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Woman Gets Arrested After Job Interview for Leaving Kids in Sweltering Hot Car

Find a JobAccording to the Associated Press, an Arizona woman is trying to clear her name in court following her arrest. On Monday she pleaded not guilty during her arraignment.

Let’s clarify — she left her two kids in her very hot car during a job interview. Shanesha Taylor is unemployed and on food stamps.

The 35-year-old was unable to find a babysitter for a job interview at an insurance company so she left her two-year-old son and six-month-old baby in her car. Did we mention the key was still in the ignition and the windows were cracked open by one inch? Read more

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Four Tips to Ace a Phone Interview

retro phoneAh, the phone interview. It’s quite a blessing, isn’t it? You don’t have to get completely dolled up for an interview and you certainly don’t need to call out sick from your current job to make it happen.

Although there are some perks to the phoner, there are some drawbacks that all job seekers should be prepared to encounter in order to thrive. Here are a few pointers per our friends at BrazenCareerist.

Of course, you should prepare questions to ask like you would a normal interview and do your homework on the job description but there are additional key ways to make that phone interview work for you. Read more

Interviews? Check. Thank-You Notes? Check. So Why Aren’t You Landing The Job?

noCongratulations! You’ve made it through the gatekeepers to land a coveted job interview. Not only that, you landed another one. And another one. And sent those thank-you notes.

And bam. Rejection letter arrives several weeks later. What’s the deal?

According to a piece in today’s New York Post, there may be signals that you’re not picking up during the interview itself. Read more

Per CareerBuilder, It’s Time to Ditch ‘Go Getter’ & More Clichés on Resumes

successIf you’re accustomed to including words like “team player” and “go-getter” on your resume, it’s time to ditch them.

At least CareerBuilder says so. Per a recent survey, 17 percent of hiring managers spend less than 30 seconds reviewing a resume. Considering they spend such a short amount of time on each CV, job seekers should focus on strong action words that are more definitive. Avoid clichés because they don’t really convey anything substantial. Read more

Want to Say These Forbidden Things During an Interview? Bite Your Tongue!

judgeHave you ever wanted to reveal everything (and we do mean everything) on a job interview?

For instance, when the interviewer asks why you’re looking for a new job you really want to proclaim, “My boss is a complete jerk!”

Alas, if only you could.

This piece on AOL Jobs inspired us to think about what truly needs to be left unsaid during an interview. Yes, it’s common knowledge job seekers are looking for a new opportunity to a variety of reasons including a bad boss. Like an unspoken truth, you don’t need to acknowledge it. Read more

Rock it With Blue: New Survey Reveals Best Color to Wear During Job Interview

suitPreparing for your next job interview and not sure what to wear? We mean, of course you’ll wear a suit, but not sure what color to wear?

A new CareerBuilder survey makes the connection between colors and employers’ impressions of them. Over 2,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals from a variety of industries and company sizes were surveyed during the latter part of summer. Read more

Prepared for Behavioral-Based Interview Questions? Ready, Set…Go!

interview 924You know the drill. You’re on an interview completely ready to answer questions like why there’s a gap in your resume and your biggest weakness. What you may not be prepared for are the behavioral-based situational-type questions.

Recruiters typically know that asking these questions provide tremendous insight. With the thinking that past behavior can form a picture of your future behavior, usually they’re completely on board.

And if hiring managers are with the program, too they’ll pull these questions out of their arsenal to fire away. Read more

How to Get Employers to Create a Job for You

job-interviewThis piece on AOL Jobs made our head turns in a very good way. After all, job seekers often search for jobs that are out there but why not flip it upside down and show your worth and value so a company can create a position for you? Genius, right? Even better if you’re internal because you can already show off your dazzling skills to your current employer for them to find a fit for you somewhere else.

Yes, we know this is a little perfect worldish and we’re perfectly fine with being idealists! Think of it this way, as Miriam Salpeter points out in the piece, more companies are becoming freelance-focused on project-oriented work for temporary or long-term temporary solutions.

She writes, “It is very possible that you can market your skills to a decision-maker at a company who faces challenges in order to land a job that he or she will create just for you.” Read more

Interviewing 101: Six Management Tips on Getting Back to Basics

interviewCareers. The job search. Interviewing. As much as we talk about the subject, let’s face it, it’s still the same ol’ basics of networking, working it, acing that interview and negotiating.

Whether you’re new to interviewing on the employer’s side of the desk or you’ve done it a while, every now and then we need a refresher course. Our friends at Monster posted some basics to follow to keep the interview process flowing.

1. Prepare your questions. For each interview, employers should have a written list of questions prepared ahead of time. Not only will this help determine the candidate’s skill level and experience, it will prevent overlap. Read more

Five Questions to Ask Your Potential Boss on a Job Interview

interview 924Just think — a major advantage journalists have when interviewing compared to non-media types is our curious nature.

We’re answer seekers, that’s for sure! So, why not leverage your interview to get the scoop on your boss?

Remember, just as much as they’re interviewing you, you’re interviewing them so be sure to make every second of that interview count.

Per our friends at Brazen Careerist, there are a few questions to keep in mind:

1. How frequently do you give feedback to your team? And when? This not only gives you an idea of his or her managerial style, it gives you insight into the goal setting and annual year-end review process.

2. What qualities do you look for in a successful teammate? If you want to make your mark, this is certainly one way to do it. Plus, it shows what your potential boss is looking for in a top notch candidate. Win-win situation! Read more

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