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  • careerforwardThe tools you need to start moving 
  • 2 | career forward CONTENTS introduction P/3 01 Networking opens doors P/4 02 Understanding the recruiter relationship P/6 03 Impress with your résumé P/8 04 Have them at “hello” P/16 05 Nailing the interview P/19 06 Following up P/28 07 The professional exit P/31 08 The counter-offer dilemma P/35 09 Where Kelly comes in® P/37  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 3 | career forward introduction You’re ready to move forward. You have the skills, the experience, and the drive to take that next step in your career. All you need now is the right opportunity. So now what? This guide will provide you with what you need—from effective networking to closing the deal on a job offer. The fine print: Some of the suggestions here may seem obvious, but résumé and job-search mistakes can happen at all professional levels. Taking the time to review this guide will help you avoid blunders and make your search a success.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 4 | career forward 01 networking Who you know matters, and so does opens doors having a strong professional network— because your contacts may lead to more options and opportunities. Consider the following when networking.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 5 | career forward 01 networking • Explore every angle. People have •  e genuine. Mention the names B • OMG! Don’t 4get 2 B professional! different styles of networking. Use of people who referred you. Take Avoid using texting lingo, slang, opens doors what’s best for you, but get out the time to get to know your new symbols, and abbreviations in your of your comfort zone, too. Don’t contact’s background, knowledge, and online communication with contacts. be afraid to reach out to circles of expertise. Showing interest in others Write as if you are speaking to friends, colleagues, social networks, will make them interested in you. the person face-to-face. This is a and professional organizations alike. simple and effective way to convey • Share the wealth. Networking isn’t professionalism. • Plan ahead. Don’t waste your contact’s always about finding a job. Look at valuable time. If you are serious about initial conversations with contacts as • Follow-up. It’s your responsibility to a career change, make your intentions an opportunity to share ideas and follow up on leads. Should anything known early on. Telling your contact information—and consider that your turn into a new job, remember to that you are just “thinking” about expertise could possibly help them, send your contact a thank you note. a change might not be enough to too. It’s a professional courtesy that may motivate them to help you. help you even more down the road. • Get social. Social networking is a •  ring your A-game. Make sure your B major force among professionals. career portfolio is up to date. That Join the networks that are most includes your most recent résumé, relevant to you, develop a strong online career profiles, talking points, profile that highlights your skills and contact information. and experience, and include a professional photo. Regularly monitor your profiles and reply promptly when someone reaches out to you.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 6 | career forward 02 Understanding We often hear advice on how to deal with the recruiter potential employers, but we rarely hear about relationship how to effectively work with our job search advocate—the recruiter. The following guidelines will help you make the most of the relationship.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 7 | career forward 02 Understanding • Start out on the right foot. Sell yourself to a recruiter during the first • Know that recruiters have the inside track on openings. Your • Follow-up and keep in touch. Share your interview experience with the recruiter meeting just like you would in an recruiter may have a job for you the recruiter. Keeping the lines of interview. The recruiter needs to feel that you can’t find anywhere else. communication open helps maintain relationship good about representing you. Submitting your résumé through a a positive relationship with your recruiter sometimes is the only way recruiter. • Be honest. Tell the truth about your to get your foot in the door, putting career goals, personal needs, and you far ahead of the competition. • Referrals. Tell your recruiter about salary requirements so your recruiter other people you know who may be can take this critical information and • Communicate. If you get your a good fit for a job. Again, you’re present you in the best possible own interview with a company, let building a valuable relationship with light. Tell them if you’re working with your recruiter know. It will heighten your recruiter while helping others in another recruiter simultaneously. A urgency for the recruiter to call a few their job search. knowledgeable recruiter knows it’s competing companies, which could realistic for a candidate to work with spur urgency for those companies more than one representative. to interview you as soon as possible. In the process you might also get a • Have patience. It takes time for a valuable scoop on fair compensation, recruiter to deliver the best results. which your recruiter can leverage as Even if the perfect job isn’t available they continue to search out the best right away, trust your recruiter to be opportunities. the first to know when an opportunity is right.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 8 | career forward 03 impress with Your résumé makes an impression that can your résumé determine whether or not you will be invited for an interview. Your goal is to craft a powerful document that shows off your accomplishments, experience, skills, and strengths.