Saturday, January 4, 2020

Paradoxical Competition A Gopher Strategy for Agents

Paradoxical Competition A Gopher Strategy for Agents When you think about competition and cooperation, you probably imagine they are like black and white.Even though there may be occasional shades of gray between them, basically, in any given specific single situation, action and moment, if you choose competition, you imagine you have to give up cooperation (and vice versa).But, maybe thats a misconception.Visible Fist and Invisible Hand Conventional CompetitionIf it is a misconception, it is an understandable mistake In conventional, familiar competition, say, like that between two professional boxers, the adversaries are expected to savagely fight to really win (or so their fanshope). No gray area of carrying each other through the fight or of staging and taking a dive. This is familiar black-and-white, black-and-bluealbeit some-holds-barredzero-sum, I win-you lose competition.The boxers not-so-invisible fists, like Adam Smiths invisible hand weedin g out unsuccessful businesses, make this a fiercely competitive zero-sum game with only one winner and only one loser (assuming no draw).However, if the fight is instead and indeed rigged, then despite any appearances to the contrary, it is a cooperative non-zero-sum game, i.e., both boxers win something (secret price-fixing cartels being an economic counterpart).Somewhat more authentic grays tend to emerge when the players cooperate in one situation or dimension, but compete in another, so that, through averaging, their choices appear gray.This is conventional alternation between competition and cooperation.Boxers agree to fighthence, cooperate on one day, e.g., at the press conference announcing the fight (but spiced up with some competitive trash-talk), to compete with one another. Likewise, they cooperate with the referee and follow the rules, thereby indirectly cooperating with each other, all the while brutally competing.But what about this very different and counter-intuitive alternativea case in which in one and the same situation, moment and action the players are paradoxically competing and cooperating, with very high stakes?Pocket-Gopher Lessons Sacrificing Your Cake While Others Get EatenThis kind of high-stakes gamble does exist in nature It is exemplified by the altruistic gene-pool preserving, seemingly suicidal behavior of rodents such as black-tailed prairie dogs and pocket gophers, among which at least one individual will pop up from its burrow hole to voice an alarm upon sighting an approaching predator, such as a hawk, about to swoop down upon their colony.There is an analogy of this for humans and in the workplace, as will be shown, below.An indisputably high-risk cooperative strategy, it nonetheless pays off for the gopher genes shared with other kin-related colony members, since if the exposed gopher is killed, copies of its genes in the bodies of its kin will have been protected and able to replace him (as opposed to having more than on e gopher seized by a flock of predators attacking undetected).On the other hand, and as a direct opposite and result of cooperation, by communicating with the predator birds, the gopher is serving notice that it, rather than some other inattentive or silent, visible relative, has detected the predator and is ready to flee, leaving any other exposed but silent gophers at greater risk of predation and the ultimate immediate competitive lossof their bodies, if not also their genes.Bottom gopher-line The vocalized warning simultaneously serves to cooperatively help other gophers by warning them and also to compete with them, by deflecting attack from the alarm-raising gopher.The same thing is true in the African savannah The vigorous kicks of a Thomsons stotting gazelle upon spotting a lion accomplish exactly the same two things (by warning othersas cooperationand by displaying its own fitness and agility, to deflect an attack onto less fit members of the herdas competition).When a huma n chooses what Ill call the gopher strategy, (s)he becomes that gopher and gazelle, to the extent that (s)he is betting on big gains against big risk, at least, in part, by simultaneously helping and cooperating with others with whom (s)he is otherwise at that moment and in that same action competing, e.g., for immediate survival and eventual mates, in the gopher case, for clients, customers, candidates, etc., in ours.In more abstract terms, that behavior is what I have called a means-alternative a strategy that is a means to one goal and a means to an incompatible, opposite goal.An example is reading on a train, which can be a means to privacy, or a way of inducing another passenger into starting a conversation. Another is advising a job applicant to rework a resume and resubmit it the next time an ad appears, as an example of a welcoming rejection. In the gopher case, the alarm call is a means to both cooperation and competition.If a human chooses a gopher strategy, (s)he will sim ultaneously and directly compete while cooperatingboth in one go, while generating competitive and cooperative benefits for himself or herself.Now, knowing this much about the gopher strategy, and if you are considering utilizing it, two things remain to be decided how to gopher it and whether or not to do so.The Apollo Creed Gopher StrategyFirst, revisit the boxers to see how a pocket gopher strategy can be applied in a winning way in at least one very familiar and literal human arena. Imagine that after knocking out his opponent, the victorious and undisputed champ decides to coach himto help him become a better fighter.Counter to the jungle laws of boxing as instinctively understood, this risky magnanimity can nonetheless make very good sense.Recall Rocky III, when Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) did exactly this, when he trained Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) after losing to him, asking, in return, a return match with Rocky, who had previously beaten him.By training his competit or, the (ex-)champ is contributing to making a rematch a very exciting affair indeed, which, when promoted as such, will all but ensure increased and huge ticket sales, advertising revenues for broadcasters and a bigger payday for both fighters.Of course, this is a big gamble that will carry a very high risk for the (ex-)champ the risk of being knocked out and losing the boxing title to the well-trained viper (pounding) at his breast.However, literally at the same time, while coaching his arch-rival, the (ex-)champ can directly and simultaneously compete while cooperating, because in coaching himl, he is learning more about that rivals weaknesses, some of which can be left uncorrected, by design or otherwise.Hence, in one and the same action, situation and moment, this rival-slash-coach can theoretically be cooperating and competing in a very high-stakes gopher way.Can anything like this happen in the geschftszimmeri.e., is there a true human analogue of the pocket-gopher strategy i n more strait-laced workplaces?Agents as GophersThe attempt to identify an opportunity for a gopher cooperative-competitive office strategy may involve some false starts.Heres one An agency recruiter X can generally compete with another, Y, down the street, yet, once in a while, cooperate when the client of that competitor needs a candidate in Xs pool (with the expectation of reciprocity at some point or of a reserve of good will to be drawn upon later).This is a blend of cooperation and competition, but it is not a gopher strategy, because the cooperation and competition as one specific means-alternative action are not simultaneous, as they are in the Apollo Creed and Rocky case.Its merely a low-risk, on-average mutually beneficial reciprocal altruism strategy with a normal delay between altruism and reward.So, what situation, if any, does present an opportunity for an office gopher cooperative-competitive strategy?One clear and ethically unproblematic possibility is the case of a seasoned recruiter teaching a newcomer recruiter the ropes.In having expertise that the new recruiter doesnt, the veteran is competitively reinforcing his place in the company pecking order, while cooperatively assisting with the new guys orientation and skill-set enhancement.The main difference between the incumbent recruiter and Apollo Creed scenarios is that at no time is the new recruiter who is being shown the ropes ever limply hanging on them.Dual Agency and