Tag Archives: Job description

LET’S GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT – WE’RE HERE TO HELP

BY: Adam Gavriel

If you have been keeping up with the blog here at OutOfOurMind, you may realize that the name is fitting to the personality.  You especially understand this concept if you’ve taken a jump over to CrossroadsConsulting.com to check out our unique job postings.  On our website you won’t read the kind of coma-inducing  job postings you find virtually everywhere on the web when you’re looking for jobs. Crossroads Consulting differentiates itself from the competition in that our ads are, “Fresher-and-Bolder,” (to borrow the name of Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller‘s travelling comedy show).

Obviously there’s the elements there that you need to know when you read a job description, i.e., the qualifications and such, but there is also a boat load of humor and personality; something desperately missing from the employment market.  Continue reading

RESUME TIPS

BY: Adam Gavriel

In times of uncertain employment, we cannot preach enough here on the blog how important a resume is in your potential successes of landing a job. Unfortunately what we see some times are resumes that are not nearly complete enough in order to grab and keep the attention of the HR manager or recruiter you’re sending your credentials to. Remember, on average these employees who separate the resume pile from “call backs” to “trash” spend an average of 6 seconds looking at your resume. Now, at Crossroads Consulting we take the time to look at the resume from top to bottom, but most HR managers do not practice this system. Continue reading

THREE R’S TO RESUME WRITING

BY: Adam Gavriel

In the 1993 sports movie classic Rookie of the Year, pitching coach Phil Brickma decided to unleash his knowledge on rookie middle-school aged relief pitcher Henry Rowengartner. Brickma’s advice consists of the three R’s of pitching: Readiness, recuperation, and conditioning. The viewer learns quickly into the movie that Brickma isn’t the smartest guy on this fictional Chicago Cubs team as he later goes on to tell Henry that the secret to a post-game ritual for pitchers is “hot ice.”

Unfortunately I’m going to have to put a damper on Brickma’s legacy, by actually offering the three R’s of resume writing to you here today. Here’s a free preview of what Crossroads Consulting can do for your resume through their resume optimization service.

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HIGHLIGHTING YOUR SKILLS

By: Adam Gavriel

Remember that old proverb, don’t judge a book by its cover? Hate to say that the complete opposite will be in effect when you finally apply for that job you’ve been eyeing on Crossroads Consulting. The first thing an employer will see when you send in your credentials will be the cover letter. A bad cover letter could completely discourage an employer from even looking at your resume. The goal of a cover letter is to quickly show your skills, and get an employer to flip the page to look at your resume.

Here are a few quick tips in highlighting your skills as best as possible in a cover letter.

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CONNECTIONS

By: Adam Gavriel

While celebrating the last day of classes and going through my normal computer routine, New York Rangers news, funny pictures, more Rangers, fantasy sports, some Call of Duty, and finally if I’m feeling educational I like to jump on over to www.adage.com and see if I can learn anything about the Marketing industry I plan on entering when I leave school.

Today what caught my eye was an article titled “If Your World Is Your Office, You Won’t Learn or Grow” and it caught my eye for all the wrong reasons. I have to admit I am a person who would enjoy sitting at the computer alone rather than getting out there and networking, something I truly have to work on in the near future. I decided to click the link and find out what I’m missing in the big bad world.

The passage from the article that made me think of Mitch Beck and Crossroads Consultingread:

Imagine if every day was routine: same drive into town to the office; sitting at my desk; meetings in our conference rooms — you get it. Now imagine a break in that routine by spending more time with thinkers from other industries. Consultants. Attending conferences. Hearing alternate points of view. Meeting new and fascinating people”

The author of the article, Marc Brownstein, really drives home his point with this passage but not only that, he drives home the fact that networking and building new connections is the name of the game.

However, Marc only discusses the in-person method of networking, but with new social media tools being evolved and created every day you may not have to leave your desk to get that new connection that might land you a great job. I know Mitch and I built our relationship via Twitter with general conversations regarding Howlings.netand the New York Rangers. A perfect example about how a connection, built entirely on similar interests, can land you a job.

