A Gift – Resume Attraction Crash e-Course

July 27th, 2010

I would like to help you or someone you know who wants a resume that gets noticed.  Here’s my gift to you:

A Gift – Resume Attraction Crash e-Course
(A do it yourself resume program)

Cutting edge strategies for a resume that gets you
in the door and turns you into a sought after asset

Here is what the e-course includes:

Resume Attraction Crash Course” step by step training

  • “Proven Formula to Write Your Own Resume” audio training
  • “Workbook to Write Your Own Resume”
  • “Mastery Resume Samples” for your reference
  • “Resume Tips” transcript

For your free gift, Click Here: Resume Attraction Crash e-Course

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How and Why to Present Yourself on LinkedIn

April 29th, 2010

Many of my clients have recently received lucrative job offers from strategies they’ve implemented using LinkedIn.  Therefore, I want to share with you this short step-by-step audio mini course, “How and Why to Present Yourself on LinkedIN”, so you too can get started on the right foot with your online profile.  I don’t want you to miss out on this great tool! 

How and Why to Present Yourself on LinkedIN

Follow along with the audio training: "Sample LinkedIn Profile" document
Click to view or Right Click and choose "Save Target As" to download

(HINT – for best viewing, increase zoom to 150%)

Enjoy!

AMAZING COACHING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU

I’m looking for 10 people who are serious about getting fast results and getting rid of excuses once and for all at a VERY reduced price for 3, one hour sessions for just $297!  I’ve never offered this before but I’m anxious to help people prosper right now, but you must be serious.  You can get your money back in full if you put this step-by-step program into practice and it doesn’t yield you any results.  Contact me right now at lori@Loridavila.com to sign up and get your spot.

WHAT IF I COULD SHOW YOU ONE SIMPLE SKILL THAT WOULD MAKE YOU OUTRAGEOUSLY SUCCESSFUL AND FAST?

I searched and studied for years what would provide FAST RESULTS for you and I’ve been the greatest skeptic of all. I have the answers now for you and I’m test marketing it – a program that produces results for you guaranteed ( No fluff, no hype, just solid proven strategies that anyone can apply)  such as these:

REAL RESULTS

  • 3 months ago I was unemployed and looking for work.  The skills I got from this program allowed me to successfully interview with 15 corporate vice presidents, after which I got a 6-figure job as a Corporate Trainer!  Just the basic skills taught here will change every part of your life.  No excuses, you need to do this!  –MR
  • Because of this training, I’ve been able to triple my income!  I got a job in a field that I have less than a year of experience in (I actually was hired ahead of someone with over 9 years experience because of some simple strategies I learned). If you want to increase your income, you need to get this program. –ML
  • Just listening to a single session changed my whole life.  I was able to improve relationships with family and get a raise at my job that I wasn’t expecting.  Just from applying some of the simple strategies with my bosses at work, I received a mind-blowing year end bonus!  –CW

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Opportunity for You to Have Success NOW

April 21st, 2010

Sorry I’ve been out of touch lately.  The truth is I’ve been focused on caring for my mother who lives over 500 miles away in South Florida.  She had a stroke and then fractured her hip.  I’ve been spending time away from my family and business to care for her.  It’s been very challenging. 

WHAT IF I COULD SHOW YOU ONE SIMPLE SKILL THAT WOULD MAKE YOU OUTRAGEOUSLY SUCCESSFUL AND FAST?

With my crazy lifestyle, I’ve remained focused on you and your success in your career, business, and life. I searched and studied for years what would provide FAST RESULTS for you and I’ve been the greatest skeptic of all. I have the answers now for you and I’m test marketing it – a program that produces results for you guaranteed ( No fluff, no hype, just solid proven strategies that anyone can apply)  such as these:

