The pursuit of happiness: How to find your dream job

How to find your dream job

To say that most people are unhappy with their jobs is an understatement. According to an 2013 article by the New York Daily News, 70% of Americans are dissatisfied with their current careers. And many statistics show that number is, unfortunately, on the incline. Whether you’re underpaid, overworked, not loving what you’re doing or all of the aforementioned, there are ways to turn that frown upside down.

If you’re looking for the next door to open, first, you must prepare for what’s behind it. There’s a smart way to go about finding that perfect job. After all, there are bills to pay. So play it safe with these four ways to find your dream job.

1. Who are you? Aside from meeting basic monetary means, sense of purpose is the single most important factor in defining your job as one of your dreams or just another means to exist. Think way back to the good old days when your parents used to read you bedtime stories. In one of the classics by Lewis Carroll, the main character Alice is asked by a very fictional character, “Who are you?” Even today, as adults, this question has it’s value. The first place to start when on the pursuit of happiness, is within. Ask yourself what it is that you love most and what it is you are most qualified to do. If you’re not totally sure, ask your husband, wife or partner, ask your co-workers and peers. Oftentimes, an outside perspective helps us to understand who we really are. Know your aspirations as well as your qualifications. Now, think about what career might enable you to pair the two. Start here. When you follow your heart, finances oftentimes fall into place too.

2. Build yourself up. Your dreams may stay in the clouds if you don’t work for them. As our Motivation Monday quotes say, you can’t just dream. You must do. Your idea of ultimate success may be far-fetched for now, so do your research. Find out what it takes to get there and make a plan. Do you need another degree? Do you need to work a few years here and another few years there to qualify for your dream job? Once you know what will be required for you to reach your ultimate career heights, create an achievable timeline and make strides towards your first goal. Oftentimes, to get to our peak we must take the appropriate stepping stones to get where we need to go.

3. You gotta catch them all. Pokemon Go is all the craze. 2016 is as close as it gets to The Jetsons. We are literally and virtually everywhere. If there isn’t someone physically, in front of us, we tend to look down directly into the depths of the cyber space found in our handheld devices. And we can’t pretend that those who are looking for their next hire, aren’t looking there too, because they are. Go ahead, Google yourself. What pops up? How you appear virtually could factor in greatly as to whether or not you get that next job or not. Revisit your LinkedIn profile and tailor it to fit your skill set with keywords that may help you fall into the hands of someone hiring for your desired position. (Need help? Find out how to build a better LinkedIn profile here.) Filter through each place you find yourself and be sure all content associated with your name is appropriate for your higher ups to see you as a credible individual they’d want to hire as a part of their team.

4. Needle in a haystack. Good jobs can be nearly impossible to find, that is, if you aren’t sure where to look. So stop asking Craig. Do you know Craig (from Craig’s List)? Yeah, chances are, he doesn’t know you either. Personal connection is the easiest way to get your foot in the door. Do you know someone who already works in the facility you want to be a part of? Take them out for lunch. Ask them how they got their job and if they have any advice or ins for you. If you don’t personally know of someone with an in, find one! Recruiters like Phil Ellis Associates are here to help you find your dream jobs. We already have the much-important connection you’re looking for. Check out our current job openings here and let us know how we can help you find and land your dream job.

How to plan for (and actually take) your paid vacation


Everyone could use a break from the daily grind from time to time. That’s why we have paid vacations, right?

But according to Project: Time Off (a coalition founded to educate Americans about the benefits of time off), 55% or 658 million days of paid vacation actually go unused each year in the U.S. because we can’t seem to free ourselves from the workplace.

Feeling tethered to our careers seems like a good thing on the surface, as far as career stability goes, but a recent study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 77% of managers poled stated that employees who take vacations are more productive than employees who don’t and 78% of them agreed that vacation time aided in job satisfaction. The reality is, the more vacation time we actually take, the more likely we will stay happy with our jobs and the longer we’ll stay with our employer.

So how can we best detach, physically get away, clear our minds?

