100 Ways To Get Screened Out of Getting the Job

100 Ways

I’ve recently launched my on-line course 100 Ways To Get Screened Out Of The Hiring Process And The Ways To Avoid Them.
Has this ever happened to you. You sent your resume into a company and you never heard back? Or you had an interview and you didn’t get the job and no one told you why?

That’s why I created this course. I want to help you understand what might have happened so it doesn’t happen the next time.

In the course, I go over the…

Cover Letter
On-Line Application
Interview – to include the phone, video, lunch, and on-site interviews
Background Check
Start Date
Counter Offer

…and for each one of those topics I explain how you can get screened out.

But I don’t just tell you how you get screened out. I share with you what you can do to avoid getting screened out and then gain the attention of the recruiter and hiring manager so that you can better your chances of getting the job.

For example, take the resume. There are  23 ways your RESUME can get you screened out. What I’ve done is broken the resume down into four sections: personal information, education, work experience, and computer skills. For each section I go over how you can get screened out and then share what you need to include. I also provide you a checklist to use when you’re creating your own resume.

I’ll do the same for each paragraph of the COVER LETTER. Did you know there are 16 ways your cover letter can get you screened out? I’ll explain the purpose behind each paragraph and provide you a checklist when you’re creating your own cover letter.

There are 29 ways you can get screened out during INTERVIEWS. I’ll cover the phone, video, lunch, and on-site interview and explain what not to do.  Then I’ll provide you guidelines how to get the most out of all the interviews to help the recruiter and hiring manager know you’re the best qualified for the position.

How did I come up with 100 Ways To Get Screened Out Of The Hiring Process? Over the 20 years I’ve been recruiting I’ve seen ALL of them and the applicants that experienced them didn’t get the job. 

That’s why I’m so excited to bring this information to you now. If you take the course and learn the ways you can get screened out, you can avoid them.  This knowledge will give you an advantage over your competition who didn’t take the course.

To see a preview of the course CLICK HERE.

For a limited time only, I’m offering the course at half price.  CLICK HERE to get your coupon.

After taking the course, stop back by to provide your feedback. Please feel free to share the COUPON LINK with your network, too.

My one desire in sharing this information is to help you get the job!

On the Job Tips For Teens


Congratulations you’ve landed the job! Now it’s time to get to work. Keep in mind that the way you behave on the job can greatly affect you’re keeping the job and getting your next job.

Following are some tips to help you succeed!


To Be Early Is To Be On Time!

Employers appreciate and notice when employees show up early to work. Showing up early shows your enthusiasm for the job. This doesn’t mean you need to show up an hour early. Showing up at least fifteen minutes early will allow you to stash your lunch and complete any morning tasks so that you can begin working promptly. If you’re going to be late and you know it, let your boss know ahead of time. Don’t make it a habit of being late.  If you’re stuck in traffic and know you’re going to be late call your boss and let them know. Leave for work earlier the next day or take a different route. Also, if you and some friends head to lunch, be sure to report back to work on time.

Don’t Gossip!

It’s your first day on the job and after lunch one of your team members approaches you and starts complaining to you about your boss. Should you join in to make a friend? NO!

Gossip drags you down and doesn’t serve any good purpose. You don’t have any idea what might have happened between your co-worker and your boss and there’s always two sides to a story. So if your co-worker starts complaining about another co-worker or your boss, either stay silent or let them know you would appreciate it if they didn’t talk to you about these issues.

Your Co-worker Isn’t Pulling Their Weight!

You’re the new kid on the block. So your co-worker has decided to let you do his/her job in addition to yours. Now your work performance is suffering because you can’t get your job done and you don’t want to cause trouble. What do you do?

Try talking to your co-worker. It’s always better to work out a problem first before going to your boss. Let your co-worker know that you really want to help out as much as you can, but that your boss expects you to get your job done and you’re having a hard time doing both jobs. Ask if your co-worker is having trouble doing their job. If they are, suggest that your co-worker talk to your boss about getting some help. Most of the time a simple conversation will fix the problem.

If after you’ve spoken to your co-worker and the problem persists, it’s perfectly acceptable to talk to your boss. You’re not getting anyone into trouble. Remember you have a job to do and you don’t want your work performance to suffer. Your boss is there for you to talk to about anything related to work. Your boss wants you to succeed as much as you do.

Ask Questions!

Like anything new, it’s takes time to learn the job. If you don’t understand, ask questions. There’s no sense being stressed because you don’t know how to do something. Take notes when you’re being trained and refer back to them.  Sometimes it might be hard to remember everything you’re being shown on the first day.

Also, after a few days on the job ask your boss how you’re doing. It’s nice to get feedback to see if there’s anything you need to do differently, or better. Asking about your performance shows your boss that you’re really trying to do a good job.


Keep in mind that your boss will hopefully become a future reference for your work performance. It’s little things like attention to detail while doing your job, remembering what you’re supposed to do, and keeping your boss informed that will leave a good and lasting impression.



Interviewing Tips for Teens

interview dateYou’ve filled out all the applications and dropped off your resume and finally you get a call from an employer wanting to interview you.