REAL RESULTS

  • 3 months ago I was unemployed and looking for work.  The skills I got from this program allowed me to successfully interview with 15 corporate vice presidents, after which I got a 6-figure job as a Corporate Trainer!  Just the basic skills taught here will change every part of your life.  No excuses, you need to do this!  –MR
  • Because of this training, I’ve been able to triple my income!  I got a job in a field that I have less than a year of experience in (I actually was hired ahead of someone with over 9 years experience because of some simple strategies I learned). If you want to increase your income, you need to get this program. –ML
  • Just listening to a single session changed my whole life.  I was able to improve relationships with family and get a raise at my job that I wasn’t expecting.  Just from applying some of the simple strategies with my bosses at work, I received a mind-blowing year end bonus!  –CW

TEST MARKET THIS PROGRAM AND GET IMMEDIATE LIFE CHANGING RESULTS

Before I commit fully to sharing this program, we are doing a sample test market with a few key people to get an honest assessment to see if it’s something people would use and refer to other people. 

Would you be willing to test something out for me and give me your feedback?  If you are serious about this opportunity and interested in learning simple life changing skills that you can implement immediately in exchange for your feedback, please contact me at lori@loridavila.com.  This life changing offer is only good to the first 10 people who respond and who are serious about finally getting results and losing their excuses.

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Today, I Come Out of the Closet

March 26th, 2010

Coming Out of ClosetThe last four weeks have been one of the greatest growing and learning experiences of my life as they have pushed me to finally "come out of the closet".  Here’s the scoop:

On Feb 17th I learned that my mother, who was living independently in South Florida, had a stroke.  She was found lying on the floor in her pink bathrobe by a concerned neighbor.  

I immediately jumped on a plane from Atlanta to be by her side, be her advocate in the hospital and take care of her living and home management tasks.  A seemingly daunting task but what I found instead of overwhelm and extreme stress was amazing internal strength, courage, and faith that all was unfolding exactly the way it was supposed to and that my mother would be just fine.

I count the many blessings that have occurred in my life as a result of this experience:

  1. Spending time that I normally wouldn’t have and connecting with my mother, other family members, and my mother’s extended community of friends and neighbors.
  2. Learning how to express myself much more openly and how to give hugs and words of appreciation more readily to all the people who have come into my life during this time, including medical staff, and new friends who have gone through something similar to this.
  3. Learning how to tackle life’s challenges with courage and grace.
  4. Feeling a renewed appreciation and joy for every moment of life.
  5. Feeling a renewed sense of urgency to do the things in my business and life I’ve feared or avoided, as the fear is no longer an option or purposeful.
  6. Making new friends like Mike Diamond, an x-NFL football player who had a stroke himself three years ago and pushed himself hard so he could continue to live an independent life.  He is coaching my mom to achieve more than she believes is possible in her rehabilitation. 

These are gifts, lessons, and emotions I’ve connected with as a result of this experience.  I have been awakened with a new sense of life, appreciation, love, and service to others.  That’s how I’ve come out of the closet.  No more holding back. 

MY QUESTION FOR YOU

What are you holding back?  Are you waiting for a life altering experience to allow you to be who you really want to be?   Don’t allow one minute to go by in your life without these insights.  If you approach each day with love and service and honor for others instead of fear, holding your true expression back, I guarantee you will live a very rich life and attract whatever you wish into your life. 

To ponder:  How can you come out of your closet and what needs to come out in order for you to lead a very rich life?  What are you afraid of and what are you waiting for? 

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Valentine’s Day: Job Hunting A Lot Like Dating

February 11th, 2010

IN THIS ISSUE

1. A Note From Lori
2. Guest Article – Valentine’s Day: Job-hunting like Dating
3. Coaching, Resume Writing, Books and E-Courses

A NOTE FROM LORI

The Saints Win The SuperbowlWe all have moments in our lives that really stand out as life altering and special.  For me, attending the recent Super Bowl and watching the New Orleans Saints finally find their way to victory was that special moment.  I’ve never really been a huge football fan but I can say that I am now because the Saint’s victory is so much more than football.  I’ve watched this team since I was 19 years old, attending games with my husband who was my boyfriend at the time.  I couldn’t understand why he and so many loyal fans stuck with this losing team year after year and decade after decade. 

