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Career-Life Times, Issue #19 -- Survey Results!
August 20, 2005
Issue No. 19, August 20, 2005

"Get Hired - Get Noticed - Get Ahead"

Dear Readers,

Greetings, and welcome to the latest issue of CAREER-LIFE TIMES! Thank you for subscribing! I hope you find this little publication to be informative, useful and entertaining.

If you don't like it for some weird reason, there's an unsubscribe link at the end. And if you have any ideas on how I can improve it, please let me know -- I value your suggestions! My email address is also at the end.

In This Issue:

* Survey Says Don't Change a Thing!
* How to Answer the “How Do You Handle Stressful Situations?” Question
* Let Your Fingers Do the Job Hunting!
* Einstein's Formula for Success
* Is Internet Income in Your Future?
* Resources
* Worth Quoting
* Just for Laughs
* Random Rants & Ramblings

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Survey Says Don't Change a Thing!


In the last issue, I invited readers to help me make this newsletter better by completing a short survey. I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to participate -- your suggestions and opinions are very important to me!

Here is a brief summary of the survey results:

Most readers (73.3%) open the "Career-Life Times" email 100% of the time. The remaining 33.3% open it between 75-100% of the time, usually because they're too busy when it arrives.

Of those who open it, 60% read all of it, while 40% scan and read only the articles that interest them.

Nearly half (46.7%) say they prefer to receive the newsletter in HTML format (versus text). The rest say it doesn't matter.

Most readers (93.3%) say the length of the newsletter doesn't matter as long as it's interesting; 6.7% said it's too long. (No one said it was too short!)

The current format of an email newsletter, published monthly with lots of articles, gets a 53.3% approval rating; 20% say they'd rather receive an email notification of new articles with links so they can read them later; 6.7% would prefer shorter email newsletters with one article per issue, published more often; and 6.7% want a printed newsletter mailed via snail mail. I thought it was interesting that no one voted for a blog format.

As for content, here's how the recurring sections were ranked by popularity:

#1 -- Bonnie's articles (yeah!)
#2 -- Resources
#3 -- Guest articles
#4 -- Just for Laughs
#5 -- Random Rants & Ramblings
#6 -- Worth Quoting

Survey participants provided several great suggestions for future article topics; told me their major concerns and questions about job interviews; and gave me ideas on what else I can do to help you all "Get Hired, Get Noticed, and Get Ahead!" I will be sure to incorporate these into upcoming issues.

So, because it appears that most of you are satisfied with the current frequency, format, length, and content, I won't be making any major changes. (Maybe just a few tweaks now and then.)

Again my thanks to all who participated! And please know that you don't have to wait for a survey -- any time you have a suggestion, just send me an email. I'd love to hear from you!

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How to Answer the
“How Do You Handle Stressful Situations?” Question


When answering the "How do you handle stressful situations?" question during an interview, the best strategy is to give some examples of stressful situations you've dealt successfully with in the past.

Everyone faces some form of stress on the job now and then. They probably won't believe you if you say, "I've never been in a stressful situation." So take some time before the interview to think back over your career and come up with some stressful situations you can talk about. Make sure they are situations that had a happy ending, thanks to your reaction.

(If this is for your first job, think of a stressful situation during school or other aspects of your life.)

Tell how you used time management, problem-solving techniques or decision-making skills to reduce stress. Mention stress-reducing activities such as exercise, stretching and taking breaks. Don't be afraid to admit that you would ask for assistance if you began to feel overwhelmed.

If it's true, say you actually work better under pressure.

Some jobs are much more stressful than others. This question is often given as a hint of things to come. In other words, they would not be asking about stress if it wasn’t an issue.

So give serious thought not only to the question itself, but why they are asking it.

If you absolutely do not want a stressful job, have an answer ready that makes this clear. It may eliminate you from the running, but you probably wouldn’t want the position anyway if it’s going to stress you out.

Sample Answer:

“I’m not easily stressed. One of my previous bosses even referred to me as ‘unflappable.’ I know the importance of being flexible and am good at adapting to changing situations and shifting priorities. But if I do start to feel stressed, I’ll take a break to stretch or get a little exercise and clear my head. If the stress is affecting my work, and due to something beyond my control, I’ll discuss it with my boss. I remember one situation when I was working at ABC Company where an important client demanded that we finish his project two weeks ahead of schedule. At first that seemed like an impossible task. But instead of letting the stress overwhelm me, I took action. I looked at our other projects and found a way to shift some schedules around. It wasn't easy, but we did manage to meet the customer's demand, and he was very happy with the result.”