Double Agents Scrupulous and Unscrupulous, What about a recruiters or any agents fundamental role as the middleman between two partially conflicting interests? Is this also a gopher strategy?A rational job candidate wants to maximize his salary, while a rational hiring company wants to minimize it. A real estate agent ersatzdarsteller-ending a deal by representing both the buyer and seller is in a position to maximize his own gains, i.e., double his commission (one from the buyer and one from the seller).By simultaneously representing both parties, much as real estate agents sometimes do, is the recruiter cooperating and competing with each of them in every negotiating moment and situation? That is, is the recruiter following a pocket-gopher strategy?Nonot if the recruiter, real estate agent, etc., is sticking to his professions code of ethics. Professionally prescribed neutrality rules out both cooperation (collusion, in this instance) and competition (manipulation) with either or both of the other two parties.Put simply, a dual agent cannot ethically be a double agent (in the spy-game sense).However, should an agent (in any industry) make disallowed recommendations to one or both sides, or divulge, to one cocktailparty, confidential information entrusted by the other, the illicit strategy adopted by the agent would be virtually identical to that used by the pocket gopher.This boils down to that agents cooperating and competing with at least one of the other two unsuspecting players, as a means of m aximizing his own survival odds.In particular, that prohibited strategy would carry very high personal risks and rewards, just as the gopher warning does.(In the case of humans, as with gophers, not knowing one is being played vastly increases the odds of success for the gopher strategy being used on oneself.)Working within the professional code of ethics, what a reputable agent will in fact do in double-ending a deal is to remain neutraland thereby neither compete nor cooperate with either sides agenda, while nonetheless in some instances.e.g., in real estate, doubling his payoff, for example, as commission.In terms a pocket gopher would understand, this would be almost exactly like redirecting hawks to rabbit holes, since the key playersthe signaling gopher, the other gophers and the hawk all win (at the expense, however, of some unfortunate rabbit as a bio-economic externality).To the extent that there is any disallowed attempt to influence negotiation, an unscrupulous double-end ing agent in any industry is ostensibly seeking a negotiated middle ground for a candidates salary, a home price, etc., and therefore is, unlike a neutral agent, an aggressively intervening deceptively harmonizing player.However, in urging one or both parties to compromise, and to be as realistic or accommodating as possible, the agent is creating a conflict of interests (namely, a collision between his representations of the interests of the buyer and the seller, and, therefore, of his own, since he represents both).Unfortunately, it may happen that a job candidate, a real estate buyer, etc., may doubt the neutrality of an agent, and suspect a manipulative gopher strategy or worse is being played, despite the utmost efforts of the agent to perform in a neutral way.This can happen when the employer-agent or seller-agent relationship antedates the candidate or buyer relationship with the agent (even if the relationship is a limited dual agency arrangement that has safeguards).Comment ing on how such pre-existing attached agency relationships are handled in real estate, e.g., when the seller is the agents uncle, Menno van Driel, a Royal LePage agent in Gibsons, B.C., said, The principle here is that neutrality can be challenged later on. One party could feel disadvantaged. The doctrine of what-would-an-independent-judge-say therefore precludes any of these suspicious representations.When attempted, an outlaw double-end, double-agent strategy is just like a normal pocket gophers, except that the survival is financial, rather than directly literal or genetic.For this reason, it may be useful to coin a new and comparable term to describe human agents who, for financial gain, adopt the pocket-gopher strategy.Pocketbook gopher.

