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Posted Feb 2012  

Latest Updates…

People Between Jobs Ministry…   will have another Monthly Meeting on Feb 21st 2012  Monday night  at 7pm at the Beautiful “Shepherd of the Hills Fellowship” Suite 202, located at 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch, California 91326. Free Service. non-profit open to anyone PLEASE NOTE  PEOPLE BETWEEN JOBS, SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS , IS FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY  




  2nd Tuesday’s of the month,  12:00 p.m.  Noon Time   Free Parking

 across from Best Buy stores,
 next to Mens Warehouse
 between Topanga Cyn and Canoga Ave.
   Zen Buffet
                             21610 Victory Boulevard (near Topanga Canyon Blvd.)
Woodland Hills, CA  91367
                             (818) 887-2688 Lunch:  $11
(payable at counter  All you can eat!)
or skip lunch
 walk past counter
 turn right observe Guest Speaker for FREE,
 Free parking save $$$



Los Angeles, CAChapter 

This networking group is sponsored by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. and designed for executives from all disciplines.  Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Zen Buffet in Woodland Hills.
A wide range of speakers will be available talking on current topics for those interested in enriching their careers, forming new contacts, those in transition, etc.
               Next Meeting Tuesday Feb 12th?

Location:  Zen Buffet
                             21610 Victory Boulevard (near Topanga Canyon Blvd.)
Woodland Hills, CA  91367
                             (818) 887-2688

Lunch:   $11 (payable to restaurant). No need to RSVP.           

 *Finances tight $$$  walk in past front counter, make right turn go into meeting room for free…. free parking…

Dress:                   Casual

Parking:                Free

We look forward to seeing you!

Pete Tzavalas, Vice President      

Dick Kaumeyer, Facilitator

Challenger Networking Group

Upcoming Speaker Schedule 

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Each of our boxes brings savings and quality food catered to the needs of families.

The Treasure Box (Monthly Menu)-$32 provides local familiesand individuals with a great tool to assist in stretching monthly food budgets – a pre-assembled box of popular and nutritious grocery food items that can be purchased for only $32.

This box typically contains 20-25 pounds of high quality, frozen foods including chicken, pork, beefor seafood, in addition to vegetables, fruit, a side dish and a dessert. A family of four can eat these delicious foods for nearly a week, while an individual dine on these fares for nearly a month!

The Hearty Protein Box- $32- Typically 12-15 pounds of protein items that is great as a suppliment to the monthly Treasure Box or by itself.

Quick & Healthy Meal Box “A”-$32 contains 10 individually packaged 3 compartment meals.  Each meal provides 1/3 of the daily nutritional requirements and includes the nutritional equivalent of 3 oz of meat/protein and either two ½ cup vegetable servingsor one vegetable and one fruit serving.  Low in fat and cholesterol and ready to eat in minutes.  These meals are especially good for senior citizens, those with dietary restrictions, and anyone who is looking for a healthier choice.  View Nutritional Information and Ingredients

Kids Box- $32 Contains Kid friendly, quick & easy to prepare meals and snacks for kids and kids-at-heart. Designed for convenience; perfect for busy parents when time is of the essence.   

Simply Enough-$24A smaller box with the just the essentials at a lower price to fit any budget. Perfect for individuals, couples, seniors or those whose needs are smaller. 

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Website ( ) (over 100 documents of jobseeker docs &  (Connect to jobs and employers, Free to sign up today  )
Stewart Townson/Founder

 Jose Arevalo /Lead Coordinator

Richard Courson/ Special Events/Projects

Francisco Gomez/ Volunteer/ Special Events

Dan Breakman / volunteer  … reach at  (Website connects to Employers in the community…Free to Jobseekers & Employers)

  Advice, counsel, support, resources on lodgings, food, medical, dental, and eyecare..  Stewart Townson 
Stewart Townson/Founder * Stewart’s background is CFO (Chief Financial Officer in local and international markets) . 661-755-4390 .Stewart Townson-Founder of the ClubVolunteer,Trainer,Counselor,mentor. 

 People Between Jobs  is a Free Service/Non-Profit/Open to anyone!  

