Posts Tagged ‘job interview’

The Building Inspector Training Process

You will have a number of responsibilities if you are a building inspector, as you will examine commercial and residential properties. This is an important position that makes sure buildings are up-to-code. However, it isn’t something you can just walk into, as you need to gain the proper certification. In most states, this position requires a post-secondary education and several years of building inspector training.

A building inspector will inspect the “guts” of various types of buildings. This means they look over the structural and mechanical system of a structure, as well as all of the electrical work and plumbing. These places need to meet safety regulations and strict codes before people are allowed to live there.

When undergoing building inspector training, a person needs to have a GED certificate or a high school diploma. There are some employers that don’t require additional education, but like most things, a building inspector will improve job opportunities by completing post-secondary education in construction studies or building inspection. Once in a while, an entry-level position can get on-the-job training, but this isn’t the norm. Many times this education is needed before finding employment.

During this process, trainees learn about construction safety, building codes, and the right way to inspect a building. This can be done in a formal college setting. Another way to get the proper knowledge is by enrolling in a certificate program. This provides the person with the technical knowledge and keen eye for detail. You learn about plumbing systems, construction, building materials, electrical systems, and structural foundations. It means knowing how to work with precise measuring tools, so when you are surveying the different buildings, you can note potential code violations. An inspector must understand fire safety and work well with other construction professionals. You should be in good physical condition, especially as you examine the buildings.

These programs last one or two semesters, allowing you to learn ways to record code violations and analyze a building. Students work in simulated building inspections before experiencing them in the real world. Some classes are usually on plumbing codes, computers in construction, and building codes inspection and interpretation.

If a person wants to enroll in a more comprehensive program, there is the option of building inspection technology associate degrees. This will last two years and you will learn advanced strategies for residential and commercial buildings, fire safety equipment, and how to work electrical systems. This helps students gain proficiency, making it easier to find a job in this field of work. These classes range from international building codes and construction blueprint reading to fire safety and electrical systems inspection.

Once you pass building inspector training, it doesn’t mean your learning is complete. There are always new seminars and workshops available for home and building inspectors. A person can learn about new procedures, whether it is heating and ventilation, plumbing, or fire safety codes. These conferences can last for several days and provide important information for someone new on the job or someone who has been doing it for 20 years.

Tips For Performing Well At Work! Do More Than They Expect At Work!

There are too many people these days, particularly in the USA, who do a slipshod job at work…they have a lousy and lazy attitude, and it shows. Here are some ways to really outperform those people! Though my sources tell me that these people exist all over the world.

Do More Than What Is Expected Of You: If you really do more than what you employer expects, they will love you for it, the other over-achievers will like working with you, and when a sluggish period comes and lay-offs are what’s called for, you will probably be able to keep your job through any eventuality!

Go The Extra Mile: Jesus told his followers, and most major religions tell you to Go The Extra Mile, which is always good to do in a job or business setting!

Work, Earn, Then Play: Leonardo da Vinci said that “God sells us all things at the price of labor.” This means that if you work hard and are productive, then you can afford to enjoy some of the better things that life has to offer. The slackers are always forced to sit home and watch television.

My name is Father Time, of a self-help writer and speaker, and I enjoy helping people to have a better life! My Daily Motivational e-mail Message is LOVED by many…come sign-up right away, and I will Give You a FREE Subscription!

Do As Good Of A Job As You Can: Take pride in your work, never do a lousy or slipshod job! Be proud of yourself and do a job as well as it can be done!

Good Luck Comes To Those Who Try: When you try things and are creative, you might attract Good Luck into your life! You can also get a powerful Good Luck Charm to help you have or find a better job or business opportunity!

Take On Challenges: Euripides said, “To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man. The coward despairs.” Work hard and take on jobs and projects that force you to better yourself and your skills!

Well, there are a few great areas to work on, and good luck to you!

Many Blessings!

Tapping Into The Hidden Job Market

You may think that when you complete an online search in a bid to find a new job, that you are getting an exhaustive list of recruiters currently looking for staff. Unfortunately you are not. It does not matter if you are using a major search engine like Google or an online job board like Monster, the fact is that a great many jobs will go un noticed by you simply because they have not even been advertised.


It has been estimated that there can be up to four times as many positions available than you have seen advertised in any given industry. This is a huge slice of the job market pie, and not one that you should be content to miss.


The question then remains, that if the jobs are not advertised anywhere, then how the heck can you apply for them?


It’s a fair and valid question to ask(!); and one that is much easier to answer than it is to actually find one of these hidden jobs.


That is, of course, not to say that it is impossible to successfully find and be offered a “hidden job”. This actually happens every day; the question is: how do you go about and locate these particular opportunities?


