Have you thought about being coached to improve your resume and your performance during an interview and what it entailed? As a successful coach of 100’s and 100’s of educators over the last ten years, let me give you a brief overview of my approach: (1) free review of your resume and cover letter; (2) free 10 minute telephone in-take conversation; (3) schedule and conduct virtual one-hour one-on-one coaching sessions depending on client’s needs. The following is a brief summary of what takes place:
1. Review of Your Resume (no charge)
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 (clients determine their needs and how many sessions they want)
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.
Resumes require descriptive and active verbs to make reviewers fully aware of your accomplishments, knowledge, skills and dispositions. I have lifted many of the actual verbs that my clients have used in their resumes. Some are better than others although they may connote similar meanings. To my thinking, the more active the verb the better. As an example, “develop” is neutral compared to “create”. “inspire” has a positive emotional component compared to “motivate”.
Here are 40 examples to choose from. I’m sure there are others. However, you should find these examples very useful in crafting your resume.
Assume that you are a well-qualified applicant who is applying for a mid-level leadership position and are 1 out of a total of 150 applicants. Assume that there are at least 15 other candidates who are equally qualified. Why do you need to be well prepared for a job search? What must you know and do so you don’t sound like the rest of the candidates? Consider the following:
Do you know how to strategically organize and design a resume that gets the reviewers’ attention?
Do you know how to differentiate yourself in your response to the inevitable question, “Tell us about yourself”?
Do you know the best order in which to be interviewed and how to get that “post position”?
Do you know when to stop talking in response to a question?
Do you know how to read the “body language” of the interviewers?
Do you know what questions to ask at the conclusion of your interview?
Do you know how to frame a final statement at the conclusion of an interview?
Do you know how to present yourself as someone who is likeable and a good fit?
Do you know how to adjust your interviewing approach as you move from screening to committee to leadership to Board interviews?
Do you know how to “close the deal” if you are a finalist”?
Do you know how to negotiate the best deal for yourself if you’re offered the job?
Do you how to make a good impression during your first 100 days?
There are many other things that you must know in order to be a highly competitive candidate. I have coached 100’s of my clients get their dream jobs. Let me help you, too.