The Informational Interview: A Job Hunter’s Best Friend

dogThere’s this amazing thing called The Informational Interview, and it is a blessing to all job seekers in Buffalo, NY. The informational interview is simply an interview with someone that is at a company you would like to work, in a field that interests you, or is knowledgeable on a particular subject. But, the most important thing you must remember about all informational interviews is to never ask for a job or expect one to come from it. They are only to learn from the person you are meeting.

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Think Twice Before Accepting an Job Offer

Should I accept a job offerGreat news! You’ve been through all the job hunting, all the interviewing, you’ve put in countless hours of time, and now you have a job offer. You should take it, right? Not so fast. This job may not be to your benefit; it may be more detrimental to your career than you realize. The most important thing is to understand what you are accepting. The job isn’t the only thing you will have to agree with and willing to devote 8 hours of your daily life. It’s also your fellow employees and managers, the culture, the policies, and external forces you and your company have no control over.

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Use a Qualifications Chart

qualifications sheetWouldn’t it be nice to have a fast method of showcasing your available skills and compare it to the one’s required on the job description? Well, one way to do this is through a Qualifications Chart. A Qualifications Chart is simply a table with two columns that has the qualifications and skills required for a job on one side, and on the other side, a description of your qualifications and skills that match. It’s one of the best ways to easily show that you are the right job candidate for the job.  Continue reading

10 Job Hunting Tips

job search tipsI’ve added detailed tips on how to handle job hunting in Buffalo & WNY here as a quick reference guide. It’s a tough world out there for job seekers, but by following these tips, you can stand out from the competition and crush it. What I found best to get a job is to be vigilante and connect to as many people as possible. There are so many tactics out there to find jobs but they all boil down fundamentals that I include in the quick cheat sheet. Continue reading

Answering “Why Were You Fired?”

why you were firedThis question is probably one of the hardest one’s to answer. Here’s some advice to steer your answer in the right direction. The only sure fire way to get this answer right is if you prepare and practice it until you sound confident and comfortable in  your answer. The words should come from your mouth steady with confidence, not hesitation.

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To Shave or Not to Shave for Job Interviews?

Should i shave for job interviewsThe simple answer is to just go ahead and shave your beard, mustache, mutton chops or whatever you have off of your face. Lots of guys drive themselves up the wall trying to figure out if they should. Parting with one’s look can be a very tough decision to make. The problem is you just don’t know how employers will view your style so it’s best to just go with a conservative one.

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How Often Should You Follow-up After an Interview?

how long to wait to follow upFollowing-up after an interview is a crucial step that many people neglect to do. The follow-up is another chance you get to keep your name in their mind and set yourself apart from your competition. The follow-up contact shows you are interested, organized  and eager to work for them. If done right, it will definitely increase your chance of getting a job in Buffalo & WNY.

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