The first step is networking. For many the term networking makes them cringe. But networking is a serious part of business, especially if you are in the business of hunting for a new career. The old adage is indeed true it is not what you know, it is “who” you know when it comes to the recruitment industry.


All of us network every single day we make small talk with people in other departments or in companies that we have dealings with. You could even explain facebook and twitter usage in terms of networking.


Networking is, at its core, building relationships. That’s it. That’s all it takes to break into the hidden job market. If you are able to build relationships with managers in different departments or indeed within different companies then you are well on your way to hearing about a job that has not been advertised externally.


The downside is that companies often prefer to recruit internally, since those that apply are therefore known quantities and not virtual strangers to the management of this particular business.


Someone who is very good at networking can build and maintain a vast array of contacts within their industry. If you present yourself in the best possible light to the contact then you have won half the battle. These contacts will be willing to let you know about any up and coming positions if they feel that they know you sufficiently well enough!


The other option to get you into the hidden job market is to proactively call the companies that you want to work for and ask them outright if they are recruiting at the moment. If they say yes then it would be time to turn on the charm and get yourself an application pack.


With no advertising trail to follow, it is only by opening the channels of communication that we can hope to find out about these hidden jobs. The advantage to finding out about a hidden job is that there is always going to be less people applying than any other job that you will see advertised. This only serves to make it more important that we find our way into this hidden job market.

Challenging Coaching Clients as though Their Life is at Stake By Martha Lasley

“If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” Alan Zimmerman

I’ve been thinking about we challenge clients as though their life is at stake. Because that’s why we coach for the sake of their life. Their one blessed life! How do we honor people right where they are and at the same time, challenge them to move into greater connection with themselves and their calling?

One way to challenge people is to make outrageous requests that take them to new levels of awareness or action. We all have moments when we fall asleep at the wheel of life. A bucket of water thrown in the face can be boldly refreshing, as long as we have trust and we’ve given each other permission to call each other forth. The purpose of challenging people can be to:

Wake them up!

Challenge them to play a bigger game

Let them know we believe in them

Expand their scope of what’s possible

Get them excited about the future

A challenge is not about what I want you to do, but about holding you to what you want. A few examples of life-serving challenges:

I challenge you to go after what you want and co-create the ideal relationship this week.

For the next week, only say yes to things that you feel 100% “yes” in your body.

Use a journal all day to translate every single judgment into your feelings and needs.

Make ten phone calls by Friday to explore your ideal profession.

You want to learn about resolving conflict? So put the word out that you’re offering a workshop on Conflict Resolution, and then prepare to teach it.

Ask seven people to support you in completing your goal.

Without being attached to our challenges, we give people the option to say, yes, no, or make a counter offer. If they don’t hesitate to say yes, we probably haven’t given them a big enough challenge. Ideally they tweak it and make it their own.

Coaching Certification Training, Coaching Program in New York

Preparing for Job Interviews

According to a recent survey of jobseekers, the typical person spends no more than 2 hours preparing for a job interview. With potential employment at steak, a period equivalent to the length of an average movie does not seem much. Sure, in 2 hours the Titanic can sink, Hobbits can cross Middle Earth and Will Smith can probably save the world in one way or another, but can you equip yourself for job success? By following these simple tips you can optimize your preparation time.


Know your application. Having applied to a number of jobs, you may feel you could churn out application form answers backward whilst standing on your head, but never underestimate the importance of knowing your application inside out. Go over what you have said and commit it to memory, so if your interviewers refer to any part of your job application you will not be caught unaware. Go over your CV. Be prepared to discuss anything, especially aspects which may be perceived as weaknesses or lack of experience.


Know the job. In the same way, make sure you know exactly what jobs you are applying for.  Find a detailed job description: the company itself is likely to provide one, but if not you are bound to find something relevant by searching online. Think about every point of the description and how you specifically would be an asset in the role. Create a mental bank of examples which demonstrate your aptitude. You may find it useful to follow the SAS guideline:

  • a Situation in your personal or professional life
  • the Action you undertook
  • how this action led to Success.


Research, research, research. Once you are sure you know your own application and the job description in encyclopaedic depth, it is time to focus on the company itself. Use any resources you have access to the Internet, industry publications, even your local library to garner an accurate impression of the ethos and aims of the business. It is useful to start with generalities, but make sure you focus on particular examples. What especially do you like about the company? What aspect of their business has impressed you? Anyone being interviewed wants a job, but these details will make you stand out. They will demonstrate to your potential employer that you have thought about the value of their company and how you particularly can be an asset to it.


