Written by Nicole Langston
Carmen Payne is the Owner of SOAR! Transformational Life Coaching LLC SOAR! website. She is a professional and personal development coach with 25 years experience in the areas of: leadership, coaching, mentoring, training and project management. Carmen obtained her coaching certifications at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and with the Quantum Success Coaching Academy. Today Carmen’s services include; personalized and corporate coaching, workshops, consulting and speaking.
Carmen started her presentation by asking several questions:
- Who has been through Organizations going through Mergers and Acquisitions?
- Are you in the driver seat of your career? Or not?
- Who has heard and read the book? “Who Moved my Cheese” (The 4 protagonists, which one are you?)
Plan your 2019:
- Reflect on your prior 12 months
- Plan slow to move fast: How am I going to get to my end goal?
- Act now: What steps do you need to take to get to that?
Abundance of opportunities! LinkedIn will show you how many jobs are available in specific fields. Currently there are 8.4 million! Carmen then searched on hot topics, such as project manager, technical, security.
1) Advanced manufacturing
3) Business and Professional services
4) Emerging technologies
5) Healthcare and biomedical
6) Film and digital media (https://laborstats.az.gov/)
That Interview Question: What is your greatest weakness or greatest strength?
What you DON’T want to do is list weaknesses that are needed for the job description. Be strategic. Pick items that are trainable / coachable and not major. Do not have a laundry list of weaknesses either.
Always start the answer for this with the negative (weaknesses) then the positive (strength). People remember the last things more.
Maybe you only list 1 negative. Then also include what you are doing to try and solve that area you want to work on further. For example: getting a certification, listening to podcast, social net-working.
Who knows what a SWOT analysis is? S = strength W = weakness O = opportunities T = threats.
Take a few minutes to do this now. This is not a judgement this is simply for your own awareness.
If you struggle with this, then talk to someone you know who loves you and is going to tell you honestly. If you have received a performance review recently use that to complete your SWOT analysis. This is a good exercise to learn and focus on yourself. Hopefully you now have 2-3 items in each box. It’s helpful to share your findings with a friend as you prepare for interviews; you don’t want the interview to be the first time you share this information.
Behavioral questions: They want to see how you handle certain situations. They are looking to see if your body language matches your words. They are evaluating how you will fit in their culture. They are getting to know you more deeply.
Example: Give me an example of a time when you had a setback or disappointment concerning a project or activity you were responsible for.
An example of a tool is answer this is STAR’s. We are all STAR’s:
S = situation, background set the scene
T = task or target specifics of whats required, when, where, who
A = action, what you did, skills used, behaviors, characteristics
R = result, out-come of what happened.
Really you should be telling a STORY of this STAR situation. Do not minimize your accomplishments. Write them down, you never know when they will come in handy.
That Interview Question: Tell me about your last / current job.
Body Language Communication:
This is important: If you have had a negative experience at a prior job it will come across. If you have any of this, practice this on a friend, in the mirror, video yourself on the phone or laptop.
Who is aware of the 7 signs of body language?
1) Maintain an assertive posture
2) Consider using power poses
3) Watch your hands
4) Pay attention to your face / facial expressions
5) Maintain appropriate eye contact
6) Mirror the body language of others
7) Stop fidgeting
If you are very nervous in an interview there are things you can do to help calm you down. There is a technique call tapping. If you tap down gently under your eye with the 2 single fingers, this grounds you.
To establish a confident mindset before an interview, you want to be like superwoman or superman – stand strong in a power pose. You can do this for 2 minutes every time you are about to go into an interview. Carmen also likes to think of a theme song (hers is “What a Feeling”) or mantra.
She is happy to help all of us as much as she is able. Netta knows that all of us are here looking for employment. She has been there herself. At the moment, she only has 1 role in the Valley available. It is a Monday – Friday job title MSABC Outreach Specialist – Phoenix. This position is a good way to get a foot in the door. Contact Kathy Allen, Recruiter if interested.
They love to partner with Career Connectors as they are a good outlet and resource. The company started in 2002 and have moved to Tempe Marketplace in the past year. They have a lot of growth and have a 2nd building under construction. They currently have about 2,000 employees in Tempe. Some their open positions include Data Analysts, Recruiter, DevOps Engineer, Director Accounting. Go here for a complete job listing.
“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer
THANK YOU for coming!