One main purpose of The Job Pyramid is to offer you, the candidate, insight to your rights and wrongs during your job search process. We are the “in-between” and are happy to provide feedback to help you along the way.
In the past, we have encountered candidates who, after scheduling an interview, will call or email asking for directions on how to get to our, or our client’s, offices.
Why is this wrong?
- If you are not resourceful enough to search for directions on your own, the Hiring Manager can assume you won’t be a problem solver in this new role
- The Hiring Manager may have missed a step in telling you the address. If this is the case, you can always look up the company and check the Manager’s signature. If you’ve looked up the address on your own and want to confirm, it’s acceptable to email or call to confirm the address is correct
You may be shunned for calling for directions when you are fully capable of looking it up yourself. Remember, first impressions are important. You don’t want the Hiring Manager to think poorly of you and your abilities before you get the chance to interview!
Do you have some questions on how to go about finding your next interview’s location? Comment on our Facebook page.
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When compiling the “experience” portion of your resume it may sting a little when writing end dates – especially if it wasn’t a smooth “break up.”
In your next interview you know you will be asked, “Why did you leave your last job?”
It’s a question that takes some preparation because you don’t want to:
- Over divulge information that is unnecessary – like how you clashed with some co-workers or didn’t like the management team
- When we get nervous we tend to ramble. Practicing can prepare you to go slow and focus, rather than get caught up in nerves
Here are some great tactics on how respond to this question:
- Short and sweet – As mentioned above, don’t over talk
- Honesty is the best policy – If you were let go, be honest and tell the Hiring Manager why. They will find out anyway and you want to make sure you portray the experience in a positive light
- Positively sure – Even if your last experience was a horrible one, don’t let that show through in your interview. Prepare and note some great qualities your last job possessed and mention what you learned
Do you have some great tactics that you would like to share when asked this question? Please share on our Facebook Page.
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One of the most stressful parts of a job search is the, hopefully, inevitable interview. After hours of perfecting your resume and committing to following up and solidifying a meeting you’ve finally solidified an interview! Congratulations.
Now the hard part. Do not let your nerves get the best of you! Remember your resume got you the interview and now your personality has to get you the job.
How can you calm your nerves before the interview?
A few nights before the interview, draft some basic questions you know you’ll be asked and rehearse in front a mirror or a friend.
- Don’t drink/smoke
We think this goes without saying, but please don’t drink the night before or smoke on your way to the interview. You might not be able to smell the effects but the interviewer might. Please keep in mind that the same goes for “good” scents as well. Perfume is a good idea but DO NOT over do it!
- Positive thinking
Do not start to dream up scenarios about how the interview can go wrong. Think positively.
- Chamomile Tea
Relax the night before and morning of with a nice, hot, calming cup of Chamomile Tea.
- Visit before the big day
Take a trip to the office building before the day of your interview. This will reassure you that you are able to get there, how long it will take and will give you a visual of what you’re walking into. Doing this leaves one less thing to worry about.
- Get enough sleep
You might be anxious the night before, but don’t let that stop you from getting a good night sleep. You want to be and look well rested.
- Deep breathes
It may sound bogus, but deep breathing really does calm stress and relieve tension. Try it, it doesn’t hurt.
- Be prepared
Do your research! Know everything there is to know about the company – past, present and future. Current article topics and acknowledging social media discussions are a huge plus!
- List of objectives
Not all interviews can run smoothly. There may be some speed bumps in the interview and some questions you don’t know the answers to. Make sure you prepare some objection questions as well and practice your answers.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY – LISTEN
Most of the time when we’re nervous, we tend to either speak too much or not enough. If you know you speak a lot when your nervous, make sure you listen to what is being asked of you and ALLOW THE INTERVIEWER TO FINISH THE QUESTION. Nothing is worse than not answering the question or answering it incorrectly because you weren’t paying attention.
What are some ways you’ve relaxed before an interview? Please share with us on our Facebook Page.
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The beginning of a new year gives you a chance to start fresh and reboot those resolutions you didn’t resolve at the start of 2011.
In our last post, we touched on getting organized using LinkedIn’s new cardmunch application (which we love). This time we want make sure, if you’re itching for a job/career change, you’re asking yourself the right questions before you jump ship into a whole new path, environment, co-worker clique, and new responsibilities.
All of these new ventures are exciting and can be a little scary as well. In order to confirm your move is something you are ready for we came up with a few questions to ask yourself before you leap.
Can you pin point what’s not working at your current job?