Interrogate yourself. Before your interview, it is useful if you spend a few moments thinking about what you are likely to be asked when interviewing for jobs. Put yourself in the position of the employer what would you want to know? There are some standard interview questions, many of which you can find listed online. Go through your responses, focusing on using positive language and consistently returning to the idea that not only will you gain from the employment, but that the company will benefit from you. Writing your answers down is a good way to make them stick in your head without making them sound rehearsed. You could also rope in a friend or family member to act as your interviewer!


Spending half an hour on each of these four elements will fill the standard 2 hour preparation time and hopefully render you completely ready for any job interview. Remember: coming across well in interviews for jobs is a skill which anyone can acquire. The more prepared you are, the more self-aware and competent you will appear.

Job Application Forms: How to Write Effectively and Successfully

Recent statistics have shown that over a third of jobseekers fail to secure an interview after submitting a job application form. An application form acts as a sort of self-introduction to a company: it shapes the first impression a potential employer will have of you. By following a few simple guidelines, it is easy to perfect your command of the written word and ensure that this first impression is a favourable one.


Speak in specifics, not generalities. The majority of job application forms comprise of competency-based questions. The employer wants to be provided with evidence of your capabilities. Showcase your good points not with forgettable lists of personal qualities, but with specific examples of situations which you have used them. When responding to a question, think in terms of SAS: a Situation in your personal or professional life, the Action you undertook, how this action led to Success. Detail makes for a more interesting read, and thus a lasting impression.


Use short, succinct sentences. You want to include detail, but you do not want to be convoluted in your answers. Each sentence should encapsulate a new point: do not waste time or space repeating yourself. Try to keep to one theme within every new paragraph. Remember that application forms are often read quickly. If a point is embedded too deeply in long sentences and long paragraphs, it may well be missed. Condensed and concise sentences make for greater ease of reading vital when you’re trying to impress the reader.


Consider the tone of your responses. You want to use your short and succinct sentences to be matter-of-fact, but not terse. Aim for a formal but friendly tone. Using positive and affirmative language (e.g. ‘I am’ rather than ‘I think I am’) will create an impression of competency and enthusiasm. A friendly tone and good readability (see previous point) will enable you to emphasise your good points without sounding arrogant. Do not be afraid of the occasional exclamation mark when appropriately placed, they can lighten the tone and add an enjoyable sparkle to your answer! Case in point.


Check, check and check again. Before you submit the application, make sure your spelling and grammar are flawless. Clumsy errors are not only irritating for the reader but they immediately suggest a lack of care in your work, and you could be dismissed from certain jobs on the basis of this alone. It sounds simple, but make sure your answers are consistent and not self-contradictory: it is no good saying you are diligent while failing to fully complete a section of the form, for example. If you say you attach a CV, attach a CV! Ensure that the application is 100% complete before you send it off. Now is not the time for silly errors.


As with any skill, the completion of a job application form can be improved upon with practice and attention to detail. Unlike in an interview situation, you have the opportunity to take your time, reassess and make everything word perfect. Take advantage of this. Do not let yourself be part of that unlucky third who fail to progress further than the form. If you take into account the above advice, the all-important interview is bound to follow.

Should You Bring a 30/60/90-Day Plan to the First Job Interview?

Many candidates wonder if it’s a good idea to bring their 30/60/90-day plan to their first job interview with the company.  They have questions about timing, etiquette, or even saving a “wow” moment for the second interview.

A 30/60/90-day sales plan (or action plan, if you’re not in sales), is difficult to put together.  It takes a lot of research, and a lot of work to create.  Some candidates think that’s a lot of work for just a preliminary interview.

Don’t let that thinking fool you.  In this economy, you’ve got to get the attention of the hiring manager quickly.  One of the best ways to get the attention of the hiring manager is to show up with a plan for success:  the 30/60/90-day plan.  You have to do your homework to create a good plan.  If you can show the hiring manager that you’re interested enough in the job to research it, and that you can think strategically about how to do the job well and build a plan to succeed, then you’ll make a fantastic impression on him.  You take the “risk” out of hiring you, and show how you can hit the ground running.  A candidate with initiative and self-sufficiency will make the hiring manager’s life easier, and contribute to his bottom-line success.

What’s more, the 30/60/90-day plan will allow you to have a more meaningful interview conversation.  The discussion will lead you to discover what the hiring manager is really interested in, and you can tailor your answers to interview questions accordingly.  What’s that mean?  In the end, you’ll have a much better interview.

Companies are weeding candidates out quickly, and most people won’t get a second interview.  If you even think that you’d be interested in having that job, you’d better bring your best game to the first interview.  That means bringing your 30/60/90-day sales or action plan.

How To Quell Interview Nerves and Increase Your Chance of Getting That Job

It’s happened. You’ve sent off your resume and the firm has invited you for a job interview.

