6 Ways to Woo A Hiring Mananger

Reposted from: Glassdoor.com  An inside look at jobs & companies

Author: Vickie Elmer

Some people want to work for Google more than anything. Others are smitten with 72 and Sunny or Leo Burnett and some are gunning to get a job at Glassdoor or Quora.

Anyone with just two or three employers on their A-list of targets needs a smart strategy to show they’re sweet on those companies. Whether you’re first connecting around Valentine’s Day, Cinco de Mayo or Labor Day, you may woo an employer, hiring manager or recruiter for months or sometimes years. So persistence and professionalism must fit in with inventiveness in your campaign.

Perhaps you will send the hiring manager or recruiter chocolates with a note saying, “I’d really love to work for you just before Valentine’s Day.” That could get some attention, especially if she’s a chocoholic. “But some people might get creeped out” by that, said Laura Laser, an executive recruiter in the advertising world and president of Laser Talent Group in Los Angeles.

Before you start your campaign, check out the person’s online profiles and presence to find out as much as you can about her or him. Discover their hobbies and interests and check on Amazon or Goodreads to see if you share an appreciation for a particular kind of books, said Laser.

Her all-time favorite way a client connected with her involves her little dog, Livvy, who sometimes comes to work and shows up on her profile photo.  She was in the middle of a Skype interview with a creative director / job candidate when the pooch decided to join in. Livvy jumped into her lap and the job seeker used Skype to take a photo of them. Then he painted the dog’s picture and sent it to the recruiter.

“It was just amazing that he did that,” Laser said. “How could I not love that guy?” She’s told other recruiters about him and shares the story regularly as an example of the “thoughtful extra things” that can really create a bond or make you stand out.

Even if you couldn’t paint a wall, you still can show your targeted recruiters and managers that you’re sweet on them. Here’s six ways:

1. Be a Standout. Use humor or say something clever in your email subject line – or both. Recruiters receive a lot of email each day. Laser remembered one that was funny and “real’ starting with the subject: “Recruiting you to recruit me.” The person mentioned he had trekked through Peru and ended the note with, “If you like what you see, please contact me and we can talk more. If you don’t like what you see, contact me and we can talk more.”

2. Get Introduced by Someone. “Ask a mutual connection to make a recommendation on your behalf,” she suggests.

3. Retweet Their Best.  Follow the recruiter, hiring manager and the company on Twitter. Then, find something worthwhile to retweet occasionally, in hopes that that will lead them to your profile. (Make sure your online profile conveys your professionalism and brand, and while you’re at it, check your Facebook page so it’s squeaky clean.)

4. Share Relevant Ideas.  This can work well if the company targeted has some widely known growth plans or a problem it is grappling with. You will need to invest some time and analysis to offer something of value, and then present it succinctly, perhaps via a SlideShare or PowerPoint, Laser said.

5. Bring Them Coffee and Cookies. This works well at career fairs or corporate events, where a recruiter may be stuck in a chair all day long. Just learn ahead of time whether they’re vegan or dieting; this often can be discerned by their Facebook or MeetUps.

6. Persist Politely.  It may take three or more emails, notes and connections before they recognize your name and your value. Your dedication to the company and to regular connections could be part of what shows your appreciation and your talent.

Make sure you don’t cross over into annoying or ridiculous. Nor do you want to come off as a stalker by showing up at the school play where the recruiter’s children are performing – unless of course, your niece is also in the cast.

What to Wear for Interview – The Employable’s Top Tips

Reposted from: The Employable, The Online Community by the Employable for the Employable

Over the past while we’ve given our fair share of tips for interviews – from how to answer the most common questions through to how you should focus on your body language. However there is another element that’s pretty important too – what you should wear. Whilst for some people it may seem pretty much common sense, for many others, figuring out what to wear can be a real headache. In a bid to help, we’ve put together our basic tips for “What to Wear for Interview.”

First Impressions Count
Don’t underestimate the impact of the first impression. As soon as the interviewers cast their eyes on you, they are already forming an opinion of you, before you have even said a word. If your appearance is not what they would expect, then you could be already at a disadvantage.

Err on the side of caution
In an interview it’s always better to dress smarter than normal if you are at all in doubt. It’s to be expected that candidates attending interview will dress pretty conservatively and doing so will never be a bad thing. If you dress too casually, it actually can convey the impression to the employer that you don’t really care.

The small things can be the big things
If you’re a woman, choose the accessories you wear for interview carefully. Leave the ridiculously large earrings, over-sized rings and masses of jangling bangles and bracelets behind. Wearing them will just be a distraction to the interviewer. Yes, they make you stand out, but for all the wrong reasons. Wear more simple and classic accessories and leave the rest at home. If you’re a man, you don’t get off lightly here either. Even if your favourite tie is the Donald Duck one that your Auntie Mabel bought you last Christmas, it shouldn’t be worn at interview. And those novelty socks won’t do you any favours either. Plainer and more traditionally conservative ties and socks will give a much better impression to the interviewer.

