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 4 years ago '04        #21
Snipper 14 heat pts14
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Nice thread, got an interview today.


This is something, I always try to say in my interviews:

Why should we hire you?
I have the qualifications you are looking for
• I am a team player
• I meet deadlines
• I deliver what I promise

Questions?
  • What would I be doing on average and a day to day lifestyle?
  • How long does an employee stay at the entry level position?
  • When moving up what is the next position after this?
  • What do you like most and least about the Company?

Ending
I am very interested in this positions.
What would be the next step after this?
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 4 years ago '06        #22
kingkoopa50 3 heat pts
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I agree with most of everything you stated OP EXCEPT the resume thing. Maybe it geographical, but I've always brought Resume as they either a) didn't have one on hand or b) more than one persona came along for an interview. You have to remember that oftentimes the interviewer is a worker themselves and may have a hectic schedule that doesn't allow them to adequately prepare for an interview. If it turns out thtey don't need it, turn it over and take notes on the backside of the resume.
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 3 years ago '07        #23
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amazing post man. thanks!
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 3 years ago '13        #24
misterethoughts 108 heat pts108
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Very good read! Thank you very much!! Any suggestions with getting into other careers? Or taking soft/hard skills and applying it for other positions? Like Customer Service Skills and taking those skills into the government sector? Thank you for this!!
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 3 years ago '05        #25
Mariel619 101 heat pts101
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So any suggestions on cover letters?
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 3 years ago '11        #26
Miles J Hughes 21 heat pts21 OP
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@misterethoughts - Depends on what careers you're looking to get into. This applies to just about everything considered 'entry level' but outside that, you're looking at either having to work your way up into a career, getting a state or federally mandated license or get into the right circles. In all honesty, your best bet is creating your own job through your own business.

@Mariel619 - I'd be surprised if anyone actually reads those things. I never did when I worked HR gigs and every cover letter I've ever sent was an internet rip on the blandest scale possible. Throw a couple industry specific buzzwords in there if you know them and be plentiful in your resume tossing because nothing will sell you better than your voice and your physiccal presence; everyone can be equal on paper but it's up to you to stand out in person.
 3 years ago '05        #27
Mariel619 101 heat pts101
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yea i used a template and replace a few words here n there, would you say that a shortened cover letter should be your Objective on your resume?
also whats your view on LinkedIn is it actually helpful?


Thanks for this stuff too, i am a very skilled & meticulous worker, just having problems with the resume stuff and the terms of specific jobs i have performed, trying to get construction management without a
degree is troublesome, yet i am over qualified in terms of experience, sound like i need a degree?
 3 years ago '11        #28
Miles J Hughes 21 heat pts21 OP
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@Mariel - I was once told by a temp agency recruiter to not even put an objective on the resume--the reason being it gets skipped when skimmed and takes up room that could either be better used for experience/skills or keeping the resume 1 page max in length.

LinkedIn? Never saw the use. Don't confuse your mission: finding a job. As in a means to feed yourself, keep a roof over your head and most importantly propel yourself into a business. To me, LinkedIn is nothing more than an online version of one of those bum networking conventions: a million worker bees trading war stories with no real means of advance.

IMO time: you can imagine a dress shop telling women they look slim in an expensive, non-fitting dress just to get that commission? The term 'career' is that dress and none of us really fit it. The closest thing to a real career is a trade (mechanic, doctor, heating/air, lawyer, etc.) because at the end of the mentorship you're SUPPOSED to go out and do for yourself, not work your way up the ladder.
 3 years ago '05        #29
Mariel619 101 heat pts101
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Thanks, and yes linkedIn unless you pay is def a workforce facebook
 3 years ago '07        #30
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i want to make my mom a resume but she really hasnt had a job she use to claen houses and do telemarketing in spanish and deliver food to the elderly but what should i put on the objective or qualifications
 3 years ago '11        #31
Miles J Hughes 21 heat pts21 OP
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@Biff -
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Great read, props
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 3 years ago '14        #33
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Good looking on the tips. I'm big on the job hunt right now and definitely got some needed motivation from this. thanx
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 3 years ago '14        #34
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Hughes How should I address the fact that I havent had any real employment in the last 5 years? I was locked up.. I dont think a background check would show the amount of time I actually served, so I'm thinking of using your "make up a job" to fill some of the gap in my resume. Please explain how to use google voice for this.. I had a very basic cell phone when I was locked up and am basically 5 years behind on the technology curve. Thanx for any help G.
 3 years ago '11        #35
Miles J Hughes 21 heat pts21 OP
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@ There are two things here: 1. if they run a criminal background check they'll pick it up, maybe not the amount of time but on just about every app there's a space to fill that in. Don't try to hide that fact because doing so tends to be an automatic disqualification. 2. Building solid rapport with the interviewer and company is far more important than what your resume says so if you come across as someone who can be trusted you should be fine. I would actually suggest getting as menial a job as possible that will still pay bills and look to starting your own business; having a record makes an already difficult situation harder to overcome and when you're working for someone else you don't need that strike.
 3 years ago '04        #36
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Nice...
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 3 years ago '07        #37
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respect and props for this post. Thank you
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 2 years ago '10        #38
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comment for reference
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 2 years ago '09        #39
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thanks im read over this later just graduated and been having a rough time
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 2 years ago '15        #40
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Very good read!
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