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  •  Funny story about email addresses (9+ / 0-)

    I believe in being as formal as possible when looking for a job so when I was looking for a job 4 years ago (and found my current position), I set up an email address that included my full name "Richard D__"  When I was hired the name plaque on my cube said "Richard D__" and everyone called me by my full name but I really prefer to go by Rich.  After four years, I am finally starting to be able to get people, including my boss, to call me Rich!

    I count my blessings that I have a stable job but I would love to improve my resume and help others.  I also consider myself knowledgeable at preparing for interviews if anyone needs help with that.  Some advice:

    1. Always wear a suit and tie or a business suit for women, even if you don't think it is needed and look good (clean shave etc).  Rent or borrow a suit if you have to (I have done this in the past because I hate wearing suits lol).

    2. Be fully prepared for the interview.  Know the stock symbol and current trading price if they are a public company.  Read through their website thoroughly understand their business history and model.  It is so impressive when a candidate can say answer "why do you want to work here" with "I am interested in your company because it has a reputation for being the leader in the blah blah industry since 1938 and I was impressed to see that the company continued to grow the blah blah sector of the business by 20% for the last two quarters, this is how I could fit into that growth" compared to "I'm broke and I need a job."  Often an interviewer will ask you what you know about the company, and if you are prepared, you have a slam dunk answer.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do to help with a central repository where we can help each other with resume writing.  I am not an expert but I have been somewhat successful in finding jobs (knocking wood hard).

    •  That's great, Rich! (10+ / 0-)

      I used to advise candidates to look up the company in Standard & Poors (this was before the Internet), and one successful applicant made a real hit with the guy who interviewed her.  

      He said, "How much do you know about our company?"

      "Well," my friend said, "I don't really know very much other than what I found out in Standard & Poors..."

      The guy broke into an enormous guffaw and yelled to his partner in an adjoining office, "Hey, Mike, she did a Standard & Poors on us!"

      She got the job and was very happy in it.  I advised her to wear her gray suit with a white blouse to the interview.  She'd wanted to wear the black pinstripe suit, but in it she looked as if she were about to take over a major corporation.  Too threatening to Those in Power!  

      It's okay to wear the power suit after one has got the job and is doing it well every day.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 06:24:02 AM PDT

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      •  I had an interview a couple of years ago (6+ / 0-)

        where a young woman showed up half-dressed, bare midriff, low top, super tight jeans, chewing gum. It was a brief interview.

        Perhaps I should note that I work with my wife and we always conduct employment interviews together.

        It is a do things about injustice.... It helps to have a goal. I've always tried to have one.--Ted Kennedy, True Compass

        by Timaeus on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 09:47:59 AM PDT

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        •  Flip-flops to the interview = no second interview (6+ / 0-)

          Seriously people, flip-flops? Unless the job is as a lifeguard or perhaps flip-flop salesperson, change out of your play clothes for interviews.

          •  The funny thing is (5+ / 0-)

            that stuff like this is more common than most of us would expect.  When I first finished college, I was an office manager and was responsible for hiring people.  I was hiring CSRs, payment processors etc.

            I would say a majority of the people that I interviewed act in some way inappropriately.  They would wear jeans, show up late, or call me something inappropriate like "Chief" or "Buddy."  If I have my way after you are hired, you can wear shorts and flip flops to work (or even stay home and work) but if you are not able to care enough about the job to dress like an adult for the interview, then how can I expect you to take the job seriously?

            Same thing goes for potential employers.  I know that there are a lot of people out there that will take any job under any circumstances right now and I would in their shoes too but I have seen a lot of potential employers act badly.  I have had interviewers make me wait for hours at a time with no excuse or apology, show up in jeans and t-shirts for an interview etc.   These are usually the jobs that I get calls for recruiters for every 6 months because the person that they hired quit.

    •  Very good point (5+ / 0-)

      about knowing something about the company with a little Internet research. I am impressed when applicants can tell me something specific that was not found in the "want ad".  

      You cannot enlighten the unconscious.

      by cassandracarolina on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 07:21:03 AM PDT

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    •  Great advice (4+ / 0-)

      Currently I'm doing well at free-lance writing, but the last office job I had, I came to the interview with a typed sheet of ideas I had for helping the guy obtain his goals. He was very impressed by that.

      "If religion is the opiate of the masses, then fundamentalism is the amphetamine." Miz Vittitow

      by MillieNeon on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 10:09:17 AM PDT

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