Monday, December 30, 2019

A Surprising New Job Announcement Trend

A Surprising New Job Announcement TrendA Surprising New Job Announcement TrendA Surprising New Job Announcement TrendHave you seen this new feature on federal job postings?This announcement has an application limit of 100 applications and will close to the receipt of applications once this limit has been reached.Hurry up and apply, because the job will close as soon as 100 other people submit their resumes At the Resume Place, we found dozens of job listings touting resume limits instead of traditional closing dates. Amazingly, the most popular limit seems to be only 50 resumes.This is a brand new challenge. Human resource officials are tired of slogging through hundreds or even thousands of applications for each job opening. We found the feature on jobs as varied as Student Internship and senior manager.The resume limit has been adopted by numerous agencies and was included on announcements from the Veterans Administration, Smithsonian, National Galleries of Art, Department of Trans portation, NIST, Treasury, Department of Defense, and Social Security Administration to name only a fewIts amazing, but some announcements are limited to only 15-30 applications.Heres a summary of what we found on USAJOBSLimit of 15 applications (1 announcement)Limit of 25 applications (1 announcement)Limit of 30 applications (1 announcement)Limit of 50 applications (17 announcements)Limit of 75 applications (7 announcements)Limit of 100 applications (7 announcements)Limit of 200 applications (9 announcements)Limit of 300 applications (1 announcement)For applicants, this is going to make applying for a federal job even more difficult. But you can be preparedDo you have your keyword-targeted federal resume ready-to-go?Is it uploaded onto USAJOBSalready?Do you have your documents uploaded on USAJOBS? SF-50? Transcripts?Do you have a list of your Top Ten career accomplishments? This can help you answer questionnaires in a hurryIf you are getting ready to apply to a job, but there aren t any current openings online, you can still prepare a targeted resume by reviewing OPMs ort Classification Standards. Thats the document human resources professionals use to write announcements.Be aware that if you are currently looking at announcements on USAJOBS in order according to Closing Dates, the announcements with resume limits dont pop up first. They say, 50 resume limit OR a closing date of June 16 at Midnight. So the only way to know for sure is to click on each announcement separately.If you have an emaille alert set up to email you when certain series become available, make sure you check it out right away Let us know if you need help preparing your resume. Remember that time is of the essence, now more than ever before.If you need help getting your resume ready to apply, feel free to contact us for an absolutely free estimate to discuss our services.A Surprising New Job Announcement TrendA Surprising New Job Announcement TrendHave you seen this new feature on federal job postings?This announcement has an application limit of 100 applications and will close to the receipt of applications once this limit has been reached.Hurry up and apply, because the job will close as soon as 100 other people submit their resumes At the Resume Place, we found dozens of job listings touting resume limits instead of traditional closing dates. Amazingly, the most popular limit seems to be only 50 resumes.This is a brand new challenge. Human resource officials are tired of slogging through hundreds or even thousands of applications for each job opening. We found the feature on jobs as varied as Student Internship and senior manager.The resume limit has been adopted by numerous agencies and was included on announcements from the Veterans Administration, Smithsonian, National Galleries of Art, Department of Transportation, NIST, Treasury, Department of Defense, and Social Security Administration to name only a fewIts amazing, but some announcements are limited to on ly 15-30 applications.Heres a summary of what we found on USAJOBSLimit of 15 applications (1 announcement)Limit of 25 applications (1 announcement)Limit of 30 applications (1 announcement)Limit of 50 applications (17 announcements)Limit of 75 applications (7 announcements)Limit of 100 applications (7 announcements)Limit of 200 applications (9 announcements)Limit of 300 applications (1 announcement)For applicants, this is going to make applying for a federal job even more difficult. But you can be preparedDo you have your keyword-targeted federal resume ready-to-go?Is it uploaded onto USAJOBSalready?Do you have your documents uploaded on USAJOBS? SF-50? Transcripts?Do you have a list of your Top Ten career accomplishments? This can help you answer questionnaires in a hurryIf you are getting ready to apply to a job, but there arent any current openings online, you can still prepare a targeted resume by reviewing OPMs Position Classification Standards. Thats the document human resource s professionals use to write announcements.Be aware that if you are currently looking at announcements on USAJOBS in order according to Closing Dates, the announcements with resume limits dont pop up first. They say, 50 resume limit OR a closing date of June 16 at Midnight. So the only way to know for sure is to click on each announcement separately.If you have an email alert set up to email you when certain series become available, make sure you check it out right away Let us know if you need help preparing your resume. Remember that time is of the essence, now more than ever before.If you need help getting your resume ready to apply, feel free to contact us for an absolutely free estimate to discuss our services.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Human Resource Management for your Small Company

