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Interview … show off your past

Good questionConnect your past to your future

Lynn Howard 2014

What you’ve done in the past says a lot about what you will do in the future.   More and more companies ask questions that connect your past to your potential future with them.  You can prepare for the interview by having a great past and being ready to talk about it.

You might just get a question or request like these:

1.  Tell us about a time you really screwed up.  This is your chance to show you are aware, you take responsibility, you resolve, and you learn.

2. Tell us about a problem you would like to tackle in this company. Why and how would you pursue it?

3. Just like Mercedes and Taco Bell are brands, you are a brand. Describe yourself as a brand.

4. What would indicate that you have been successful in this job?  How would you measure that success?

5. Why do you want to work here instead of somewhere else?

6. Have you ever worked on a team with low morale? What did you do about it?

7. Describe a difficult relationship you had with a customer, client, or boss.  How did you deal with it?


impressImpress your boss

by looking for your next job

Become more valuable

  1. What can I do to become more valuable where I am?
  2. How can I make my present job easier to pass on to someone else?
  3. What can I do in the future that brings more of my best work to my job?

Become more available

  1. Do I know what my boss needs most?
  2. Does my boss know I want to become more valuable?
  3. Who do I know who does the kind of work I want to do next?
  • What am I learning from them?

4. Who knows I’m looking for an opportunity to move up
If they ask, “How can I help you?”  what would I ask?

Become more accountable

We don’t usually decide to stay in the same place, getting the same results.  We get stuck there because we don’t naturally take the steps that move us up.

Most people who move up have invited accountability, coaching, and encouragement.  That’s what helps them make hard choices and live out hard commitments.

Who are you inviting to coach you hold you accountable?

Turn ideas into action

  1. Do more than read the questions above. Write down answers
  2. Make a list of a few people who could hold you accountable if you asked.
  3. Make an appointment with at least one of them and show them the answers you have written down.
  4. Since you are asking for their time…at least buy them coffee.

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Interview Better

5 Best Things to Say in an Interview
By Catherine Conlan
Monster Contributing Writer

The best things you can say in an interview won’t necessarily get you the job on their own, but they can certainly pave the way. Keep these five things in mind as you go through the interviewing process to give yourself the best chance at landing the job.

Ask Good Questions

According to Howard Pines, founder and CEO of BeamPines, “the best thing a candidate can do at an interview is ask good questions.”

Doing so shows that you are thoughtful and interested in understanding the company. There’s usually a chance to ask questions at the end of your interview, so be ready with questions that show you’re engaged in the process.

Pines suggests several questions, including:
• What are the biggest short- and long-term issues I would need to focus on in this position?
• What would I need to focus on differently than the previous person in this position?
• What organizational issues should I be aware of?
“I’m flexible.”

Whether it’s about possible job duties, a potential start date or simply timing for the second interview, stressing your flexibility makes you easy to get along with.

Hiring managers don’t like complications, and having to coordinate complicated schedules or haggle over a job description eventually just makes you look difficult. While you certainly don’t want to be a pushover — and “flexible” shouldn’t define your salary negotiation — show your potential employer that you’re interested in results that work for everyone.

The Company’s Own Words

Before your interview, become familiar with the company’s website and literature. Pay attention to the words used — what’s important to the organization?

“In your interview, hit key words that appeared on the company website or brochure,” says Olivia Ford of Adeptio. “These key words might include team, leadership, simplistic, culture or growth.”

Mixing these keywords into your answers can provide a subtle hint that you are plugged in to what the organization is looking for.

“That’s a Good Question.”

Use this phrase instead of blurting out “I don’t know” if the interviewer stumps you with a surprise question. It can give you a few moments to come up with an answer and, in the meantime, strokes the interviewer’s ego a little bit too.

Avoid the “I don’t know” answer when possible, but of course don’t lie about your experience or training.

Reasons You Want the Job.

Knowing a job prospect’s motivations is important for managers who are hiring.

During your interview, talk about how this position fits into your future plans and the ideas you have about your career, how it fits with your values, and what you would like to learn from it. Talk about how you see yourself in relation to the company and what you believe you can bring to the position.

These kinds of thoughts show who you are as a person, and go a long way toward giving the hiring manager an idea about how you might fit in the company’s culture and values.

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start freshBefore today is over

Did you must make a commitment?

Are you ready for fresh start.

Give yourself a better chance to finish.

Two powerful steps are within your reach today.

Today ~

1. Do something instead of nothing…

2. With someone instead of no one.

Momentum is born out of something getting done and someone alongside you.

Hebrews 4:7  God set a day and called it “today.”  That is the day of salvation.

Breakthroughs come from what you do today.

What are you going to do today toward that commitment?

Who will notice and care about whether you do it?


Destiny Project helps the most

Lynn profile smHelp starts TUESDAY…October 1st

@ Greg Garrett Realty Office on corner of Canon Blvd & Middle Ground

Typically people who prepare for transition well will make about $10,000 a year more than those who don’t.


