Written by Jim McBride
Top 10 Steps to Employability
Abby Kohut – Speaker, Influencer, Author of “Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets”
Abby Kohut is on a mission to help one million job seekers land their next great career opportunity. Yes, one million job seekers.
“I was put on this earth to help people,” said Abby. Our keynote speaker has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, SiriusXM, Bloomberg Radio, Monster and The Ladders among many other traditional and social media outlets. To say the least, Abby absolutely knows her stuff.
Abby’s been driving and flying all across America for several years delivering on her goal. For the captivated Career Connectors audience, she shared the absolute truth about the job search process that other recruiters simply won’t tell you.
Top 10 Steps to Employability
- Be Perceptive
How many pages should your resume be? One? Two? Five? There is no resume police or resume law enforcement. There’s also no resume data on what’s right or wrong. Ask 20 experts and you’ll get 20 different opinions. The proper length is whatever works for you.
- Be Prepared
- Research the players – Finding the interview players on LinkedIn does not make you a stalker. It will help you find common ground (or common connections) and help you build rapport.
- Prepare your “why” – Why THIS company? Why THIS position? Search deep down. Make your answers specific to the employer. Include the whys in your cover letter (Tip: always submit a well-written cover letter).
- Prepare SAR’s – Be ready for the Situation Action Result interview questions. Reflect back on your work history and memorize your stories in great detail. Expect to be asked about your past mistakes and a time you didn’t get along with a co-worker.
- Prepare for HR questions – These are the standard interview questions. “So, tell me about yourself…”
- Be Prudent
- Important – never complain about ANYTHING or ANYONE, unless only your pets can hear you! Even if you mention the insufferable Arizona summer heat you may be perceived as grumpy. Don’t do grumpy.
- Important – NO typos. Be certain your resume and cover letter are completely error free. Get proofreading assistance. This is from an actual resume: Reason for leaving my last job – took time off to renovate my horse.
- Be Persistent
- Set goals that you can reach. For example, two networking events and five job applications per week are attainable goals.
- Keep your job “funnel” full. Leave your house, meet people and network.
- Apply if you’re at least 65% qualified. The other 35% will be based on your culture fit.
- Don’t quit.
- Be Picturesque
Please – no pets or family members in your LinkedIn profile picture. Avoid the mug shot and the selfie-on-the-mountain. Use a professional, face-forward photo with a nice smile (Career Connectors resource).
- Be Personal
People have landed great jobs because they’ve listed a personal interest or hobby on their resume (Abby is an example). Again, there’s no police. Including personal interests on your resume is up to you.
- Be Predominant
Refresh your resume every Sunday on the job boards. This gives the appearance that you are a fresh prospect. Recruiters are searching for new candidates on Monday mornings.
- Be Pliable
- Had enough of corporate America? Tired of the daily grind? Become a coach or a consultant or an author. That thing you do for fun and are truly passionate about…could you earn money doing it for others?
- Be Pleased
- Avoid the mindset that “everything stinks.” Despite an unexpected career transition, there’s plenty to be pleased with in your life. You have a home, electricity, air conditioning, a car, a family, etc. Be grateful.
- Start a Top 10 list of people or things that please you. Read it every night.
- Be Patient
- There is a job out there for you. And when you land it, you’ll understand why this career transition may be the best thing that’s ever happened to you.
November and December are fabulous months for job seekers as hiring companies get revved up for the new year. BE employable!
FREEDOM FINANCIAL NETWORK
Heather Marcom – Head of Talent Acquisition
When Freedom Financial was founded in 2002, the primary mission was to help people overcome debt and enjoy financial freedom. Today, Freedom Financial provides solutions for debt settlement, mortgage shopping, personal loans and more.
- 2100 employees, located in Tempe, beautiful new facility
- Core Values are a vital component of the culture: Care (for everyone), Act with Dignity (every time), Get Better (every day), Collaborate (with everybody)
- Freedom has been voted as the #1 Place to Work in Phoenix two years in a row!
Call Center, Sales, Ops
- Sales – Personal Loans
- Debt Relief program sales
- Customer Service Rep
- Sales Team Lead
- Software QA Lead
- BI Engineer
- Sr. DevOps/Cloud Engineer
- A/V Support Specialist
- Cisco Network Engineer
- Salesforce Developer
- Systems Engineer (Contact Center)
- Director, BI
- Accounting Specialist
- Sr. HRBP
- Contract Recruiter
STATE FARM INSURANCE
Molly Romine – Recruiter
The State Farm mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. Join a community of good neighbors!
- Marina Heights campus overlooking Tempe Town Lake
- 7000 workers locally and continuing to grow
- Benefits include paid time off, Health & Welfare, Financial Planning & Retirement, Work life & Well-being.
- Accounting Financial and Banking
- Administrative Support
- Claims Investigation
- Facilities Management, Administrative Services
- Legal Compliance and Risk Management
- Human Resources
- Marketing Design, Communications
- Research and Analytics
- Sales Support
- Technology and User Experience
- Underwriting and Actuarial
Thomas Frederickson – Business Development
The Woz U mission is to bring opportunities in I/T to the masses, provide a quality education and launch each student into a career in the technology field.
- Thousands of open positions for developers and data scientists across the US
- Over 3400 open positions in the valley
- Fastest growing career field in the world
- Placed 82% of students last year. Starting pay is typically over $50K
- Entry level programs require no background experience
- Career Services assists your job search upon graduation
The next Career Connectors event is scheduled for Thursday, November 1st in Glendale. The event will feature a panel discussion with experts from the healthcare field. If you’re even remotely interested in a career within or supporting the healthcare industry, register today.
Jessica thanked our wonderful team of volunteers and gave a big shout out to our host facility, The Central Christian Church in Gilbert.