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 9 | career forward 03 impress with • Position yourself. Including an • Describe companies. Unless the • Use action words. Action words/ “objective” on your résumé is an company is very well-known, include verbs (e.g., developed, designed, your résumé outdated format. Companies want a description with size, industry, championed, initiated, established, to know what you can do for them, location, and any other notables. executed, managed, organized) not the other way around. Begin Never include negative information promote a powerful individual. your résumé instead with a strong or your reason for leaving a former Omit personal pronouns. positioning statement that describes employer. Replace “I accomplished” with what you have to offer. Example: “Accomplished…” “Highly accomplished marketing • Showcase accomplishments with executive with more than 10 years the use of bullet points while also •  ake it easy on the eye. Keep M experience developing multi-million succinctly summarizing your daily it clean, simple, and professional. dollar product lines.” tasks. Keep descriptions short and Avoid multiple fonts, font sizes, and streamlined. Avoid company lingo or complicated formatting. Limit it to two • Organize with simple categories: acronyms. pages, using white or off-white paper. Professional Experience, Education, Certifications, Associations. • Show measurable results. “Increased • Proofread. Read your résumé and yearly profits” is vague. “Developed then read it again. Have a trusted • Be relevant. List your experience new direct mail campaign resulting friend review it for mistakes. A and dates of employment in reverse in more than $4 million in yearly misspelled word can ruin your chronological order, and then only sales,” is specific and demonstrates a chances for an interview. for the past 10 years unless you feel measured result of your abilities. that certain experience prior to that • Be truthful. False or misstated is critical in helping you get a new information can take you out of the position. running.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 10 | career forward 03 impress with • List education, certifications, • Include keywords in electronic and associations last. These are version. Your résumé may be placed your résumé important, but not more than direct in keyword-searchable databases that experience. Leave out anything use software to search for specific personal such as hobbies or awards keywords that relate to job activities. that have no professional relevance. Always include keywords related to the specific industry. Use words • Create an electronic version. repeatedly mentioned in the job title Employers may need your résumé in and description. several different formats. Although most accept MS WORD or PDF versions, it’s good practice to have a plain text (TXT or RTF file) version on hand for job posting purposes.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 11 | career forward 03 impress with Special circumstances/types of résumés If you are a recent college graduate If you are changing careers: Listing your GPA: with little experience: •  onsider using a functional résumé, C •  cademic accomplishments become A your résumé •  ighlight skills and experience that H which allows you to highlight less significant as work history are important to the job you are transferable skills. develops, so don’t include your GPA if applying for, i.e. classes, volunteer you’ve been working for a few years. efforts, internships, professional If you have gaps in your work history: •  n exception: If you are a recent A organizations, etc. •  se your cover letter to explain U graduate with a high GPA or degree •  ry a functional résumé rather than a T how you’ve kept your skills up-to- from a distinguished university, list chronological one, listing your skills date through temporary/contract this information near the top of your and accomplishments first and putting assignments, volunteer work, résumé. less emphasis on your previous professional development courses, etc. positions and dates of employment. If you’ve had several temporary/ Rather than having a section called contract positions: “Work experience,” consider using •  ist temporary/contract positions in L functional sections that highlight skills. reverse chronological order, just as Example: “Research experience,” you would full-time positions. “Network installation skills,” or • f you worked with a staffing I “Project management skills.” Then list company, use its name as your a brief work history near the end of employer, grouping all of your the document. assignments together.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 12 | career forward sample résumé one: chronological P/1 03 impress with Summary of Qualifications Alicia Wilson 515 Main Street East Lansing, MI 48823 Phone: (517) 555-4444 E-mail: awilson@hotmail.com Experienced management professional specializing in financial analysis, planning, and budgeting. Demonstrated expertise in and dedication to developing innovative process improvements that positively your résumé affect company profitability with a consistent and documented record of creating positive organizational enhancements. Representative Accomplishments • Deep knowledge of asset management/wealth-development built through six years of business experience • Created and implemented strategic planning and analysis process resulting in more than 200 enhancements to client organization • Reduced labor costs by average of $500 per month by cutting two days off monthly close schedule • Commended by CFO for developing model for long-term forecast of accounts payable