A Guide for Finding and Keeping a Job During the Great Recession!
You’re getting nervous. You’ve read the papers. You’ve heard the rumors. Just yesterday, your boss referred to you in the past tense. The business isn’t doing well. The last memo announcing that, due to budget cuts, the company will be “forgoing electricity as our main energy source,” was not encouraging. Nor were the canned foods they served at the annual holiday party.
Experts agree that there are a number of telltale signs that you should be on the look-out to determine if your name is on the pink slip list. Chief among them:
Your boss begins asking you for your files.
Your coworkers seem surprised every time they see you in the halls.
Your boss begins asking you for all of your pens.
A dead fish arrives in your in-box.
Your boss begins asking for your chair.
If you’ve personally experienced any of these signs, then it’s time to take action and begin your job search. This starts with a resume.
Building a Resume that SELLS!
Experts agree that developing a resume is an art form. People looking for a job need to create exciting resumes that reflect ambition and initiative – and minimize what could be perceived as a negative – such as a long prison record. Words can help create the impression that you’ve accomplished major objectives. Study the following examples and use these recommended words and phrases to create a winning resume!
Was promoted regularly
Established a strategic “beach-head”
Changed the scope of the future as we know it
Performed an actual, Church-recognized miracle
Words and phrases to avoid on your resume (if at all possible)
Successfully found innocent by a jury of my peers
Featured on the TV show Intervention
Successfully eluded capture
How to interview like a winner:
Never start off an interview by saying...
“I’m sorry I’m late, but punctuality has never been my forte.”
“You’re probably wondering why I’m not wearing pants.”
“I hope you’re not going to ask me about my last job.”
“Everyone hates me.”
Common interview questions:
Q. What would you say is your major weakness?
Right Answer: I work myself to the point of exhaustion
Wrong Answer: It’s impossible to identify just one.
Q. How would your supervisor describe you?
Right answer: Dedicated. Committed. Creative.
Wrong answer: That dude can party.
Q. What do you see yourself doing in five years?
Right Answer: Leading an international division of this company.
Wrong Answer: Finishing my parole.
Q. Complete the sentence: “I work hardest ….”
Right Answer: In a team environment.
Wrong Answer: When layoffs are imminent.
Q. How would you complete the sentence: “I perceive myself to be….”
a. A natural leader
b. A natural follower
Q. My peers would use the following phrase to describe me:
a. “A visionary.”
b. “A tireless worker.”
c. “Well, if it isn’t Mr. Bad Breath.”