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Let Your Fingers Do the Job Hunting!

Here's a great tip I found in "Magic Words that Make You Rich" by Ted Nicholas...

Remember that slogan from the old Yellow Pages advertisements -- "Let Your Fingers Do the Walking"?

You probably don't think about the Yellow Pages phone directory when you're doing your job search. But you should.
The truth is, jobs are rarely obtained through classified ads (online or offline), employment agencies, or broadcasting your resume to a bazillion different companies. The greatest number of potential employers in your town can be found in one place. And almost no one uses it. Yep, it's your Yellow Pages. That's where the employers are. And most of them do NOT advertise in the classifieds.

Here's how to take advantage of this "secret" source.

1. Look under the business categories which offer the opportunities you seek. For example, if you'd like a job as a graphic designer, look under "Graphic Designers."

2. Make a list of the companies for which you want to apply.
3. Draft up a short but powerful "advertisement" about yourself.

For example:

"Graphic Designer Extraordinaire"

"Could you use a talented, honest, hard-working, experienced, competent graphic designer with great references? Given the chance, I'll help you build a more profitable business! Available immediately. Call me at 555-5555 any time, day or night."

Unless they're inaccurate in your case, be sure to use those descriptive terms; especially "Available immediately."

4. Once you're happy with your "advertisement," print copies on colorful cardstock (5-1/2" x 8-1/2" is good).

5. Mail your "advertisement postcards" to the companies on your list.

6. Be amazed and delighted with the results!

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Einstein's Formula for Success

NOTE: The following article was written by Ron White and is reproduced with permission from the Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine

Albert Einstein had a formula for success. Can you believe that?

One of the greatest minds of all time developed a math formula for success! I suggest you read this carefully -- this may be the most important math equation that you will ever see.

Einstein said, 'If A equals success, then the formula is: A=X+Y+Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut."
Einstein no doubt had an excellent sense of humor. Let's look at the 3 variables in this equation. They are:
1. Work
2. Play
3. Keeping your mouth shut!

1. Work: Albert Einstein had a tremendous work ethic and because of that gave more to society and modern science than any person in recent times.

2. Play: Einstein, however, did not work 24 hours a day and made time for fun and relaxation. His idea of fun may have been different than yours, but that doesn't mean it still wasn't play.

3. Keeping your mouth shut: Finally, my favorite part of his success formula is to keep your mouth shut. I genuinely believe that the person who talks the least says the most. A friend of mine complains that the woman he is dating talks too much. I don't know how to break the news to him; however, the problem is not that she talks too much. It simply is the fact that he is irritated that he isn't able to talk. Now, let me just say this is not a generic man and woman statement. I am speaking about a specific person that I know. His desire is to constantly talk and because he likes to talk so much, he will talk in circles. If you let him talk long enough he will repeat the same thing three times and then contradict himself. His desire is not to hear but to be heard.

Albert Einstein, on the other hand had nothing to prove. He felt no need to be the "Chatty Cathy" he could have been with his knowledge. It wasn't important to him to talk to everyone he met and talk over their heads to demonstrate his IQ. Instead, he learned the value of quietness and solitude.

Shift your mindset from being a talker to a listener. It has been said that you can make more friends in 5 minutes by becoming interested in others than you can make in 5 years of trying to get others interested in you! How do you become interested in others?

You ask questions and then keep your mouth shut!

Dale Carnegie wrote a best selling book entitled "How to Win Friends and Influence People." One of the key premises of this book was that everyone's favorite subject is actually themselves and that the sweetest sound to their ears is the sound of their own name. Einstein knew this and realized he could influence others by choosing his spots to speak and validating others by extending them the courtesy of listening.

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Is Internet Income in Your Future?

Many friends, clients and subscribers have asked me how I got started with my Internet business.

I have two active web sites. The home site for this newsletter (www.Best-Interview-Strategies.com) and a fairly new one that promotes a book I wrote about networking www.Networkaholics-Revealed.com).

I also have a couple of sites that aren't active yet.

If anyone had told me 3 years ago that I'd ever be doing anything on the Internet, much less have web sites that I created myself, I'd have laughed in their face. But that's another story.

