by Corey Hubbard - DreamHighr - Man About Town
Dream jobs come around once in a blue moon. If you’re one of those job seekers who are hesitant to apply for a job that you think is out of your league, you are not alone. Many people are intimidated by applying for a position that they think is above their job description, even though they may have for most, the prospect of landing an interview creates a lot of anxiety.
A job interview — regardless of the position — is a learning opportunity for both parties. It’s a chance for a prospective employer to get to know you, and it’s your opening to advancement and new directions for your career.
Advancing your career is about taking calculated risks. A job interview for a position that might feel like a challenge is a manageable risk. It just takes a bit of extra preparation.
Maintain Your Talking Points
If the job description names specific skills that the company is looking for, keep those at the front of any discussion. Highlight your experience in the required area and wait to demonstrate your other skills after you get hired. If a company wants to know about A and B, then the interviewer may not be very concerned about C.
Even if the required skills are not your strongest points, find a way to draw the focus back to your experience in those areas. As long as you keep the interview focused, you can increase your odds of successfully competing with every other candidate.
Know the Field
If a job opportunity is truly one that you are passionate about pursuing, then it is worth a little pre-interview homework. Chances are you may know someone with similar experience in the field. Talk to them about the job, what it may entail, and other specifics. Be prepared to demonstrate your knowledge during the interview with competent answers and knowledge.
When you can’t talk to someone about the job, do your research. Take the time to explore online resources like career sites, department of labor job descriptions, and the company’s own website. Go into the interview as an expert on the company and you’re sure to impress everyone.
Keep the Right Attitude
No matter how must research and preparation you do, an interview for a position that’s a bit outside your comfort zone can still be worrying. The most important consideration is to strike the right balance between confidence and vulnerability. Put your knowledge on display, but be open and honest to the prospect of developing your skills, learning additional concepts, and advancing your career with a new opportunity. Keep these ideas at the forefront of your talking points along with job skills.
Not everyone is perfectly suited for every job position. The key during an interview that may be a reach is to show a prospective employer that you have been successful in prior learning situations. Be ready with an example of how you tackled a new skill or problem and how you managed it successfully.
Hiring managers have a nose for honesty, and the last candidate they are looking for is a know-it-all. If you’ve prepared for the interview, your abilities will show through and your new employer will appreciate your openness. Keep your eagerness in check, too, and save the exuberance for a private celebration with friends when you land the job.
Three Lessons Inspired by the Life of Michelangelo
by Corey Hubbard
Michelangelo once said: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
And aim high, he did. He was a true Renaissance man who mastered many different fields. He was an accomplished sculptor, painter, poet, and engineer. His famous works, like the magnificent frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the grand statues of David, and the Pietà, all expressed deep emotionalism, realism, and intensity never before seen.
He remains relevant today not only because of his glorious creations, but his work ethic continues to provide valuable insights and inspire us today.
Here are some life lessons we can learn from the great Michelangelo, the greatest artist of all time:
The complex folds of the Virgin's robe form a rich background to the body of Christ and are carried out lovingly to the smallest nuance of detail. Its strong naturalism is nonetheless ...
1. Quality is in the details
The works of Michelangelo are known for their extraordinary attention to details. You can see it in the complex folds of the Virgin’s robe in the Pietà, in the veined hands the statue of David, and in the elaborate ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The ability to pay attention to the smallest details is important because it allows you to reach a level of excellence not easily achieved by others. If you carry this into your work—whether you’re in customer service, marketing, and more—then you have a chance to create something of real quality.
2. Step out of the box
Michelangelo was passionate about sculpture. It was his true love. When he looked at a piece of marble, he could already see the statue inside it and all he had to do was to chisel away to set it free. His love for sculpture did not stop him from painting. He worked on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with little knowledge of frescoes. He ended up employing the same meticulous attention to detail, discipline, and radical insight and created two of the most astounding frescoes the world has ever seen: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and The Last Judgment on its altar wall. If you want to expand your knowledge, step out of the box and push yourself. You might discover a hidden talent.
3. Believe in teamwork
In creating his masterpieces, Michelangelo was never quite the romantic lone wolf everyone thought him to be. He drew sketches, created miniature models, and directed a team of artisans to help bring his vision to life. Experts believed that he worked with at least 12 other painters to complete the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This is a prime example of teamwork. Other people are on the team supporting and helping each other to achieve success.
What have you learned from Michelangelo’s life and incorporated into your own?
By Corey Hubbard - DreamHighr - Man About Town
Human Resources is one of the most exciting domains to be working in these days. With such fluctuation in the type of work available (remote vs in-house) and a slowly diminishing gender disparity (thanks to more women entering skilled positions), it looks like 2018 will be another interesting year for HR departments across the world.
Here are some of the major trends to look out for as the year unfolds:
Retaining Talent Via Recognition Software
Companies are well aware that employee loyalty is a tenuous rope that could snap at any moment. According to data compiled by HR Drive, as much as 75% of employee turnover could be prevented. When you consider that losing an employee costs the employer $15,000, the incentive to hold on to talent is real.
Recognition rewards are now in action for many companies, the goal of which is to provide small cash rewards to an employee when they have done something out of the ordinary. While it certainly keeps people motivated in their current position, whether it keeps them from looking for another job is still unclear.
While remote workers often have the luxury to plan their own hours, this open orientation to productivity is being applied more and more to in-house staff as well. The flexibility to work from home has been seen across a number of companies – as has the tendency to hire more freelancers. What does this mean for position responsibility? Plenty of change in these waters too, as traditional positions are being replaced by hybrid jobs based on an individual’s talents and proclivities.
Better Pay for All Talent
Wages are going up for the most in-demand talent out there, and that has a trickle-down effect on all employers and employees. In order to keep their top talent, many of whom are looking to get the best work/life balance for themselves, companies are offering all kinds of benefits they would never have had to make in the past.
Analytics is Taking Over HR Too
Every industry will benefit from big data analytics – and HR is seeing the change as we speak. One excellent example can be seen in the way Salesforce used HR talent analytics to help them hire web developers. HR analytics isolated key gaps in the talent market that had been overlooked by other employers, and Salesforce was able to fill their positions expediently and with low cost.
What is HR other than an exploration of accountability in business? The #MeToo movement has galvanized female minorities in the workforce to demand better ethical standards and a positive working environment for all. HR departments must take a more proactive approach to setting and enforce workplace standards for existing employees and future hires – an approach that can start with the government's definition of sexual harassment.
HR Will Help Guide the Future
One thing is certain about the role of human resources in 2018: it will be a stabilizing force in what is otherwise a very turbulent time for companies navigating work from home packages and female employees dealing with the menace of sexual harassment in the workplace.
by Corey Hubbard - DreamHighr - Man About Town
When employers in the tech industries and other fields need new talent, they have access to millions of resumes. Between recruiters, online career sites, and individual databases, most hiring managers can be overwhelmed by how many candidates they have access to. For successful candidates, standing out among the millions in the crowd is essential to landing the right job. A well-written resume that looks good on paper may not be the right resume for applicant tracking systems used by many employers. The ATS looks for discoverable keywords that indicate a potential candidate has the skills and experience for a specific job. This means that a resume must be written for a specific job and not just as a general highlight of the candidate.
One of the best ways to be noticed, first by the ATS and then by the hiring manager, is with the first paragraph of an old-fashioned resume: the Objective Statement.
The Old Objectives with New Twists The problem that many employers have with the objective statement is that it focuses on the candidate. Not many hiring managers care about what a prospective employee wants. They are more concerned that the people have the skills and relevant job experience that the company wants. For hiring managers that have to sort through thousands of resumes over the course of a recruitment, the only thing they have time to focus on is the specific skill set to the job.
Most HR staffers will skip over the first part of a resume that begins with “Objectives.” Since the headline on a resume draws attention quickly, try inviting readers with a more targeted title. Some examples that bring results include:
● Performance Summary
● Skills Review
● Career Summary
Each of these headlines tells the reader what you can do, or what you have done, instead of what you want. They create interest with a compelling heading.
Once you have a heading that will appeal to a hiring manager, getting your resume in front of a human reader is the true challenge. Most of the time, companies will rely on the ATS to weed out thousands of irrelevant resumes. It does not matter how compelling a headline is if the keywords that trigger the ATS are not in the subsequent paragraph.
Creating the perfect resume requires research and brainstorming. Go beyond the hiring manager and try to determine what the company’s customers are looking for. Focus on the skills that the job requires to reach a new audience – the people the company is trying to serve.
In addition to digging deeper into the job itself, consider the language of the company. It’s okay to rely on specific jargon and acronyms that an ATS may be searching for. Identify the right keywords for the job and then adjust the summary paragraph to include relevant terms.
Break Out Information
In addition to highlighting skills, using job-specific language helps demonstrate familiarity with the industry. However, don’t make the mistake of trying to overload the paragraph that headlines a resume.
Speaking in a prospective employer’s language to describe capabilities and skills can be effectively accomplished throughout a resume. Use bullet points to break out specific skills and use keywords to focus attention that will generate ATS hits and be easy for a human reader to notice.