Incentivize yourself. When your dog does his tricks, he gets a treat. So why not think of your scenario in the same way. Dangle your own carrot so to speak. When you close your eyes, what first comes to mind? An umbrellaed margarita waiting for you on the beach? A luxurious spa decked to the nines? An outdoor trek under canopies of lush, green trees? Pick a place. Any place. And commit to getting things done in the office or lab or wherever it is you call work so that you can treat yourself when the time comes.

Plan in advance. Is there a time of year that seems a tad less busy than another month? Choosing to go on a vacation during a time of year that’s easier on you also makes things easier on your team when you’re gone. When you get back, you’ll have less catching up to do too. Plan your trip at least two months out. This will give you time to get anything accomplished you’ll need to have done prior to leaving.

Set it in stone. We all say we want to go here and adventure there but how often do we really pack our bags and board a flight? Once you’ve picked out your destination, selected a date and secured the time off with your boss, make the move! Lock down your vacation by booking your flight and accommodations. With money already out of your pocket, you’ll really lose out if you don’t take the trip.

Make a list. It’s 2016 and we all have these things we call smart phones. Thanks to these devices small enough to travel with us, we have internet no matter where we go and that means we have access to Netflix (and chill) or work all the time. So how can we really take a break? Whether you’re super techie and set your dates on your Apple Watch or you’re old school and like to hand-write your deadlines and appointments out on paper, get out your calendar. Think of everything that you need to do before you leave that you and only you can do and assign yourself a date and a time to get it all done before you leave. Ask a coworker to step-in for tasks or questions they can handle while you’re gone. Set goals. Prioritize the list by finishing the things that will make you feel the greatest relief first. Fulfill them. Once you’re on your way to the tropical islands be smart and put your smart phone away for a bit. Just like our phones, we need a little time to recharge.

Let the world know. Before you say your sayonaras to your coworkers, check in with your boss with a plan. Before your higher-ups sign off on the plan, be sure to agree on your accessibility. It would do us all good to have a legitimate time off the grid with no ifs, ands or buts, however, the reality is that someone might just need you. Set your boundaries. Limit the time you agree to be on the phone in the case of emergency and try not to check your inbox. Checking your email on day five may make you feel like you’re climbing Mount Everest so be sure to let all of your close contacts know you’ll be hitting the high road soon and set up an out-of-office auto-reply email message so that your inbox doesn’t get inundated while you’re out. In general, most people within your place of work and outside of it will be respectful of your well-deserved time off and won’t flood your inbox while you’re away.

Not getting enough paid vacation? Check out our job openings here.

7 steps to success: How to impress your boss on day 1

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So you got the job and today is the big day. It’s your first day in your new position and maybe the butterflies are floating around in that anxious stomach of yours and you’re thinking, “How do I impress my boss and coworkers?” Let’s break it down.

Follow the seven simple steps below and you’ll be sure to make a great impression on your first day.

Timing is everything. This is the simplest step you can take to make a good impression on the first day (and the last day, for that matter) of your new job. Arrive early. (About 10 minutes early shows you’re willing to go above and beyond. More than that might be too much.) Leave late. It’s that easy.

Q & A. Now is the best time to learn. More than likely, there is already a plan in place for training with particular members of your new team who have reserved time out of their day just for you. So do your part. Ask when things might not seem so clear. While you want to demonstrate efficiency in the workplace, everyone knows that the new guy (or lady) will need a little assistance the first few days in their new role. Showing that you’re eager to learn is imperative as a new hire.

Take notes. Bring a notepad and pen with you on your first day. Jot down the answers to those questions you asked as well as other tidbits of information you think you may not remember on down the road. It can be a challenge to retain all of the information you’re given in the first week of work. Use your notes to refresh your memory each morning before heading in.

Let’s break the ice! Finally! It’s lunch break. This is the time when you really get to know your peers. Although first days are often exhausting, it’s the perfect time to put your Girl Scout or Cub Scout days to the test and make new friends. Ask about your team member’s roles in the company. Taking the time to find out more about your co-worker’s positions as well as about their personal lives shows that you care and helps you understand how you fit in the puzzle. Make sure your peers know you’re a team player.