The story of their win would make a great story for a best selling book or movie.  But this story is real.  What blows me away is how the quarterback Drew Brees signed with the team shortly after Hurricane Katrina. He came with a bad shoulder.  Other teams didn’t want him.  He worked hard, set the right mental tone for his team, and visualized winning the Super Bowl and shared that belief and vision with his teamates. It was meant to be. It was destiny, according to Drew.  Accomplishing something that seemed so impossible in a city that some Americans wrote off as a city that shouldn’t even exist anymore, is awe inspiring. Adversity and resilience lifted this football team and city to greatness. The team focused on winning the Super Bowl for the people of New Orleans and the gulf coast area, and not for themselves. These lessons can shift you to your own greatness. Here’s how:

  • Focus on something that you desire;
  • Visualize it and how it would feel to accomplish it;
  • Take steps to try it;
  • Work hard;
  • Don’t give up;
  • Believe in the possibility; 
  • Finish strong
  • Begin now!

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GUEST ARTICLE – VALENTINE’S DAY: JOB-HUNTING LIKE DATING

By Dr. Randall S. Hansen, Quintessential Careers

Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is about love and romance, passion and commitment, so how can job-seekerssearching for work take these lessons to heart and apply them to the jobsearch?

“Dating and job-hunting have many parallels,” states Dr. Randall S. Hansen, founder and publisher of Quintessential Careers (http://www.quintcareers.com), one of the Web’s leading career tools sites. “Both dating and job-hunting focus on finding the right match, meeting with strangers who are potential matches, and eventually making a long-term commitment.”

In Hansen’s latest article published on the site, Job-Hunting’s Parallels with Dating: Steps on How to Find Your Next Successful Employer Relationship, he describes the three major steps that guide both dating and job-hunting. (URL: http://www.quintcareers.com/job-hunting_like_dating.html)

The first step, Hansen says, is researching prospects and finding the perfect match. Just as with dating, a job-seeker should focus on finding a job with an employer that is a good fit for both parties. “Your job-search goal should focus on uncovering the best job opportunities with organizations that have values that match yours. Do not haphazardly apply to job openings or apply to random job leads. Instead, take proactive steps in uncovering job leads that fit you,” Hansen states.

The second step is succeeding in building interest and a connection with the other person(s). Just as with dating, the more you know about your prospective employer, the better you can position yourself as the ideal job-seeker for the job. This step involves researching the employer and creating interest through a tailored resume and cover letter that leads to an interview. “Building a connection with the employer and hiring manager starts with the cover letter and resume, but continues through the job interview,” Hansen says.

The third step is agreeing to be together and making the long-term commitment. “When all the interviews are over, and the employer is ready to make a commitment to the relationship by making a job offer, you must be prepared to make a decision about what you want,” Hansen states.

The complete article offers job-seekers proven techniques for achieving job-search success, including how to uncover solid job leads, research employers, prepare dynamic cover letters and resumes, succeed in the interview, and negotiate a job offer.

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COACHING, RESUME WRITING, BOOKS AND E-COURSES

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TOP WEEKLY CAREER PICK

February 4th, 2010

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1. Top Weekly Career Pick
2. Featured Article: The Key to Having It All
3. A Real Example of How to Reach Your Goals
4. Announcements

TOP WEEKLY CAREER PICK

http://usa.lucidjobs.com/ – Lucid Jobs is a completely free job search website with a built in Application Tracking System, Messenger, Calendar and more. Stay organized with their tools and get connected using Forums to share knowledge.

New Orleans SaintsAnd my top pick for the Super Bowl is the New Orleans Saints of course!

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FEATURED ARTICLE: THE KEY TO HAVING IT ALL

THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITY IN YOUR LIFE
The Real Key to Having It All: Health, Wealth, Happiness, and Loving Relationships

I used to think this was fluffy, tooty fruity stuff.
It is not. (It’s now my main focus).
This is YOUR life we’re talking about.
If you desire for your life and career to be
a wonderful experience, read on.

Life is simple. You are born. Your freedom to be your true, self loving, authentic self is suppressed by rules, boundaries, behaviors, thoughts, priorities, limitations, fears, doubts, circumstances, and so called “truths” of other people and what you pay attention to (television programs, books, media, etc.) in your life. You may feel controlled and frustrated and not able to be and express who you really are.

