Great Resume Writing ServiceYou can be the perfect interviewer, you can sell anyone on your value, but you will not have the chance unless the resume you have gets you in the door. In today’s competitive market and with changes in electronic distribution and processing, you can help forward your career by enlisting the assistance of a professional resume writer. To follow are some suggestions for making the right choice.

1). Take the time to talk to potential writers. Ask them questions and listen to the answers to ensure they can assist you. Schedule a free consultation to meet them.

2). Never pay any money in advance until you have talked to a live person.

3). If you can not visit a service, make sure you have an physical address that you can verify. Make sure they are located within driving distance. If something goes wrong or you need to meet in person, you do not want to get on a plane.

4). Visit a writer in person. Make sure they are in a stable business, they seem competent and you have a chance to see examples of their work.

5). Make sure your writer is the one who will do the work rather than a salesperson who takes orders and contracts work out to home based businesses.

6). What are the writer’s credentials. How long have they been in business?

7). Ask about the writing process. What information is necessary? How is it going to be presented. Will you have a chance to review the work before it is finalized?

8). What are the update policies? How long will the resume be kept on file. What are future costs.

9). Does the business seem successful? Is it in a good location?

10). Can you make a deposit toward the work and pay once it is finalized?

These tips will help you select a resume service which will do what they say, give you what you need and launch you into your new career.

Go to http://www.nationalresumewritersdirectory.com to find a resume writer in your area. National Resume Writers Directory.

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How to Keep Your Job.Although it may be a temptation, laying low may be the worst strategy for keeping your job.  Here are four suggestions, if implemented, can solidify your position in your company.
1). Be Aware of Organizational Needs
It is usually the person on the front line who knows of organizational weaknesses.  The bottom line in a company is the bottom line.  If a company is successful and grows, then employees are much more secure in their positions.  The difference between what a company brings in and what it spends can be translated into security.  Ask these questions.  Where can we save money?  What can be done better?  What can we do to complete tasks faster and more accurately?  What can be done to ensure customer satisfaction?  What can I do to make the workplace better?

2). Take Initiative
It’s easy to criticize, but taking action will make worklife more interesting and easier.  Can you participate in activities or committees?  Engage your co-workers and managers.  The worst ideas are brilliant ones that no one acts on.  Take action where you can, write
a memo or attempt to influence those around you in conversation. Encourage others to help your organization.

3). Diversify
Inside and outside of work, the more you know, the more interest a person you are.  Keep up with changes in computers and social networking or anything else that might apply to your company. Volunteer to help out in other areas.  The more people you know in
your organization, the wider your support base if you need assistance, and also the more valuable you are to the company.

4). Document
Keep a record of your activities.  If at all possible, attempt to quantify results.  A record will help keep you on track, document your progress and allow you on short notice to demonstrate your value.  Write down anything you did beyond your regular job responsibilities.  Keep a log in your desk and try to add something to it daily.  This will
also help you if you need to create a resume.

5). Communicate
Ask for a meeting with a supervisor or manager.  Prepare carefully what you would like to say.  Explain that you have taken the initiative to assist the company and ask them if there are projects which might increase your contributions.  Every manager has a list of things that they would like done, but haven’t gotten around to. Few people are laid off during the middle of an important project.

The suggestions above will lead to a more interesting and exciting work day.  They will help your company and improve its chances of survival and solidify your position in the workplace.

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Secrets of the interviewYou’ve got a great resume and your job search is in high gear. With all this activity, it’s easy to forget a simple fact: it is the interview that eventually lands you the job. Experts say preparation for the interview deserves at least as much attention as any other phase of your job search.

“Few people understand that in reality, a job interview is a personality contest between candidates, who essentially all qualify for the job,” says Leslie Fischer, President of Harvard Oaks Enterprises, a career consulting firm in Chicago engaged in preparing people for job interviews. Ms. Fischer, who has extensive experience in this field, offers some easy-to-follow advice to people on how to give the best possible impression at the interview.

- Wear a suit and a tie or a conservative dress if you apply for a professional or a public contact position. Wear dress slacks and a dress shirt or skirt and a sweater combination even if you will be interviewed for a production or laborer’s position. Don’t forget that the interview is a business negotiation between the candidate and the prospective employer.

- Be prompt.

- Don’t smoke or chew gum.

- Don’t be overly concerned about the fact that you are nervous; human resource managers will usually try to warm you up.

- Give frank and brief answers, use good grammar and a friendly tone.

- Listen attentively and look the interviewer directly in the eye.

- Sit up straight, but try to relax.

