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Brought to you by: Carole Martin, The Interview Coach


Only for those who are serious about Acing the Interview

May Issue, 2003

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From the Front - The Job Front

I know that the news from the job front continues to be daunting, but there are little glimmers of things opening up. Keep the faith.


In the meantime, it is a good idea to review your progress and what is happening with your job search.

Are you spending enough time on your search?

Remember this is your job now -- to get a job. It is not out of the question to spend as many as six hours a day searching and networking. Your job search requires a schedule. If you were going to work you would spend eight or more hours at your job. It is very easy to slip into a lazy "vacation" style life. Assign yourself some work hours.

Does your resume have the "keywords"?

If you are not getting interviews, review your resume. It is essential to have the keywords whether your resume is read electronically or by a human. Are you a good match for the job? A good exercise to do is to take a piece of paper and on one half of the paper write "Their Job Requirements." On the other side of the paper write "My Qualifications." Is there a match?

Are you including all of your skills as part of your package?

Whether you are writing your resume or answering questions in the interview, there are skills that make you unique. By thinking about the entire package you bring -- your strengths -- you may begin to look better than the next candidate that walks in.



Skills learned through experience or education - computer programs, graphics, languages, writing, training, management, chemistry, coaching, sales, leadership.

Many employers hire based on knowledge-based skills alone. In fact, there are some employers who are willing to hire sight-unseen over the phone. "If you have the right background - we'll hire you." BEWARE! There is more to the job than the duties. Culture, personality fit, chemistry - are all a part of your job satisfaction in a company.


Skills that are portable - you can take them with you to almost any job - communication, listening, decision making, judgment, initiative, negotiation, planning, organizing, time management,  some leadership skills.

Identifying transferable skills is especially important for anyone who is transferring to another field or type of organization. Think about what you have to offer in the way of transferable skills. Chances are that you are probably taking some of the skills that make you unique for granted.


The qualities that make you who you are - flexible, integrity, friendly, dependable, decisive, reliable, calm, high-energy, patient, good attitude, adaptable, attention to detail.

These skills cannot be taught, even though some employers would like to, and should be valued as important.

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About Change

"Even when change is elective, it will disorient you. You may go through anxiety. You will miss aspects of your former life. It doesn't matter. The trick is to know in advance of making any big change that you're going to be thrown off your feet by it. So you prepare for this inevitable disorientation and steady yourself to get through it. Then you take the challenge, make the change, and achieve your DREAM." ---Harvey Mackey

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"Thank you very much for the stellar experience. This was my first experience with coaching and I am impressed. The depth of your experience and scope of your suggestions went far beyond my expectations." RW
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Question of the Month - "Dear Interview Coach"

Q. The good news is that I have received several calls over the last month regarding resumes I have sent to companies. The problem is that I find myself caught off guard, unprepared & tongued tied when I get the call -- what can I do about it?

A.. Preparation will make a huge difference in your confidence level. You need to pull it together for the next time. When they call, have a place where you keep all your "cheat sheets," and tell them to hold on for a moment to retrieve your "stuff" so that you can talk about what you did, what you want to do, and what you have to offer.

Q. I really need help answering those dreaded interview questions. I was an office manager. When asked..."What did you do?" I found myself at a loss for words. I want to say..."You name it, I did it."

A. Why not use that answer - it's kind of a "been there and done that statement." You can tell them you handled almost every problem you can think of over the course of your career. I once told interviewers that "There is nothing you can say that shocks me or surprises me (an HR Manager job) -- they took that as a challenge and hired me. And, they did shock me and surprise me."

Don't try for the "perfect" answer - be yourself - that's who you are and what you have to offer.

Best wishes.
Carole Martin - The Interview Coach

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Do you have a job interview coming up...
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In this economy, you'd better be able to answer every job interview question quickly, confidently and correctly or the competition will get the offer - what a waste!

Imagine walking into your next interview full of confidence, knowing you are prepared to answer every question that will be asked. You've come to the right place for help.

As The Interview Coach, I make it my business to get people in shape to win the interview battle. I can guide you through the ins and outs of interviewing -- prepare you for those difficult situations, improve your confidence, and get those job offers you deserve!

As a professional, I have interviewed thousands of candidates. As the Interview Coach, I share my in-depth knowledge of winning techniques, which will prepare you to face any interview with confidence. I will coach you and encourage you - sometimes pushing, sometimes holding your hand. I will be there for you when you need help.

"Just talking to Carole made me feel more confident when I walked into my interview." Jessica, New York

It's easy to get started - no obligation! Interview coaching can be arranged with an email ( or phone call (toll free at 1-877-647-JOBS - within the US only). Set up an appointment for a free 10 minute assessment.

Carole Martin
The Interview Coach


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