payments to determine cash requirements and timing of bank borrowing Professional Experience Wilson Reilly Management – A Fortune 500 Investment and Consulting Firm Finance and Administration Director 2005 – Present Directed accounting, finance, and operations for the North American consumer division. Major accomplishments include: • Drove improvement in operating profits for division resulting in $80 million increase over the course of three years • Led $30 million acquisition of new operating unit resulting in a 25% increase in market penetration • Implemented financial controls and managed $1.5 million budget • Drove implementation of the CST.2 Active Accounting System throughout branch offices resulting in increased efficiency and a $1 million YOY reduction in expenses • Reduced monthly receivable write-offs by $556,000 by developing and implementing restricted credit policies for the lowest margin customers • Designed executive management, financial, and operational reporting for more than 100 branches Portfolio Planning, Inc. – A Publicly Held Capital Management Company Senior Financial Manager 2002 – 2005 Co-managed $5 – 10 million in domestic equities for private individuals. Selected securities, valued portfolios, traded equities, and built personal customer relationships. Developed valuation models and analytical framework for the equity management service. Major accomplishments include: • Allocated and oversaw $50 million in corporate cash for a large public company – helped to build and maintain the relationship for more than 3 years • Secured new client relationships that resulted in $3.5 million in new business  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 13 | career forward sample résumé one: chronological P/2 03 impress with • Analyzed more than a hundred companies across various industries using traditional financial statement analysis, qualitative analysis, break-up, and comparative valuation methods • Won contract offering investment services through 14 branches of a local bank • Developed a rapidly growing brokerage clientele of 275 accounts – products included mutual funds, stocks, bonds, individual and company retirement plans, insurance, and annuities • Managed team of seven Financial Managers Interactive Investing, Inc. – Management Consulting and Registered Commodity Trading Firm Senior Financial Analyst 1999 – 2002 Financial Analyst 1998 – 1999 your résumé Provided customized analysis, software, charting, and data for Fortune 500 clients. Major accomplishments include: • Expanded proprietary database to include numerous unique data sets, particularly in the cash commodity markets • Created twenty new and innovative products to meet specific customer needs • User liaison for billing system in place in 40 offices throughout US. New system showed decrease in overdue accounts resulting in 34% more billable revenue each month Education Master of Business Administration in Finance 2004 Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance 1998 University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan Affiliations & Memberships Board of Directors – Abacus Education Foundation • Responsible for organizing and managing monthly and yearly financial records Fundraising Committee Chair – Midwest Entrepreneurial Foundation • Raised donation in excess of $75,000 • Organized and managed fundraising efforts  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 14 | career forward sample résumé two: functional P/1 03 impress with QUALIFICATIONS JASON MOORE 5432 Kingsfield Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268 Home: 317-871-1436 Cell: 317-871-4829 jason_moore@jobsearch.com • Executive-level, strategic marketing, and product development professional in the financial services industry • Advanced strategic marketing and promotions • Extensive direct-to-consumer and business-to-business experience • P&L management your résumé • Online and traditional product development • Budget administration • Recognized leadership and teambuilding EXPERIENCE Strategic Marketing Significant accomplishments include: •  enerated $41 million in annual organic growth with $500,000 G marketing investment through client focused lead generation, advertising, and promotion efforts •  evelopment and execution of vertical industry strategy resulting in D annual division revenue increases of 38% •  ncreased depth of online product offerings, resulting in new account I growth averaging 37% per year •  ed expansion efforts by identifying and capitalizing profitable L markets– increased branch coverage by 25% •  ed insurance investment group through intensive overhaul of sales L and marketing approach that increased penetration into personal investing by 20% and division revenue by 23% in 2007 •  mproved online lead generation activity by 9,500 active leads each I month •  ork directly with CEO to develop strategic marketing plan and W determine corporate direction •  everaged CRM data to develop models to identify customers at L greatest risk of decline, developed and implemented strategies to help retain key customers, resulting in consistent double-digit year over year growth for this segment New Product Development Significant accomplishments include: •  ew product development resulting in more than $200 million in N additional yearly revenue • Developed premium account product for high-volume clients, which  increased account penetration by 46% in the financial services market  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 15 | career forward sample résumé two: functional P/2 03 impress with •  eveloped and introduced specialty product for the business-to- D business market which drove an additional contribution of $80 million in the first year •  nhanced existing offline products