Monthly Archives: October 2013

Top Job Search Mistakes Millennials Make and How to Fix Them

Jayne Mattson, senior vice president at Keystone Associates, a leading career management and transition services consulting firm, says that when millennials don’t take the time to reevaluate resumes and interviews that don’t prove successful, they continue to miss out on opportunities.

Top Job Search Mistakes Millennials Make and How to Fix Them (Mashable.com)

While suited for Millennials, the tips are handy for anyone to remember. Always make sure that you have someone that can take a look at your resume for spelling errors and grammar mistakes that your Spell Checker can miss. Also, try to look up Interview questions and try to come up with positive answers to them. You can use a quick Google search to find the most common interview questions. Research the company and their competitors. You may never be able to get the nervousness out of your system. But, with the proper preparation, you will give yourself a better chance of being hired. 

Did you know 3 out of 5 Job Seekers have used their Mobile Device?

Did you know that you could look for a job on your Smartphone? With faster phones and better internet connections, applying to jobs are easier than ever. There are a number of Apps available for the Android or IPhone that can help you make a resume, find a job and apply.

Don’t know how to use them? We can help you.

Come to the programming desk and sign up for Tools for Employment: Using your Smartphone to Find Jobs on November 7, from 5:00-6:00 PM. We can show you what apps work best to find the job you’re looking for. Or ask at the Careers Desk.

Are you a teen, or the parent of a teen? We are also conducting the class for Teens in December.

Why You Need to Include Soft Skills On Your Resume

Dorothy Dalton has written an excellent article on including Soft Skills on Your Resume. Also mentioned on the Glassdoor Blog, including Soft Skills in your resume helps develop your Career accomplishments into a narrative that will entice hiring managers.

There are a number of reasons to list your soft skills on your resume. They will synthesize the hard skills of results and measurable actions with the narrative arc of where you would want to end up in your career. Most importantly, they focus more on what the resume is trying to convey to a hiring manager as a whole, rather than small tweaks that are frequently blogged about (including by this author). A development and the introduction of soft skills on a resume will not only force a hiring manager to look at your resume twice, but also pick up the phone and call you for an interview.

But most importantly, thinking about your soft skills will force you to think: What do the jobs and the work I’ve done in them say about where I want my Career to go? It’s a difficult question to think about. But in the end, it helps guide you to your own professional fulfillment.

Want to see what the most important Soft Skills are? Please visit Dorothy Dalton’s Website for more great tips. 

7 Ways to turn a Seasonal Job into a Permanent One

Did you know that Retail, Information Technology, Hospitality and Leisure Services hire Seasonal Workers? If you’re working a seasonal job now, congratulations. The economy has begun to slowly rebound, so your chances of turning your Seasonal Job into a Permanent one are better than they have been in years. Mashable has a list of tips that can help you turn your Seasonal Job into a Permanent one. 

With some simple but slightly overlooked dos and don’ts, you’ll have a better chance of keeping your job past the Holiday Season.

Want to see what jobs are open in Brentwood? Use the “Jobs in Brentwood” links on the right side of this page.

Suffolk County Civil Service Exams Open

A Number of Civil Service positions are open for filing in Suffolk County, including Network and Systems Administrator, Social Services Examiner, Emergency Services Director, and Management-Level Librarian positions. Refer to the article on How to File for a Suffolk County Civil Service Exam online to file. 

Fees range from 25-35 dollars, and each title must be paid for in order to be placed on the list. For example, if you want to be listed on the Network and Systems Administrator Open-Competitive and Promotional list, you must pay the filing fee for the Open-Competitive list and the Promotional list.

18 Things to Bring on A Job Interview

Everyone wonder what to bring on an interview? There’s a lot more than you think! Here are 18 things you should have with you:

18 Things To Bring On A Job Interview (AOL Careers Articles)

These pointers should give you a friendly reminder when you’re called for a job interview. A lot of these tips are basic, such as: dress professionally, make sure to bring extra copies of your resume, and be prepared to answer difficult interview questions. Some may be less common, but just as important. The nerves building up before your interview may make you want to say “No” when asked if you have any questions for the company. But, try to think of a few questions that will show the employer that you’ve spent some time researching their company. (Don’t ask about benefits. If you’re hired, the time will come for that. The interview process is not the time, unless explicitly noted.). Also, a typed up set of references are essential. Making sure to read these tips the night before an interview. It’ll help you relax and feel more mentally prepared to ace the interview.

Long Island Housing Services Mortgage and Scam Prevention (Today @ 6:30PM)

Many Homeowners desperate to save their homes from foreclosure have paid thousands of dollars to companies and individuals who promised to help save their homes and avoid foreclosure with either a loan modification or with a mortgage rescue plan. Sadly, many of these have been SCAM operators –taking money, but not providing any help –only getting the homeowner more in debt! Come to the Mortgage Rescue & Scam prevention seminar to learn how to avoid these types of scams.