Better Interviews

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jun 11, 2012 in , | No Comments

 

Listed below are a few tips to make the interview process less intimidating and more rewarding.

  • Research-when you’re informed, your confidence will build. Find out as much as you can about the company, and people who will be interviewing you. Visit the company’s web site, study it well, get to know everything. Don’t stop there. Google the company, its key people, see what the media says about them. This is information to be used in your interview, show them you understand their industry, product, and philosophy.

Internet Job Search Effectiveness

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 16, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

Use the internet to your advantage!

  1. First, always be cautious. Anyone can pose as an employer or company to collect personal information. Never believe sites which promise you’ll find a job with them immediately and charge high fees. Never put your Social Security number online unless it’s a government site. Even so, those government sites have been hacked.
  2. The larger search engines offer links to recommended career sites, such as MSN.
  3. Using employer’s sites is very helpful. Again, you’ll want to verify it’s actually their site before proceeding. You can access job openings and staff to answer questions, along with background information about the company useful in an interview.

No Job Ad? No Problem!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 14, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

Employers are less likely to advertise a position for fear of being inundated with resumes.

Given that, how do you find a job? If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, or following me on Twitter, you know I advocate networking as the best way to land an interview. But how should you develop a network of contacts? Here are easy steps…

  1. Start with a list of people you know (relatives, friends, mentors, classmates, neighbors, coworkers, etc.), that list could be as many as 100 or more people.

Why Send a Thank You?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 7, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

After an interview, it’s imperative to send a thank you note, here’s why…

  • First of all, it creates a good first impression by showing you have manners.
  • It demonstrates to the employer you have great follow-up skills, often necessary in many jobs.
  • If they’ve lost your resume, this gives you another chance to interact with them.
  • You have the opportunity to remind them you want the job, are qualified for it, and are their best candidate.

Managing a Job Search with Technology

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 2, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

It’s important to organize your job search. Now it’s easier with the following options:

  1. JibberJobber-this site gives you online tools to keep track of your contacts while managing your job search. Free, but they do have an upgrade with more features you must purchase.
  2. Plaxo-a site which enables you to organize your professional contact information and it’s also a social networking site.
  3. Smartphone Apps-contact management apps are built into several smartphone types. Buy and download more sophisticated ones if necessary.
  4. Computer-PC contact management programs, such as ACT! allow you to create electronic “cards” for each contact, you can then integrate them into your weekly schedule.

Job Search Review

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 25, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

As you move forward with your job search, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Approach the job search as if it were a job.
  • Get organized and spend at least 25 hours per week actively looking.
  • Know your skills and have a clear job objective.
  • Get many interviews, including exploratory interviews through networking.
  • Have a good answer to the employer’s question, “Why should I hire you?”
  • Follow up on all leads generated and send out thank-you notes.

Take to the Interview

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 2, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

Uncertain about what you should carry to an interview?

Below are important items:

1.) Resumes-Carry extra copies. This is in case you are put before a panel of interviewers and someone hasn’t been provided a copy. It also shows you’re prepared for anything.

2.) Letters of Recommendation-Carry letters that are relevant to the job for which you are interviewing. Present them if requested, never include with an application, or cover letter and resume, unless asked. It’s a good idea to call the people who wrote the letters ahead of time, let them know you have an interview. This gives them a heads-up someone might be calling about you.

Their Favorite Interview Questions

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 21, 2011 in , , | No Comments

 HR has a few favorite interview questions, do you know what they are?

It pays to do your homework before going to an interview–know what questions might be asked.

In Readers Digest, Michelle Crouch listed the following, (my comments in italics):

1.) Will you tell me about a time you had to work with someone you did not personally like? They want to know how you amicably resolved this issue; did you openly discuss the problem with your coworker or boss, or put up a good front by finding something you could like about them?

Can’t Afford to Dress for Success?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 7, 2011 in , , | No Comments

 

It’s imperative to dress properly for an interview. But what if you can’t afford to buy new clothes?

Dress for Success, the wonderful organization which provides professional attire to cash-strapped job seekers, has what you need to make a good impression.

New, or nearly new clean clothing, is donated by department stores, boutiques and private individuals to Dress for Success. There are helpful volunteers who can assist in choosing the right dress or suit before an interview. Accessories are also available to complete your look!