for the consumer market, E improving margin by 24% •  ntroduced more than 50 enhancements to existing online product I resulting in 200% more repeat visitors to consumer web site •  stablished formalized product life cycle management approach, E resulting in 10% year over year growth in niche markets your résumé •  enerated comprehensive product plans to address challenges and G exploit opportunities identified in product review Leadership and Talent Management Significant accomplishments include: •  ead cross-functional teams responsible for new product L development, product management, marketing, and promotions •  otivated teams to regularly exceed targets and financial forecasts M •  uilt national team of 30 marketing professionals that drove sales B growth an average of 34% at the branch level •  dentified and promoted key performers within the organization I •  etained marketing team at 95% over a five-year period R EMPLOYERS Interactive Investing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN A publicly held Fortune 500 investment firm with 200 locations worldwide Vice President of Marketing 2005 to Present Up Close and Personal Inc., Ann Arbor, MI A national financial planning agency with more than 100 locations nationwide Director of Product Development and Marketing 2001 to 2005 Lime Green Investments, Ann Arbor, MI A boutique financial planning agency specializing in environmentally responsible investments Marketing Manager 1999 to 2001 Associate Marketing Manager 1996 to 1999 EDUCATION Master of Business Administration University of Michigan Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting Central Michigan University  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 16 | career forward 04 Have them at The cover letter provides an additional “hello” opportunity to market yourself. It can establish you as a potential candidate and set you apart from other applicants. Use the following template to help you write an effective cover letter intro, main body, and closing.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 17 | career forward 04 cover letter format: Your name Mailing address City, State, and ZIP Code Telephone number(s) E-mail address Have them at Today’s date “hello” Addressee’s name Professional title Organization name Mailing address City, State, and ZIP Code Dear Mr. (or Ms.) last name, Begin your letter with a statement that establishes a connection with your reader, a probing question, or a notable quote. Briefly say what job you are applying for. The body of your letter should be one to two short paragraphs that make relevant points about your qualifications. Do not summarize your résumé! Choose some qualifications that really target the position you are interested in, but fight the tendency to oversell at this point. Your closing paragraph should initiate action by explaining what you will do next (e.g., call the employer) or instigate the reader to contact you to set up an interview. Always close by showing appreciation. Sincerely yours, Your signature (handwritten) Your name (typed) Enclosure: Résumé  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 18 | career forward sample cover letter 04 Have them at August 24, 2008 Kyle Curtin “hello” Brown Cow Interactive 478 Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 45990 Dear Mr. Curtin: I read with interest your requirements for an Account Supervisor. I am interested in working for a dynamic and fast growing interactive marketing firm such as yours and have noted your progress since your company started in 2001. In my position at EastWay Advertising, I was responsible for managing more than $17 million in national advertising revenue along with developing and executing new online and offline initiatives designed to motivate consumer purchases and increase revenue. As the lead member of the account team, I was responsible for moving overall client retention from 76% to 92%, as well as growing several key verticals. I believe I can bring a high level of expertise and experience to your organization while making an immediate impact. The attached résumé briefly outlines my experience and accomplishments. If it appears that my qualifications meet your current needs, I would be happy to further discuss my background in a meeting with you. I will be contacting you the week of September 1 to follow up and schedule a personal interview. Sincerely yours, Lesley Smith Enclosure: Résumé  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 19 | career forward 05 Nailing the No matter how impressive your résumé, interview a great interview can always increase your odds of landing the job. The following are key elements of a great interview.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 20 | career forward 05 Nailing the Know yourself inside and out • Know how your skill set relates to the position. An interviewer wants • Give examples. Be prepared to discuss specific situations where interview to see how your experience will your contributions made a real translate into their environment. Be impact. Think of a time when your prepared to give examples. contribution made a real difference. •  lay to your strengths. Identify P • Expand on your résumé. Use the areas where you think you will be interview to expand upon your able to offer value. accomplishments or offer up new ones not highlighted on the résumé. •  on’t ignore your shortcomings. D If you have a weakness, turn it into • Know what you want. Talk about an advantage by describing it as an your career goals, both long- and opportunity to improve your current short-term. Your interviewer wants to skill set. Describe a situation in know you’re career-minded, not just which you overcame this weakness looking for a job. in the past.