Can you pass this one question quiz? 

Interviews happen everyday in a variety of settings. Think about this, though. Which employees are the hardest working multitaskers, making sure executives know where they need to be for their next meeting, keep stock closets full, invoices processed on time and making sure that the workspace generally runs smoothly?

The answer: if you said administrative support staff… Congratulations! You nailed it!

Because these admin support positions are so critical employers usually have extremely high expectations for candidates who apply for these positions. Don’t worry after tweaking your resume for an admin position hiring manager won’t be able to turn you down as long as you can answer these five questions.

 

Question: What do you do to stay organized?

Why they ask:

Any administrative support position needs to have highly organized people to fill these roles. If you can’t organize your own schedule, how will you keep your boss organized and on time?

What you say: 

You should be specific. Talk about managing your workspace and what systems you use to support that. Period what messaging in Calendar system do you use do you have a dedicated space for pending projects how do you keep your workspace physically clean and organized? showing the hiring manager how you’ve mastered the systems can make you much more attractive as a candidate.

 

Question: how do you manage stress?

Why they ask:

This is one of the more difficult areas to master. Juggling assignments one at a time and keeping cool or an absolute must to be successful in the administrative space. Prospective employers want to make sure you have strategies in place to manage job demands without caving in when the pressure is on.

What you say:

Lead with an example of past performance under pressure with a previous position. Here’s an example: “I got a frantic call from an executive one day, requiring me to drop everything and handle a change. The solution to this problem was communication… once I had the other managers on board and worked some extra hours I was able to meet his deadline without falling behind.“

 

Question: What are your strongest computer skills?

 

Why they ask:

It’s basically a fork on completion you’ll be using a computer most of the day, and it won’t be for social media. Diane Crompton, career coach and author of Find a Job Through Social Networking says, “Employers want to see that you’re current with administrative technology.” Some companies may even want you to take competency or skills tests for certain programs. 

During an admin support interview, be prepared to share your level of software proficiency.

What you say:

One of the best ways to show your technical prowess is to use appropriate language during the interview process. Use specific terms relating to the systems you’re familiar with. For example with XL talk about creating charts formulas macros, etc. as you discuss those skills, include metrics or benchmarks that quantify your achievements using those platforms. 

 

Question why do you want the administrative assistant position?

Why they ask:

In general, admin work can be quite tedious for many people. However, many enjoy it. Hiring managers just want to be sure it’s a genuine interest not a search for something “easier”.

What you say:

Hopefully it’s painfully obvious you can’t say something like “Because I need a job.” When you get this question the best approach is to talk about while you enjoy the support role and administrative work. Give me details about specific aspects of the job. Use a what and why approach if you like doing data entry mentioned that your detail oriented and enjoy project-based work. if you don’t say so, they’ll never know!

Question: Can you share an example of dealing with a difficult client or customer?

Why they ask: 

Many times support chops are internal positions, unlike receptionists, who interact with customers and clients. Hiring managers want to know how you manage interpersonal relationships, and how you avoid conflict.

What you say: 

Here’s the big flag! Any you encounter question that starts with “Tell me about a time when…“ , that’s a behavioral question. Employers like to use past experiences and behavior as an indicator of how you perform in the future. When you get these questions, it’s important to have a good story about an experience where you used communication and professional composure to respond to the situation. 

Another important detail questions to frame how the issue arose, then tell the story about how you handled it.

You got this!

Admin support staff to a large variety of work in their positions, so it makes sense that the interviews for those positions touch on a White variety of skills sets. You may get some of the answers more quickly than others but don’t sweat it. Another thing you may consider, is brushing up on soft skills as well.

 

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It’s commonly understood that taking vacation days provides a significant mental health benefit.

But does vacation also allow us to better develop our work lives? A study published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior finds that all of that is true, and that vacation is really good for our health.

 

Research shows

Researchers ran a study involving 120 students who completed self-reports of their mood and general well-being. Half of the participants went on vacation the first week of the semester, while the other half remained in class. On their vacations, the participants were told to eat and rest regularly throughout the weekend, and to exercise and relax as much as they could over the weekend.

 

The researchers found that this schedule improved their mood and well-being dramatically. Participants who used vacation days had fewer bad moods and lower levels of depression than those who stayed in class. They were also more likely to be engaged with their studies on their vacation, and they had higher happiness levels and a healthier overall lifestyle.