According to Fischer, a job interview has its own choreography, with carefully designed questions to explore the potentials and the personality of a candidate. If cleverly answered, these questions offer candidates plenty of opportunity to stress personal achievements and positive personal traits.

“If you know what questions to expect, it will double your chances to do well at the interview,” says Fischer, who advises candidates to prepare answers to the 6 most commons questions they are likely to be asked during the interview.

1. Tell me about yourself. The employer is not asking where you were born and how many sisters and brothers you have. Cite your interests, describe your goals and your general background.

2. Why should I hire you for this job? Don’t be shy. Be self-confident and as precise as much as possible. Mention a specific achievement in your career and assert that you can do something similar for the company.

3. Why did you leave your previous job? Watch out! “Personality” question. Don’t criticize your former boss and do not mention personality conflicts. The employer wants to check your loyalty and see whether you are easy to get along with.

4. Why are you interested in working for us? Do your homework and learn a little about the company. The best way to start is calling the company’s Public Relations Department and inquire about publications they produce.

5. How much do you expect to be paid? This question deserves study itself, but be reminded at this point that the interview is a business negotiation: the first to speak is in the weaker position. If you have to answer, start with a range that you would be comfortable with and then negotiate further as the job offer unfolds.

6. Are there any questions you want to ask? This is a chance to reinforce a good impression. Ask about the position: who you have to report to, what the promotion opportunities are, etc. But be interested in the company, too: the number of employees, its long and short term growth plans, etc.

Other questions may, of course, also emerge ranging from the ones referring to employment gaps to an inquiry about one’s attitude to colleagues of the opposite sex. “Requirements often vary according to the position, but it’s not impossible to describe the ideal candidate,” says Fischer. “In terms of general characteristics, employers value candidates who are enthusiastic and who demonstrate a high a level of personal integrity.” Another prerequisite is a genuine desire to be given the job. “Therefore,” says Fischer “don’t miss the opportunity to ask for the job explicitly at the end of the interview.”

Is all this preparation worth the pain and time? Remember: it’s great to get an interview, but out there, there is something even better: to get a job offer.

Interviewing:

Questions Most Often Asked in Job Interviews

1. Why are you interested in this position?
The answer should reflect good preparation: clarification of your goals, likes and dislikes, your job priorities, and your knowledge of the organization and the parks and recreation field.

2. Tell me about your current and previous bosses. What kind of people are they?
This question seeks to determine personality traits, maturity, potential conflicts, and most important, the ‘fit’ with the hiring manager. The guideline for answering this question is to be positive, even if it hurts. If you think the Superintendent is a tyrant, say instead, “our superintendent is an extremely strong leader. He’s firm in his handling of people and a demanding manager.” With this question, your prospective supervisor is trying to find out whether you are a loyal employee. Be honest in your appraisal of the person in question, but express all your thoughts in a manner that will be perceived as showing your loyalty to the organization.

3. Has your job performance ever been appraises? How were you assessed–the pluses and the minuses?
The interviewer is trying to get an idea of your honest. While no applicant is expected to reveal major flaws or serious shortcomings, everyone has some weaknesses, and failure to admit them makes a negative impression. Be prepared with a “greatest weakness” to confess, but make sure it’s not one that will disqualify you from the job you’re interviewing for. Being a workaholic or too meticulous are examples of “weaknesses.”

4. Is your responsibility individual or are you part of a team effort?
The interviewer is trying to find out whether you exaggerated your influence in performing tasks and achieving results. Your answer should show a balance: “I did this independently; I served as a member of the task force that did that.” The employer is also looking for a team player.

5. Describe a time when you felt particularly ineffective, why you felt so, what you did about it, and what the outcome was.
The interviewer is trying to identify traits the organization is looking for in a job applicant and traits it hopes to avoid. Also notice that this is a four part question. If the applicant fails to answer parts 2, 3, or 4, it may indicate a short attention span and poor detail orientation.

6. Describe a time when you felt particularly effective. The interviewer is interested not so much in the activity itself as how you describe it, and how you behave during the explanation. If you say “I’m not sure what you want,” this will be identified as a “dependent trait,” which could lead to elimination if the employer is looking for someone who can work independently.

7. What are the most satisfying aspects of your present job? What are the most frustrating?
The interviewer is trying to find out what makes you tick. Are you results-oriented and pleased with the attainment of specific goals? Or have you had “difficulty with interpersonal relations and personality conflicts that have stymied efforts to reach objectives?” Never bring up interpersonal conflicts because you won’t find a job that doesn’t involve interacting with people.