The sit-down test
When getting ready for interview, it pretty much goes without saying that you will have checked out how you look in the mirror. However standing preening and posing is not really how an interviewer is going to see you, is it? During an interview you’re going to be sitting down, and things won’t look quite the same. If you’re a woman, that skirt may seem much shorter than you’d like once you’re seated and if you’re a man, perhaps the shirt that gapes open reveals a little more about you than you’d hoped for. Have a seat and check out your chosen outfit and if it’s not working, choose something else.

The practicals
Man or woman, the clothes you wear at interview have to be clean and freshly ironed. Creased clothes are never a good look. Also, in terms of what exactly to wear, the standard interview attire of suit, shirt and tie for men usually does the trick, provided it is clean, fits properly, and is not too outlandish in colour! For women, a jacket with trousers or skirt works well, again provided it is in a fairly neutral colour ( black, navy, grey etc), the skirt isn’t too short, trousers are of a normal length (leave the cropped ones at home!) and that any blouse or top worn underneath is not too low cut and revealing.

Showing some flair
For job interviews in the more creative sectors, it is understandable that you may want to differentiate yourself, and show a little of your creative and artistic flair with your interview attire. However it’s still best to dress in a more formal way and perhaps add a little twist through a coloured accessory you wear if you’re a woman or a less formal shirt if you’re a man. Even the most relaxed workplaces would still expect someone attending interview to have put in some effort, so casuals are a no go.

We hope these tips help you out next time you are planning your interview attire. We’d love to hear your thoughts too though. Do let us know any of your interview fashion tips via the comments section below.

5 Steps for Channeling Your Weight-Loss Motivation Into Your Career

While fat melting is certainly stupendous, it’s not the only lifestyle transformation.

Reposted from: Brazen Life

You just watched the latest episode of The Biggest Loser or Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, and you’re feeling mega-inspired to hit the gym.

The problem? Unlike the contestants of these shows, you don’t have major pounds to shed!

Your problem isn’t empty calories; it’s wasted time on Hootsuite.

Your problem isn’t mindless snacking; it’s unconscious dilly dallying.

Your problem isn’t motivating yourself to hit the gym; it’s firing yourself up to make uncomfortable phone calls or to write that cover letter.

Contrary to what you may think, these inspiring weight-loss shows have not only taught you how to lose weight. The time-tested strategies they demonstrate might actually be more useful for creating results in your career.

Here’s how:

1. Get ridiculously motivated

Are you seriously committed to change? Lifestyle transformation is an inherently long and difficult process.

If you don’t want success in your career badly enough, you’re doomed to fall back into patterns of binge eating and couch-potato-ness when the going gets tough. You have to want it so badly that the mere thought of failing keeps you awake at night.

2. Buy a goal dress

When contestants on Extreme Makeover begin their year-long journey, the trainer always gives them a big goal for the end of the year. This big goal gives you a picture of what success will look like, taste like and feel like. Having a “goal dress” represents the crystal-clear image of your victory.

How will it feel when you slip into your power suit? What does victory smell like? What will you be able to do then that you can’t do now?

3. Baby steps, baby

Though that hot red dress will look fantastic on you, it’s going to take a while to get there. To maintain momentum, cut that goal into bite-sized, time-sensitive chunks. If it’s going to take a year to reach your ultimate goal, then try breaking it into four or six pieces to seem more attainable.

For example, if your ultimate goal is to gain 1,000 subscribers to your blog in a year, how many will you need to gain in the first two months? What specific actions will you take in order to make it happen?

Or, if your ultimate goal is to earn $5,000 per month freelancing, your first small goal might be to sell your first clip. Challenge yourself to make that happen in the next two months.

4. Keep a success journal

Food journals are a classic weight-loss tactic. Likewise, keeping a journal of every action you take to advance your career will help you to see which actions are earning you money and which ones are a big ol’ waste of time.

In the weekly journal (in the form of a Word document) that I keep for my website, The Rule Breaker’s Club, I keep track of how many posts I write, the people I connect with and my email subscription numbers. Some weeks are better than others, and because I keep track, I know exactly why.

If you’re looking to maximize productivity, you will also want to use your success journal as a weekly time log. The one created by time management maven Laura Vanderkam is truly ah-ma-zing. Download the spreadsheet and get busy tracking!

5. Finally, paint the town red

Did you just achieve a two-month goal? Pop open the champagne!

When you reach each small career goal, treat yourself to a mini vacation, tickets to the big game or those shoes that you’ve been eyeballing for months. Do not deny yourself. You worked hard and deserve a reward. That’s the whole point, after all!

In fact, patting yourself on the back is so important that I encourage you to take 10 minutes right now to brainstorm a list of possible rewards. Once you’ve done that, print out a picture to represent each reward. Paste the picture on your wall or fridge.

Can you think of any other weight-loss strategies that could apply to your career?

Courtney Johnston is a lifestyle writer and the creator of The Rule Breaker’s Club, a slice of the web all about sticking it to the status quo. She has spent two years in Paris and is passionate about happiness, cheap wine and making $2,000 a month with her Project Moolah by August 2013.