Former HR Executive, Author and Speaker says, “Hiring Managers Can Be Brutally Shallow and Often Turn Away Good Talent
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Juanita Price, a former HR Recruiting Executive says, it grieves me to know there are probably thousands of brilliant, hard-working, skilled professionals either unemployed or working outside their interests because they have been simply shut down at the pre-screening stage of an interview because they have difficulty expressing themselves verbally.
As I talk to professionals and young people more and more, I find that they are not only competent, but if given the opportunity, would prove to be an asset to any organization and would put many experienced professionals to shame.
Their weakness is not a lack of skill or education, but the inability to sell themselves. Unfortunately, interview success rests in the applicant’s gift of gab.
Says, Ms. Price, in the early stages of my career, I battled profusely with nervousness and insecurity and I probably blew more than my share of professional opportunities. Then one day, I decided to try my hand at recruiting just to learn how the other side operated.
It was a love-hate affair. I loved being a part of fulfilling an applicant’s career dreams. However, I hated some of the reasons employers denied applicants. To be brutally honest, many of the reasons in my opinion were shallow. These reasons included things like disliking an applicant’s accent, nervousness and most of all, their supposed inability to speak well. HR executives have said to me, “I do not want to work with this candidate because she or he doesn’t speak well”.
So much more than a how-to interview workshop, The Effective Speaking Campaign is designed to assist professionals, college-level and college bound students in achieving business success by identifying self-defeating habits and getting to the root of what prohibits individuals from putting their best foot forward verbally.
“For me, I discovered that my downfalls were a fear of rejection and a lack of preparation. I expected my resume or written speeches alone to sell me. The hard truth is my accomplishments only brought me to the door of opportunity. My ability to sell myself got me THROUGH that door.”
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