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Cachinko's Answers to the Toughest Job Search Questions


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Every job seeker has at least one question that simply stumps them. In this webinar, experienced hiring manager Heather R. Huhman will answer the toughest job search questions.

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Cachinko's Answers to the Toughest Job Search Questions

  1. 1. Questions for CachinkoSolving the Toughest Job Search ChallengesJoin the conversation on Twitter: #cachinko Contact Heather at
  2. 2. Contact Heather at
  3. 3. Introduction • Currently, American unemployment is at 9.1% • HR budgets are at an all-time low • More applicants + less HR = confusion for all • Since August 31, you’ve sent tons of questions ranging from networking and interviews to resumes and applications Contact Heather at 3
  4. 4. What are your top 3 pre- screening questions? -Andrea Contact Heather at 4
  5. 5. • What did you like most and least about each position you’ve held?• Tell me about yourself.• What about [company name] interests you the most and why?• Also: Tell me about something you achieved that you think someone else in your position would not have gotten done. Contact Heather at 5
  6. 6. What are your top threerecommended non-cheesy interview closing techniques? -Emily Contact Heather at 6
  7. 7. • Give a short statement – You’re still interested – Sum up discussion points• Ask when they’ll be in touch• Ask about any reservations they might have about hiring you Contact Heather at 7
  8. 8. What should a new grad/job seeker do if they’re trying to break into a new industry that’s not related to their degree? -Ashley Contact Heather at 8
  9. 9. • Connect skills/experience• Take a class• Informational interviews• Join an organization• Network Contact Heather at 9
  10. 10. Should you only search for a job online? -Patti Contact Heather at 10
  11. 11. • Short answer: No!• Long answer: There are a variety of offline job search options… – Professional organizations – Offline networking – Informational interviews – Job fairs Contact Heather at 11
  12. 12. How do you explain a gapin your work history that is related to a disability? -Chris Contact Heather at 12
  13. 13. • Be upfront• Go into as much detail as you feel comfortable• Know your ADA rights Contact Heather at 13
  14. 14. How do you make a resume fresh and something that the prospective employer will read? -Stacy Contact Heather at 14
  15. 15. • Short & sweet –Bullet points• Active language• Quantifiable results• Dynamic language• Update often Contact Heather at 15
  16. 16. How long should you waitbefore following up on an interview? -Jeana Contact Heather at 16
  17. 17. • 7 to 10 days• Methods – Call – Email – Handwritten note – Face-to-face meet up• Include – When can I expect a decision? – Thanks – Answer any unfinished questions Contact Heather at 17
  18. 18. How can I adapt my CVwhen I have 18+ years of experience? -Anne Contact Heather at 18
  19. 19. • Quantifiable achievements and results• Highlight desirable skills• Active language• Dates are optional• Connect past experience Contact Heather at 19
  20. 20. After 9 years of “retirement”, how do I identify "transferable skills" and present them at an interview? -Sam Contact Heather at 20
  21. 21. • Look at the job posting• Timeless skills• What did you do during retirement? – Volunteering – Organizational participation• Take a class to update skills Contact Heather at 21
  22. 22. What are the newest and most fandagled resumesthat would make me stand out? -Lynne Contact Heather at 22
  23. 23. • LinkedIn• Personal website• The classic resume – Keep up-to-date – Dynamic, active language – Quantifiable results – Bullet points Contact Heather at 23
  24. 24. How do you connect with the right people at an organization when everything is online? -Kelly Contact Heather at 24
  25. 25. • Doesn’t have to be online• Do your research• Social media – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter• Join networking groups – Online – Offline Contact Heather at 25
  26. 26. If I’m a volunteer, should I consider myself “currently employed” on an application? -Gordon Contact Heather at 26
  27. 27. • Depends• Can it connect? –Skills –Experience –Field –Overall relevance Contact Heather at 27
  28. 28. Why am I not getting any calls from employers? -Elizabeth Contact Heather at 28
  29. 29. Popular mistakes job seekers make:• Forget to follow-up, thank• Lengthy, unreadable resume• Under-qualified• Generic application• Passivity• Lack of strategy• Uninterested Contact Heather at 29
  30. 30. How is “promotability” determined? -Nina Contact Heather at 30
  31. 31. • Depends on the company – Budget – Specific position – Supervisor• Depends on the employee – Interest in the company – Ability to learn – Skill set Contact Heather at 31
  32. 32. What is a good approach for older workers when searching for a professional position? -Edward Contact Heather at 32
  33. 33. • Networking! –Professional organizations –Personal network –Social networking online• Job boards• Job fairs Contact Heather at 33
  34. 34. Next Webinar: Questions for Cachinko Part IIQuestions will include:• How can I translate my skill sets?• Should I take a sure thing or wait for my dream job?• How do you actually find jobs? Contact Heather at 34
  35. 35. Contact Heather at
  36. 36. Thank you! For more tips: Join us for our next job seeker webinar on:October 13, 2011: Questions for Cachinko Part II:Still Answering the Hardest Job Search Questions Contact Heather at 36