8. What are the most important factors you require in a job?
How should it be structured to provide you satisfaction? Your answers–freedom to operate, security, overall environment, people, responsibilities, compensation, etc.–should all reflect how well suited you are for the job.

9. Most people have some long-range goals and objectives. Where do you want to be in 5-10 years?
The answer should reflect some degree of preparation and logic. Don’t tell the employer that with an English degree you’d eventually like to be the accounting manager.

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Good interviews get good jobs.No matter where you studied and which school or college you studied, it doesn’t matter how much experience you have, and whom you know in Industry–if you aren’t able to answers to interview questions in interview successfully, you won’t get the job. Our job interview tips gives you information about how to face Interview successfully and covers most job interview Techniques and tips and also covers lots of things which we have to avoid during interview. So learning in best interview skills is important for every individual.

1. 10 seconds to sell or say so long

Unless your resume catches the interviewer’s eye in 10 seconds it’s over, you’re done. So the big question is how do I catch the interviewer’s eye? Here comes the best advice on how to get a job interview you’ll ever get. Cater your resume to the job description!!! I can’t stress this point enough. It’s imperative that you cater your resume to each position you apply for. And I mean taking each line on the job description and writing a line on your resume to reflect your experience with regard to that line.

Yes, it takes more time than sending the same resume to 100′s of jobs, but you’re far better off applying to a fraction of those jobs with a resume specifically written for each job. Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes. Their job is to hire the most qualified candidate. They’ve been given a set of qualifications to look for: aka the job description, and that’s exactly what they’re after, so give it to them!

2. Be on time

There is no excuse for it, none! You don’t want a pissed off person interviewing you. Leave extra early, do whatever it takes. Blaming it on traffic or anything else doesn’t matter (even if it’s true.

3. Cell phone off

Obvious but easily forgotten, at least it was with 2 of the people interviewed. Double and triple check to make sure your cell phone ringer is turned off.

4. Know the company, and why you want to work there

Google the company you’re interviewing for. Learn as much as you can about the company’s mission, objectives, goals, and future plans. If you’re asked why you want to work for the company, you best answer something better then, “I like the company’s location”, which was said.

5. Bring resumes

Your interviewer(s) will likely have a copy of your resume but bring spares. It shows you’re prepared and serious about getting the job.

6. Bring a notepad

Very few people bring a notepad with them to a job interview. It’s a very subtle thing that makes you stand out. Take notes when appropriate.

7. Dress in a clean conservative manner

Make sure you go into a job interview having showered and wearing clean clothes. If you like wearing cologne or perfume, don’t wear any on the day of the interview. What’s subtle smelling to you may be overwhelming to your interviewer.

8. Profiles to private

If you don’t think interviewers Google you or look you up on Facebook or MySpace, you’re crazy. Hiring managers I’ve talked to all do this, as one put it, “to weed out people who wouldn’t be a good fit in the company’s culture.” Don’t give them ammo to not like you, set your profiles to private.

9. Don’t make jokes

Too many people think they are funny when in reality they’re not. A job interview isn’t the place to test your material. Be friendly and outgoing, save the jokes.

10. Don’t babble

When answering a question, answer the question. Don’t start out answering a question and then veer off to talk about something else. Make sure your answer directly reflects the question being asked.

11. Don’t badmouth a boss

Bad mouthing a previous boss in a job interview is a huge negative. They may have been the worst boss in the world but expressing that in a job interview is a huge mistake.

12. Don’t flirt with the interviewer

Common sense but apparently needs to be stated.

13. Don’t play with your face/hair

Interviews can be a nervous experience but rubbing your chin, twirling your hair, or anything else along those lines makes you look like you’re lying or lacking confidence, both not good.

14. Less is more

Sometimes certain details of your life are better left unsaid.

15. Have good eye contact

Staring at the floor, ceiling, or wall when speaking or listening makes you appear disinterested. Again, simple and obvious but happens way more then you’d think.

16. Have goals

Maybe you don’t have any idea where you want to be in a few years professionally but figure out something to say. If you don’t and you’re asked, you appear un-ambitious, which leads an interviewer to think you’d be a lazy employee.

17. Have accomplishments

Be prepared to talk about something that you’re proud of accomplishing, whether professionally or personally (or a failure and what you learned from it.

18. Have passion

Be able to express why you want to work in that field/industry and what you do to further your knowledge (books, blogs you read). The more intelligent or informed you are the more impressive you’ll look.

19. Ask Questions

At the end of the job interview make sure you have some questions to ask. If the interviewer doesn’t offer you a chance, ask to ask. Again, it reinforces your strong interest in the job.