Show your pearly whites. It’s a universal greeting. So share a smile with your new co-workers and higher-ups. It shows you’re excited to be where you are and your excitement to be a part of the company.

Bring something to the table. When a company decides to hire you it’s because you have something to offer. If you see something that could use a little TLC or a procedure that could be simplified, offer your ideas. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes is just what the hiring manager was looking for.

Please and thank you. Always offer gratitude to those who put in a little extra time to get you trained. A thank you email is a nice way to give thanks so before you leave for the day put in a little extra time to say thanks.

Are you looking for a new job? View our current openings here.

5 interview questions every employer should ask & every applicant should be prepared for

Remember ABC’s “Who wants to be a millionaire?” Well, there really are million dollar questions that could make or break your future outside of television game shows. If you’re an applicant for a job opening, the good news is this is your cheat sheet. And if you’re in human resources, the same goes for you. Below are five questions both employers and applicants should take the time to consider. The way in which these million dollar questions are answered may just make a big difference in your career no matter which side you’re on.

Q: Why are you here?
A: If you’re an interviewee, don’t panic when you’re asked this question. The interviewer knows you had an appointment with he or she. The goal of asking you why you’re there isn’t intended to throw you off. The intention is to find out a few things about you. Think about it. Why are you there? What has you in the market for a new job? Are you unhappy with your current position? If so, how can you word yourself so that you don’t necessarily talk down about the company which currently employs you. If you were laid off, think about how you can discuss this with the most positive outlook without downplaying your skill level and expertise and without placing blame. If you’re looking for more money, how can you phrase the need for compensation in a way that doesn’t make you look like you’re only in it for the money. Talk about your dreams and aspirations without sounding cheesy but by giving solid qualifying facts that speak loudly of you as a future employee and why the job is right for you.

Q: What would you do in your first 100 days on the job if you were hired for this position?
A: The goal of this question is to see where a job candidate’s mind is in the grand scheme of things–how the interviewee would work on a day-to-day basis, how they plan, how they would apply themselves to the role. If someone stumbles when they answer this question, chances are they haven’t even put much thought into how they could be of benefit to the company. And that should be the goal, right? Although a candidate doesn’t necessarily know the ins and outs of the job until they’re hired, the answer an employer should be looking for has less to do with the answer and more to do with how what is said illustrates one’s work ethic, self-motivation and ability to lead the team.

Q: From everything you know about this company and this role, how do you think you’d make a contribution?
A: It happens more often than you’d think. But if someone walks into an interview without doing much research on the company or position they’re interviewing for, they are hands-down not the right candidate for the job. If they have no interest in learning about the higher ups, the tasks and goals for the position they’re seeking or the company itself prior to the interview, they certainly won’t have any interest a couple years into the job. Those who come prepared with more than a generic knowledge of the company show work-ethic and passion for the job at-hand. Those who don’t do their research, well, they simply look slack from the get-go. If you find out about the job through a biotech or pharmaceutical recruiter like Phil Ellis Associates, use your recruiter to your advantage. Field basic questions to your recruiter so that when it comes time to interview, you are well-versed on the company, role and goals of the HR department.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A:  Passion about the future is important. Many can talk a big game, but talk won’t go far in the long run. Those who have goals for the future tend to show it–their faces light up when they talk about career possibilities. Generic answers don’t do much for those doing the hiring. Yes, everyone wants a considerable raise. And, yes, everyone wants a promotion, a bigger house and more vacation. If you’re being interviewed, think about what there is to gain. Why did you get into the biotech or pharmaceutical world in the first place? Is it because you were passionate about finding a cure for a particular disease? Is it because you want your name to go down in the history books like Alexander Fleming’s? Be honest. Tell your unique story. Truth sells.

