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Posted May 13, 2015 by

6 Steps for a SUPER Successful Salary Negotiation

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Brenda’s stomach twisted. She’d never negotiated anything in her entire life. But now at age 35 she would face the topic of pay when she returned for a second interview for a job she really wanted as Medical Center Operations Director of a local medical center. She had all the job requirements: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, experience in the field, and a diplomatic and clear communication style.

Brenda found some useful tips online to help her over the hump of speaking up for herself and pointing out her credentials, which should put her in a favorable position for the salary she wanted.

You can apply the same, regardless of the job you’re looking for. (more…)

Posted March 04, 2015 by

“Tighten Up” Your Resume Cover Letter

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Of the many thousands of job search cover letters that cross the desks of hiring managers each month, hundreds are sent directly to the gallows! They’re tossed, forgotten, and shredded. What a sad state of affairs and such a waste of paper, print, and personality. Many receive barely a glance, let alone a full reading. Why?

The writing is pompous, pitiful, and pathetic! The job searchers who create such cover letters try hard to impress a potential employer but instead do just the opposite.

But you don’t have to be among this crowd. You can take a moment to put these five steps into action before you write your next cover letter. (more…)

Posted January 01, 2015 by

The Job Interview: A New Look For the New Year

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

It’s that time of year again—the opportunity to start fresh as you plan for the job interview that’s coming your way in 2015.

Being invited for an interview is a good sign. It means you’ve said something in your cover letter or resume that prompted the employer to call you. So rather than letting worry or fear drive you, focus on the positive aspects of a job interview and look at the experience in a new way for this new year. (more…)

Posted December 17, 2014 by

Improving Productivity through Employee Recognition

Laura O. Tolentino

Laura O. Tolentino

Success in the business world is measured by turning a profit: Your business is at its best when you demonstrate that income outweighs expenses on your balance sheet. When the fiscal year ends, you take a closer look at those numbers and attempt to figure out where improvements can be made to increase overall efficiency. Whether you streamline the logistics process, eliminate non-performing sectors or re-allocate resources, improving the smooth functioning of your company is the goal.

However, many project managers miss out on a critical opportunity when it comes to increased efficiencies. Instead of looking at personnel and its impact on productivity, they take aim at other company assets and processes. The truth is that employees are among the most valuable components of a business, and they need to be nurtured and developed in order to reach their highest potential. Improving productivity through employee recognition is one effective way to show them their worth, so take the right approach when showcasing individual achievement. (more…)

Posted August 01, 2014 by

7 “Secrets” to Jumpstart Your Job Interview

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

If you’re serious about getting the job you want, you must play an active part in jumpstarting the interview. The following seven secret strategies will help you do that.

Secret #1: Polish Your Resume
Make no mistake about the importance of presenting a clean, clearly written resume that is spell-checked and proofread. Read it again. Review it again. Repeat the process again. And if you know someone with good editing skills, ask him or her to take a final look. (more…)

Posted June 04, 2014 by

Job Interview “Etiquette” is KEY to Getting Hired

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Paulette remembers her mother often reviewing the importance of good manners at the dinner table. “‘Use your napkin, chew quietly, listen when another is speaking and say thank you to the cook (Mom or my older sister Beth) before leaving the table.'” Paulette smiled as she recalled the ‘rules.’ “I didn’t appreciate it much till I lived on my own and took my first job.

“Manners are not only important at the dinner table,” she added, “but also during a job interview. I’ve been on both sides of the desk and I know how annoying it is when a job candidate jingles pocket change, chews gum—even quietly, and stares over the employer’s shoulder.” (more…)

Posted April 04, 2014 by

4 “Top Secret” Job Interview Tips

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Focus on the moment.
Trust yourself.
Connect with your interviewer.
Thank the Hiring Manger for the Interview.

You’ve probably heard similar advice before. But maybe like Larry you haven’t explored what it means to put them into action—inside the room where a hiring manager is interviewing you for the job you want. Larry took time with a buddy to go over this ‘secret’ advice and then to memorize the points before he stepped into the employer’s office and answered questions about the open position for a retail stationery store manager. He had plenty of knowledge about the industry since he’d worked before as a retail salesman—but now he wanted to move up to management. “I knew that an offer for the job,” said Larry, “might hinge on my ability to put these secrets into practice.” (more…)

Posted March 06, 2014 by

How to ACE the Job Interview—the First Time

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Do you think of a job interview as a nerve-wracking experience? Do you feel afraid, negative or pessimistic about your chances of succeeding? Maybe you say to yourself, “Other people always get the jobs; why not me?” It doesn’t have to be that way. If a hiring manager invites you in for an interview it’s a good sign. It means you’ve said something in your cover letter that motivated the employer to call you. So rather than letting fear and worry drive you, focus on the positive aspects of a job interview and get it ‘right’ the first time. Here’s how: (more…)

Posted February 07, 2014 by

Show a Little LOVE in Your Next Job Interview?

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

February is the month of love—a time to express our affection for those in our inner circle. But it’s also an opportunity to share a little love with those in our outer circle. And that includes people we meet on the street, in a store, in a job interview.

That doesn’t mean we hug and kiss and gush over strangers but it does mean we can show care, interest, and warmth as human beings.

Many job seekers enter the interview office with a solemn expression on their faces and a stiff posture. Even their handshake is without emotion. They jingle the coins in their pocket, click their tongue, stare at the wall or the floor, or blurt out an inappropriate answer to a question. (more…)

Posted January 07, 2014 by

A New Year and a Brand-Spankin’ New Cover Letter!

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . .! The hours tick away one by one till they run down and out and a brand new year dawns. What will you do with this bright New Year ahead? Simply count down till it too is over, or make it count for you and your career starting now?

This is the hour. This is the day to create a new cover letter that will lead to a new interview for a new job—the one you’ve wanted for so long. That may take some doing, some thinking and planning, and some wanting—wanting enough to make it happen.

Following are five key ingredients to insure a new and compelling cover letter—one you can write. (more…)