 Lead Coordinator Jose  distributor of Events. Jose Arevalo/Volunteer/Lead Coordinator Jose has background in Accounting. If you are looking for someone very dependable, high integrity for your organization

     Jose Arevalo is the Lead Coordinator/Distribution Flyer Coordinator/Network Media Coordinator /Volunteer/ Head Coordinator of other coordinators/flyers, events and support services…

Updates    Current Photo    Dan Breakman,Volunteer,Events coordinator, Instructor, Web facilitator 

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Interview Preparation

Oct 17th, 2011

 *Please Note: PEOPLE BETWEEN JOBS MINISTRY, Shepherd of the Hills 19700 Rinaldi St. #203, Porter Ranch, Ca. 91326 is for LA COUNTY

* PEOPLE BETWEEN JOBS WORKSHOPS, Oxnard, Ca. is for people with Challenging Criminal histories.

 ( Apologies to members for confusion)

 details  Events, updates

 Free to sign up.. employers in the community at     Free Event, Free Parking, Free Refreshments, networking, guest speakers, tips, hidden job postings, support, counsel, resources, shelters, food banks, programs, and support along with prayer… 

Directions: (Corner Rinaldi /Corbin Ave. off 118 fwy )

Club members who landed a job recently!

* Marwan Abu-Shaar landed a  job in Systems Administrator at ITT Systems ( 2011) !

* Komal Tewjani landed a position in Mental Health Services ( 2011) –  Masters in Career Counseling

*Nancy Rogers landed a job with a non-profit  2011!

* Syndi Palasco landed a job in  2010 with Bank of America!

*Edward Isaacs landed a job in 2010 !

*Gay Davis landed a job in  2010!

* Rosemary Cerbone landed a job with Criterion Resources in Woodland Hills –  2010 !

* Jeanie Light another People Between Jobs Club Member got a JOB! – 2010!

—–Original Message—–
From: “Jeanine Light”

To: Stewart Townson/President/Founder/Volunteer/People Between Jobs Club

Subject: I landed a Job!
I just started a job this week.  Thank you, so much for all the emails and support you have provided me and countless others.  I greatly appreciate all you do.
However, I can be removed from the mailing list at this time.
Good luck!
Jeanine Light /Former People Between Jobs Club Member
  —– Original Message —–

Preparing Yourself for a Job Interview by Goodwill Industries of  Southern California

Once a prospective employer invites you for an interview, you want to stand out from the crowd. First, anticipate questions and spend time coming up with answers that show why you are the perfect person for the job. Do this by learning all you can about the organization.

Interviewers appreciate it when you demonstrate that you know what their organization is all about. Also, think about the questions you might be asked and consider how you will respond. Check out these sample interview questions and ask a friend or relative to conduct a mock interview with you so you can practice your answers. Next, demonstrate that you are a great “fit” for the job through your professional demeanor.

 In particular, be courteous and respectful, and show that you take the opportunity seriously. Another part of making a good impression is personal appearance. Experts say that interviewers form an opinion within the first 30 seconds of meeting you. Plan and prepare your clothes ahead of time, and make sure they are clean, pressed and appropriate. Women should not wear open-toed shoes, sleeveless shirts or flashy accessories. Many employers will prefer that men are clean shaven. Other things to consider about your appearance:

  • If you have a facial piercing, take out the jewelry.
  • Check your hygiene.
  • Absolutely no gum chewing.
  • Bring a copy of your résumé or application, references and a pad of paper for note taking.

Don’t forget to send that all important thank you note after the interview. E-mail is good, but a letter is better.     PHONE INTERVIEW – – – – –Partaking in a phone interview seems like it would take some pressure off the entire interviewing process, however, it doesn’t. Phone interviews are perceived as being an informal means of securing a job, and unfortunately, job seekers make some of the most critical mistakes during this type of interview.

It’s important to recognize why phone interviews are becoming popular. Time is one of the biggest factors. As employees are taking on more responsibilities, they’re trying to find timesaving techniques. Fitting into busy schedules, the interviewer can discuss matters with a potential candidate prior to an official meeting; clarify discrepancies or concerns; conduct an informal introduction; discuss the position; and/or, ask for additional career information.

Although a phone interview caters to employers, it sometimes doesn’t have the same affect for interviewees. A phone interview can be impromptu, leaving an interview candidate breathless from trying to catch the phone or caught off guard for even the simplest of questions. Whether the interview was scheduled or not, you should have a “cheat sheet” by your phone to ensure preparedness regardless of which situation you find yourself in.