You’re happy. But your stomach is churning. You’ve got a bad case of interview nerves…

This happens to all of us. Actors call it stage fright but most seem to have an uncanny knack of overcoming it.

But for a job interview, nerves can affect your performance and since you only have a handful of minutes to impress your potential new bosses, it’s important to be as on the ball as possible.

Remember to breathe

Sounds simple. But you’d be surprised how many people mess this up when they’re faced with an important interview. Take slow, deliberate breaths. Not heavy breathing – that would be weird and would make you seem like a madman – but long enough for you to be able to get oxygen into your lungs.

Stay calm

Your nerves will almost certainly try to suppress this action. You may well need to practice to achieve this. Use a friend, a family member or even a recording to help you to practice to stay as calm as you possibly can during the interview process.

Be yourself

Unless your interview is for a movie or stage show, in which case it’s possible you’ll be asked to act, you should be as close as possible to yourself. Act naturally. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. Don’t try to bluff your way through the interview – chances are that you’ll give yourself away and then you won’t get offered the job anyway. If the firm you’re applying to find that they get a completely different personality the first day you turn up for real work, they won’t take kindly to this and your career there is likely to be cut short anyway.

Don’t take pills

There are over the counter medicines that you can take to calm your nerves but they’re not recommended. Most all medicines have side effects and they almost certainly won’t be the kind of effect that you want.

Don’t take alcohol either

The dutch courage that a swift drink gives you will soon wear off. You need a clear head for an interview and knocking back a quick drink to calm your nerves won’t help when the questions start hurtling towards you.


If all else fails and your nerves really do get the better of you, don’t panic or beat yourself up. Nowadays, there are so many nearly perfect candidates that even if your interview goes perfectly, it doesn’t mean you’ll land the job. So although practice sounds a bit defeatist, it’s also realistic. You’ll get better as you go to more interviews and following these simple rules as best you can will help you to improve your chances of getting the job.

Job Interview and Preparation Coach

Did you ever wish you had the “inside track” at your interview?  Or that you knew exactly how to explain that slightly difficult/embarrassing/sensitive situation in your job history?  Or even the very best way to explain who you are and what you do in a compelling, “hire me” kind of way?  Maybe you’re getting interviews, but you know that something’s not going quite right because you’re not getting called back for the second one.

What’s your solution?

Hire an interview coach.

Interview coaching is an unexpected alternative for many people.  There are so many articles you can find online about job interview preparation that it seems just as easy (and cheaper) to just do it yourself.

But, an interview coach can take you beyond what you can accomplish yourself—providing an expert, unbiased insight addressing your individual situation, examining your job history and personality to help you devise the best way to position yourself in the interview, and even role-playing interview questions with you.  It’s important that you get one who knows your field and that you’re comfortable working with….but once you do, you’re set.  It is an investment, but it’s one that will pay off as soon as you land the job you’ve been chasing.

Maybe you’re not having too many problems but you realize you could be just a little bit better.  It’s gaining that extra edge that turns a competitor into a champion.  Pro athletes know that—that’s why they hire coaches, too.

Interview coaching can help you with confidence and presence, communication skills, your wording and emphasis in your answers to interview questions.  You’ll learn to customize your answers to fit your individual situation and stand out from the “standard” answers everyone else gives.  Coaching can also help you master the all-important closing (asking for the job) at the end of the interview.

Don’t spin your wheels trying to handle this difficult job market on your own.  Get smart, and get a coach who can help you get on the road to success!

Job Interview Advice: References – Written vs. Verbal

Have you ever wondered if it carries more weight to have a written reference letter, or if it makes a better impression to have your reference speak directly to the hiring manager on the phone?

The answer is:   both.

Written references and verbal references serve different purposes in your job search and your interview, and so you need both types.

The written reference letter is often used as a “hook” to get the attention of the hiring manager.  It’s good enough to get an interview, but often not quite enough to cement the offer.

The verbal reference, in the form of the phone call, is preferred post-interview.   Interviewers want to actually talk to the hiring manager and hear how fantastic you were and how they wish they could hire you again (or keep you).

If you’re on your game, you will incorporate both types as you need them in the interview process.  One candidate had his reference send a note to the hiring manager within 10 minutes of the interview end.  It said something along the lines of, “Hey, Joe is amazing.  Here’s what he did on my team…  You really ought to put him on your team.”  Needless to say, that was pretty impressive to the hiring manager, and Joe got the job.

Never underestimate how powerful references are as a part of your interview process.  If you’ve gotten as far as the interview, they’re very interested in you, and it could easily be the recommendation of someone else that pushes them over the edge to making you the offer.

Medical Transcription
Medical transcription, also known as MT, is an allied health profession, which deals in the process of transcription, or converting voice-recorded reports as dictated by physicians and/or other healthcare professionals, into text format.