An Easy Guide to Answering “So, Tell Me About Yourself”
Interviewers love to ask this question. Why? Because it reveals more about the job candidate than you might think.   If you can come up with a good answer, it tells them that you (A) can think on your feet, and (B) understand the needs of the job and company you're interviewing for. Read through the following tips and you'll see what we mean.   1. Be prepared. Hesitating or stammering when this question is thrown at you will give the impression that you lack awareness both of yourself and the job requirements. Memorize an opening statement that you can deliver quickly and confidently.   2. Keep it short. We believe your first response should be no longer than a TV commercial: 30 seconds. If the interviewer wants you to go into more detail about a particular point, he/she will ask.   3. Make it all about them. Remember, you're there to sell yourself as the answer to their problem: which candidate will be the biggest asset to their company. Information about your...
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How to Use the Holidays to Your Advantage in the Job Hunt
Are we crazy? Isn't this the very worst time of year to be looking for work?   Actually, no, it isn't. Contrary to what most job seekers believe, the holidays can be one of the best times to make progress in your job search, and here's why.   It's all about networking — getting the word out that you're searching for that next great opportunity. The holidays give you the perfect excuse to work your contacts without seeming pushy or needy. After all, 'tis the season for getting in touch and catching up on each other's lives. Your current employment situation would just come up naturally in the course of these activities.   Greeting cards/emails. People are still impressed to receive a beautiful card with a personalized, handwritten note in the mail, but if you're short on time an e-card can also be very effective.   Social media. Post good wishes for the holidays and a short "what's happening with me" report on the social media pages of people who could provide...
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How Am I Supposed to Get a Job When I Have No Work Experience?
If it's any comfort to you, you're not alone. This is the roadblock faced by all new graduates, as well as people of any age who are changing careers. Even those who have an employment history but it's not recent — for example, if they left the workforce to raise children — often have trouble competing in the job market.   Here at Integrity Staffing Solutions, we have counseled thousands of individuals caught in this dilemma, and learned which strategies are the most successful for overcoming it. Below are our top 3 tips to get you started on the path to your dream job.   1. Translate your non-work experience into marketable skills. There may be a wealth of activities in your background that you didn't get paid for, but will demonstrate that you'd make an excellent employee. Look for those that allowed you to develop your organizational, leadership, communication and/or teamwork abilities, and focus on them in your resume. How about:   School group projects Officer of...
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You Failed Your Interview, It's all Over, Right?
Not necessarily. Recruiters understand that the pressure of the interview situation makes it nearly impossible not to mess up some way, somehow, and really don't expect you to be perfect (unless you're applying for the job of brain surgeon). So maybe it's not as bad as you think, and maybe you still have a chance at this job if you do a little damage control. The most important thing is not to give up and just walk away. Even if this job is a lost cause, you never know when you might meet this interviewer again, either for a different job at the same company or for another company that the interviewer has moved to. Do you want to leave the impression that you're a quitter? Here are 3 steps you can take to try and recover from your mistake. 1. Think back. Analyze what happened and exactly what you think gave the interviewer a bad impression. Stick to definite feedback that you received during the interview, not just a "feeling" that something you said wasn't received well....
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The Right Way to Ask Someone to Hook You Up with a Job
One of the best ways to find a job is through a referral from a friend or professional contact who works at an organization you want to work for. Not only do you learn about job openings that may not have been advertised, but company hiring managers often give preferential treatment to a candidate recommended by a current employee. Take a look at the websites of companies your friends and network contacts work for, to see if there are any job postings that fit your skills. If there are, the next step is to contact your acquaintance and ask for a referral. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you do. 1. Keep it light. No matter how desperately you want the job, don't pass that pressure onto your friend or imply that he's obligated to do you this favor. Instead of bluntly asking, "Can you refer me," say something like, "Would you feel comfortable mentioning me to your hiring manager?" 2. Email, don't call. In the spirit of "no pressure," we suggest that it's better to...