Q: Do you have any questions for me?
A: If the answer is “no,” an employer’s answer back to the candidate should be the same. Even those on the shy end of the spectrum should come to the interview with a list of questions they have for the HR department. Questions about compensation, moving packages, bonus structure and hours are a place to start. But this is another place where a candidate can really shine by doing a bit of research. When the tables are turned, the questions the interviewee asks when he or she has a chance to do the interviewing could be a make or break.

Looking for a new biotech or pharmaceutical career? Submit your resume to us here.

Going up? Five keys to land a promotion


We’re all human here. And humans have this thing about always wanting more than what they’ve got. Be it a new title or the extra figure in your paycheck, we all want it. The question is, do we all have what it takes to step up to that next rung on our professional ladder to land a promotion?

Take a look at the five keys to land a promotion below to find out what your next steps should be to get on the track towards success.

Think outside of the box. The human mind feeds off of new stimulus, new technology, new information. Are you stimulating your mind in (and out) of the workplace? If not, reading up on the latest pharma and biotech news might do you good. Heck! If you’re too tired after work, there’s always YouTube. Whatever you do, feed your mind! When we are in a constant state of self-education, we’re much more likely to think outside of the box, step out of our comfort zones, become problem solvers and do things in a newer, better way. Your boss is paid to tell you what to do and how to do it. But what if you could help them out a bit by introducing them to a new way of doing your job that might save them some time and money they’d probably think a bit higher of you. Be a leader not a follower. Chances are, your boss will notice.

Act the part. If you walk around the workplace acting like your glass is half-empty, fill it up and drop the ‘tude. Nobody likes a complainer (especially your higher ups). If you feel you deserve a raise and status change, act the part.

Quantify your qualities. Take out a pen and paper. Now jot down all of the accomplishments you’ve made since you’ve been in your position. What has saved your company’s bottom line? How have you helped increase production or speed in your operation? What problems have you solved? Write down everything you’ve done for the betterment of your company and keep adding to it. You’ll want to keep this for your next review or meeting with your boss. Sometimes it takes a little self-promotion to get what you deserve!

Find a friend. Do you have friends in high places? And by that we mean do you have a mentor? It pays to make friends with your higher ups. Now, this is a bit of a gray area which is dependent upon the casualties of your workplace. In some instances, we mean real friendship. In other instances, there are formal mentorships available for grabs. In either case, most promotions have a little something to do with what others within the hierarchy are saying about you.

Step on the soapbox. Now, we’re not talking about all the time. The soapbox is meant for special occasions, right? What we’re suggesting is that you follow the aforementioned steps first and foremost. And then, when you feel you’re ready, ask your boss for a meeting. Take a look at your list of quantifiable qualities. Memorize the most important details or print out a copy for both you and your boss. Now’s your time to shine. Sell yourself. Studies show that less than half of all employees ever even ask for a promotion. So how is it that your boss will even know that you’re seeking one? Tell them. Give them your goals. Tell them how passionate you are about their company. Elaborate on why you would be the best fit for a position that just opened up. Being clear about your wants and needs is imperative in landing a promotion. If it doesn’t happen this time, at least your higher ups are very clear on where you stand, that you’re passionate about earning their respect and that you are willing to do what it takes to move on up.

Thinking of moving up by landing a new job all-together? In some instances, this may be your best bet in landing a promotion. Take a look at our recent job openings here!

How to build a better LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn Profile

There are more than 400 million LinkedIn users worldwide so how can you stand out amongst the crowd? Build a better LinkedIn profile using these simple steps.

Put a face to your name. Seems egotistical but putting a face to your name is one of the most important steps you can take to get your head in the door to a new job by way of the internet. This is your first and most visible impression for potential employers. By simply adding a headshot to your profile, you’ll be seven times more likely to be found during a search.

When you’re adding a photo, just be sure that you use a professional image–you should be wearing professional attire and the background should either speak to your industry or remain static. The image should be high resolution for web (72 DPI or simply put, not pixelated after uploading). Whatever you do, don’t let the gray default profile image speak for you. All it will say is that you’re lazy, boring or not real.

