A Visual Interview Aid Lands Erskin A New Job
While some say a picture is worth a thousand words, it can also land you a job. According to Erskin Booker, that’s exactly what happened.
After Erskin was laid off from his position as an IT Administrator at Freudenberg Household Products, job interviews proved scarce. He reached out to the workNet DuPage Career Center for assistance. According to Erskin “I knew that I needed some help with interviewing. I had a feeling that I wasn’t doing a good job representing myself. I decided to attend as many workshops as I could.”
With the help of the workNet DuPage Career Center, Erskin optimized his resume, secured multiple interviews, and within a reasonable period of time, procured meaningful employment. He’s convinced that a visual aid tip he learned during an interviewing workshop was instrumental in the process.
Jim Fergle, Manager of Job Seeker Services, emphasizes the advantage of visual communication aids during interviews to differentiate one’s self. Mr. Fergle teaches clients how to construct interview aids that visually link their accomplishments and skills with the prospective company’s needs. Research demonstrates that visual communications boost persuasion rates by 43%. When done well, visual aids emphasize a candidate’s motivation, credibility, and preparedness. Erskin brought a visual aid to a decisive interview, one that displayed his abilities according to the job description categories: “required”, “preferred”, and “nice to have.” He recalls, “In each category, I highlighted my skills or how I was actively seeking them.” Their interest was piqued.
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CONFIDENCE, ERSKIN NOW MAKES A SALARY HE WAS FORMERLY TOLD WOULD BE OUT OF REACH.
Erskin got the job. He now goes by the title Network Support Specialist for the City of Naperville.
Marianne Eisley, Erskin’s career counselor, says, “Erskin is a perfect example of what happens when you put both feet into what you’re trying to accomplish, remain helpful to others, and grab opportunity when it arrives.” Thanks to the newfound confidence he obtained at workNet DuPage, Erskin now makes a salary he was formerly told would be out of reach. “From workshops to job leads, I acquired the tools necessary to present myself in the best way. I’m convinced that the visual interview aid helped me get hired.”