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Job Interview - 5 Fears All Hiring Managers Have

June 30, 2007

Job Interview - 5 Fears All Hiring Managers Have

Job Interview - 5 Fears All Hiring Managers Have
By Jeremiah Kalb

It is quite common for managers to have anxieties affecting their hiring decisions. If you want to quickly earn the interest and trust of every hiring manager you interview with, you must soften his or her fears. Best of all, you’ll increase the number of job offers once you learn to become sensitive to these fears and lead the manager to the conclusion that you are the best candidate for the job.

1. Fear of new hire remorse

You’ve probably felt buyer’s remorse before. It’s an emotional experience whereby a person feels remorse or regret after a purchase. It works the same way in the hiring process. Realize in the back of every hiring manager’s mind is the question of whether or not they will regret the hiring decision weeks or months down the road.

2. Fear that the wrong choice will diminish the respect of others

Peer pressure is alive and well even in the business world. The pressure to please a boss and do an outstanding job ranks high on the list of most managers. Why is...

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Art Teacher Interview Questions

June 30, 2007

Art Teacher Interview Questions

Art Teacher Interview Questions
By Tim W

When interview committees and principals interview art teachers, they're looking for someone who can connect with the entire culture of the school. They're looking for a person who empowers students to create beautiful artwork, has a presence in extra-curricular activities, and can effectively manage students in a classroom full of messy, sloppy supplies. An art program is often the proud centerpiece of a school's curriculum and schools want to fill that position with the most competent art teacher available.

Interviewing is stressful for any candidate. My best advice is to be prepared with a complete teaching portfolio and to practice common interview questions beforehand. While you don't need to rehearse what you'll say word-for-word, it's not a bad idea to prepare yourself by thinking about your responses to general questions that will be asked.

Art teacher candidates can expect the common, general teacher interview questions:

- Tell us about yourself.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- How to you integrate technology into your teaching?
- How do you meet the needs of special education students?
- How do you communicate with parents?

But, when hiring art teachers,...

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Free Cover Letter Samples

June 30, 2007

Free Cover Letter Samples

Free Cover Letter Samples
By Scott Kintraw

Are there any good cover letter samples available online? Yes there are, and we list some of the best places to find them below.

Before you look at these, it will pay you in the long run if you understand how a cover letter can work, along with your resume, to get you the job interview that you want.

A job application is either speculative – you want to work for a company, but they are not advertising; or it is an application for an advertised job.

The key to writing a good cover letter is to understand two things. First, that your potential employer will have many applications to look at, either all at the same time if a position has been advertised, or every morning if he or she has been given the job of assessing speculative applications. Second, he or she will likely have very little time to read them and to decide if a candidate merits an interview. So every word on the cover letter has to count.

As your cover letter will be read before your resume, and it is in effect 'selling' you,...

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When An Interviewer Asks - "What Are Your Salary Expectations?"

June 30, 2007

When An Interviewer Asks - "What Are Your Salary Expectations?"

When An Interviewer Asks - "What Are Your Salary Expectations?"
By John Dir

If you are in a hurry to end an interview quickly, and this question is one of the first ones to be asked, you can eliminate yourself quickly by giving an unrealistic answer to this question. This should be one of the most thoughtful answers you can give in the process of being hired. You should defer this question until the company has told you they want to hire you for the job.

The interview is where you learn the preliminary details about the position, so you can determine what it would be worth to you if you decide to accept the position. It is wise not to focus completely on salary expectations during the interview, as you will also want to consider the other benefits being offered by the company. Do not state your salary expectations on an application or in an interview unless you already know enough about the job and what the company is willing to offer. You need to understand the "big picture" before you can determine what role the salary plays in...

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Fashion Design Degrees Create a Pattern for Success

June 30, 2007

Fashion Design Degrees Create a Pattern for Success

Fashion Design Degrees Create a Pattern for Success
By Elise Zito

Abbey Swisher didn't necessarily want to become a fashion designer or consider fashion design degrees to be her forte in college until she was studying interior design and took an elective in fashion. "I just started to sew, and kept sewing and sewing," she recalls. "I'd come into class with outfits I had made, and people would be like, 'Abbey, why don't you become a fashion designer?'"

She took the hint, switched majors from interior design, and began taking fashion design courses at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design (Lakewood, OH). Now, with classes like tailoring, fashion illustration, and business law, Abbey's learning the crafts needed to become a fashion designer -- making suits and coats, illustrating her designs, and navigating the legal aspects of the industry. And, as anyone successful in fashion design careers will attest, fashion design degrees are instrumental in designing career success in the competitive industry.

Another way to set yourself apart if you want to become a fashion designer? Keep on top of opportunities in which you can show off your stuff like Abbey did....