 

Laws and employee benefits should encourage short term vacation to allow us to rebuild our mental, physical, and social health from a work-based perspective vacation days spent anywhere, like camping can be beneficial

 

Why does such a simple change have such a dramatic effect on mental well-being? What else might be involved? And what might other workplace policies do to promote healthier days off?

 

Practices that build on the previous steps of the vacation schedule could be key to promoting healthier days off. First, the study members observed that students who went on vacation were more likely to take physical exercise while they were gone. Many young people are uncomfortable taking time off, particularly in the summer, so letting them come back to school after their long-planned vacations would allow them to take physical exercise and socialize before they even return.

 

Vacation Days just make sense…

Second, there is evidence that having paid holidays encourages employees to take their vacation days more often than employees without paid holidays. This, in turn, may lead to an easier transition from school to work, and it could also contribute to maintaining or boosting their mental health and well-being in the days afterward.

 

Finally, sharing a “work-based” vacation schedule with employees could also make it easier for employers to include policies about clean, healthy food at work. Focusing on having healthy days off as part of a broader “work-life balance” would allow companies to promote healthy choices, encourage employees to get food at work, and offer employee and management feedback on employee behaviors that promote healthy eating and exercise.

 

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Safety for your employees as we adjust to the new, hopefully temporary version of normal…what can you do?

Every day, we wake up and go to work, fully intending to come home happy and healthy. While many businesses aim to protect employees and keep their health a top priority, the arrival of COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in many of our standard procedures, and tweaks are required to continue to keep employee health at the forefront of our business ethics.

 

Whether your business takes place in a private office, a public storefront, or you employ nurses and home care aides who go into patient’s homes for a living, it is paramount that workers have the tools and support they need to feel safe and know that their employers have their best interests at heart. While it may take some time and planning, you can secure your workplace by following recommended guidelines and encouraging preventative health.

Follow CDC Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control has laid out many guidelines for employers to consider in this COVID-19 world. While these have been laid out as a reaction to the pandemic, these are processes that your business should follow even after the virus has come and gone to ensure that your employees are in the safest environment possible. One of the most important aspects is to require employees to report to management if they feel sick, and once confirmed, they should be sent home until they feel better. You should distance this individual from the rest of the workers while necessary, provide them a facemask, and then provide safe transportation to a medical facility if they cannot drive.

 

You should also have your janitorial staff take a more serious look at their disinfecting procedures. All common areas, including break rooms, the kitchen, and desks should be cleaned throughout the day and after-hours to ensure the cleanest space possible. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends particular cleaners that are the most effective at killing germs, including Scrubbing Bubbles and Clorox MTOC. 

 

One of the cornerstones of coronavirus prevention is the constant encouragement to wash hands after using the restroom and any time that your hands are visibly dirty. As an employer, make sure that you supply many soap dispensers in bathrooms and hand sanitizing stations around the office and keep them full. This step alone can be instrumental in keeping sickness at bay.

Social Distancing

Many people call this post-COVID-19 world the new normal because we are learning that social distancing and avoiding germs can help us to avoid sickness in general. Social distancing means keeping a safe distance of six feet from others, so even if an employee does cough or sneeze, they are not letting their germs latch onto the person right next to them. This is why you should enforce some type of social distancing requirements at your business and keep them even after the coronavirus passes.

 

During this new world, you may have to consider your scheduling practices and the number of people you have working at one time. If you work in a warehouse with machines and employees on top of each other, then you may have to consider adapting the schedule to have different shifts throughout the day. Doing so would limit contact, limit the potential for sickness, and it could promote better productivity as employees can feel less crowded and more focused.

 

This is also a good time to think about the option to send workers home to work remotely. Many businesses have had to close their physical office and resort to telework during the height of the coronavirus, and as those companies continue to thrive after the transition, it shows that remote work may be the norm going forward. With a telework force, you can give employees peace of mind about social distancing, and it can even save your company some money as you cut down on utility costs, funds that you can use for more safety initiatives around the office. 

Preventive Health

If COVID-19 teaches us anything, it is that it is essential to avoid getting sick in the first place with preventative health tactics. Cleaning counters and keeping a distance is one thing, but there are other hazards around the office that must be considered on a daily basis. 

