Interviewing for that new job can be stressful. This is your one time to make a first impression with hiring managers and it's important that you do all you can to make sure it's a good one.
Alexandra Hoge here at Workbridge Boston is one of our Practice Managers on our .NET team and she has 6 interview tips to help you rock your interview.
Tip 1: Do your research! Make sure that you have researched the company and come prepared with questions.
Tip 2: Arrive on time- don't be late!
Tip 3: Make sure that you dress and look professional. This is your one time to make that first impression.
Tip 4: Start off with a firm handshake and look the interviewer in the eye when you do so.
Tip 5: Do not guess on questions you do not know! It's important to be honest in what you know and what you don't know. If there is something you've never worked with before, you can turn that into a positive by explaining how you would go about learning it
Tip 6: Follow-up with a "Thank You" note after any interview, reiterating 3 main points:
1. Thanking them for their time.
2. Saying what interests you about the position.
3. Why you feel you would be a good fit for the position.
If you want more interview tips, follow us on Twitter @WorkbridgeMA.
If you are in the market for a new Tech Job, check out our open positions!
To contact Alex:
Connect with her on LinkedIn.
Follow her on Twitter: @HogeAg
We take pride in all of our recruiters here at Workbridge Boston and we like to recognize them once in a while! This week our recruiter spotlight shines its light on Andrea Sullivan, a member of our Open Source team. Every day Andrea comes into the office and helps Web Developers and Engineers find their dream job.
A graduate of UMass Amherst, Andrea started at Workbridge Boston in June of 2012. A social person by nature, Andrea's people skills help her relate to job-seekers and hiring managers to find the perfect fit for open positions. She loves having the chance to help people find new opportunities.
"There's nothing like walking out of the office after a long day and knowing that you positively impacted someone's life in one way or another. That's when all the hard work pays off."
When Andrea is taking a break from all-star recruiting, she can be found spending time with friends and family.
How to contact Andrea:
Email: [email protected]
Connect with her on LinkedIn.
With so many different recruitment agencies out there, we want to show you how Workbridge Associates differentiates itself to help you find a job. How #workbridgeworks if you will.
What makes us so different is that all of our recruiters are a part of a team. Here at Workbridge Boston, we have an Open Source team, a .NET team, and a Network Infrastructure team. These recruiters use their individual resources while working together to find you the perfect career.
When you walk into our office we want you to feel like you can talk to us openly about what you want and don’t want out of a job opportunity. During your visit, you meet with each and every individual in that team so that they can get to know you, and at the same time you can get to know them. This way, we have a good sense as to who you are and what you are looking for in hopes that we can form a relationship and find you the perfect opportunity to continue your tech career.
We really are more than just a recruiting firm, we are tech enthusiasts who love to socialize with others like us and find perfect job opportunities for those who want and need them.
So if you are in the market for a new job or just a fellow tech enthusiast, stop by or give us a call! We would love to meet you and help out with your job search.
Join us at Tech in Motion for great presentations and networking events.
Connect with us on Twitter for the latest tech news, job opportunities, and events.
Looking for the perfect gift for the techies in your life?
Workbridge Silicon Valley has some unique gift ideas any techie can appreciate...
(Workbridge is no way affiliated with the sites in this post)
Jewelry is a classic gift for a close friend or significant other, but why buy another heart-shaped pendant when you can send a more personal message? This QR Code Necklace allows you to create your own unique message that can be read using a QR scanning app.
Not a necklace person? That’s cool. Check out these Ethernet Rings. This Cat5 and Ethernet jack set are a perfect match - just like you and your special someone.
Do you have a fashionista in your life? Get them an awesome accessory like these Touchscreen Gloves. They’ll be stylish and warm while texting on their phone, rocking out on their iPod, reading on their favorite e-reader or playing on their iPad.
For the ultimate party pal, there’s an iPhone Case with a Bottle Opener. The party can’t get started without one!
Nice Goldie, Nibbles, and Gulp Cable Keeper make great stocking stuffers. Who doesn’t hate a tangled mess of cords? These cable keepers will store your chargers neatly and will look great doing it!
Then there’s the AViiQ Charging Station. This is a great gift for the frequent traveler or anyone with too many electronic devices (so EVERYONE). Rather than scouring your home, hotel, or airport for an outlet, put everything in this charging station to charge at the same time. Convenient, right?
Another great gift option is the ORA Ultimate Sound System. The ORA system is an 8 speaker sound system that attaches to your iPad to create a “surround sound” effect. This is a great option for gamers and movie lovers, who want to immerse themselves in the experience.
For the chef in the family, there are Chef Sleeves and Stands to protect your iPad during holiday cooking and baking. Attach your tablet to the cutting board to read and chop at the same time. Or get the sleeve and stand to prop you iPad up and protect it from flying projectiles, like flour and water droplets.
