We are holding a Job fair today from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Goodwill Career Center on Macon Road. Bring your Resume , 2 forms of ID and current Criminal Background check and come and see us!!
This is just a quick note to advise all Employee’s that W-2’s will be mailed to your current Address no later than January 31st 2015.
Don’t leave anything to chance. Remember: you can’t be too prepared!
Congratulations! You have passed through the first screening and have an interview scheduled. By the time you get to this stage, you have already outlined your experience in your resume and described your relevant work experience in your cover letter. Now it is time for the interview, which, as everyone knows, is a way for the employer to evaluate whether you are the right person for a job. In other words, will you fit in with the company’s staff, values and goals? Of course, your objective is to show the employer that the answers to these questions are yes, yes and yes! But the interview is also a way for you to find out more about the company and determine whether or not it is a right fit for you. Use this meeting as a chance to see if this atmosphere is one in which you would want to work.
To help you prepare for your big day, we have some interview tips for you. Read the suggestions below for helpful advice on making the most of this opportunity.
A few days before the interview:
- Learn as much as you can about the prospective employer by reviewing its Web site thoroughly, reading industry publications and talking to others who may know about the company’s culture and what the firm may be looking for in an employee.
- Review your resume. Think about how your skills and accomplishments can be assets to the company.
- Be prepared to answer these standard questions:
- Can you tell me a little about yourself?
- Why do you want to work here? What do you know about the company?
- What are your strengths/weaknesses?
- Why did you leave your last job and what have you been doing since then?
- Also be prepared for off-the-wall questions, which are increasingly common. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked a questions such as, “If you could have lunch with someone famous, who would it be?” These questions provide information about your personality and how you think on your feet.
- Practice answering interview questions out loud. You want your responses to sound confident but not rehearsed.
- Prepare your own list of questions to ask the interviewer. Remember: this is your opportunity to learn more about the position and the company’s culture.
- Complete a list of two to three professional references, or people who can speak positively about your skills and work ethic. Just be sure to ask if they are willing to serve as your references before you give out their contact information.
- Be prepared to complete a written application, which will likely ask for your contact information and the addresses and phone numbers of your previous employers.
The day before the interview:
- Make plans for getting to the interview; know exactly where you’re going and to whom you will be speaking. Allow extra time to get to your interview in case there are delays due to rush hour or weather.
- Buy a subway, bus or train ticket, fill your car with gas; or re-confirm other transportation plans.
- Decide what you will wear and check that it is clean, pressed, has no missing buttons, etc.
- Make sure that you have at least two pair of new or as-good-as-new hosiery – sheer, off-black or nude.
- Confirm child care and any other plans that require you to depend on someone else. Have back-up plans in in case your primary ones fall through.
The night before the interview:
- Check the weather forecast. Will you need an umbrella? Should you wear a coat?
- Plan how you will wear your hair and makeup. You shouldn’t try anything new, and your appearance should be appropriate for a professional setting.
- Your fingernails should be conservative in length and color, and your polish should not be chipped.
- Do as much of your morning preparation as you can for both yourself and your family.
- Do something to relax, such as taking a warm bath or exercising.
- Pack your bag for the interview. Remember to bring:
- Photo identification for building security or your application
- Directions to the interview and the exact address, including floor and suite numbers
- The name and phone number of the interviewer in case you’re running late
- A few copies of your rsum and cover letter. Don’t forget to prepare a list of professional references, too
- A pad or paper and pen
- Samples of your work if you’ve been asked to bring them or think you might have an opportunity to show them
- The questions you have prepared to ask your interviewer
- Eat a healthy dinner and go to bed early.
The day of the interview:
- Go light on the perfume. If you smoke, try not to do so right before the interview.
- Give yourself plenty of time to get to the hiring manager’s office. Aim to arrive 10 minutes early. If you arrive earlier than that, take a walk or wait outside.
- If you feel nervous, take a deep breath, counting to 10 as you do so. Then exhale slowly to the same count.
- Once inside, observe your surroundings to get a feel for the workplace. Do you like what you see?
- Turn off your cell phone, pager or anything else that beeps. The interview is too important to be interrupted.
- Remember, the interview starts as soon as you step inside the building. Be courteous to everyone you meet because you never know who has a say in the hiring decision.
After the interview:
- Send the interviewer a thank-you note within 48 hours of your interview. Use the opportunity to restate your qualifications and interest in the position.
- Stay positive! Interviewing can be a lengthy process, especially if a company wants to conduct a second interview with additional staff members.
- DO take out your pad of paper and pen so you can take notes.
- DO be friendly. Give a firm handshake, make eye contact, smile and speak up. Try breaking the ice by engaging in small talk. For example, comment on the nice surroundings or a book you notice on the hiring manager’s shelf.
