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Seven Tips for Writing Recommendation Letters

performance reviewSure, the letter of recommendation isn’t that common but it does come up every now and then. According to career coach and author Ford R. Myers, there are several tips to keep in mind when writing one.

Myers explains in a press release, “You don’t need them, but you should want them. Why? Because when you find yourself in a competitive interviewing situation, letters of recommendation can really give you an edge.”

And if you’re on the receiving end, be sure to keep these pointers readily available as guidelines for the person you’ve reached out to do the task. Read more

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What’s Your Favorite Interview Question? Contest Highlights Top Five

interviewWhat’s your favorite interview question of all-time? We can tell you one of our least favorites, that’s for sure: “What’s your biggest weakness?” But alas, we digress.

A post on recruiting forum ERE got us thinking. People submitted their favorite interview questions through a contest with straightforward ones and oddball ones like, “What’s your favorite palindrome?” Read more

Four Ways to Stand Out From Other Job Seekers

handshake2This just in…according to data from The Creative Group, advertising and marketing executives receive an average of 23 resumes for every position they need to fill. As for interviewing itself, they meet six job seekers before extending an offer.

We’re actually surprised the number of resumes isn’t a lot higher! Whether it’s 223 or 23, there are several ways to stand out from the pack during your job search. Read more

Three Ways to Ace the Panel Interview

videoWhile we talk a lot about job interviews, one type of interview which is often dreaded is the good ol’ panel interview. Yes, we’re talking about being interviewed by five people at the same time because after all, there’s nothing like a pressure cooker!

Kidding.

You can ace this. You will ace this. We know you will but it doesn’t hurt to have a little ammo at the ready to truly rock it. Read more

Four Items to Remove From Long Resumes

ImproveJobProspectsIf your resume is approaching three pages, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Resumes, as you probably already know, should be one page or two pages at best. Going on three pages? That’s more like a dissertation.

Now, that’s not to disqualify your hard work, skills and experiences, we just wouldn’t want you to get passed over because it’s too lengthy. There are ways to sharpen and tighten it up and that includes removing four loquacious items, as per a piece we saw on U.S. News & World Report. Read more

Four Clues to an Unprofessional Résumé

unhappy-computer-keyYour résumé is essentially putting your best foot forward. So why have it riddled with mistakes? When we worked in recruiting that was the biggest red flag ever. Mistakes weren’t only indicators of a poor candidate, there were other issues, too.

TheLadders recently pointed out these snafus in one of their posts so we simply have to share:

1. Random or cute email accounts. Please don’t have an account that reads something like this: “cupcakes2014@domain.com.” Puh-leeze. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a professional sounding account or at least one that’s you’re own. Please avoid including joint accounts on your résumé even if it’s what you currently use 24/7. Examples include thesimpsons@domain.com or janeandsteve@domain.com. Read more

How to Follow Up Post-Interview Without Being a Pest

Job-SearchWe know the drill. You’re on an interview feeling pretty darn proud of your performance and at the end, the vague question comes up: “When can I expect to hear back?”

Crickets.

The recruiter may not know. The hiring manager may not know. No matter what, you’ll probably get a vague response like, “We’re still evaluating candidates and you should hear from us soon.”

Ah, soon. What is that, really? Two days? Two weeks? Well, never fear. We’ve been on the other side (and by that, we mean the recruiting trenches) and there are a few things to keep in mind. Read more

Three Unique Ways to Rock the Interview (For Starters, Ditch the Coffee Cup)

judgeIf you’re looking to spice up that interview and completely become polished from head to toe, listen up. According to this piece on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few slight changes to make to really sparkle.

1. Ditch the perfume or cologne. That’s right, minimize things that distract your interviewer. An overdose on perfume or cologne, no matter how pleasant smelling, will be distracting. Plus, if the interviewer isn’t exactly fond of your scent, he or she may not want to spend time with you. It’s game over before it began. Read more

In the Position to Hire? Three Ways to Botch the Interview Process

resume mistakesIf you have the power to extend an offer or two, there are a few ways you may be self-sabotaging the process without even knowing it.

According to a post on ERE by Marc Debinski, author of The Hiring Compass, there are a few aspects to keep in mind so you don’t fall into the trap of hiring the wrong candidate.

1. Self-mirroring mirage. What is this, you ask? Well, it refers to someone influential in the hiring process who sees a lot of themselves in the candidate. He points out, “A high ego rationalizes, ‘I’m good in my job; I’m good for this business. Naturally, the best thing I can do for this business is hire people just like me.’” Read more

Founders of UCB Suggest Improv Basics to Rock Your Next Job Interview

UCBIf you’ve ever been stumped during a job interview or had an awkward moment of silence, you’re not alone.

So if you want to turn those lengthy moments into gems, the founders of Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre suggest relying on some basic improv techniques to boost your game.

On Friday we conducted exclusive interviews with two of the four founders, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser, at the annual UCB Del Close Marathon. Not surprisingly, the marathon’s press conference kicked off with a ton of energy and excitement and moments after it concluded, Roberts and Besser talked about thepower of “yes, and.” Read more

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