by Princess Fanning When applying for a job you might wonder: will I get it? How long will it be before the employer calls back? Is my resume long enough? These are very important factors in finding a job, but what about making a good first impression? First impressions are one of the most … Continue reading First Impressions Matter
by Rachel Vilsack Some job seekers face barriers to employment. This is especially true for job seekers who must address a felony or former offense in their job search. Don’t let your criminal background hold you back from meaningful employment! The New Leaf Workshop – held at WorkForce Center locations around Minnesota – is … Continue reading Turn Over a New Leaf
by Rachel Vilsack For the past year, I've had the pleasure of working with great guest contributors to provide you, our blog readers, with articles on job search and career resources. I've clearly paid attention to their advice. I recently landed a new job, which I officially start today! From writing a resume, to finding references, interviewing and following … Continue reading I Got a New Job!
by Rachel Vilsack One of the best additions I made to my workspace this year is a list of my 10 guiding values. I have them posted on my cubicle wall, next to my computer. I read through them every day. They are a reminder, about what is important in my life and how I … Continue reading Discover Your Workplace Values
by Rachel Vilsack Some employers may dread the interview process as it takes their time and effort away from the day-to-day operations of their business. I, however, love the interview process. As a recent participant in an interview panel, I got the opportunity to gain insight into how job seekers approach the process and how … Continue reading Why I Love the Interview Process
by Graham Riley Are you apparently “over qualified” for the opportunities that you are applying for? Here is an approach that you may wish to consider. Have you ever been left with the impression that a hiring company tends to reject candidates based upon the candidate being too old, young, tall, short, fat or thin versus a … Continue reading Are You Overqualified?
by Rachel Vilsack You've made it to the job interview! You are probably confident about your skills and how they relate to the employer’s job description. You’ve clearly presented your abilities well on a resume or job application because you got the interview. Now comes the most nerve-wracking part of the job search process –at … Continue reading Interview with Confidence
by Claire Nelligan I once served as a reference for a woman I had worked with closely at my job. I cannot possibly say enough good things about her! She was at the top of her field! Serving as a reference, I failed her miserably. Or did she fail me? I had no idea she … Continue reading Set Your References Up for Success – Part 2
by Claire Nelligan Good references are essential to landing a new job, yet according to author Martin Yate, few candidates realize that a primary reason they don’t get a job offer is because their references failed them. Ask yourself: are your references failing you, or are you failing your references? Your journey as a job … Continue reading Are Your References Failing You? Or Are You Failing Your References? – Part 1
by Mark Schultz Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone. For ex-offenders, though, there is always that nagging thought of “when will I be asked about my criminal background?” and “how am I going to respond?” This can cause unneeded stress throughout the interview process. If you’re an ex-offender, what can you do to … Continue reading Ex-Offenders: Prepare for the Tough Interview Questions