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Career Authenticity - Step 8 - Create a Strategy for Handling Obstacles

June 30, 2007

Career Authenticity - Step 8 - Create a Strategy for Handling Obstacles

Career Authenticity - Step 8 - Create a Strategy for Handling Obstacles
By Melani Ward

Now that you have defined where you are and where you want to be as well as what you are willing to do to get there, you now have to get real about things that might hold you back from getting what you want and create a strategy for handling them.

Zig Ziglar, a well known speaker and wildly successful businessman, has spoken to thousands of people about goals and how to clarify and achieve them. One of the greatest tips he offered is that some of your goals must be long range and the reason for that is that there is trouble in front of you. The better you plan for this and the more aware you are of things that could get in your way, the more likely you are to forge ahead when an obstacle arises. If you have long range goals, set backs will feel like just pebbles on the water. If however you don’t have long range goals and plan for some detours, those set backs will feel...

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Mystery Shopping Helps Quality Management Improve

June 30, 2007

Mystery Shopping Helps Quality Management Improve

Mystery Shopping Helps Quality Management Improve
By Mik Smith

Mystery shopping is an exciting opportunity for hundreds of thousands of consumers to earn some cash and freebies while helping quality customer service improve. Mystery shoppers do not simply go around shopping malls and gas stations to earn cash or get free services. Their job has much deeper long-term consequences, because mystery shopping helps companies enhance their customer service or deliver better products to clients.

Mystery shopping provides very diverse opportunities to secret shoppers to perform varying tasks for cash payment or for discounted merchandise and freebies. For instance, you can get paid to fill your gas tank up at a local gas station, while having to assess the staff friendliness and responsiveness, and if they offer you to wash your car’s windscreen. Mystery shopping is not a detective work, because it’s not meant to blame anyone individually for doing or not doing something. However, mystery shopping helps detect if staff complies with the work instructions, work ethics and if staff performance lives up to clients’ expectations. Mystery shopping does not have a punitive intent, but rather a corrective one. Moreover, mystery shopping is also...

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Getting Through The Phone Interview and Winning The Face To Face One

June 30, 2007

Getting Through The Phone Interview and Winning The Face To Face One

Getting Through The Phone Interview and Winning The Face To Face One
By Catherine Z Jones

More and more companies use phone interviews these days to reduce the pool of applicants to a manageable size for interview, especially for national recruitment campaigns like graduate or trainee schemes, or for mass recruitment required with the opening of a new company - store and the like.

You can be 'phone-interviewed' in two ways:

  • By invitation, when you are given a time to call or a time to receive a call.

     

     

  • Without invitation, i.e. unexpectedly!

 

So, while you're actively looking for a job, it's important to be prepared for a phone interview at a moment's notice. You never know when a Company or Agency might call and ask if you have a few minutes to talk.

Phone interviewers questions are usually more general in nature than face to face interview questions and are sometimes even multiple choice.

Multiple choice questions will ask you, for example:

 

  • "Do you strongly disagree, disagree, agree or strongly agree with the following statement: 'I have the killer instinct'".

     

     

  • "Do...
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Should You Use Resume Distribution Services To Get Sales Jobs?

June 30, 2007

Should You Use Resume Distribution Services To Get Sales Jobs?

Should You Use Resume Distribution Services To Get Sales Jobs?
By Clint Cora

The best targets for a professional sales job search will always be the people who make final hiring decisions, i.e., the direct supervising sales managers. The further removed the targets are from the sales managers such as recruiters, headhunters and human resources staff, the more distant targets become for individuals hoping to get corporate sales jobs.

There are numerous resume distribution services to shotgun resumes to all sorts of recruiters, human resources people and other targets that are distant from the sales managers. These distribution services try to convince their clients that having their resumes blasted all over online is a step in the right direction towards landing professional sales positions.

The real question is whether candidates are really better off by using such resume distribution services. Let’s put it this way, the resume distribution services are available to anyone who is willing to pay whether they have the job qualifications or not. Clients using these services will be just like all others who pay to get their resumes sent out there and there will be lots...

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The Most Effective Way To Secure A Sales Job

June 30, 2007

The Most Effective Way To Secure A Sales Job

The Most Effective Way To Secure A Sales Job
By Ambar Hamid

What you are about to learn is going to be different than you are used to when looking for a sales job.

You are not going to learn how to submit your sales jobs on job sites or replying to job ads on the newspaper. We all know how to do all that.

Instead, we are going to discover some of the sure fire techniques used by sales recruiters.

Let's have a closer look,

1.Research your industry

Most experienced sales people who have worked in a certain industry for a while will know practically every other major competing company.

Some of them are in good relations with the competitors and remain in close contact.

For example, if you are currently working for Dell as a Senior Sales Manager, naturally, you will know other business entities which may present a commercial threat to the company.

Companies such as Tesco, Sainsburys and ASDA in the UK tend to study the activities of each other to achieve competitive advantage. Similarly, as a sales job seeker, you will need to know your business...

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