Insecurity sets in. You may believe that you are not good enough, you don’t fit in, and you’re not included. This disconnect with your true self in your adult years manifests itself in a lack of:

  • fulfillment
  • confidence and wealth
  • health and wellbeing
  • balance

A feeling of emptiness sets in. That’s when you may feel trapped in your life and your fears, doubts, and limiting thoughts take over and you either stop dreaming or you believe you can’t ever reach your dreams or be your true self. This is also when self sabotaging, sometimes self protective, and destructive behavior (such as drugs, alcohol, overeating, overspending, external marital affairs, social isolation, blaming others) may manifest itself so that you can have temporary feel good moments that will most likely take you and your loved ones into deeper despair.

You crave to be who you really are. Someone who is free, joyful, self adoring, fulfilled, passionate, confident, and loved. Every human being on this planet universally craves this feeling more than anything else in life. Our actions, focus, words, motivations, purchases, and desires all stem around wanting feel good emotions and being able to express ourselves as who we really are.

The only way to have what you really crave is to make your top priority in life to feel authentic joy, self love, fulfillment, and peace within. In this state you no longer react to life but live life at an elevated and raised level and it is only here that you are able to create exactly what you wish for with a powerful, unstoppable air of complete self love and confidence – loving and fulfilling relationships, good health and balance, passion and purpose, authenticity, and true abundance.

It is only here that you are able to be at a higher level that everyone in your life will take notice of and match as you share your joyful, electric vibration with them. It’s the only way to dramatically change your life and to receive all that you want – by having a strong desire above all else to change your heart and mind to adhere to this number one priority – to have good feeling emotions – and to have these good feeling emotions all the time, no matter what else is going on in your life.

Feeling good down to your soul will change everything and allow you to lead the life you so desire and to be who you really are. It will allow you to brush off what used to be life’s annoyances from your shoulder for good.

The steps to making true, good feeling emotions be your top priority in life are:

  1. Create, focus, and dramatically elevate your desire to authentically feel good within above all else and in all circumstances. Think about it constantly.
     
  2. Write down what makes you authentically feel good inside, happy, and joyous, and focus your attention on these things all day long. These are things that if you change your heart and soul and mind’s focus, you can have them right now versus wanting to change someone else or some circumstance that you cannot control in order to make you happy. Here is an example:

    What makes me happy is focusing my attention on my purpose, passion, freedom, spontaneity, joyous coincidences, heartful encounters that don’t drain my energy but that lift me up, wisdom, beauty, nature, playfulness, creativity, smiles and laughter, music, being a conduit to bring joy and confidence to others, and giving unconditional love to all people and animals.
     

  3. Make a decision to change your habits and regiments and what you focus your thoughts and words on so you can have these feel good emotions and tell everyone around you why you are doing it. They’ll want to know what’s in it for them so tell them it will allow you to become a better spouse, parent, sibling, child, employee, friend, and neighbor. You will inspire others by sharing your new found commitment to an extraordinary life that in no way includes self sabotaging behavior that fills the void of feeling authentic joy.
     
  4. Next begin to trust and allow inspirational ideas come from your heart and intuition that ensures you will feel good all day long. This may mean you have to let go of some thoughts you constantly carry around with you that no longer serve your new commitment of joy. Examples may include your self sabotaging thoughts of having to please others, control and distrust others, and needing appreciation, approval, and recognition from others in order to feel good.

A benefit to living the life you want is that once you feel good and you are in touch with who you really are, others will mirror you and you will automatically make them feel good about themselves and believe in themselves by you being who you really are. When you’re living in joy, you’ll easily receive inspirational thoughts and ideas and words that will allow others you interact with to have a glimpse of their own joy and authentic self. What an uplifting gift to give others that can change their lives.

You are in charge of your feel good feelings. No one else has that authority over you anymore. You may have to get out of your comfort zone to make some fundamental changes to begin to do what’s best for your emotions today. Start a movement in your home, workplace, and community, and encourage others to do the same for themselves. Living in joy versus fear, resistance to your true self, and anxiety, will change everything in your life. Work on it everyday with determination and conviction. Let go and live in sheer joy and harmony with your true self. You will have everything you desire if you allow it to be!