Without an outline or list of potential answers, these types of discussions (interviews) can get casual. A casual phone interview can provoke unrelated and untargeted answers.

Create an outline that might resemble this:

Specific Skills (broken down)

Management Sales Personnel

Unique Assets as an Employee




Much like a phone interview, panel interviews are becoming popular because of the need to stretch time over multiple tasks. Interviewing procedures are being modified so that all those involved in the hiring decision can meet, question, and later discuss each candidate.

Of all interviews, a panel interview can be the most stressful because you find yourself trying to sway several decision makers rather than one or two. Unlike that old bit of advice — try to relate to the interviewer — it can be difficult, if impossible, in a panel interview.

Bring a Cheat Sheet
Doing your best is a great way to approach this type of situation. Much as you’d prepare for any interview, you should bring a list of highlights that you’d like to mention during the interview. Your interviewing “cheat sheet” should focus on key assets you’ll bring to the position. Remember, you’re not writing an essay but an outline of all the key elements that need mentioning.

Take Names and Use Them
Individuals like to hear his or her name during a conversation. It’s important to know who is interviewing you, so ask their names and write them down within your notes — in order of where each is seated. Don’t be afraid to use their names or ask questions throughout the process.

Another great technique to utilize within a panel interview, or within any other group setting, is to cross reference the latest question with a previous one. For example if you answered a question by Jane Doe, and you can incorporate that answer into another question asked by Frank Doe, you’ll start navigating the outcome of the interview. An answer might be:

“I understand why you are asking specific questions about my acquisition skills, Frank. As Jane mentioned a few minutes ago, acquisitions are a vital aspect to businesses your size and without a trained and seasoned acquisition clerk at the helm, it can cost your company money. To answer your question, and expand upon what Jane asked earlier, I …”

Do you see where I’m going with this? This answer is now tending to the concerns of two individuals on the panel, rather than one.

Take Notes
During the process, members of the panel will mention facets that will need remembering. Just as you jotted down the name of each panel member, you can also make small notations of each person’s concerns or specific questions. For example, the department manager may have focused his or her questions on specific administrative portions of the job. Adding important yet little tidbits into your thank-you letter will help set you apart from other candidates and reflect your attentiveness. The key, however, is to mark down items that are relevant to each interviewer. Although they are a team and have one common goal, each has differentiating concerns.

Make Eye Contact
It’s difficult to give enough eye contact to each individual without making your head and neck look like a lawn sprinkler. Try your best to look individuals in the eye and focus on speaking to each person equally, focusing heavily towards the one that asked the question.

Unfortunately, a panel interview can be stressful for jobseekers because they feel outnumbered. It’s important to remember that you are an asset to their business, and they obviously feel you’re a viable candidate, or they wouldn’t have scheduled the interview. Stay positive, remain calm, and answer each question thoroughly and effectively.

LUNCH INTERVIEW – – – – –Conducting an interview around a meal is rather “laid back,” however, not an unheard of process. This type of interview could be performed amongst friends and maybe previous colleagues, or possibly as a final test before selecting the winning candidate. Transplanting a smooth-talking pro into an informal setting, can place a skilled interview candidate into un-chartered waters.

Benefits. This lax setting can provide a forum for candidness. An interviewee can provide answers freely rather than regurgitating textbook versions of what the employer “wants to hear.” Used to discuss management obstacles, short- and long-term business goals, employee relations / confidentiality issues, and operations logistics, this type of meeting can be an informative meeting.

Confidence. Get nervous when someone watches you eat? Actually, a person’s confidence level can be determined by HOW poised one eats. A confident eater, who drops a little condiment upon his pants, grabs his napkin and without a fuss, wipes the mess clean. A nervous and diffident individual, wouldn’t be able to concentrate upon anything else, but the spot.

Handle food, and everything else. Handle your food tactfully; practice beforehand, if necessary. You will certainly make a bad impression if you can’t handle your own food. Simple rules to follow:

  • Break bread into small and manageable bites
  • Avoid anything that can spill
  • Don’t suggest or order alcoholic beverages (even if interviewer does)
  • Order something similar to your interviewer
  • Use your napkin to wipe mouth and disguise picking teeth (or visit the restroom)
  • Never use fingers unless the meal consists of a sandwich or finger food

To pay, or not to pay. Generally, the company pays for the meal; of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Ensure you attend the meeting with enough cash to cover your meal and the tip.Determining tip amounts: When the bill arrives, review for accuracy (of course) and make note of the sales tax amount. For example, New York State charges a 7% sales tax. If you wish to tip 15%, take the tax amount, double it, and round to the highest dollar.

