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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of a Phone Interview
    More and more corporate hiring managers and recruiters teams are picking up the phone in order to conduct their first round of interviews.  It is much more cost efficient for a company to screen a candidate over the phone prior to meeting them in person.  This means that a phone interview is your first chance to make a good impression.  Alternatively if you under perform in a phone interview you’ll quickly find your potential job opportunity disappears.  Here are a few tips to land that next interview after your phone interview!   Before every interview you need to conduct research . . .
How to speak with management
      At PathFinder Information, we believe that all professionals have the right to seek career-enhancing opportunities. One of the best ways to earn career-enhancing opportunities is to communicate well with your boss and higher-ranked people at your company. The Conversation The hierarchy and culture at your workplace will dictate the best way to approach management.  Regardless of the contextual nuances, every meeting with management should be scheduled, basic research done, notes taken and questions asked. Do your homework about the company (the internet might be a better source than coworkers as this might stray toward gossiping) and take notes during the . . .
Demonstrate value to enhance value
    Do you feel stuck or lost at work?  This could be because your managers don’t know what you need fulfill your potential. They might not even know you want to grow your career.  Before blaming your environment and jumping ship, take stock of your own performance.  Are you fulfilling the requirements of your job?  Are you meeting your goals or assisting your department to meet company goals?  Can you pinpoint the exact value of your contributions?  Like ____, in It’s  Wonderful Life, you might not know the full value you bring to an organization.  If you can articulate . . .
LinkedIn Branding: A Job Seeker’s Guide
LinkedIn Branding
    LinkedIn is best known for being a space for professionals to vie for career enhancement, but LinkedIn is really so much more.

Opportunities for Employment and Advancement

LinkedIn is the best social media platform to showcase your professional identity. A good resume should be tailored to a specific opportunity, but LinkedIn can describe, in a highly engaging manner, all of your professional experiences, skills, and interests. Your profile can be crafted to engage recruiters or peers and set you up for employment or advancement. Keywords, total profile completion, lots of activity, and . . .
Memorable Impressions for In-Person Interviews
Do You Have S.M.A.R.T. Goals?

Come Prepared

Do your homework prior to your in-person interview. Research the company and the individual who will be conducting the interview. This insight will assist in your preparation for potential interview questions. Formulate a list of questions that you believe the interviewer will ask, and rehearse answers until you feel comfortable with your responses. Additionally, don’t arrive empty handed to your interview, bring along at least several high-quality copies of your resume.

Dress for Success

You only have one opportunity to make a great first impression and, in a job interview, your attire can make or . . .
LinkedIn Networking Engagement Tactics
    LinkedIn has become a common place networking tool for the savvy professional. As its use becomes more popular, LinkedIn is exposed to misuse from irregular or inexperienced users. Here we share a few networking and network engagement tactics.

Attention Grabbers

A large network is key to LinkedIn search visibility, but an engaged audience is a vital aspect of an effective network in real life. LinkedIn is the top social media platform for professionals and has become commonplace for professionals in the top 20% of their industry. Those succeeding at a high level are very . . .
4 Pillars of a Career Enhancing Interview

Getting ready for an interview?

Practice Practice Practice. Solid interview skills are vital for acquiring new and better jobs, landing a promotion, or even hiring new staff. Here are 4 pillars of a successful interview.

1) Dialogue.

It’s not enough to answer questions about yourself, you must ask questions about the company. A job interview is never one sided, you are examining the company and culture as well. Solid, thoughtful questions also indicate enthusiasm and industry expertise.

2) Constructed Image.

What cloths you wear, what props you carry, and how you behave should speak less about you as an individual . . .
Cover Letter Common Sense

A Cover Letter for Your Job Search

87% a hiring manager will skip over your cover letter and move straight to reviewing your resume, but for the 13% of hiring managers who do review your cover letter, the cover letter can be one of the most important parts of landing an interview. Consider a cover letter your introduction to your employer; it is your first impression. Resumes are mandatory for every interview process; cover letters are only required sometimes. Even when a cover letter is not required it is a great way to introduce yourself and show yourself . . .
Success Recipe: Concluding an Interview
Career Focus

How do You Manage an Interview Close?

Everyone, from college graduates to seasoned professionals reentering the job market, could benefit from a practicing interview techniques and developing confidence. One stage of an interview that can't be overemphasized is the close. The close is where you can recover from mistakes, make up lost ground, or even change the recruiter’s opinion of you. Do you have a strong close? The vitality of strong interview closing techniques cannot be overstated. Always close. Always ask “what are the next steps and do you have any concerns about my background?” For a successful interview candidates must always remember . . .