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Do’s & Don’ts of Working in a Cube

on Wed, 12/23/2015 - 18:12

Ah, where would the American workforce be without the dreaded grey paneled, four-foot high cubicle. While many offices have re-embraced the open workspace where it’s every man (and woman) for himself as they grab a seat at a long table or sit in a lounge chair to hunker down to work, not to mention the growing phenomenon of working via a home space, still many employees report to work where they are relegated to working in a cube.

Health Benefits and Your Job Offer

on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 18:51

Back in the early 1990’s when I was a relative newcomer to the recruiting and staffing world the candidates were far more interested in what their salary offer would be than caring about what the company benefits were. Today that mindset has changed significantly thanks to the cost of healthcare. While salary will always play a key component in the job offer, future employees would be wise to consider what kind of health coverage their employer will be offering.

A Great Career Enhancer: PMI Certification

on Fri, 06/13/2014 - 02:43

When it comes to job search and offer negotiations, a certification can provide you with an added edge and one-two punch over the other candidates.  Nearly every industry has their own brand of certification but a PMI certification can apply to and assist with virtually any field of expertise.   According to, adding a certification to your education and skills can increase your salary anywhere from 9% to 30%.

Founded in 1969 PMI, Project Management Institute, is a not-for-profit professional membership association.

Six Guiding Steps to Job Search Success

on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 13:34

6 Simple Steps to Effective Schmoozing (face-to-face networking)

1.      Smile

2.      Don’t be shy, jump in and introduce yourself to others.

3.      Show interest in others

4.      Don’t sound desperate. Say you are on the market and seeking advice on how to return to gainful employment.  You can also mention that you are there to meet other people within your           industry and to learn new things about your industry.

5.      Don’t spend all your time with people that can’t help you, i.e. your friends, fellow co-workers.

6.      Be prepared to express what it is you bring to the

3 Common Interviewing Mistakes

on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 00:53

 As a corporate recruiter consultant for numerous companies across the USA I’m always frustrated when a potentially strong candidate comes in for an interview and fails to get the job due to an easily avoidable yet common interviewing mistake.  Below I’ve listed the top three interview mistakes that I have seen throughout the years:

Being too aggressive in asking questions about when a decision will be made.

Win-Win for Combo Job Search – Hiring Event at Parker Aerospace

on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 14:27

For months and in some cases for over a year, Parker Aerospace in Mentor, OH has been searching for viable candidates to fill their position openings in their Engineering, Accounting and Production departments.  Parker Aerospace, a division of Parker Hannifin, is in and has been in a high-growth mode for the past few years at all of their facilities across the USA. 

Parker has had some close calls with hiring candidates but for a variety of reasons from candidates accepting other job offers to having all the skills but just not enough experience to the final candidate conducting a very poor

Successful Strategies for your 2013 Job Search

on Fri, 01/04/2013 - 00:29

The New Year brings new hopes, challenges, goals and for many companies it brings new budgets.  Budgets have been set aside to bring on new employees for the 1st quarter of 2013.  Whether you are unemployed or satisfied in your current position of employment it is always important to know how to locate your next quality job quickly and efficiently. 

A keyword rich resume is still the most valuable tool to unlocking the doors to getting a job.  Keywords are those words that define skills and certifications that are specific to your industry.

Top 5 Mistakes New Grad's Make

on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 20:17

Top 5 Mistakes I’ve seen new grad’s make when trying to land a job:

  1. Speak too casually such as answering questions with, “yup”
  2. Send emails with all lower case and no punctuation
  3. Sign off on emails too casually such as ‘Rick’ with no further contact information, just ‘Rick’
  4. Rely too heavily on friends and family to get them an interview
  5. Don’t prepare for the interview such as researching the company and position

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