A Holiday Gift…Pass It On

Happy Holidays,

I hope that you are enjoying the holiday season here is a little gift from us to make it even better.  If you don’t have an updated resume or know someone who doesn’t share this link and password to the Articulate U Resume Module:

www.resumemodule.ceomethodology.com
password: advantage

Happy Holidays!
Kwame Dow

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Look Who’s Hiring 12/16/13

Good Afternoon,

I hope you had a great weekend!  This Week’s Tip of the Week is actually a Look Who’s Hiring.  Click on the link below:

Look Who’s Hiring Feel free to email this link to everyone in your network (even if they are not looking for a job) and ask them to do the same.  Don’t forget to click on the like button on for this post and it will automatically post to your facebook wall.

Have a great day and an even better week!
Kwame Dow

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Job Search Tip of the Week #142: Neck Tattoos a Pandemic?

Good Afternoon,

Hope you had a great weekend and that your week is off to an even better start.  Last week, I decided to take the week off to recharge my battery and get ready to finish the year off strong.  I had no plans and ended up spending most of the week relaxing at home, going to the movies and out to lunch with friends.  I made an observation though and thought I would ask your thoughts on it in this week’s tip of the week.  Neck tattoos seem to be everywhere…I am starting to think that it’s a tattoo pandemic.

Tip of the Week: Neck Tattoos a Pandemic?

Last week I had lunch at My 2 Cents (best restaurant in Los Angeles by the way) with my buddy Orlando Bishop from Align Performance and it seemed like 1 out of 10 people that came in had a neck tattoo…beyond that it seems to be the case wherever I go out here in Los Angeles.  Clearly you know my position on tattoos, if not reference this Tip of the Week, Tattoos Great for Play Not for Work written by our guest writer Stania Romain from Miss-Sassy.com.

This week instead of a tip I would like your thoughts…are neck tattoos now acceptable?  Email us at info@articulate-u.com subject line neck tatt and I will post your responses in next week’s tip of the week.

Have a great day and an even better week!
Kwame Dow

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Job Search Tip of the Week #141: Don’t Burn Bridges

Good Afternoon!

I hope that you had a nice weekend!  Mine was pretty good, I spent most of it at my daughter’s school volunteering for their annual pancake breakfast.  For the record the pancakes were amazing!   This week I planned to write a tip about maintaining relationships with your old employer after you resign and then noticed a video of a young lady quitting her job posted online and that reinforced the fact that this tip is right on time.  While this young lady is clearly talented quitting this way in a traditional work environment will hurt you long-term.

Tip of the Week: Don’t Burn Bridges

I am sure you have heard the saying, “Be careful what bridge you burn because you never know when you may need to cross it again”, right?  In short don’t burn relationships because you never know when you may need them again.  So, don’t post rants, videos, or send out tweets plastering your former employers.  This is especially the case if you are leaving a company but staying in the industry.  Chances are you will come in contact with your previous employer at some point and that encounter likely will not be the best.  I personally worked for a company that after I left to go work for their competitor a couple years later the two companies merged.  If my departure was less than smooth it would have made for an unpleasant experience to say the least.

No matter how much you would like to tell your previous employer where to go and what to do once they get there when resigning please resist this urge.  Today so many companies are consolidating, merging and acquiring each other that you have to be mindful of your exit.   Make sure you always do the following when leaving a job; give a minimum of 2 weeks notice, work hard until your last day, and thank your previous employer for the opportunity.

By doing these 3 things you reduce the opportunity for friction and drama when your paths cross again.

Have a great day and an even better week!
Kwame Dow

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Job Search Tip of the Week #140: How to List Freelance Work on Resume

Happy Monday!

