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Interview Tips

Your initial interview with a potential employer is the most important step in securing the position you want. It is your opportunity to convince the employer that you are the person the company needs. The tips are several pages of proven suggestions, which if followed, will ensure that the interview is used to your full advantage. The tips are included in a brochure, which we will be glad to send to you. Just Contact Us to request our interview tips OR complete the Becoming an Applicant portion and request "Interview Tips" in the comments section.

Counteroffer Tips

An employee is offered a position at another company. Before leaving his/her job, the current employer sweetens the pot by making him/her a counteroffer. Where does an employee go from here? To answer this question and others, Contact Us to request our counteroffer tips OR complete the Becoming an Applicant portion and request "Counteroffer Tips" in the comments section.

Resume Writing Tips

The resume is a tool with one specific purpose: To win an interview. If it doesn't, it isn't an effective resume. We have suggestions that will help you create that effective resume. Just Contact Us to request our resume writing tips OR complete the Becoming an Applicant portion and request "Resume Tips" in the comments section.

Tips for Working With Recruiters

  • Buy an answering machine if you don't already own one. Use a brief, formal message on the machine. Remember, a prospective employer may be calling. Use a message that won't embarrass you.
  • Alert everyone in your household of your search and the need for their cooperation, courtesy and accurate message taking.
  • Explain reasons for all job changes to your recruiter.
  • Don't call a recruiter just to "test the waters" or "see what's out thereā€. He/she is under the impression that you are serious about finding a new position.
  • Tell your recruiter your exact income. Separate into base salary, shift differential, bonus, commission, etc. and give last year's W-2 gross. If there is a question, the recruiter or client company can always ask for a W-2.
  • Explain any situations to your recruiter that may warrant problems with relocation, such as jobs for your spouse, special schools for your children, problems with allergies, etc. Remember: the more open you are to relocation, the better your chances will be in finding a position.
  • Inform your recruiter of any outside job activities such as telephone interviews, personal interviews, job offers, etc. By doing so, your recruiter is able to obtain offers more quickly, and in general, appear more informed to their clients and affiliates about your situation.
  • Be truthful with your recruiter. Many recruiters network their applicants, so inconsistencies will be obvious.
  • Don't talk to a recruiter unless you have discussed a job search and relocation preferences with your spouse or significant other.
  • Limit yourself to working with a few recruiters, and make sure they have expertise in your area.
  • Identify yourself by your full name when you call to speak with the recruiter. Recruiters work with thousands of applicants and may not know who you are if you just say, "This is Bill."
  • Notify your recruiter if you move or change telephone numbers. Even though you may not be interested in a new position today, you may still want to receive mailings or phone calls about opportunities in the future.
  • Don't ever accept a job offer and later turn it down. Some recruiters will not work with an applicant again if this happens. They may also network your name to other recruiters or clients and inform them of your improper business practices.
  • If your situation changed radically and you can't report to work as agreed, notify your new employer and recruiter IMMEDIATELY. Not showing on your start date or calling your new employer on your start date (instead of earlier) is discourteous and considered reprehensible. Remember that word of your behavior often travels.
  • Don't agree to a personal interview if you know before hand that you will definitely not accept an offer with the company.
  • Be positive and patient. Good things take time.