Here’s an insider’s take on what’s REALLY going on when an employer says they’re checking your references. How close are you to landing the job?
Anish shares a PRO STRATEGY for creating a powerful and effective 30-second “elevator pitch” for employers.
On the fence about working with a Career Expert? Consider these 2 factors:
1) The average job search length is 40 weeks. If you are seeking a salary of $100K per year, that means every week you spend unemployed equates to $1923.00. Which means that if I can shorten your unemployment by even 1 week, you’ll have recouped the investment on our highest-tier search package and then some.
This principle becomes even more pronounced at higher pay levels. At a compensation level of $250K per year, you’re losing $4807 for every week of unemployment. At $1M per year, you are losing out on an astonishing $19,230 for every single week you spend out of the workforce!
Here’s the great news: surveyed clients report average 50% shorter job search times after they’ve worked with us. When benchmarked against the U.S. average, we’re talking 20 weeks of additional income in your pocket. Can you afford to lose out on that?
Here’s a quick breakdown of this principle across all pay ranges:
Salary: $100K/year, Weekly Unemployment Cost: $1923, DAILY Cost: $385
Salary: $200K/year, Weekly Unemployment Cost: $3846, DAILY Cost: $684
Salary: $400K/year, Weekly Unemployment Cost: $7692.00, DAILY Cost: $1095
Salary: $1M/year, Weekly Unemployment Cost: $19230, DAILY Cost: $2739
2) Working with an expert isn’t just about cutting job search times, but an investment in your future earning power. Surveyed clients report securing salary packages that average between $10K and $40K more than their previous role. In some cases, it’s even gone as high as $100K more. That’s the incredible power of coming across as a Top 1% professional.
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by Anish Majumdar, Certified Resume Writer and Founder, ResumeOrbit.com. What are recruiters looking for in a candidate? How can you stand out in a way that makes them advance you as their candidate of choice for a position? A recent survey of 600 recruiters by Reed.co.uk, a major UK job search site, provides some key insights.
91% of recruiters say that a candidate should come with pre-prepared questions for the interview.
What this means for you:
-Do some research prior! This means researching the company (Glassdoor.com can help), and preparing questions pertaining to the open position, the team, and how you can ensure success in the role. Expert tip: also research the recruiter on LinkedIn to see if there’s something in his or her background that could serve as an ice-breaker- this can make a huge difference in getting things off on the right foot!
#1) Arriving late. Ensure this doesn’t happen by planning your route to the office beforehand (or simply setting it up in your GPS the day before) and leaving yourself an additional 20-30 minutes for getting ready and out the door.
#2) Obvious lack of preparation. Beyond researching prior to the interview, spend some time going over your resume so that you can easily elaborate upon major positions you’ve held and accomplishments. Think about how exactly your experience matches up with the needs of the position.
#3) Poor body language. First impressions matter! Keep the handshake firm and confident. Lean in to communicate interest. And maintain consistent eye contact.
And just in case you’re curious about worst-case scenarios, here are the craziest things recruiters have experienced during interviews:
-Candidates using foul language. Seriously, does this really happen?
-A candidate wanting to eat fast food during the interview. Offering a Big Mac to your recruiter, though delicious, won’t score you any additional points.
-A candidate who spoke only in rhymes from start to finish. “Your cost overruns I can contain, my rhymes make me seem completely insane!”
-A candidate who came wearing a fishing hat full of bait hooks. This move only works if the interview’s taking place on a fishing boat.
Ever get a feeling that the job search process is one that’s custom-designed to chip away at your confidence? From sitting in waiting rooms with dozens of other candidates, to the grueling gauntlet of pre-interviews, interviews, tests, and negotiations, is it any wonder that the first emotion we feel upon receiving an offer is relief ? This is what underpins the findings of a recent study conducted by CareerBuilder, which found an astonishing 49% of U.S. working professionals never attempt to negotiate salary; we feel so lucky to have been offered a position that we’ll do anything not to jeopardize it.
If salary negotiation isn’t an expected part of your job search, you are willingly sacrificing both money and future prospects. In their paper, “Who Asks and Who Receives in Salary Negotiation” researchers Michelle Marks and Crystal Harold found that employees who negotiated their salary increased annual pay an average of $5K. Assuming a 5% average annual pay increase over 40 years, that’s an extra $634K in earnings over a lifetime versus a non-negotiator. Sure, negotiating can be awkward and fraught with tension, but is it really six hundred thousand dollars awkward?