 

For instance, many workers spend too much time staring at their computer monitors. Doing so for too long can result in strained vision, which could lead to headaches and blurred vision. To avoid the risks, encourage employees to follow the 20-20-20 rule, which means taking a break every 20 minutes to look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This gives your eyes an opportunity to relax and start fresh when you resume your task. 

 

This is just one precaution that you can bring up at your monthly safety meetings. These are gatherings where you can discuss new protocols and tips for staying safe at work. You can talk about common threats like spills, trips, and falls and how to keep a clean work area. You can also have one-on-one meetings where you can talk to those close to retirement and inform them of expectations as they soon take advantage of Medicare, which provides cover for vision health as well as general wellness, and what they might want to get checked out sooner. If someone comes to you mentioning that they have a condition like diabetes, you can recommend preventive tech like a watch that can monitor their glucose levels.

 

It is also worth mentioning the importance of taking breaks. Enforcing a break policy is important because it gives your employees a chance to step away from their work and refresh their minds. The last thing you need is a workforce that is overly stressed because stress can lead to poor productivity, and more importantly, health issues like high blood pressure and heart issues. Encourage two breaks plus lunch during an eight hour day, and you will have safer and more productive employees.

 

If there is any bright side about the arrival of COVID-19, it is that we are now taking a more extensive look at employee health and safety. Implement these strategies now, and your employees will stick with you for life.

 

By guest blogger Avery Phillips

Everybody agrees that building great relationships with coworkers and networking is a great thing to do. 

It’s also valuable to have a degree of candor when doing so… But you need to practice self censorship as well. One easy, low-hanging fruit in this area is knowing what’s not OK when asking ice-breaker questions, or that quick chat in line at the coffee shop. Make it a point to avoid these 10 questions at work. A little forethought can save you some headaches later.

 

“Wow, are you pregnant?”

One would think that common sense might prevail in this situation but you never know. Especially at work, this can be a really difficult situation. Mainly because out of the two possible outcomes neither of them will be good. It’s quite simple actually, if that coworker isn’t pregnant you’ve just insulted her by saying she’s overweight. If she is in fact pregnant, she may not be ready to announce it to everyone. So perhaps it’s best to avoid it. Seriously though, coworkers reproductive plans are none of your business anyway, so along those lines don’t ask if they’re planning to have kids either

 

“Have you lost a little weight?”

 

If one of your colleagues has in fact slimmed down, this may seem like an all right question. However, you may not know the full story behind their weight loss. A very common and not unlikely example is because they are ill, which means you’ve just put them in a very uncomfortable position. Leave it alone.

 

“Are you feeling tired?”

This one applies more to people you might not know as well as others. This one should certainly be avoided as an icebreaker… Nobody likes to hear that they look exhausted or overworked. This can often be interpreted as looking old and haggard. Stick to compliments.

 

“Mike in shipping is an idiot, don’t you think?”

While you may be great friends and talk about everything under the sun at the water cooler venting your frustrations about other people in the workplace can result in much bigger problems than you probably imagined. The biggest one is it could get right back to the person you’re speaking about. Best advice, vent about work to people outside of work.

 

“What do you make, anyway?”

Many companies actually have a policy about this.Many companies actually have a policy about this. In Asian cultures where many workers’ salaries are common knowledge and often published as a publicly available wage scale. Discussing compensation in the U.S and other western cultures is generally frowned upon.

 

“What’s your religion?”

If you haven’t heard it before, the two cardinal sins for conversation at work our religion and politics. Few topics are more polarizing than these two. Both of these topics If you haven’t heard it before, these topics are often linked together in some way. So best to give a wide berth to these questions at work. And besides, there’s so much more to talk about!

 

“Any good dates recently?”

It may be innocent enough, or even meant as a joke. Regardless of your intentions the sex or dating life of coworkers should be considered off-limits look in the mirror and picture yourself being asked the same question.

 

“When are you and [significant other] going to get married?”

Who says everyone wants to get married? If a particular coworker doesn’t want to marry their significant other it stands to reason they don’t need to be reminded that they haven’t made plans yet. And, you may have no idea if their relationship is even healthy.

 

“What’s your tattoo mean?”

Current estimate show that four and 10 people have a tattoo. Of those, a Pew Research Center survey says nearly 75% say they hide them at work.Current estimate show that for a tattoos tend to be very personal. So even if it’s visible, that coworker may not want to share the story behind it. Stick to compliments, and if they want to share, they will.

 

“How old are you, again?”

