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Considering a New Job Offer

Are you considering a new job offer?  While, it’s not in my job description, I find myself advising people on how to make a decision on a new job offer, or deciding between two. There are so many things to consider when you get a job offer: Where are you now?  Are you...

Be Yourself

I’m often asked for job interview advice. “ Be yourself ” sounds trite, but it means so much more than that. Show your passion, show your enthusiasm. Don’t go over the top, but if you are interviewing without a smile or any level of excitement in your voice…is that...

Your Resume Kept in Confidence

I include the expression “your resume will be kept in confidence” on my web site and try to remember to put it on all of my job postings. Honestly, I think it should go without saying when you are working with a professional recruiter or a professional human resources...

Resume Format

Most job postings request a specific format for your resume submission. Personally, I prefer a Word version and request that in my job postings. As a recruiter, there are many reasons why I ask for a Word version and I find I have to explain that, sometimes at great...

Job Search Etiquette

In an attempt to help guide some job seekers through the job search and resume submission process, perhaps a few key job search etiquette points would be helpful. When submitting your resume for any position; following the directions in the job posting is vital. If...

Interview Questionnaires

Some of my clients like to send out a brief interview questionnaire prior to scheduling an in-person interview. They provide a set of questions designed to see how the candidate communicates in writing as well as learn about some specific skills and experience.  The...

Mini Job Application Tests

All parts of the application and interview process could be viewed as “mini tests.” When applying for a new job there are so many major ways to make mistakes.  There are also a variety of actual tests (personality profiling, technical skills, etc). There are some very...

Salary Requirement

We all know the mantra “He or she who states the salary requirement first loses.”  As a recruiter I struggle with the salary requirement question all the time. There’s too much advice out there instructing job seekers to never tell the potential employer what they...

Unemployed Is NOT Who You Are

For so many people who they are, is tied into what they do.  I have noticed when you meet someone for the first time; it’s acceptable to ask “What do you do?” Many people seem to define who they are as a person by stating what they do for work. So then, what happens...

Cover Letters

I am often asked if cover letters are really all that important. How much work should be put into tailoring and customizing a cover letter to submit with a resume? My answer is “it depends.” Some hiring managers read cover letters just as carefully as the resume. Some...