With its potential to cut costs and boost efficiency, video interviewing is becoming increasingly common. According to the Aberdeen Group, 32% of surveyed organizations reported that they invested in video interviewing
Avoid these 6 pitch mistakes! A pitch is a clear, brief message that is ALL about you. It communicates who you are, what you're looking for in a job, and how that employer can benefit from hiring you.
This can happen on an interview, at a job fair, on a chance meeting, at a networking event or pretty much anywhere there is a hiring opportunity. Be sure to avoid the following:
1- Speaking too fast. Yes, you only have about 60 seconds to impress, but try to avoid cramming 15 minutes of information into one minute. It might sound strange.
2- Using highly technical terms, acronyms or slang.You want your pitch to be easily understood by any audience. The last thing you want is for whoever is listening to you to feel foolish.
3- Not being focused. This isn’t just ANY conversation and you’re not discussing the weather (unless that’s your job, in which case, never mind). Keep your pitch clear and focused.
4- Not practicing what you’re going to say. First, write down your pitch. Read it over. Have your friends and family read it. Does it make sense? Make sure it flows well and that there aren’t any spots that feel awkward. Then practice it. Practice it again. Keep practicing it until it becomes easy and comfortable to say and get it memorized in that brain!!
5- Being robotic. This is all about a face to face interaction with someone you want to impress. Having an easy, approachable, conversational style to your pitch will get you much further than an overly rehearsed speech.
Good luck! : )
In today’s modern world we have to wonder...WHO doesn’t have a Facebook account? Well according to Forbes, not having a Facebook page can be detrimental to job seekers. Those without Facebook accounts, in particular, are often viewed as “suspicious” by hiring managers. On top of that a new survey revealed that 92% of recruiters use social media today to actively seek out applicants. So don't miss an opportunity!
Some job seekers feel it’s easier to simply delete their accounts rather than worry about their privacy settings. This, however, can make employers wonder if you’re hiding something. So make sure to check out [these tips] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/4769ae73-8418-5d22-a281-69b328c174a6) on what to avoid on your social media accounts so you can be #jobready
Think your future (or current) employer won’t be checking your social media accounts? Think again! According to new surveys between 60-70% of employers are looking. Show them you’re a worthy candidate by avoiding these top mistakes!
Writing the way you text The way you write a post and how you text your friends should be kept separate. When posting, keep a similar style to how you would write a professional email and stick to those standards. Use proper grammar, make sure things flow well and make sense, avoid using all caps and spelling mistakes (yes employers WILL judge your type-o's). When in doubt use a free software like [Grammarly] (https://app.grammarly.com/) or spell check. It will help you appear professional!
Posting inappropriate images or those with alcohol Anything you wouldn't want your mother or future boss to see, avoid! Assess the overall theme of the images that you post, are currently in your albums, or you are tagged in. While having a few pictures of yourself with a drink in your hand is okay, too many photos of drinks in your hand will have your potential employer thinking you’re a party animal. When posting a new image ask yourself, "Would I want my boss to see this?" Clean up and delete any images you don't feel are appropriate.
Complaining about past jobs Putting your complaints out there for the world to see is generally a pretty bad idea. Avoid saying negative things, but especially about your old job or boss. If a potential employer reads them they will quickly assume that one day you will be posting about them. This is an easy way to get passed over for an interview.
Posting Negative Comments Any comment meant to offend another person or group could cost you the job. Be sure to also avoid gossip, negativity, and just stay neutral. It can seem like a good idea to jump right in when other's are complaining, but don't give in!
Keep in mind that even if you've set your account(s) to the highest level of privacy, tagged photos, and other things can slip right through. A good rule to remember is that once you post something online it is there to stay! So, be mindful of what you have on your social media accounts now and in the future.
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Are you ready for your next job fair/interview? Be sure you take a little time today to prepare for tomorrow!
-Lay out your interview outfit so it's all set and ready to go. Check to make sure it's clean and wrinkle free. Check out some tips on what to wear to the interview [here] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/60d77b2f-6640-5331-8816-dca310ec58bf?from=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.jobcase.com%252Fcommunity).
-Grab those resumes, (50 copies) and place them in a folder. Be sure to tuck them away in a purse, brief case, or bag along with your [business cards] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/cb795458-c78b-5403-abca-08908c09d94e) if you have some handy. Make sure your resumes are easily accessible when an employer requests a copy, so you don't have to go digging for it!