OK so you’re the worst judge of age on the planet. However, asking someone their age can have serious repercussions. A recent survey conducted by AARP showed some kind of age discrimination at work in nearly 2/3 of workers age 45 and older.  Age related questions at work could get you in hot water with HR and an age discrimination claim. Steer clear.

 

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Just a few hours at home can help your career advance more than you might think.

Among the steps you can take to help advance your career progression include making sure your resume is up-to-date and networking with people you meet.  Networking is a key component to a successful career advancement strategy because there are jobs out there just waiting to be filled.

 

Once you have successfully navigated your career advancement journey and landed a job, you need to prepare yourself for a rewarding future that’s even better than the one you’re on now. Being able to cultivate career equity is one of the keys to fulfilling your dreams of advancing professionally.

 

Communicating with Your Crew, Friends, and Allies is Crucial to Career Advancement

Not everyone has a near-perfect resume. The objective of this article is to provide some tips and pointers for you to prepare your resume for your next professional move. There are countless ways to add value to your CV and resume. Here are a few ways you can help make your resume standout from the crowd and stand out from the candidates vying for your services.

Note: There are several online tools to help you create and customize your own resume, one of which is Resume Workflow. You can also find many of these tools at Employers and Credentialing websites. However, some of these tools are better than others at certain key areas. If you are looking for one tool to help you create a good resume then don’t hesitate to consider these free online tools: Resume Generator, resumesByIvy, EHM Resume Maker, and Guidance

You’ll get some paid tools if you’re willing to shell out money, but it’s ultimately about being a team player. If you don’t communicate with others, it’s much harder for others to grasp your value. Furthermore, you may have trouble establishing a work-related relationship if you cannot convey the same value that is intrinsic in your resume.

Staying in touch with your network can help your career advancement

1. Increase your Structure

The most important aspect of your resume is the structure of your information. There’s a way to tell the truth without being honest. A nice way to begin is to be brief. If you’re writing a new resume, it’s advisable to explain where you’ve worked before you get started. By telling people about your previous job, you show they are able to learn from experience.

 

What you need to consider when writing a resume that gives a real sense of what you do is how you use structure. It’s important to be clear, concise, and to the point. Some people just write one page of resume, but some do a lot more. Here’s how to break up your resume to be clearer:

 

Use words that will cut through…Be specific…Don’t forget to pick your favorite words

2. Use Google to find relevant jobs

Finding new jobs is always helpful. You don’t have to get a job. We just need to get you the kinds of positions you need to fill.

 

The best way to get free information is to do research. Sometimes the web is a great place to start. At other times, you may need a professional search engine to get the answers you need for your career advancement and eventual retirement. 

 

Asking yourself questions is the most important step of all. What are the skills I need to have? Why should I be seeking a new job? How can I tell if the job will be great? What do I need to know about the organization? What information should I have before I go to interview?

Ask someone you know from school, a professional colleague, or someone you know from work how to fill out a resume. Remember: At an interview, they will look at the information you gave them and then be able to make an accurate assessment of your skills and experience. (See “The Perfect Resume For Your Interview”)

Having a current resume is an excellent practice

Look for chronological order of accomplishments.

All resumes have two basic sections: career experience and education. (If you have any questions about any of these factors, consult with an HR professional.) Once you know how much education you have, consider creating an account on LinkedIn. In addition to your Education section, you should also include important Career Advancement Summary information such as:

Organization experience (company, division, project, job, position, position manager)

Job title (where did the job originate and what was its duration)

Firm structure (how many persons do you have reporting to you)

City of residence

Employment options

Name of personal and professional home (if you have one)

Time worked at the organization (how many hours per week)

Employee rating from supervisors (or business partners)

You can sort your education/employment information in two ways: Alphabetically and Chronologically.

 

The searchable LinkedIn LinkedIn Education section indicates which jobs have you held (whether you are listed as “on the job” or “succeeded”).

 

Additionally, the education section displays an extensive list of jobs available to you.

 

To request a free LinkedIn search, you need to create an account and upload your resume.

 

Other Employers

 

Though no job search on LinkedIn is foolproof, several websites can help you find some of the best employers and positions on LinkedIn, including the following:

 

Employers and managers on LinkedIn search through multiple sources to find candidates for new positions.

 

Recruiter I-Square searches over 5 million LinkedIn profiles and has over 100,000 “sign-ups” per month.