We identified five pools of people we’ve found most ready and able to benefit from career transition coaching

  1. Transitional employees.  Starbucks baristas with college degrees.  They didn’t rack up the student loans just to mix drinks
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  3. Military.  Military transitioning out and their spouses preparing for next career
  4. College.  Last year in college or first year out of college…especially if they majored in medieval French literature.
  5. Corporate layoffs and seasonal employees.  Preparing for the gap they know is coming

We want people from these pools on our team this fall as we test the Destiny Project and prepare for Opening Night, January 2014.

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Older Unemployed…Networking beats the odds

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   The painful reality about unemployment can be trumped by the powerful reality of networking.  That’s why Destiny Project works so hard to help you network.

It’s OK to be an older worker – as long as you don’t lose your job

Thu Sep 5, 2013 4:18 AM EDT
By Allison Linn, Staff Writer, NBC News

It’s the best – and worst – of times for older workers.

The unemployment rate for Americans 55 and older is lower than for any other age group the government tracks, and far below the national average. But if an older worker loses a job, the length of time that person will stay unemployed is typically much longer than for any other age group.

“There’s a much higher prevalence of unemployment among young people, but the time that you spend in that state is much shorter,” said Linda Barrington, executive director of the Institute for Compensation Studies at Cornell University.

Darrel Keesee, 61, is among those struggling to find new work. This past January, he lost a job as a package handler with a major delivery company after working there for four years.

The Mesa, Ariz., resident has sent out countless resumes and kept himself busy volunteering in his community and at his church. But he says what he really wants is the satisfaction of going to a paying job every day.

“It’s been difficult,” he said.

Keesee said he’s been lucky in that his wife has a steady job, and for now he is still collecting unemployment. But the financial toll of this job loss, combined with several other bouts of unemployment over the past decade or so, has been significant.

“After the unemployment ends I may very well have to look at losing my home — the home that we brought our kids home to,” he said.

The unemployment rate for workers aged 55 and over was 5 percent in July, according to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s still higher than historical averages but it’s much lower than the overall unemployment rate of 7.4 percent, and below the unemployment rate for any younger group of workers.

The government is scheduled to release August employment numbers on Friday, and forecasters are expecting the economy to have added around 200,000 jobs.

Workers aged 55 and over also are the only ones to have seen their ranks grow substantially since 2007, the year the nation went into recession. There were 31.6 million employed people aged 55 and over in July, according to the BLS, up from 25.9 million in July of 2007.

That’s partly demographics: As baby boomers age, more are becoming part of the 55-plus cohort.

But workers also appear to be staying on the job longer. The average age of retirement has slowly crept up to age 61, according to a Gallup poll released earlier this year, and government data shows that the share of people working past age 65 also has been increasing.

Experts say many people who are nearing traditional retirement age want to keep working, and are healthy enough to do so. But, they say, some are fighting employers’ perceptions that workers in their 50s and 60s are out of touch or not worth the investment.

“The people in that age group today are in the middle of a huge transition in terms of how age is seen and experienced, and I don’t think the world has caught up with that change,” said Jacquelyn James, co-director of research at Boston College’s Sloan Center on Aging & Work. “So older workers are still seen as people who are planning for retirement, who are on their way out their door, who are disengaging.”

Related: Are you considering quitting your job once health insurance is available under Obamacare?

Long wait for a job That’s one of the many reasons experts say it generally takes much longer for people who are 55 or older to find a new job if they do become unemployed.

The median duration of unemployment for 55- to 64-year-olds was 22.3 weeks in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s far above the overall median duration of joblessness for all age groups, which was 13.8 weeks in July.

“It is much more of a catastrophic (event) if you lose your job at 57, 58,” said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a left-leaning economics think tank.

That’s an age when many people are at risk of falling through the cracks, because they have not yet saved enough to retire and also are too young to collect Social Security and Medicare.

“You’re looking at someone who has a hell of a hard time to get re-employed and doesn’t have much to fall back on,” Baker said.

Even if a person who has been out of work for a long time does find a new job, James notes that he or she might never make as much money as in the past. A Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis of men who experienced long-term unemployment found that even four years after the jobless stint they were still making less than they once had.

One big, thorny problem is that some older workers simply cannot get the kind of job that they lost, because many of the well-paying jobs that once existed have been automated or outsourced.

Barrington said this is one area where younger workers may have an advantage – they are less likely to have spent decades honing specialized skills, and may have more flexibility to go back to school to learn new skills.

She said that’s a tougher proposition for someone who is late in their career and may not have years to retrain. The arduous job search is one big reason she said many older workers carry such anxiety about becoming unemployed.

“The fear of losing your job is actually the fear of how long it will take you to get one,” Barrington said.


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lynn iconI was talking with a young man about what he has done.  He said, “I used to be homeless and now I get to help homeless people.”  He stood out.

He stood out even more because he was doing volunteer work to gain skills while he was helping others.

On top of that he had a  great attitude of empathy and respect.

In a lot of ways this was a guy with the deck thoroughly stacked against him.  But his words, actions, & attitude made him stand out and made me want to do everything I could to help him.

“Stand out.  Your success depends on being chosen.”

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