20. Send a thank you note

It’s easy to send an email but take the extra effort to mail your interviewer a hand written thank you note. It reinforces your interest in the job. It doesn’t need to be long, just make it sincere.

There you have it. The best job interview tips you’ll ever get. Stick to them and you’ll be on your way to getting hired!

Below are questions you may want to ask the Interviewer:

1. Why is this position open?

2. How often has it been filled in the past five years? What were the main reasons?

3. What would you like done differently by the next person who fills this position?

4. What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?

5. What is most pressing? What would you like to have done in the next 3 months?

6. What are some of the long term objectives you would like to see completed?

7. What are some of the more difficult problems one would have to face in this position?

8. How do you think these could best be handled?

9. What type of support does this position receive in terms of people, finances. etc?

10. What freedom would I have in determining my own work objectives, deadlines, and methods of measurement?

11. What advancement opportunities are available for the person who is successful in this position, and within what time frame?

12. In what ways has this organization been most successful in terms of products and services over the years?

13. What significant changes do you foresee in the near future?

14. How is one evaluated in this position?

15. What accounts for success within the company?

16. These questions are presented only as interviewing guidelines. They are meant to help you prepare for the interview. Some questions may or may not be appropriate for your interviewing situation.

17. By practicing your responses to some of these questions, hopefully you will not be taken off guard if asked one of them. Most importantly, relax, go with the flow, and before you know it, you’ll be in your next job.

Interview Preparation Area

Below are questions you may be asked in the interview:

Tell me about yourself?(try to hold your response to 2 minutes)

What do you know about our company?

Why should we hire you?

What can you do for us that someone else can’t?

What do you look for in a job?

What skills and qualifications are essential for success in the position of ______?

How long would it take for you to make a meaningful contribution?

How does this assignment fit into your overall career plan?

Describe your management style.

What do you believe is the most difficult part of being a supervisor of people?

Why are you looking for a new career?

How would your colleagues describe you?

How would your boss describe you?

How would you describe yourself?

What do you think of your present or past boss?

What were the five most significant accomplishments in your last assignment?

What were the five most significant accomplishments in your career so far?

Can you work well under deadlines or pressure?

How much do you expect if we offer you this position?

Why do you want to work for us?

What other positions are you considering?

Have you kept up in your field with additional training?

What are your career goals?

What are your strong points?

What are your weak points?

How did you do in school?

What position do you expect to have in 2 to 5 years?

If you took the job what would you accomplish in the first year?

What was wrong with your current or last position?

What kind of hours are you used to working or would like to work?

Do you have your reference list with you? <i>(Remember don’t give it out unless it is asked for).

Can you explain your salary history?

What questions didn’t I ask that you expected?

Do you have any question for me?

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New CareerWhen it comes to resumes, one of the most prominent things that appears in a person’s mind is an objective statement. For years, the objective statement has been one of the cornerstones of the resume. It’s the spot on the document that allows job seekers to tell employers flat out what it is they want from them, a job. While an objective statement is certainly not the worst thing that you can include on a resume, it may not be the best either.

If you think about it, an objective statement is somewhat redundant. Obviously if you are applying for a position and submitting your resume for an employer to review, it’s a given that you are looking for a job. So when a prospective employer receives your resume, do you really want the first thing that they read to be something that they already know? Continue reading

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Before InterviewRegardless of the level of the position a company wants to fill, its motivation will always be this: to hire someone who will save them time and money. Your goal is to make your services so attractive that the firm has no choice but to hire you in order to save time and money. If you can demonstrate this, you will be in demand. Such a demonstration should always be based on a research of the company’s needs.

Information about companies can be obtained in a number of ways. Large or well-known companies are usually accessible through on-line or library research. Your target company, however, may not be large enough or public enough. Even in this case, there are quite a few ways to orient yourself to the company’s needs, if you are determined and persistent. There are two basic methods which can help you approach the company in a smart way: networking and informational interviewing. Continue reading

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Marketing YourselfIt’s about taking the right approach in your search

By Mike Mara

Finding a job may not always be easy but it certainly isn’t hopeless. A common misconception among job seekers is that there just isn’t enough employment out there right now to go around. However, the jobs are out there, and new positions continue to open up every day.

For many individuals who think they cannot find employment, the reality is that the work is out there, they just don’t have the right approach. The job search process is very similar to a marketing campaign. After all, you are trying to sell your skills and qualifications to the company you want to work for. The first step to improving one’s job search is not to think of themselves as a lost soul desperate for the first job that comes along, but as a marketing representative promoting the hottest product to hit the market. Continue reading

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