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Five Things Employers Want to Know About You

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Catherine Byers Breet“If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?” a hiring manager asked Joe during a job interview.

Poor Joe. He almost blurted out “Are you kidding me?! What kind of ridiculous question is that?”

Instead, he took a deep breath and replied “Well, that’s an interesting question. Why do you ask?”


When Interviewing, Better Keep These Things in Check

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Black woman shaking hands with employer at a job interviewBeing candid with an interviewer will usually increase your chances of being seen as a good fit and getting a job offer. But some statements can hurt your odds if you're honest about them with your interviewer. 

Avoid these eight statements

Red flag: Never criticize a former manager.


You’ve Been to the Job Fair – Now Don’t Forget the Thank-You Note

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Tags: job search, interviewing

Close-up of a hand holding a pen and underlining the words thank you on a notecardWhat is the purpose of a thank-you note? When should I send one?

When writing a thank-you note to a potential employer, remember there is more to the art form than just acknowledging the time spent with you. Take a more thoughtful approach.


Job Seekers with Disabilities: Determining How to Disclose

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Tags: job search, interviewing

Four young employees with various disabilitiesIf you’re a job seeker with a disability and you’ve decided to tell a prospective employer about it, the question then becomes: How should I disclose this information?

Here are some steps you can take to help you prepare.

Step 1: Make an Assessment

Step 2: Plan What You'll Say

Step 3: Prepare Your Script (As Needed)

The goal is for both you and the employer to feel comfortable when you do disclose.


Job Seekers with Disabilities: Deciding When to Disclose

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Tags: interviewing, job search

You’re looking for a job and you have one or more disabilities. When you find a job posting that matches your skills, you may wonder: When and how should I tell a prospective employer about my disability?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employment discrimination against “qualified individuals with disabilities.” That’s a person who meets skill, experience, education or other job requirements – and who can perform “essential functions” of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.


Fragrances in the Workplace

Posted on October 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Tags: workforce, interviewing

Bottle of perfumeHave you ever left a crowded elevator holding your breath because someone went a little crazy with a hair product?

Do you have a co-worker that uses plug-in or standalone air fresheners or scented candles in the workplace?

Does your employer take the time to research and purchase fragrance-free and/or environment-friendly cleaning products for staff or vendors who maintain the workplace? 


It's All Negotiable

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Tags: job search, interviewing

Nervous employeeIf you’re queasy just thinking about negotiating your salary, you aren't the only one.

A poll by the Society of Human Resource Management found that nearly 80 percent of those surveyed expressed that they didn't like to discuss money or negotiate employment terms. There’s a gender divide, too.

By not pushing for more, you might be leaving a lot of money on the table. Here are four strategies for successful salary negotiations.


For former offenders there's New Leaf

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Job interviews can make many job seekers nervous. For people with less than perfect job histories or former offenders the prospect of a job interview can be even more daunting. How should you answer questions about your spotty work record? How do you handle questions that home in on your past criminal activity?


Construction industry booming – Attend industry hiring events

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Tags: job search, interviewing, workforce

If you’re interested in a job in the construction industry or considering industries to target your job search, we urge you to attend the upcoming construction industry onsite hiring events in Bloomington and Rochester. This industry offers a range of career opportunities, everything from field to professional, that pay high wages. And you don’t need an expensive four-year college degree to land a job.


6 Lessons Job Seekers Can learn From the Great Recession

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:13 PM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Whether you’ve been recently let go from a job or you’re thinking of changing career paths, a lot has changed in the job market in the last decade.


Ways to Ace Your Phone Interview

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 10:32 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Some job seekers rarely have phone interviews. But it’s important to be prepared for one, since you could get a call from an employer at a moment’s notice.


Body Language Mistakes at Job Interviews

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 10:59 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Having a great job interview is important for landing a job. Some job seekers spend a lot of time practicing answers to questions they anticipate and preparing questions for the hiring manager. Yet they fail to fully prepare for the interview, making body language mistakes they could have avoided.


What to Do If You Don’t Get Hired

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 9:57 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

It can be disappointing to hear that you weren’t selected for a job you were excited about, especially if this has happened repeatedly. But there are ways to address this situation, so that your job hunt can progress and you’ll ultimately be hired for that great position you’ve been seeking.


Rules for a Successful Informational Interview

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

An informational interview differs from a job interview. In a job interview the goal is to persuade the employer that you are the best candidate to be hired for the opening. That means promoting your skills, knowledge and overall fit for the job.

In an informational interview, a goal is to learn about the field and occupation you’re interested in. The person you interview with may be very knowledgeable and have good connections in the field or industry. Or the person may work at a company you’re particularly interested in.




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