6 Tips for a Successful Video Interview

In today’s global economy, relocating for a job is common. Interview travel expenses can add up quickly for companies looking to hire an out of state candidate. As an alternative, companies are conducting video interviews.

Below are six tips for a successful video interview:

1. Be prepared to answer the call at the scheduled appointment time. 

2. Avoid technical issues. Conduct the interview from a computer, rather than from your phone.  Incoming calls, the inability to stabilize your phone and intermittent signal may cause problems with mobile interviews. If using a tablet, connect to Wifi and place it on a stand. Close any programs that may provide notifications during the interview.

3. Take care with your appearance. Dress professionally as you would with a face-to-face interview. Women may want to apply a bit more makeup, but don’t go overboard.
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Recruiters and Candidates: Don’t just disappear!

In a recruiter/candidate relationship, mutual respect is key. Too often in the hiring process, recruiters treat candidates as a commodity and candidates treat recruiters as if they’re a dime a dozen. We must remember that we are dealing with people – not things – and treat each other accordingly.

One of the most frustrating things for both sides in the recruiting process is the “disappearing act”: candidates appearing interested, but then vanishing at the offer stage; or a recruiter who submits a candidate to the job, and then never gives feedback.

Below is an excerpt from a post I made to the Adecco Staffing, USA LinkedIn Group in February that illustrates both my perspective as a recruiter, and Christopher Knepper’s  perspective as an engineering candidate. The original post shows input from multiple recruiters and candidates and gives valid insight to how we can improve the recruiting process.
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13 tips for E-mail Etiquette: It Still Counts in a Mobile Generation

In today’s world, e-mails are often rapid fire communication with little thought behind them. Yet, they still make an impression – your e-mail approach is part of your personal brand. It affects your reputation when you are in the job market and continues to be noticed once you have secured a job. It’s important to remember e-mail etiquette and also that in certain instances, e-mail may not be the best method of communication.

Here are some important things to remember to make a good impression and avoid being “that person” with an annoying e-mail personality:

1. Consolidate. You wouldn’t walk into my office or call me eight times in an hour; you shouldn’t send me 8 e-mails during that time frame either. If you have multiple topics to discuss, consider consolidating them into a status update e-mail, scheduling a conference call or requesting a meeting.

2. Let the recipient know what they need to do in the beginning of the e-mail. Begin the e-mail with your request for action, whether it’s requesting their input, approval, or assistance with a project.  This ensures that messages that require action will be noticed. Busy people often don’t read beyond the first few lines of an e-mail.
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Obama vs. Romney: Creating Jobs for American Workers

It’s Election Day and with Americans casting their votes, many of them have the same question in mind: How do the presidential candidates intend to improve America’s job market?

Barack Obama (Democrat) and Mitt Romney (Republican) have each proposed jobs plans that could impact Americans significantly over the next four years. Interestingly enough, the plans share some similarities.

Below are the details of each plan to help you make an informed decision as you hit the polls today.
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Hot Election Issues: What Do Voters Care About?

What issues are Americans passionate about in regards to this year’s election?

According to Forbes, social networks cite jobs, taxes and energy as the top 3 hot buttons. Other issues that stood out during debates were healthcare, national debt and foreign policy.

Click here to see an infographic from Forbes for more details on how social media is tracking the election so far.

Will job growth be a factor in who you vote for?

4 Reasons Why Recruiters Want Your Resume in Word Format

Since Microsoft Office 2007 allows candidates the option to save files as PDF versions, I have noticed an increasing number of resumes in .PDF format. I’ve also noticed resumes that are scanned copies of a paper resume, often resulting in a .JPG or .PNG image file. Below are four key reasons to always send your resume as a Word document (.doc) to ensure you don’t unintentionally hinder your job search:

1. PDF or image files often don’t translate to applicant tracking systems. Recruiting systems may accept all types of resumes, but many do not “parse” or translate files other than MS Word files completely. Pieces of your resume could be lost completely.

2. PDF and image files cannot be edited. Recruiters often need to change your resume prior to sending it to a client to add the staffing company’s logo, format it the way the client requires, or to remove your contact information.
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