There are 2 basic types of employment applications…paper applications which are completed by hand, and online applications which are completed by computer or other technology.  Since employers use job applications to screen out applicants, and applicants want to be screened in for an interview, it is critical that the applicant provide information clearly and accurately […]

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The online application is another tool that employers utilize in order to find qualified job candidates.  Online applications are a time saver for employers because computer-based technology does all the work.  Employers program the computer to search for specific keywords within the application.  Applications that contain those keywords are the ones that are screened by […]

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The purpose of a resume is to get you an interview with a prospective employer.  It’s not an autobiography.   It’s an advertisement for you that provides a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. There are 3 common resume types: A chronological resume is written in a format that highlights your employment history by […]

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If you are looking for a job it’s always best to develop a contact at a company through a mutual friend or acquaintance.  If you don’t have a contact you should consider making what is referred to as a “cold call”.  A cold call is a contact you make with someone you don’t know in […]

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Here are some tips on how to handle cell phone etiquette during your job search. Professional voicemail message: Keep your voicemail messages basic and courteous.  State your name, and say you’ll return the call as soon as possible.  Don’t have a cute or prerecorded message as your voicemail. Answer only when it’s appropriate: If a […]

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After the interview, take a few moments to assess your performance.  This will not only help you to put everything in perspective, it will also serve as a learning situation for future interviews. A. Evaluating your interviewing skills Did I do enough research for this position? Was I dressed appropriately? Should I have brought additional […]

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As the job market becomes more competitive, more and more job candidates are beginning to use portfolios to demonstrate what distinguishes them from other candidates. A portfolio is a selective collection of materials that provide evidence of a job candidate’s potential by demonstrating skills, abilities, experience, personal qualities, knowledge, accomplishments, and creativity.  It allows you […]

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1. Be on time, whether it is showing up for work, returning from breaks, going to meetings, or turning in assignments. 2. Call in if you know you will be tardy or absent.  Most companies treat absences or tardiness without much notice much more seriously than simple absence or tardiness. 3. Try your best; always […]

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