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Make An Impression

1 Apr

It’s important to make a great impression on your first interview! Here are a few tips.

  1. I have said it before, and I will say it again. DRESS to IMPRESS! Unless it is otherwise explicitly specified, always wear a suit to an interview.
  2.  Bring your resume- I cannot tell you how many times a potential candidate walks through the door without their resume. *TIP* Always, have an updated copy of your resume in the back pocket of your car. I get it you are rushed out the door and your forget it. It happens but be prepared. If you live in a big city and don’t have a car. Save it to a google drive and run to a Staples and print it out. Again, BE PREPARED!
  3.  Sell yourself! Who better to sell you than YOU! Highlight your positives and make your negatives into positives.

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Interview Tips for the soon to be gradute

16 Feb

I recently saw an article from Business Insider that had some great tips from a real life college student looking for a job.

So what’s the secret to crafting the perfect response to this common question? Pointing broke it down:

  • Start off with a brief introduction that includes your name, your school, and what you’re studying (if you’re a college student or a recent graduate). For instance, she starts with “I am Jessica Pointing. I’m studying physics and computer science at Harvard.”
  • Delve into some of the highlights of your résumé. Don’t overdo it — just mention some of the accomplishments that you’re proudest of.
  • Briefly talk about why you want to work for the company. Be specific to the role you’re applying for. Make sure to go into how your skills align with the role.

“That reminds the interviewer why you are a good candidate for the job,” Pointing said. And that, at the end of the day, is your ultimate goal.

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It’s a Full-Time Job, to get a Full-Time Job

23 Jan

It takes hour upon hours to apply for jobs and internships. Do not be discouraged! Stay focused and stay organized.  Make a plan and a goal. Organize your day and devote at least one hour per day to applying for jobs. Many companies have long and drawn out application processes, it is just the way it is. Be sure to take your time with these application forms, it is the companies only way to review your qualifications.  Here are a few tips:

  1. Many job sites pull information from an uploaded resume. Make sure each job position is separated and easily distinguished. It makes it a lot easier for the computer to read it and pull into those predetermined fields.
  2. Make a list of the jobs you would like to apply for and cross off those you applied to. Organization is key!
  3. Right down the password and username for each job applied for. It makes it so much easier to follow up and apply for a job down the road at the same company.
  4.  Don’t give up!

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Job Interview Deal Breakers

16 Jan

I saw this great Article below from Dana Sitar (@danasitar) from Penny Hoarders.

I thought these tips would be great to share!!

 

Avoid These 5 Job Interview Deal Breakers

Around half — 51% — said they know within the first five minutes of the interview if a candidate is a good fit for a position. So start on a good note, and avoid these faux pas.

Here are the top five ways you can instantly blow a job interview:

1. Lie About Something

Two-thirds of managers said catching a candidate lying about something in a job interview is an instant deal breaker.

I guess that means if you’re going to lie to a potential employer, make sure you don’t get caught? No, scratch that. I’d recommend honesty, instead. It’s always easier.

2. Answer a Call or Text During the Interview

Oh my goodness… do NOT do this! I’m surprised only 64% of managers called this a deal breaker.

You’re at a job interview! Set aside the time, and stay away from your phone. What kind of employee will you be if you can’t make it through half an hour without a distraction?

Or, if you prefer flexibility, consider working from home.

3. Appear Arrogant or Entitled

A whopping 59% of employers said arrogance is a deal breaker. They don’t want to hire you if you already think you’re too good for the job.

Employers want to see a team player. Go into your interview with confidence, not arrogance. Negotiate your compensation armed with knowledge, not entitlement.

If you really think you’re too good for a company, maybe you should work for yourself.

4. Dress Inappropriately

This faux pas might be less obvious than the others, but it’s still a deal breaker for 49% of employers.

To avoid wearing the wrong thing, you have to know what’s appropriate for the environment you want to work in.

For example, a startup may expect more casual dress than a corporate legacy business. Make sure you understand your industry and the company culture you’re walking into.

As a rule of thumb, don’t wear anything your mother would be embarrassed to see you in.

5. Show a Lack of Accountability

Do you tend to blame others — or the weather, traffic, your pets, the printer, or anything else — when work isn’t done?

That’s unattractive in a potential employee.

Nearly half — 48% — of employers consider lack of accountability a deal breaker.

A question about past mistakes or conflicts will probably come up in an interview. If you were at fault, own it. A potential employer wants to know they can count on you to do good work if they hire you.

Watch Your Body Language

In addition to the big deal-breakers, the survey asked managers to identify the biggest body language mistakes job seekers make during an interview.

Here are the top 10 mistakes to avoid:

1. Failing to make eye contact (67%)

2. Failing to smile (39%)

3. Playing with something on the table (34%)

4. Fidgeting too much in your seat (32%)

5. Crossing your arms (32%)

6. Having bad posture (31%)

7. Playing with your hair or touching your face (28%)

8. Having a weak handshake (22%)

9. Using too many hand gestures (13%)

10. Having a handshake that’s too strong (9%)

Prepare for Your Next Job Interview

“The best solution to minimize pre-interview anxiety is solid preparation,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, in a press release. “If you don’t read about the company and research your role thoroughly, you could magnify your fear of interviewing poorly and lose the opportunity.”

In addition to your research, come prepared with responses to the most common job interview questions.

And no matter what happens, remember you’re probably not as bad as these interview horror stories. Employers shared some of the strangest things they’ve seen people do in job interviews.

Here are the highlights, just for fun:

One candidate asked where the nearest bar was located.

 

A candidate ate a pizza he brought with him — and didn’t offer to share.

 

Someone ate crumbs off the table.

 

One woman put on and took off her sunglasses repeatedly.

 

 

Biggest Mistake College Students make on Job Interviews

8 Jan

The biggest mistake I see college students make on interviews is the lack of selling themselves.

Let’s just say  one of  your roles at your summer part-time job as a lifeguard was to make the schedule of staff each week.  Don’t just say , ” I made the weekly staff schedule” and end it there. Elaborate on the topic. Perhaps say, ” I had to troubleshoot and problem solve scheduling conflicts and make sure all staff was satisfied and kept within the departments weekly payroll budget. It was challenging at times but I was able to complete the task successfully each week ” Add to the conversation when you are on an interview, don’t ramble on but elaborate on your “bullet points”. You need to sell yourself make yourself look valuable.

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Set a Goal For The Weekend

25 Mar

you will not get what you truly deserve if you’re too attached to the things you’re supposedto let go of.

It’s Friday evening. Set your goals now! What do you want to accomplish this weekend? Do you have fitness goals, family goals, business building goals, etc… Whatever they may be make a plan and a list tonight before you head out for “Date Night”. It has been proven that you are more likely to accomplish goals when you write them down.  Get to it!

Leaving the Conversation

9 Dec

We have been talking a lot about networking lately. I stumbled across a great article from The Wall Street Journal, A Conversation Exit Plan. 

With Holiday Parties aplenty, it’s important to have an exit strategy. Let’s face it, ending a conversation can be awkward.

Enjoy these tips!