Job Hunting – Using Toastmasters to Prepare for the Interview, Part III

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For Part 1 of this series, I discussed valuable lessons that came from using prepared speeches to better develop my skills for the job interview process. In Part 2, we looked at how to Get to the Point to further practice and prepare for that next interview. In this segment, we’ll discuss using CC Speech #3, […]

Job Hunting – Using Toastmasters to Prepare for the Interview, Part II

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For In Part 1 of this series, I discussed valuable lessons that came from using prepared speeches to better develop my skills for the job interview process. In other words, determine my content and practice that content in the club. In this segment, we’ll discuss using Speech 2, Get to the Point to further practice […]

Job Hunting – Using Toastmasters to Prepare for the Interview, Part I

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When I first joined Toastmasters in 2005, my goal was to improve my job interview skills. I had served in the US Air Force for nearly 20 years, and had never had a civilian job interview. I was drawn to the Toastmasters concept of Table Topics (a 1-2 minute impromptu response to a question) to […]

Focus on yourself for a better career

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At the Toastmasters D44 fall conference, my friend Kene Iloenyosi gave a wonderful keynote on change. While he wasn’t focused explicitly on career change, one of the most impactful parts of this presentation was Kene’s second point about the need to focus on yourself. this made me think about my recent career changes and how his points […]

Job Hunting Tips: Don’t repeat one year twenty times

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For some, 20 years of experience is 20 years of continuously learning new skills, gaining experience and becoming a seasoned specialist in your area of expertise. For others, it’s doing the same work each year for 20 years. In other words, one year of experience repeated 20 times. If there’s a down-turn, who gets laid […]

Job Hunting: Does your Resumé need Pepper?

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One important lesson I’ve learned job-hunting (and getting hired) in this economy is this: Just because I’m only one person doesn’t mean I can get by on just one resumé. I’m not even refering to the fact that I have multiple skillsets. I’m talking about how I sell myself in my primary job search. Have you […]