Me, myself & I. Write in the first person or use “I” when writing about your work experience. It’s the easiest way to do it and it sounds most authentic to the reader.

Headliner. Your professional headline is the place where many professionals insert their current job title and that’s great if your current title speaks highly of you and if you’re looking for a job with a similar name. But you can save the fancy (or not so fancy) title for your current experience section within your LinkedIn profile. Use relevant keywords within your target industry to get you on the radar. LinkedIn has a great tool to help you in the creativity department. When you go to edit your headline, you should see a link that says, “See what others in your industry are using.” Click the link to see what other people are calling themselves.

Break it up. Forget the lengthy paragraphs when it comes to your skills and expertise! If someone wants to read a book, they’ll head to Barnes and Noble. Bulleted lists of your experiences, accomplishments and duties will serve you just fine and they’ll be less likely to be looked over.

When summarizing your experience, be sure to continue to use those keywords relevant to your target audience so that your face is more likely to come up in a search.

Make it easy. Did you know that people looking at your profile from outside of your network won’t be able to see your contact info? Be sure to include a current phone number and email address in your summary so that those looking in from the outside can reach you.

Link up.  You have the ability to add links in almost every section of your profile. Use this to your advantage so that your links will serve as your virtual portfolio. Have you been interviewed in a magazine or newspaper or even written something yourself? Do you have your own website or is there information on a former employer’s site that describes a project you worked on? Use links to serve as proof of your accomplishments.

Outside approval. Make friends. Reintroduce yourself to old classmates, clients and coworkers. Endorse them and chances are they’ll reciprocate the favor.

Get together. Join groups within your industry and within your community (or your desired communities) to increase your visibility.

Introduce yourself. You know the names of the companies you want to work for, so go ahead and follow them. This subtle introduction is a perfect place to keep yourself educated on these businesses who may just call you up for an interview one day.

Perfect 10. Do yourself a favor and ask ten of your closest former or current coworkers, bosses or friends with similar industry experience for a LinkedIn recommendation. While you can create an impeccable LinkedIn profile for yourself, it’s what other people say about you that might just leverage you in the door. Don’t be shy when you’re asking for this favor. Be specific about what you’re looking for and the skills you want your cohorts to talk up.

Happy staff. Happy Boss: Three keys to hiring and keeping good employees

Happy Staff

Whether you’re an assistant manager at a small business or in corporate human resources, the most important part of your job is keeping your staff happy. A happy staff makes a happy boss. Find out how to create a positive work environment by hiring and keeping good employees with these three easy steps:

Create a clear vision. Hindsight is 20/20. But before you have to look back to figure out why one of your best employees left your company for another, it’s important to lay out a clear foundational vision for your staff.

Everyone works to make money but we’d like to think that the people we hire from the get-go are not just in it for the dough. Hire people with passion about the product your company is producing or the services it provides. And do so from day one (day one being interview day).

During with the interview process, begin to illustrate the interviewee’s potential role and importance as it relates to your company’s end-goal. Verbally state the brand’s vision or mission. If your company is working on developing a cure for a chronic illness, let them know that people with this illness are relying on them to change their lives. Sense of purpose almost always overrides minimal workplace stresses and lesser pay.

Remind the prospective employee and current employees often that their role is not just a job, it’s a passion project.

Show them the money. You get what you pay for even when it comes to your employees. Underpaying your staff is one of the quickest ways to see them go bye-bye. So say “so long” to syonara and say “hello” to sites like and where you can keep yourself abreast of what others are paying for similar positions around the country with the click of a button. Stay on top of the going rate for your employees because in the pharmaceutical and biotech world, chances are your staff–especially your good employees–are looking too. So give them what they deserve while keeping your budget in-mind before someone else finds your golden egg.

Invest in what’s free. A study conducted by the University of Warwick in 2015 shows that those who consider themselves happy in the workplace are 12% more productive on the job. And those who consider themselves unhappy? Well, they’re typically about 10% less productive. All the money in the world wouldn’t change this either.

