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Erika Palafox
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over 6 months ago

Hello Everyone, I want to share the good news with you all! After a two month journey, I was finally able to acquire a permanent position in the career path I wanted, Human Resources! This is an entry-level position and I understand I must take half a step back in order to take two forward! Let me share with you what I did differently with this interview and why it was successful!

I paid a professional resume builder to redo my resume which got the attention of several companies as my resume passed the automatic program that filters all resumes. The resumes they choose are the ones that have the keywords they list on the job description, make sure you have those included. Study the job description and look in between the lines for what they are truly seeking a candidate. I researched the company, its mission, and all the Glassdoor or other website reviews of the company, candidates will place tips on interview experiences. Also, if you know who is interviewing you, look them up on LinkedIn it can be very helpful to know what are their responsibilities with the company. I then started practicing with a mirror by responding to interview questions that are normally asked in an interview. I summarized the main tasks of each position and added an accomplishment at the end of each summary. Important, you must memorize all of this prior to attending an interview. i also learned to answer what was a weakness of mine and my answer, " I tend to stay quiet in staff meetings as I like to listen attentively to what is being said, consequently it makes me seem as I am shy or quiet, I became cognizant of this and started working on this matter, now I try to speak out during staff meetings." You must share a weakness that comes out in a situation, acknowledge you are aware and that you are working on it now. Every question you answer make sure to point out your accomplishments such as a program or efficient way of doing a task that you brought onto the job. Now the last thing I did was sit outside in my car and for 5-10 mins I closed my eyes and visualized myself interviewing with my interviewers and I visualized how confident I answered the questions while winning over the interviewer. In my visualization, my interviewer was comfortable with me, smiling and convinced I was the best candidate. After doing this for 5-10 mins I prayed (I realize this is an individual preference).

I am sharing my experience in hopes that this may help any job seeker! I wish each and every one of you the best in your endeavor towards finding a job! Stay positive and never give up! #careerchange #JobcaseroftheDay #jobsearch #dontGiveUp

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Ashley Wilson
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over 6 months ago

Your interviewer might have told you that they wanted to move quickly or even that the job was practically yours, but then you NEVER heard back. So, what’s going on??? Here are some common reasons for the delay.

The employer hasn’t finished the interview process yet. You might think that it’s a bad sign if the company is continuing to interview other candidates, but if often doesn’t mean anything at all. Most employers want to interview at least three to five people for any given slot, sometimes more.

Something came up and got in the way. We would all like to think that the hiring process always goes smoothly and quickly on the employer’s side, but this is not always the case. An employer could need to be out of town after your interview on business (or vacation), had a personal crisis, or perhaps is handling something at work that is more important than hiring new candidates. These delays can make the process seem to drag on.

They’re resolving issues with the job's position. Sometimes hiring needs can change or be thrown into question. The job’s description for example might have seemed perfect until the department head announced suddenly she’s resigning. Now that manager is spending time figuring out whether to combine that role with the one you interviewed for, reconfigure it altogether, or move things around. This is the kind of thing you can’t tell from the outside, but can often throw hiring timelines WAY off.

The employer offered the job to another candidate* and is waiting for an answer. This might seem like you’re out of the running, but candidates do turn down offers and if that happens, you might be next on the list. Sometimes there are multiple great candidates and only one slot. In the meantime continue to look for other opportunities.

They have hired another candidate and haven’t told you yet. This is incredibly rude, and sadly it’s also pretty common. You absolutely deserve a clear "yes" or "no" after you’ve taken the time to interview, but sometimes employers will simply NOT get back to you.

Be sure to follow up after your interview to keep the ball rolling by writing a thank you email, [here] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/3a2695c7-ced7-5bea-af4e-8789f758e97b?from=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.jobcase.com%252Fcommunity) are some tips.

Don't get discouraged! Instead take a few deep breaths, reach out to the employer, and ALWAYS continue looking in the meantime. Remember your search isn't over until your officially hired on paper. Keep seeking out additional opportunities [here] (https://www.jobcase.com/jobs/search).

You #havegotthis

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Bethany Devall
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over 6 months ago

About 3 weeks ago I was laid off from my job that I had had for about a year. It wasn't due to performance or anything like that, the company just went through some routine personnel cuts. I was let go from our department because I was the most recent hired. I have no ill feelings toward the company or their workers.

I immediately, within the same day, flooded my updated resume and cover letter to over 40 postings across 4 job search websites. I also ended up being on 3 recruitment listings. I went through 3 job interviews and a recruiter interview in a 3 week period.

The last interview I had was fast tracked. The interview was scheduled for Monday (scheduled on the previous Friday), the second step was Tuesday (yesterday), and today I signed my job offer.

I'm not someone who has 10+ years of experience in my field ( it's closer to 3 ), I'm only 26, and all of my worries about being laid off were justified. IE no income or job security.

For others, it will take longer. For some, it may be quicker. The point is, don't give up. There is something out there for everyone. If you put forth the effort and try as hard as you can, the pieces will click into place.

Good Luck!

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Olivia Howard
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over 6 months ago

Someone shared this to my FB page this morning and I wanted to send it out to all my fellow Jobcasers. I loved it. Don't give up....take this as a sign to give yourself that little extra push that you need. #YOUgotthis

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Jobless Nomore
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over 6 months ago

$30/hr but no 401k and medical doesn't cover my dr. However I have been looking for months and need a check! Plus, i negotiated a higher job title which will help future employment prospects. This is an often overlooked area to negotiate, especially with smaller companies. Keep your head up guys, good things are coming your way.

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nick Reese
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over 6 months ago

I been out of work since Nov 2016 9 I just got a job with Nyc MTA for train conductor. It's been really rough, I just lost my mother 1 month ago and a week later I got called in for this job. I thank God and my guardian angel my mother for taking care of me.

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Donald Croke
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over 6 months ago

Think no one is hiring you because of your age? WRONG! As someone older (and wiser) myself I think a person's attitude plays a major role in the hiring process. If you go into the interview with your guard up thinking you have to prove something just because you’re older, you are going about it the wrong way. Yeah you may not look as young as the other applicants, but if you say things like “I have had over 25 years of experience in this field.” YOU are going to make yourself look OLD! Make the interview about THEM not you. Think of it this way, they already asked you in for an interview so that means they are already interested. Stick to why you are great for the job instead of having to defend your age. Age as they say is just a number. So stop making excuses!

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Jessie James
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over 6 months ago

After seven long months of sending out resumes and failed interviews, I finally got a job today. For anyone that is struggling like I did, keep at it. It will happen. You will be okay. Patience and persistence.

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Peggy Arnold
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over 6 months ago

Many thanks to everyone for the support, suggestions, and listening. I started my new job on September 5, 2017, and am looking forward to finishing my career with them. Please do not EVER give up because someone, somewhere is looking for YOU!

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Natasha Stavros
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over 6 months ago

“Looking at my desk full of fantastic applications is like looking into a box full of puppies, you wish you could keep them all. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I’m sorry to tell you that your experience and skill set are just not the perfect match we are looking for to fill this position. I have no doubt that there are many companies that will be thrilled to hear from a talented candidate like you. DON’T stop looking just because we said no. You have great skills that someone else WILL want and need, I promise. I wish you all the best (and I truly mean it). Keep going.

Best regards, Linda

Even tho I was rejected, it actually made me feel better.

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