Job Seeker: How to utilize your recruiter the right way!

December 21st, 2011 | Job Search | No Comments »

Finding a new career opportunity can be frustrating, but working with a recruiter can help take some stress off your shoulders. Once you’ve found a good recruiter to help you, it is important to maintain a good relationship with them. When there is a positive connection between you and your recruiter, the better the outcome will be. Here are a few basic rules: Read more…

The Secret Interview

December 15th, 2011 | Interviewing | No Comments »

When you go in for an interview, the person manning the front desk will greet you and instruct you to take a seat and wait for the hiring personnel. Once in the interview, you answered every question with confidence and finesse, yet you still didn’t land the position. It could be due to the idea of the “Secret Interview.” From the moment you stepped foot in the building, unbeknownst to you, your interview had already begun. The “Secret Interview” is an integral part of the hiring process, which every applicant should be aware. Read more…

Job Search Tip: 3 most important interview strategies

December 6th, 2011 | Interviewing | No Comments »

Interviews are the hardest part of the job search process. With these three important strategies, you will be well on your way to being more prosperous during job interviews.

1. Study! Study! Study!
It is important that you show that you want this job and understand what the company does. There is nothing worst than a person who does not know anything about the company they want to work for. Start by looking at their website and current events regarding the firm. Second, read and understand the job description. Read the FULL description and not the summary. You may have questions about it, and the interview is a good time to ask those questions. Read more…

Job Search Tip: Be Punctual

November 30th, 2011 | Interviewing | No Comments »

“To be early is to be on time, and to be on time is to be late.” At first this quote might sound like a tongue twister, but it actually means a lot more.
Although this sounds like a very obvious point to make, punctuality for a phone screen or face to face interview is very important. The simple action of arriving at a certain time may cost you the job.

By showing up on time, you are simply showing respect to the employer and valuing their time. However, note that coming one or two hours early before an interview is not considering the employers time and is actually the most disrespectful thing you can do. Read more…

Job Search Tip: How to Eliminate Anxiety before an Interview!

November 10th, 2011 | Interviewing | No Comments »

Who would have thought that exercising would be a pre-interview tip to success? But indeed, working out can help you decrease anxiety before an interview. It will help you stay happy and worry-free when speaking with a potential employer.

There is no doubt that hiring managers can smell nervousness and discomfort when they are interviewing a candidate. Don’t let anxiety get in the way of getting the position you dreamed of. Read more…

Job Search Tip: 2 Top tips to Surviving long-term unemployment

October 31st, 2011 | Job Search | 2 Comments »

It’s a tough job market out there. Even in industries that have plenty of jobs to offer, like in IT, hiring managers are so inundated with resumes that your job search seems tougher than ever. If the weeks or even months seem to be dragging on forever, here are two essential tactics to unemployment survival. Read more…

Job Search Tip: Tell me about yourself

October 14th, 2011 | Interviewing | No Comments »

It’s one of those dreaded interview questions that seems inevitable. Why is it dreaded? Probably because it’s one of the most vague questions there is, and it’s hard to know what the interviewer is expecting in response. So how will you answer?

Hopefully, you already know that this question should never be answered with nitty gritty details about your life, childhood, personal hobbies, your dislike for your previous boss, or the returned question, “what do you want to know?” Read more…

Job Search Tip: Tips for telecommuting

October 12th, 2011 | Job Search | No Comments »

There is a recent trend towards telecommuting that seems to be growing steadily, the reasons for which range from a sense of environmentalism to work-life balance and more. It appears like a great perk to any job, but the problem is, not everyone is cut out for it, and if you’re new to the practice of telecommuting, it may be harder than you first thought. If you find yourself faced with the option of working from home, make sure you consider the following points. Read more…

Job Search Tip: Picking up your career where you left off

October 10th, 2011 | Job Search | No Comments »

There are many reasons for a break in your career, whether personal or professional. But no matter why you left your last job, the real challenge is in conquering that employment gap and picking up your career where you left off. Here are a few tips.

1. Evaluate your career goals. Are your professional goals really the same as they were months or years ago? People change, and whatever occurred to result in that employment gap may have changed you even more. Do you view your career in the same light, or are you heading in a new, unknown direction? Even defining a loose framework for your future goals will help you in jumping back into your career. Read more…

Job Search Tip: Writing that resignation letter

September 23rd, 2011 | Job Search | No Comments »

So you made the decision to quit, and now you have to make it official. Writing a letter is the best way to make your resignation official, even if your company happens to be a little more informal. A letter, given to both your HR department and your supervisor, makes miscommunication unlikely and your intentions clear. So what should your letter say? Read more…