NetworkingFor many people the word “networking” does give them a pit in their stomach, especially introverts. But, what you resist persists. You have to learn to embrace networking, not just for your job search but also for your long term career success. You can do it in a way that works for you!

This radio interview will show you how. But, you have to do it. Listen  to this 20 minute radio segment to learn how you can embrace, not avoid, networking and use it to your advantage.

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Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

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Category: Networking
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Check out my latest video as I share three final ways you will know if you are in your dream job. This is part of my series on how to know if you’re in the right fit.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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Stop selling yourself short – Top 10 tips for your search

Business CardIt’s almost cap and gown season, time for recent grads to look for a job. With the economy slowly on the rebound, their prospects look better but… these 10 critical tips still stand regardless of the state of the job market. Grads can feel an unsettling sense of urgency in their search which doesn’t help them in their search because they come across as desperate. Listen to this 20 minute radio interview  to learn the top 10 tips for recent grads. To help you or your grad get any experience they can to put on their resume, how to stand out from the crowd, and approach their search with confidence.

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Hallie Crawford
Career Transition Coach

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InterviewYou’re interviewing for the job of your dreams and the interviewer asks a question and you have no idea of how to answer. What do you do? Ask for a moment to think of your answer. Particularly when an interview asks you a thought-provoking question, you may need time to think of what you want to say.

For example, an interviewer may ask, “If you could be any car, what car would you be?” People who don’t know anything about cars may be as stumped as those that know all about them. Calmly reply, “Would you give me a minute to think about your question?” The key is to only take some extra seconds to decide how to answer; you don’t want to literally keep the interviewing waiting for five minutes as you review makes, colors, and prices of cars in your mind. When you do decide on an acceptable answer, calmly state it, such as, “I would be a Volvo because they score so well in crash tests.”

You may leave an interview and never know the real reason an interviewer asked you a question. Unless you were asked an illegal interview question, you don’t need to know the reason. Just know that asking for time to think of an answer is perfectly acceptable during an interview. In fact, doing so may even make you look good if the interviewer perceives that you’re the kind of person who thinks before you speak.

Hallie Crawford and Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC
Certified Career Coaches

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www.halliecrawford.com – Hallie Crawford, Certified Career Coach, discussing three critical elements you must include in your strategic career plan, and how to define and clarify what each one means. Hint – understand your unique selling points, even when you are not in job search mode, it will serve you well beyond that! Especially when it’s time to ask for a promotion or a raise.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Category: Job Search
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LinkedInI wanted to share this great client story with you. I was talking to Janice in Ohio recently, she applied for a position at Pitney Bowes. Right away she noticed two Pitney people viewed her LinkedIn profile. She asked me if it was appropriate for her to reach out them, or would she look like a stalker. I said go for it, just be careful of how you word your message and be professional. Here is the conversation thread you can use if you are ever in this situation – and her story of how it worked well:

Hallie: Write them both and say something like:

Hi NAME, I recently applied for X position at X company. I wanted to reach out to you to let you know I am very interested in working at XX to (for example) to facilitate and enhance the research process (mention how you could impact the organization through that role). I would love to have the chance to interview for this position. If we can connect on LinkedIn that would be great, but at the very least I wanted to re-iterate my interest in the position. Thank you, NAME

*Side note: You could also ask this person for 10 minutes of their time to conduct an informational interview to learn more about the organization.

Janice: Thanks, Hallie.  I took your advice and contacted both.  They each accepted and one of them invited me to call them tomorrow or Wednesday. :)  Hopefully this can help start getting the ball rolling on something!

Here’s the logic everyone: What do you have to lose? You do want to be careful of contacting people you don not know on LinkedIn so they don’t report you as spamming them. But if you handle it professionally and are clear with your intentions, the likelihood of that happening is low. Worst case they ignore your request. My client Jeremy in New Jersey said the other day, “You’re always pushing the envelope.” He’s right. You have to be assertive in your search to get noticed.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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Check out my latest video as I share why starting with fulfillment in your search for your dream job is a critical first step.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Category: Dream Job
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ResumeRead the following bullet point describing a secretary’s duties and form a picture in your mind:

  • Answer telephones, file, and word process.

Do you have a picture of this person’s level of responsibility in your mind? 

Now, read the following bullet points quantifying the same duties:

  • Answer as many as 25 customer service calls per day.
  • Maintain and update filing system of over 4,000 accounts.
  • Word process all correspondence for 8 managers.

Did the picture in your mind change substantially?

The best way to convey the level, depth, and breadth of your responsibilities to an interviewer is by quantifying each accomplishment. If you can’t think of a way to add a number to your responsibilities, then add a statement of why your duty is important.  For example:

  • Compile monthly report and submit to manager for use in company’s monthly financial forecasting.

Quantifying makes the difference in an acceptable resume and an outstanding one, so review your resume and quantify, quantify, quantify. If you need any help, just contact us. We’ll help your resume look exceptional!

Hallie Crawford and Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC
Certified Career Coaches

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