 

Employers on LinkedIn do not have access to your private profile.

 

Employers only access your public profile and can not search through it.

 

LinkedIn.com is a Business

LinkedIn is a valuable tool for job searches and career advancement

Although LinkedIn is most popular as a workplace network, there are benefits of using the site as a business tool to help your career advancement.

 

Even if you don’t plan to start your own business, LinkedIn still offers access to a broader pool of candidates than just company personnel.

 

As a member of many HR systems, employers can see what you’ve done, what you look like and which areas of your LinkedIn profile you would be most interested in talking to.

 

If you’re actively looking for a job, your profile and cover letter can help you stand out from the crowd. This will also help you in your search and provide recruiters with the information they need to write a better cover letter.

 

How to Go Further with LinkedIn

 

There are hundreds of profiles with dozens of LinkedIn Groups just for employers, from popular “best” employers to smaller. However, the information you can uncover through these groups is far from complete. Keep digging and you’ll find your way. But most of all, try to enjoy it!

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No one can prepare for EVERY job interview question. Those sneaky interview questions that you wish you’d known were coming.

While there are as probably as many potential job interview questions as there are recruiters, it always is good to be prepared for anything. So, feast your eyes on this big fat checklist of potential interview questions.

Will you encounter them all? We hope no interviewer would be that sadistic.

 

Will you encounter a couple of them? Most likely.

 

Will you be well-served by being ready even if you’re not asked these very same ones? Without a doubt. To start your job interview planning adventure, have a look at these potential interview questions below.

 

Interviewing 101:

You could probably come up with most of these on your own. But just maybe there’s one interview question you never saw coming.

  • Why are you the right one to hire?
  • What strengths do you see yourself having?
  • In your previous position, what did you dislike?
  • How about weaknesses?
  • What’s your ideal employer like?
  • What draws you to this particular opportunity?
  • At what point did you most enjoy your work?
  • What attracted you to us?
  • Tell me something about you. (that’s not on your resume)
  • What do you bring to the table that others don’t or can’t?
  • Can you move to another location?
  • In your previous position, what were your responsibilities?
  • Why do you want to leave what you’re doing now?
  • What’s your familiarity with this line of work?
  • What do you know about us?
  • 5 years from now where do you see yourself career-wise?
  • Any questions I can answer?

 

It’s all part of the job, isn’t it?

  • How did the last project you led turn out?
  • Share an example of a time you put forth that extra effort beyond what was required. 
  • Have you had your work criticized? 
  • Is there a time when everyone on your team wasn’t doing their part? How did you deal with it?100 Plus Interview Questions to Think About
  • Can you recall a time you had to give challenging feedback? How did that go?
  • What’s your biggest failure and what did you learn?
  • When working with annoying people, how do you handle it?
  • As your supervisor, if I asked you to do something disagreeable, how would you handle that?
  • Can you share something difficult from your life and how you handled it?
  • Give me an example of how you handled a significant error.
  • Can you share how you’ve dealt with conflict in the workplace?
  • If you were at lunch and ordered a bacon cheeseburger with blue cheese, but the order came out with cheddar cheese and no bacon, how would you handle that?
  • How would you handle the discovery of fraud or other illegal activity?
  • Have you had a work assignment that was just too difficult? How did you handle it?
  • In the past two years, what has been your most challenging decision? How did you make it?
  • How would you handle multiple tasks with an unrealistic deadline?.

 

You want to get paid how much?

  • What do you have in mind for compensation?
  • What does your wage history look like?
  • If I were to provide you this wage you requested however allow you to create your work summary for the following year, what would it state?

 

So you’re looking for growth opportunities here?

  • What goals do you have for advancement?
  • Looking at the coming year how would you like to improve?
  • Specifically for this job, what goals would you have?
  • What additional training would your last supervisor recommend?

 

Don’t waste your time getting started:

  • How would you go about establishing a healthy bond with the team?
  • How long for you to make a substantial contribution?
  • What do you see getting done in the first 30 days of work?