Tax $2.33 x 2 = $4.66; round to highest dollar, so the tip would be $5.00

One final note. As with any interview, thank everyone present with a firm handshake. Approximately 70% of interviewees do not send a thank you letter after the meeting; so, set yourself apart from the rest … SEND A HAND-WRITTEN NOTE!


Exit Interview description. This type of interview is performed at the end of the employment term, or shortly thereafter; appropriately named the “exit” interview. Not all companies perform exit interviews on their former employees; however, companies who wish to restructure in-house policies and procedures are finding themselves polling individuals who are no longer on the payroll.

Timeframe. Typically performed within the last days of employment, an exit interview can be conducted up to two or three months after separation. Clearing up employer concerns or unanswered questions – “What made you decide to leave the company?” or “Do you have any advice for your successor?” – can be vital for ensuring healthy business development and strong employee relations. Hiring and human resources managers tend to vary on why they conduct exit interview when they do.

Short- and long-term comparison. For example, a newly departed person (or about to be) may be hesitant to say anything negative about the company for fear of receiving a bad reference. Whereas, an employee who has been separated for a couple of months and employed by another company, may be apt to divulge in-depth details relating to their departure.

Exit Interview CONS:
* Provide an arena for hostile or irrational employees
* Bring forth personal conflicts or gossip sessions
* Difficulty keeping or maintaining a positive or upbeat mood, if the employee was fired

Exit Interview PROS:
* Shed light on outdated policies and procedures
* Point out conflicts / complications between employees and management
* Address departmental competencies or inaptness
* Determine employee’s state of mind
* Forum to negotiate future reemployment or mediate difficulties

Interview results and analysis. Employees are the individuals who work in the “trenches,” day in and day out. If an exit interview was performed on every departing employee, just think of the information one could compile about in-house business logistics; conducting a holistic analysis before setting and implementing new goals. Unusual Interview Questions Table of Contents

§  If you were a car, what kind would you be and what color?

§  See this pen, you have 5 minutes to sell it to me.

§  Are you nervous?

§  If you were the interviewer, how would you interview me?

§  What’s the worst mistake you made at a previous employer?
If you were a car, what kind would you be and what color? This question is similar to the one about animals (if you were an animal, which one would you be?).  The interviewer is simply trying to relate your answer to your personality and perspective of yourself. 

For example, a 23-year-old male might say that he is a black convertible whereas a 55-year-old female might answer this question differently by saying she’s probably a pink, 1985 Cadillac.  Answers like these could be perceived as: Black convertible = Fast, driven, ready to go
Pink Caddy = Classy, quality, persistent and consistent See this pen, you have 5 minutes to sell it to me.

Asking you to sell something like a pen or briefcase is a common tactic amongst territorial and regional directors.  It’s one thing to tell the interviewer that you’re a great closer, but it’s an entirely different matter when put on the spot to sell something you’re unfamiliar with.  When selling anything, you should focus upon the features of the item and how they will benefit the buyer. 

 For example, a contoured pen can eliminate hand cramps while titanium locks on a briefcase can keep confidential documents safe. Are you nervous? I don’t feel asking this question has any hidden agenda.  Of course, it could relay your inexperience with interviewing — which really isn’t bad.  Being nervous can keep you on your toes, however, it can also make some of your answers scattered and choppy.

  Practice interviewing so this question isn’t brought up. If you were the interviewer, how would you interview me? This question probably plays a critical role for someone that is being examined to conduct the company’s hiring practices.  As with any interview, your questions should focus on those approved by the company attorney (commonly seen in businesses that experience huge turnarounds like fast food restaurants) along with any that stay away from personal matters, such as race, religion, family status, and so on.

Sample Interview Questions

Hiring managers like to use a sampling of interview questions that provoke the jobseeker to ponder and think deeply about their careers. You have stock sample interview questions, such as “tell me about yourself” (been used for decades!) and then you have the newcomer interview questions, such as “what tactics or techniques do you utilize to conquer stress.