While financial merit does pay, it isn’t the only requirement of a satisfied staff. In general, people want to feel content at the place where they spend most of their waking hours. So be sure to let your team know you’re there for them. Tell them they’re doing a good job. Surprise them with donuts during a mid-morning break. It’s the little things, and often the least expensive things, that make a difference. Invest in your future with happiness. It starts with you.

New Year’s Resolutions: Three steps to shed the weight of workplace stress

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New Year’s Day is a lot like the movie “Groundhog Day.” Statistically speaking, Americans tend to extend the same commitment to themselves each and every year. Losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution of 2016. It topped the charts last year and the year before and the year before that one. But do you know the easiest way to lose weight? To shed stress.

Surprisingly enough, stress is one of the leading causes of weight gain. Getting rid of it is a better way to burn fat than diet and exercise. So by shedding stresses–which more often than not stem from the workplace–we’re able to make a better new year for ourselves in both mind and body. It’s time to shrink our waistlines and shift the battle of the bulge to our wallets with these three simple steps:

1. Let’s get together and feel alright. Put a handful of strangers in a room and chances are you won’t get along with everyone. Although your place of work probably consists of people with similar educational backgrounds, that doesn’t mean that you’ll all work at the same pace or have the same ideas about how things should be done. If you find yourself gritting your teeth every time a particular co-worker turns the corner, do yourself a favor and confront them. But do it with grace, please!

Oftentimes, we hide our anger to avoid confrontation. This works for minor instances but we find it best to talk things out with your work neighbor to escape from work frustrations in the future. Why is this so important? Well, it’s a weight off your shoulders first and foremost. But more importantly, by making amends now, you’re really thinking about the future.

More than likely, you won’t stay at your current place of work until retirement and neither will your co-workers–including the pesky ones. We can’t count the number of times that a negative workplace relationship also negatively affected a perfectly good candidate from getting a new job. On down the road, you may find that you are applying to jobs where people from former workplaces work currently. Always keep this in mind.

When resolving conflict, try to stay away from digital confrontation. With tone-of-voice and facial expression missing from the conversation, emails and text messages are easily misinterpreted. Set aside some time on your lunch break or outside of work to grab a cup of joe and meet face-to-face. Gather your thoughts and talk it out. The new year is the time for resolve.

2. Money. Money. Money! Money is the root of all evil, so they say. We believe this only to an extent. Money provides us with the means to survive, with vacations, new vehicles and a roof over our heads, but it’s the feeling of not getting what you feel you’re worth that really hurts and causes us stress. If you feel there isn’t an equal exchange in your case, do your research. Use tools like to find out what other people in similar positions in your area are making and see if you deserve more. If you find evidence that shows you really should be bringing home more bacon, put the facts on paper and set up a meeting with your boss. There’s no shame in honking your own horn when you have numbers to back you up. If your boss sees your worth as you do, they’ll do what they can to keep you around.

3. Move on up. If you’re really just not feeling it on the job, it might be time to move on. If there are other opportunities out there that you qualify for, why hold on to the stress you’ve been bearing? There are perks to job-hopping too. The key is to stay in one place for at least two to three years. You don’t want your resume to be 10 pages long and make you look like you’re a drifter. Human resources isn’t going to want to take a risk on you doing the same to them. But if you can stick it out at your position long enough to gain experience and earn a clean record at the company you’re at currently, you could just earn yourself quite the raise. Job-hopping is the way of the millennial. It’s the fastest way to make more money but it’s also quite a hassle if job-hopping requires big moves. Weigh out the pros and cons and if you’re ready to start the new year with a new job, check out our openings. We’re ready when you are!

How to build a better resume: Five tips to get in the door

Build a better resume

A good resume could be your golden ticket to a better job in a new environment making more money than you are earning now.