 

Let’s Get Personal:

  • What’s your organizational style?
  • What would be your optimal workspace?
  • If you identified a preferred work culture — do you prefer organized or entrepreneurial?
  • What are some ideas you came up with or even implemented at work?100 Plus Interview Questions to Think About
  • What methods or tools do you use to stay organized?
  • Would you say you’re detail-oriented or big-picture?
  • What’s your all-time proudest accomplishment.
  • Tell me a little about your favorite manager?
  • What do you think of your most recent boss?
  • Was there a particular person of influence in your career?
  • If you chose a personality type to work with, what would it be?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What are your biggest life dreams?
  • Do you have a personal mission statement? How did you come up with it?
  • What would you like to become in the future?
  • If we ask your former employer to name three positive traits what would they be?
  • If your last manager had a negative to express about you, what would it be?
  • What do you like to do?
  • How would your closest friends describe your character in three words?
  • What are the three favorable character traits you wish you had?
  • If you were interviewing someone for this position, what would you be looking for?
  • Five words that define your character: Go!

Since we’re talking about you…

  • Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
  • What do you fear the most?
  • Tell me about your biggest regret and why?
  • What’s the single most valuable lesson you learned in school?
  • Why did you select your field of study?
  • What do you think you’ll miss about your work if you join us?
  • How do you handle being told no?
  • What is your best accomplishment beyond work?
  • What are the qualities of a great leader? How about a poor leader?
  • A leader should either be feared or liked. What do you think?
  • How do you feel about working for someone with less experience or practical knowledge than yourself?
  • On a 1-10 scale, what do you think of me as a recruiter?
  • Share something about yourself you prefer I didn’t know.
  • What’s the difference between good and exceptional?
  • What sort of car do you drive?
  • No right or wrong answer. You can be ANYWHERE in the world right now. Where is it?
  • What’s the last book you read cover-to-cover?
  • Do you subscribe to any magazines?
  • You won the lottery…NOW WHAT?
  • Who are your heroes?
  • What do you do just for fun?
  • What do you enjoy in your spare time?
  • Tell me about your favorite memory from childhood?

 

Brainteasers:

Some interviewers will use these types of interview questions not so much for their answers, but to see the reaction it gets when asked, Or, the way in which the interviewee attempts to compose an answer or even just consider it.

  • How many street lights are there in New York City?
  • If you could pick one superhero power, what would you choose and why?
  • How many golf balls are there in Florida?
  • How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
  • Why are manhole covers round?
  • How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?
  • Describe the internet to someone who just woke up from a 30-year coma.
  • You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced so that your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?

100 Plus Interview Questions to Think About

Still want more?

  • What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
  • How would you test a calculator?
  • Sell this pencil to me.
  • What’s the number of times a clock’s hands overlap in a day?
  • Just how would certainly you consider an airplane without a scale?
  • How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?
  • Tell me 10 ways to make use of a pencil aside from writing.
  • Describe the internet to someone who just woke up from a 30-year coma.
  • If you were a pet, which one would you wish to be?
  • Why is a tennis ball fuzzy
  • How many gas stations are there in the United States? If you could eliminate just one of the US states, which one would certainly you do away with and also why?
  • With your eyes closed, tell me step-by-step how to link my shoes.
  • How much does the Starbucks in Times Square bring in, in annual revenue?

 

Being prepared for the interview questions you’ll encounter is such a large part of getting that job you’re really after. Even for that work-from-home job, you’ll need to do well on the interview, even if it is on Zoom, Skype or WebEx. Be sure to check our Career Search Engine too. https://veteransenterprise.com/want-to-work-from-home-kick-the-tires-first/

Thanking your interviewer could make the difference.

So…you’ve applied! You submitted your resume and got the call! Now you just need to pass the interview and get the job! Taking a moment for an extra step AFTER the interview could just be the missing link. Many officers and senior enlisted do this interview tip…it can get you hired!

Putting in the time to thank an interviewer after a job interview with a thank you letter, note, or email is not just good interview etiquette, it also strengthens your interest in the position.

Sending a thank you note can provide you an edge over other candidates who may disregard to do so. In fact recruiters love getting thank-you notes, but only report receiving them 24% of the time.

What Your Thank You Note Accomplishes

Your thank you note can be a space to deal with any concerns or issues that turned up during the interview. Too, you can consider your thank you letter a follow-up sales pitch. In it, you can restate why you desire the job, summarize your credentials, share how you might make contributions to the organization, and so on. It’s an opportunity to remind job interviewers why you’re the very best prospect for the job.

Your thank you letter is also the best opportunity to talk about anything of significance that you didn’t address as completely as you would have liked throughout the job interview.

