Monthly Archives: April 2013

Jobs in Brentwood 4/30



How to Apply to a Suffolk County Civil Service Position

Because of the popularity of prior posts regarding Civil Service Positions, The Brentwood CDC has created a handy primer on applying to Suffolk County Civil Service Positions.

Step 1: The Current Openings for Civil Service Positions are found on the Suffolk County Government web site, which is

1Step 2: Hover your mouse over the Government Tab, which will open up a new frame. There’s no need to click on the tab, it should open automatically.


If you see this frame, click on “Civil Service” (It’s been highlighted for your convenience.)

Step 3: Now that you’ve clicked on the Civil Service Link, you should be on the Civil Service Page. You would also be able to reach this link by typing in
3Step 4: Once you’ve reached this page, click on the Green Button Titled “Current List of Exams”. This will give you a listing of all the open Suffolk County Government Civil Service Positions.
4Tip: It’s always good to check back regularly, as postings are added every few weeks.
Tip: Check the FAQ’s section on the Civil Service page because it contains important information on what an Open-Competitve Exam is, a Promotional Exam, how long lists are open, and how to subscribe to Automatic County Examination Announcements.

Webinar for college seniors, young workers to address managing student loans, saving for a secure financial future

Photo by Flickr User: Tax Credits

WASHINGTON — An April 30 webinar will provide tips and tools to help college seniors and young workers learn to budget for today’s needs and tomorrow’s goals. “Start Early to Take Charge of Your Financial Future” will be held from 3-4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 30. Participants will receive practical guidance and resources to assist with budgeting, managing debt from student loans and credit cards, saving and investing for short and long-term goals, making the most of employer-sponsored retirement and health benefits, and other aspects of personal finance management.

“For those just starting their careers, there are a lot of demands on their income and retirement seems far away,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Phyllis C. Borzi. “However, by starting early and taking advantage of employer-sponsored benefits, young workers can take charge of their finances and begin to build retirement savings at a time in their lives when it will have the greatest impact.”

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration will co-host the webinar with the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards as part of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission’s Starting Early Campaign.

Members of the public can register at

6 Tough Interview Questions Revealed by Employers

“Why do you want to work here?”

6 Tough Interview Questions Revealed by Employers – came out with a post today listing 6 Tough Interview Questions Revealed by employees, and how to prepare for them. Questions such as the one listed above, as well as salary, relationships with co-workers and your learning curve are all covered in this post. They not only answer why a hiring manager would ask these questions and what type of answer they want, but how you could mentally prepare to answer these difficult questions. Make sure to keep these questions in mind before your next interview!

How to Fill Out Applications When You Have a Record

You probably dread seeing the “Have you been convicted….” question on every job application you’ve filled out. It’s tempting to lie, but the probability that you will get caught is extremely high. Studies show that nearly 80 percent of employers will do some sort of background check (including criminal history). Some may do a background check before you’re hired, and some will run the check after you’ve been offered the job. No matter when they do it, if you lie on your application and the employer finds out, they can and will fire you immediately.

How to Fill Out Applications When You Have a Record (

Applying for a job with a criminal record is a difficult situation. Should you lie, and run the risk of being fired if the company finds out? Or do you run the risk of leaving the information out? has an article on how to fill out applications when you have a record that gives applicants advice on what to do.

The reality is that if you’re unemployed and are collecting benefits, omitting information on a job application, getting that job and subsequently being fired for omitting the information is a major economic risk. The National Employment Law Project has produced a paper titled “65 Million Need Not Apply: The Case for Reforming Background checks for employment“. In a country where 1 out of 4 Americans has a criminal record, this is undeniably an issue that affects a large section of the country. If you feel that you were discriminated against because of your prior conviction, here are some links to agencies that can help you:

National Employment Law Project
Islip Town Branch NAACP
eeoc_s160x154U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

5 Things Recruiters Wish Job Seekers Knew About Them

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a recruiter have a “light” day. Phones are constantly ring off the hook, e-mails flood in, daily status meetings interrupt the day, and screening candidates is more than time consuming. For most recruiters, this is their day-to-day.

Many recruiters do a job that could truly require the help of three people. With all those disruptions occurring, it can take a bit longer than you would like for them to pull your resume, review and communicate.

If you’ve decided to go through an agency to help you find a job, your frustration levels may be high due to the inability to get in contact with a job recruiter. Written from a Recruiter’s point of view, 5 Things Recruiters Wish Job Seekers Knew About Them lets you know what the day in the life of a Recruiter is. Understanding the way a recruiter spends their day can give you a competitive advantage in landing your next job (or becoming more aggressive in your job search).

Books about Recruiters/Recruiting:
powerinterviewsPower Interviews: Job-winning tactics from Fortune 500 recruiters – Neil Yeager

unbeatableresumesUnbeatable Resumes: America’s Top recruiter reveals what really gets you hired – Tony Beshara

Questions You Should Ask in Your Job Interview

Remember that an interview is a two-way conversation. For you, the interview has three purposes, in the following order of importance:

  • One, to sell yourself, 

  • Two, to evaluate the position, and,

  • Three, get their commitment for (or at least establish their desire for) the next step in the process (whatever it is)

Don’t forget to ask questions during your job interview, for the following reasons above. Pohly’s Net Guide has a listing of important job questions you can ask during the job interview, in case you’re stuck and not sure what to ask. As always, make sure to tailor the questions to your job search and functions. A question such as, “Are any acquisitions, divestitures, or proxy fights on the horizon?” may not be appropriate for certain types of jobs. As always, use common sense and don’t think of asking questions as a bad thing. 

P.S. Pam Pohly’s website also has a listing of resources for workers in the medical profession. Take a look at the resources they have to offer.

Books about Interviewing:
BarrierBreakinginterviewsBarrier-Breaking Resumes & Interviews – Jumping the Hurdle of Unemployment  – Anita Doreen Diggs
No Nonsense Job Interviews : How to Impress prospective employers and ace any interview – Arnold Boldt
sweatySweaty Palms : The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed – H. Anthony Medley