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Ways to Stand Out During your Interview

May 27th, 2013

When you are thinking about applying for a new job, you should pick a career that you have passion for. If you don’t have passion for the job, this will show during the interview.

When speaking to the hiring manager, be sure to mention your passion for the job and its responsibilities. Speak with the manager about your goals and interest. This will allow the manager to see a personal side of you.

Show them how eager you are

Although you don’t want to come off too strong, you must let the employer know how eager you are to get started. They love to hear how anxious you are to learn about the company. Make sure to ask questions about the company culture and values. This will let the manager know you are interested in working for their company, and not just looking for any job.

If this is the place you see yourself working for many years from now, you need to be up-front with the employer, and share these feelings and thoughts. Tell them you are very interested in building your career with this company.

Let your energy out

Even if you may not be the type to talk much, you need to break out of your shell. This is your one chance in front of this employer to show them how eager you are. Your passion needs to shine through. Here are some ways the manager will know that you are truly passionate about the position.

  • You are knowledgeable about the company and its culture
  • You respond to questions with confidence
  • You ask educated questions to learn more about the job responsibilities
  • You provide insight into your career goals and how the company can help you reach them
  • You are proactive and reach out to the hiring manager to confirm the interview and thank them afterwards

In addition, here are some questions and statements you should consider asking the employer to show you are interested:

  • “Your company must be hard-working to receive those rewards. Please tell me about some of the values your company prides itself on.”
  • “I noticed on your website that you were one of the top companies to work for in your area. What are some of the things employees currently love about working here?”
  • “I saw your company donated to a fund raiser. This makes me want to be part of this company even more, knowing you reach out to the community. Giving back to the community is extremely important to me”

If you want to stand out among others during the interview process, these tips need to be considered. The worse thing someone can do is to apply to a job they don’t care for. Choose what you are passionate about and you will notice finding a job will be more successful. Contact the experts at Concorde Personnel today. We have the network and resources to help you find a job you are truly passionate about.


3 Ways to Avoid Job Search Desperation | Career Candidate Tips

February 25th, 2013

More than ever it is becoming difficult for the unemployed to find work. Yes, companies are hiring. Yes, new opportunities are out there. But, the problem is that there’s incredible competition in the career market, and this means there will be rejections from companies. For many of those who are looking for work, the job search is going from being challenging to being a process of desperation.

How can you avoid finding yourself in a situation where you are desperately trying to find work?

#1 – You Have to Be Realistic

One of the biggest things you don’t want to do is to settle for a job that is not right for you or your future. On the other hand, you have to be realistic. That’s the hard line to walk. If you see a position advertised but know it will not be good for you, don’t apply to it. It may be tempting but that job desperation is going to hurt you in the long run.

Make a list of the jobs you want to have, such as a dream job. Then, make a list of those that you will be okay holding. Write down the salaries, responsibilities and the title you will hold. It will help you to define just how low you are willing to go for that position.

#2 – Take the Time to Look Further

One of the mistakes many people make is not looking out into the horizon far enough. Instead of using the same way to find a job every single day, (you know the job boards you love and use all the time) switch things up. Give yourself something new to look at.

At the same time, consider how you are looking for a job. Are you trying to do it on your own and failing? It may be time to consider another option. Work with a recruiter instead. Use a temp agency, like Concorde Personnel, to get your feet wet. Look towards career support options as alumni.

#3 – Get Positive People Around You

It is hard to be positive and to keep working towards your goals when there is no end line in sight, but that is exactly what you have to do. You need to look past the rejections you are getting.

Those negative thoughts are hard to fight off on your own, though. That is why it is best to turn to other people who can help you. Be sure you have a support system that is honest (and can smack you around a bit when you need it) but one that is not going to let you give up or settle. It may be a professor from school or someone you’ve worked with in the past that you view as a mentor.

It’s never easy to find a job, especially when there is so much you are working against to find out. Yet, falling into a position of job search desperation is not going to help. It may even delay your ability to find the position that you’ve wanted and needed.

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