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3 Things to Look for in a Staffing Agency
When you bring temporary staff into your company, their ability to succeed in their roles can have a significant impact on the success of your company as a whole. It is therefore critical to choose a staffing agency that can provide reliable quality and service to your needs.   There are many criteria you can use to evaluate a potential staffing partner. Today we will discuss our top 3, and how they are predictive of successful outcomes. These are the areas of business development that we at Integrity Staffing Solutions focus on the most, because they are the most important to our clients' success.   1. Dedication to associates' success. The agency you select should do more than just bring people in off the street. It should actively work to promote their success on the job — through training, support and incentives to grow their careers. Formal programs and procedures should be in place that you can review.   Example: Every Integrity associate receives pre-assignment...
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5 Ways Social Media Can Make or Break Your Interview
"I saw on your Facebook page that you hated your last employer. How do I know you won't bash our company too, if you work here?" "I read your tweets about getting drunk three days last week. Do you have an alcohol problem?" "Your photo on Google Profiles is very sexy. Do you think this is a good image for a professional?"   Questions like these are not what you want to hear from your interviewer. They're a pretty sure sign you won't be getting any job offer. And they could have been prevented if you had just spent a little time polishing up your social media presence.   Since at least 80% of recruiters now check applicants' social media — and about two thirds of those say they've made a hiring decision based on what they found there — this is really worth doing. Let's look at 5 ways you can make sure they see you as a standout candidate for the job.   1. Hide your personal stuff on Facebook. To do this, you'll have to create specific groups, such as "Personal" and...
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The Biggest Interview Mistake You Don’t Want to Make
In the thousands of job interviews we at Integrity Staffing Solutions conduct every year, we’ve seen some pretty outrageous mistakes, from bringing breakfast (and eating it while talking) to showing up in a torn T-shirt and cutoffs.   The Mistake: Being Unprepared. However, in our opinion, the one mistake that will do the most damage to your chance of getting hired is not doing your homework ahead of time. For one thing, knowing something about the company you’re interviewing with will help you explain how you can contribute to their success. For another, not bothering to do any research tells them you’re lazy and/or not really interested in working there.   3 Ways to Avoid It: Research, Research, Research.   Research the company. Read their website thoroughly, until you’re confident you understand their business, vision, culture, challenges and recent events or changes. Check out their social media pages (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). Google the company and see what...
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Want to Keep It Together at Work? Start Your Day Like This.
“I am so tired. I can’t even think about getting up and brushing my teeth, let alone going to work.”   We all say this to ourselves once a while when the alarm goes off. But if you say it every day, you need an energy makeover. Here are some tips to help get you going and keep you sailing through the work day with ease.   Wake Up Your Body. If you’re the type of person who’s organized and energetic enough to get up early and go for a run, you’re not reading this anyway. For the rest of us, a one-minute, all-over stretch followed by shaking out your arms and legs is a more realistic option to energize muscles and release stiffness. You don’t even have to get out of bed to do it.   Change Your Self-Talk. Remember that “I’m so tired” thinking we mentioned? It can be more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than you realize. Try starting every day with a positive thought such as, “I’m full of energy to master whatever challenges the day brings.” It doesn’t matter if you don’t...
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5 Must-Take Steps Before Launching a Job Hunt
This post could also be called “How Not to Make Your Job Hunt a Total Waste of Time.” Why? Because if you don’t take these 5 steps before you start, you won’t know if your job search strategies will get you hired, or do the exact opposite.   Analyze yourself. Sit down and think about what you want your next job to be. What are your needs, goals, strengths and interests? Equally important, what are your weaknesses and dislikes? If the job openings in your current career or industry are scarce, what related fields or positions might your skills translate to?   To get ideas, you could take a career assessment test; there are a number of free ones on the Internet.   Research potential jobs. Once you’ve come up with a list of possible career paths and industries, learn more about them to decide on your top choices to pursue. This could include: Companies in your area who might employ you Online publications Professional groups   Develop a search strategy....
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