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 21 | career forward 05 Nailing the Do your homework • Research the company, industry, and position you’re applying for. • Match yourself to the opportunity. The question on every interviewer’s interview This shows that you’re prepared mind is, “What can you do for us?” and serious about getting the job. Give specific examples of how you There are many resources for you will contribute positively to the to do your research. Check out your company’s mission, business goals, local library or do an online search. and job objectives. A company’s website will often have information on the history • Understand the organizational of the organization as well as the structure and where the position vision, mission, and business goals. fits in. This will help you form more If the company is publicly traded, relevant questions about your career annual reports and 10-Ks are an path and demonstrate your interest excellent source to get an overview in the job. of products, services, and financial • Know the company’s competition, statements. and ask how the company differs. This demonstrates you already know who you’ll be competing against if hired. • Make your interest known. Tell the interviewer specifically about why this particular position, company, and industry appeals to you.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 22 | career forward 05 Nailing the All the right questions The interviewer will ask work- and behavior-based questions about Below are some sample work-related questions: interview your past employment, your current •  hat are your long-term/short-term career goals? W position and responsibilities, and your •  hat are the most important qualities you look for in a company, position, and W long-term career goals. Focus on manager? Why are they important? your professional accomplishments, •  hy are you seeking a change in employment? W and make your answers concise but •  hat would be your next position if you stayed with your current employer? W informative. Don’t go off on tangents or talk about your personal life. •  escribe one of your greatest accomplishments in a previous position. D •  o you prefer a slow- or fast-paced environment? D •  ould you rather be part of a group or lead it? W •  ow do you work under pressure? H •  ow would co-workers describe your strengths and weaknesses? H •  hat professional skills are you currently working to improve? W •  escribe how others perceive you as a manager. D •  escribe how you meet deadlines and goals. D •  hat are the keys to successful business relationships? W •  hat was the biggest challenge in a previous position? W •  hat is missing from your current employer? W  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 23 | career forward 05 Nailing the Behavior-based questions Employers frequently use behavior- based interviewing techniques to  elow are some sample behavior-based questions: B interview gauge an employee’s past behavior •  ell me about a situation where you had to make a quick decision. T and future performance. An interviewer •  escribe how you led a cross-functional team. What were the results? D isn’t always looking for a success story. •  escribe a situation with a difficult customer and the outcome. D If you’re asked about a situation that •  ell me about the best decision you made. T went wrong, describe how you dealt with it, what you learned, and what •  ow do you make sure you understand your customer’s needs? H steps you took to create a positive •  ell me about a time when you went the extra mile to support your team and T outcome. how you did it. •  escribe a time when you were involved in a stressful situation but still got the D job done. •  ell me about a time when you had to deal with a conflict with a team member. T •  ell me about a time when you had to show leadership among your peers/team. T  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 24 | career forward 05 Nailing the Questions for the employer It’s just as important to ask as it is to answer during a job interview. By Company-focused: •  ow would you describe the culture? H interview asking informed questions, you show •  here do you see the company among the competition? W the interviewer that you have a strong, proactive interest in the company and •  hat’s the management style? W position. Following are some of the •  ho thrives in this type of work environment? W questions you could ask: •  hat makes you want to work here? W •  hat are the pros and cons of the company? W Department-focused: •  here does this position fit in the organizational structure? W •  hat concerns are currently facing this department? W •  ho would I be interacting with most in this position, and what are those W individuals like? •  hat is the culture of the department, and what types of personalities work W well within it? •  ow do your direct reports perceive your management style? H  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 25 | career forward 05 Nailing the Position-focused: •  escribe a typical day. D interview •  hat characteristics would the ideal candidate for this position possess? W •  ow is performance measured? H •  hat are the goals for this position? W •  ow important does management consider this position? Where does it fit in H the priorities set for the organization as a whole? •  ho has been the best at this position and why? W •  hat areas of my background can I further clarify for you? W •  ow do you feel my experience and personality would fit in this position? H •  hat’s the next step? W  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 26 | career forward 05 Nailing the Coming to a close The last impression you make is just as important as the first. The end of the The nitty-gritty Certain