Human Resource Management for your Small CompanyHuman Resource Management for your Small CompanyHuman Resource Management for your Small Company ConlanIn 2001, Bill Fish co-founded a company, Text Link Ads (now Matomy SEO), with his college roommate.As we got started in our mid 20s, we hired like-minded people who wanted to work hard and have fun. It was almost as if we were a sports team or fraternity, says Fish, now the president of ReputationManagement.com.Everyone felt like they were a part of something and worked to nurture the business. When they traktement it to a private equity firm in 2006, Fish stayed on to help grow and run the company. It moved from Cincinnati to the financial district in Manhattan. I immediately noticed a huge difference from a human resources standpoint.An HR Tipping PointFish says when the company grew to about 30 people, it was hard for him to handle human resources issues including crucial efforts such as employee engagement, employee development an d so on while he was growing the business.My main takeaway is that no matter how many people you have, the leaders of the business must make a point to show interest in what their staff is doing on a daily basis. You may not need intricate details, but a general knowledge goes a long way. People rightly want to feel valued, and showing them they are of value to the business is key to growth and employee retention.Its clear that human resource management is a priority for large companies. But smaller companies can benefit from strategic HR management as well. Here are some tips.Establish a Culture of ResultsYou may think you have a strong small company culture at your business, but would your employees agree? Mapping out the organizational culture and ensuring you understand how each HR management initiative helps hilfestellung business results is key, says Dawn Cacciotti, HR consultant and the owner of Engage HR Now.Creating and clarifying organizational values will help embed them into the day-to-day operation of your business and get everyone on the saatkorn page. For example, if growth is one of your company values, youll know any hire you make or training you do must be aligned with that value.Ensure People Know their RolesAt small businesses, especially startups, everyone chips in when they can to get work done. But job descriptions are just as important at small businesses as they are at larger ones, Cacciotti says.Write them to showcase the knowledge, skills and competencies required to achieve the needs of the organization today and several years from now. These descriptions can help shape culture and drive performance by serving as an HR yardstick to people in those positions.Pay Attention to Employee EngagementInvesting in employee engagement is one of the primary ways small businesses can retain its top talent, says Dominique Jones, vice president of human resources at Halogen Software.She suggests three ways to do so Give employees meaningful feed back on a regular basis. This means weekly at the very least. Set clear goals and expectations to help employees see how their work contributes to the success of the entire company. Have HR research ways to reward and recognize employees fairly. If the high performers are being given the same rewards as the low performers, this sends a certain message about what the company values, she says. Give employees opportunities to grow and develop. These are strong drivers of employee retention and can help a small business hold onto top talent.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Deciding to Play Music Full Time

Deciding to Play Music Full TimeDeciding to Play Music Full TimeTaking the plunge and deciding to play music full time is exciting- and terrifying. How do you know when the time is right? Will you be able to pay your bills while playing gigs? There are a lot of questions to consider. Of course, if youre ever REALLY going to make it as a musician, this is a step youre going to have to take someday. Some people might get lucky and walk straight from their day job into musical riches, but dont count on it working that way for you. Most likely, your decision to go full time in music is going to be a calculated gamble, and theres going to have to be a little bit of cross your fingers and hope for the best involved. Thats reality. Things to Consider Before Becoming a Full-Time Musician Its also the reality that you can make it as a full-time musician. You just need to plan carefully and honestly evaluate the situation. For our purposes here, lets assume that there is no label or big ad vance in place and that you are going to be making the move independently. Weigh ansicht factors before you make your decision What Are Your Priorities? Realistically, going full time as a musician usually requires sacrifices, at least in the early stages. Are you willing to make them? In other words, for the sake of your music career, are you willing to skip some nights out to save some cash? Forgo a new pair of shoes? Maybe live with roommates to cut down on living expenses? Many people make a comfortable living at music- and many more people accept a lower standard of living than they might ideally like to have in order to devote time and cash to get their careers off the ground. Are you willing to make those kinds of trades, in hopes of making it in music? If not, going full time might not be right for you. Remember that if youre not just making plans for yourself- say, if you have four other mouths to feed- that this isnt just a decision youre making for yourself. Is every one else ready to pitch in and tow the line? Youre going to need some support, both moral support and maybe even some financial support. This is the time to make sure your priorities are on the saatkorn page as your familys priorities. Things could get rocky otherwise. Are You Already Making Money At Music? What kind of earning potential do you have as a musician? If youve never had a paying gig, you should dip your toes in the water a little bit as a part-time musician before you jump into full-time musician mode. Not only will you need a good cadre of contacts for booking gigs and such that you build up over time, youll also need a realistic idea of how much money you get paid to play. Which brings us to our next point... Can You Make Enough As a Musician In Your Town? Not every town lends itself to supporting full-time musicians. What is the going rate for gigs in your area? Are there enough venues to keep you going? Touring is an option, of course, but in the absence of tour support and the ability to demand high guarantees for your show, touring is more likely to cost you money than cushion your bank account. You need to be within easy reach of enough music establishments to keep the ball rolling or you need to consider relocating to someplace more practical. You Know Its a Job, Right? Becoming your own anfhrer and becoming a full-time musician sounds really great. Then, 560 hours of Judge Judy later, you realize you havent actually accomplished much. Make no mistake about it- going full time as a musician is a full-time job like any other. Do You Have a Financial Cushion? Even if you have a steady flow of gigs coming in, theres likely to be an earning lag. Make sure you can manage your finances as you make the transition. Sure, its not very fun, but heres what happens if you dont take this concern seriously you quit the job that is letting you get some music time in, you spend a few months falling into debt, and then you frantically have to take any job you can to make up the shortfall - probably one that leaves you less time for music than you had to begin with. Thats a drag. Be realistic about the timing so you dont end up one step back from where you started. OK, thats the harsh reality out of the way. Now the pep talk this is a chance worth taking for many musicians. Much of what separates the people who do music full time from the people who dont is that the full-timers finally just crossed their fingers and gave it a shot. Give yourself the best chance possible with careful planning, then when youre ready, cross your fingers and do the same.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

