5 December 2020

Interviewing Skills: Positioning Your Qualifications

Interviewing Skills


Cruise to Harmony

This week our topic is “Positioning Your Qualifications: How to put what you’re selling into one clear, concise and powerful message.” This topic on product differentiation and interviewing skills is one of my favorites as well as one of the most important I teach. Some of you are coming close to landing jobs but falling short and you don’t know why. I’ll tell you why if you come to JobSeekers this week.

The apostle Paul was a powerful and persuasive positioner. Paul thought about his audience and leveraged what he had in common with them. The skill of matching your qualifications and accomplishments with the specific needs of the hiring organization is called positioning.

I’ve had clients not only land jobs by using this skill, but completely shut down their competition. One client landed two out of three jobs. Interesting story. I will share this on Friday.

This poster was created a few years ago as part of the activity that accompanies this topic.

– – – – –

JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for more information about the meetings and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

# # #

How to Evaluate and Negotiate the Job Offer

negotiate the job offer


No deal, Howie!

Our topic this week is “Deal or No Deal: How to Evaluate and Negotiate the Job Offer.” I’ve helped many clients negotiate a better job offer; worked with one client on this topic last week. One time I helped a client get a $20K raise after he received the written offer. Come to JS on Friday and I will share my secrets with you.

The purpose of this session is to help you get what you’re worth when the offer finally comes in. We’ll help you avoid some potential quicksand along the way, we’ll give you a broader perspective on what a total compensation package is, and we’ll discuss having that delicate conversation about compensation and benefits.

– – – – –

JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for directions and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

# # #

Acing the Behavioral Interview

acing-panel-interview


Tell us about a time when…

Our topic this Friday is “Acing the Behavioral Interview: How to Knock Their Socks Off By Focusing on Results!” It picks up where we left off a couple of weeks ago.

Some of you are getting into the “red zone” but you’re not scoring touchdowns. One seeker recently told us he’d had 13 first interviews and zero second interviews. Maybe this week we can crack the code.

This week’s topic focuses on one of the most common types of interviews. If you don’t understand the employer’s strategy, you may not do well in the interview, even if you are a well-qualified candidate. Come tomorrow for this important topic – and for a great learning experience.

– – – – –

JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for directions and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

# # #

The #1 Thing Every Job Seeker Must Have

What’s the #1 thing every job seeker must have?

What is the #1 thing every job seeker must have? This week I share secrets that will make your job search 40 times easier. One time when I was preparing for this topic, I had a phone call from executive who said the second-place candidate for a certain position was lacking the #1 thing every job seeker must have. Second place pays about $330 per week in Georgia. If this gentleman had the #1 thing, he’d earn a couple of thousand dollars every week.

It’s time to step back and look at what’s really important in job search.

Part One on 27 September: The Learning Zones – The Key to Breakthrough Performance

Part Two on 11 October: O’Farrell’s Pyramid of Success – How to Land Your Dream Job

Not only teach will I teach what the most important thing is, I will quickly share #2-5 as well. I will challenge you to leave our comfort zone every day and do the things that are most likely to lead to job search success.

The bottom line is this: It’s time to stop telling God how big our storm is, and to start telling the storm how big our God is. Come for a blessing this week.

– – – – –

JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for directions and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

# # #

16 Ways to Make a Message Persuasive

PersuasiveOur topic this Friday is “16 Ways to Make a Message Persuasive.” Marketing and advertising professionals use many ways to make a message persuasive. So does your competition. If you aren’t, you are getting left behind. This week you will learn how to blow your competition away!

Bring your marketing hat this week; you are the product! We will learn and practice some techniques and skills to ensure that the hiring company remembers us in a very positive way. This week’s session will make you more effective in your networking and interviewing of course, but it will also make you more persuasive in all your communications – as a parent, spouse, salesperson or entrepreneur.

Bring an extra copy of your résumé for this week’s application activity.

Learn how to make your message persuasive at JobSeekers this week.

– – – – –

JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for directions and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

# # #

Declaring Your Position Objective

wave-of-the-sea-3Our topic this Friday is “Declaring Your Position Objective.” I like this quote from James: “Don’t be like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” This quote from Stephen Covey also applies: “begin with the end in mind.”

Oftentimes when I do the diagnosis on why someone has been looking for a job for six months or more, the absence of this essential element is one of the top three reasons for their lack of success. With it, you see new possibilities and open doors every day. Without it, you struggle to tread water in the hostile seas of unemployment.

