Employers Should Resist the Urge

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 15, 2011 in , , | No Comments


According to a CareerBuilder 2009 survey, 45 percent of employers research candidates on social networks.

But, what a University of Illinois unpublished researcher, Paige Deckert, discovered should give employers cause to resist the urge to investigate potential hires and employees online.

According to Deckert’s research, two thirds of participants who saw only the resumes for three fake job applicants made a better call on who was most qualified. Those who saw the resumes and Facebook pages got the right candidate half the time.

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!

Don’t Give Up!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Oct 27, 2011 in , , | No Comments

You’ve perfected a resume, polished interviewing skills, can rattle off a great elevator pitch…and still no job.

Time to take a moment to get inspired–go back to the basics. It can be easy to miss a few simple things that could make all the difference between unemployment and finding a job. Below are some reminders, be sure you check to see if you’ve missed anything essential in boosting your chances of landing a job.

Holiday Networking

The unemployed often stop job hunting during the holidays–big mistake–there will be great networking opportunities in the next couple of months. Each holiday party is just one more chance to meet people who could help you find the position you’ve been waiting for.

What’s in Your Voice?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Oct 5, 2011 in , , | No Comments


A good first impression is essential when you interview.

Did you know that the tempo of your voice in an interview may be a dead giveaway you are depressed?

Usually, depressed people talk slower and without inflection. What’s your tempo? Is it upbeat, moving at a normal pace? If not, it is important to change it before an interview.

What’s in Your Handshake?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Sep 28, 2011 in , , | No Comments

In the American culture, a good handshake at the end of a job interview could seal the deal.

This applies to both genders, not just males–you must have a “confident” handshake. What’s a confident handshake? One that is firm (but does not hurt the other persons fingers), lingers just long enough for you to look the person in the eye, smile and release.

Different Shakes

There’s the two-handed shake, one politicians and clergy usually use to give comfort or evoke trust. The two-handed shake–placing your free hand over the other persons hand being shaken by you–is not considered appropriate for business situations. Professionals use a one-handed, right hand to right handshake.

Going in Overly Prepared

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Aug 24, 2011 in , , | No Comments


Is it possible to be “overly prepared” for your interview?

Experts say, yes.

While being prepared for an interview is imperative to landing the job you want, being overly prepared can kill your chances.

What is being overly prepared? Experts say showing up with too many ideas, charts, PowerPoint presentations and the like, might give the impression you want to take over, instead of being a team member. Yes, do have prepared material, just don’t over do it. Bringing a well thought out chart or short PowerPoint presentation, (in certain industries), could impress your interviewers. The problem is when you get carried away–that turns them off quickly.

Do You Ramble in Interviews?

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


“Can you write an article to teach a person not to ramble in an interview?”

-A group member asked of me on LinkedIn

I think it may be nerves. If you sit down and write out your own answers to the most commonly asked questions in interviews (see other posts here about interviews), that will help you be prepared. Be sure to practice at home with someone or go to a One Stop or Career Center for a mock interview before the actual interview occurs. Ask they point out your errors, be aware of what you are saying–think before you speak. Now, ask yourself what is happening–what are you thinking about–is it nervousness? Are you trying to fill silence? What exactly are you trying to do? Basically, you want to answer honestly of course, but give enough information without it being too much.

Don’t Bring it to the Interview!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jun 2, 2011 in , , | No Comments

When you leave for your next interview, be sure to leave one thing behind…

Employers are complaining: during interviews people forget to turn off their cell phones and interesting ring tones begin to play. It won’t bode well for a candidate if Lady GaGa’s latest release begins to blast from a briefcase, handbag or suit pocket. Even if you’ve set it on “vibrate”, it will break your concentration as it flutters away. As difficult as it might be to leave it behind, please do so.

There are those who have actually answered the call in an interview! This is not advised.

Common Interview Questions

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 30, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Depending on the type of interview and interviewer, you could have a vast array of questions put to you.

But there are key questions which are asked in the majority of interviews that are highlighted below. In Next-Day Job Interview (Prepare Tonight and Get the Job Tomorrow), by Michael Farr and Dick Gaither, they present many questions, and sample answers, along with much more, to assist in the interview process. Listed in the book are the following questions (and more)  you must know how to answer–honestly and properly–in order to be a strong candidate.

Question #1:

Tell me a little about yourself?

Show Me the Money!

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

Once job seekers move past the initial interview, the next hurdle is salary negotiation.

Often dreaded and misunderstood, successful salary negotiation is an essential element in job seeking.

In order to achieve a win-win situation between you and the potential employer, you’ve got to do your homework. Know what the range is for this position, which is usually posted on the employers job site. Whether it is or isn’t there, go to the OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook) site to verify the salary range for the position. Be sure to know what kind of salaries are typical for your particular area. Big cities command higher salaries, on average, than do small towns. Also, figure out what your skills, experience, and accomplishments are worth to an employer.