How to Write a Resume With Little or No Work Experience

How to Write a Resume With Little or No Work ExperienceHow to Write a Resume With Little or No Work ExperienceWhether youre a student, youve just graduated, or if youve been with one company for a long time, creating a resume when you have little to no work experience can be a challenge.However, though it can seem intimidating, its completely possible to catch a potential employers eye with or without a great deal of professional experience.Here are three essential job seekertips perfect for new grads, students, and candidates changing their career paths that will help you land the interview without years of experience on your resume.1. Write a SummaryWhile objectives are a thing of the past, summaries work well for people who have limited work experience. Theyre the best place you can explain why you should get the job on your resume, instead of listing an impersonal series of dates and places.All you need to do is write a sentence or two about who you are as a potential employee a nd any relevant skills or achievements.As well, if you recently graduated from high school or college, mention your new status in your summary. It will help explain why you have limited experience.2. Highlight Your SkillsWhile you may have little or no work experience to discuss on your resume, youre sure to have skills that you may have acquired in school or while volunteering that qualify you for the job.One way to highlight them is to break down unterstellung skills into individual lists of hard and soft skills for your resume. Draw employers attention to these relevant soft and hard skills as a heading and list achievements related to these skills under the appropriate heading.Check out an example of a functional resume here.sc name=cta-create-resume-13. Dont Forget Unpaid Work ExperienceInternships or volunteer opportunities can still count as work experience. If you worked as an intern or volunteered for a significant period of time, include the position on your resume.Since y ou already listed your skills on your resume, you dont need to rehash this information when you are listing internships and volunteer work. Just be sure that you mention the company or not-for-profit organization, the months and years you were in the position and your title.See alsoCV vs. Resume Whats The Difference?If you earned any awards specific to one of these positions, it makes sense to list it under the associated position, as well.Even WithLittle to No Work ExperienceBuilding a resume when you have limited work experience can be tough, but its definitely possible to make it work. Everyone has to start somewhere, but you dont have to send in a sparse resume when you are new to the job market.Emphasize the hard and soft skills that make you the best person for the job with a resume summary and afunctional resume template.Plus, there are countless ways you can enrich your job application outside of your resume. Try building up your personal brand using social media orlearn ho w starting a blog could help you get your dream job here.Learn MoreJust starting out in your career? Take advantage of Resume.coms free resume samples andresume templates for your resume to get your job hunt started successfully Publishing your resume on Resume.comwill also allow employers search for your resume online Dont forget to check out our online job listings to get started on where to applysc name=cta-create-resume-1