We hope you love these gift ideas, we thought they were pretty cool. Do you have any other awesome gift ideas for the techie's in your life? We would love to hear about them, comment below!
Jaime has been with the Los Angeles office for over a year. He works on the open-source development team and loves placing job-seekers in their ideal job.
He is from a small town, called Fallbrook, outside of San Diego and loves the Chargers. Jaime is now living the big city life and really enjoying it.
Here are three helpful tips from Jaime and the Open-Source team:
1) Have three people look over your resume before you submit it.
2) ALWAYS do some research on the companies you are interviewing with. You never want to walk into an interview blind.
3) As corny and repetitive as this sounds, NEVER take a counter offer. They usually never work out for you in the long run.
If you are in the market for a tech job in the open-source technology field feel free to reach out to Jaime and the team!
Email Jaime: [email protected]
Last Friday, Workbridge Orange County hosted Project Interview with WHW here at their office. WHW (Women helping Women/Men2Work) is a non profit organization that provides comprehensive employment support service to empower disadvantage men, women, and teens in reaching economic self-sufficiency. WHW has a high quality, personalized Employment Success Program that Workbridge Associates was lucky enough to participate with by hosting a round of Project Interviews.
We at Workbridge thought it was a natural alliance to join forces with WHW to help share our knowledge of resumes, interviews, and job hunting with those who need help. It was a pleasure to be able to go through the full interviewing process with 12 job seekers.
If you are currently looking for a new job, here are some of our tips:
1) Research! Make sure to check out the website, blogs, and relevant recent publications about the company you're interviewing with.
2) Use concise bullet points to highlight your previous work experience.
3) Be able to explain quickly and articulately your professional strengths with examples.
A huge thank you to WHW for partnering with us to host this round of Project Interview!
By: Matt Milano
Resigning from a job is an important part of the job search process. Leaving a company can be uncomfortable for both you and the people at the company. In today's world it is so important that you resign in the most professional manner possible. Chances are you may cross paths with someone from this company again. Here are some tips to keep in mind that can help to eliminate some of the awkwardness of resigning as well as insure you don't burn a bridge down the road.
Always write a resignation letter
Even though a resgination letter may not be required it will be received as you being professional. It does not have to be detailed. All it really needs to be is confirmation that you are resigning and notification of your last day. You are much better off not going into details about why you are leaving or what you will be doing. The letter is a representation of your professionalism not an opportunity to trash talk anyone or anything as you are leaving the company.
Don't ever resign over email or voicemail
Unless it is physically impossible to sit down with your manager, you should always make this a face-to-face conversation. You should do this in person, having the courtesy of speaking with them directly. A phone call is fine if this person is not local to you, but make sure that this is a one-on-one conversation and not a message left on their voicemail.
Be prepared to talk about your last day of employment
Because giving notcie can be an uncomfortable conversation sometimes we are not clear about when our last day is going to be. Make sure you not only have this date in your resignation letter, but you also discuss this date with your manager when you give notice. Also, it's a good idea to know how many days accured paid time off that you have. If you know this up front you can use these days as your last days of employment if you choose.
Leave on the best note possible
Work diligently up thru your last day of work. These are the days that your manager and co-workers will remember you by. This will pay off big if you need a reference in the future. Also, don't bad mouth anyone on your way out. Stay as positive as possible and thank everyone for the opportunity you had to work there. Lastly, try and document as much of your work load as possible. Writing documentations on your work will help your replacement transition in much smoother.
By Ryan Brittain: Division Manager of Workbridge Chicago
It's no secret that many people in search of new and fulfilling jobs after being with one employer for years needs a little help sprucing up their resume and finding ways to make it more appealing to potential hiring managers. Here are six simple resume tips to clean up your resume and get you on the right path to an easy job search:
Keep your resume recent and relevant
Ensure that your skills appear to be current. Limit your work history to the last 10 years or so, unless there is previous experience relevant to the position that you are applying for.
Limit resume length to a page, maybe two
"Consice, bullet-pointed resumes that highlight relevant skills and experience are all you need."
Customize your resume to the job you are seeking
Be sure to read through the job description for the position that you are interested in applying for. Take time to update your resume so that your relevant experience can easily be identified. This practice is reletively helpful when applying to companies that uses software to screen resumes. Do not embellish, you will be asked about these skills upon interviewing.
Your resume is no place for fancy fonts.
"Stick to traditional fonts (Times Roman. Arial, etc.)", keep the formatting of your resume simple, avoid using tables, inserts, headers and footers etc. so your resume will display cleanly on a variety of machines and devices.
Incorporate your online presence into your resume
Always include hyperlinks to your work (use a service like bitly.com to shorten the link)
Clean up your lines of communication
"Ensure that your voicemail message is pleasant, clear and up beat". Be sure to list an appropriate email that a potential employer can contact you at ([email protected] would be considered inappropriate).