Keep in mind, though that your thank you keep in mind should be quick and to the point. A number of short paragraphs are plenty. Remember it’s not how much you write, it’s just doing it that makes interviewers rave about this single action!

If you’re not exactly sure how to compose a letter thanking your interviewer, put in the time to evaluate some sample thank you letters, thank you notes, and thank you email messages. This single interview tip can get you hired.

Usage Key Facts From the Interview in Your Thank You

There are a couple of crucial facts you’ll require to remove from your interview, so you can get your thank you letter right.

First and most significantly, you’ll need to understand who interviewed you. What was her name and how is it properly spelled? Does she pass a more formal name on her company card? What was her title? This is where exchanging organization cards is handy.

If you don’t have service cards or for some reason that exchange didn’t happen, inspect the business directory or website to obtain this info. The information might also be available from e-mails sent out prior to the interview.

Others might have entered the interview room briefly or joined you for a tour of the office or facility. It is good to exchange business cards with them too. You can mention them in your note to your primary interviewer. Depending upon the length of time you invested with them, you may want to send out those individuals a thank you note also.

It never hurts to be top of mind for multiple people at the company with which you are interviewing. You never ever truly know who will lobby for you to be the leading choice. Be sure they have your contact details on your card and send them a thank you letter if you feel it is suitable. At any rate this interview tip is a winner.

You might also wish to take a mental note of what you liked best about the workplace, and any pastimes or interests you shared with the recruiter. These can make good additions to personalize your thank you note, and maximize the effect of this interview tip.

What’s the Best Option: Sending Email, A Printed Note, or Handwritten Card?

In bygone days, only a composed card or letter would do. However these days an e-mail is appropriate as a thank you for a job interview. But remember not to be too informal– use formal titles and proper salutation and signature.

A typed and signed letter is also excellent and even a handwritten card might be a great touch depending on the job interviewer and the type of job you requested.

No matter how you make up and send your note, make sure to proofread it, and look for any spelling mistakes or typos. A simple mistake might be a big strike against you.

The best part about using an e-mail is speed and precision of delivery. While any type of interaction can go astray, if you have actually already exchanged e-mails you can be sure your thank you note will be received by the job interviewer. A printed note or card can be more individual in touch however might take longer to reach the interviewer, especially in a larger business with a huge mailroom where pieces of mail exchange lots of hands.

When to Send Your Message

But while email can be sent out immediately, it’s best to wait for at least half a work day before sending it. If your interview took place in the afternoon, send it out the next early morning. If your interview was in the morning, send your note near the end of the workday.

Here’s a quick recap:

ALWAYS SEND INTERVIEWERS A THANK YOU NOTE.

It’s good manners, and likewise a chance to make the case for your candidacy yet once again. And of course interviewers rave about this single interview tip!

KEEP YOUR NOTE SHORT.

Do not let your message drag on. Keeping it to one or two points in addition to revealing your appreciation to the job interviewer.

GET A BUSINESS CARDS DURING YOUR INTERVIEW.

That method, you’ll have contact info easily offered.

PROOFREAD CAREFULLY.

Read your note numerous times to avoid spelling mistakes and typos.

 

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Your Bilingual Spanish Skills Are In High Demand

In virtually any career field, Your Spanish language skills can be handy. But more than that, there are some careers that actually need Spanish language skills. Which means one thing: Employability!

 

With your Spanish language skills at a native level, you’re currently one step better to some fantastic jobs.

Why Do So Many Jobs Require Spanish language skills?

It’s clear that increasingly more employers are seeking Spanish-speaking employees in your home and abroad– but why?

One factor is that the Hispanic populace in the US is continuously climbing up. The United States Demographics Bureau reports that the Hispanic populace is over 55 million (over 17% of the populace) and also rising. With a respectable percentage of this populace speaking Spanish as a key (or a minimum of preferred) language, all areas of the economic climate need staff members who speak both Spanish and English to involve and also fit the transforming demographics. According to a story published by  Kennesaw State University, multilingual worker demand will be increasing for years to come.

 

10 Jobs That Can Utilize Your Spanish Language Skills

1. Teacher

You’re possibly believing “well, of course you require to speak Spanish to be a Spanish educator.” You’re. There are other training jobs that require Spanish, too.

For instance, multilingual education and learning focuses on presenting information in two languages. In the United States, several bilingual schools and programs utilize Spanish. If you’re interested, you might take a look at the National Organization for Bilingual Education and learning’s job board. Additionally, in locations with huge Hispanic populaces, several ESL jobs need or like somebody with Spanish skills.