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

How to Answer Tell Me About Yourself Interview Question

How to Answer Tell Me About Yourself Interview QuestionHow to Answer Tell Me About Yourself Interview QuestionQuick NavigationWhy employers say, Tell me about yourselfSurprising ways employers parole, Tell me about yourselfHow to respond to, Tell me about yourselfExample answers to use in an bewerbungsgesprchTell me about yourself is one of the first questions many employers ask during a job interview. Your answer will set the tone for the rest of the interview, so it is important to have an appropriate response ready. This article explains why employers ask this question and how answering it effectively can help you get hired.Why employers say, Tell me about yourselfEmployers say, Tell me about yourself to get a sense of your personality, skills and experience and determine whether they fit the needs of the job and the workplace culture. Answering this question is an opportunity for you to share why you think you are a great fit for the position.To prepare yourself for this response , research the company to learn more about its culture. Ask yourself why you would like to work for the organization. What about this company appeals to you? Does its mission align with your goals? This information can help you find parallels between the companys vision and your own.Reread the job listing and identify aspects for which you are best qualified. How do your current or past job responsibilities apply to this role? Do you have special skills, training or certification that will help you succeed? In what ways do you exceed the basic job requirements? You will want to emphasize these.Your response should reflect your relevant experience to the role. You can include a short statement about your interests and hobbies at the end, but the main part should demonstrate your capability for the job.RelatedHow to Answer Why Should We Hire You Interview QuestionSurprising ways employers phrase, Tell me about yourselfEmployers might phrase Tell me about yourself in a variety of ways, most of which are open-ended. Be prepared to respond to similar inquiries such asHow would you describe yourself?Guide me through your resume.Tell me about your background.Share some details about yourself that are not on your resume.Learn to identify alternative forms of this question and answer them the same way you would with, Tell me about yourself.How to respond to, Tell me about yourselfFollow these steps to learn how to answer Tell me about yourself in an interview1.Describe your present position, including tangible achievements.You can talk about specific duties or successes on your resume that you want to highlight. If one of your achievements was that you reduced customer complaints by 37%, explain the steps you took to do so.2.List past experiences and skills you developed.Try to align the skills you talk about with those on the job description. For example, if the job description listed customer service skills, you can explain how you developed those skills through prac tical experience as a customer service representative.3.Describe your strengths.Talk about strengths that you can explain with specific examples. For example, if you are a restaurant manager, you can talk about how customer traffic increased by 5% the month after you started.4.Explain why you are excited about this opportunity.Find one or two things that relate to the role and the company.This will show the interviewer that you did the research and are invested in the job.5.Add a glimpse into your interests and personality.Talk about hobbies that demonstrate your value and skills. Include any current volunteer experience or extracurricular activities that demonstrate your discipline. For example, if you are applying for a job at a pet supply store, you can talk about your volunteer experience at an animal shelter.RelatedHow to Answer Why Do You Want to Work Here Interview QuestionExample answers to use in an interviewHere are example responses based on the stepsExample 1Describe you r present positionI have been working as the managing editor at Publisher X for four years, where I oversee a team of 35 freelance writers, photographers and graphic designers. I handle the editorial calendar, assignments, workflow and quality control for the weekly publication. After leading a redesign of the magazine, circulation increased 20% over the last year.See alsoHow to Answer Why Should We Hire You Interview QuestionExample 2 List past experiencesPreviously, I was the associate editor of a niche book publisher, where I had the opportunity to work closely with and learn from extremely talented editors. I discovered I had a love for creating engaging content. During this time, I earned the industrys Young Professional Achievement Award for my work on project Z.Example 3Describe your strengthsMy greatest strengths are my attention to detail and my communication skills. I am extremely comfortable juggling multiple projects and pride myself on never missing a deadline. In perfo rmance reviews, my superiors have consistently praised the effort and energy I put toward my work and the professionalism with which I do it.Example 4 Explain why you are excitedAlthough I have enjoyed working for Publisher X, I am ready to take my career to the next level. I believe working for a company with a focus on the environment and doing something I am passionate about is that next step. I am excited about the opportunity to join a talented team and produce meaningful content.Example 5 Discussinterests and personalityOutside the office, you might find me reading a book at my favorite coffee shop or volunteering with the local literacy program. I am also an avid runner, and I am currently training for a half-marathon.When delivering your response, stay relaxed and conversational while maintaining professionalism. You want to sound natural and confident rather than rehearsed. Remember that the employer has read your resume, so instead of reciting bullet points, share examples of your skills and accomplishments. Try to spend no more 30 seconds addressing each step of your response. Your complete response should take about two minutes. To make sure you feel comfortable responding, practice it repeatedly.

Friday, December 6, 2019

The New Angle On Stanford Resume Template Just Released

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