This page was last updated on 26th of January 2015
Hello and thanks for stopping by. You are in the right place if you are:
1. A young person seeking answers about how to shine among a crowded field of people, all seeking your job.
2. Or, a middle aged person between jobs, wondering how to compete in the job market when perceived as over-qualified or facing other situations bordering on age discrimination, whether real or perceived.
Both groups may well benefit from exploring this site. Stick with me for few minutes and read down to the bottom of the page. I promise you will walk away with some valuable tips drawn from my extensive background.
Life as a Supplemental Contractor
My name is Dave. I am dancing along the distant edge of my middle years. As a so-called ‘contractor’ –or, independent contractor, all of my employment has been temporary in nature. Industry uses people like me to augment their workforce if they need help and aren’t in a position to hire someone ‘permanently.’
In thirty years, the longest assignment I had was two years –that only happened once. Most work assignments were a few months in duration. Because I always knew that I was a ‘temp’ at the outset of each job, the prospect a lay off didn’t bother me at all.
I didn’t do anything special in terms of my resume or cover letter –mainly because I didn’t need to. Times were good. My services were in demand. I was young and full of it.
Things changed for me in 2009. There was soft demand for what I had to offer and no shortage of people doing what I do. I woke up one day and noticed I was in my fifties.
For the first time since I was fresh out of school, I had a hard time finding work and realized I needed to tighten up my cover letter and interviewing skills.
I am here now to show you what I learned -whether you are young, recently out of school or older now, faced with the same dilemma I was. Let me show you what I was able to learn -with abundant success.
Don’t let me side-track you with this -but, before you go, check the long-term projections for jobs in your state -below (scroll down).
Resume Cover Letter and Interview Answers
There is no shortage of cover letter advice –or interviewing help on the internet. I looked at what material I could find and noticed there was a common thread running through all of it. It was all fairly ordinary stuff that (obviously) everyone had access to. This leads to my ‘economy theory’ which states:
Everything has its price and if you want economy, you’ll have to pay for it. What that means is, if you use the free stuff, if you fail to adequately prepare to the extent possible, it may cost you. It may cost you by extending your job search. It may cost you in terms of another month or two being between jobs.
I was convinced, after not getting many interviews and, after failing miserably at one, I was no longer going to approach the job search without the proper resources, education about the topic, plenty of practice, and more ‘live’ practice in front of people.
The Big Challenge
If I was to succeed at standing out among the crowded field, I figured I needed something special; something that fewer people had knowledge of.
I needed something more advanced, to –not only get an interview, but help me succeed at the interview.
About This Website
I’ve set up this website to pass along some of what I’ve learned. You will find discussion and tips about developing both resume cover letters and the skills required to come up with the answers to interview questions that you will have directed at you.
This is important because without an outstanding cover letter you won’t likely get an interview. Once you get to the interview, the contents of your cover letter and resume takes a back seat to what’s coming out of your mouth.
This website is divided into two main sections:
The section for Cover Letters and Interviews is where I give you cover letter information focused on certain types of employment.
Different aspects of the interviewing process are discussed; including types of questions often used in today’s interviewing situations, along with the answers to them that the interviewer expects to hear.
There is currently information and discussion about the following areas:
- Cover Letter Tips: How to Write an Attention-Getting Cover Letter
- Cover Letters for Teachers and teaching positions.
- To Whom It May Concern cover letter
- Cover Letters for Administrative Assistants
Interview Questions And Answers Preparation
- How to sell yourself
- Situational interview questions and answers
- The S.T.A.R. Method (of Answering Questions)
- Social Media and the Job Hunt
- Behavioral Interview Questions and Answers
Each of these pages offers discussion about the particular topics as they relate to the broader context of the website. I’ll be adding more content from time to time.
Of Particular Interest …
=>The section about Recommended Products is where to find my review of a couple of products that I have used and highly recommend.
- One is designed to take your Cover Letters up a few notches higher than everyone else’s. This is how to get an interview.
- The other revolves around Job Interview Questions and Answers -to broaden your knowledge on the topic and sharpen your skills. This is how you get hired.
I’ve personally used both these products and rate them very highly. You can find out more in my detailed reviews:
Most people who visit this site already know what they’re looking for –that is: advanced help in drafting a cover letter. Or, they are seeking answers to tough interview questions. Maybe both, like I was.
If that sounds like you, I strongly encourage you to take a close look at one or both of the following:
- The Amazing Cover Letter Creator It is a great program designed to, with your own unique input, crank out an ‘award winning’ cover letter that should make the reader put your papers in the short stack and want to meet you.
- The Ultimate Guide to Interview Answers is the other program I encourage you to look closely at. It may well bring your career and your quality of life to the next level, as it did for me. It is in its seventh edition now for 2014.
Thank you for spending some time here. I invite you to browse the rest of the site and bookmark it -so you can come back again … soon, hopefully.
All the best,
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