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Avoid making these mistakes during your interview, and increase your chances of closing the deal.

Being Late

Being Unprepared

Second, being unprepared for interview questions can cause you to digress from the question by  rambling on and on…. Rehearse! Be ready to answer questions like “why are you looking for a new job?” or “tell me about yourself” and be specific.

  • Being under dressed to the interview

What you should do to avoid this mistake? First things first, go to the interview dressed appropriately. It’s better to be over dressed to an interview than being dressed too casual. The job may not require a suit and tie every day, but if you can look your best then you have made a positive first impression.

  • No examples that demonstrate your skills

What you should do to avoid this mistake?  Avoid giving general answers like “I’ve worked with balance sheets, income statements, Microsoft Office…” Instead you should respond by giving specific examples that have quantitative data. You’ve probably worked on a project, so explain what you did. Let the interviewer know how much money you saved the company. “I saved the company $10,000” sounds better than “I saved the company money.” Other candidates may be leaving out details that can make you stand out.

  • You have not researched the company & you do not have any questions

 Once the interviewer is done asking you questions they’ll ask you if you have any questions for them. If you don’t have any regarding the company itself, ask the interviewer how he/she has been able to progress. You should definitely have looked up the company before your interview on their website, LinkedIn and other social networking sites.

Bad Mouthing Your Bosses/Company

In the news we’ve heard about people being fired for social media updates bad mouthing their bosses. Similarly, it is not the best idea to bad mouth your boss because you may come across as a disgruntled employee.  It is in your best interest to come across as positive .

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

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Last week as I was going through my news RSS feeds, I came across an article on Fortune. The article described GILD and every thing it had to offer to IT professionals. Pro-Tem Solutions specializes in accounting, finance & IT, so I decided to check it out for myself.

Basics

Your profile is created once you sign up, but you still need to fill in the rest of the blanks. One quick way to do that–if you have a LinkedIn account–is by clicking on the LinkedIn icon under “Import Your CV.” By doing so, a pop-up window appears and asks you if you will allow gild access to your LinkedIn account.

Personality

In addition to your average looking profile, Gild has a personality test that you can take. It shouldn’t take more than ten minutes. After I completed the test I was directed to a page that stated I would receive an E-mail notification once my results were ready… But I didn’t. I was able to view the results on my Gild home page (under Activity Feed).

Skills

Gild’s skills feature allows you to add and edit skills applicable to your field.

  • Click on the specific skills you want to edit
  • Determine how much experience you have based on years & hours                                               
    • The numbers are displayed in a graph
  • Skills are classified under:
    • Business
    • Tech

References

Similar to LinkedIn, Gild allows job seekers to request references from people they know. The request may be made to people who aren’t necessarily on Gild (yet) by sending them an e-mail. You may ask that the person reply to your request based on a set list of skills or as a colleague.

Extras

As you are completing your profile, you earn achievements. Gild combines professional social networking (LinkedIn), social games (FourSquare), and competition to help job seekers. Aside from those features, you can complete certification tests on https://www.gild.com/certifications 

Gild has plenty to offer its users, but we would like to know how many of you are already on Gild or will try it. Let us know by leaving a comment or tweeting us!

The Unwritten Résumé

Yesterday the words “unwritten résumé”  were brought up in a conversation, and I realized that many people don’t think beyond their professional résumé. Many of us have posted our résumé on LinkedIn and on job boards then we either got a call back or didn’t. The times you didn’t get a call back, you question why they didn’t bother to interview you or get the job. You’re unwritten résumé may be the reason behind that.

  • Here’s an example… Abc company has a job opening that is perfect for you.
    • You submit your résumé, you get a call, and you get the interview.
  • Here’s where things may go wrong… 
    • You didn’t go to the interview because you don’t want your current employer to find out.
  • Here’s what you could have done
    • You could have gone on your lunch break.
    • Depending on your work dress code, you may want to have some extra clothes in your car to change into for the interview.
    • Be straight forward with the interviewer. You don’t want to waste their time, and risk getting a bad reputation.

Don’t close the door on the opportunity of a life time!

Pro-Tem Solutions works with some of the most seasoned recruiters, that browse through many résumés daily, and they have interview many people throughout their career. Recruiters and line managers have certain impressions that may affect your placement. As a result, when jobs become available they will typically have someone in mind. Recruiters have recommendations from people they trust, they or someone they know have/has been in contact with you in the past.

Before ending this post… think about the things people can say about you professionally–good and bad–and how you can improve or change how they feel about you.

