Friday, October 29, 2010

References are Important

When you fill out a job application most likely they will ask for a few references.  Be sure to have the names and contact information of three or more reliable and honest references.  Try to include references that are professional, in your field and have a good background on you.  Do not just pick friends that will sugar coat or lie for you.  Many recruiters and interviewers will follow up and call a couple of your references so they could make or break your chances of landing that dream job so put some thought into who you choose.  I would also suggest reaching out to your chosen references ahead of time so that they are not caught off guard when a recruiter comes calling.  Make sure they are ok with being a reference and let them know what kind of jobs you are seeking.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tough Interview Questions

Some interviewers may ask weird, tough or off the wall interview questions.  Usually they are looking to see how you handle issues, pressure, your creativity and how your mind thinks.  There really is no way to prepare for those unexpected questions other than to be relaxed, be honest and don't over think it.  Here is an article focusing on this issue at

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Check Temp Agencies

Temporary agencies are always looking for new people and work with many companies.  Although the pay is not always as high and you may have short assignments it still can be a useful resource.  Working as a temp at a company you get a chance to network, possibly get hired as a permanent employee and will make some money while your working on your job search.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Never Burn Bridges

Never burn bridges when you leave a company.  You never know what opportunities may pop up at your old employer.  You might end up networking with a former co-worker or see a job listing at your old company but if you burnt any bridges when you first left then those opportunities are now closed to you.  So whether you were laid off or resigned remember to restrain from bad mouthing the company, co-worker or anything involved with that company for that matter.

Friday, October 1, 2010

44 Resume Writing Tips

Your resume is your starting point and you need to sell yourself.  Here are 44 tips for writing your resume.