I hope that you had a nice weekend!  This time of the year is birthday season in my world so my weekend’s are spend chauffeuring my daughter from one party to the next.  It might sound like I am complaining but trust me I am not the benefits (birthday cake) out way any possible negatives.  On to this week’s tip

Tip of the Week: How to List Freelance Work on Resume

I just received a note from an old, I mean former (she’s not old) client of mine asking what is the best way to list freelance work on your resume.  Since freelance work in many cases is short term it is best to categorize and combine it as best you can.  What do I mean?  Let’s say you are a graphic designer who works on a variety of projects (creative, accounting, retail etc.) you want to categorize the work you do.  Meaning all creative work together, all accounting work together, all retail work together etc.  Then Combine by putting all of that work under one of the following headings; Freelance/Contract/ABC Company (if you have your own company use that name).

One additional note, make sure that when you categorize your work you list all clients you worked for.  By doing this it gives a potential employer or client a sense of your level of experience and your client list may be the reason that they look to give you a shot.

Categorize and combine it’s the best way to note your freelance work on your resume.

Have a great day and an even better week!
Kwame

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Job Search Tip of the Week #139: Your Online Presence

Happy Monday!

I hope that you had a nice weekend!  Last Friday night I was presenting to a group and the topic of social media and your online presence came up.  I made the point that regardless of your social media engagement or lack thereof you still have an online presence.  Try this…

Tip of the Week: Managing Your Online Presence

If you have never Googled yourself…you should.  It is important that you know what employers will see when (not if) they Google you.  Beyond knowing what employers will see you should know what is out there about you.

When you Google yourself make sure you do it from your home computer because your work computer likely has security features that will block some results.  After your search is complete and if you find something that is not accurate or isn’t a good representation of you, contact the site and ask them to remove it.  Most sites have a contact us feature on their home page.

When you get home tonight, take a few moments and Google yourself you might be amazed as to what you will find.

Have a great day and an even better week!
Kwame Dow

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Job Search Tip of the Week # 138: Early is the New On Time!

Good Afternoon!

Today was the first day of school in the Dow household!  Yes, the first day of school and Labor Day hasn’t even happened yet…crazy right?  My daughter was up early, super excited and ready to see her friends, new teacher and all that the new school year has to offer.  That also means we are back on our schedule!  In our house our motto and mindset is, “Early is the New On Time”!  This should also be your motto when looking for a new position.

Tip of the Week: Early is the New On Time!

“Early is the new on time”. There is no excuse for being late to an interview. It doesn’t matter if your reason is valid or not, being late starts you out on the wrong foot and doesn’t set the right tone. Further it puts you in the wrong mind state.

Going into an interview you want to be relaxed, confident, and with a clear picture of the image you want to project. When you are late your back is already against the wall because you are concerned with the fact that you were late and communicating your value becomes secondary.

I suggest you arrive 5-10 minutes early for an interview. You may also give thought to arriving as much as 15-20 minutes early to sit in your car gather yourself, review your notes or even to take a few deep breaths.

Being early sets the right tone for the interview, puts you in the right mind state, and lets the interviewer know that you are someone that can be counted upon.

Have a great day and an even better week!
Kwame Dow

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Job Search Tip of the Week #137: Look Good

Happy Monday,

Last week I spoke to a group of young people at an event sponsored by the California Black Legislative Caucus.  I left the event with the feeling that our future is in great hands!  These young people were professional, attentive, asked questions and absorbed information.

Tip of the Week: Look Good

The key to getting you hired is understanding your value and communicating it.  Not too far behind is your appearance.  The way you look shouldn’t be the main reason you get a job but it is a contributing factor.

I am less concerned with gimmicks (wear a bold tie or bright color) that some experts say are keys to being remembered and more concerned with overall neatness.  It goes without saying (but I will say it for the record anyway) if you are a male going in for an interview you should wear a suit or a sports coat, slacks and a tie.  Women should wear a suit if possible but if not a dress (below knees) or blouse and skirt (below knees) or blouse and slacks.

Whatever you wear it should be pressed, shoes shined, hair cut/styled, beard trimmed, makeup and perfume/cologne kept to a minimum.  Stay away from bright colors and stick with blues, grays, browns, and black. Bright colors tend to distract the interviewer from what you are saying and my lead to you being remembered but not for the right reason.  You only have one chance to make a first impression and making the wrong one my cost you the opportunity of a lifetime.  Making the right one will move you one step closer to realizing your dreams.

