Here's a common question … and common mistake I see all the time. In which format should candidates send their resume – .doc or .pdf? I set up a poll on Linkedin Answers to see what HR professionals and recruiters think.
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Top Ten Tips for a Successful Interview:
- Research the company and be prepared with some written questions. Go to the company website and spend at least thirty minutes reviewing the management team, the about us pages, and make sure you read any recent press releases. Prepare questions about the company and the department you are interviewing.
- Be on time, and that means between 15 and 5 minutes early, with a clean, well-presented copy of your resume. This sounds simple, but you would be shocked at how many people don’t leave at least 15 minutes early in order to get there 10 minutes early!
- Dress the part – professional business attire, no matter how casual or cool the company is.
- Be kind to every employee you meet – the receptionist, the parking lot attendant, and anybody you pass in the hall. You know, Southwest Airlines used to have the flight attendants on flights anonymously assess the candidates they were flying in for interviews – it just goes to show that you need to mind your manners all the time.
- Think about JFK's famous line – Ask not what the company can do for you, you need to tell them what you can do for the company!
- This is not a filming of “Biography” on A&E Channel, it is a sales presentation in which you are selling your capabilities to do a job for the company. Stick to the business side and how you can solve problems. Don’t go into a half-hour long diatribe about your school experiences, the reason you love/hate the Yankees, or the intricacies of your college rivalries. The interviewer does not want your life story, they want to know your business skills and capabilities. You do not want to get into areas that may spark a prejudice of the interviewer.
- “Bad mouth thee, bad mouth me.” Whenever you trash-talk your former or current employer, guess what the interviewer thinks? “Uh-Oh, if we hire this person, I will be the next person to be bad mouthed!” Never, ever, say bad, mean-spirited, unkind, or anything that makes you look like a prospective ingrate, gossip, or just somebody who will be a cancer to the company culture.
- Save the money talk for last. Focus on the job, your ability to contribute, the great skills you can provide, and whether or not this appears to be a company you want to join. If you are pressed, then make sure you have done your homework on market rates and suggest there are many factors to consider besides just a base salary.
- Thank the interviewer for their time and make sure you asked all of your questions. This shows good manners and it let's the interviewer know you were prepared and genuinely interested in the company.
- Send a follow-up e-mail – thank the interviewer again and reiterate (very briefly) what you discussed and how you can contribute. This serves as a good memory jog to the interviewer of your conversation and reminds them of the points you want them to make for you in the hiring meeting.
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When you take a look at the jobs on our Job Board, be sure to be honest with yourself on which ones meet your qualifications. Not everyone has all the qualifications of any given job, but you need to make sure you have a clear majority of the ones mentioned and then some!
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My name is Shaunna Hampton.... I have been registered with ApartmentCareers.com for years now and I always turn to that site when I am looking for a job. I have been in the apartment industry for approximately 9-10 years.I am looking for either a assistant manager or manager position in the Dallas area... I would prefer one of the following cities/areas... Northeast Dallas, East Dallas, Downtown, South Dallas, Southwest Dallas, Duncanville, Desoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Red Oak, Grand Prairie (off of 20) and Arlington (off of 20).
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If your not using social networks to recruit and promote your company as an employer of choice, then you are in the VAST minority. According to this recent survey 80% of companies are using social networks to recruit and almost half of the remaining companies are planning to use social networks. I am not sure what the 11% of companies left use to recruit, but my guess is they do not do much hiring. This trend is one of the reasons ApartmentCareers embraced social media as a recruiting tool to benefit our clients. We were the first apartment industry recruiting portal with a significant presence in the social media networks.
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Twenty five years of hiring property management professionals and running a staffing company have given me a little insight about resumes and what hiring managers are looking for when they read your resume. More important sometimes are the things they do not want to see on your resume, so here are a few do’s and don’ts for your resume.
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With a national average unemployment rate of 9.6 percent for 2010 and still hovering at 9% as of the end of February 2011, soon-to-be college graduates must be diligent in their job searches and interview preparation to get noticed. In such a compressed job market, it boils down to how good you are, not just in general, but compared to the numerous other people interviewing for the same role. Being prepared for the job search process and starting early allows you to exceed an employer’s expectations. This is the key to landing yourself the right job straight out of college.