HR Panel Shares Tips for Acing Job Interview

Panasonic-logoJoin us at JobSeekers of PTC this week for “HR Panel Shares Tips for Acing Job Interview: What hiring managers really think and what they want to know about you.”

We will have a special panel discussion and Q&A with HR managers from Coveris Packaging, CNN/TBS, Orange Business Services, and Panasonic Automotive. These experts each have 15+ years’ experience in human resources including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, on-boarding, learning and development, succession planning, and all other aspects of the employment life cycle.

Get interview tips from these experts scheduled to appear:

Fred Fratto » Chief HR Officer and Chief Culture Officer » Coveris

Coveris has 9,000 employees and 65 production facilities in 21 countries. Fred’s primary focus includes developing human capital solutions, providing company-wide HR governance, improving employee engagement, energizing the culture and enabling growth. Prior to Coveris, Fred was SVP-HR at Beazer Homes as the company experienced over 250% growth. Prior to that, Fred was at Gulfsteam Aerospace, Newell Rubbermaid, and Westinghouse. He has 20+ years of HR and management experience.

Sara Clarke » HR Consultant, SPHR » Orange Business Services

Orange is a $60B multinational telecommunications company serving 221 countries with 180K employees worldwide. Sara has 15+ years’ experience as an Human Resources generalist, consultant, and business partner. She has been in the international environment for the last 11 years, focused on organizational change, restructuring, recruitment and staffing, career development, learning and development and management training.

Tanya Turner » Human Resources Generalist, PHR » CNN / TBS

Tanya provides HR business support to the Global Technology and Operations (GTO) organization comprised of CNN BEST, truTV, and Business Excellence client groups. Tanya has 15+ years’ experience in Human Resources. She has diverse experience in staffing, retention, career development, employee relations, coaching, and “employee advocacy.” Prior to joining CNN/TBS, Tanya was a recruitment specialist for PeopleSoft.

Stephen Childs » Director Global HR » Panasonic Automotive Systems

Stephen began his career at Panasonic in talent acquisition and has held several management positions during his 15 years with the company. Prior to joining Panasonic, Stephen worked in technical recruiting specializing in automotive electronics, and prior to that, he owned and operated a contingent labor staffing company. He has 20+ years of talent acquisition, human resources and management experience. Stephen recently won the 2013 Society for Human Resources Management Atlanta Pegasus Award for excellence in human resources.

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Have you checked out these companies? Do you know if they are hiring? What questions do you have about the talent acquisition process? What happens after you leave the interview room? Come ready to learn, engage, and leave with added information and motivation for your job search.

Submit your question in advance in the “Career Branding Job Networking” group on LinkedIn. Not a member? Join today and submit a question. We will choose from the posted questions and address them to the panel. If your question isn’t chosen you may have an opportunity to ask it in person. Arrive early, bring a friend, you don’t want to miss it.

Meeting details:

Friday 4 April 2014
7:30 – 10:00a

First Baptist Church of PTC
208 Willowbend Road
Peachtree City, Georgia 30269

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Pin Your Way to a New Job

O’Farrell Career Management is on Pinterest

Most of us know that LinkedIn with it’s 250 million+ users is undeniably the most important social media platform for business. But have you ever considered Pinterest as a job search tool?

Pinterest has a huge following, nearly 50 million users, according to a recent Forbes article by Nancy Collamer. Long known as a great place for women to find inspiration for their next social gathering; from the recipes to the decor, or an on-line resource to catalog everything from wardrobe ideas to home decorating, Pinterest is also becoming a great place for especially those in creative fields to visually showcase their work.

So what is pinning?

The definition straight from Pinterest …”Pins are like handsome little bookmarks. Whenever you find something on the web that you want to keep, add it to Pinterest. Your newly minted Pin will be here whenever you need it, and will always link back to the site it came from.”

According to a study by Piquora, a Pinterest pin can last thousands of times longer than a Facebook post.  Why not leverage the staying power of Pinterest to enhance your personal branding and show your stuff.