Here are 3 situations where negotiating salary is a must:
1) You Have an Offer In Writing
Ask any salesman and they’ll tell you the deal’s not done until the money’s in hand. The same principle holds true for a job search. All the great conversations about compensation and benefits mean little until an employer is willing to put it down in writing. Once they do, however, you have leverage. You know that they want you, and at this point it would be easier for all parties involved to finalize. Carefully evaluate every aspect of the job offer, and if something’s really off, address it in a thoughtful counter-offer.
2) You Can Demonstrate Added Value
Value equals compensation. If you’re not happy with the salary being presented, it is imperative to make a case that centers around the value you’re bringing to the table. An effective resume can play a key role in this, as it can crystallize the unique qualities which set you apart, and serve as a blueprint for which aspects of your career to elaborate upon. Whatever you do, don’t try to negotiate on the basis of need. No employer cares why you need more money. What they need to know is what they’re getting for the additional investment.
3) You’re Seeing Potential Red Flags
If you’ve received an offer but have serious qualms about non-negotiable elements like the corporate culture, the career advancement track (or lack thereof), or your superiors, then you need to push for a better one. Big picture problems carry more risk, and more risk needs to be offset by more rewards. Americans now spend an average of 4.6 years at a job- take a stand for what you need to make those years happy and fulfilling ones!
Anish Majumdar is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Founder of ResumeOrbit.com, a consulting firm that specializes in Resume/CV Development, LinkedIn Profile Development and Executive Bio Letter Development for senior and mid-level professionals.
Years before I became a Certified Resume Writer and started my own company, I worked as a tv/film actor. The first years were the hardest. It seemed like all I did in those days was schlep over to a casting house, audition for something I’d poured my heart and soul into preparing for…and not hear anything back. I couldn’t understand the silence. After all, I’d been a diligent student in theater school, and wasn’t afraid of hard work. In the audition room, I smiled and said everything I thought they wanted to hear. No matter how bland the material, or my misgivings about whether or not landing the gig in question would actually help my career, I always gave the impression that it was exactly what I wanted.
And the phone continued to not ring. And the balances on my credit cards continued to spiral upwards. And slowly, the façade of being a “good student” began to slip.
The tipping point came when I showed up to an audition and the person checking the actors in handed me a number: 102. When I asked what it was for, she just waved her hand across the sea of other actors, and said they’d call us in by groups. Not by names, mind you. We didn’t warrant names. Just a number.
This was the moment things changed for me. Because I realized no job was worth being treated like that. Despite having less than a hundred dollars in my bank account, and the prospect of eviction looming like a dark cloud over the horizon, I mustered the courage to walk out of that audition. Over the next few weeks, a sea change occurred in how I approached these situations. I no longer went in with the naïve belief that saying the right things would magically result in a job. On the contrary, I told myself the exact opposite: it was never going to happen. Which sounds depressing, I know. But on the heels of that thought came another: if I’m not going to get this gig anyway, why not have some fun? Why not play a scene, answer a question, be the person I really am, so at least I can walk out knowing I didn’t compromise myself? With this burgeoning “anti” mindset, I showed up for a Samsonite commercial (very far from a Scorcese movie, I know). And I just let loose, living in the moment without being weighed down my what might or might not happen.
And the next morning my agent called to say I’d booked my first paid acting job. In the ensuing weeks and months, I booked a steady stream of gigs, and we were off to the races. By acknowledging what I would and wouldn’t stand for, and letting go of the ghost of perfection, I’d found a way to succeed.
The biggest mistake people make during a job search is refusing to address the mental side of the equation. It’s not about having the best resume, or saying the perfect thing during an interview. It’s digging deep to answer the how’s and why’s, so that when you’re face-to-face with an interviewer, you are operating from a position of strength. They want to evaluate you like an interchangeable commodity. It’s your job to refute that, and present yourself in a way that demands to be perceived as an individual. What does success mean to you? What are you willing to commit to this job, and what are you not? Ultimately, what do you want out of life? If you haven’t answered these questions to your satisfaction beforehand, it’s unlikely that you’ll do so during an interview.
No job in the world is worth sacrificing your self-worth. And the funny thing is, when you sincerely act on that belief, the job offers will come.
Anish Majumdar is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Founder of ResumeOrbit.com, a consulting firm that specializes in Resume Development, LinkedIn Profile Development and Executive Bio Letter Development for senior and mid-level professionals.