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Archive for October, 2010

October 30th, 2010 by Linda White   Posted in Interviewing, Most Popular

job interviewChanging Careers or Interviewing outside Your Field

Job interviews are hard enough, but if you are looking for something different from what you have previously done, they can be daunting indeed. The good news is that some characteristics of a good employee never change: dependability, dedication and willingness to learn. And many skills are transferable. If this is a job interview, and not an informational interview, be sure that you have done your homework. Expect some resistance, and be prepared for it.

Q: What attracts you to this field/industry?

A: I’ve always been the most tech-savvy person in my office. I love to learn about new technology, what’s the latest gadget, and how it can help increase productivity or make a job easier. It seems like it’s more than a hobby for me. I’ve taken classes and gone as far as I can on my own and the field I was in just did not have any opportunity in that area.”
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October 28th, 2010 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace

late to workAre you the one that slinks in the door 15 to 20 minutes late most mornings praying that no one notices? Well, you don’t have to be. By re-evaluating your morning ritual, you can find more efficient ways to get ready and arrive on time.

Start the night before. This is especially useful if you’re more of a night owl. Prepare everything you can. Select the outfit you plan to wear. Make sure your purse or briefcase is ready to go. Pack lunches for everyone in the family. You’ll be surprised how taking care of a few things in the evening will create extra time in the morning.

Wake up an hour before your kids do. Get completely ready for the day. Enjoy your coffee, have a bagel, shower, get dressed – everything. You’ll be able to better focus on your kid’s needs and handle any emergency situations – like lost homework! – that come up.


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October 26th, 2010 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice, Job Search, Recruiting & Hiring

Career MovePut yourself in that hiring manager’s shoes: She’s got a definite requirement to fill a carefully described position with someone who can accomplish well-defined work. What’s the point of hiring someone who doesn’t measure up to applicable standards?

Even if you’re confident you can accomplish everything a hiring manager requires, unless you can make a convincing argument to that effect, any normal person — even you — charged with filling the position would ultimately look for someone else with all the right credentials, qualifications, and experience.



That’s why the best strategy for getting hired is to strive to map your skills, knowledge, experience, and abilities into a job’s detailed requirements. If you consistently find that the jobs you want require attributes you don’t have, the obvious step is to acquire enough new skills, knowledge, experience and abilities to make hiring managers recognize that you’re well-qualified.

To help you make progress toward fitting in better with the good jobs you want, here’s a simple, viable game plan:
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October 25th, 2010 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Interviewing, Job Search, Most Popular

junk-mail-resume-cover-letterOnce your interview is over, you could sit around and just wait – or you can take action by sending a follow-up email! This is a great way to show that you have follow-through and will help to keep you at the front of the interviewer’s mind. In this day and age, an email is just as acceptable as a letter or card. In fact, sometimes it’s preferred. Here are a few tips for making the most out of your follow-up email:

Write it within 2 business days. If you wait too long, it will look like you’re irresponsible or forgetful. However, a late email is better than no email at all, so even if a few days have passed, write one!

Include a formal salutation. Even though you wouldn’t necessarily include this in an email to your roommate, it’s important to treat the email like a formal letter to convey your professionalism. Be sure to include the person’s name, “Dear John,” and a formal sign-off, such as “Sincerely.”

Thank the interviewer. This is very important. Express your gratitude that they took the time to speak with you. Don’t go overboard; be sincere!

Express your interest. Make it clear that, after the interview you had, you’re even more certain that this position is a good match for you. If you can, mention specific details about the job or the company that attract you.
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October 22nd, 2010 by Andrew Kucheriavy   Posted in Job Search, Most Popular

istock_000013968465xsmallNearly every day we see online articles and blog posts offering job advice.   Some are good, some are questionable and then some offer terrible advice you just don’t want to follow if you ever want to get a job.  Our advice – avoid the following tips at all cost:

1. Post Your Resume Everywhere Online

We say:  You may think that posting your resume everywhere improves your chances of getting a job.  Does it really? Throwing your resume around only overexposes and diminishes your value as a candidate as well as attracts spammers and scammers.  Our advice is to go through reputable websites and agencies focusing on quality and not quantity.

2. Write Your Resume in Corporate-Speak

We say:  Ok, you want your resume to be formal but writing it in boilerplate style corporate-speak beloved by government bureaucrats is a terrible idea. Nobody in their right mind would enjoy or appreciate reading something similar to: “results-oriented proactive team player with experience in cross-functional facilitation”.  Keep it simple and don’t use the type of language that sucks life out of your resume.
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