A Job Interview Doesn’t Have to Be Nerve-Racking

A Job Interview doesn't have to be nerve-racking

View the job interview as a conversation to market yourself

How to Ace The Job Interview

Job Interviews 101:

You have sent your resume and cover letter, and you have been asked to come for a job interview – now what?

Preparation is the key to making a good impression quickly.  Arrive early, and dress appropriately for the position you are applying for.  It is a safe bet to dress conservatively and business-like.  Your appearance is one of the ways to market yourself to the employer.

Bring a copy of your resume to the interview, so you have the dates of your work experience at your fingertips.  Also, bring a copy of your references, in case the employer asks for them.

While an interview can be nerve-racking, it is only a conversation, albeit one that you must prepare for.  A tough question, such as: “what is your greatest weakness”? can be answered honestly, but try to turn it into a positive.  For example, you can say that you are a perfectionist, but you have learned that your best work is good enough.

Let the employer lead the discussion, and don’t talk too much. Tell the employer why you want to work for his or her company, and a little bit about your background and achievements and your future goals.  Research the company beforehand to establish some common ground, and prepare a few questions to ask the interviewer, if time permits.

By listening to the interviewer, and observing the work environment, you will gain clues about why you want to work for the company, or in some cases, why the company wouldn’t be a good fit for you. You are interviewing them in a way too.

At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for his or her time.  You may either be contacted for a second interview, or you might not be contacted at all, or, you may be offered the job on the spot.  Decide ahead of time when you are available to start.  It is a courtesy to give your present employer two weeks notice, but you can negotiate employment start date depending on the circumstances.  You can send an email or thank you card after the interview expressing how you enjoyed meeting the person and that you look forward to hearing from them soon.

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It’s Mother’s Day, Give Generously!

  • Be generous to mom

    Be Generous to Mom Today

    Be generous with:

  • time,
  • attention,
  • food,
  • drinks,
  • flowers,
  • phone calls,
  • visits,
  • chocolates,
  • hugs,
  • kisses,
  • and gratitude!

Make Today the Most Amazing Mother’s Day Ever!!!

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Review of Week 12 – Going BIG with Creating Positive Self-Talk

Changing to positive self-talk

Do is better than try

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I changed to using positive self-talk words like: do, choose, proud, make, and when, on my to-do list, to motivate me to get tasks accomplished.

Using decisive words left no doubt in my mind that I was going to accomplish tasks, helped me tackle little tasks easily, and the big ones didn’t seem as intimidating.

Do – ask for help to lift up a king size wooden futon frame and clean under it.

Choose – to eat meals at regular intervals and not skip meals

Proud – feeling proud and reflecting on the things I have worked hard to achieve instead of downplaying them.

Making time instead of not having time – By leaving no doubt that I was going to get a lot done, I completed a big sewing project this week, mailed items at the post office, ordered flowers for someone, bought computer software that I needed, wrapped items, had a celebration, printed off applications and helped fill them out, provided transportation to outings, and sorted through cupboards, drawers and closets.

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Review of Week 8 – Go BIG With Going The Extra Mile

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I went BIG with going the extra mile, in the areas of communications and planning. I started a file of samples of designs and graphics and photos to pursue my future design goals. I also added one extra task each time I worked on a project or did research.

I learned that adding one extra task was extra helpful if I did it in advance – it was like filling the well before I was thirsty. Then when the unexpected tasks arose, there was no time crunch. Preparing a list and setting out what I needed ahead of time made it a breeze.

I learned that doing the extra bit was beneficial to others also, because I was prepared, and didn’t waste their time.

I also drank more water in flu season, and washed my hands often to minimize germs.

I am going to seek other ways to go the extra mile over the next ten months, so it will become a habit, and by setting my standards higher, I will learn to do things a little better.

52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself 2014 – Week 7 – Go BIG With Changing the Words “If Only” to “Next Time”.

Mistakes are Lessons

Mistakes Teach You What To Do Next Time

Change the words “if only” to “next time”.