aspects of an interview may have less to do with your qualifications, but still speak volumes to the kind of employee you will be. Consider the following interview interview is your final chance to let the tips to make a good impression from start to finish: employer know why you’re the best person for the job. Tell them you feel Interview etiquette: positive about the position and working • Don’t be late. Factor in extra time for traffic and parking, and try to arrive for their company. Finally, thank them about 10 minutes early. for their time and ask about next steps, • Don’t use your cell phone. Turn it off or leave it in your car. when you can expect to hear back, and •  reat everyone you meet as if they were the interviewer. It shows your ability T who to contact to get updated on the to respect everyone at the company. interviewing process. •  on’t be fooled by a casual setting. You’re always interviewing, no matter who D you’re talking to or where you are. Don’t ever drop your professional guard! • Save the money conversation for later. Bringing up money sends the wrong impression about what you’re after. Wait to discuss salary and benefits until the employer brings it up. •  oward the end, reiterate your interest in the position, and ask about next steps. T • Say thank you. Show your appreciation for the opportunity and tell the interviewer you look forward to speaking to them again soon. Verbal communication: •  orrectly pronounce the names of all interviewers. Try to nail down difficult C names before the interview, or ask for clarification at the beginning. •  isten carefully and allow the interviewer to finish before responding. Don’t be L afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 27 | career forward 05 Nailing the •  espond concisely. Don’t ramble. R •  ay attention to the non-verbal cues of your interviewer like body language P interview and expressions so your responses do not make you seem overbearing or overconfident—but don’t be tentative when sharing your skills and abilities. •  void inappropriate language. Cursing or the use of slang can end an A interview quickly. •  on’t talk negatively about your previous employers or coworkers. It makes D you seem like a complainer, not a doer. Non-verbal communication: •  ress the part. Professional dress is always appropriate, whether it’s a large D corporation or a casual online agency. Keep accessories, makeup, and cologne to a minimum. •  ive a firm handshake. It shows self-confidence. G •  aintain eye contact. If you don’t, you’ll appear insecure. M •  se positive vocal qualities and facial expressions. Keep your voice strong, U steady, and confident and your facial expressions calm and composed. •  void overconfidence. Maintain a careful balance between self-confidence and A respect. Interviewers are looking for a team player, not a cocky self-promoter.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 28 | career forward 06 following up Your work isn’t done when the interview ends. Take the following actions within a day to establish yourself as a frontrunner.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 29 | career forward 06 following up Conduct a self-assessment Interview follow-up •  all your recruiter to share your C How do you really feel it went? Focus Following up with your interviewer is feedback. This will help the recruiter on your own impression, and don’t try a critical step that can make all the present you in the best light during to guess how the interviewer saw you. difference. discussions with the employer. •  hat were your strong points? W •  end an email, letter, or note to each S •  here did you fall short? W interviewer to thank them for their time and state again your interest •  ow does the opportunity fit your H in the position. It should strike a goals? good balance between gratitude •  hat did you like or dislike about the W and self-marketing. Briefly reiterate opportunity, the company, and the your strengths, why your skills are a people? good fit, and what you can do for the •  ow interested are you in the H company. Refer to the sample letter opportunity since the interview? provided. •  ow does it compare to others you H • n the individual correspondences, I are considering? emphasize one element of your conversation with each interviewer. This will help you stand out among other candidates.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 30 | career forward sample follow-up letter: 06 following up July 15, 2008 Richard Johnson Vice President of Interactive Marketing Digital Lizard 937 Industrial Road Chicago, Illinois 60602 RE: Interview Follow-Up Dear Mr. Johnson: Please allow me to thank you for my interview on July 14, 2008. During my interview, I discovered Digital Lizard’s unique mission, culture, and impressive accomplishments. I feel privileged to have had this opportunity to be considered, and look forward to learning even more about Digital Lizard, the interactive marketing account management opportunity, and you. Given my unique experience and qualifications, I am excited about the prospect of a career at Digital Lizard. If I can facilitate your decision-making with additional information, then I would certainly welcome the opportunity to meet with you again. Many thanks and sincerest regards, Benjamin Lewis  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 31 | career forward 07 the Once you’ve landed the job, you still need professional to make a professional exit from your current exit employer. The following guidelines will help you leave on good terms and maintain the positive relationships you built.