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You’re More Than a Resume…Interviewing mistakes that could be costing you the job you want

Hello Fellow Followers!

Did you know there’s more to being hired than your skills and qualifications listed on your resume?

Check out two common interviewing mistakes that could be costing you the job you really want…


–  Self Deprecation

Selling yourself while interviewing might sound cheesy and feel awkward but I recommend you view it as an opportunity to promote your skills and abilities.  If you have no confidence in your capabilities, then why would an employer.

– Frosty Demeanor

While interviewing it is important to come across as approachable and friendly.  Managers aren’t enthused to hire people with callous demeanors.  It raises concern that you wouldn’t fit in or work well with a team or consistently cause conflict in the workplace. As a recruiter we’re interested in more than well crafted resumes or individuals who have 3 billion years of experience in their field of interest.  In addition to being able to do the job, we want to hire an individual who can work well with others and who are stirred to achieve their best in their occupations.


So remember… Your time is coming!  If your search has left you feeling discouraged, frustrated or hopeless it’s important for you to not allow it affect your behavior continue to have faith in yourself.




Happy New Year fellow followers!

While enjoying the holidays I had the opportunity to re-read an excerpt- “Understanding Separate Realities” from one of my favorite books… ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson. Understanding that people have separate realities creates an opportunity to build a relationship with that individual if you’re willing to empathize and learn what makes that individual tic. For example if you have traveled to foreign countries or seen depictions of them in movies, you are aware of vast differences among cultures. The principle of separate realities says that the differences among individuals is every bit as vast.

Richard Carlson states that understanding individuals have separate realities can virtually eliminate quarrels and helps you develop compassion. Why? Because when we expect to see things differently, we take it as a given that others will do things differently and react differently to the same stimuli, the compassion we have for ourselves and for others rises dramatically. The moment we expect otherwise, the potential for conflict exists.

Being interested, without judgment in the way other people choose to live and behave is a strategy geared toward developing your compassion, as well as a way of becoming more patient. When someone acts in a way that seems unusual to you, rather than reacting in your usual way, such as, “I can’t believe they would do that,” instead say something to yourself like I see, that must be the way she/he sees things in their world.


It’s not a matter of merely tolerating differences but truly understanding and honoring the fact that it literally can’t be any other way. -“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”