Below are the tools, references and techniques that we’ve discussed during our O.F.F. podcast episodes. We hope they provide you with some insight and assistance on your journey.
The Aftermath - Episode 6
Don’t leave any money on the table. Check to see if you’re eligible for unemployment benefits. You can start with the Federal site and then go to your specific state. https://www.usa.gov/unemployment
A good objective resource for information on financial investment, tools, etc., can be found on the website www.FINRA.org where you can also do a Financial Broker Check to look at their history and ratings.
Branding: Personal Reflection - Episode 7
A Personal Casita is a framework that can help you develop your strategic plan by identifying WHAT is important to you both personally and professionally. We recommend starting with your areas of focus and key activities (your pillars) and then laddering them up to your key strategies and vision statement. This can be used as a foundation to all your branding activities.
Branding: Personal Reflection - Episode 8
Check out these books which may help you in identifying what you really want from life both professionally and personally and how it all fits together.
"Design the Life You Love" by Ayse Birsel
"Life by Design" by Miranda Hersey
Branding: Personal Reflection - Episode 9
Fascination Personality Test is a tool to measure how people perceive your communication style. This test was developed by Sally Hogshead, who is known as a World-class branding expert. You can take the personality test for free at: http://www.howtofascinate.com
Branding - Resumes, First Impression -
Jobcan.co is an online program that allows you to
compare your resume with the job description. You
can either sign up for a free subscription with limitations
on number of scans or a paid subscription that offers
unlimited scans and extra tools and capabilities.
Branding - Five Key Principles - Episode 11
Five Key Principles
Don’t Do This by Yourself
First Impressions are Everything
Self-assessment is Foundational to Building your Brand
Branding, What is Unique and Memorable about You?
Networking is NOT an Activity but a Capability
Personal Branding Resource
Check out Dorie Clark who has extensively written on personal branding. You can listen to her on YouTube and TED Talks.
Branding: Executive Presence & Up-credentialing - Episode 14
Here are some reference books that may help in understanding how you may need to up-credential:
"The Industries of Tomorrow" by Alec Ross
"Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future" by Martin Ford
Networking - Navigating the Waters of Linkedin - Episode 18
Below are recognized professionals that post and comment on Linkedin to help others with networking and job searching. Click on their name to go directly to their Linkedin page.
Andrienne Tom - Executive Resume Writer, Career & Job Search Strategist and Forbes Contributor
Hannah Morgan - Job Search Strategist, Speaker & Trainer, Career Sherpa.net
Liz Ryan - Founder and CEO, Human Workplace; Author, "Reinvention Roadmap"
Marc Miller - Career Pivot | Author = Repurpose Your Career A Practical Guide for the 2nd Half of Life | Forbes Top 100 Career Website
Networking - Getting Social, Part 2 - Episode 20
Check out two networking experts / speakers:
Absolutely Abby - Job Search Secrets
Rob Thomas of CT - Transform Your Connections
Networking - Networking with a Little Third Party Help - Episode 21
A Prime (fee-based) Linkedin subscription always users to see:
Who is viewing your profile allowing subscribers to look up those people and send customized invites to those that may be helpful.
Comparisons of your skill sets (as stated in your profile) vs the Job Description and the other candidates who have applied. Tying this back to the Recruiter Search algorithm, knowing how many aspects or skills you have that “match” the JD vs other candidates really helps. It gives you the opportunity to include the relevant information Recruiters (internal and independent) seek!
Interviewing 101 - Your Homework Assignment - Episode 25
STAR - The situation, task, action, result format is a used by interviewers to gather all the relevant information about a specific capability that the job requires. Situation: The interviewer wants you to present a recent challenge and situation in which you found yourself. Task: What were you required to achieve? Action: What did you do? The interviewer will be looking for information on what you did, why you did it and what the alternatives were. Results: What was the outcome of your actions? What did you achieve through your actions and did you meet your objectives? What did you learn from this experience and have you used this learning since?
Interviewing 201 - Let the Audition Begin - Episode 26
Be sincere in your answers
Watch Length of Answers: Keep to 30 secs to 2 mins.
Listen, reiterate and playback
Connect the dots wherever possible
Take notes for follow-up and next interview preparation
Interviewing 301 - Don’t Forget the Follow Through - Episode 27
Interview Follow-up Communication Tips
Use Your Notes -- Keep good notes as a reference to include specifics discussed in your thank you note.
Personalize each thank-you note to each interviewer you meet with.
Be genuine and appreciative, for example thanking them for their time.
Reinforce interest and enthusiasm in the position and company. Include why you’re interested.
Highlight Key Selling Points. Make sure to highlight your selling points and why you'd be a good fit.
Keep your promises. Make sure you attach any work examples or follow-up material requested.
Interview FAQs - Episode 28
Ten Questions You Should be Prepared to Answer…
Give an overview or highlight your career and experience.
What are your salary expectations.
Have you managed people and if so what’s your leadership style?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What is the biggest impact that you’ve made or biggest challenge that you’ve addressed?
What is your management style?
What makes you unique from other candidates?
Describe your dream job?
What type of environment do you want to work in?
How would other people describe you?
Don’t forget, have questions of your own ready for the interviewer!