It’s often overlooked and quite frankly, it shouldn’t be. The cover letter, as you’re probably already aware, can help your resume shine. That is, if you have an effective one.
Posts Tagged ‘Interviewing’
Want to ensure you never get called for an interview? Spit out your gum (yes, we’re talking projectile motion) during the first interview with a recruiter. And yes, this has really happened.
Or maybe you should just bring a shoe to “get a foot in the door.” Or send flowers to an interviewer’s home address that wasn’t previously provided. Downright creepy, yes?
As a foot note to yesterday’s post about innovative ways candidates have gotten noticed by potential employers in a very good way, there’s always the risk factor. After all, not all valiant efforts ended on a high note. Read more
Got your resume wrapped around a chocolate bar? Or maybe you can pay for a billboard instead? If you’re thinking of a quirky way to get noticed by a potential employer, you’re not alone.
According to a CareerBuilder survey, there are certainly positive ways candidates have stood out from their competition. They asked more than 2,000 hiring managers for their best memories of candidates who took that extra step to truly shine.
As per the press release, CareerBuilder’s human resources vice president Rosemary Haefner indicated, “Employers typically aren’t looking for the most outrageous candidate, they’re looking for the best fit.” Read more
While it outlines several traits to spot in high achievers, its purpose is twofold. Managers can easily spot these traits to identify a high performer and if you’re an employee on the team, you can connect the dots and pursue the ideas below to become that go-to guy or gal.
1. You’ve been assigned difficult challenges ahead of your peers. In the piece Adler points out the best people on a team are assigned tasks that are typically given to the higher ups. If this happens frequently and during the first year of your employment, you get a gold star! This is certainly evidence of a high achiever and something to highlight on a job interview. Read more
This blog post serves as a reminder to retain your power during an interview.
As much as the employer is interviewing you, it’s your job to interview them. Observe, ask questions and take mental notes.
The Work Buzz outlined three red flags during an interview and we couldn’t agree with them more.
1. Hints of high turnover. Ask about the history of the job you’re applying for as well as the employees who previously worked in the role. Is it a newly created position due to growth? Did someone get promoted or resign?
Or are they hiring a new person because the former person bailed after only being there for six months? If there’s a pattern of high turnover, put on that journalism cap and ask about the workload, too. It’s possible the position is a one-way road to burn out. Read more
Okay, by now we all know on a job interview you’ll need to come prepared with questions like asking about room for growth and why the position has been made available as well as how long it’s been open (a key indicator as to how quickly the company is looking to make a hiring decision).
Well, this piece on Fortune was pretty poignant in terms of important questions that are sometimes overlooked. As per executive recruiters at the MRI Network, a global headhunting firm, created this list of 10 inquiries they wish more candidates would ask. Read more
According to a piece on Forbes, there are three quintessential job interview questions:
1. Can you do the job?
2. Will you love the job?
3. Can we tolerate working with you?
Well, if you’re responding to these important questions with an interviewer who isn’t proficient in interviewing, there are three key steps to keep in mind. Read more
During a job interview, you’re likely assessing the temperature of the water, how’s it going and most importantly, how it will end. As in next steps.
Well, according to a piece on Forbes, there are a few essential questions to ask to make yourself memorable in comparison to other candidates and land the follow up interview and eventually the job. Read more
As the year winds down and we find ourselves heading into 2013 before we know it, there may be some holes in that valuable resume. As in out of work from 2011 to 2012 and now, well…
In fact, this was addressed in today’s New York Post. As for the good news? You’re not alone but when it comes to lengthy gaps such as two years or longer, it’s time to get a quick fix for temporary employment. Pronto! Read more