Category Archives: interview

Assess yourself before job searching

There are several different kinds of résumé s and you may have several versions, depending on where you are in the hiring process and/or what types of jobs you will be seeking. Before starting your résumé , though, you will want to identify your strengths, skills, and abilities. Continue reading

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PROOF OF THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET

I have returned many clients to work as a result of accessing, either directly (cold calls) or indirectly (networking), but cannot think of any other ocassion when a job was created as a result of a cold call. My client is very excited about this opportunity in a new field and I will no longer feel like a broken record preaching about THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET….Amen! Continue reading

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CAREER FAIR – DON’T HIRE ME!

I am just coming from a career fair, here in Delaware and saw or heard many of the scenarios outlined below. A few I added from other career fair experiences, but not many! This is no commentary on Delawareans or those seeking to work in Delaware – I commonly see and hear many of these egregious examples at job fairs I attend across the region.

This article was meant to be tongue in cheek and not to offend anyone. That having been said, if you are guilty of any of the preceding: Don’t do it again! Good Luck on your job search…. Continue reading

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Jobs in the Fast Lane

Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://CareerAlley.com

Life in the fast lane Surely make you lose your mind” – The Eagles

If you’ve been working for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve had the thought “How did I wind up in this job?”. Not all of us wind up where we had planned at the beginning of our careers. And, if you are reading this article, then you are probably contemplating your next move or hoping to land a job if you are out of work. It is never too late to re-think your career, but if you are going to take the plunge and completely change what you are doing, you really need to be prepared. Continue reading

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8 Ways To Make A Great Interview First Impression

First impressions are especially critical in an interview. Why do so few people do anything to manage the first impression they give, when research shows that most hiring decisions are made based on first impressions in the first 2-30 seconds Continue reading

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Phone Interview Advice: What to Do Before and During the Interview

Preparation
• Have these items ready and in front of you: your résumé, job description, questions to ask the employer, notes about the company, and your calendar/schedule.
• Ask a career counselor, HR professional, or even a reliable friend to practice a telephone interview with you. Get feedback on your answers, voice inflections and any recurring flaws in your speech, (“like”, “um”, “er”, and “uh”).
• Be ready to give examples of your accomplishments and previous work experiences.
• Sell yourself in every response.
• Write down the name(s) of your interviewer(s) so you can refer to them by name, and write them a Thank You note afterwards. Continue reading

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Why I Won’t Be Reading Your Cover Letter

We recently had an open position we were trying to fill and I was amazed—or should I say appalled—at the blanket responses we received from job seekers. Potential candidates sent us cover letters describing experience they possessed that was completely irrelevant to our opening; it was the same as someone having a degree in veterinary medicine but seeking employment as an IT director. Did these job seekers really think that going on and on for paragraphs about irrelevant experience was going to make me want to read their resume—or even more so—interview them? Continue reading

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Job Descriptions – “Reader Beware!” Are companies clear on what they are looking for and are you addressing it?

Author Byline: Ron Cottick, Author Author Website: http://informationexchangegroup.com Job Descriptions – “Reader Beware!” Are companies clear on what they are looking for and are you addressing it? I became more involved in writing, editing and re-writing job descriptions when I … Continue reading

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Résumé tips for career change

Looking for work can be difficult in the best of times… These are not the best of times. Advice about résumé writing abounds and experts offer astoundingly different opinions. How is a job seeker to know which advice to follow? The bottom line: No one way is the right way for everyone. Continue reading

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The Best College Grad Job Search Sites – Vol 1

A little humor for this post, but seriously, you will need to find a job once you graduate (or step it up a notch if you’ve already graduated). Following the trend of some of my other posts, I thought it would be a great idea to list the best college grad job search sites. Just to be clear, there was no voting, no analysis, no surveys and no criteria. This list is simply based on my view. Also, there is no particular order to my list (like the best of the best or official ranking). I will, where appropriate, mention those that are in my top ten. Continue reading

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Extreme job change: One woman’s story

It is very encouraging to see people that not only are able to find employment, but able to secure positions that they would have never considered a few short months ago and in which they will find happiness. As adults, we spend a large part of our lives working – why not plan to enjoy it? Continue reading

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Lights, Camera…..Interview: Tips for an Award Winning Performance

You’ve been applying for various positions in your field for a number of months, and finally have received the call to schedule an interview. Are you ready for an Academy Award winning performance?

Top candidates understand the importance of preparation. Continue reading

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Advice for Going From Temporary to Permanent Worker?

You are in a unique position to present specific skills and achievements that the employer is looking for! One of the major benefits of temporary employment is the opportunity that temporary workers have to both learn about their employer and impress them. Continue reading

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Should I Try the Hiring Manager One More Time?

The bottom line is – it is better to have more information than less, even if it might be difficult to hear! Continue reading

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Why Do Non-MBAs Feel So Threatened? What Can I Do?

You should always take the lead from the labor market… If you are not getting in the door with your MBA then don’t highlight it. Continue reading

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What Are the Best FREE Resources for Skill Building Online?

As a recent graduate, I am assuming that it is your job seeking skills you are looking to develop! Continue reading

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Unethical or Illegal for Hiring Manager to Give Certain Tests?

The bottom line is, if you want the job – take the test!
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What’s the Deal With Objective Statements on Resumes?

Use a Profile or Summary statement instead. Better yet a short bullet list of the skills and knowledge that make you most attractive to an employer. Continue reading

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Best Way to Decline a Job Offer?

I accepted the job and said I’d start this week, but now I don’t want to go! How should I decline the job? Continue reading

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What are your career concerns?

A place to post your career concerns and get some helpful feedback and advice. Continue reading

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