How this Really Works

An example from my own life on how this really works: My husband and his elderly parents had a dysfunctional, co-dependent relationship. My in-laws health issues and the loss of their ability to live independently added to the distasteful mix that kept seeping into my home. Rather than participate in the dysfunction or just live with it, I knew that I had to change my heart and soul and grow and evolve (life’s challenges show up as lessons we need to learn). My deep rooted desire to change my heart was the catalyst to make it happen.

Once I began to love my true authentic self, I was able to see others for their true selves, even if they hadn’t reached that point yet for themselves. I focused my thoughts on that and writing those loving thoughts down daily to reinforce them until my emotions began to shift. It was deeply important to me. I then received inspiration to ask my mother-in-law to teach me her native language of French. Teaching French is her passion and by doing so, I’ve helped her to regain some of her confidence and internal joy which is changing the dynamics of the relationship between the four of us right before my eyes. It’s working with such ease.

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A REAL EXAMPLE OF HOW TO REACH YOUR GOALS

Ashley WilliamsIf you find yourself struggling to reach your goals, consider the culprit may fall in one or all of these categories — your fear or your time management is getting in the way or you’re not writing your goals down. Facing these obstacles will transform your results in a big way. Take a small step to address them if you insist on more for your life. Here’s an example from Ashley Williams, a budding new author on how to get started:

I’ve been very lucky to have a good career for the last eleven years, and fortunate to survive all the economic craziness of the last few years. While I like my job, I realized I was burying any creative instincts and losing that part of myself. I found myself saying, “I am the least creative person I know,” and I hated saying it. I kept ignoring this little voice inside me that was saying, “Yes, you love to read, but you also want to write.” Since I am a big believer that you can’t complain about something that you aren’t willing to work to change, I let that little voice get louder and louder, and decided to do something about it.

I signed up for a creative writing class, and then another, and then another. I had no idea if I could write. I got very positive feedback from my instructors and classmates. And for the first time in a very long time, I was passionate about something.

About that same time, I started Lori’s Secret Sauce. I learned that I had been letting fear and lethargy stifle my creative energies for far too long. And I decided that while the classes are great, and I really enjoy them, it is time for the next step. I’ve taken a rather painful personal journey over the last few years, and have decided to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write this story.

I’m far from perfect with it, but I strive to write every day. I’ve decided this is important enough to me to make it a priority, and that it is worth it because I feel more content and happy than I have in a very long time. Who knows if it will turn into a career for me? Who even cares? It is the act itself, and letting go of the fear of trying something new that is making the difference for me.

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What You, Jimmy Buffet, & New Orleans Saints Have In Common

January 29th, 2010

IN THIS ISSUE

1. What You, Jimmy Buffet, & New Orleans Saints Have In Common – (Video of Jimmy Buffet Up Close & Personal)
2. How to Make a Sizzling First Impression! – (Audio Interview With Successful Author)
3. Exciting New Programs and Announcements
4. Lori Recommends

 

WHAT YOU, JIMMY BUFFET, & NEW ORLEANS SAINTS HAVE IN COMMON
(Video of Jimmy Buffet Up Close & Personal) 

I recently visited New Orleans to witness the New Orleans Saints win their first NFC Championship. It was surreal sitting in the very same Superdome where we all witnessed horrid pictures of humanity just a few short years ago after Hurricane Katrina. This time the Dome was alive with hope, collective energy and joy that was so intense you had to feel swept away by it to the core of your own existence. It was blissful, sensory overload. It was surreal because there were pleas for helping Haiti on the giant electronic billboards throughout the game.

People of all economic backgrounds, religions, and colors celebrated together in the streets hugging, high fiving, singing and dancing. It was like experiencing nirvana.

(We ran into Jimmy Buffet singing impromptu at a tailgate party – enjoy the video here!)