- DO tell yourself you deserve the job. (That doesn’t mean they owe it to you. You must convince them.)
- DO use the interview to describe your strengths and how they align with the requirements of the position.
- DO be prepared to talk about your professional goals.
- DO be enthusiastic, courteous and alert throughout the entire interview.
- DO sit calmly. If you tend to gesture a lot when you talk, try clasping your hands in your lap.
- DO ask for a business card so that you can send him or her a short and prompt thank-you note.
- DON’T bring a friend or child along.
- DON’T be insincere. Fake flattery shows.
- DON’T wear flashy jewelry (keep it simple and small) or a facial piercing.
- DON’T speak negatively about former employers or colleagues. Focus on the positive aspects of your work history.
- DON’T start with questions about your salary or time off. These questions are only appropriate if you have been offered the position or the interviewer expresses serious interest in hiring you.
- DON’T be afraid to express your interest in the position. It’s okay to say, “I want this job. I know I could make a real contribution to the company.”
- DON’T slump, yawn or chew your nails or gum during the interview.
- DON’T panic if you make a mistake, trip over your words or even knock something over. Show how cool you are under pressure.
You made a great first impression during your interview; your hard work and preparation paid off and you got the job! Although you have your foot in the door now, there are still some important things to keep in mind as you begin your new job and acquaint yourself with co-workers, supervisors and your office environment.
The first day on the job:
- Show both your supervisor and co-workers that you are polished, professional and take your new position seriously.
- Remember the time you took to prepare your professional appearance for your interview? Do the same thing again. Make sure that your clothing is clean and pressed.
- Be punctual and arrive early (but not more than 15 minutes early). As with your interview, leave yourself plenty of time to account for traffic or unexpected circumstances.
- Before going to work your first day, learn as much as you can about your new company. Visit the Web site and review annual reports or brochures (if available).
- During your orientation, take notes and do not be afraid to ask questions. Show how interested and motivated you are to do a good job. You are not the first employee who has gone through training! If you do not have a written job description, make your own. Write down your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly responsibilities.
- Do not share key cards, office keys, disks and passwords.
- Write down and commit to memory the mailing address, phone and fax numbers of your new company.
- When you record your personal phone message, be upbeat and clear. Remember to say your name and your company’s name.
The first week on the job…
- Get to know your co-workers but avoid office politics. Be inquisitive, listen and be open-minded.
- Do not complain or gossip about your old company or boss. A negative attitude is seen as very unprofessional.
- Pay attention to the office schedule and expectations of what hours to keep. Leaving work earlier than other people, especially when there is a big deadline or project, could give the impression that you are not willing to make an effort. Whereas, staying late every night may not be best either; it could become something that’s expected.
- Make sure you are familiar with all the office equipment and how to use it.
- Educate your children on phone etiquette and appropriate times to call, especially if you work in a cubicle or share a phone line with other people.
- Always turn off your cell phone when you are in a meeting. If you forget, quickly apologize and silence the phone.
By Thad Peterson, Monster Staff Writer
Like many career advice experts, Steve Fogarty, staffing partner at Waggener Edstrom, says candidates should research a company thoroughly before an interview. And if the company is a private firm, that’s not an excuse to skip doing your homework.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and finding a way to gather information on a company “distinguishes the great candidates from the good candidates,” says Fogarty.
Consider Fogarty’s company, a large independent public relations agency. He says that if someone were trying to find out about Waggener Edstrom, the candidate could take a number of steps. In addition to simply visiting the company’s Web site, joining a trade organization like the Public Relations Society of America would almost certainly give someone interested in his company exposure to people who work there.
Fogarty offers a less conventional method as well: “People might be able to find a press release that one of our PR people has written and contact that person and say, ‘I saw your press release. It looks really good. Would you be open to me asking a few questions? I’m doing research on your company.’ That’s a way to get information.”
What else can you do to improve your chances at the interview? Try these tips from Fogarty:
Interviewees rambling on is one of the most common interview blunders Fogarty sees. “You really have to listen to the question, and answer the question, and answer it concisely,” he says. “So many people can’t get this basic thing down. You ask them a question, and they go off on a tangent. They might think you want to hear what they’re saying, but they didn’t answer your question.”
It’s one thing to say you can do something; it’s another to give examples of things you have done. “Come with a toolbox of examples of the work you’ve done,” advises Fogarty. “You should come and anticipate the questions a recruiter’s going to ask based on the requirement of the role. Think of recent strong strategic examples of work you’ve done, then when the question is asked, answer with specifics, not in generalities. You should say, ‘Yes, I’ve done that before. Here’s an example of a time I did that…,’ and then come back and ask the recruiter, ‘Did that answer your question?'”
