Jessica Pierce opened the event by saying she had family in and they took a trip to Rocky Point. Her kids wanted to check in to the resort’s Kids Club and Jessica got to relax on the beach. She realized how much she needed some down time to recharge and refocus.
She asked us, “Have you taken a day or even an hour to carve in some peace?”
Yes, searching for a job stinks! And like me, you may think you don’t have the time for self-reflection. But it is critical you take the time to sit down and think things through:
- Where are you going?
- What are you skilled at?
- Where do you want to go?
- How will you get there?
Sit down and think through your job search. Find a babysitter if you have kids. Find some time to get focused on what you really want for your job search.
Abby has been a corporate recruiter for twenty years. She observed the problem with being a recruiter is you can’t tell job seekers why they didn’t get the job. It’s the legal department’s mandate.
So she started AbsolutelyAbby.com
She decided if she had to reject a million job seekers, she would now help a million job seekers.
In 2012, Abby decided to start driving around the country and help job seekers. So she got an RV and began driving around the country. She asked us “Is there was anybody here from last year?”
Nobody raised their hand.
“Of course not,” she said, “because everyone from last year is working now. So I don’t want to see any of you next year either because you will all have jobs!” The crowd giggled at that.
Then she asked us, “How many of you have heard from somebody really smart that a resume should be only one page? Two pages? Three pages?” She said, “It depends on what you are applying for.
“There is no resumé policeman. There is no Pope of resumes. It should be the size you want it to be. There is no one way to get a job, so be the captain of your own career.” Abby Kohut
Abby asked us, “How many of you are overqualified? What does that mean?” Some of the answers the crowd gave:
- Too much experience
- Too much education
- Higher salary requirements
Question: Why would an employer NOT want to hire someone overqualified?
- You will have a “been there—done that attitude.”
- You will eventually leave to pursue a higher salary/title
- Your colleagues and manager will feel threatened
- You will want to/need to be promoted quickly
- You will keep looking…
Recruiters are worried about all those things because they’re afraid you will quit.
Instead of overqualified, how about…
Five reasons why recruiters should hire the absolutely qualified:
- Dependable, reliable, mature
- Problem-solving experience
- Shorter learning curve
- Proven track record of success
- They have worked with different personalities
Develop your 2-Part Strategy
- Develop “Absolutely Qualified” collateral materials
- Cover Letter
- During the interview, elaborate on why you are “Absolutely Qualified”
Being overqualified is correlated with age, yet is not caused by age.
Rarely do you see want ads that ask for twenty years experience. Usually, you see 5-10 years. Every year over 31, you’re naturally going to be overqualified for these ads.
Absolutely Resume Tips
- How many years do you put on your list?
- There is no right answer. Do what makes you most comfortable.
- However, avoid mentioning the number of years.
- Graduation dates?
- There’s no rule. You decide. However, if you’re trying to hide your age, there are tools like pipl.com that allow recruiters to find out. (Yes, it had my information!)
- If you have managed a large team, omit a number of direct reports. Say “manage a team,” “manage a department.”
- List technical and tactical skills.
- Dumb down your resume.
- Stress your basic day-to-day skills, not every item
- Do NOT lie about your titles.
- Recruiters do background checks
- They will find out. if you’re VP, don’t say you were a manager.
- On unusual titles, you can put the more common title in parenthesis so recruiters will find you easier.
Think of all the reasons you are absolutely qualified and weave the stories into your interview.
Absolutely qualified interview tips:
- Expect a young interviewer.
- They may be right out of college. Don’t be surprised.
- Check your ego at the door
- If you’re going for a salary position, say you can do “A-W” when you can really do “A-Z” (Don’t say you can do everything!)
- Discuss active activities you do
- When they ask, “What’s your greatest weakness?” You can fit it in by saying, “That’s a great question, and I was thinking about that while I ran-mountain climbed-swam, etc.
- Mention technology- bring your iPad, Kindle, tablet
- If you were a VP, someone was doing technology for you. You need to prove you can handle today’s technology
Abby talked about her grandmother who worked well into her nineties. She said you need to emphasize, Live forever, and work forever. You need to assure the interviewer you are not just working until you can retire as soon as possible.
You can mention relatives that worked way into their nineties. If you don’t have an example, Abby gave us permission to use her grandmother as an example we want to strive for.
Abby closed by saying, “Being overqualified is actually a blessing in disguise. It is a blessing because you know the objection and can anticipate it. You can even put this in your cover letter.
- Write out the “here’s why…” and bring it up when the interview asks if you have any questions.
- Whatever the reason, you have to have the reason thought out ahead of time. Write it out and be sure it is true.
- Clever comebacks to “overqualified”
- If you were having open heart surgery, would you prefer a qualified doctor or an overqualified one?
- If you were a passenger on a plane, would you prefer a merely qualified or an overqualified one like Captain Sully?
It is impossible to BE overqualified unless YOU believe you ARE overqualified.” – Abby Kohut from an RV across America.
To help you in your search, you can send an email to email@example.com.
You’ll get back a document that has thirty-forty ways to stay positive.
You can also receive a cover letter template when you send an email to:
Jim has been with Chase for six years. in 2009, he was laid off then came to Chase. So he understands the challenge of being overqualified. They are recruiting for the corporate liability division.
Among their benefits, they have a pension fund, fully funded by Chase.
- 417 openings in the Phoenix area.
- 353 of those are entry level
- In 7 lines of business
Search and apply on-line at chase.com/careers
Today, The Arizona government is all about lean process and management. If you have that experience, make sure you mention it when you apply.
Their mission is to provide a safe, efficient, cost-effective transportation system to the State of Arizona.
The Department of Transporation oversees these areas:
- Motor Vehicle Division
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- Port of Entry
Higher level positions available:
ADOT provides matching retirement of 100%.
To search and apply: azstatejobs.gov
Clique Hiring Solutions,
LT Ladino, Sr Managing Partner
Clique Hiring Solutions is a talent-driven hiring agency. LT chose recruiting after an illustrative career because she loves to help recruit others. She likes working with the seasoned candidates. Her clients want to know the potential candidate has the talent they seek. LT doesn’t like to push a candidate out there. She likes to find what the candidate is looking for and match a company with a similar culture.
They specialize in talent management for:
- Senior Healthcare
- Creative Services
- Local Labor
- Executive Management
- Event Promotions
Clique Hiring Solutions Referral Program:
They will pay you $500 if you know someone that would be a fit for one of their positions.
Revana is a professional inside sales and marketing organization. They cover business-to-business as well as business-to-consumer sales. They have inbound and outbound sales associate openings as well as a sales manager.
Go to revanajobs.com to search and apply.
New Horizons empowers people around the World to succeed through learning. They will view a candidate’s skills, review the job requirements and match the candidate with the right program and opportunities.
- Traditional, instructor lead training
- Online LIVE training
- Online ANYTIME training
They give tools to help retain course materials. Their facilities are near Sky Harbor and they moved in about four months ago.
Some of their benefits:
- Tuition includes everything through the WIOA grant
- Job placement- Lifetime benefit
- Majority of their business is through the corporate clients
- Military/Veterans, Top IT certifications approved through the GI bill
- Several funding programs
- Free classes through Microsoft Office
- Includes everything for the class
See them for a free consultation at NHPhoenix.com.
Jessica closed by saying Career Connectors is working with Top Talent consulting for the DISC assessment. There is a new address:
Even if you took it before, take it again. The new test is smaller and quicker. Jessica would like us to take it because the next event in Scottsdale will use the assessment to help you in your job search.