” Interview questions are now shifting to the changing online world, too. Have you been asked about your online networking activities or new interviewing techniques? Be ready, as interviewing questions will continue to change to accommodate the ever-changing interview landscape.”


 (List represents only a morsel of potential questions.)

Tell me about yourself and your career.

What are some of your career strengths / weaknesses?

Are we the only company you are targeting for a new position?

What have your last three evaluations said about you?

In relation to dealing with customers, what has been your experience?  

Are you able to multi-task?  Give me some examples.

What areas of your abilities would you like to improve upon?

How would your colleagues would describe you?

What function of your job do you like / dislike most?

Tell me some examples of how you increase your client base?

Have you ever felt guilty once you closed the sale?

Tell me about your character.

Describe your most difficult negotiating hurdle.


Why do you want to work for XYZ Company?

Do you work well under pressure?  What was your greatest achievement while under pressure?

What type of rewards are you seeking regarding this position?

How do your managerial styles differ from others in your field?

Tell me about the procedures you intend to implement once in the position?

Where do you see yourself in five, ten, or fifteen years?

Are there any concerns you have about this position?

In 20 words or less, tell me why we should hire you. Why should this job interview transition into a job offer?

What opportunities do you expect to achieve within this position?

What makes you a leader rather than a follower?

What tactics or tools do you utilize to conquer stress?

What is your least favorite duty and why?

What is your favorite duty and why?

Explain your tactics for dealing with a personality conflict with a colleague.

Describe how your skill set will benefit XYZ Company.

Describe your greatest obstacle when dealing with a client and how you overcame it.

What are your short- and long-term goals?

What are your salary requirements?

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  2010   Blog  subject: Another resource for finding a job!
You have Myspaced for a while, linked to your in, you tried to face your book and may have recently decided to twitter your day away.  You have done it all haven’t you?  Hate to break it to you but you left out a resource that you probably never thought of.  Have you webinared?  I am going to explain a way to look for a job that will hopefully work for you and lead to that job you have been dreaming about. 

I created the term “webinared” because that is the focus of what I am about to tell you.  You need to attend webinars and this is why: you will get the name of that inside person you have been searching for.  Find organizations, groups and subjects pertinent to your field and then see if they have webinars and seminars that you can attend.  These are almost always for free. 

Sometimes they are vendors selling a product, sometimes they are informational and sometimes they are places where members can chat.  In all of these you get the names of people in your industry or areas of interest hosting the event.  Afterwards they will almost always supply an email address so you now have the name of someone you can contact. 

Typically I learn interesting tidbits or event ground shaking events and want to speak to someone about things.  Your contact is now the person to do this with.  Congratulate them on what you have learned and ask them for advise.

 NEVER NEVER ask for a job.  Ask about if they know people, or if they have suggestions.  Ask technical questions or their opinions or something you have concerns about.  Work them for an informational interview (or what feels right for you).  I have used this to gain an interview (and who knows if it will become a job but it opened a door I would never have found).

Good luck to everyone and keep helping each other.

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By the way I thought you speaker lineup and the crowd interaction was very good and should help alot of people who attend.  Keep up the good work.

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Re: Seven Things You Must Do in An Interview

I found your article to be extremely well-written, though out, and provides excellent advise to the job seeker. I am a seasoned HR Project Manager/Recruiting Manager and believe you are right about presenting a positive impression….remembering to be well informed of the company’s profile, history, press releases, and how you would fit into the company culture.

Listening skills are also key to asking answering pointed questions, letting the interviewer take the lead, and, answering questions with well-thought out answers. Body language is also important…getting a good night’s rest, dressing appropriately, having well-written (and truthful) resume that highlights your accomplishments, and how you use your past knowledge and skills to address current issues, concerns and projects should the interviewer be given the job.

 Be positive, proactive, and, show true interest in the company. It is wise to ask the interviewer how they landed their job at the prospective company and what they like about working for the company. Often times the best candidate does not know a has all the answers, but has the right attitude and aptitude to learn the job. A “know-it-all” is a real turn off to an employer…showing you are creative, company-minded, and think on your feet to solve problems and be a team player goes a long way. After 22 years in the staffing business this advise will be helpful.


Sharon Boreham

Sharon Boreham

HR Project Manager & Recruiting Executive

Boreham Consulting Inc.