2. Interpreter/Translator

Interpreters as well as translators help people that do not speak the very same language to connect with each various other. Whether the interaction is talked or in composing, they take details from one language and also alter it to the various other.

Interpreters as well as translators can work in a selection of settings. Clinical translator/interpreter work is particularly common. There are also jobs offered in government, the court system as well as via private translation business. As well as, you can always attempt your hand at freelancing in your area and also online, making use of web sites like translate.com and ProZ.

 

3. Use Your Spanish language skills as a Customer Care Rep

While there are a lot of customer support work offered that do not call for Spanish, the work that do call for Spanish typically pay more as a result of the extra skill needed. As well as allow’s face it– who does not intend to make money a lot more?

And also it only makes good sense that you get paid more– besides, speaking English and also Spanish indicates the variety of consumers you’re able to help is much higher than representatives that speak only one of the languages.

Customer care representatives work in phone call centers or in retail. Comparable jobs working in the tourism industy are also readily available.  You can occasionally find work operating at hotels, resorts and cruises abroad.

 

4. Sales Specialist

Remember that growing profession sector we went over? Well, someone requires to bargain those sales and acquisitions. This is where sales specialists been available in.

International sales experts buy and sell items from around the world. With your Spanish abilities, you prepare to do organization with Spanish-speaking countries. Firms in Spanish-speaking nations will usually considerably appreciate the visibility of a sales expert that can connect with their English-speaking clients, vendors and company companions.

 

On a smaller scale, if you live in a community with a big Hispanic population, you’ll most likely be able to find regional sales work marketing anything from autos to mattresses.

 

5. Physician

Sure, there are lots of work in the medical area that don’t need Spanish. In areas with big Hispanic populaces, Spanish is in high Bilingual Skills: Money In The Bankdemand. It’s much far better for people to be able to interact directly with a doctor or registered nurse instead than with a translator.

Any kind of clinical profession from nursing aide to nurse, medical professional, Emergency Medical Technician as well as medical assistant may make use of Spanish language abilities. Even if the work does not need it, it can absolutely help you advance in your area or make you a more desirable candidate. Furthermore, considering that doctor typically handle emergency scenarios, speaking Spanish can actually help you save lives.

6. Police Professional

Law enforcement is an additional profession where communication is extremely important, and also not having the ability to connect clearly can prove deadly.

In areas with large Hispanic populations, police officers typically require to know at least some Spanish so that they can much better safeguard everyone living in these multilingual communities.

Given that the US has nearly 2000 miles of boundary with a Spanish-speaking nation, numerous positions with the FBI and Border Patrol additionally call for Spanish.

7. Your Spanish language skills can be invaluable as a Social Worker 

Social workers work with individuals and family members on really intimate levels. They’re privy to exclusive info concerning delicate situations such as abuse, mental wellness concerns as well as other difficulties that households encounter. Therefore, it’s ideal to communicate in the language the clients are most comfy with. Because of this, neighborhoods with big Hispanic populaces frequently recruit Spanish-speaking social employees.

8. Author

Whether it’s journalism, web content writing, blog writing or public connections composing, the big Hispanic populace in the US means there’s a huge market for written materials in Spanish.

The capability to share info clearly in both Spanish and also English doubles your potential market. Because of this, lots of employers look for writers that can write in both languages. Additionally, considering that some writing jobs call for interviewing abilities, it will certainly assist to be able to interact with the interviewee in their main language.

9. Management Assistant/Receptionist

Due to the fact that of this, some settings may call for the assistant or management aide speak Spanish. Also if speaking Spanish is not a requirement, it’s a useful skill that’s likely to provide you the edge over various other prospects using for the setting.

10. Teller/Personal Lender

Bank bank employees handle the clients’ money, while individual bankers assist them handle their accounts in more depth. Given that money is constantly a sensitive issue, it helps to be able to discuss it in a language the consumer will certainly better Bilingual Skills: Money In The Bankrecognize.

Several bank employee and individual lender settings do not call for Spanish. However in communities with growing Hispanic populations, many positions will call for Spanish. And also this is most likely to be  increasing.

With all these great jobs requiring Spanish, you’ll undoubtedly locate something excellent to make a great income.

So exercise your Spanish language ability as an asset!

 

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