Have a great day and an even better week!
Kwame Dow

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Job Search Tip of the Week #136: Moving the Hiring Process Along

Good Afternoon,

I hope your week is off to a great start!  I just got back from picking up my daughter after her 2 ½ week vacation in New York  hanging with her cousins…oh to be young and to have two super cool parents (my wife and I) who sent her there :).

If you have been reading our tips for the last 4 years you know that we focus on your value, communication and the detail necessary to move your job search to a positive outcome.  Detail is the focus of this week’s tip.

Tip of the Week: Moving the Hiring Process Along

When you have interviewed for a job, answered all questions completely, communicated your value, asked a few questions of the interviewer and closed the interview (using our signature close) how do you move the process along?  The only way you can move the process along is to get a clear expectation of next steps.  You must find out if they are interviewing additional candidates beyond you and what is their timetable for making the hire.  Best way to find this out is to ask.  Let’s say you asked and found out that they will interview 2 additional candidates and make a decision in a week.

A week has now passed and you haven’t heard from them; what do you do now?  Call and use this script. “Good afternoon Mr. Smith I hope all is well with you.  At the end of my interview last week you mentioned you would be interviewing 2 additional candidates and making a decision from there.  I am following up to see if a decision has been made as of yet”.  It’s OK to make this call because you clearly asked and were told that the expectation of making a hire would occur in a week.  If the hiring manager says that they are still interviewing, haven’t made their decision and that it will be another week…thank them and let them know that you are still very much interested in the position and close the conversation.

If another week passes and you haven’t heard it’s OK to repeat the process.  Don’t be concerned that you will be seen as bothering them because you are only following the timeline that they gave you.  If the end result of the second call is that they have selected another candidate; do this.   “Thank you for your time I am still very much interested in the organization and if another opportunity presents itself I would like to be considered for the position.”  Do not, I repeat Do Not why them to death.  Meaning don’t ask, “why not me”, “why did you all make that decision”, “why”, “why”, “why”, “why”.  By not why-ing them you take the pressure of explaining their decision off of them.  Keep in mind the first choice doesn’t always work out and sometimes the second choice (you) is really the best choice.  Thanking them may lead to them calling you if the number one doesn’t work out.

The best way to move the hiring process along is to make sure you understand the next steps and then follow the timeline using this week’s tip.

Have a great day and an even better week!
Kwame Dow

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Job Search Tip of the Week# 135: Stopping Nervousness

Good Afternoon

What a week!  I am finally back to my routine after being in and out of the office for the past few weeks.  Congrats to those who took advantage of the Summer Special (20 slots) I know they went fast (lasted a day and a half).  Those of you who missed out on the special rate don’t let that stop you from making a necessary investment in your career!

Tip of the Week: Stopping Nervousness

Being nervous is natural and in many cases (outside of the interview room) it can be hard to tell when someone is or isn’t.  During an interview however it can be clearer, candidates are conscious of it and interviewers are looking for it.  The interviewer is looking because they want to get a sense of if they are getting the real you or if they need to temper your presentation because of the environment.  The candidate is often very excited about the opportunity and puts added pressure on themselves to do their best and is often a nervous wreck.

This is what I advise my clients to do prior to an interview to combat their nervous tendencies.  First, don’t call or think of an interview an interview.  Think of it as a conversation where you are getting to know the interviewer and they are getting to know you.  Second, be prepared.  Be knowledgeable about the organization, position and how it ties to your background.  Lastly, realize that you are talking about the thing that you know the most about in the world…you!  There is no one in the world who knows more about you than you so there is no need to be nervous about a topic you are an expert on.

Now that your nervousness is cured, good luck on your next conversation.  I trust you will be prepared when talking about your favorite subject.  Go out there and get that job!

Have a great day and an even better week!
Kwame Dow

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