My husband and his family are from New Orleans, so my life has been personally touched by Hurricane Katrina as family members lost their homes. So what does this all have to do with you?

Everything. The New Orleans Saints started this season like no other. Drew Brees, the quarterback, handed out 4 t-shirts to his 52 teammates at the beginning of the season each with a mission statement:

"Be Special"
"Smell Greatness"
"Finish Strong"
"SuperBowl 44"

To reach the Super Bowl, this team would have to perform miracles, especially after a 40 year history that has been laced with many embarrassments and losing seasons. The fans are the most passionate and loyal fans that have stuck with their team through thick and thin. Now the Saints have pulled through against all odds and the city has a renewed confidence and Saints fever that is contagious. The whole city is inspiring as they rebuilt and rebounded to reach many immense goals, including playing in the Super Bowl. What this city and team and loyal fans have been through hopefully will inspire you to your own greatness.

It was surreal for me to watch a woman boarding our plane home. She had a Saints t-shirt on and she was talking to a loyal Minnesota Vikings fan who was very disappointed that his team lost to the Saints. Her advice to him? "Don’t worry, there’s always next year". In other words, keep the faith!

My message to you from all this? "Don’t give up. Set YOUR mission statement because you can achieve anything you want, even against all odds. Just believe you can".

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HOW TO MAKE A SIZZLING FIRST IMPRESSION!
(Audio Interview With Successful Author, Bill Lampton, Ph.D.)

Everything we do, say, or look like must contribute to the image we present. Dr. Lampton provides tips and strategies for making your first impression sizzling and highly positive.

Listen to the interview here!

BIO:
Bill Lampton, Ph.D., has become known as the "Speech Coach for Champions." Through his company, Championship Communication, he works with business leaders who want to become poised, powerful, and persuasive speakers.Under his Speech Coaching, clients get their audience’s attention, agreement, and action. He wrote a popular communication book, The Complete Communicator: Change Your Communication, Change Your Life! He has been interviewed by Entrepreneur, Newsday, Cosmopolitan, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and Delta’s SKY.

Visit his Web site: http://www.championshipcommunication.com

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EXCITING NEW PROGRAMS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

We’re creating Success Groups that will be announced soon for serious jobseekers that want results as fast as possible.  The format will be similar to "The Biggest Loser" so be prepared to work hard and turn your entire search around. If you’re interested, email us at info@loridavila.com.  We’re working to get press coverage so you must really commit to getting the results you want, and not to making excuses. Only 20 spots are available.

Having trouble figuring out your unique, personal brand and in getting lots of attention? Need some help?  Contact us at info@loridavila.com

Resume Attraction Do It Yourself E-CourseLearn all my secrets and cutting edge strategies for creating a resume that gets you in the door and turns you into a sought after asset for only $29

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LORI RECOMMENDS

If you live in Atlanta and you’re looking for free support, check out RUMC Job Networking . I spoke at their recent event and I have to tell you I’m in awe with everything they do and provide for job seekers.  They’re also training other churches on how they do things so magnificently - check out this link for their February conference if you want to know more - RUMC Job Networking.

 

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Interview with Celebrity Author, Dick Bolles – “What Color Is Your Parachute?”

January 18th, 2010

Dick Bolles is probably the most well known career/job search authors of all time. I interviewed Dick on what YOU need to do in 2010 to find hope and rewarding work.

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I was curious to know the secrets from Dick Bolles on how his book became so popular year after year and what his thoughts were on his career and his book’s longevity and sustainability. If you are determined to grow and sustain your career year after year and never go out of style you can certainly learn from the example of this man and his book! Here are my thoughts on the key success factors that would allow all of us to sustain our careers and businesses:

  1. Find a need or problem
  2. Research the answers and become the solution
  3. Share the answers with those who need help
  4. Stay on top of the problems and solutions and update them every single year
  5. Have an inquisitive, restless mind

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TOP 5 INTERVIEWING SUCCESS STRATEGIES

November 5th, 2009

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SHORT ARTICLE: TOP 5 INTERVIEW SUCCESS STRATEGIES 

Behavior-based interviewing is rapidly becoming the interviewing method of choice for organizations of all sizes. Your preparation and understanding of this method will mean the difference between your going to the next step in the hiring process or not.

