a job interview should be an open discussionA job interview should be an open discussion. This will allow the conversation to flow easier and the interviewer will learn more about your personality and who you are as a professional and you will learn more about the company and the interviewer. Consider the typical job interview stereotype: The intimidating and powerful interviewer interrogates the ill-fated candidate, looking for flaws, tapping into weaknesses, and trying to trap the candidate into saying or doing something that will knock him/her out of the running. While this might be how it feels to be a candidate…

Increase the odds of having a successful job interview via phone using these tips. Even though a phone interview may seem easier than a regular interview on the surface, it can actually be a bit harder. A phone interview can happen when you least expect it or it can be scheduled. You have to successfully project your personality without having the advantage of face-to-face contact. You must rely solely on your voice to make a connection with your interviewer.

A phone interview can be successful by using these tips: 1. Eliminate ALL distractions

Professional Resume

Some individuals still believe that the cost of professional resume writing is expensive. Think about all the hours you spend dropping off resumes that YOU or Aunt Betsy created which failed to generate interviews. Think about the 6 to 9 months, or longer, spent trying to get a job when you could have captured numerous interviews and found that dream job already, allowing you to earn more money. Isn’t that worth the investment?

We once had a client who was unemployed for just over one year and thought he would use our services after having had no success with the resume and cover letters he created. After sending out the resume and cover letter we developed for him, he immediately received interviews; within 2 weeks he accepted a position he really wanted. If he had come to us sooner…

Thank You Letter Writing a thank you letter after the teaching interview or an assistant principal interview is just about as important as writing a teacher cover letter to accompany the resume written for the teaching job. After your cover letter and resume secured an interview and the meeting went brilliantly many job seekers think that’ it. You’re confident they are interested in you. Now, you just have to wait for the offer, right? … WRONG.

Don’t stop the campaign just yet… It is a known fact that many hiring decisions rest on which candidate sends a thank you letter. Put the situation into perspective … Imagine a hiring manager, undecided between two “equally” qualified candidates. Then, one candidate sends a well-written thank you note, and the other doesn’t. Who do you think will receive the job offer? Aside from the fact that…

salary negotiations Successful salary negotiations are when everyone wins. Lack of preparation for job compensation negotiations is the main reason for lost income and/or benefits. When the time comes to negotiate, the job seeker either spouts out any number or doesn’t say anything and takes the position as offered. However, if the job seeker would have just prepared themselves for this conversation, they would have secured a higher starting salary.

You see, employers never start at their maximum, they leave room for negotiation. Sadly though, only a small percentage of prospective employees actually negotiate their salary.  There is nothing inappropriate about trying to get the best salary package possible for the hard work you will put into a new job.

The first, and probably the most imperative, point to understand about negotiations is, when the deal is completed BOTH parties should be happy. WINNING IS NOT EVERYTHING! It isn’t like negotiating a car purchase, where you definitely negotiate to win, because you will never have to speak to the car sales representative again. How you conduct yourself during salary negations, however, will set the stage for your long-term business relationship.

It is important to stay calm, do not get emotional or argumentative. Be sincere and reasonable with your points. When you are going into a negotiation session have clear, concise ideas about what is important to you and what you would like to see in the job offer. You will not get everything you want, so keep your most important objectives in mind. When you are presenting your case, ensure that you list one or two strong reasons. If you provide a weak reason this will give the employer a reason to dismiss the item presented.

Many job seekers make the mistake of negotiating before the employer is sold on them. If you do this, you will not be optimizing your compensation package, you may not even get the job. Do not go into a job interview thinking the first topic of discussion will be salary.  The only time you can discuss salary is after you have been given an absolute offer.  You have more bargaining power when a company has decided to hire you. Never put in an absolute salary number on the job application, otherwise, you will end up restricting yourself.

Knowing how much you’re worth, in terms of the skills you possess, is important.  Do your homework. It is your responsibility to know how much other organizations pay for a comparable position, with the same amount of experience.  You can ask people in similar fields for their opinion, and the Internet is full of salary websites that calculate how much you should be getting paid.  When you come to the negotiating table with your facts straight, you are more likely to get what you want.

Instead of demanding something, state a question to the person you are negotiating with. For an example, don’t say, “That is not right, because …” You should phrase it like this, “Your point has some validity to it, but can you look at it from this point of view.” Then the employer will answer the question and may sway to your side of the table. If the company discovers themselves the validity of your point, instead of you telling them, you will be in a win-win situation. The odds are against you if you tell them their point of view is incorrect.

To remain in high standing with the company be well mannered in your approach.  Begin your salary negotiations with thanking the potential employer for their offer on the good position.  When you remain positive throughout the process, you are more likely to get positive feedback.  When you know your true value, you can negotiate with confidence.

Job ApplicationsCompleting teacher job applications properly can be tedious and time consuming. Job applications to submit for a teaching job are not substitutes for a resume, but are frequently required. How you complete them is crucial to your job search. Many employers request an application for conformity reasons and to obtain a signature from the applicant. Some employers require applications because they want certain types of information provided in a particular format.

Whatever the reason an employer has for requiring a completed application form, you need to know how to properly fill it out. Here are some tips to help you fill out job applications. Never leave an item blank…

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