Thank you for your kind comments. How would you like to share your HR experience with our club?
Let me know. We invite guest speakers to help people in transition. Called People Between Jobs Club,
meets Shepherd of the Hills, 19700 Rinaldi St. #203, Mondays 7pm (Free service, networking, hidden job postings, support, tips, guest speakers).

Dan Breakman/Events Coordinator/People Between Jobs Club

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Avoid Sending Your Resume

8  Key Reasons to Avoid Sending your Resume

1. Resumes End Up in Human Resources – The odds are your resume will get viewed for no more than 15-30 seconds, at best, by someone in personnel…not by the hiring manager.  HR (Human Resources) does not make the hiring decision, unless you’re applying for a position in the personnel department.  Do you want personnel deciding if you”re valuable enough to put in front of the hiring manager for an interview, or do you want the hiring manager making that decision?

2. Resumes Are Used to Screen You Out. The whole selection process starts with rejection (lack of key words and/or phrases, job history, gaps in employment, affiliations, education, location, etc.)

3.  Resumes Are Old News – Resumes do not sell.  They’re nothing more than a track record of employment, listing what you’ve done for someone else in the past.

4.  Resumes Do Not Differentiate You – All resumes look the same.  No matter how professional it looks, no matter how impressive your experience is, how amazing your accomplishments are, or how stunning your education is, a resume is a resume, is a resume, etc.  Your resume looks like eveyone else’s resume; therefore you look like everyone else (clone).

5.  Resumes  Pigeonhole You – Your employment history clearly categorizes your experience.  If you’re trying to change industries or careers, good luck! (People in transition now are wanting to change their career path, Dan Breakman/People Between Jobs Club).

6.  Resumes Are Biased –  The resume represents just one side of you, the candidate.  It’s an exercise in creative writing. Embellishments are expected.  (Remember do not lie on the resume. Number one lie on a resume – Education).  Employers now more than ever are conducting extensive background checks.  It will come up later, which means you will loose your job and damage your reputation.  Plus it won’t empower you to succeed.  It’s a hurdle for both you and the hiring manager.

7.  Resumes Are Not Value Propositions – Resumes are merely a validation of what you’ve done in the past; they don’t represent what you can do for a prospective employer moving forward.

8.  Resumes Have a 90% + Rejection Rate. Some may result in a standard form letter of rejection, but most are simply tossed.

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Answer: Attend the Job Club – and the Secret will be revealed!

People Between Jobs Club (Formally Men Between Jobs).

Meets Mondays 7pm, Room 204 , at Shepherd of the Hills,

19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch, Ca. 91326. (Women Welcome)

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Guerrilla Job Search Tips

Guerrilla Job Search Tips -How to Find Jobs & Get Hired Faster in a Recession

story by Kevin Donlin

In any economy, you can find a job faster by doing three simple things.

1st) Know the position you want, with absolute clarity, right down to the job title.

2nd) Know where you want to work, right down to the names of 10-20 employers.

Coffee anyone?

3rd) Use unconventional “Guerrilla” tactics to get noticed — and get hired. (One person send a travel coffee mug, her resume and cover letter via Fed Ex Ground. Her cover letter stated I would like to meet you over coffee and discuss how I can benefit the ABC Corporation. She tracked the package, waited 20 minutes and called said, you got my package!  And got an interview, which led to a job.

* Find names and phone numbers of hiring managers on Google or . Can’t get a name? Call and ask the receptionist- thats what one person did. Then she dropped the receptionists name in the cover letter by saying I spoke with __ ____ . She developed instant rapport.

* Save money on shipping by using FedEx Ground or UPS. Speed is less important than real time delivery confirmation – you want to call recipients right after they open your box.  This makes an incredible first impression. You can buy (travel coffee mugs at any store under $5).  Which leads you to getting on the Radar of the hiring manager.

Smart Calling..

* One individual called an employer that was expanding, introduced themselves, and ask for an interview. But, did the homework self.  Research the company was coming out in the area and studied who the competition was.  And explained worked for the competition in the past.

Employer tried push past, but individual said I know how the products work and I have a book of business to bring.  Which got the managers attention. Individual came through some road blocks, but then got call from the employer and got hired!

Here are three things to keep in mind as you” smart call” for interviews.

