Job Seekers

February 2016

The Biggest Interview Mistakes Entry-Level Candidates Make

According to Glassdoor.com, you have between a 1% to 3% chance of receiving an interview after applying online for an open position.  Because the chances of receiving a call back are so low for entry-level candidates, it is essential to extensively prepare when the right interview comes up. Take a look at the biggest mistakes entry-level candidates make in interviews: Relying on school achievements to get you the job. Sports, extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, and clubs are a great thing to...

How to: Increase your Salary by 20+%

1.Create resume stability Compounded raises where your salary increases by a certain percentage every year can be a benefit of resume stability. Also, for most companies, year-end bonuses increase according to how long you have been with the organization. Sticking with your company for a long period of time also opens up leadership and seniority opportunities to increase your pay. (Not to mention additional benefits such as more paid time off days!)   2. Education Gaining certifications or additional degrees can dramatically improve...

January 2016

3 Ways to answer “What Motivates you” in an Interview

Can you impress a hiring manager or recruiter within the first 90 seconds of your interview? According to theundercoverrecruiter.com, 33% of hiring managers and recruiters make their decisions within that time.  Besides your first impression and knowing about the company, successfully answering big interview questions can set you apart from other candidates in the interview process. Below are tips on how to answer the question “what motivates you” during your interview: 1) Before the interview, list successes. Take a look at your...

How to: Negotiate the Best Salary Offer for Yourself

What’s the slowest way to lose $600,000? On average you could stand to lose $600,000 over a lifetime by not properly negotiating your salary, according to lifehacker.com.  This is based off of a 40 year career when asking for $5,000 more than your initial offer. Below is how to negotiate the best salary offer: 1) Be Enthusiastic. Let the employer know how gracious you are for the job offer and that you would love to work with their company. It is important...

5 Ways your Local Library can help with your Job Search

55% of Philadelphia households do not have internet access according to technical.ly/philly. Local libraries have many benefits for those who do not have internet access as well as those who do. Below are 5 ways your local library can help with your job search: 1) Free work space. For those without a home office, a library can be a quiet refuge for doing a focused job search.  In addition, libraries provide free internet and computer access, if you sign up for...

December 2015

Top 4 Capitalization Rules for your Resume

5 to 7 seconds on average is the amount of time you have to impact a recruiter or hiring manager with your resume. (business2community.com) Grammar plays an important part in making that first impression. Take a look at our 4 capitalization rules for your resume: 1) Job titles. When you are listing your job experience on your resume, the titles should be capitalized. Although, if you are not speaking about a specific role, but generic titles they should not be capitalized. –...

2016 Resume Must Haves

Is your 2016 new year’s resolution to find a new job position? With 2016 right around the corner, looking through and updating your resume is a must! Take a look at our 2016 resume must haves: 1) A consistent resume format and standard font. PDF format are highly preferred due to the fact that no one is able to make changes to your resume without your knowledge. Keep your resume writing clear and concise with no paragraphs all in the same professional...

5 Tips on Post Interview Thank You Notes

In a close competition for an open job, the candidate with the better thank you note will typically win.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when writing a thank you note. 1) The 24 hour rule. Always send your thank you note within 24 hours of your interview. This shows the hiring manager that you have a high level of interest in the position. 2) If you meet with multiple people in the organization, personalize the thank you...

Is Permanent, Permanent? Top 5 Ways Contract Work Can Benefit You

According to aboutcareers.com, the average person changes jobs ten to fifteen times (with an average of 12 job changes) during their career. Candidates who like flexibility or are looking to fill gaps on their resume should highly consider contract working assignments. Contract work can be considered from working for a few days to years with a company. Here are the top reasons how contract assignments can benefit you: 1) Learning new skills for your next position. In a contract position, you...

November 2015

4 Tips to Set Goals for Success in 2016

83% of the population does not have goals according to personalplan.com. It is important to be a part of the 17% of people who do set goals to ensure success! Goals should be identified by writing them down every quarter throughout the year and kept track of on a daily basis. Below are 4 tips for setting your 2016 goals: 1) Think “S.M.A.R.T.” How specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound are the goals you are setting? If your goals are...