Are you interviewing for a job in Retail? My friend has worked at a well-known retailer for years and recommends practicing giving answers to questions like this prior to your interview:
- Why do you want to work at (store)?
- Integrity is a core value; describe a time you saw someone bending the rules and what you did in that situation.
- Describe a time you had to use problem-solving skills (or worked well with a team) to solve a problem.
- How would you handle an upset customer?
- Why do you like fashion/sales/home goods (whatever industry the store is focused on)? Remember to use specific examples from your past experience and include numbers in your explanation if possible. Good luck!!
Companies are starting to kick into Fall hiring season, so Jobcasers should FILL IN THEIR PROFILE and KICK THEIR SEARCH INTO HIGH GEAR! Good luck everyone!!
Job searching is tough for anyone, but when you're over 40, it can be really confusing to fit all of your experience into a cohesive "story." Here are some resume-writing tips when you have a lot to write about: ~ Focus your resume. Don't overwhelm a manager with details - focus on one or two positions you're pursuing. Use a one-page resume, if possible; no more than two pages! ~ Use the right "key words". Read the job description very carefully and hone in on words you know will attract the recruiter's attention. Use specific examples to 'prove' you've got the right experience pertaining to those terms. ~ Leave graduation dates off resume. Be honest (always!), but don't highlight your grad date. Also, it's ok to omit anything prior to 15 years' work experience. (Especially since it's probably not relevant.) ~ Quantify your accomplishments. Write down all the key skills and traits you have that qualify for the job you want, and then write out specific incidences and examples that prove you have these skills and traits. Use percentages, dollar amounts, and quantities wherever possible, as they're tangible and persuasive. Emphasize current skills and the results you've obtained using them. ~ Stay current. Research your desired industry, company, and/or position so you know what's happening in the market TODAY. Use this information in your conversation with interviewers. ~ Be persistent and positive. The job market is tough for everyone ~ if you're not selected, you may never know why. Remind yourself of how awesome you are and bounce back quickly if you get rejected. The more lines in the water, the more fish you'll catch!
Good luck, Jobcasers!! Marijoy
Hi Jobcasers! We often see posts here on the community about recruiters (i.e. why you don't get calls back, why you never hear anything about your application, etc.). So I thought I would throw it out there to see if I can help to answer those questions for you! Please keep in mind that my answers will be moreso based in my own experience (both as a recruiter and as someone who has worked with recruiters) and what I've seen and do not reflect that of all recruiters. Ok... Go!
I want all Jobcasers to get fantastic jobs! To help you achieve your dreams, follow 3 rules: friendly smile, dress for the job you want, and only show yourself in the picture. Hiring managers, owners, and HR folks are on this site every day, so you want to demonstrate how you'd present yourself to potential customers/colleagues/etc. No pets, no masks, wear a clean shirt, and smile - it makes you look approachable and professional. They aren't playing around and neither should you (not on a jobs site anyway).
No need to get a professional photo taken, just choose one that makes you look like someone YOU'D like to hire! And if you're not sure if your pic is OK, ask someone you trust about the picture you're going to publish to the world - this is your chance to show yourself in the best light possible... go for it, Jobcasers! You're awesome, so let's see it!!
We read/hear this all the time! And we're also often are asked how to best prep for an interview. So I thought I would address these both together (from a “what questions to prep for” perspective) and share something with you that I recently came across when researching what the most common interview questions are. Here's what I found.. https://www.uchastings.edu/career-office/docs/26.InterviewQuestions.pdf Now keep in mind that a number of these are directed towards a specific role, but the majority of them are universal. I hope this helps in your ongoing quest of how to prep in order to be able to clearly answer the questions in your interviews this week!
Good luck out there!
Happy Tuesday Jobcasers! I hope your weeks are off to great starts filled with interviews, or starting the dream jobs you’ve landed.
I wanted to take a moment and address something that has really been bugging me lately... It’s the amount of negativity within our community that can often translate to bullying. Yes, we sometimes think our fellow members are whining, or they’re not trying hard enough, or they have a situation way less severe than yours. And you think to yourself "how could their issues possibly be any worse than mine?". But that’s the wrong attitude and I want to remind you of something.. Just because you or I might not understand someone else’s plight or struggle, doesn’t make it any less real, painful or stressful. We all feel things differently because (and here is where the beauty of Jobcase comes through) we are all DIFFERENT!
There are going to be times when you'll see a fellow member has posted on a topic that you may not necessarily agree with. And your immediate gut reaction is to post exactly what's on your mind, in that exact moment, which will most likely result in a response that is full of every emotion you're feeling (frustration, anger, etc.) in that moment. Instead, hit your internal pause button and take the time to answer in a thoughtful way that is devoid of negative thoughts and emotions. This was you can post a response that offers feedback or advice in a positive tone that is coming from a good place, and often constructive.
Jobcase was built as an avenue to build each other up while giving honest and CONSTRUCTIVE feedback… Jobcase was not built to break each other down. We're see far too much of this breaking down lately, and it’s got to stop. As I said above, we are ALL in this together and we need each other.
Lastly.. As the bible and the golden rule both say in one form or another.. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Let’s keep that in mind here when we’re responding to posts or posting our own.
I’d love to hear your thoughts..
Hi Jobcasers! My team and I will be at next week's career clinic on the 26th and could not be MORE excited! First, we can't wait to meet you and hear about your stories. And second, we want to HELP! We'll be holding sessions on interviews and how to prep for them, as well as resume creation/review. Make sure to come prepared! Can't wait to see you next week!! #recruitersadvice #interview #resume
I found a site that gives great examples of the language to use on a resume/profile. Click [HERE] (https://www.wozber.com/us/guidebook/experience-statement-examples-for-your-resume/) to see write-ups for Sales, Customer Service, Finance, and Leadership positions. You'll notice that the author uses specific examples with specific numbers of customers served, sales made, percentage-increase in efficiency, etc. You must customize these examples to your own background & experience, but there's NOTHING WRONG with using this as a great start.