Welcome to our candidate focused weekly review blog. We hope that you will find links to blogs and articles here that will assist in your job search, resume prep, interviews, and everyday until retirement! If at any time you have specific questions, just let us know in the comments area.

Step 1: The Job Search: 

  • Last week the Senate voted down legislation to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits that expired in December 2013. Then during the President’s speech last night he urged congress to restore the benefits. The Senate did approve a motion to reconsider this legislation.
  • Before you are invited for an interview your resume will be speaking for you. Here are some resume tips to help. It should be written strategically and definitely not include these 5 common resume mistakes.
  • A current and unique trend in resumes is the video resume. If this is something you’re considering using, then you may want to discuss these pros and cons first.

 Step 2: The Interview and Waiting:

  • After prepping for an interview, hearing NO can be heart breaking. However, NO doesn’t have to be the end. It’s important to let the hiring manager know you’d be interested in other opportunities at the company and then follow up.
  • Technology is making it easy for candidates to be cutting edge during the hiring process. If part of your interview involves a presentation or portfolio on your tablet then make sure you follow a few basic etiquette rules so the technology works with you, not against you.
  • The interview process follows current trends just like fashion. It’s important for you to be aware of the new trends and know what to expect if you walk into one.

Step 3: The Workplace:

  • Now that you started the job, you may have the option of joining a trade union. Is it right for you? How do you join and what are the benefits? These are all important questions to answer before you decide.
  • The beginning of the year is usually performance review time. This is a great opportunity for you to learn how your manager views you and the job you’ve done. But don’t dismay if your review is less then stellar. A negative review isn’t usually the end.

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