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    I've been involved in screening applicants for jobs & it's surprising & shocking what I've seen. I've seen badly ripped off sheets from yellow lined pads hand written, sometimes in pencil; dreadful spelling or grammar; huge packets including multi-page resumes from applicants under 20; references from everyone back to grade school teachers; jobs listed all the way back to paper routes & family babysitting; embellished qualifications that make the person look like they ivented the wheel from people who have done nothing more than part time minimum wage jobs; etc.

    The best way to go is a short resume. They'll read it. If the employer wants to know more about you, they'll ask. Have a second sheet (or sheets) available if more info is needed. Use references from people who know you relating to work reliability, preferably professionals, even if they only know you socially. Don't lie or embellish. Honesty is a virtue. Adapt the resume, if possible, toward qualifications or experience beneficial to the job.

    If you get an interview, show up neat & clean & appropriately dressed as to what will probably be worn at that job. Smile. Be confident even if you don't feel so. Let the interviewer know why they should hire YOU. Nomatter what DON'T BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO THE INTERVIEW. If for any reason you can't make the appointment, call well in advance & be honest as to why. Most employers will reschedule. If you don't hear back, contact them to thank them for the interview & ask if there is anything they need to know. If you still don't hear back, contact them again, and again. Sometimes the squeaky wheel really does get the grease. You're showing them you really do want the job.
    Also, don't get discouraged after multiple rejections. Keep trying. Many companies already have someone in mind or end up hiring someone recommended by a current employee. The one who finally hires you could end up being the best one for you. I know, it's hard not to give up. I've been there, but it will happen for you.
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    Just adding in my two cents on looking for a way to stand out---in part because by the time the interviewers have seen a half dozen people they all begin to blur together, so some catchy thing to hang your memory on helps--e.g., the one in the red shirt. Same for college applications---when my son was applying to very competitive colleges he had all the usual, good grades, good SATs, etc., but so did 90% of the applicants--but he'd also contributed cartoons to a kids' page in the local paper and his "resume" featured that near the top....and sure enough when we went to the big meeting for parents and kids at the start of college while the Deans were bragging on all the students there...X number of science fair winners, Y number of students with all 800's etc., they said "and one published cartoonist". You just knew that when they'd discussed his file they'd said, ok, what about the cartoonist! Speaking as someone who's interviewed a lot of people, when we are rehashing the people at the end, we do use those kinds of tags... the shy one, the one who used to work for Clinton, etc.--whatever makes you stand out, ideally in a good way, but at least in a neutral way.

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    Agreed 100%. We had one recently, down in hobbies and interests he wrote "certified scuba diver who loves to cook." Seriously, something that simple stood out to all of us and each person who interviewed him asked him about it and jokes were made. He had a great personality, which you could tell from that little bit of creativity - and he did get an offer. Sometimes it is the simplest things which can make you stand out in the best ways.

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    Going on a 2nd interview for a really great job on Tuesday. I'll be interviewing with some of the staff, that makes me a little nervous, wish me luck!
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    I have been paying close attention to this thread for the last 2 months. I read every post and many of you have given great advice! After 22 years in a job that has been losing funding (school library work) and facing very rough financial times if I end up losing my job, I applied for a transfer in my school district to be a technology specialist. I did not get the first job I tried for, but then applied for the job that became available when another district employee was hired for the first job.

    I had a great experience at both interviews and want to thank those of you who took time to give advice. I won't know until next week if I got the 2nd job - I face great odds as I am a 50 something who was interviewed along with 3 people in their 20's and early 30's. I tried to emphasize my reliability, good attendance record, ability to work unsupervised, and other things that those who may hire me would feel would be a good investment. I did not go to college to learn how to work on computers, but spent the last 20 years fixing hundreds of them in my building. So I am hoping that I will be able to post in the Good News thread next week! If not, I will deal with it. And I won't regret trying. Thanks to you all for sharing your experiences! I feel great having gotten it over with!

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    Re: Job Interviews

    Quote Originally Posted by karna68 View Post
    Going on a 2nd interview for a really great job on Tuesday. I'll be interviewing with some of the staff, that makes me a little nervous, wish me luck!
    Good luck. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cootie View Post
    I have been paying close attention to this thread for the last 2 months. I read every post and many of you have given great advice! After 22 years in a job that has been losing funding (school library work) and facing very rough financial times if I end up losing my job, I applied for a transfer in my school district to be a technology specialist. I did not get the first job I tried for, but then applied for the job that became available when another district employee was hired for the first job.

    I had a great experience at both interviews and want to thank those of you who took time to give advice. I won't know until next week if I got the 2nd job - I face great odds as I am a 50 something who was interviewed along with 3 people in their 20's and early 30's. I tried to emphasize my reliability, good attendance record, ability to work unsupervised, and other things that those who may hire me would feel would be a good investment. I did not go to college to learn how to work on computers, but spent the last 20 years fixing hundreds of them in my building. So I am hoping that I will be able to post in the Good News thread next week! If not, I will deal with it. And I won't regret trying. Thanks to you all for sharing your experiences! I feel great having gotten it over with!
    Good luck to you too, Cootie.
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    Good luck to both of you.

    Karna68, look them each in the eye & smile a warm smile when you're talking to them. It sounds simplistic, but it really does work, especially with potential co-workers.

    Cootie, I'm 10 years older than my boss & older than my co-workers, some in their late 20's. They told me they hired me because they knew they could depend on me. They still feel that way. Age & experience can be an asset.
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    Best of luck on your upcoming interview karna68!
    Cootie, I hope you'll soon have good news to share with us. I'll be thinking positive thoughts for both of you.
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    Good luck karna68!

    Cootie I'm hoping you hear good news! I'm sure you will have a good feed back with your positive attitude.

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    Adding my good wishes to your job search, Cootie.

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