Cold Calling: In Person

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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Cell Phone Job Search Etiquette

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

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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Tips For Creating A Portfolio

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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15 Commandments of Keeping Your Job

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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Accepting a Job Offer? Part 3 – Acceptance Letter

If you indicated in your verbal acceptance that you would follow-up with a written acceptance letter, be sure to do so. Acceptance Letter:  In your acceptance letter, thank the hiring manager for the offer to work with the company.  Indicate that you are happy to accept the terms of employment and salary/wage stated in the […]

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10 Top Reasons Candidates Don’t Get the Jobs They Want

The importance of asking the right questions to your interviewer during the various stages of the interview process should not be underestimated.  The questions you ask in an interview showcase a lot about how you think as a candidate, but more importantly, as an employee.  They reveal what your priorities are, what you’re looking for […]

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2018 Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) Awards

  GST MICHIGAN WORKS! IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE 33 BUSINESSES AWARDED $719,000 THROUGH MICHIGAN’S SKILLED TRADES TRAINING FUND   GST Michigan Works! is pleased to announce that thirty-three (33) employers located across Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Shiawassee, Sanilac and Tuscola Counties have been awarded grants totaling $719,283.60 through the Michigan Talent Investment Agency (TIA) Skilled Trades […]

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10 Qualities of a Good Employee

Every employer is looking for hardworking employees that they can count on to be long-term members of their team.  If you are trying to prove yourself as a valued employee, remember that there are some basic characteristics you can display to impress your supervisor and increase your job security. 1. Have good attendance.  Be punctual […]

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10 Possible Reasons You Were Not Selected for an Interview

If you were unable to land an interview, here are some factors to explore: 1. Were you qualified for the job?  How closely does your background match the  qualifications for the job? 2. Was your application complete?   Did you provide all the information required on the job application?  3. Did you make a mistake […]

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