29 May 2017

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

“South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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    Job Search Secrets: How to Earn $15K Real Fast

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    Set your alarm now to take advantage of this amazing offer!

    Our topic for Friday 19 May is “How to Earn $15K Real Fast!” You will learn job search secrets that have put thousands of dollars into savvy job seekers’ pockets. This topic is about doing what’s best for you and for your family. Bring your calculator (no joke)!

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    But here’s what I really want to say:

    Hi friends, Billy Mays here for JobSeekers of Peachtree City! Come Friday to learn the amazing secrets of how to earn $15,000 in just a few weeks! Yes, you can have it all by using the strategy, tools and skills taught at the exciting, fun-filled and 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 exciting 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
    Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
    O’Farrell Career Management

    “South Atlanta’s best 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
      Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
      O’Farrell Career Management

      “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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        Acing the Behavioral Interview

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        Tell us about a time when…

        Our topic this Friday is “Acing the Behavioral Interview: How to Knock Their Socks Off By Focusing on Results!” It picks up where we left off a couple of weeks ago.

        Some of you are getting into the “red zone” but you’re not scoring touchdowns. One seeker recently told us he’d had 13 first interviews and zero second interviews. Maybe this week we can crack the code.

        This week’s topic focuses on one of the most common types of interviews. If you don’t understand the employer’s strategy, you may not do well in the interview, even if you are a well-qualified candidate. Come tomorrow for this important topic – and for a great learning 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
        Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
        O’Farrell Career Management

        “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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          Leading a Networking Meeting

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          Make it happen!

          In the past couple of weeks I’ve heard of a few people whose campaigns have stalled. The root cause of the problem is pretty easy to diagnose: they haven’t had a single networking meeting. My firm belief is that everyone has plenty of reasons to “network.”

          Networking meetings are the heart and soul of a successful job search. If you are having problems with networking, if you don’t know what to talk about, if your campaign has stalled, then you can’t miss this week’s meeting. We’ll show you how. And we’ll make it easy (easier).

          In fact, we see great examples of preparation for networking meetings all the time. One time, for instance, we helped a client identify a potential boss at a top-five target company. He exclaimed to me and the two other participants, “I played high school football with this guy’s brother, and I’m going to see the brother this Friday night!”

          Keith found a great new job; we’ll show you how 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 more information about the meetings and agenda.

          See you on Friday!

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

          “South Atlanta’s best 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.

            Seven clients have gotten jobs because they embraced the principles I will teach this week.

            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
            Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
            O’Farrell Career Management

            “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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              The #1 Thing Every Job Seeker Must Have

              #1 thing


              O’Farrell’s Pyramid of Success

              What is the #1 thing every job seeker must have? This week I share secrets that will make your job search 40 times easier. One time when I was preparing for this topic, I had a phone call from executive who said that the second-place candidate for a certain position was lacking the #1 thing every job seeker must have. Second place pays about $330 per week in Georgia. If this gentleman had the #1 thing, he’d earn a couple of thousand dollars every week.

              It’s time to step back and look at what’s really important in job search.

              Part one on 7 April: The Learning Zones – The Key to Breakthrough Performance

              Part two  on 14 April: O’Farrell’s Pyramid of Success – How to Land Your Dream Job

              Not only teach will I teach what the most important thing is, I will quickly share #2-5 as well. I will challenge you to leave our comfort zone every day and do the things that are most likely to lead to job search success.

              The bottom line is this: It’s time to stop telling God how big our storm is, and to start telling the storm how big our God is. Come for a blessing this week.

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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
              Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
              O’Farrell Career Management

              “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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                Opening the Interview

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                Here’s someone who makes a great impression.

                Our topic for Friday 31 March is “Opening the Interview – How to make a great first and second impression.” I will explain how and why employers make their initial decision on your candidacy before your butt hits the seat in the interview room. No pressure, huh?

                Make a good impression, and the interviewers will spend the rest of the time affirming their good judgement. Make a poor impression, and you will spend the rest of the interview trying to change their minds. Which position would you rather be in?

                You will learn the three things you absolutely, positively must do to win them over before they start firing questions at you. We will also teach and practice the one true differentiator that will set you apart from your competition – and set the tone for the entire meeting.

                To be better prepared for the meeting on Friday, bring a job lead with you – hopefully for an upcoming interview, but at least for a specific job you’d love to land.

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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
                Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
                O’Farrell Career Management

                “South Atlanta’s best 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
                  Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
                  O’Farrell Career Management

                  “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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                    Improving Your P&L Skills (Questioning Skills)

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                    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 move your campaign forward and uncover the hidden job market? Then come to JobSeekers this week to improve your questioning skills.

                    This week’s session on Friday 17 March – “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
                    Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
                    O’Farrell Career Management

                    “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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