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  • Job Search Advice: Be Prepared For Your Interview

    When you decide to work with Workbridge Associates, we want to help you achieve your goals with your job search.  Among prepping you on the background of the company and the job description, the recruiters will also ensure your resume is in tip top shape before sending it off to different companies. 

    In order to help you with that, we wanted to share some knowledge to help you put your best foot forward with all your interviews.

    Below you will find five great tips that you can use before you even step into our office- enjoy.

     

    Be Prepared For Your Interview

    BY RYAN BRITTAIN

    Going in for an interview with a company that you really want to work at? Make sure you are doing a few things beforehand to ensure success:

    Google the company

    Check their web site's About Us tab and make sure you know what they do and who their clients/partners are. Also, see if you can find any articles or news about the company to gather some good small talk material for the interview. For example, “I saw that you guys recently announced plans to do [project]. How will that affect this position, team, department, etc.?” Look into the management team and get a feel for who is leading the company and where they come from. Nine times out of ten, someone in the interview will ask, “What do you know about us?” Impress them with your answer and get the interview started on the right foot.

    Check out the interviewer’s LinkedIn connections

    Look up the people you are scheduled to interview with. Check to see if you share any work experience, connections, former colleagues, clubs, interests, etc. For example, “I looked up your profile on LinkedIn and saw that you used to work at [company]. Did you work on [person you know]’s team?” The goal is to make the interview more conversational.

    Check out their posts and followers on social media

    If you know who you’re meeting with, follow them on Twitter and/or scan their blog. Perhaps they tweeted about an event you recently attended, or commented on a band or sporting event that you like. Doing things like this shows that you are thorough, “plugged-in,” and can create the personality/culture connection that is very important in the interview process.

    Get there early…but not too early

    If you are unsure how long it will take to get to the interview, make sure you allot some extra time for traffic, getting lost, tie-straightening, etc. If you are more than 15 minutes early, grab some coffee or run through some practice questions and answers. If you show up too early, it can be an inconvenience to the manager.

    Have questions ready

    Show that you have put some thought into the company. I have interviewed hundreds of candidates for internal positions with my company and I will always wrap up the interview by asking: “What questions do you have for me?” If someone gives me a blank stare and has no questions, I assume they are either not interested or not able to synthesize the information in the interview to come up with a question.

  • "9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People"

    Check out this article we found on Inc.com, a great business resource for "useful information, advice, insights, and inspiration." While their content is geared towards business owners, these nine mantras can make a big difference for anyone in a leadership position, or not (plus, they're easy to remember)!

    Read longer explanations at the link above.

    1. Time doesn't fill me. I fill time.

    Average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time.

    2. The people around me are the people I chose.

    Remarkable employees want to work for remarkable bosses.

    3. I have never paid my dues.

    4. Experience is irrelevant. Accomplishments are everything.

    You have "10 years in the Web design business." Whoopee. I don't care how long you've been doing what you do. Years of service indicate nothing; you could be the worst 10-year programmer in the world.

    I care about what you've done: how many sites you've created, how many back-end systems you've installed, how many customer-specific applications you've developed (and what kind)... all that matters is what you've done.

    5. Failure is something I accomplish; it doesn't just happen to me.

    6. Volunteers always win.

    7. As long as I'm paid well, it's all good.

    8. People who pay me always have the right to tell me what to do.

    9. The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.

    Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do--especially if other people aren't doing that one thing. Sure, it's hard.

    But that's what will make you different.

    And over time, that's what will make you incredibly successful. 

    - Jeff Haden, Inc.com

    Also by Jeff Haden, "Best Way to Make Employees Better at Their Jobs"

  • Major Life Decisions: Whether to Take a Job Away from Home

    Here at Workbridge, we sometimes place candidates who, while excited about their new jobs, are still a little weary about being alone in a new city (namely, Boston).

    If you’re just getting started in your career, now is the time to pack your bags and move. When a good opportunity lies in a place where you might not see yourself in the long run, seriously consider taking it anyway, because it might work for now. Leaving behind friends and family is always difficult but it’s imperative to remember that they will (or, should) always be there in the end. A good job opportunity, on the other, probably won’t stick around.

    Our recruiters have all faced similar issues, and are understanding of dilemmas like these. When considering a job away from home, ask yourself the following:

    • Does an opportunity of equal value and quality exist back home?
    • If I go, what am I losing permanently? / If I stay, what am I losing permanently?
    • Is this position going to act as a stepping-stone in my career, even if I don’t intend to be here for the next ten years?
      • For example, might this company be willing to put me through graduate school?
      • Does this company have offices in other cities?
      • Is it a reputable company that will boost my resume and experience?

    Most importantly, have enough faith in yourself to believe that you’ll be able to build a new network of friends wherever you go. In Boston specifically, there are tons of meet-up groups where you can socialize with people who have similar interests as you. For example:

    If you've been so inspired by this blog post that you feel like getting out there ASAP, go ahead and RSVP to our "Big Data in the Real World" event, taking place at the Microsoft NERD Center on July 25th at 6:30 PM.

    (Also keep in mind that even if you don't want to "meetup" about tech, there are tons of other groups that involve things like the environment, fitness, politics, literature, film, new-age spirituality, paranormal activity, animals, sci-fi, social groups, and more!)

  • Handling Skeletons In Your Closet

    We can all admit to having a few skeletons in our closet here and there, come on who doesn't? We're only human and we make mistakes. However, we're addressing those skeletons that could show up on a background or reference check performed by a potential employer.

    Thanks to our CEO Beth Gilfeather, we now have a few tips on how to handle the skeletons in our closet when the opportunity arises to confront a situation and tell the truth during a job interview.

    Skeletons in Your Closet

    Examples:

    • Being let go from a job
    • Bad Credit
    • Misdemeanors
    • Incomplete degree listed on your resume
    • Resume discrepancies
    • Personal interests of sensitive nature

    Things such as these may not be noticeable on your resume but may surface via background or reference checks performed by a potential employer when completing further investigations on your background before offering you a position.

    Most employers will perform a background check before offering a fulltime or contract position to you. Knowing this, would it be wise to take the chance in hoping that one of your "skeletons" don't fall out of the closet? Probably not.

    Beth, suggests that you "first, find out what type of checks the company performs before voluntarily bringing anything up from your past. And definitely wait until after the first round to divulge any skeletons that you feel are destined to be revealed."

    Before going in to an interview, Google yourself and find out what is being said in the cyber world about you. Don't bring anything up unless you feel as though there is a factual issue that can arise from the information found. She also states "...if you have anything that you've made public like a blog, online profile or photo sharing account that hosts information of a personal nature, take it down if it is not something that you want employers to see." An employer may not complete a background check but it is very likely that they may Google your name to see what comes up. Protect yourself from losing a potential job offer from information that could be found online and misunderstood or may be a misrepresents the person and employee that you are.

    If you are placed in a situation where you are addressed about a particular situation or "skeleton", Beth has a few good rules to follow...

    1. Beat them to the punch. Address any situations that you feel are inevitably going to surface. No manager wants to be caught off guard. Not telling them before hand makes you not only appear to be guilty, but it also makes you a liar.

    2. Be brief and accountable. "There is only one side to the story, the TRUTH." State what happened and take responsibility for any mad decisions made on your part.

    3. Express Your Regret. Ensure that they know this choice will not happen again. That you learned from your experience and know now how to handle things differently.

    If you handle things well, you can have hope that the employer will look past this incident as a result from your display of maturity, honesty and perspective on the situation.

     

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