Monthly Archives: January 2011

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Hi. My name is Amy Schlubach. If you’ve looked at this site a couple of times, I’ve posted here about some things that I’ve learned. But I thought we should communicate more on a one-to-one basis, so I decided to tell you a little more about myself.

I’ve worked hard and I’m proud to be in my final year at Western Connecticut State University working on a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

It didn’t hit that I was approaching “the real world” until the end of my junior year in college.

The thought of getting my diploma and having to start repaying on my student loans and put some money away was not going to be easy out in the real world in my chosen field of marketing without any practical or hands-on experience meant that it was highly unlikely I was going to get hired by anyone.

My thoughts led me to making the decision to get some “real world” experience it would probably have to come as an intern with a company.

Timing is everything!

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AFTER THE INTERVIEW

By: Amy Schlubach

After the Interview

Crossroads Consulting wants to prepare you for before and after your interview.  Most people know to send a cover letter, but many forget the importance of a interview thank-you letter.

After someone takes the time to interview you, a good way to show your appreciate is by a thank-you letter.  In technological fields, a thank-you email is acceptable as well.  These letters, or e-mails, should be sent within two days and should reiterate your interest in the job and to remind hiring authorities of your recent interview.

According to Virginia Tech, the purpose of this letter is to:

Show appreciation for the employer‘s interest in you.

Show your interest in the position and in the organization.

Review or remind the employer about your qualifications for the position. If you thought of something you forgot to mention in the interview, mention it in your follow-up / thank-you letter.

Demonstrate that you have good manners and know to write a thank-you letter.

Follow up with any information the employer may have asked you to provide after the interview.

Typing and signing the letter is the most acceptable form.  If you have letterhead stationery, use it, but avoid colored stationary.  Plain white paper is always a trustable ally.

Make sure to include correct names, titles, dates, and contact details of the person who interviewed you.  If more than one person interviewed you, send a letter to each person.  The letter should be essentially the same, but personalized.

You can ask someone in the Human Resources department the best way for your letter to reach the interviewer.  It could be hand delivered, mailed, or e-mailed.

Remember, interview letters should be short and to the point while showing enthusiasm for the job position.   For help finding a job, or for more tips on writing interview thank-you letters, see Crossroads Consulting.

INTERVIEWING TIPS

Here at Crossroads Consulting, we’re always here to offer as much help to you in getting ready for an interview as possible. Whether it’s Resume Preparation, or  custom individualized Interview Preparation, we offer it all.

But we also offer a lot of non-paid help to those coming to us.

Here, Amy Schlubach offers some tips on preparing for your next big job interview.

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TIPS FOR INTERVIEWING

By: Amy Schlubach

Basic Ways to Prepare for your Interview

One of our jobs at Crossroads Consulting is to help land you an interview at your desired workplace.  The interview could be the pathway to the job, so don’t blow it by not being prepared!  Preparation could be the key difference between getting the job or not.

If you really care about getting the job, then it is important to show you care.  Employers expect you to know some background information about the company, so don’t forget to do some research prior.  Books, internet, magazines, and journals are great for company research.  If the company is very well-known, more research will be required.  If you are clueless about the organization you applied to work for, the employer will not be interested.  They want you to want to work there.

Another way to prepare is to prepare your clothes.  Make sure you wear something business professional.  This can be a matching suit in navy, black, or grey, or some other type of well-fitted appropriate attire.  You should look clean, well-trimmed, and conservative.  Every company has a different culture, meaning the dress will be different from place to place, so be aware of how the employees dress before the interview.  I’ve always heard to dress “one notch above” the regular dress attire the day of the interview.

Come to the interview with extra print-outs of your résumé in a folder or portfolio.  Depending on the job, come with reference letters and lists, and possibly a notebook for taking some important notes, but take only few notes.

Good Luck!

If you are out of work, or ready to start a new job, Crossroads Consulting can help you find a job just right for you.

COVER LETTERS

By: Amy Schlubach

At Crossroads Consulting, we read plenty of cover letters and résumés, and reading the same information in two different ways is far from thrilling. The cover letter should “sell” your résumé, not duplicate it. A cover letter is your chance to show how the skills listed on your résumé can directly tie into the job you desire.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD RESUME

The Importance of a Good Résumé

By: Amy Schlubach

What Your Résumé Says About You

At Crossroads Consulting, we read resumes all the time some are terrific and others…well let’s just say they’re not too terrific.

Remember this…a résumé is an advertising piece designed for you to market yourself! Your résumé is your sales brochure. It tells a potential employer what you have to offer and can bring to their company. Conversely, a poorly written résumé can send signals that you are, or could possibly be the Ford Pinto of employees. In other words, at the slightest touch you could blow up in their faces; certainly not the signal you want to send…especially at a time when finding a job is so incredibly difficult.

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THE “STATE” OF CONNECTICUT

By: Stephen West

Here at Crossroads Consulting, we care about all the aspects of what’s going on in the State of Connecticut and how it affects your employment or hiring decisions. Well there are more factors that go into it than just resumes, cover letters and interview techniques.

In doing some internet reading, we came across this amazing article that seemed so right on target. The column is from “The Day” in New London about the status of the State of Connecticut. Dick Ahles, a retired freelance columnist wrote this piece and it is so accurate. We thought we’d present it here for you, but if you want to read it in it’s original place you can read it here.

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