Visual resumes, design portfolios, art work, or other visual mediums if you are a graphic artist, designer, interior designer, or artist.

Pinning photographs of projects at varying phases from inception to completion if you are an engineer or manufacturing expert who designs automation systems or assembly lines.

Showcasing any tangible product.

Researching potential hiring companies — many have pinboards

Happy pinning and re-pinning.  Share your pins with us and re-pin our boards on career planning, job search, social media, and more.

Do you have other ideas on how to use Pinterest for your job search?  We would love to hear your comments.

A picture paints a thousand words…paint your picture of success one pin at a time on your way to your future job.


New Job Found Me

New Job

Tommy Webb

I had the pleasure of working with Tommy Webb two years ago. We helped him get back into an industry he’d been out of for 15 years. Cool! Now he’s a new job found him.

I’m reminded of Proverbs 22:1, which says, “A good name is better than great riches. To be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Tommy has a good name, and he is highly esteemed by those who know him. I was telling some clients today about how Tommy and I and one other gentleman delivered Christmas presents to a mother and her three young children about 23 years ago. They lived in a housing project near the Atlanta Federal Prison.

In the past 13 years or so, Tommy has been paying it forward by serving at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church and Square Foot Ministry. All of this great service speaks of his character and heart. He’s a good man.

Tommy, I am very proud of you and glad to call you my friend.

– Dave O’Farrell

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Hello Dave,

I just wanted you to know that I found another job, or I should say it found me.

Long story short, an old supplier of mine from my last job called and wanted me to run their Atlanta branch. I will start training on the 16th. My last day at my current job will be on the 11th. I hope to drop my JobSeekers on Friday.

I will send you an email later with the HR contact info. They might hire a supervisor or two after the first of the year.


– Tommy Webb


Negotiate a Job Offer for Win-Win Scenario

negotiate a job offer

Jamie Boulet

Super story of how to negotiate a job offer. Had the privilege of helping Jamie write his résumé, ace the interview, and negotiate a job offer for a win-win scenario.When the prospective boss received an email that Jamie and I crafted, he wrote, “Let me talk to Jim and my boss, the CFO, about reconsidering the salary offer. I appreciate the way you approached the topic. It shows great diplomatic abilities which a Manager of Business Development needs.”

Both parties were delighted with the outcome.

Jamie, I’m so-o-o-o-o proud of you!

– Dave O’Farrell

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Just wanted you to know that I accepted the offer from APC today. Yeah!

I could not have done this as easily without your teaching, mentoring and guidance. It was so very worth the time and cost to receive your instruction at O’Farrell Career Management.

I’m also appreciative of the JobSeekers’ ministry that you and the Crew lead. It has and will continue to have a profound impact on many people (and their families) in the community.

See you soon.


– Jamie Boulet

Quick Job Search for Two Proactive Seekers


David Byers

Wow, what a week! Highs and lows. Quick job search for two proactive job seekers – less than 60 days each.

Also spoke to several people this week who are completely dead in the water; people who’ve been doing everything thing wrong for months and didn’t even know it. One person in particular is very competent at what he does, and totally incompetent as a job seeker. He wasn’t even aware of this and it has cost him more than a year’s worth of income. If he follows my advice and uses the résumé and LinkedIn profile we created during our meeting on Monday, he will get his mojo back and will be interviewing again very soon.

Just traded emails with someone who’s invested a lot of time and a little bit of money to no avail; he’s languishing in his search. Another person told me he’s applying to 300+ jobs per week; I replied that he’s doing one every eight minutes if we assume a 40-hour week. Another person found a friend who’d do her résumé for free. Earlier today I worked with a client whose résumé wasn’t done for free; the fee was paid by her former employer. I would have never known – it was created by a firm who gets mentioned in the Wall Street Journal frequently.