In a behavior-based interview, you will be asked questions that begin with "Tell me about a time when…", or "Give me an example…" or "Describe a situation when…." Interviewers want proof and real-life examples that you have predetermined skills to do the job – not your opinions or your thoughts on how you would go about doing a job.

These predetermined skills are beyond just technical knowledge, and questions are designed to evaluate leadership, planning and organizing, and relationship building, for example.

Sample Behavior-Based Questions:

Leadership question:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to lead many people to achieve a goal.

Planning and organizing question:

  • Give me an example of an event or project that you planned on very short notice.

Relationship building question:

  • Describe a situation when you built rapport with a difficult customer.

The following five strategies can help you prepare for behavior-based interviews and successfully sell yourself to prospective employers.

1. Prepare SAR Stories Supporting Your Strengths
Behavior-based interviewers have been trained to solicit your real-life examples and responses in a "SAR format":

S = the situation you faced
A = the action you took to address the situation
R = the results of your action
Prepare detailed and specific SAR stories that support your core strengths and that are your greatest accomplishments from each of your past positions. Practice your responses so that you will be able to recall your past accomplishments with confidence. Remember to share stories that are factual and that support your candidacy.

2. Prepare SAR Stories Related to the Job
Ask for a detailed job description and job advertisement. Pull out key performance skills from the essential duties and responsibilities and draw a line down the center of a piece of paper. On the left, make a list of the key skills the employer is looking for. On the right, list at least two SAR stories for each skill and then practice your responses. If you are unable to get a job description, look for similar descriptions and ads at competing firms.

3. Use SAR Stories for Traditional Interview Questions
If an interview is more conversational and not behavior-based, chances are the interviewer will be confused about your candidacy because he wasn’t able to gather supporting data of your skill sets. In this case, you may hear more traditional interview questions such as "What are your strengths?" or "Tell me about yourself." Find every opportunity to drop a SAR statement into an interview response. A documented example of what you’ve done in the past is more compelling than a nonspecific statement and will help the interviewer discover your strengths.

4. Prepare SAR Stories with Negative Consequences
Prepare stories with negative consequences just in case you are asked. A sample question might be "Tell me a time when you were unable to close a sale." Position your responses positively so that you portray yourself as effective and someone who takes responsibility.

5. Don’t Forget Your Results!
Many candidates gloss over their results. Interviewers are expected to probe for this information so do the due diligence necessary to retrieve detailed results regarding the actions you took. Results may include revenue produced, cost savings, customer satisfaction scores, and process improvements, for example.

You’ll never know exactly what questions and what follow up questions you will be asked during a behavior-based interview, so don’t try to memorize responses. Don’t let this throw you off guard – the key to your success is preparation that forces you to delve into your memory bank to spark old memories so you can articulate job-related stories quickly and eloquently.

Some additional behavioral interviewing questions to consider:

  • Tell me about a time when you were a part of a great team. What was your part in making the team effective?
  • Give me an example of a time when you had to deal with a difficult co-worker. How did you handle the situation?
  • Can you tell me about a time during your previous employment when you suggested a better way to perform a process?
  • Give an example of a time when you were trying to meet a deadline, you were interrupted, and did not make the deadline. How did you respond?
  • What do you do when you know you are right and your boss disagrees with you? Give me an example of when this has happened in your career.

 

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October 29th, 2009

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Favorite Tool
2. Short Article: How to Change Your Life Right Now
3. Want To Know How To Start Reaching Your Dreams Now? Contribute To This Column.
4. Products And Programs
5. Do You Have Kids? Special Request
6. Let’s Connect

FAVORITE TOOL

www.interviewstream.com – My favorite tool for interview preparation is doing interview practice sessions using video or audio.  A client of mine came in second 15 times in his interviews until we practiced using video.  Within three weeks he had two job offers.  This site allows you to practice via video and share your videos with friends, collegues, coaches, or anyone else who can help you make immediate improvements.  Check it out!

