How Did the Job Interview Go Today?

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How Did the Job Interview Go Today?

This post was prompted by Jennifer Prestwich's post titled Need a Little Help with Your Resume? FREE Workshop!

She just happened to make the comment that she remembers the days when she was looking for a job.  I know what she meant by that, but then I thought to myself "you're still looking for a job."  Not only that, but once you get the job, you want to keep it until the job is done.

Job huntDon't we look for a job everyday as we prospect for buyers and sellers.  Of course we don't go around handing out resumes as we prospect, but we've got to do something to get them to the table and once we get them there, a resume (in any format paper, electronic, web-based, presentation etc) allows us to hightlight our knowledge, experience, strengths, accomplishments, etc.

No we don't have traditional jobs, but everyday presents a chance for an interview.  How well does your light shine?  Does your "verbal" resume set you apart from the crowd?  Does it create interest and make people want to know more?

This reminds me of the post I wrote back in February titled The Internet is My Resume. That post was prompted by Scott Hayes' post titled Do You Have A Real Estate Resume?

Bottom line:  We need resumes too.  Just because we're self employed doesn't mean squat if we can't summarize what we do.  Sometimes Scott's paper version willl work, sometimes internet versions will work, but mostly if you need help with putting one together, you might want to seek out a workshop or resume pro such as the one Jennifer describes.

Good luck on the job hunt. 

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Dorie Dillard
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Good morning Charita,

Excellent post! You are right we are interviewing everyday as we prospect for buyers or sellers. It is a challenge and some are better than others at stepping up to make it happen!

Mar 08, 2011 06:54 AM #1
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James Dray
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Morning Charita

I agree with Dorie but if we practice our resume we get listings and buyers.  If we don't than we lose them

Mar 08, 2011 07:01 AM #2
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Allison Stewart
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Charita- Very well said!  I do not think most RE professionals approach the presentation fromt he standpoint it is an interview- although I prefer the sellers who do.

Mar 08, 2011 07:04 AM #3
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Clint Mckie
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Charita, as an inspector I "interview" almost every day with potential client's. Some times I get the job and sometimes not. I think it's how they are feeling at the time.

Clint McKie

Mar 08, 2011 07:21 AM #4
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Rodney Mason
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That is so true when you stop and think about it.  Every conversation with a potential client could definitely be viewed as a job interview.

Mar 08, 2011 07:49 AM #5
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Charita Cadenhead
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Dorrie it is often said that our #1 job is prospecting and that is true.  But in the end, what we are prospecting for is work.

Jameswe have to practice and PerFect it.

Allison even on AR I read agents talk about the "interview" is a 2 way street.  Many times I think that they are just words and that they don't really realize that it is an interview and should be treated like any other interview for job.

Clint I understand because when I hand a buyer list of potential inspectors, I let them know that they should call more than one and interview them.

EVERYONE of them Rodney.

Mar 08, 2011 07:54 AM #6
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Joan Cox
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Charita, amazing I have never had to do a "regular" resume.   20 years with Safeway, and 15 with real estate.    I do have a resume "of sorts" in my buyer and seller packets with my accomplishments.

Mar 08, 2011 07:56 AM #7
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Charita Cadenhead
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See there Joan, you do have a resume.  But more amazingly, you have a really good track record of longevity and committment.

Mar 08, 2011 07:57 AM #8
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Barbara Hensley
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Hello Charita, I do feel much like I am going for a job interview each time i go to meet sellers for a listing opportunity.  I remember the days when I would take the old "flip book" presentation and I did really well.  Try that on today's sellers and they would likely being showing me the door pretty quickly.  I love having the Internet as my resume.  

Mar 08, 2011 08:11 AM #9
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I feel the same way Barbara even all of the apprehension that goes along with it.  I think it's natural.

Mar 08, 2011 08:15 AM #10
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Nina Rogoff
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Great post, Charita! I also feel like I'm interviewing when I do a Listing Presentation, and I welcome the opportunity to get in front of a seller.

Mar 08, 2011 08:20 AM #11
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Liz and Bill Spear
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I see what you meant!  Yes, trying to get at least an interview or more a week to keep the pipeline flowing :)

Mar 08, 2011 08:32 AM #12
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Charita Cadenhead
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Nina sometimes it can be a bundle of nerves and othertimes we know walking in the door that we'll walk out with the listing.

Or else BLiz the pipeline will dry up.

Mar 08, 2011 08:44 AM #13
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Paula McDonald
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Keeping a professional demeanor is very important especially in what we do.  Great post Charita.

Mar 08, 2011 08:54 AM #14
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Charita Cadenhead
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Thanks Paula.  Somehow I get the feeling that you're a natural for this business.

Mar 08, 2011 09:01 AM #15
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Jerry Newman
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Charita, You make a great point concerning those of us, who have to prospect for clients. I remember your earlier post about the "intranet is my Resume". These interviews can be very challenging, and as professionals, we are highly visible in all our actions and comments.

Mar 08, 2011 10:42 AM #16
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Sussie Sutton
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You are so right! I never thought about it but you are right we are applying for a job every time we talk to a new prospect/customer!

Mar 08, 2011 11:08 AM #17
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Charita Cadenhead
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Thanks Jerry.  We're so visible you would think that we were politicians.  We have quite a impression to make and reputation to protect.

EVERY time without question Sussie.

Mar 08, 2011 12:20 PM #18
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Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Your Castle RE Colorado

Charita- >bonk!<  There's an "I could've had a V8" moment.  Of course we are always on interviews.  And having a good resume is key.  I hadn't thought of it like this.  Bravo!

Mar 08, 2011 06:56 PM #19
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Charita Cadenhead
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Jennifer that doesn't mean that we aren't in need of that resume workshop. Right?
Mar 08, 2011 07:17 PM #20
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