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How To Frame Your Experience: An Article By Alan Carniol

Correct Way To Talk About Your Experience  Carniol

“I have 20 years of experience in…”
This is a phrase that means so much to you, your friends, your colleagues, and anyone else who understands the value of what you have to offer.
And it should — because 20 years is a long time.
Frankly, if you’relike many of the folks who read my Daily Success Boost newsletters, then, during those 20 years, you have amassed an incalculable amount of knowledge, specialist know-how, and hard-earned wisdom.
So, the words “20 years of experience” ought to have gravity.
Here’s the thing, though:
For an interviewer, or anyone else who doesn’t know you and doesn’t
understand thekind of conscientiousness your pour into your work, these words simply don’t mean a hoot. They have become meaningless.
Why?
Because they are thrown around by just about every mature candidate.
You need to give these words meaning, by spelling out in concrete terms why your experience makes you a superior candidate.
And there are three steps to doing this right:
First — You need to understand what the hiring manager is looking for in their dream candidate. What will he or she be expected to bring to the table?
Second — You need to sit down with a pen and paper, and make a list of all the tangible and intangible wins, achievements, and learning experiences that you racked up during all these years. Why is your experience
valuable?
Third — You need to put these two things together, and find specific wins, achievements, and learning experiences that demonstrate why hiring managers should see your experience as the valuable asset it is.
When you take the time to do this, then rather than saying, “I have 20 years of experience”, you can say something like the following instead:
“During the last 20 years, I have led teams through three separate mergers. While it is often a difficult time for everyone involved, I know from experience how to deal with many of the ‘people’ problems that are often overlooked, and make the transition as smooth as humanly possible for everyone.”
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Now, if this seems like a difficult idea to apply in your particular field or career circumstances, don’t be dismayed. It’s probably easier than you think.
If you need help implementing Alan’s suggestions, lets take an hour to
go through the steps together. Be prepared the first time and every time you interview for a new job, a new role or a promotion.
Contact me at stephanie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679

Four Ways To Be The Grad That Gets The Job: Start Now

Getting a job is all about relationships.  Sure, you must have relevant experience and some specific skills but they won’t get your foot in the door of the person making the decision.

Start building connections as soon as you’ve set up your dorm room.

  1. Figure out who your “Five” will be.  Jim Rohn posits that we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with so find five who represent who you want to be.  Will you choose people who are kind and help where ever needed?  The ruthless and aggressive business set?  Others lacking confidence and afraid to take risks?
  2. Identify the influencers on campus or in your company.  Who knows how to get things done?  Who can help you do your work better?  Learn all you can from them about culture and processes.
  3. Making connections can begin with a cup of coffee or a response to a post but real relationships take time to deepen.  Trust isn’t built in a day.  The more experiences you share the stronger your bond will become.
  4. Look for opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals.  Take part in alumni and charity events.  Play golf or attend sports oriented functions. Offer help or guidance to others.   Be certain that you put as much into a relationship as you expect to get out of it.

By now you know that hiring is done through personal networks and referrals from connections.  Master the hierarchy on campus, in the organizations where you have internships and each successive employer.

Introverts can become expert networkers, building confidence and influence as they go.  Learn how: Connect with me on LinkedIn, call me at 610-212-6679 or email stephanie@accessguidance.com. https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-welder-ms-ncc-81622814/

 

Bypass Applicant Tracking Systems Using LinkedIn

Perhaps you’ve sent resumes and never heard a word.  The reason may be the applicant tracking systems that many companies use to sort through the piles of applications.

Truth is, most jobs are filled by someone already among the hiring manager’s connections or by a candidate referred by one of the connections.

Avoid sending blind resumes into the jaws of an applicant tracking system, use your LinkedIn account to place yourself on the radar of the hiring manger before you apply for a position.

  1. Do some sleuthing.  Find a few companies in the industry you are in or the type of business that want to work for.   At those companies, identify 10 or more people who have job titles or positions similar to those you want.  Find them using the search box on LinkedIn.
  2. Look at the profiles of the names that appear; choose some to connect with by clicking the connect button.  There is an option to customize the  invitation  using “add a note”.  Personalize your invitation like this:   “I’m exploring careers in (advertising sales to companies that sell green products). I’m contacting (sales executives) in (print marketing) to get advice from people who are on the front lines to see if this is a good fit for my goals and experience.”
  3. When you have secured a connection begin an inmail correspondence, commenting on items in the contact’s profile or asking questions.  Invite your contact for coffee .  Most people will agree to a brief meeting during which you can ask about their job.   Your  coffee invitation should mirror your original connection out-reach.  “May I buy you coffee one day next week?  I’d like to find out more about your work and (name of the company they work for)?”  Occasionally, you will want to speak with a person who isn’t local; extend an invitation this way.”May I join you for coffee via a zoom conference one morning next week?  I’d like to learn more about your job and (company name).
  4. Pay attention to more than our contact’s job description and title.  Strong connections can be made with graduates of your alma mater, home town, those who share an interest or passion.
  5. Remember to add value to your contact.  Share a link to an article they might read, a new book on a mutual interest, offer an introduction to a LinkedIn connection or someone you do business with.

Why bother growing your network on LinkedIn?  Most successful candidates come from among people known to the person doing the hiring.   The more people you know, the more jobs become available to you.

Finding networking challenging?  For a list of networking tips, send me an email at stephanie@accessguidance.com.

Is Your Social Media Presence College Ready?

This won’t be there first time this blog has covered social media accounts.  It goes without saying that you need to keep your presence acceptable to college admissions officers and potential employers who increasingly investigate candidates through their social media accounts.

Social media can help you achieve admission or a job if you use your social network wisely.    Here are 5 ways you can do that.

  1. Post appropriate material for the platform.  What looks great on Snapchat may not a good fit for Instagram.  Consider your audience and post accordingly.
  2. Use your profile to reveal information.  Write about what you hope to study and why it interests you.  Add accomplishments.  Mention steps you are taking to reach goals.
  3. Place posts strategically rather than repeating the same material across the board.
  4. Google yourself occasionally.  Remove old material that doesn’t fit the image of who you are now.
  5. College admission and job acquisition require self marketing.  Think of social media as part of your marketing campaign.

Keep your social media presence real.  Don’t over edit, do let your personality shine.

I can help you develop social media as a tool.  Lets talk! stephanie@accessguidance.com or 510-212-6679.

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