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 32 | career forward 07 the •  repare a resignation letter. Express P your gratitude for the opportunity, • Connect with your current HR department. Confirm your benefits •  hank your co-workers and T supervisors, and avoid making professional thank your manager, and compliment grace periods and continuation negative statements about the organization and your colleagues. provisions. colleagues. Don’t gloat about your exit Indicate your last day, and mention new opportunity. that this decision helps you move Exit etiquette your career forward. Refer to the next • Leave on good terms. Don’t air your •  e graceful and professional. This is B section on how to handle a counter- grievances about issues you faced at not the time to burn bridges. offer. work. You never know who you may be working with or for in the future. • Give the standard two • Withdraw from the job market. weeks notice. Anything less is Notify everyone who is actively • Don’t feel guilty about leaving. unprofessional. involved in your job search, including Focus on the fact that you’ve got a recruiters and colleagues. Thank • Offer to train your replacement better opportunity ahead. them for their time and assistance. so your essential duties are covered Make sure any upcoming interviews once you leave. are cancelled. • Leave a transition plan to help • Remove your résumé from the your replacement finish open Internet. Your new employer assignments. shouldn’t see your résumé still making the rounds. It could be • Work as hard during your notice perceived as a lack of commitment. period as you did on your first day. Don’t miss work or come in late.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 33 | career forward sample resignation letter 1 07 the August 13, 2008 Michael Reede professional Computer Systems, Inc. 17436 Megabyte Drive exit San Francisco, CA 94115 Dear Mr. Reede: Please accept this letter as my formal notice of resignation from Computer Systems, Inc., effective August 27, 2008. The associations I have made during my employment here will truly be memorable for years to come. I trust the traditional two-week notice is sufficient to transition my responsibilities, and to commence the process of identifying a replacement. I am happy to assist in the training and transition of my replacement. Sincerely, Your signature Katherine Smithson, IT Systems Engineer cc: Natasha Henri, Ken Maxwell  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 34 | career forward sample resignation letter 2 07 the August 13, 2008 Michael Reede professional Computer Systems, Inc. 17436 Megabyte Drive exit San Francisco, CA 94115 Dear Mr. Reede: Please accept this letter as formal resignation of my position as an IT Systems Engineer with Computer Systems, Inc. Wednesday, August 27, 2008 will be my last day of employment with the company. I want to thank you for the opportunity to work with such an outstanding organization. I have enjoyed learning and growing within the organization, and am proud to have been part of a dynamic team. Sincerely, Your signature Katherine Smithson, IT Systems Engineer cc: Natasha Henri, Ken Maxwell  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 35 | career forward 08 The counter- A counter-offer from your present employer offer may sound tempting, but a raise or new title dilemma rarely addresses the reasons you wanted to move on in the first place. Make the following important considerations when considering a counter-offer.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
  • 36 | career forward 08 The counter- Questions of money •  ven if you do not accept a counter- E •  ccepting a counter-offer also affects A • f your employer is enticing you with I offer, do not use it to try and increase your prospective new employer. You offer money, ask yourself why you are the salary you have already agreed are, in essence, going back on your dilemma suddenly worth more now. Is it that upon with your new employer. This could change your new employer’s word and written agreement, and this will smear your name and trust with your value increased overnight? Or is it that it is cheaper for your employer mind about you very quickly. those involved in your search. to give you a raise than to replace Questions of perception •  nyone who helped you secure the A you immediately? •  ven if your employer makes you E new position, including your recruiter, •  long those same lines, consider A a counter-offer, it may mean they will likewise feel stung. This will make that your employer might just be felt betrayed or even blackmailed them much less inclined to help you buying time. That $12,000 raise may when you announced your decision in the future. not look so good if your employer is to leave. From now on, your every Just remember that you began your actively looking for your replacement. move will be scrutinized. You are out job search for very specific reasons. What happens when they find him/ of the inner circle. Your chances of Chances are, a counter-offer does her? Especially if he/she is willing to promotion just diminished, because not address any of them, and within a work for less money? most companies are unwilling to year, you may very well be out of the promote someone who was about to •  he raise you receive might be the T company regardless. Stand firm and leave them. And if the company has same one you are due to receive graciously decline a counter-offer, and a downturn, you may be one of the during your next review. embrace the new opportunity you first to be let go. have just earned for yourself.  HOME CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Networking Understanding Impress with Have them Nailing the Following up The professional The Where Kelly opens doors the recruiter your résumé at “hello” interview exit counter-offer comes in relationship dilemma
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