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SHORT ARTICLE: HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW 

The way to see miraculous results in your life and career right away is to commit to taking bold actions you normally wouldn’t take on a daily or at least a weekly basis, to start. I am defining bold actions as ones that take little time on your part, they make you feel uncomfortable and excited at the same time, and they clearly enhance your life. It’s doing something you may have shied away from in the past.

Bold actions are not necessarily taking drastic steps like quitting your job or skydiving, although it could be that. It’s taking simple steps that feel uncomfortable and exciting, and if you take them, you’ll feel a strong union with your true heart. Examples may include:

  • contacting someone you’ve been fearful of contacting;
  • telling someone something you’ve been afraid to say that benefits you and them;
  • starting to write if your desire for self expression is writing;
  • expressing something to someone from your heart and soul;
  • committing to a practice of exercising, eating right, or meditating if that’s what you really desire;
  • showing someone how much you love and appreciate them by doing something special for them;
  • asking friends, relatives, co-workers, or bosses for help if you are feeling overwhelmed and you are someone who doesn’t like to ask for help;
  • taking a beginning step to face a debilitating fear head on – one that is getting in the way of your burning desires;
  • doing something you promised yourself you’d do especially when you feel doubtful or not up to it.

The key to your bold actions is allowing yourself to get logically closer to the results you desire in your career and life. The results must always be ones that enhance your life and the lives of others.

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WANT TO KNOW HOW TO START REACHING YOUR DREAMS NOW? CONTRIBUTE TO THIS COLUMN.

I regularly include this section because my dream is to share the global stage with you! With viral marketing techniques, it’s so easy to get your work and messages out to the world and I want to start that process for you.
So, if you have a creative talent that can inspire others, or if you have a creative dream or talent that you’re afraid to begin, I would like to especially hear from you! Step out of your comfort zone and tell me what your dream is. There is power and momentum when you simply share your dream with others which is what I want to do
for you. Go ahead and contact me at lori@loridavila.com to discuss your submission to this column!

My dear friend David Keeler is an extraordinary leader who has run companies as President and has co-collaborated with Zig Ziglar. He has a gift of inspiring people through his creative song writing. Please listen to his song "Who You Are".

Who You Are
(Written by David Keeler)

Song Lyrics

It’s not what you may think
Or certainly how you feel
Or what you may portray
Of thoughts you may conceal
The truth of who you are
Is seen through others’ eyes
Balance of beliefs
Can start at any time

It’s what you do alone
That tells you who you are
It’s what you share with others
That determines just how far
How far that you can travel
From somewhere old to somewhere new
Where do you want to be?
When it’s time for your review

Learning to forgive
Doesn’t mean you must forget
It’s just a heartfelt way
Of satisfying debt
Focus on your strengths
Then get stronger everyday
When you tell yourself the truth
You can never be betrayed

(Chorus)
Look at yourself now
Compared to where you’ve been
Are you happy with what you see?
Or would you rather trade it in
What is left for you?
What can be achieved?
Who you are
Is based on what you leave

(Chorus)

Here’s what he has to say about it:

The "Who You Are" song is one for me that after you listen to it a few times it kind of makes one go whoa! I mean think about it for a moment, it doesn’t matter what our backgrounds are, what experiences we been a part of, what "good" we boast, what "bad" we ignore, what our genders are, and on and on we could go! What matters the most is what "you know" about yourself regardless of what others "may perceive" of you. The good news is that a balance in new beliefs (and actions) can start at anytime and it is ultimately what you do and share with others that will determine who you "really" are!

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Coming soon — Resume Attraction Do It Yourself E-Course – Cutting edge strategies for a resume that gets you in the door and turns you into a sought after asset

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DO YOU HAVE KIDS?  SPECIAL REQUEST

Please videotape your child answering these 2 questions –> 1. What do you want to be when you grow up and why; 2. Describe your daddy or your mommy’s job. Send me (lori@loridavila.com) the 2-3 minute video – so I can share it with the world. Don’t have a camera? Write down what your child says and send me that with a picture.  As Bill Cosby says, "Kids say the darndest things!"

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