Pro-Tem Solutions posts jobs every day (appl@pro-temsolutions.com) and every job requires years of experience. How are recent college graduates supposed to have two to three years experience if they’ve been working mostly part-time and studying for midterms their whole college life?

Internships

Most people will recommend students to get an internship, but it shouldn’t just be a recommendation. Rather, it should be required for all students. The economy may be bad, but it’s not the reason graduates aren’t getting jobs. Hiring managers are looking for the best qualified candidates, and if you don’t have any experience then chances are someone who does will get hired every time.

There are a variety of internships available that are unpaid, but the experience you gain is more valuable than the money you earn. Granted that college students have many expenses, many internships are flexible and may offer a stipend at the end of the internship. Some people may even suggest to take out a loan if you get an unpaid internship and need the money desperately, but that’s up to your discretion.

One of the goals I set for myself as a college student was to get an internship, and for the past couple of months I have been interning at Pro-Tem Solutions. As an intern for Pro-Tem Solutions, I have been able to maintain this blog, social media accounts–Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn–and experience what I’ve been reading in my textbooks first hand. Among the many things I’ve learned working for a staffing company is the importance of having experience. Luckily, I can share the knowledge I have gained through this blog.

Most computers today come equipped with webcams, but you might not use it often. Soon you will find yourself having a video job interview.

Why are companies chosing this method?

Pro-Tem Solutions recruits candidates for positions nationwide. The recruiter may need get to know you better, but is too far to meet with you. The next best option is a video interview. It is similar to a phone interview, but you have to make sure you have a reliable internet connection.

Skype is one of the most popular internet video call providers. You may have already watched tv show hosts–like Oprah Winfrey–use Skype on their shows instead of having guests live in the studio. They’re using this method with guests to save money on flight and hotel accommodations. Similarly, businesses save money on travel costs using video calls/interviews.

Convenience

  • The internet call service is free no matter where you’re calling.
  • It’s easy to set up an account.
  • You don’t have to drive any where.
  • You won’t catch traffic.
  • The atmosphere is more comfortable, so you’re not as nervous.

How to Approach the Call/Interview

You may recall a few months ago we posted a blog titled, “Getting the Job: Resume & Interview Tips” and it gave you basic tips regarding the phone interview. The same applies to video calls, but this time you have to dress up. TIME  video has great tips regarding lighting and the room you use during the video interview.

The Downside

  • Video calling hasn’t been perfected yet, and it is possible for the call to be interrupted by a bad connection.
  • The sound quality–for example an inaudible microphone–so it’s important to check your connection with someone else ahead of time.
Regardless of the type of interview you have (phone, video or office) make sure you are prepared for the questions they ask you, and have questions.

As we enter the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, you can imagine the hustle and bustle to meet deadlines, finish projects, and spend money. Businesses want to complete these tasks and they need all the help they can get.

The fourth quarter arrives, and all you can do is think to yourself,”the year is almost over, what did I do this whole time?”  You might need a reminder of the organizational goals that were set at the beginning of the year. As a result, employers and employees–alike–are motivated to before the new fiscal year begins.  

Each department within the organization is looking to meet their year goals, but might not have enough man power to get there. According to the Vault, “temp jobs are surging.” That is to say that some companies may be unsure about the future, so they tend to want to hire temporary, part-time or contract employees instead of full-time. Job seekers benefit from situations like these, as more opportunities become available from temporary to full-time.

 As a job seeker you should have an updated résumé ready to submit, and your eyes on social media vehicles. Post your résumé on websites. I have placed a screen shot of what it should look like on the home page. This gives you the opportunity to be noticed by recruiters who browse résumés for potential candidates.

Future Jobs

As you may already know, Pro-Tem Solutions is headquartered in Long Beach. Many of us read major business journals, but today we found an interesting article in the Long Beach Business Journal. The article, “Green Jobs Sprouting In Emerging Industries” discusses the green job opportunities that are available in California.  We have been reading about green jobs for a while now, and now we can say that California is leading the way with 500,000 green jobs.   

Where can I find green jobs or training?

The EPA’s website offers plenty of information regarding green jobs/technology. There are jobs that are business related–financial management, computer science–and you can find non-business jobs there as well. But, what if you’re not knowledgable when it comes to green technology. Here’s your solution: the Clean Energy Workforce Training Program. The program’s purposes is “to develop regional plans for training workers in new green technologies.” 

A local search for a training program in Long Beach (as shown in the image above) directs you to the city college.

 

Which ever stage you are in your career it is a great training program to look into. Why? These programs offer certification in different green tech areas, and will expand your job opportunities. 

 A couple of RSS feeds for Green news to get you started: