Come to the interview working, not looking for work

Okay, if you made it as far as the interview, you don’t want to blow it. (Agreed?) In my many years in HR I have been a silent observer on several interviews. Let me tell you some subtle, but definite “no-no’s” you may not be aware of.

1. Dressed up to the nines for an interview. Ask in advance what the attire is for the interview. If it is business casual and you arrive in a suit or vice-versa, you send a subconscious signal to the interviewer that you do not fit in with the culture of the company.

2. Do not say that I am ready to start immediately. Everybody says that! (Believe me I know.) You have to give the impression that you have already started and you just need them to acknowledge it. How do you do that?

  • Research the company from top to bottom; know who the key players are and call out a few of their names in passing.
  • Mention what the company is doing now and how you think they will succeed or fail in what they are doing.
  • Suggest a strategy of how they could proceed and detail how you would facilitate that change.
  • Listen carefully to what they want and be sure you can give it to them.

Let me give you an example of this…

Once upon a time, I worked for MCI in a newly formed startup division within Human Resources focused on Internet Research. (For the record, MCI was way ahead of the curve with using the Internet to recruit, but I digress…)

My resume was one of several to be considered for the position and I knew it, so I did something to put the odds in my favor. As the position itself was a newly created position, the requirements were not wholly stated but I did know that I would be used to source talent for their various facilities nationwide.

So what did I do?

I looked on their webpage, saw their openings, found some resumes on the Internet and sent them into my future boss. She was impressed and I got the job. (Hey Rachel Platt!) You see? The difference between the others and myself was that they came ready to work and arrived already working.

Want to go a step further and really impress them? Create a plan detailing what you plan on accomplishing in the first 100 days of employment! Make sure that you hit every immediate need that touches your position, forecast what will be required beyond that and address those issues in your strategy. Then, ask what additional milestones would have to be met to earn a promotion or performance bonus. The probable reaction? How soon can you start? (NOTE: This technique is used after you have completed a couple of interviews and the final decision is between you and the next guy. I recommend that it be you.)

3. Remember that until you land the job you want, looking for a job IS your job and you should treat it as such. Set your hours of operation, follow-up on your leads, maintain your contacts and be diligent in your pursuit. Create a mentality that you are not per se out of work, just operating in a new temporary position.

Good luck in your job search!

Top 10 jobs that do not require a College Degree

How many 6-figure jobs do you know that do not require a college degree? You may be surprised when you read the list I found.

These are the Top 10:

  1. Air Traffic Controller  – Average pay is $117,240.00
  2. Construction Manager – Average pay is $73,700.00
  3. Transportation Manager – Average pay is $73,080.00
  4. Elevator Installer – Average pay is $63,620.00
  5. Manager of Fire Fighting – Average pay is $62,900.oo
  6. Gaming Manager – Average pay is $62,820.00
  7. Dental Hygienist – Average pay is $62,800.00
  8. Nuclear Medicine Technologists – Average pay is $62,300.00
  9. Powerhouse Electrical Repairers – Average pay is $57,400.00
  10. Railroad Conductors – Average pay is $55,530.00

Want more? Check out these stats from CityTownInfo.com.

How to Google up Hidden Job Opportunities

In my previous post – How to find a job when the economy sucks (part 3), I mentioned that there were hundreds (if not thousands) of job boards online. I also said that Google indexes many of these job boards and as a result, you can search on job boards that you have never heard of. (Hey, as long as the jobs are there, what do you care about where its posted?)  Anyways, below is a list of search examples that you can use for your own job search.  They are all focused below on Recruiter jobs, so feel free to adjust these samples for your individual needs.

Okay, enough of that, here is the info…

Google Search Strings for Recruiters Looking For Work

1) To find Recruiter jobs in general:

intitle:recruiter (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)

Are you seeking an entry-level Recruiter position?
...

2) To find Recruiter jobs by a specific location: (I am using Atlanta as an example, but you can of course use any City or State you choose.):

intitle:Atlanta intitle:recruiter (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)

intitle:GA intitle:recruiter (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe

(404 OR 678 OR 770 OR 912) intitle:recruiter (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)

.