Now the real work begins of selling the employer on why you’re the best person for the job.

Following are some tips how to make sure you get the job:



Read the job description before the interview.

If the employer posted a job description for the position they are looking to fill, make sure you read and understand the job requirement/responsibilities. Write down some examples of experiences you’ve already had where you’ve performed that job requirement, or something similar to it so you can share your experience with the person interviewing you.

For example, what if one of the job requirements is to greet customers. Think about some of the experiences you’ve had that might be applicable. You might have been a greeter at your church, served as a mentor for other students visiting your school, or worked at a class function greeting parents.

If there isn’t a job description, normally the interviewer will first explain the job requirements before they start asking questions. This will give you the opportunity to come up with examples of your experiences.

Practice answering interview questions ahead of time.

Following are links to examples of the most common interview questions:

Monster 100 most common interview questions

Career One Stop most common interview questions

Whatever you do when you’re asked why you want the job don’t respond by saying your parents wanted you to go to work. Come up with an answer like you want to start saving for college, or buy a car.

Look the part.

You only get once to make a first impression. So dress the part. Normally, for young men, you’ll want to wear khakis and a polo shirt ,and ladies, you’ll either want to wear a dress or casual pants and top.  Make sure your hair is combed.

Other tips.

Take extra copies of your resume with you.

Take something to write on and write with. You’ll want to take notes as the employer tells you about the job, the hours, and the pay.

Ask questions. If the employer doesn’t tell you about the hours and pay, ask. Make sure you understand the location of the job. Make sure you understand the job responsibilities.

When you get ready to leave, thank the employer for his/her time. Ask when you will hear back from them.


Preparing ahead of time will not only help reduce your nerves but will show your future employer that you are responsible and that you have done your homework!

(Tomorrow I’ll talk about behavior on the job.)

Summer Jobs for Teens

summer jobIf you’re old enough to work, consider getting a summer job. There are a number of employers willing to hire teens for the summer.

Summer jobs can be fun and a good way for you to start figuring out your LIKES and SKILLS. In addition, working will allow you to meet new friends, learn new responsibilities and earn some extra spending cash to save for a new car or start that fund for college.

Get familiar with labor laws:

The  Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets wage, hour and safety requirements for minors working under the age of 18 in jobs covered by the statutes. Generally, the FLSA sets 14 as the minimum age to begin work and limits the number of hours worked by minors under the age of 16. Each state also has its own laws relating to the employment of minors.

Most employers know the laws because there are stiff penalties for breaking them, but it’s still good to be aware of how many hours you can work and what the minimum wage is in your state.

How to find a job:

There are the likely places to look for a job like a golf course, restaurant, pizza joint, fast food, swimming pool, tourist attractions, hotels, and even a grocery store. The best way to find out if someone is hiring is walk in and ask.

Don’t forget about summer camps. Most counselors at camps are teenagers. Just type in ‘summer camp jobs’ as the search string and you’ll bring up hundreds of opportunities.

Following are links to job programs sponsored by government agencies.

Youth Conservation Corps
Job Corps

Babysitting can be another good summer job. If you are going to babysit, be sure to take a Red Cross first aid class so you’ll know how to handle an emergency should one arise.

Pet care, lawn care, running errands for busy people are other possible jobs.

Browse for jobs using these job boards:

Snag A Job for teens
Hire Teen
YMCA jobs

How to apply:

Most places will have you complete an employment application. This is a form that will ask you the following information:

Work Experience (Note: If this is your first job, go ahead and say so. Be sure to list any babysitting, lawn care, or other similar jobs.)
References (Note: These are names of people who can say good things about you. They can be a previous boss, co-worker, or teacher. Don’t list names of friends, relatives, or your parents.)

If you get the job, you’ll need to have a social security number. If you don’t have one, click here for instructions on how to obtain one.

How to build a resume:

Some employers will have you complete an employment application AND will ask for a resume.

A resume is a document that lists your education, employment history, awards, accomplishments and your computer skills.

Click High School Resume for an example and to download a resume template.

Finding a job can take a little time and effort. So be patient and persistent and you’ll find a job in no time.


(Tomorrow’s post will tackle what to do when you get the interview for the job.)

Treasure Hunting to Build Skills

treasure hunt

Looking for something fun and different to do for the summer?

Try a treasure hunt!

1. Hide/Find a Book

Book Crossing provides a fun way for you to find and share books. First, register your book and get a specific identifying number and then complete one of the on-line labels and attach it to your book. Then you have a few different options to share the book. The controlled way to share your book is to give it away to a friend or stranger. You can release your book into the wild by leaving it anywhere it is likely to be picked up such as a coffee shop, bus station, shopping mall, etc. Be creative and come up with your own idea for sharing your book. Maybe start a book club, book ring, or book box. Once your book has been released and another reader picks it up, the reader goes on-line, inputs the identifying number and then provides journal entries related to your book.

Currently over seven million books are registered and are traveling in over 130 different countries.

2. Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting activity where people use a GPS device to find hidden containers. Inside the containers are little trinkets and a logbook. Treasure hunters encouraged to take one of the trinkets and/or leave something behind. Once you log that you’ve found the container, you return everything to its hiding place for the next treasure hunter to find and then go on-line and share your experience.

3. Letterboxing

Letterboxing is a treasure hunt where you search for hidden boxes. Each box contains a log book and a unique rubber stamp many of which have been hand carved. Treasure hunters, armed with ink pads and note pads locate the hidden boxes and swap stamps. Treasure hunters stamp their note pads with the stamp inside the box and then leave behind their personal identifying stamp in the log book that’s provided.

Currently there are over 90,000 letter boxes hidden around North America.

4. Links  to Treasuring Hunting ideas

32 Scavenger Hunting activities
How to Make a Treasure Hunt
Treasure Hunting Ideas
Metal Detecting ideas

Treasure hunting is a good way to build your child’s confidence and self-esteem by giving them a sense of accomplishment. Not to mention it’s just plain fun!

Happy Hunting!

Class of 2016 – Congratulations!


According to the National Center for Education Statistics 3.3 million students will be graduating over the next few weeks.

To all the graduates, congratulations! You should be extremely proud of yourself.

As you say good-bye to this chapter in your life take a few minutes to think about what you’ve accomplished.

If nothing comes to mind, here’s what you’ve done over the past twelve years:

1. Studied for and passed hundreds of tests,
2. Made friendships that will last a life time,
3. Made tough decisions to let some friendships go,
4. Handled numerous awkward conversations,
5. Crammed your mind full of facts, figures, and information,
6. Your first kiss,
7. Learned to drive,
8. Your first job,
9. Participated in sports, band, dance, or an academic club,
10. Laughed a lot and shed a lot of tears.


What comes next will be up to you. For some, you’ll go to college. Others, you’ll start working. No matter what you do, own it. By that I mean it’s up to as to how far you want to go. You really can achieve your dreams but it’ll take work and perseverance.

Set-backs will be inevitable. Mistakes will be plenty. Failures you bet. They happen to all of us. Learn from them and then get up and get dressed and get moving.

Awhile back I read a list of 45 Life Lessons as written by a 90 year old. Here are the top the top five:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

Here are a few more lessons that I’ve learned along the way:

1. You are never alone.
2. Karma is real.
3. Don’t give up your power to anyone.

I believe our founding fathers got a lot right when they drafted the Declaration of Independence. But there’s one thing I think they got wrong and that’s our right to pursue happiness.

In my opinion, happiness isn’t anything to pursue. It’s a way of being in every moment. So my advice don’t pursue happiness, just be happy!

Finally, to my niece who happens to be one of the 3.3 million, you are a shining star! There isn’t a doubt in my mind you are going to succeed at anything you decide to do.

Now all of you, take a deep breath and step into the next chapter of your life!

Entrepreneur – 10 Signs Your Kid Might Be One



In an article first published by Teresa Palagano on the Ballooning Nest Eggs blog, New York Times best selling author Grant Cardone has studied entrepreneurs for the past 25 years and has identified 10 traits of budding entrepreneurs.

Those traits are:

1. Hates the Status Quo. Your child doesn’t believe in the reason behind doing something just because it’s always been done that way.

2. Bores Easily. Your child needs to be challenged to stay engaged.

3. Gets Fired A Lot. Basically means your child doesn’t play well in the sandbox only because she doesn’t like following another person’s rules.

4. Is Labeled a Rebel. Your child believes rules are guidelines to be negotiated.

5. Resists Authority. Your child resists you being the boss.

6. Is Ready to Improve Everything. Your child is constantly coming up with ideas on how to improve everything.

7. Doesn’t Believe in Small Talk. Idle talk bores them.

8. Gets Bullied. Kid entrepreneurs don’t follow the pack and because they’re different they get picked on a lot.

9. Is Obsessive. Your child starts something new and doesn’t stop until she’s mastered it.

10. Has Difficulty Relaxing. It’s hard for your child to turn their mind off when they go to bed.

Cardone cautions parents of kids that show these traits from parenting them back into the “norm.” “Why not leave them alone and see what happens?” asks Cardone.

To see the full article click here.

If you already know that your TEEN is an entrepreneur following are some options on how to help them blossom:

Option #1  –  Catapult is a start-up incubator for high school students who either already have a product idea or who are interested in becoming an entrepreneur. At Catapult, high school students participate in a 3 month session and learn from professionals how to launch a start-up.

Option # 2 – Watson University is a new model for a university focused on providing a place for students to accelerate ideas that will shape the future. Students ranging in age from 18 – 23 are instructed by the world’s foremost leaders including a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace price and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.

Option #3 – Following is a list of competitions for budding entrepreneurs:

U Pitch Competition & Showcase
Conrad Challenge
The Hult Prize
Rice Business Plan Competition
New York Young Entrepreneur Challenge
International Business Machine Challenge
MIT Clean Energy Challenge
Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Youth Innovation Challenge

The future is in the hands of our children. Their ideas will create the jobs for tomorrow. It’s up to all of us to help our kids succeed!