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Are Video Interviews the Future of Hiring?

In employers, infographic, information, Interview, Interviewing, job seekers on August 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Job interviews have always been intimidating. What to wear, what to say, how to prepare — mastering the art of the interview is a job within itself. With the growing popularity of video interviewing, that job could get a bit more confusing.

This detailed infographic, created by PGI, explores the growth and reasoning behind video interviews, including a few secrets for best Skype practices.


So during your next online interview, try sitting up straight in good lighting — it just might land you the job.

Source: Mashable


Less Than 60 Seconds

In Advice, benefit, competition, consultants, Contracting, Guest Posts, Interview, Interviewing, job seekers, resumes on January 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

Before you walk into that office building, whether it is high in the center of a city, or a small office off the beaten path, you have to prove you have the skills for an interview with a small piece of paper: the resume.

All too often, we quickly put together a listing of where we have been and what we have done, without a second thought to it.  So many people assume they can win an opening with their brilliant personality.  Though this may be true, you have to first develop your “brilliant” resume to shine above the rest, so you may then truly show off who you are, and what you can do.

“The average resume is reviewed for less than a minute, says Kimberly Schneiderman, owner of City Career Services. That’s why a nicely formatted resume is so important.” Resume Refresher: Less Is More by Rebecca R. Hastings: 2006 via

Start the clock – one minute and counting.  Over 50 additional resumes. 45 seconds.  Name. Skills summary.  30 seconds. Job title. History. 20 seconds.  Too much to read.  Your resume is now in the trash.  Less than a minute, no way of arguing your points and it is over before it began.

So how do you prevent this show stopper?

1. Target the company and its needs that you are applying for.  Prove you have the experience and knowledge to be the person they need.

2. K.I.S.S.  Keep is simple stupid.  If there is too much clutter, resumes look sloppy.  If it is too complicated, the employer will not know where to look.  Keep it simple, you have less than 1 minute.

3. “‘A resume is not a job description, … It’s a tickler to get the reader to want to call you. As a result, brevity is to be desired…'” – Carla Vaughan, owner of

4. Save in a rich or common text so nothing is lost in transmission.  This also keeps it clean and professional.

5. Unprofessional-sounding e-mail addresses should be avoided.  Managers have a hard time taking seriously as an Executive Manager.

6. Career paths can take an unexpected turn, in which case it is even more important for a resume to be carefully considered and modified accordingly.

  • Vaughan says. “The only time I would really suggest a functional format is if someone is changing careers or re-entering the workforce” as a way to deemphasize employment gaps and experience that doesn’t match the position being sought.
  • Emphasize skills that obtain to this new career path you have learned or performed in previous jobs, as opposed to your primary skill sets
  • “Eliminating information from a resume isn’t lying,” Schneiderman says. “You should do that when the content isn’t going to lend itself to your ultimate goal; don’t feel obligated to include years of graduation, for example.”

7. Personal information, such as hobbies, marital status and religious affiliations should be avoided unless they directly pertain the career being applied for.

8. Check it TWICE! It may seem like the small stuff, but typos, grammar errors, or even resume inconsistencies (such as writing out “January” then abbreviating it later) can make all the difference.  Skipping this step could give the impression of a lack of detail or laziness.  Do not be afraid to have other persons look over your resume, edit and critique. It could make all the difference.

9. Avoid titling your resume “Resume”.  We all know what it is, and if we do not, there are bigger problems at hand.

10. Show what you are capable of doing, not what you did.  “Clean” “Customer service” “Computer/Printer/Copier Trouble Shooting” is not telling anything other than you are a 1980’s robot.

Resumes that have real thought and time put into them shine through, and only need less than a minute to prove that you are the best person for the job.

This guest post is authored by Lindsey Blakeman, 
Customer Care Manager 
at TriCom Technical Services

Repost: How To Write an I.T. Resume

In Advice, help, Interview, Interviewing, IT, jobs, resumes, review on July 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

I’ve had to format a lot of resumes in the last few weeks, and I think it’s time we revisit this post. Please heed this advice when writing your next resume!

If looking for a job is a full-time job, then writing a resume is like working double-overtime. Remembering all your important information and organizing it in a legible fashion can be extremely time consuming. Here are some tips on how to write your I.T. resume.

Know your stuff. Be sure you have information about the places you’ve worked, the positions you worked, the dates in which you worked there (month included), and the details of each job. You’d also better have a list of your certifications (if you have them) and a list of any training sessions you’ve attended.

Bullet points. Using bullet points rather than paragraph style makes your resume easier to read. This method allows the reader to quickly scan your resume rather than getting lost in huge paragraphs, thus losing interest in your resume.

Start with a bang. Each bullet point should start with an active verb. The words “does/did” and “works/worked” are boring! Use exciting, descriptive words to illustrate each point you make, like “Installed and maintained software on 1000+ computers,” or ” Directed the overall program management to ensure compliance with contractual regulations.”

Include a summary. This is your 2 minute elevator pitch. If you’re looking for a job, you’d better have one. This is the first thing interviewers will see on your resume after your name and contact information. You’ll need to give a very brief synopsis of your experience, including the number of years of experience and skills you have related to the position you apply for, and other professional qualities you might have that relate to key terms in the job description.

Watch your grammar. Grammar is insanely important when writing your resume.

First – never write in 1st person (using “I” and “me”). Standard resumes are written in 3rd person, using he, she, it, etc. In most cases it’s actually beneficial to leave out these pronouns all together.
Second – always spell check the finished document.
Third – before you submit your resume anywhere, be sure to read it over to yourself. Spell check doesn’t always catch everything, especially with tech jargon.

