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Job Hunting Zen Thought of the Week – September 4, 2015

Here is your Job Hunting Zen Thought of the Week!

Some companies put in place a lot of hurdles prior to making a hiring decision - interviews, drug tests, background checks, reference checks, aptitude tests...

Rest assured, the corporate recruiter on the other side of the desk is just as nervous about this daunting process as you are. They need to fill the job, and if they find the right candidate but they don't pass one of these hurdles, they need to find somebody else. Time and effort down the drain.

The more you know about the hiring process, the more you can put the recruiter at ease that they have nothing to worry about. Being proactive with presenting data like references and a solid work history can make the recruiter feel more comfortable with you as a candidate, and more willing to help expedite through the process. As can making sure you fill in every field on the application, so there are fewer questions about what you opted to leave off.

Scott Singer is the President and Founder of Insider Career Strategies Resume Writing & Career Coaching, a firm dedicated to guiding job seekers and companies through the job search and hiring process. He is a Human Resources professional and staffing expert with almost two decades of in-house corporate HR and staffing firm experience, and is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC).

Insider Career Strategies provides resume writing, LinkedIn profile development, and career coaching services, including a free resume review. You can email Scott Singer at scott.singer@insidercs.com, or via the website, www.insidercs.com.

 

Three Weekly Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Job Hunting Tips – July 20, 2015

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Here are three simple job hunting tips for you to begin your week!

  1. Remember to dress up for your interview, even if you've heard the company is a "casual" environment. It's easy to take off a necktie or jacket if an interviewer tells you to dress down. But there's no smooth way to change into a business suit after your interview has started. NOTE: Some companies will actually tell you how to dress for their interview, in case it's different than anticipated (jeans, etc.). Follow their directions if provided. When in doubt - ask!
  2. Bring your own pen to an interview, in case you need to fill out a job application or complete some other paperwork. It shows you're prepared, and the company may not have one for you (yes, it's unlikely, but you never know...).
  3. Also when going to an interview, have handy the exact dates of your previous employment for the past 7 years, or your previous five employers. If you enter incorrect dates into an application, guessing as to incorrect dates could be interpreted as dishonesty, and knock you out of the running.

Scott Singer is the President and Founder of Insider Career Strategies Resume Writing & Career Coaching, a firm dedicated to guiding job seekers and companies through the job search and hiring process. He is a Human Resources professional and staffing expert with almost two decades of in-house corporate HR and staffing firm experience, and is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC).

Insider Career Strategies provides resume writing, LinkedIn profile development, and career coaching services, including a free resume review. You can email Scott Singer at scott.singer@insidercs.com, or via the website, www.insidercs.com.