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represent job titlesand
tasks, such asengineer
and graphic artist or
market research and
Industry and Interests.
Industry refersto where you
will apply your functional
skills, whereasIntereststap a
specialty areathat you
connect with, or are
especially enthusiastic about.
Think about the Things That
Matter. What you do in your
career should align with your
valuesand needs, that way, you will
find greater energy, motivation,
and career satisfaction. Employers
valueemployeeswith energy and
motivation. What motivatesyou?
Define Fulfillment. Fulfillment
transformsyour job from pay to
purpose. Fulfillment, or purpose, is
thereason why you work. To define
fulfillment, pay attention to the
that comeswhen you do something
you absolutely love.
Enhance yourIdentity. Your
identity, what you believeabout
yourself, isdirectly linked to the
typeof position you’ll target. You
accomplishing much morethan you
believeyou can. Raisethebar on
beliefs, you will bepushed beyond
your previousself expectation.
Know yourpersonality Type. Understanding
your typeallowsyou to pursuepositionsthat
complement, rather than clash with, your
personality preferences. Thebasic tenetsof
personality typemeasurefour scales: Energy—
thefocusof your energy and attention flowsto
theouter world or isdirected toward inner
experiencesand reflection. Perception—your
preferencefor taking in information via“what
is” or “what could be” Judgment—your
preferencefor making decisionsbased on facts
and logic or personal/social valuesand
Orientation—your preferencefor coming to
closureor remaining open to moreinformation .
Detailing your answersin astory
telling format isremarkably
effective. Usean anecdotal method
to structureyour relevant success
stories, remembering to include
contextual situational clues;
sequential actions; numbersdriven
results; astrong link to the
Fill your storieswith numbers, such
records, past highs, past lows, target
goals, sizeof project, number of
personsinvolved, and budget or
project figures(when not
confidential!) Details, giveyour
successescredibility and weight.
Interviewerswill respond positively
to such detail. Avoid being long
Remember , it isall about them
and not about you. Interviewers
will filter your story for
relevancy to their organisation.
You arethereto solvetheir
problemsand not to detail your
features; they want to hear
about thebenefitsof hiring you.
Authentic image; sound knowledge
of your advantagesand self
awarenessproject an imageof your
authentic self; focuson the
from you, for getting the
job done, and makeemployers
The3 Point Message
Honeyour benefitsinto aThree-
Point Marketing Messagethat
conveysyour uniquestrengths. This
is a critical sound bite.
CreateaVerbal BusinessCard to
keep you focused; help networking
contactsknow how to help you and
explain your valueto interviewers.
Align yourstatement with
Story of Yourself™
Mix and match your successstories
and sound bitesto createa
comfortableyet compelling Story
of Yourself™. Consider using a
you in auniqueand favorablelight.
Practice, you must beableto
deliver your sound bitesnaturally,
without appearing asthough you’ve
Successstartson theinside, with
theinner action of thought and
choice. Consciously beawareof
your thought life. Hold a pictureof
your objectivefuture, remind
yourself of thevalueyou offer
from apossibility perspective. Do
not entertain irrational positive
thoughts, thisisamanged process,
using practical stepsand actions
driven by rational thinking.
ThePower of Habits
Identify your inspirational triggers
(being with other people,
researching, exercising, and so on)
and weavethem into your daily or
“ We are what we repeatedly do ,
therefo re excellence is no t an act, it
is a habit” Aristo tle
likeyour attitude, self-talk, and
self-image, aswell as“hard” items,
such asdevoting acertain number
of hourseach week to networking
and preparing for interviews;
putting contingency plansin place;
managing your time; taking careof
Act like you have value. Adopt
theattitudes; actions; vocabulary;
dress; posture; knowledge; habits;
self-talk and mindset that personify
peoplewho aresuccessful in your
Don’t try to aceapersonality test or
“fake” any psychometric
assessment. Most of thesetestsare
constructed to detect socially
Employerstypically prefer candidates
with psychological attributesthat
correlateto the“Big Five” personality
factors: extroversion (social
leadership); emotional stability;
receptivity (opennessto new
Employersgenerally favour answers
that reflect thesefactors.
When taking personality tests,
focusfully on your valueand your
positivetraits. Don’t allow personal
stress, work stress, or other factors
to cloud your truetraits.
Answer questionsfrom the
perspectiveof how theemployer
would liketo seeyou operate
within awork environment.
questionsby introductory phrases
such as“Tell me/usabout atime
when you…,” “Describeasituation
exampleof…,” or “In thepast, how
After theanchor question, be
prepared for probing questions,
such as“What wasyour specific
role?” “Who elsewasinvolved?”
“How did you decidewhich task to
do first?” “How did theoutcome
affect thecompany?” “What might
you havedonedifferently?” and
“How hasthat affected theway you
would approach thesituation
Competencies drive behavior!
skills, and talentsthat makethe
behavior easy or enjoyableto
perform. Employerslook at the
behaviorsof top performersin
similar positionsto identify
competencies. You may model
yourself after top performers,
remembering behaviour may not
Therearemorethan 50 common
competenciesin demand by
employers. Among themost
important areinitiative/ drive/
energy and communication skills.
Search job postingsand job
descriptionsto createamaster list
of key competenciesfor your
Interviewing isn’t asport, abattle,
or amagic show designed to trick
someoneinto hiring you. It’sabout
offering your best casefor why
you’retheright person for thejob
and ableto support thecompany.
Listen & Tell
It isimpo ssible to connect with
othersif you don’t listen well.
Remember your objective; engage
point to benefits; offer proof; never
droneon; dedicateyourself to a
Ask for theposition!
Expressdesirefor theposition, and
ask fo r the jo b! Many an
interviewer haspassed over a
wholly qualified candidatebecause
thecandidatedid not appear
motivated to do thejob. Motivation
to do thejob can beasimportant as
It isvery important to always
follow up an interview with a
“Thank you” to every onethat
interviewed you individually. A
short email isfine.
And thank you to you, for
watching thispresentation, we
hopeyou find it useful.
Futurepoint areasynthesisof management and education
professionals. It isheaded up by Paul Walsh and located in
County Waterford. Paul hasworked in theIrish public
transport and themulti national industrial sector. Hehasalso
expanded hiscareer portfolio into theeducation and training
sector. Hehassuccessfully managed complex multi million
Euro operations, delivering businessprocessimprovement,
employeedevelopment, changemangement, and managing
diversemulti level employeerelations. Hehasspecialisation
in recruitment, employeetraining, team building, employee
engagement & intervention, communications, interviewing &
selection. Hehasdeveloped adult education coursesfor third
level collegessuch as UCC, WIT, and delivered training to
such professional bodiesasmembersof theIrish Law
Society. Hehasalso worked in second level education
delivering career guidanceteaching. HeholdsaBA Degree
from University CollegeCork, aDiplomain BusinessStudies
from Waterford Instituteof Technology, aDiplomain
Management from theIrish Management Institute, and a
MastersDegreein Law from TheUniversity of Wales.
Futurepoint isaleading enterprisedelivering smart
strategiesprimarily to thegraduateand thebroader
professional community in career development &
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