Job Search Questions – Answered!

Job Search Questions – Answered!

The job search process can be confusing and overwhelming – even for the experienced job seekers. Between the job boards, applications, networking, resumes, cover letters, references, and especially the interview, I see why it can feel overwhelming. While we would like to help answer all your questions, there just isn’t enough time in one blog, but we have answered some of the most common job seeker questions for you.

I’ve applied everywhere but haven’t heard anything back. What am I doing wrong?

When it comes to applying for jobs, it’s all about quality over quantity. Carefully review the job description before applying. Tailor your cover letter, resume and response to each posting. Also, take time to review your resume and cover letter to ensure they are up to date with all of your information.

Should I apply for a job even if I don’t have the specified experience?

Absolutely! If you think you are qualified and able to handle the job requirements, it doesn’t hurt to apply. If you’re lacking in the amount of experience, education, or hard skills mentioned, that doesn’t necessarily rule you out as a candidate. Skills can be learned on the job and many employers are willing to train someone with the right attitude. This doesn’t mean to apply for every job posting you find though, be sure you are reasonably qualified for each specific job.

If a job posting asks for a cover letter, but I don’t have one, should I still apply?

No. This is starting off the processes by showing that you cannot follow direction which will reflect poorly on you. If this is a job that you are truly interested in, invest the time into putting together a well-developed cover letter, or whatever materials the job posting requests.

Should I consider a temporary staffing agency?

We strongly suggest partnering with a reputable staffing agency since many agencies have jobs available in a variety of industries with successful companies. For example, All Star Labor & Staffing has experienced hiring managers that sit down with you to discuss your specific employment needs, then find the right position for you. One interview with a staffing agency opens the doors to all of their jobs – instead of filling out an application for each positions.

How long should my resume be?

Your resume should be limited to one page. On average, a hiring manager spends less than a minute reviewing a resume, so your experience, skills and achievements need to shine through.

Do I put my references personal contact information on my resume?

Instead of putting their personal information directly on your resume for anyone to view, try adding the phrase: “References available upon request.” Protect the personal information of your reference, and if requested, it also lets you know that they are interested in you as a potential candidate. Of course, always have reliable personal references that you have already asked to be your reference beforehand, ready for contact upon request.

Should I include my salary history on my resume?

No, it is too early to discuss salary. Instead, wait until the interview process to talk about wage history and requirements. Bringing up wage requirements from the get go could hinder your chances of landing the job or even getting a call for an interview.

How early should I arrive for my interview?

Good practice is to arrive about ten to fifteen minutes early. While you wait, be sure to avoid talking on your phone or playing games. Instead, spend time reviewing your resume and mentally preparing for your interview.

Should I send a thank you message after my interview?

Yes! This stands out to hiring managers as a personal and professional touch where many other applicants may be lacking. This can be done either by hand or by email, but be sure to send it out as soon as possible after your interview.

Have a question that we didn’t cover? Leave us a comment and we will be sure to answer it!

To apply with All Star Labor & Staffing, and simplify your job search process, visit our online application at www.allstarlabor.com

Tips To Ace Your Phone Interview

Tips To Ace Your Phone Interview

Similar to an in-person interview, a phone interview requires proper preparation to ensure you bring your best. Many times, candidates view a phone interview as a lot less formal and may not take it as seriously as if they were in person. These conversations are the gateway to an in-person interview and possibly landing that job, so it’s equally as important. Here are some tips to help prepare you for any phone interviews in your future.

Research

Familiarize yourself as much as possible with the company. Go through their website, mission statement, blog, and social media. Having a general sense about the work environment will benefit you, and may even impress the interviewer with your company knowledge.

Location

Find a quiet location with limited potential for interruptions, and make sure this spot has good reception. Avoid somewhere that you can be easily distracted, such as in the living room with the television on, or in a crowded area.

Come Prepared

In front of you during your interview you should have your resume, cover letter, and job description. You may need to refer to information from these documents so keep them handy. Have your questions you prepared to ask the interviewer ready to go.

Dress the Part

It may sound over the top since it is a phone interview, but being dressed in the right attire can put you in a professional mindset. This doesn’t mean getting into a well-pressed business suit, but getting out of your pajamas and into some day clothes can help motivate your desire to tackle this interview.

Good Conversation

Since this is a phone interview, it depends solely on how you communicate. Ensure that you speak clearly, have good communication, and show enthusiasm. Avoid mumbling and try to talk directly into the phone. Try to make conversation that flows easily, you can do this by avoiding interruption or using one word answers. Show enthusiasm when you speak. The interviewer is looking for a qualified person that is excited for this position and wants to work for their company, so express that with the words and your tone.

What’s Next?

Before hanging up the phone, remember to ask about the next steps. Even if an in person interview isn’t schedule that at time, it will help manage your expectations. Be sure to follow up with a thank you message to your interviewer for taking the time to chat.

All Star Success Stories – Zachary Kissler

All Star Success Stories – Zachary Kissler

Being a true All Star employee means going above and beyond the standard job requirements. Showing up early, trying new jobs, open to working new shifts, asking what more you can do when the tasks are completed and simply having a great attitude. Zachary Kissler from our Bend office exemplifies these “ideal employee” traits.

Zachary initially heard of All Star through a specific Craigslist job posting, and has worked in a wide variety of job industries wherever he is needed. He started out doing masonry work where he’s learning a lot of new skills, and he’s also done events, irrigation, and arbor work. He says that he enjoys working with All Star Labor & Staffing because it has been a solid, reliable source of income for him when needed.

Our Bend office has had the pleasure of employing Zack, this is what they had to say about their experience: “Great working with Zack. Very reliable, very willing to try new jobs and skills.”