn to look for hippos, and then to execute them.

          Hippos are one of the key elements that determine how soon and how successful you are in your job search. Hippos are also critical to sales people, sales managers, executives and entrepreneurs. Come tomorrow and learn how to find and execute “hippos.”

          Hippos, by the way, are “high payoff activities.” In 24 years in the career management business, I’ve met only of handful of people who truly live by the concepts I will teach on Friday.

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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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            No Meeting This Week

            Declaration of Independence


            4 July 1776

            No meeting this week! See you at our next meeting on Friday 13 July.

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            JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. Meetings are not held on the Fridays closest to Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. 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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              Your First 90 Days

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              Come this Friday for “Your First 90 Days — What You Should Really Do When You Start Your New Job.”

              Transitions are a critical time for leaders. In fact, most agree that moving into a new role is the biggest challenge a manager will face. While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success.

              We will offer proven strategies for conquering the challenges of transitions — no matter where you are in your career.

              Whether you’re starting a new job, being promoted from within, embarking on an overseas assignment, or being tapped as CEO, how you manage your transition will determine whether you succeed or fail.

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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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                Seven Job Search Strategies

                job search strategies


                Where are you investing your time?

                Seven Job Search Strategies and Their Relative Effectiveness

                Delighted to report that several clients have landed jobs in the past couple of weeks! What I’m teaching at JobSeekers this Friday is fundamental to the process we use here at O’Farrell Career Management. It’s part of the process that these clients used to earn their offers.

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                Tired of beating your head against the wall? Our topic this week, “Seven Job Search Strategies and Their Relative Effectiveness” might help end your frustration and pain.

                The holiday season is over. School is gearing back up. It’s time to get off the sidelines and back in the game! It seems many people are experiencing some serious inertia this week. Come to JS this Friday and get your mojo back!

                I’ll teach you what works (and why) and what doesn’t (and why not). I will share something that I’ve never seen on another career website, or seen in another book, or heard from another career coach. If you embrace this concept, prepare yourself thoroughly, and maintain a positive attitude you can and will land a job.

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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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                  Building Your Own Brand

                  This week’s topic about personal brandingpersonal branding, “Building Your Own Brand: How to put what you’re selling into one clear concise and powerful message,” is vitally important to every job seeker.

                  Have you ever thought of yourself as a brand? Yes, we all have our own personal brand whether we devote any thought or energy to it or not. As job seekers, we can scarcely ignore this important dimension of our campaigns.

                  There are many elements that make up a strong brand, and we teach these elements throughout the six-month curriculum. This week we will tie all this together as we create our own advertising slogan and business cards. You can use your new material as you are out and about during the summer and Independence Day holiday.

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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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                    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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