Posts Tagged ‘career tips’

We are a week into the new year and one of your resolutions  is most likely to find a new job in 2011. Where do you start?


The internet has made it easier to find new job openings and research companies. Popular job search engines like Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, Dice, LinkedIn, and Craigslist provide job seekers a variety of job opportunities. Today you can keep track of your account using your mobile phone using their free apps.

 Social Media


You may be reluctant to sign up for a Twitter account, and you don’t need an account to search for jobs. On the Twitter.com home page you can enter words into the search box.

The search results you get back are a result of tweets with hashtags, which are words preceded by the number sign (#jobs).  You can make it specific to “Accounting jobs” and the search results are updated live.

I recommend reading How To: Use Twitter Hashtags to Boost Your Job Search on Mashable for more basics on using Twitter.


It’s important to update your LinkedIn profile. Update your picture, jobs/titles, summary, etc. Add people to your network. Networking helps you where Monster and other websites can’t. That is to say, you make connections with people that work somewhere, recommend you or provide information about their jobs.


Some websites may ask you to upload your resume in pdf format to avoid viruses. On Word 2007, you choose the option “Save As” a PDF instead of .doc or .docx.

Before you send it, make sure you look at our post Getting the Job: Resume & Interview Tips


Good luck!


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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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By now you probably have a LinkedIn account, and you have looked at our job postings on the Pro-Tem Solutions job board. Before you send us your résumé demonstrating your spectacular accomplishments and job history, what should you do? Prepare.


  • Update – Make sure your résumé has the most up to date information:

You should have an appropriate E-mail address. Include an updated Phone number, and in case you’re away your voicemail should tell people who they are calling. For example, “Hi, this is John Smith… blah, blah, blah” instead of omitting your name and saying, “I’m not able to answer your call.” Home address should include your zip code

  • Bullet Style Format – Include your computer skills.  Your job history should include Month and Year
  • Concise and Typo Free – Résumés with typos and grammar errors are turn offs to those who are reviewing it.

 Phone Interview

  • Before you take that call, allow yourself a 30 minute window for the interview.
  • Clear Line – Try to find a clear like—such as your home phone—that is not going to cut off in the middle of the conversation and no noise interference.
  • Listen – Use your active listening skills to answer questions. Listening will allow you to prepare a better answer.

Interview – “Tell me about yourself”

It is important to prepare—and we can’t stress it enough–whether it’s over the phone or in person.  Have a list of things you want to say that can be expressed in three sentences or less. In addition, don’t wait until the last few minutes of your interview to ask questions. Prepare relevant questions as the interview goes along, and have articulate answers for the interviewer.

 You can find more interview tips on our LinkedIn & Facebook discussion boards. Good Luck!

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