Job Candidates

Interview ChecklistJuly 5th, 2010

This list is from the book “Dress Smart Women – Wardrobes that win in the new workplace” by Chic Simple series

Interview Checklist

The must-carry equipment that will prepare you for anything when heading out for an interview

  • 2 pens (in case one runs out)
  • Notepad (to jot down key points or questions)
  • Wallet
  • Name, address, and phone number of interview location
  • Extra resumes (always seem to be required; name and address should be at the top)
  • Folder for resumes (to avoid crumpling)
  • List of references ( as well as proof of education or certification, reference letters would be bonus)
  • Calendar (to schedule next appointment or start date)
  • Cell phone ( switch off before interview) and quarters in case cell phone isn’t operating
  • Breath mints
  • Tissues
  • Mirror (to check teeth for lipstick, seek out stray hairs, etc.)
  • Lipstick
  • Comb
  • Extra hosiery (for a quick switch in case of a run)
  • Mini-shoe-buffer (scuffs say sloppy)
  • Handiwipes (for last minute stains)
  • Nail file ( to deliver a job free handshake)

Social Media to help you find an employerJune 8th, 2010

On May 25, 2010, I took Robert S, a job candidate of Altitude Recruiting to conduct a one hour presentation to the Surrey Job Developer’s Network on how to best use Social Media to connect with employers.  Robert S has been a technology trainer for years, and has experience and huge following on his FB, Linkedin, Twitter etc.  For the job developers around the table, his knowledge is invaluable.  Robert really championed LinkedIn, as it is the best social media networking tool for business professionals.  He mentioned that Twitter is more of a push tool to get the message out there.

Robert also mentioned that in Facebook, you can differentiate your working friends from personal friends and family by using the lists, so that your Friday night drunken picture won’t negatively affect your 9-5 professional image.  He recommends to get connected on LinkedIn, but be selective who you accept as a connection.  As your network grows, eventually you’ll be asked to refer and connect others, but if you don’t really know the people in your LinkedIn network, that can be embarrassing.  The key to LinkedIn, Robert reveals, is in the groups.  He tells us 90% of the people lurk (poke their head in the group’s discussion to see if there is any action, if not, they leave), so there has to be relevant content and dialogue.  Add PPT, presentations, interesting topics, resources, referrals up in your groups.  Let the group be your hub, and allow cloud computing take over.  Cloud computer is a new word to describe the move from storing content from individual computers to an online place.  Picasa or flickr is where people store pictures; YouTube or Vimeo for videos; Google docs for documents, etc…..  When it is stored online such as Toolbox, you don’t need to bring your USB stick, and worry about if it is the right format.  You will always be able to open it directly online if the place you’re going has wifi or wireless internet.  This is not only safe but convenient.

LinkedIn will really help when you have a complete profile (acts as your online resume), recommendations, and connections.  If you join the various groups, it is much easier to connect with those you share similar interests.

Robert suggests to conduct searches for the HR hiring manager on LinkedIn, as most fortune 500 companies has a company file, and staff on LinkedIn.  It is also a great place to conduct research or find people to do informational interviews with.
Everyone really appreciates Robert’s personal approach and the question and answer format to the presentation!

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