Free or fee-based, there are a lot of “career coaches” out there who simply don’t know what they are doing and it’s the job seekers who are paying the terrible price for this shoddy work and bad advice. It breaks my heart to see people deep into their job search and drowning in debt when they could have taken some simple steps right after they were laid off to to shorten their search, earn more money, and get better results.

On the other hand, I worked with a client on Monday who had one recruiter after another inviting him to connect with him on LinkedIn – seven that I know about, and one interviewed him before the sun set that day. When I got to work on Tuesday, one of the first emails I read was from a client who just landed a great job at The Home Depot; she starts next Monday. She got the offer 54 days after we worked together as coach and client. Kim is my second client this year to land a job at THD – a company that receives over a million résumés per month at their headquarters.

I just hung up the phone with a client who accepted a job today. I kicked his butt during a meeting on 25 April. This led to strategy session for an upcoming interview on 22 May – they are doing background checks on that job right now. The offer today was with another company. Two offers within two weeks, and by the way, he’s been out of the traditional workforce for almost two years. With good training and God’s grace, that didn’t matter.

Friends, watch out for wolves in sheep’s clothing. Watch out for your own passiveness. Watch out people who have good intentions and no training or experience in job search coaching. Be alert, your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for job seekers to devour – see 1 Peter 5:8. Don’t let him get you. We believe in a God that no matter how desperate the situation, there is a way out. There are brighter days ahead. Oftentimes, God is waiting on us to take that decisive first step.

Do something bold today. Step out in faith.

Here’s another letter from Tuesday. Another client who was proactive. Another client who landed a job in less than 60 days.

Very proud of Kim, Woody and Dave; congratulations to all three!

– Dave O’Farrell

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Quick Job Search

Bob and Dave,

I’m going to be concluding my consulting assignment in Chicago on Wednesday, I’m sorry I’m not going to be available for “Transitioning to Your New Job” on June 26 and once again I’m going to miss JobSeekers this Friday because I’ll be flying back from Chicago. I’m sorry I’ve missed so much, I was interviewing the past two Fridays and traveling from my consulting assignment the previous Friday.

I have accepted the position of VP R&D at Acuity Lighting in Conyers beginning July 8. My search was from May 4 until today, June 25 (53 days) and during that time I’ve had a consulting contract for four weeks. Most important in my search was being led by the Lord, preparing my résumé and LinkedIn profile (thanks Dave O’Farrell), using LinkedIn for research, and following the leadership of my executive coach. Other keys were: careful preparation of exit statements, compilation of RATS stories within the behavioral interview matrix, and several years of study of Lean product development and manufacturing.

I only interviewed for two positions, both VP level at lighting companies. One company turned me down but allowed me a practice interview and Acuity gave me an offer one day after my interview.

One thing is clear: the success of this job search was a “God thing.”

– Dave Byers

Networking and Branding Are Keys to Landing Job


Michael Osburn

This awesome news came in a few weeks ago and I’m just now getting a chance to publish it. Networking and branding were keys to landing the job. Michael wrote to me recently and said, “The job is going great. I am very happy with my decision. Every day I am thankful and blessed; I feel like I am in the right place.”

Michael, I a very proud of you!

– Dave

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Hi Dave,

Great news! I’ve accepted the “Project Management” position with Foley Products. We had a three-hour interview session yesterday and they extended me a verbal offer. I called Bob yesterday afternoon and negotiated the final offer and that was enough to make the deal. I finished the background check and drug screen this morning. I start work on Monday @ 8:00 AM!!!

I am very pleased with this round of job searching and I would like to thank you for all the support and encouragement – not to mention the skills that you have taught me. I do know that I will never take for granted the power of networking and the importance of constant campaign strategy and brand development. I will be better prepared if there comes a time for change again.

All of this has culminated through my faith in God and has truly restored my soul and revealed to me the true power of prayer. I will share my knowledge and my testament with whomever will listen to honor God, yourself, and all those that tried to lend a hand.

Thank you for believing in me,

Michael Osburn