If you are looking for a job miles away from your current location, face-to-face time isn’t always possible. There are a few tricks to the art of building a better resume that you might want to know before applying for your next job. Learn how to make yourself look good on paper with these five easy tips:

Tip 1. Keep it simple. Seems simple in itself, right? But oftentimes, it’s a challenge for us to compile and then compress all of our merits and skills on one sheet of unlined paper. Remember, though, that most resumes are scanned–not read–in about 10 seconds or less. So think of your resume as a marketing tool in which you are selling yourself. You have a 30-second spot. Go! Are you going to ramble just to get as many words on the table as you can? Or do you think it through and choose your words wisely. The fewer you use, the more memorable they will be. Just do it. And, they’ll be lovin’ it.

Tip 2. Name your assets in numbers. Are you a manager? Great. How many people do you manage? Did something you or your team accomplish result in a large ROI (return on investment)? If so, how many figures are you talking about? Numbers speak louder than descriptive words. Remember to add this value to your resume. Lay the cold, hard facts. Numbers don’t lie. Quantify why you’re qualified.

Tip 3. Cater your credentials. One resume doesn’t fit all job descriptions so while your experience is what it is, a little detail work could go a long way. Sure, this could be tedious but it is well-worth landing that job. For each bullet-point you have lined out on your resume, reword your experience so that it falls in line with what human resources has been asked to look for on paper.

Tip 4. Phone a friend. The money is on the line. Why not use the tools at hand? Asking a friend or family member to read over your resume is imperative. You’ve probably looked at it so much that you’ve overlooked a simple grammatical error or forgotten a major achievement worth mentioning. Your friends are your allies. Use them.

Tip 5. Keep it short and sweet. This falls back in line with our first tip but it’s an important one. Although chances are you’ll develop friends in the work place, no one (at this point) wants to hear your whole life story. By abiding by tip number one, you should have no problem following this final step. Try to keep your resume to just one page. It’s so hard! We know. But if you don’t hit those command-z keys to cut from your resume, you might get cut yourself. Snip! Snip!

Looking for a new career? Check out our list of current job openings. Think you have what it takes? Follow our tips and send us your new and improved resume.


What Employers Look For In Their People

A good personal appearance is a MUST. Assertive personality, but not overbearing or overaggressive. The ability to express thoughts clearly. Enthusiasm for a career, positive purpose or goals. Career planning. Show confidence and poise. Interested in mutual growth, not just money. Firm answers, not evasive or making excuses for unfavorable factors in record. Be tactful, mature and courteous. Show appreciation for the value of experience. Preparation for the interview shows forethought.

Get a business card with correct spelling and title from each person you interview. If a business card is not available, ask for the correct spelling of their name and correct title. If you are interested in the position, let the interviewer know. Ask for the next interview if the situation demands. If he/she offers the position to you and you want it, accept on the spot. If you wish some time to think it over, be courteous and tactful in asking for that time. Set a definite date when you can provide them an answer.
2. DON’T be too discouraged if no definite offer is made or specific salary discussed. The interviewer will probably want to communicate with his office first, or interview more applicants, before making a decision.

3. Thank the interviewer for their time and consideration of you. If you have answered two questions uppermost in their mind: a) why are you interested in this company? and b) what can you offer —- you have done all you can.

1. If you are working through a recruiter or placement service, it is extremely important that you call your recruiter to discuss the interview. He will then know when to follow-up with the hiring company. Often, he will have worked with the company before and can give you some valuable information and feedback. Your recruiter needs to know your impression of the interview in order to act in your best interests when dealing with the company. The sooner you call, the better.

2. Always take time to call the Personnel contact the day after your interview, thanking him/her for their time. In addition, write a personal thank you note to EACH person you interviewed with, (even if you thanked them already). E-mail is an acceptable form for this communication. To both mail a short thank you note and E-mail one’s thanks is the best of both worlds! This is an ideal time to reaffirm your interest in the position and to re-state that you can be an asset to the organization. It is also a matter of courtesy and can demonstrate good manners. In a situation where you are seeking employment, you cannot be too polite. If you are not interested in the position, that can be stated also, but you may meet this person again in a similar situation, and the manner in which you conduct yourself will be remembered.