3) To find Recruiter jobs according to quality of life:

Do you like to travel?
“ability to travel” intitle:recruiter (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)

Want to work from home?
(intitle:work.from.home OR intitle:virtual) intitle:recruiter (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)

Want to work in a fast-paced office?
.
Perhaps you prefer an office with a slower pace?
.
Need a position with great benefits?

.

The Worst Paying Jobs in America According to BLS

Just in case you were curious, the Bureau of Labor Statistics did a survey on how much money people are making these days. These occupations were at the bottom of the list:

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
Average hourly earnings: $7.66
Average annual earnings: $15,930

Cooks, fast food
Average hourly earnings: $7.67
Average annual earnings: $15,960

Dishwashers
Average hourly earnings: $7.78
Average annual earnings: $16,190

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
Average hourly earnings: $7.84
Average annual earnings: $16,320

Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge and coffee shop
Average hourly earnings: $8.10
Average annual earnings: $16,860

Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession and coffee shop
Average hourly earnings: $8.15
Average annual earnings: $16,950

Gaming dealers
Average hourly earnings: $8.18
Average annual earnings: $17,010

Shampooers
Average hourly earnings: $8.20
Average annual earnings: $17,050

Waiters and waitresses
Average hourly earnings: $8.27
Average annual earnings: $17,190

Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers
Average hourly earnings: $8.41
Average annual earnings: $17,500

Amusement and recreation attendants
Average hourly earnings: $8.43
Average annual earnings: $17,530

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse
Average hourly earnings: $8.48
Average annual earnings: $17,630

Cashiers
Average hourly earnings: $8.62
Average annual earnings: $17,930

Personal and home care aides
Average hourly earnings: $8.74
Average annual earnings: $18,180

Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers
Average hourly earnings: $8.85
Average annual earnings: $18,410

Parking lot attendants
Average hourly earnings: $8.87
Average annual earnings: $18,450

Food preparation workers
Average hourly earnings: $8.88
Average annual earnings: $18,480

Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials
Average hourly earnings: $8.88
Average annual earnings: $18,470

Bartenders
Average hourly earnings: $8.91
Average annual earnings: $18,540

Graders and sorters, agricultural products
Average hourly earnings: $8.95
Average annual earnings: $18,610

Cooks, short order
Average hourly earnings: $8.99
Average annual earnings: $18,710

Maids and housekeeping cleaners
Average hourly earnings: $8.99
Average annual earnings: $18,700

Child care workers
Average hourly earnings: $9.05
Average annual earnings: $18,820

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers
Average hourly earnings: $9.08
Average annual earnings: $18,890

Service station attendants
Average hourly earnings: $9.21
Average annual earnings: $19,150

Just fyi…

How to manage your online identity with Google Alerts

When you are looking for work and/or interviewing for a job, the last thing you want is a recruiter finding that risque picture of you dancing naked in the Cayman Islands. (That sort of thing is frowned upon by some employers.)

Well, you could do a search on Google now to see what comes up, but what if something new hits the web that you are unaware of until its too late? No worries mate! I have the cure that ails you and its called Google Alerts.

From their website:

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

What I suggest you do is type in your name in quotes and any derivative of your name as well. For example, say your name is John Doe, in the search terms slot I would add:

“john doe” OR “johnathan doe” OR “johnny doe”

Like so…

I would leave the “Type” slot as Comprehensive, so Google will search for any mention of your name in other places beyond websites (Videos for example).

I would leave the “How Often” slot at “Once a day,” but that’s a judgement call. You have the option of making it “As it happens” or Weekly; its up to you.

After that, simply add in your email address and wait. Google will send you updates about how your name appears on the web (and other places) and you can keep up with your reputation.

Now, one thing that you might be very well aware of is that you might not be the only person with your name. In that case, I would advise creating alerts that include the city you live in, the school you attended, party places you have frequented and such.

Here are a few examples to consider when using Google Alerts:

  • “John Doe” Atlanta “Ga tech”
  • “Johnny Doe” NY “Club Infinity”
  • “John Doe” “Cayman Islands” (party OR event)

Hope this helps!

-Jim