27 episodes

Podcast for NYC Building Superintendents ("Supers")

Good Morning, Super‪!‬ James Park

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Podcast for NYC Building Superintendents ("Supers")

    Winning Job Interviews for Building Supers - ”Why do you want THIS job?”

    Winning Job Interviews for Building Supers - ”Why do you want THIS job?”

    Interviewing is a lot like dating. 
    Today’s tip is about tackling the popular interview question of “Why do you want THIS job?" like how you would when dating someone you really like. 
    In this video, we discuss why this question can easily be misunderstood for other popular interview questions and how this misinterpretation can get your answer wrong. 
    In this clip, you’ll also learn: (1) WHY this question is often asked, (2) HOW to find your answer truthfully and authentically; and (3) DELIVER your answers in a way that gets your interviewers feeling safe, secure and - maybe - even blushing about the thought of hiring you. 
    Watch this video and get one step closer to the elusive: “YES, YOU’VE GOT THE JOB!”

    • 9 min
    Winning Job Interviews for Building Supers: Crushing Hypotheticals

    Winning Job Interviews for Building Supers: Crushing Hypotheticals

    Today's tip is about a question that is often asked in a job interview for a building super that starts with "What if..." This type of question is called a hypothetical and it's a fictitious work situation that candidates are asked to listen to and explain how they would respond to it.
    Often, these hypotheticals are designed like a puzzle and are difficult to answer on the spot. Indeed, many candidates fail this question.
    This episode gives you some quick tips on how to tackle these types of questions. I reveal why they're difficult to answer and so easy to get lost when trying to answer them. Candidates often turn on their emotions to find the right answer and then unexpectedly find it almost impossible to find their way back. 
    This episode shows you why emotions are the WRONG path to take to answering these questions. I reveal what the interviewer is really looking for and how to follow THREE simple rules to help you untangle these puzzles.
    In this clip, you'll also learn how NOT to answer this question. And, you'll learn what your response SHOULD be to (1) overcome the traps of answering this question and impress the most skeptical interviewers; (2) stay memorable in the minds of your interviewer by saying things that make them feel that you are a confident and clear-minded candidate; and (3) get the most out of the interview, even if you fail, with nuggets of wisdom that will help you in the future to get one step closer to the elusive: "YES, YOU'VE GOT THE JOB!"
    Keep learning, keep motivated!

    • 11 min
    Winning Job Interviews for Building Supers: ”Now, do you have any questions for us?”

    Winning Job Interviews for Building Supers: ”Now, do you have any questions for us?”

    Today's tip is about a question that is normally asked by the interviewer at the close of the job interview, when you THINK that you've finally made it to the finish line and you start to relax and think that this part doesn't actually count towards the interview. It's the deceptively guard-dropping question: "Now, do you have a question for us?"
    When most candidates hear this, they go into casual mode and ask questions that serve themselves only, not seeing that a great opportunity was lost to slam dunk an awesome interview or to turn a bad interview around at the last minute into a success story.
    In this clip, I talk about this special, deceptively simple question, what the interviewer is really looking for and how you can use this question as a tool to flip the interview around and walk away a winner... regardless of whether you actually get the job or not. 
    In this clip, you'll also learn what NOT to say for this question. And, you'll learn what your response SHOULD be to (1) overcome and even impress skeptical interviewers who may not initially like you at the start of the interview, (2) memorably engage your interviewer and keep them wanting MORE from you, and (3) get the most out of the interview, even if you fail, with nuggets of wisdom that will help you in the future to get one step closer to the elusive: "YES, YOU'VE GOT THE JOB!"
    Enjoy the clip.