-Eat a good breakfast the morning of. It’s true what they say, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. It will fuel your brain/body first thing and last until lunch time!
-Go to bed early. Even if you’re a night owl, put on those pj’s and climb into bed early enough the night before so you get a full 8 hours. You will look rested tomorrow and feel much more calm and focused.
-Plan how you will get there and how long it will take with [Google maps] (https://email@example.com,-71.0785731,14z) It’s always helpful to plan ahead!
-Practice your pitch a few times that morning. Whether it’s in the shower or on the ride over, say it a few times so you build up that confidence! Still having trouble? Check out what to [avoid in your pitch] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/7af45c96-9dbb-555e-8bf0-eed09382fc67?from=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.jobcase.com%252Fcommunity)
-Make sure you have written down 3-5 questions in a notebook that you want to ask that companu. Don't forget to pack that notebook as well as a few pens/pencils.
-Know what that company does and their mission. If you haven’t researched it yet, take a sometime to see what they are all about and take some notes! Remember, your pitch should be tailored to what YOU bring to that company based on what they do.
-Nervous and not sure what to say to break the ice? Practice a few of these [conversation starters] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/ba14843b-2d1e-54ab-8453-c29341ebc60b?from=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.jobcase.com%252Fgroups%252F74f34b74-2b6b-4d09-bf76-b608c2f1b28c%253Fpage%253D2) to get things rolling.
Looking for the next opportunity? You can [begin here] (https://www.jobcase.com/jobs/search).
I found this check list to make sure your resume has everything it's suppose to. Just wanted to share. Totally useful and free!! https://resumegenius.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Resume-Genius%E2%80%99s-104-Resume-Checklist.pdf Let's find some jobs!
The Cincinnati Works Job Fair is coming up!! Get the info you need below:
Date Tuesday, October 31st
Time From 10am-12pm.
Location It will be hosted at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati 2400 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Grab directions [here] (https://www.google.com/maps/place/2400+Reading+Rd,+Cincinnati,+OHfirstname.lastname@example.org,-84.5037182,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8841b3c1fee36c8f:0x44de90d04f8218e2!8m2!3d39.1256631!4d-84.5015295)
Age You MUST be 18 or older to attend!
Dress To impress as you would for a traditional interview. No Halloween costumes ; )
What to bring Check that out [here] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/ac66f52a-8f34-5972-8ae6-f981dec7e690?from=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.jobcase.com%252Fgroups%252F74f34b74-2b6b-4d09-bf76-b608c2f1b28c)
List of companies that will be there You can find those [here] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/8f511433-e497-58f1-9098-be0577b550ff?from=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.jobcase.com%252Fgroups%252F74f34b74-2b6b-4d09-bf76-b608c2f1b28c).
We hope to see you there!! : )
The most common question during an interview is, “Why should we hire you?” Find out what to say by answering these 5 simple questions that will help make your pitch perfect before you even step foot into the interview! Prep ahead and you will be armed for success.
-1 Ask yourself, what are the five strongest reasons I am a great fit for this role?
-2 What are four positive things I can say about the company, and how can I connect what THEY do to what I can bring to them?
-3 What are three positive things I did in my previous job that I can offer this one?
-4 Why do I really want this job (beyond having a steady paycheck and/or benefits/other perks)? Make sure to focus on what you can bring to them not the other way around!
-5 What is the job description and how do my skills match up with it? Be as specific as possible.
By answering these 5 questions you will know what to say, feel confident, and OWN the interview!
Tips/tricks -Tailor your pitch to the company, focus more on them than yourself. -Keep your pitch/answer simple, short and memorable. -They want to know what you bring to the table so stick to your plan and don’t lose focus. -By the end of the pitch they should know who you are, what you do, and why you are a great fit for their company.
Does anyone struggle with talking about why a company should hire them or have any pitch tips? How can we help??
If you are going to a job fair take the time to research who will be there. The more you know about a company and the types of positions they hire for, the better you will come across to the employer. It's NOT that hard guys — just look at the list of companies attending the job fair and read what's on their websites. If you don't have time to research every company, pick like 5-10 of your favorites you want to work for and research those. DON'T be lazy! DO your research if you want to impress.