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Total Access Club Career Confidential Coaching Club with Peggy McKee
Today’s AgendaPresentation – How to Tell if a Job Is the Right Fit Questions & Answers – Live Feedback – How to Contact Us Accessing this Webinar – The Archives
Today, I’m going to show you…How to find out if the job and the company are going to be a good fit for YOU.
The main goal for today is… To walk you through how to evaluate: A Job AND An OfferHidden Gives you another layer of knowledge that will Bonus help you sell yourself for the job.
You’ll Do This 3 Ways:1 Analyze Yourself and Your Goals2 Research Companies3 Ask the Right Questions
Figure Out What You Want• Make a list of “must haves” in order to prioritize opportunities – – Features of your ideal job. – Whether you need to stay in a certain geographic area. – Whether you want to work for a small or large organization. – How important it is for you to have advancement opportunities. – Whether or not you are willing to travel.
Personality Tests I recommend that my clientcompanies use personality tests to benchmark their best employees in order to make better decisions on new hires.If a particular personality consistently does well… then itfollows that a new hire with those same personality traitshas a good chance of also doing well.
Personality tests benefit you in other ways, too.• If you take one on your own, you can see if the job you’re in or want is a good match. Is there - – A good chance you’ll do well? – Something else that you could transition into that would be a better fit?• Maybe it will prove that you’re a perfect fit for the job you want, and… You can use it in your favor.
DISC uses four parameters to determine jobsuitability: dominance, influence, steadinessand conscientiousness. The Caliper assessment test measures your personality, motivations, behavioral patterns and potential to succeed. The Occupational Personality Questionnaire or OPQ provides a comprehensive overview of your strengths and weaknesses.
Job seekers usually get a little freaked out…• Their main concern is “will I get it right so I get the job?”• That’s the wrong way to look at it.• First - you can’t fake your way through a personality test.• Second - if you could fake it, you’d end up with a job that you’re likely to fail at because you’re not a good natural fit.
Because employers value the results…• There’s no reason you can’t use them in your favor.• Take one of these tests on your own to see if you’re a good fit for a job or even the type of work.• Use it to send to someone who’s thinking about hiring you as more proof that you’re a good candidate for the job. The results become another selling point in your favor.
Do Your Research• There is no substitute for doing your homework.• There are a lot of things you can find out about a career path, a job, or a particular company if you look for it.The more research you can do,the better-prepared you’ll be.
I Highly Recommend Job Shadowing• It’s good for anyone who’s switching careers or transitioning jobs.• Even one day of shadowing someone gives you – – An education you can’t get anywhere else. – The jargon of the job. – More to talk about during your interview.It makes you look like a real go-getter candidate.
Informational Interviews• You can learn a lot about a job and about a company by spending 15 minutes with someone who either does that job or works with that company. – Do not ask for a job lead. – Be prepared with questions. – Find out what you can. – Send a thank you note.
You never know what you’re going to get…• Insider Information• A New Network Contact• General Advice It’s all going to be something that will give you material you need to find a job lead or sell yourself as a candidate.
The idea behind both of these…• Is to just spend more time talking with someone who knows.• Do the same thing in your interview process… if they ask you back for a second interview – – Try to make sure you’re meeting with as many people as you can. – Ask questions: • About the Company • Mission • A Typical Day • Goals • Work Environment
Investigate Online• Many companies maintain a LinkedIn page, and it will often tell you a lot more than the corporate website.• See a partial list of employees… start checking out their profiles.• Look for discussions... you can learn a lot.
Google is the next source.• See if the company has been in the news or made any announcements. – Are they growing? What does their stock value look like?• Everything you can find tells you a little more about whether or not you want to work there.
Ask Questions• Asking questions is vital in the interview.• Avoid asking anything you could have learned on LinkedIn or Google.• Pick the hiring manager’s brain - – What does his ideal candidate look like? – What does he like or dislike about working for the company? – What would define success or failure in this job? – What is a typical work day like?
Pay Attention to the Details• Pay attention to your treatment during the interview process. – How does the company handle the details like travel arrangements or scheduling? – Do you feel welcomed or like an uninvited guest? – Does the interviewer seem relaxed or overwhelmed?If the hiring manager doesn’t deal with you well, that’s a red flag.
Pay Attention to the Details• Ask to meet with other personnel as part of your interview to get different viewpoints on the company.• Pay attention to things like - – The mood of the employees. – How they interact with management. – How the office is decorated.
Ask yourself a few very important questions…First - Second -• Is this job going to make • Is this really a job that you you more and better than can do and be good at? you were before? • Will you do it well?• Will it add to your skill set?• Will it set you up for the If you take a job and fail, you next step in your career? have an awkward situation to explain the next time. You want to be moving forward.
Just Be Very Honest With Yourself Can you do this job? Will you do it? Will it benefit you? Will it be an asset to have on your resume?
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