Somehow, candidates get the impression that a good technique is to dance around difficult interview questions. “If you don’t have a skill, just state it. Don’t try to cover it up by talking and giving examples that aren’t relevant. You’re much better off saying you don’t have that skill but perhaps you do have some related skills, and you’re happy to tell them about that if they like.”
Keep Your Guard Up
According to Fogarty, you can split recruiters into two schools. There are those who are very straight-laced and serious, and candidates had better take the process seriously as well when dealing with them.
“Then you have recruiters like me,” he says, chuckling. “I’m going to be that candidate’s best friend when they call me. My technique is to put them at ease, because I want them to tell me everything, and a lot of candidates mess up in this area. They start to think, ‘Oh, this guy is cool. I can tell him anything.’ And then they cross the line.” And that can take a candidate out of contention. Remember: Always maintain your professionalism.
Ask Great Questions
Another of Fogarty’s interview tips is to come ready with good questions to ask. He says nothing impresses him more than a really good question that not only shows you’ve researched the company in general, but also the specific job you’re hoping to land in particular. “That makes me go, ‘Wow, this person has really done their homework. They not only know the company, but they know the role.'”
It’s deceptively easy to make mistakes on your resume and exceptionally difficult to repair the damage once an employer gets it. So prevention is critical, whether you’re writing your first resume or revising it for a mid-career job search. Check out this resume guide to the most common pitfalls and how you can avoid them.
1. Typos and Grammatical Errors
Your resume needs to be grammatically perfect. If it isn’t, employers will read between the lines and draw not-so-flattering conclusions about you, like: “This person can’t write,” or “This person obviously doesn’t care.”
2. Lack of Specifics
Employers need to understand what you’ve done and accomplished. For example:
A. Worked with employees in a restaurant setting.
B. Recruited, hired, trained and supervised more than 20 employees in a restaurant with $2 million in annual sales.
Both of these phrases could describe the same person, but the details and specifics in example B will more likely grab an employer’s attention.
3. Attempting One Size Fits All
Whenever you try to develop a one-size-fits-all to send to all employers, you almost always end up with something employers will toss in the recycle bin. Employers want you to write a resume specifically for them. They expect you to clearly show how and why you fit the position in a specific organization.
4. Highlighting Duties Instead of Accomplishments
It’s easy to slip into a mode where you simply start listing job duties on your resume. For example:
- Attended group meetings and recorded minutes.
- Worked with children in a day-care setting.
- Updated departmental files.
Employers, however, don’t care so much about what you’ve done as what you’ve accomplished in your various activities. They’re looking for statements more like these:
- Used laptop computer to record weekly meeting minutes and compiled them in a Microsoft Word-based file for future organizational reference.
- Developed three daily activities for preschool-age children and prepared them for a 10-minute holiday program performance.
- Reorganized 10 years worth of unwieldy files, making them easily accessible to department members.
5. Going on Too Long or Cutting Things Too Short
Despite what you may read or hear, there are no real rules governing resume length. Why? Because human beings, who have different preferences and expectations where resumes are concerned, will be reading it.
That doesn’t mean you should start sending out five-page resumes, of course. Generally speaking, you usually need to limit yourself to a maximum of two pages. But don’t feel you have to use two pages if one will do. Conversely, don’t cut the meat out of your resume simply to make it conform to an arbitrary one-page standard.
6. A Bad Objective
Employers do read your resume objectives, but too often they plow through vague pufferies like, “Seeking a challenging position that offers professional growth.” Give employers something specific and, more importantly, something that focuses on their needs as well as your own. Example: “A challenging entry-level marketing position that allows me to contribute my skills and experience in fund-raising for nonprofits.”
7. No Action Verbs
Avoid using phrases like “responsible for.” Instead, use action verbs: “Resolved user questions as part of an IT help desk serving 4,000 students and staff.”
8. Leaving Off Important Information
You may be tempted, for example, to eliminate mention of the jobs you’ve taken to earn extra money for school. Typically, however, the soft skills you’ve gained from these experiences (e.g., work ethic, time management) are more important to employers than you might think.
9. Visually Too Busy
If your resume is wall-to-wall text featuring five different fonts, it will most likely give the employer a headache. So show your resume to several other people before sending it out. Do they find it visually attractive ? If what you have is hard on the eyes, revise.
10. Incorrect Contact Information
I once worked with a student whose resume seemed incredibly strong, but he wasn’t getting any bites from employers. So one day, I jokingly asked him if the phone number he’d listed on his resume was correct. It wasn’t. Once he changed it, he started getting the calls he’d been expecting. Moral of the story: Double-check even the most minute, taken-for-granted details — sooner rather than later.
By Peter Vogt,Monster Senior Contributing Writer