Thank you! Monday, May 3 2010 

I think something that is often overlooked is the thank you note.  It’s not commonplace to send them anymore and I don’t know why. But, this is good news for you, because you will send one and it will make you stand out more than the other candidates.  Personally, as I mentioned yesterday, I tend to be old fashion in that I like paper. I like to receive the personal thank you note card over a thank you email, but either way, you can’t go wrong.  Below are some samples for you to look at to base yours off or to get some ideas.

Thank You by Email

Free Sample Job Interview and Career Thank-You Letters

Thank You Letters – Sample Interview Thank You Letter

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Interview tips…for the visual learner Thursday, Apr 29 2010 

Jen, you bring up a great interview scene, I couldn’t help but post the clip for those who haven’t seen it.  As good as Michael’s interview in “The Office” is, the interview between Dwight and Bernard give it a run for its money as well. So, if you are a visual learner…this would be the “don’t do this” video…

And here’s an informational video that runs through some of the basics you should do to prepare for an interview…

The Dreaded Interview… Thursday, Apr 29 2010 

I hate interviewing.  You have to be on your best behavior, seem really enthusiastic about the position and eager, and you know you are being judged the entire time.  Am I dressed right?  Am I giving the right answers?  Do they like me?  You can never be prepared for everything, but you can certainly stack your odds to make a good impression.  Here are my suggestions on how to do that:

(1) Do your research!  Know the company and what the position entitles;

(2) Come with questions to ask.  Questions = interest; and

(3) Be prepared to answer any questions they might have.  Look over the first two articles linked below and have answers ready to these questions. You can never be prepared for everything, but try not show surprise and keep your composure.  The more prepared you are or feel the easier this will be.

On a side note, I was once asked by an interviewer where I was seeking an associate position as a lawyer what my SAT score was….I hesitated, and he responded “you must not have done very well if you can’t remember.”  In my defense, my hesitation was more along the lines of “He can’t be serious, I’ve graduated college, law school, and passed the bar exam – why can this matter??”  I thought that was the end all of me, but I did get the position – so don’t beat yourself up if you think you haven’t answered everything well, you never know.

Below are some sites that have good additional tips and questions to ask/ you may be asked.  Take the time to read these – they are good!

Interview Tips – in addition to good tips, this site has  a good list of questions you may be asked and questions you may want to ask.

Interview Questions and Answers – also has good questions you might be asked that you should be prepared to answer.

Acting the Interview – good tips to read.

It could be worse…you could be this guy. Wednesday, Apr 14 2010 

Everyone makes mistakes, it’s only human.  So, I see no problem in making ourselves feel better by knowing there are other people out there who made similar mistakes or have done worse.  I for one, when I was applying to law school, sent one application out where in the cover letter it said “…and that is why I would make a great addition to [INSERT SCHOOL NAME HERE] Law School.”  !!!?!??!  Needless to say, I did not get into that school.  I’m sure you’re shocked. Lesson learned – have someone proof read your resume and cover letter!  But, if you do make a mistake, it happens, don’t beat yourself up, and read this – it will make you feel better.

“Consistently tanked as top sales producer”

“It’s best for employers that I not work with people”

“Skills: strong work ethic, attention to detail, team player, self-motivator, attention to detail.”

Still not consoled? Check these out:  150 Funniest Resume Mistakes, Bloopers and Blunders Ever