Once you decide to begin a job search the most important tool you have will be your professional resume. Be sure you are confident in what you present. Always be prepared to answer questions about detail provided in the body of your resume. This will be your first impression to all prospective employers. The better you feel about your resume the more successful you will be in the interview. Select Search can provide suggestions on content, length, format etc. Always be sure to provide correct and complete contact information. Focus on skills pertaining to the job, interpersonal skills that will make you successful, computer skills and any managerial or project related skills. Always be sure to list achievements and examples of current and previous success. We have provided a sample resume by clicking the link in this section.
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Counter Offers

Mathew Henry, the 17th-century writer said, “Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colours that are but skin deep.” The same can be said for counteroffers, those magnetic enticements designed to lure you back into the nest after you’ve decided it’s time to fly away. The litany of horror stories I have come across in my years as an executive recruiter, consultant and publisher provides a litmus test that clearly indicates counteroffers should never be accepted. EVER!
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In theory, an employee is responsible for giving “reasonable notice” of his or her resignation. What is reasonable will, of course, vary with the circumstances. Therefore, if you are a particularly critical player, at a particularly critical time with the organization, it may be prudent to offer more than two weeks notice of your resignation. The unwritten accepted norm is 2 weeks and is most typical. Regardless of the situation, always be respectful and professional. Remember, there may be a day when you run in to an old employer in a future position.
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Behavioral Interview Advice

Behavior based interviewing is becoming more and more common. It is based on the premise that a candidate’s past performance is the best predictor of future performance. Rather than the typical interview questions on your background and experience, you will you need to be prepared to provide detailed examples of your work experiences.

The best way to prepare is to think of examples where you have successfully used the skills you’ve acquired. Take the time to compile a list of responses to both types of questions and to itemize your skills, values, and interests as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Emphasize what you can do to benefit the company rather than just what you are interested in. Also prepare a list of questions you want to ask the interviewer. The ultimate goal is to get the job. However, it is a two-way street. You are also interviewing the employer to determine whether this company and the position are a good fit for your career.

Thank You Notes (always a good practice)

After your interview, be sure to write a thank you note to the employer or interviewer. This is very important because a thank you note gives you one more chance to remind the employer about the skills you can bring to the company.

It is a good idea to request the interviewer’s business card before leaving the interview. This will help when writing your thank you note to correctly spell the interviewer’s name and job title.

Tips for thank you notes

  • Keep it short. (No longer than one page.)
  • First paragraph: Thank the employer for the interview. Also, mention that you are interested in the position.
  • Second paragraph: Briefly state a few of your skills without repeating the information on your resume word for word. Include any important information not mentioned at the interview.
  • Third paragraph: Provide your contact information, telephone number with area code, and an e-mail address, if available.
  • Sign the note with your first and last name.
  • Proofread the note to check for spelling or grammar errors. Ask another person to proofread the note.
  • Send the note within two to three days after your interview.