    • 7 min
    Three Simple Steps to Writing a Great Resume (Part 2)

    Three Simple Steps to Writing a Great Resume (Part 2)

    I hope you had a calm, yet productive week!
    This episode is the 2nd part to our series about resume-writing for Supers.  
    The reasons why you MUST listen to this podcast are:
    ... you should be updating your resume at least once per year! (This podcast is an urgent reminder to do that, especially if you haven't done so in years!)
    ... your resume only has 6 to 7 seconds to make an impression on the recruiter before it goes in the YES or NO pile! (Listen to this podcast so it ends up in the YES pile!)
    ...  recruiters only look at big titles, dates, and a VERY small amount of your actual experience! (So, follow our format to focus on the right things when it comes to resume-writing!)
    We'll do this by examining three simple rules for you to follow: the A-R-C formula (Accuracy - Relevant - Concise).
    We'll apply these three rules to an actual resume from a real job candidate in this industry, and show you how we transform this resume into one that can really stand out.
    Part 1 is about the three basic rules of resume-writing to follow.
    Part 2 shows how to apply these three rules to an actual resume.
    Part 3 is about making the resume visually attractive to stand out from the rest of the pack.
    Watch the YouTube version to follow along and see the resume transform on video:
     

    So, sit back, grab a beverage of choice and have a great listen! 
     

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Three Simple Steps to Writing a Great Resume (Part 1)

    Three Simple Steps to Writing a Great Resume (Part 1)

    I hope you had a fantastic week!
    As for me, this strange week started with an electrical short that threw both booster pumps to the "off" position and, simultaneously, disengaged the low water alarm. Hours later and without any alarm, 420 apartments had no water and I found my Monday dragging on for several hours past 5pm.
    During this same week, two elevators were suddenly knocked out of service, stranding 21 floors of residents to the sweltering stairwells. 
    Can I keep going? Absolutely.  
    With all this going on, I'm sure that resume-writing is the last thing to think about on your list of to-do's. We're often exhausted after a full week of work, especially when things don't go as planned and it's filled with surprises. 
    But, when it comes to resume-writing, did you know that...
    ... you should be updating your resume at least once per year?
    ... your resume only has 6 to 7 seconds to make an impression on the recruiter before it goes in the YES or NO pile?
    ...  recruiters only look at big titles, dates, and a VERY small amount of your actual experience?
    These points should urge you to spend quality time every so often revising your resume and putting in as much care as you would into the technical aspects of your job.
    This means not only adding things blindly to your resume, but thinking about how you've changed as a professional since your last resume draft, and what this means in terms of your value to a potential employer.   
    In this podcast episode, we'll look at three simple rules to guide you in making an amazing resume.
    We'll apply these three rules to an actual resume from a real candidate in this industry, and show you how we transform this resume into one that creates interest and keeps the recruiter's attention for more than 7 seconds.
    Part 1 is about the three basic rules of resume-writing to follow.
    Part 2 shows how to apply these three rules to an actual resume.
    Part 3 is about making the resume visually attractive to stand out from the rest of the pack.
    Watch the YouTube version to follow along and see the resume transformation.

    So, sit back, grab a beverage of choice and have a great listen! 
     

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Write like a Pro - A Super's Guide to Email Etiquette - Part2

    Write like a Pro - A Super's Guide to Email Etiquette - Part2

    Happy Saturday! 
    This week's episode is Part 2 of email etiquette.
     
    Why a podcast on writing emails?
    From last week, emailing is part of our everyday life as Building Supers. We write, copy and forward emails to residents, building managers and vendors. We send documents, links, etc. through email. 
    Because emails are central to communication nowadays and they often replace face-to-face, direct verbal communication, we should look at emailing as a way we represent ourselves to others as accurately and professionally as possible. 
     
    So what if I don't write emails well enough?
    There are many ways that our message can get lost in email communication or what we say can be taken the wrong way. Sometimes, this can lead to conflict and confusion, which can escalate needlessly when emails are written carelessly.
     
    Why should I care about writing good emails?
    Email is a form of customer service. The better you are in customer service, the higher your value and the salary $$ you can command.  
     
    In this podcast, we'll look at simple ways to prevent those problems that occur because of careless email habits.  For instance, how starting and ending emails can set the tone for a clear, pleasant communication with others. 
    I focus on this topic because the last thing a Building Super needs during the course of a busy and stressful week is more drama added onto it. Good email writing can subtract from it. Poor email writing can add to it. Simple as that. 
    For this episode, I highly recommend you to watch the Youtube video as there are some visual aids to the podcast.
     

    Once again, here's a simple guide for you to follow in order to start off with the right email habits. 
    Here is a template you can use to copy and paste into your emails. 
    Let's get started!
     

    • 56 min

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