30 May 2017

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 gentleman 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
Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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    Developing and Delivering Your Exit Statement

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    Hey fish, why did you leave?

    “Why did you leave your last job?”

    This one question has prevented many of you from landing a job; I’ve seen it a couple of times very recently. To make matters worse, some of you don’t even know you are not receiving offers because of this one simple question. To be better prepared for the meeting, bring your answer to this question: Why did you leave your most recent position? The one before? And the one before that?

    Our topic for Friday 3 March is “Developing and Delivering Your Exit Statement.”

    We will also cover four more difficult questions that may be causing you to crash and burn in the interview room.

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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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      16 Ways to Make a Message Persuasive

      PersuasiveOur topic for Friday 24 February 2017 is “16 Ways to Make a Message Persuasive.” Marketing and advertising professionals use many ways to make a message persuasive. So does your competition. If you aren’t, you are getting left behind. This week you will learn how to blow your competition away!

      Bring your marketing hat this week; you are the product! We will learn and practice some techniques and skills to ensure that the hiring company remembers us in a very positive way. This week’s session will make you more effective in your networking and interviewing of course, but it will also make you more persuasive in all your communications – as a parent, spouse, salesperson or entrepreneur.

      Bring an extra copy of your résumé for this week’s application activity.

      Learn how to make your message persuasive at JobSeekers 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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        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
        Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
        O’Farrell Career Management

        “South Atlanta’s best 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, Sandra Barnes 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.

          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
          Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
          O’Farrell Career Management

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

            “South Atlanta’s best 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.” 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 on 11 January last year accepted a job the following week. The person with the second highest hippo score on 25 January 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
              Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
              O’Farrell Career Management

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

                “South Atlanta’s best 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.

                  Vacations are almost 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
                  Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
                  O’Farrell Career Management

                  “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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                    No Meeting This Week!

                    christmas_tree_ornaments3x4croppedNo meeting this week, but totally stoked about how many people are landing jobs during the hiring season. I’ve also learned that many others are scheduled for interviews this week, next week, and the first week of January. We have actually scheduled about seven of these ourselves in our recruiting business, including three today.

                    Let me know if you’ve landed a job since 15 November.

                    Very proud of all these people. There is hope for us all. Trust in the Lord. Work wholeheartedly. Trust always.

                    Praise the Lord. God is good.

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                    Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

                    Our next meeting is on Friday 6 January 2017. Our topic will be “Seven Search Strategies and Their Relative Effectiveness.”

                    In the meantime, be sure to read my Christmas blogs:

                    He Will Be Called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace

                    Something Has Always Been

                    Christmas from a New Perspective

                    Are You Melancholy or Merry This Christmas?

                    Peace and joy,

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

                    “South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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