HOW TO ANSWER "TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF"

Most candidates are totally unprepared for what is often the first question asked in an interview: "So...tell me about yourself." Many struggle with coming up with a good answer and blunder and bobble around as they try to think of something smart and appropriate to say. With a little bit of time and thought you can create a natural, but polished, 1 to 2-minute response that will nail the answer to this very predictable question and get your interview off to a great start. Four Simple Steps to Follow.... 1. Review the job description - what experience and credentials are needed? What job skills are listed? Check out the company website and learn as much as you can about its mission and goals

PREPARING FOR A VIRTUAL JOB INTERVIEW

It's becoming commonplace for employers to ask for a virtual interviews. It's an excellent way to connect with a recruiter or hiring manager without having to travel, but they are full of potential pitfalls. Employers who rely on virtual interviews are looking for candidates that are tech savvy and forward-thinking. So if you're asked to participate in a Skype or Facetime interview, make sure you're ready. Check out our tips to help you prepare for a virtual interview: 1. Check Your Tech: Familiarize yourself with your webcam and microphone so you know how to use them. Give it a test run with a family member or friend to make sure the video quality is on point and the audio is clear. Find th

HOW TO ADDRESS YOUR SALARY EXPECTATIONS

The interview process can be daunting to say the least, from looking professional to being prepared, job seekers are under tremendous pressure. It’s easy to forget about one imperative topic: salary expectations. When an interviewer asks what your salary expectations are in your next role, you should have a clear and coherent answer. There are countless horror stories about jobseekers blindly throwing out numbers that can make or break your chances of getting hired. It’s a hard topic to discuss if you haven’t already thought about your answer and taken the necessary steps to prepare. Take note of the following tips to help you address salary expectations: Do the research - Actually sit down

BODY LANGUAGE TIPS

Body language can definitely send a positive (or negative) message, so don't let this be the reason you don't get the job. Here are several tips to make sure you make the very best impression: Eye Contact - Maintain good eye contact. Do not let your eyes wander. This will make it appear like you are not engaged or bored with the conversation. Good Posture - The best way to sit during an interview is neutral - sit tall and keep your spine straight. Don't lean, slouch, or lean forward, as you will give the appearance of being lazy. Don't Cross Your Arms - This give the impression that you are on the defense. Try to Calm Your Nerves - Interviews can rattle the nerves, but don't let this come th

HOW TO HANDLE SHORT-TERM EMPLOYMENT ON YOUR RESUME

A resume that is going to achieve maximum effectiveness does not follow a formula. Every applicant has a different set of skills and qualifications and their resumes should be adjusted accordingly. How to handle short-term employment periods can cause headaches for novice resume writers. The fact is that approximately 40% of employees who left their jobs voluntarily did so within 6 months of their start date. Before you decide to include or exclude your short-term employment position within the resume, you need to consider all of the factors. First, consider the overall hole that it will leave on your resume if you remove the position. If you had employment immediately before and after a thr

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