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Don’t Make Assumptions

This is a good piece of advice to follow in life, but it also has a special place in an
interview setting.  You want to be viewed as someone who understands what is necessary
and can deliver the expected results – more than just in the interview room – and making
assumptions will not guarantee you will be viewed like this.

The easiest and best way to avoid assumptions is to ask for clarification.  If a question is
asked that is ambiguous or you really aren’t sure what they mean, ask them to explain it
to you.  Sometimes, without meaning to, an interviewer will use company jargon or
acronyms in a question or in conversation.  You can respond by saying, “I’m sorry, I’m
not familiar with that term, could you explain it to me please?”  Not only will this show
that you are paying attention but it will also demonstrate that you have an interest in the
company and what they are about. Continue reading

May 31, 2008 Posted by | Job interview | , , , | Leave a comment

The Benefits of Mock Interviews

Are you currently unemployed and looking for a job?  Even if you are employed right now, are you looking to change jobs or careers?  If so, you may soon start examining all available job openings in your area, as well as submit job applications or resumes for those openings. With luck, you will soon find yourself with a number of scheduled interviews.

Speaking of job interviews, when was the last time that you had one?  If it has been awhile since your last job interview, you may want to consider doing a few practice runs. These practice runs are commonly referred to as mock interviews. Although mock interviews may seem a little bit silly, there are a number of benefits to doing them.

One of the benefit to doing mock interviews before a real job interview is your options.  Most job seekers try to use their friends and family members for practice.  If this an approach that you would like to take, you will want to have your partner ask you common job interview questions, such what your strengths and weaknesses are. Be sure to answer with professional responses, just as if you would in real job interview.  You can also do a mock interview in front of your mirror. While this approach isn’t as realistic, it can help you practice your intended interview questions. Continue reading

May 27, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Should You Turn to Your State’s Labor Department to Help You Find a Job?

Are you in need of a job?  Whether you are currently unemployed or if you are looking to change jobs or careers, you may be in need of a new job. Although it is more than possible for you to find and apply for jobs on your own, you may want to think about seeking assistance. For many individuals, that assistance means hiring the services of a recruiter, but did you know that you may be able to get assistance through your state’s labor department.

In the United States, all states have what is referred to as a labor department. This labor department is able to assist individuals, just like you, with a number of work related issues. One of those issues involves finding employment.  If you are unsure as to how you should proceed, with finding and applying for jobs, or if you have been unsuccessful with finding jobs in the past, you may want to consider seeking assistance from your state’s labor department.

One of the many benefits to seeking assistance from your state’s labor department is the options that you have.  In all honesty, these options will all depend on the state in which you reside in. For instance, in New York State, you can visit your local labor offices or you can use their online job searching website.  The ability to use an online website is ideal, especially if you are currently employed, as you may be unable to visit your state’s labor offices during the daytime. Continue reading

May 23, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Should You Apply for Temporary Jobs?

Are you in need of a job?  If you, you may be after your dream job. While everyone has their own variation of a dream job, you will find that most want flexible hours, steady work, and high pay.  Unfortunately, not every job seeker is able to land their dream job or even a permanent job if that.  If you are having difficultly finding employment, you may be in the process of examining temporary jobs, but are they right for you?

When it comes to determining if you should apply for temporary jobs, there are a number of important factors that you will want to take into consideration.  These factors can help you make wise employment choices.  A few of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, when examining temporary jobs and temporary employment, are outlined below for your convenience. Continue reading

May 19, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Should You Complete Job Applications Online?

Are you looking for a new job?  If you are, there is a good chance that you will turn to the internet for assistance.  The internet is one of the easiest ways to go about examining career opportunities that may be waiting for you.

When it comes to using the internet to help you find a new job, you will find that you have a number of different options.  Two of the most popular ways to examine job openings online involve visiting the online websites of companies that you may know of and by visiting websites that are commonly referred to as career search websites.  What is nice about using these two online resources is that they are often easy to use, reliable, and successful.

Another one of the many advantages to using online career search websites and company websites to find jobs is that you can often apply for those jobs instantly.  Many career search websites are designed to allow you to search for a job in a specific industry, as well as search by a specific location. Should you find a job that meets your expectations or a job that you are well qualified for, you may be able to apply for the job right from the career search website.  Many employers opt for this way of receiving job applications, as it can be much more unified in nature. Continue reading

May 15, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Should You Apply for Non-Advertised Jobs?

Are you in search of a new job?  If you are and if you are like most job seekers, there is a good chance that you would turn to the internet, namely job posting websites, or to your local newspaper, namely the employment section.  While these are the best ways to go about finding information on available jobs, there are many job seekers who choose to submit resumes or job applications to those who are not hiring. Before you start taking this approach, you will want to examine the pros and cons of doing so.

Before examining the pros and cons of submitting a job application or your resume to a company that is not hiring, you may be curious as to how you can go about doing so. When taking this approach, many job seekers use two different options.  In today’s society, many businesses have online websites. These online websites may give the mailing address to the company in question. There are many job seekers who will submit their resumes to that address in hopes of seeing success.  Others will simply mail in or drop off their resumes or job applications to local companies that they know the address to.

As for the pros and cons of applying for non-advertised jobs, you will find that there are a number of pros or plus sides to doing so.  One of the pros or plus sides to submitting your resume or a job application to a company that does not advertise or state that they have any current job openings is the jumpstart that you can give yourself.  Many companies will choose to takeout job advertisements when they have open positions, but others will just go through their current pile of resumes and job applications.  If you play your cards right, one of those resumes or job applications may be yours. Continue reading

May 11, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Interviews: How Should You Dress for Them?

Are you in the process of changing careers or even just jobs?  If you are, you may be in the process of scheduling job interviews.  In fact, you may even have a number of job interviews already lined up.  If that is the case, have you started preparing for your job interviews?  Job interviews can be tricky and extremely important at the same time. That is why you are advised to proceed with caution and refrain from walking into a job interview without having done even the simplest amount of preparation.

When it comes to job interviews, one of the biggest mistakes that a job seeker, possibly just like you, makes involves their appearance, namely the clothing that they choose to wear.  When it comes to a job interview, it is important to remember professionalism, professionalism, and professionalism again. In fact, professionalism cannot be said enough when it comes to job interviews.  Your appearance, namely the clothes that you choose to wear, says a lot about you, your seriousness, and your professionalism. The worse mistake that you can make is showing up for a job interview like you were simply taking a trip to the mall. Not carefully planning out your appearance, especially your clothes, can have you eliminated from the job running instantly. Continue reading

May 7, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Job Interviews: What You Shouldn’t Discuss

Are you in the process of finding a new job?  If you are, you will likely have a number of job interviews coming up in the next few weeks or months.  Job interviews, although nerve-wracking, are often a lot easier than originally thought.  With that in mind, there are preparation steps that you can and should take to ensure that your next job interview is a successful one.

One of the most important tips that you can remember, when looking to prepare for an upcoming job interview, is what not to say.  There are some topics that need to be discussed during a job interview, but there are others that should be left out of the conversation. For more information on what you should or shouldn’t discuss at one of your upcoming job interviews, you will want to continue reading on.

One of the many topics that you should refrain from discussing at one of your upcoming job interviews involves your personal life.  For instance, you may not want to talk about your family or any friends that you may have.  If you are asked if you are a parent, you will want to respond, as well as answer any other questions, but you will want to try and refrain from brining up the topic yourself.  You will want to try to keep your personal and professional lives separate. Continue reading

May 3, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment