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Please let me know if you have specific topics you would like to see on this Blog.  I’m all ears and open to topics whether they pertain to #recruiting, #interviewing, #resumes or #engineering.

Blog: Resume Tips

  • Always, Always, Always check for punctuation and spelling errors.
  • Be consistent with formatting. Example – if your “Education” line is bold and underlined, all similar headings should be bold and underlined. Go back through your resume and check for consistency.
  • Don’t put “Page 1 of 4” or other similar indicators at the bottom of a Word document since there are a variety of software programs and many times the “Page 1 of 4” will be three lines in on page 2. Even if it’s a computer error, it doesn’t look professional. If you insist on putting page indicators, use the Footer feature in MS Word.
  • Another formatting note – be careful not to use too many odd formatting tools such as text boxes, Word Art, Graphics, Columns, etc. Keep it simple and neat.
  • Be consistent with verb tense. If you are explaining responsibilities for your current job, use present tense (“Responsible for designing high voltage substations”). If it’s your past job, use past tense (“Reduced costs by implementing new product tracking system”) or (“Responsibilities included designing high voltage substations).
  • Avoid using generic terms that simply take up space.
    • We’re all “Team Players”
    • We all “Work with Integrity”
    • I sure hope your are “Highly Professional”
    • Get to the point effectively and efficiently with your words.
  • Results, Results, Results – While it is vital to explain what your responsibilities are, what you actually did is just as, if not more important, to Hiring Managers. Example – don’t just say you have spent 1000 hours on AutoCAD, bullet point the actual projects completed and show the effect of your work.

Blog: Interview Tips

Ask one or two targeted job interview questions. Write down questions ahead of time or you will likely forget them during the interview.  Be sure to take notes during the interview as well.

  • Inquire about the company’s long-term objectives and this will demonstrate your interest in the position and may shed additional light on the intricacies of the job.
  • How has the position evolved since it was created?
  • What have you enjoyed most about working here?
  • What is the top priority for the person in this position over the next three month?
  • What are some of the challenges that will face the person filling this position?
  • Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?
  • Restate your interest in the position.

What managers want to know during the interview:  

  • Can you do the job?  Interviewers want to know if you have the ability to handle the basic responsibilities of the role. They will likely ask many questions to this effect during the in-person interview. They’re interested in the skills you have and your relevant work experience.
  • Do you really want the job?   Companies want to hire someone who is genuinely enthusiastic about the opportunity. They’ll be closely listening to the way you give answers during the in-person interview to evaluate your true level of excitement. Your attitude and the questions you ask will indicate the sincerity of your interest and how motivated you are to land the position.
  • Will you fit in?  An employer wants to gain a sense of how well you’d fit in with the corporate culture and there is no better opportunity to observe this than during an in-person interview. Be yourself and let your personality shine through.

Be sure to research the company. A survey found the biggest mistake applicants make in interviews is not knowing enough about the firm. Do some digging on the Web; tap members of your network for their insights and work with a recruiter who can offer additional information about the firm.

Don’t let nerves undercut your communication skills. Keep your responses to interview questions concise. When asked a question, take a deep breath, pause and collect your thoughts before you begin to speak. Avoid verbal crutches (e.g., “um,” “like,” “uh”) and refrain from making jokes or discussing controversial subjects.

Don’t exaggerate your interest or qualifications. This is one of our most important job interview tips. While it’s necessary to express enthusiasm for the position, candidates who answer every question with upbeat eagerness may come across as insincere. Also, avoid overstating your qualifications.

Don’t be negative. Avoid disparaging comments regarding former employers, colleagues and companies. Also, stay away from self-deprecating comments, which do not support a positive image or demonstrate competence.

By taking these interview tips to heart, you can make a better impression with the hiring managers.



This is a bit unorthodox, but I would like to formally #thank you for visiting this site and for reading my first blog!

This is a very exciting time in my life as I’m starting my first business. Even though I have worked in the #recruiting industry for almost ten years, this is quite the change and one I didn’t see coming. But, I’m going to embrace and celebrate #change. That’s a good thing, right?

My #passion within #recruiting is being a part of candidates finding better #jobs which will in turn make them successful in their personal lives as well. The other side of the coin is helping #employers find their next stars.

Even if I’m not able to make that perfect match right away, I know these relationships will forge forward for a very long time. In fact, I have a lot of these connections from over nine years ago which I love.

So, with nervous excitement, I can’t wait to make the connection between #engineers, #procurement professionals and local #employers.

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Again, thank you for coming along for the ride!