Get organized. Your professional experience should be written in chronological order. That means your most current position should be listed at the top. Here’s how we categorize our resumes:

  • Name and contact info
  • Summary
  • Technical Qualifications
  • Certifications
  • Professional Experience
  • Education
  • Training

K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Silly! The more complicated your resume, the higher the chances are to confuse your reader. Things like text boxes, frilly borders, and self photos are a no-no!

Take a look at your resume – does it follow these guidelines? If not, it’s time to freshen it up!

25 Hilarious Exit Interview Questions

In Advice, Contracting, Events, exit, exit interview, fun, hilarious, Interview, Interviewing, IT, IT/IS, jobs, staffing/consulting on June 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Whether you’re leaving your position on a good or bad note, if you’ve been respectful enough to give two weeks’ notice, you should be respectful enough to complete an exit interview.

Besides, you can use the opportunity to indicate any office issues, compliment your coworkers and continue building a bridge, or just plain burn any bridges you may have built with that employer.

Thanks to managementguru, we now present you with the 25 hilarious ways to answer those exit interview questions (though we don’t recommend following suit unless you really want to burn that bridge)

1. What is your primary reason for leaving?
I hate every job after 10 months.  Leaving ensures that I always have a job that I will not hate for at least 10 months.

2. Did anything trigger your decision to leave?
Nope…completely spontaneous.  I just woke up one day and BAM!

3. What was most satisfying about your job?
Sneaking out at 3pm.

4. What was least satisfying about your job?
Every Sunday evening when I started to think about having to come into work on Monday.  It was the anticipation that killed me.

5. What would you change about your job?
I would be interested in making it better — all around.  More pay, less responsibilities…that type of thing.

6. Did your job duties turn out to be as you expected?
I expect the worst and hope for the best.  So, yes…yes it did.

7. Did you receive enough training to do your job effectively?
If being really good at avoiding sexual harassment and being diverse encompass everything that should make me effective at my job…yes.  Yes I did.

8. Did you receive adequate support to do your job?
My chair could have been much more comfortable and you could purchase softer toilet paper.  Charmin might be more expensive but Charmin reduces overall sick days…look it up.  The extra expense is really an investment in the health of your employees.

9. Did you receive sufficient feedback about your performance between merit reviews?
I received ample amounts of feedback on how good I am at “commitment to company mission” and “ethical decision making”.

10. Were you satisfied with this company’s merit review process?
If mothers adopted your merit review process, children would die of starvation but cabinets and cupboards would be clean and organized.  Not sure if that answers your question.

11. Did this company help you to fulfill your career goals?
If I actually had career goals I would have to assume that this job fell far short of fulfilling those non-existent goals.  But I guess we’ll never know, will we?

12. Do you have any tips to help us find your replacement?
Oh, thanks…I’m blushing.  As if you really need to replace me.

13. What would you improve to make our workplace better?
I would make almost everything optional.  It’s good to have options.

14. Were you happy with your pay, benefits and other incentives?
Yes.  I love health insurance premiums that rise faster than my pay.  I like health insurance deductibles that break my bank, and I enjoy the fact that you stopped matching on 401k.  Most of all, I enjoy the discount we can get from GM for employee pricing on new vehicles.  How exclusive!

15. What was the quality of the supervision you received?
I had problems with the quality, but it was more of a quantity problem.

16. What could your immediate supervisor do to improve his or her management style?
It isn’t so much a question of how to improve.  It’s a question of how and when to replace.

17. Based on your experience with us, what do you think it takes to succeed at this company?
From what I could see, and this is coming from someone who didn’t succeed, it is mostly about repeating what other people say, scheduling a lot of meetings, and being very social with people that you’d usually want to punch in the face.

18. Did any company policies or procedures (or any other obstacles) make your job more difficult?
1. The bathroom was way too far away from my cubicle.  I had several photo finishes.
2. Your IT staff uninstalled my Google Earth program.  I enjoy that particular piece of software.
3. The bureaucratic process of this company eventually destroyed my will to do anything productive.  At first it was kind of awesome but then it got really boring.

19. Would you consider working again for this company in the future?
Probably, because as an external candidate I’m much more appealing to you and I will make more money.

20. Would you recommend working for this company to your family and friends?
I would recommend the company to family and friends if you gave me referral money.

21. How do you generally feel about this company?
General disgust.

22. What did you like most about this company?
It’s kind of like a casino that has a nice location on the strip.  It’s not so much about the casino you’re in, it’s about the proximity to other good stuff.  There are a lot of places to eat around here.

23. What did you like least about this company?
Everything else.

24. What does your new company offer that this company doesn’t?
First off, they have Kohler toilets which are far superior to the American Standard toilets you have here.  Secondly, they offer a clean slate.  They have absolutely no idea how ineffective I am as an employee.

25. Can this company do anything to encourage you to stay?
If you could erase everything you know about me, pay me more money, and shorten my hours, I might reconsider.

Interviewing? First Impressions are Key!

In Advice, Cleanliness, Contracting, Events, Grooming, Health, Impressions, Interview, Interviewing, IT, IT/IS, jobs, Neatness, Posture, video on May 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Spring is upon us and the fresh air may just inspire you to begin your job search. Before you start actively looking for your next position, you might take a peak into your wardrobe.

Dressing professionally for job interviews is extremely important – your appearance could make or break an interview. First impressions are key!

Before you meet with anyone affiliated with the company at which you will interview, be sure to follow the basic grooming methods. Remember Grooming 101 from your childhood?

According to Mien Magazine, the 4 pillars of good grooming are as follows:

  • Health
  • Posture
  • Cleanliness
  • Neatness

Check out this classic video circa 1949 that demonstrates good grooming tips.

Still confused? Check out’s “How to Dress for a Job Interview” for men and women.