Norman Vincent Peale.

 

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to change my “if only” thoughts or statements to “next time”.

Instead of saying “if only I had done this”, or “hadn’t done that”, I am going to focus on what I learned from my mistakes, and what I will do better next time.

As Norman Vincent Peale says in You Can if You Think You Can, “if only” is past tense, it wastes time, and hashes over old mistakes with you at the center.  “Next time” shifts your direction and lets you learn from your mistakes and push aside regret and move forward.  Living in the present, one day at a time, while thinking ahead to how you will keep optimizing yourself is the best you can do.

I will let you know how it goes next week.

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52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself 2014 – Week 3 – Go BIG With Gaining Patience

 

Gaining Patience

Gaining Patience

This week I am going to turn off my cell phone and computer for 10 minutes each day, and carve out an area for myself where I can sit and peacefully meditate on gaining patience in my life. 

Each day this week, as I breathe in and out, under the window where the sun shines down, I will connect to the big picture, and imagine a life that is not a rush, and where I have plenty of time to do everything I want to do.

As I go BIG on gaining patience, I am going to sit on soft pillows on the floor and get calm. My goal is to create a big space in my life for patience with myself and others.  I will let you know how it goes next week.

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Review of Week 2 – Thinking BIG with My Household Skills

 

Cooking for the week on one day

Cooking our meals for a week on one day

 

 

Bulking up on fruits and veggies

Bulking up on fruits and veggies

This week, I went BIG with my household skills associated with meal planning and preparation:  making a grocery list and planning the meals for one week, shopping, preparing the ingredients, cooking the food and cleaning up the dishes and kitchen. 

I did a bulk grocery shop at Costco, and then went to the farm market to buy fruits and vegetables.  Making multiple meals at once, and freezing some for the rest of the week saves time in terms of shopping, cooking and cleaning.  Getting bulk pricing also saves money, and saves making multiple trips to the store.  It is also healthier and tastier to freeze home cooked meals rather than buying frozen meals.

It’s easy cooking everything at once, because you already have all the ingredients and tools out, such as knives and cutting boards, oil and pots, and you are already working at the stove, so it’s not that difficult to stir a few more pots at the same time.  You can also wash all the dishes and wipe up the stove and counters in one go.

This week by cooking lasagna, spaghetti, chicken stir fry, and pizza all at once, I saved time, effort, and money, and went BIG with a big household skill. It is a great new habit to form for those weeks when the family is super busy and need some quick lunches and dinners to heat up.

Photos by: Ann Hoy

Review of Week 52- Optimizing Yourself – Report Card for Year of Optimizing Yourself

When I looked back on all the optimizing yourself topics of the year, I found a common thread among them all, and it was improving how I used my time.

My time on earth is short and precious, and a large percentage of it is already used up with sleeping,eating,showering and cleaning.

By setting goals for myself each week, I feel that I optimized the use of my time, and did more activities that I wanted to do, such as spend more time in nature, listening, reading, writing, playing, meditating, working, clearing clutter, visualizing, and being aware. I still have room for improvement on my goals, and will continue to work on them, but I am putting a gold star on my optimizing yourself report card this year, because I feel I came a long way towards achieving my life goals.

This year, I made a habit of optimizing the hours in my life, and added more life to my hours!

To My Dear Blog Readers:

Celebrate today

Celebrate today

I wish you all a peaceful and happy holiday, and, when the stress of hustle and bustle subsides, the time and energy to savor all the special moments, as you love, and be loved.

When we exchange gifts, we share ourselves – our time, our energy, our money, and our love. When we make our gifts, we give the best gift ever – our talent, expressed in a homemade card or cookies, cooking Christmas dinner, or building a snowman on the lawn.

We reflect back on Christmases past, and look forward to the New Year, but the best time in our lives is now.

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” Alice Morse Earle

As you exchange gifts this holiday season, enjoy some quiet time to celebrate the gift of today.

Blessings,

Ann Hoy

the gift of a snowman

A Snowman Is A Gift for the neighbourhood

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