Maybe you’re bored. Ask yourself – Is it because it’s a slow month, week, day or have you felt as though you’ve been trudging along for months with no exciting projects on the horizon?
How can you be sure your next job is a step in the right direction towards growth and longevity?
Assess the company and its mission. Do your morals, values, and ethics match?
What does the new job need to provide in order to satisfy your career hunger?
If you’re looking elsewhere your current job is lacking somewhere. Find that lack and dream of ways your next job will fill it and continue to feed your inspiration and challenge you. This way you won’t be bored and will consistently feel driven and motivated.
Have you recently made a move? What were some of the questions you asked yourself before you evolved into your new role?
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By now you have probably sent out all of your holiday cards. You’re sure you covered everyone when you realize that you should send holiday cards to the hiring managers you’ve connected with in 2011.
This is a wonderful way to touch base, follow up, and send warm wishes to someone who you hope will call you for an opportunity in 2012.
Sending a holiday card is easy. Just call the company, ask for the contacts address, and stamp!
The hard part is picking out a tasteful, general card that isn’t too much glitter but will stand out nonetheless.
- Assume this person celebrates a certain holiday. You don’t want to send a Happy Hanukkah card to someone who is looking forward to a white Christmas
- Get a large card. The more space you have the more room there is for mistakes. You also have to come up with a lengthy “Happy Holiday” note
- Spell the name wrong
- Send an E-Card. Even if it’s personal it’s still “generated”
- Make it personal. Remember the last time you spoke? I’m sure the hiring manager has had that baby, went on that vacation, got married…wish them well and make it personal if you can
- Play it safe and send “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings”
- Hand write personal messages
- Send the card to arrive on time (at least five or six days before Christmas)
- Follow up after the New Year – sending a card is a good way to open the flood gates of communication. Following up in 2012 is the perfect start to a new year full of networking
Do you have questions about your holiday cards? Feel free to comment on our Facebook page and we’ll answer all your questions.
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Now is the time to celebrate the holidays! Hopefully you are close to completing all holiday shopping, booked and confirmed all travel arrangements, and have brainstormed New Year’s Eve plans.
With company holiday parties taking place this week and next, it’s interesting that 96% of employees would rather not attend. And not only would they skip out on the festivities, they would also prefer money instead.
According to Moxie Bird only 4% of voters would prefer a holiday party. Others voted for a cash bonus, salary increase, and more paid time off.
Would you rather have a holiday party or money for the holidays? (Both is not an option!)
We took a poll at PCG’s office and we opted for a holiday party, of course! We love our team.
Tell us what you think on our Facebook page.
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Today we are proud to announce that the Pyramid Team will be donating their time to City Harvest. If you’re interested, individually or as a company, in giving back this holiday season, City Harvest is a great option where you can come together to help those in need.
What will we be doing?
We will gather at Union Square’s farmers market to offer bags to food vendors for their left over food. After passing around the bags we will make our rounds to help pack and pick up the bags to load the City Harvest truck.
We are very excited to be part of this and hope you can find ways to give back this holiday season too! Happy Holidays!
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There are many ways to apply for a job these days. You can apply through LinkedIn, job boards, a company’s corporate site, and through an ever unattainable connection.
When applying for a job through a website you can easily attach your cover letter and resume. However, when you apply directly through email you may question whether or not to attach your cover letter or copy and paste it in the body of the email.
Why should you attach?
- Attach a cover letter and only write a few introductory sentences as inline text. This way the Hiring Manager isn’t overwhelmed with paragraphs and may be more inclined to open your attachments.
Why you should not attach?
- The Hiring Manager doesn’t have time to open attachments so you decide copy and paste your cover letter.
Both options could work; it really depends on the Hiring Manager. In our experience, our recruiters would prefer to see the cover letter as inline text. This way they can get a feel for your personality, experience, and interest level.
If you’re email consists of: “Please consider me for this position” then the Hiring Manager will not take the time to open your attachments. Including a personalized cover letter in your email with resume attached, may be your best bet!
Do you have more questions about how to contact a connection with a cover letter and resume? Please email sbellow(at)pyramidcg(dot)com.
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Aside from bonuses, raises, and promotions there are other motivators that encourage employees to work hard and feel good about doing so.
In a recent article on INC.com, Ilya Prozin makes some great points, listing nine ways to inspire.
Ideas like positive reinforcement, small rewards, team projects, and company parties are all on our list of great ways to bring a team of employees together.
What are some ways you are motivated and encouraged at work?
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