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Between the Trapezes Driving Your Career Starts *Now*
October 2012


Welcome to Between the Trapezes, showing you how you can make your way from one career certainty to the next!

- Joanne Meehl, aka The Job Search Queen

What's here:
  • 5 ways to deal with poisonous/negative "experts" during your search
  • Joanne, what do I say when they ask me, "Why should we hire YOU?"
  • There's A Guide for That!

  • 5 ways to deal with poisonous/negative "experts" during your search
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    A client I'll call Terri was checking in with me when she mentioned a disheartening conversation she had at a recent social event. A senior person who happened to be in her field told Terri she would not land a job in her field "because they're hiring only younger people for that kind of position", "You don't have enough experience for that title", "Your new certification won't help you", and similar.

    Naturally, Terri was upset. She had been landing interviews and doing her networking, and now this, from someone who is an expert! What should she do?

    Has this happened to you in your search?

    Well, if so, there are five antidotes to this poison....

    Joanne, what do I say when they ask me, "Why should we hire YOU?"
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    In interviews, don't "negative sell" by putting down your competition. After all, you're there to convince them YOU are the one for the position. That's your focus.

    You could say something like this: "You must have some very fine candidates. I can only tell you about my background and successes, and these include leadership, transformation and results. For example, in my job at ABC Corp., I saved the company/organization money by leading the department through a tough reorganization where we didn't lose any top-producing people. And at LMN Inc., I added to the revenue by transforming the product line. I am confident I can build similar successes here."

    You can then offer more details if they'd like. Take their lead.

    The key is to always be prepared with your success stories, from a broad phrase or two down to the most finite detail. There is no preparation more important during your search.

    There's A Guide for That!
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    Joanne Meehl makes available materials that will give you some coaching, right off the page, at the Ignite Your Job Search Store!
    Want to know how to create a target list of employers? There's now a guide for that. Are you a college senior looking for a road map to a great job when you graduate? There's a guide for that, too.
    All are at minimal prices, with a secure connection when you use a credit card to purchase.

    You can even get live coaching time with Joanne here -- at introductory rates that will more than pay you back when you use what you learn!

    To get to the Ignite store, just snap the QR code here with your phone to get right there. Or use this link. And while you're at the site, see what else you can read that will help you (the blog, the Trapezes newsletter), or is free to download.
    See you there!


    Joanne Meehl


    Success doesn't come to you. You go to it.

    -- Marva Collins,
    American Educator


    Tip of the Month:
    Ask colleagues and former managers to endorse you on LinkedIn. This new feature in the Skills & Expertise section validates what you say about yourself. Endorse others' skills and expertise as well, if you've seen them in action.


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