I'm enjoying it a great deal, and am making a little money on the side... all from home in my spare time, as I'm still happily employed with a full-time job.

What got me started was a seminar. I was interested in doing freelance writing, possibly for people needing content for their web sites. I saw a web site promoting what looked like a very interesting seminar, with guest speakers that were famous for their writing skills. I figured I could learn a thing or two, and signed up.

The rest, as they say, is history. I've expanded my interest from writing to many other aspects of Internet marketing. It's been a blast, and it all started with that first seminar.

I'll be going to another seminar next month. This one is much cheaper than the one I went to, and has a totally different focus.

If you've ever thought about jumping into the Internet business world, you might want to check this out: Internet Publisher's Mardi Gras

Maybe I'll see you there?

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Resources

1. Have you checked out my System for acing your next interview -- and every interview for the rest of your working career? It's the best, it's guaranteed, and it's going up in price. As a matter of fact, the price has already increased once. Check it out before the price goes up again: Job Interview Success System

P.S. You can now pay via PayPal or Online Check in addition to Credit Card.

2. The Best Job Board -- It's Not What You Think!. Nope, it's not HotJobs. It's not Monster. It's not CareerBuilder. It's CraigsList.

Don't believe me? Take a look at this eye-opening comparison: Job Boards Comparison

And even better, CraigsList is much more than a job board. Check it out here: www.CraigsList.org

3. Amazing Cover Letters. In only 3˝ minutes, you can quickly and easily crank out a killer cover letter that is guaranteed to make your phone rink off the hook -- without writing a word! Just click a button, fill in the blanks, and Voila!... Out pops a cover letter 100% customized for you. Click here for more information: AmazingCoverLetters.com!

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Worth Quoting


"If you are all wrapped up in yourself,
you are overdressed.”
(Kate Halverson)


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Just for Laughs


Walmart Job Application

This is supposedly an actual job application that a 75-year-old senior citizen submitted to Walmart in Arkansas. (And yes, he got the job!)

NAME: George Martin

SEX: Not lately, but I am looking for the right woman (or at least one that will cooperate)

DESIRED POSITION: Company's President or Vice President. But seriously, whatever's available. If I was in a position to be picky, I wouldn't be applying here in the first place.

DESIRED SALARY: $185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael Ovitz style severance package. If that's not possible, make an offer and we can haggle.

EDUCATION: Yes.

LAST POSITION HELD: Target for middle management hostility.

PREVIOUS SALARY: A lot less than I'm worth.

MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT: My incredible collection of stolen pens and post-it notes.

REASON FOR LEAVING: It sucked.

HOURS AVAILABLE TO WORK: Any.

PREFERRED HOURS: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL SKILLS? Yes, but they're better suited to a more intimate environment.

MAY WE CONTACT YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER? If I had one, would I be here?

DO YOU HAVE ANY PHYSICAL CONDITIONS THAT WOULD PROHIBIT YOU FROM LIFTING UP TO 50 LBS.? Of what?

DO YOU HAVE A CAR? I think the more appropriate question here would be "Do you have a car that runs?"

HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY SPECIAL AWARDS OR RECOGNITION? I may already be a winner of the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, so they tell me.

DO YOU SMOKE? Only when I rub my legs together real fast.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS? Living in the Bahamas with a fabulously wealthy dumb sexy blonde supermodel who thinks I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I'd like to be doing that now.

NEAREST RELATIVE: 7 miles

DO YOU CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE IS TRUE AND COMPLETE TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE? Oh yes, absolutely.

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Random Rants & Ramblings


CRAP! Is your job full of CRAP? You know, Corporate Rhetoric and Annoying Phrases? Here's some of the CRAP I've had to put up with over the years: "Work Redesign," "Continuous Improvement," "Strategic Planning," "Organizational Development," "Conflict Resolution," "Teambuilding," "Developmental Coaching," "Emotional Intelligence," "Thinking Outside the Box," and on and on.

According to management, all this CRAP makes our organization more productive and efficient.

Most employees thing that theory is, well.... crap!

But you know what? Sometimes it takes a little CRAP to fertilize fresh ideas and help cultivate a better environment. Try to remember that when the CRAP at your company starts to fly!

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So, what did you think of this issue? Any suggestions? Topic ideas? Questions? I really appreciate your feedback. Please send me a note at Bonnie@Best-Interview-Strategies.com

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