Have you considered being coached to improve your resume and your performance during an interview and wondered what it entailed? As a successful coach of 100’s and 100’s of educators over the last ten years, let me give you an overview of my approach: (1) a preliminary review of your resume and cover letter; (2) an in-take conversation; (3) Usually 2 to 4 one-on-one coaching sessions. The following is a brief summary of what takes place:
1. Preliminary Review of Your Resume—evaluate the resume using the following criteria:
a. Is the resume to the point, simple and logical?
b. Cites accomplishments; not a Job Description
c. Emphasizes your strengths
d. Does your timeline make sense?
e. Describes skills and knowledge that match the scope of the job; omit irrelevances
2. 10-minute In-Take Conversation (no charge)
a. What position(s) are you seeking?
b. How long have you been applying for jobs? How many jobs have you applied for?
c. How many first-round interviews have you had? Second-round? Beyond second-round?
d. What do you think the problem might be in not moving on in the process?
e. Information regarding fee; scheduling; brief feedback on resume; answer additional questions
3. Coaching Sessions
- Review and edit resume and cover letter; how to prepare for an interview; and begin analyzing and crafting response to “Tell Us About Yourself”
- Finalize and practice response to “Tell Us About Yourself”; strategize answers to 10 to 20 of the most frequently asked questions.
- Analyze what your future supervisor is really looking for.
- Mutually create your narrative that emphasizes your strengths and neutralizes any potential weakness.
- Do mock interviews and get constructive feedback.
- Learn strategies and tactics on “how to close the deal” and negotiate salary.