The Position Objective Statement (POS) is used in networking communications. For some, this is one of the most difficult things they must in their job search — decide what they want to do next. Without an objective you are like a wave of the sea — blown and tossed by the wind. With it, you have a sharp focus that helps you sift through all the clutter and work toward a specific goal.

Come JS on Friday to develop and practice your POS.

– – – – –

JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for directions and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

# # #

Changing Careers

Changing Careers


Where are you headed?

Has an employer ever told you, “We’re going to hire someone with more experience?” Our topic for this Friday is “Changing Careers: How to Break into a New Function or Industry.” I personally changed careers many years ago, and since then, have been blessed to help 1000+ other people change careers too. I will share the four secrets to making a successful career change. My informal polls reveal that two-thirds of all job seekers are thinking of changing fields or industries (or both). We will discuss strategies to be more effective in making the shift. It will be good advice for all job seekers, but particularly for those who are changing careers. To be better prepared for the meeting, do these three things:

  • Develop your story about why you have a burning desire to break into this new career.
  • Think of (or find) a person who is already in your target field and industry that can coach you on how to break into your new career.
  • Find at least one association that represents your projected function or industry.

BTW, be sure to read Even Jesus Changed Careers.

– – – – –

JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for directions and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

# # #  

Acing the Interview

Acing the Interview


Those who shoot from the hip usually
shoot themselves in the foot.

Our topic this week is, “Acing the Interview: How to put your best foot forward.” To be better prepared for the meeting, bring a “good fit” job lead and three copies of your résumé with you. Hopefully, your lead will be for a job interview you have next week. If you don’t have an interview scheduled, bring a job lead and your preparation for a position you’d like to interview for.

My concern is that we work hard to win interviews, and then don’t do the preparation it takes to capitalize on the opportunities when they finally come along. This week, we’ll get some practice in so you can “ace” your next interview.

Two Quick Success Stories About Acing the Interview

When we taught this topic in August 2009, a seeker named Sandra volunteered to be the interviewee in a role play at table #12. She brought a job lead for her #1 job at her #1 target company. She landed the job days later. She’s still there 10 years later.

One example of “acing the interview” occurred several months ago after a client hired O’Farrell Career Management to do her résumé. Not too long after that she hired us again to help her with ace the interview. At JobSeekers she reported that the company reviewed “several hundred” applications. They phone-screened 110 candidates, interviewed 10 face-to-face, and made one offer. Very proud of Lisa for doing what it took to win the job.

Come to JS this Friday for a rewarding and enriching experience.

– – – – –

JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for directions and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

# # #

Winning Networking Appointments

Winning Networking AppointmentsOur topic for Friday, “Winning Networking Appointments: How to overcome call reluctance and other campaign-stalling inertia,” is one you can’t miss!

By now everyone knows that most salaried jobs (up to 80%) are found through networking. People tell me that they are reluctant to make networking calls – and they wouldn’t know what to say if they did make networking calls. This week we will address both of these issues. Come Friday and find out how and why.

I will share at 2x2x3 matrix I’ve developed to teach the step-by-step process to drive the process of turning a contact or connection into an interview and job offer.

By the way, last week I challenged you to raise your hippo score by 20 points. With God’s help, you can make it happen. What do you think? Are you up to the challenge?

– – – – –

JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for directions and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Executive Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

# # #

Job Search Secrets: How to Earn $15K Real Fast

BillyMays[1]


Set your alarm now to take advantage of this amazing offer!

Our topic this Friday is “How to Earn $15K Real Fast!” You will learn job search secrets that have put thousands of dollars into savvy job seekers’ pockets. This topic is about doing what’s best for you and for your family. Bring your calculator (no joke)!

– – – – –

But here’s what I really want to say:

Hi friends, Billy Mays here for JobSeekers of Peachtree City! Come Friday to learn the amazing secrets of how to earn $15,000 in just a few weeks! Yes, you can have it all by using the strategy, tools and skills taught at the exciting, fun-filled and action-packed meetings held every Friday morning at First Baptist Church of Peachtree City!

Don’t delay! Set your alarm now! Don’t miss this exciting event! Yes, these methods work like magic when applied with a healthy dose of a positivity and the power of prayer!

And it’s all yours for only $1.00! A whopping $120 value, for only $1.00. Here’s how to order!

– – – – –

JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for meeting day, time and location.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“Atlanta’s most effective career services firm.”

# # #