Five ways your job will change because of pandemic

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Thank you to Kate Lopaze of thejobnetwork for writing the full version of this article.

  1. Physical distance and masks will be the norm
  2. Home is the new office
  3. Coworker relationships and meetings will be different
  4. Business travel may go extinct
  5. Medical screenings may become mandatory

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Basic rules for your next interview

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Way back when, thejobnetwork’s Kate Lopaze wrote, “It’s easy to see how job interviews have changed over time: more email, less formality, pre-interviews with chatbots, Skype interviews, etc. What is not so easy is determining which interview principles are just as valid and necessary as ever, even as you prepare to job hunt in a modern world.”

As Kate says, “Let’s look at some of the evergreen tips that are just as helpful now as they were when your parents and grandparents were interviewing for jobs.”

  • Wear a suit or you interview best
  • Print your resume
  • Send a thank you note

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The 5 types of people you should have as a reference

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From Kate Lopaze of thejobnetwork comes this advice:

Handing over a list of references to a potential new employer can feel like tricky business.

If you do not have a job offer in hand, you might be worried about your job search getting back to your current employer. If you are just starting out, you may worry that you don’t yet have a go-to list of professional refernces.

No matter what stage you are in, these five types of people make great references for any job search.

  • Past bosses
  • Past supervisors
  • Colleagues
  • Professional friends from your network
  • Professors or academic contacts                                                                                      [Questions? larry@larrylitwin.com]

Community Policing should be a top priority

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Exit interviews when leaving a job

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Suggestions from Eric Titner on thejobnetwork.com. Check him out online.

  • Be constructive (Mention some positives)
  • Don’t brush off the experience
  • Do be honest
  • Do not be angry

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Advice from a legend

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It was actress/author Julie Andrews who said, “When in doubt, stand still.”

She also says, “Everything has a beginning, a middle and an end. And I pray that the end of Covid-19 comes soon.”

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6 Questions Recruiters Ask — And How to Answer Them

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Kate Lupaze of thejobnetwork writes in The Courier-Post the following:

  1. Tell me about yourself
  2. Tell me about your current (or most recent job)
  3. What is your highest achievement?
  4. What is your biggest weakness?
  5. What is your next step?
  6. Are you working with other recruiters?

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5 Tips To Help Improve Your Presentation Skills

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This comes from Dale Carnegie Training News Letter:

By Anita Zinsmeister, President
Dale Carnegie® Training of Central & Southern New Jersey

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  • Time To Read: 1.9 Minutes @ 250 Words Per Minute

An excellent presentation is a result of being dynamic, engaging, and interesting. Without these things, you won’t be able to hold your audience’s attention, and your presentation will not be memorable. To make sure your presentation makes an impact, you need to prepare appropriately.

The Key To Success Will Be In Your Preparation.

A common misconception is this: great speakers get it right on the first try. This is seldom true. The presentation likely went through several drafts and was adjusted multiple times.

Click Here To Read Inc.’s Article: 15 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation.

To help you jump-start your next presentation, we have listed a few tips below.

5 Tips To Improve As A Presenter.

1. Focus On Your Body Language – People pay attention to your body language consciously and subconsciously. If you fidget, cross your arms, hunch over, or fail to keep eye contact, your audience will notice. Stay confident, smile, and hold yourself in an engaging way to make a connection with your audience.

2. Include Stories – Finding a way to tie in your personal experiences is a great way to make an audience more engaged. Show them how your ideas work in real life by giving them a practical example. This will draw them in and let them connect on a personal level.

3. Research Your Audience – Whom will you be speaking to? This has an effect on how you speak and what you include in your presentation. Are they experts in their field? Are they familiar with the topic? Are they looking in from the outside? If they are new to the topic, you might need to include definitions of common terms.

4. Prepare Yourself Mentally – Before you begin, take time to calm your mind. There are many examples of ways to get yourself in the right head-space for a presentation. Not all of them will work for you. You need to find your way to inner peace. Some become calm by listening to loud music. Others need complete silence. Figure out what works best for you.

5. Always Practice – The two main factors of a good presentation are how well you know the material and how comfortable you are speaking to an audience. You can work on both by practicing.

Practice in front of a mirror to get the content down and to focus on your body language. When you feel confident in those aspects, practice in front of friends or colleagues. You’ll be able to get some of the jitters out and get feedback.

Executive Summary: Your final presentation is only a small part of what the audience sees. They don’t see the research, changes, refinement, and effort it takes to make an excellent presentation. You’ll be able to stand out by properly preparing and practicing. Start by focusing on your body language, and make sure you practice in front of a small audience first.

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Strong Cover Letters

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Do not hesitate to read Chapter 5 in The Public Relations Practitioner’s Playbook for (all) Strategic Communicators by Litwin. He stresses the opening paragraph that must be a hood — a hand that comes up out of the page and grabs the reader by the neck or some place else (usually the heart and soul will follow) and pulls her/him in. In addition, comes this advice from Kate Lopaze from thejobnetwork:

  • The opening: Avoid cliches (but follow Litwin’s advice on an opening graph that sets you apart from everyone else.
  • The pitch: Talk about yourself.
  • The closing: Finish strong and as Litwin advises, let the recipient know you will follow up via a phone call. That way, when the gatekeeper asks, “Is the person you are calling expecting your call,” you can honestly say yes, because you have alerted she or he that you will be following up.
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