If you’re not on your social media game, it’s time to step it up. Just today Mitch tweeted and posted on facebookthree huge job opportunities (Chief Marketing Officer in the franchising industry, a SAS Developer & a Business Developer with Gov’t exp) via LinkedIn and without the right connections YOU could be missing out on huge opportunities within your area of expertise.

So head on over to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and get connected.

Get out of the office – away from the computer and your smartphone and have lunch with a few friends, who knows what opportunities they might know about.

But most importantly, don’t miss your chance over at Crossroad Consulting’s job listings on landing that job you always wanted.

INTERVIEWING TIPS

Here at Crossroads Consulting, we’re always here to offer as much help to you in getting ready for an interview as possible. Whether it’s Resume Preparation, or  custom individualized Interview Preparation, we offer it all.

But we also offer a lot of non-paid help to those coming to us.

Here, Amy Schlubach offers some tips on preparing for your next big job interview.

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AND IN CONCLUSION

In this, the last of our rour part series we look at some of the most important factors in the process.

BALBOA’S IN TROUBLE…CREED IS LOOKING FOR THE KNOCKOUT!!! 

Be prepared for the difficult questions like, what is your area of weakness? What would you most like to improve on? These are known as knock-out questions. They are designed for you to expose some area of weakness that would prevent a company from hiring you. Over the years we’ve heard candidate after candidate tell us they know just how to answer them and we listen and have to correct them as they’ve answered in a way that, quite frankly, explains why they’re still interviewing and not in the job they’re after. We’ve found that answering the question any way other than what we’re about to share with you kills your chances.   

Can you keep a secret? We can’t let too many people know it or it might stop working? SSSssshhhh! Here it is…he says in a whisper. 

“I consider myself to be a very good (whatever) but I am not perfect and I am sure over the course of my employment here you are going to find things that you want me to work on and I want to assure you that I am open to constructive criticism when it arrives.” 

Now, keep that one to yourself. It could be the difference between you getting the job and the others not. This answer speaks to your confidence in your abilities and also says to the interviewer that you are open to constructive criticism which is always good. The whole point is not to give them something to rule you out over but to leave them with a positive.  

“SELLING IS AS EASY AS A-B-C! …A-ALWAYS, B-BE, C-CLOSING

Close the Sale…When you are on an interview with the hiring manager…not HR, more on that in a moment, and you like what you are hearing, and ONLY if you are ready to move forward, (this is EXCEPTIONALLY important for people on Sales job interviews) ask for the job. Tell the interviewer “I like what I am hearing here today and I know I’ll be successful here at (whatever the company’s name is). So, how do I become a member of your team?” 

Asking for the job can be the difference between getting hired and not. 

Nobody likes to ask someone to the prom if they don’t think they are going to get a yes. It also  demonstrates to this potential employer that you can make decisions. 

When you are with Human Resources remember that unless you’re interviewing for an HR job, someone in Human Resources can only say, “No” and not “Yes.” You should also ask them, or any subordinates or other interviewers during the process if their recommendation to the hiring manager is going to be a positive one or not? If you get an honest person they will tell you and then you can work on turning that frown upside down. Ask them f they are not sure how you can change that view. In other words what additional information do you need to make clear to that person and what will it take to get a positive recommendation moving forward. 

Understand this; once you leave that interviewer there is nothing you can do about their reaction to you. If it was positive for them then, mission accomplished. If it’s not, then you didn’t get it done. Rule number one in the guide to show business, and it applies here as well, “Always leave them wanting more…” 

GOING ONCE…GOING TWICE….SOLD 

We could write a whole book on this, but let’s make it clear.  Never tell a company what money you want. You tell them your currently base, and if you have additional earnings that you can PROVE with a tax return or W2 and that’s it. 

The bottom line in salary negotiation is, “He who talks first loses.” Let them make you an offer and deal with it then.  

PICK A CARD   

Get business cards with their e-mail address from everyone you meet and interview with. DON’T snail mail a thank-you note. Those days are gone. As soon as you get home write an email, individualized to each person you met including something that made that particular meeting of note and get it out to them immediately. We’ll go over poper thank you notes at another time. 

Should you wish to contact us or discuss anything feel free to give us a call at 203-459-9969 or email us at info at crossroadsconsulting dot com (sorry that we have to have you spell it out…we’re tired of spam…aren’t you? :)