When I was getting ready to graduate from college, I was scared. I had put myself through college and paid my own bills. The country was recovering from a recession, unemployment was high, and hundreds of people were applying for every job that was posted. I knew I had to get a job right away just to keep my head above water.
But I was usually not the most qualified candidate for the jobs I was applying for. So, I went to the library and spent hours researching how to write a resume, do a job interview, and conduct a job search. I knew that I would have to have a killer resume and an impressive interview to beat the competition and get hired.
And I did get a job that launched my career. During my 18 years as a human resources professional, I've interviewed everyone from security guards to patent attorneys - and patent attorneys can be, let's say, eccentric. I've seen every kind of resume and cover letter - including one with a pop-out design. I've seen both good and bad interviews. I know what it takes to stand out and get hired.
Now, I use my experience from both sides of the interview table to help smart people who feel overwhelmed by a job search, get the job they want and change their life.
That's what my blog is all about; getting you the information you need to get the job you want.
This blog is for you, so if there's a topic you'd like me to cover, or if you'd like to ask a question, just go to my contact page and shoot me an email.
You don't have to go it alone in your job search. I'll teach you what you need to know and cheer you on along the way.
Because getting a job is much easier with a little help from a friend.
Valerie Hayes is an award-winning Human Resources professional who got her first job by out-interviewing her competition. Now she uses her experience from both sides of the interview table to help you get the job you want. She offers practical, encouraging coaching and advice that works. Contact Us to have Valerie speak at your online event or to book her as a podcast guest.