1) Tell employers specifically what you’ve done before and can do again. Do your homework and assign a dollar value to any time you’ve saved or money you earned.  Drop the name of the competitor they hate, a client they love to have, or something valuable you can bring.  How you can help?  Be specific!

2) Follow a script. It can ease your nerves to read from a piece of paper. Be sure to practice so the words can flow…smoothly.

3) The worst that can happen when you call employers is .. . they say no.  Nobody dies or goes to jail.  But you may land a job interview.  All you have to do is ask.  Chances are, you’ve never thought of sending coffe cups or “smart calling” employers.  These Guerrilla methods work, try them!

story by Kevin Donlin   SFV Edition

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“BackGround Checks”

Background Checks -Article by Jan Maxwell

Employers are now doing extensive background checks on job applicants.  What you put on an application will almost certainly be verified and checked!  Try to get the information on a job application as accurate as possible.  If  the information is not accurate or true, it can come back and haunt you later!  

(Last week I was on my way for an examination with the City of Beverly Hills.   The newly created position resulted from a recent promotion within the department.  Over 300 applicants applied, and only 81 got invited to the written examination for one job opening.  Only 20 will get invited back to the Interview.  Sound discouraged, don’t. Dan Breakman/

On two separate occassions, I ran into this new employee (Richard) who started his new job with the City of Beverly Hills.  He competed against 300 applicants.  He was not at the top of the hiring list.  He got called!   People were failing their Background checks. So the City went down the hiring list and Richard got hired.  What you put down on the application will be a direct factor later. (Dan Breakman/

Finding a job in the current economic environment is challenging.  Competition is fierce and openings are few.  It’s essential that you properly prepare for a job search and that preparation includes getting ready for a background check. Companies spend over 2 billion dollars a year making sure that applicants are honest and qualified.

A thorough background check will give them that information, and over 80% of companies now use pre-employment screening to weed out the winners from the losers.  Remember: No matter how qualified you are, you won’t get hired if you don’t pass the background check.

Before you start your next job search, here are 5  important thing you need to know about background checks:

1. HIRING COMPANIES USE THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE ON YOUR APPLICATION – not the information on your resume, to run your background check.  Filling out a job application is more than simply transferring information from a resume.  In fact, a job application requires much more detailed information than is usually found on a resume. ( People tend to embellish on resumes and applications. In otherwords,  don’t lie).

How you fill out that application can determine whether or not you get the job.  Over 85% of companies say that discrepancies, unexplained gaps in employment history, or false statements on a job application can take you out of consideration.  (Companies more now than ever are looking at your Integrity, Values and Morals).  Filling out a job application correctly can be tricky.  About half of all background checks find inaccuracies in the information provided by applicants.  Make sure you have a complete list of all pertinent information before filling out any job application.  ( You can go to the Social Security office in Chatsworth, Ca., for example and get a free copy of all your past employers names and wage summaries for free. Dan Breakman/People Between Jobs Club).

Even though you May Check a Box on your Job Application stating that you do not want Your Current Employer Contacted many hiring companies want to be sure you are really employed, that your title is accurate, and that your salary is to exaggerated.  They simply call your current employer and say that you are applying for a loan.  The bottom line: If its not true, don’t put it on your application! ( don’t lie!)

Think your former employer can’t say bad things about you? A recent study showed that over 40% of previous employers revealed more than what was required by law.  If there’s bad news out there, you want to give your version before the hiring company hears it from someone else.  (example, someone may call your former employer and ask if they would hire the individual again. (Dan Breakman/

Employer says no! Is all the response someone needs to get the message across..).

Although most hiring companies do call references they don’t always call the ones supplied by the applicantIf a former manager or co-worker holds a grudge against you, make certain that the hiring company knows that these people’s feelings might color their remarks.

Although it runs counter to many federal and state laws most companies don’t give you a chance to review and correct negative information that appears on your background report.  You may get turned down for a job because your report includes negative information about an individual whose name is similar to yours.  If you don’t see the report, you can’t correct it.  Companies simply move on to another candidate, leaving you to wonder why you didn’t get the job.  Make sure your application contains complete identification information and always ask for a copy of your background report.

It can happen, if  God opens that door…(Dan Breakman/People Between Jobs Club)

Article by Jan Maxwell How to Survive a Background Check and Get the job you really want

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