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Want a great source of jobs delivered right to your mailbox? Visit the Rutgers University Human Resources page where you can sign up to have vacancies sent to you every week.  New Jersey’s largest public university (campuses in New Brunswick, Newark and Camden)  has openings in Administration, Communications, Facilities, financial, Public Safety, Research, and Student Services, and qualified candidates can apply online by posting a resume and releasing it to the position(s) of interest.

I chose Rutgers since every so often I have to give a shout-out to the old alma matte, but the fact is that any college or university typically offers a treasure trove of vacancies covering a wide spectrum of interests, ranging from police officers, cooks, and custodians to accountants, writers, business managers, and more! So next time you’re planning your job search, don’t rule out working for an academic institution.

Good luck and happy job hunting!

We’re all busy these days, and certainly when we have the added task of having to search for a job, the thought of hiring a service to do a “mass blast” of our resumé to hundreds of organizations that are can help us with our job search is certainly an attractive sounding option, right?

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A lot of people scoff at the idea of paying to have their résumé professionally prepared or in employing an agent to help them with interviewing skills, job search strategies, etc. because they feel it’s a waste of money. However, that initial investment you make in your career can actually save you money in the long-term by way of a tax break from the federal government.  

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Looking for a seasonal/part-time job at some of the greatest places on earth? Then you’ll definitely want to check out, a site which caters to the job-seeker in search of an employment opportunity that goes beyond the four walls of an office and which incorporates fun, activity, and adventure.

Happy job hunting!

In high school, I hated biology. So when we had a test in the subject, I’d show up, try to apply common sense from all those programs I watched on television, and hope for the best.

Well, as you can imagine, my plan backfired on more than one occasion, and my grades weren’t where I wanted them to be. Moreover, after I completed the first quarter of the school year and I learned that biology was the one subject keeping me off honor roll, I was upset.

Then I had a heart-to-heart with one of my teachers, a woman who taught creative writing (one of my favorite subjects). She told me that if I prepared for the biology exams, I could overcome my disdain for the subject and conquer it.

Yeah, yeah, I knew that. I mean, it’s elementary, yet when it came to studying for biology, I would have rather sat in the dentist’s chair for a root canal.

What does my experience have to do with today’s topic of researching a company before interviewing? As an interview coach, I see so many people who when they are contacted for a job interview not prepare for it that they unknowingly sabotage their chances of being hired – even if they’re the best candidate for the job!

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When I was in graduate school, I majored in Corporate Communications. One of my course electives was a course in effective advertising copy. In that class, I was introduced to one of the all-time GREATEST ads ever produced, an ad done for McGraw-Hill Magazines, entitled “Now…What was it you wanted to sell me?”

The ad, which you can see here, featured a stern-looking businessman circa 1950 purported to be addressing a sales person who was attempting to close a deal. 

Ah, but only one problem. The salesperson didn’t come in with a strong enough pitch, hence drawing the ire of the fictitious businessman in the ad.

That ad, which has been modernized at least once that I know of, still packs a wallop and underscores the importance of why a person needs to come into a business meeting, such as a job interview, ready.

When you show up for a job interview, you are, in fact, trying to “sell” your product (which of course is you). You want that employer to see you as the best candidate.

The reality of the situation is you’re one of several candidates competing for the job. And unless you have a stellar industry reputation, you’re really going to need to develop a strong sales pitch to convey to that employer that they simply MUST hire you.

That’s where interview coaching comes in. A trained interview coach can help you with developing a strong sales pitch in which your key selling points are woven into a tapestry of different scenarios which are right for nearly any question you’ll be asked.

An investment in career coaching often pays for itself, often times in your first paycheck. So if you’re really serious about getting that new job and you’re just not having success in making it past the interview stage, isn’t it time to consider interview coaching?

I’ll admit to being a sucker for a fresh, innovative design — I did spend the first few years of my professional career in desktop publishing and graphic arts, after all.

However when it comes to resume layout, I’m a firm believer in keeping designs simple, yet elegant for several reasons (unlike this very creative, but also very confusing layout done for a curriculum vitae).

1) Employers are pressed for time, so the last thing they need is to try to figure out a creative road map in trying to assess if a candidate has the necessary skills for further considerations.

2) An innovative design such as this doesn’t fax well, it doesn’t scan well, and I just don’t see how the person could even begin to post this on a  job board (unless he/she had a text version to go along with it).

3) The design is probably better suited for a younger audience who can appreciate colors and graphics. 

Last point about funky resume designs. When I was recruiting for an assistant back in my MARCOM days, I will never forget this one male candidate who presented me with a gorgeous — and I do mean GORGEOUS — resume that was just a work of art as far as design and layout. It was simple, it was elegant and it just was really that beautiful to look at.

BUT it lacked strategy, it lacked vision and it lacked impact. When I went back later on to read it, it was also arrogantly written, touting this candidate as “da bomb” as the kids say nowadays, but not really convincing me that this candidate was the best one to hire.

The moral of the story is that you can put a pretty dress and lipstick on a pig, but that doesn’t necessarily transfer it into a beauty pageant contestant.

Again, I’m all for a creative twist on resume design, but it has to be simple and elegant enough to where it transfers over well, and doesn’t attempt to mask deficiencies in a client’s background.

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