Useful tips for Applicants


Determining if you would like to pursue an opportunity

Do any of the following scenarios relate to your situation?

You like your job, but things could be better. You're ready for more responsibility, you're ready for a promotion, you feel the need to be more challenged, the company has changed, an acquisition or merger is potentially forthcoming, the company has stagnated, your industry group has been outsourced.


What to do?

You are intrigued by the presented opportunity, but are on the fence as to whether to go forward.

* Research the potential company being discussed.

* Discuss the situation with family

* Gather as much information as possible from recruiter

* If things sound interesting, move forward.

(It's better to attempt something, then to regret not doing so at a later time.)


Effective interviewing hints

You have an interview; give it a 100% effort and please note the following:

Review prospective employer's website in its entirety. If you have a job description of the available position, please review it with great scrutiny as well. Look into trade papers or journals.

Know your own background and your transferable skills. Be prepared to discuss your work history, your intangible skills, how you can differentiate yourself from others, etc. If there are any potential concerns (or red flags) about your background, be prepared to discuss those as well. Red Flags can include: time lapses between jobs, several jobs in a short period of time, being terminated from work, not having the 100% background that the employer is requiring, etc.

Be dressed professionally; a suit is always appropriate.

Arrive at least 5 minutes early.

Complete an employment application neatly and detailed. Be prepared with information regarding your references, your past compensation, your specific dates of employment.

Under salary desired, it's advisable to write “open” or “negotiable”. Never write “see resume” in lieu of completing an application. Please know that often these applications are used for subsequent background checks. Accordingly, be as detailed and as certain with your information as possible. If you are unsure of a date, a salary, etc., please note that as well.

Follow the interviewer's leads. Hopefully the interviewer will thoroughly describe the position and the duties to you early in the interview so you can then relate your background and skills to the position.

During your initial interview, it is best to not bring up the topic of salary. If the employer should introduce the subject, if possible, it's best to not mention an actual figure. (We can certainly elaborate with you on this topic.)

Possible questions you could anticipate during an interview may include: what are your strengths, why are you contemplating leaving your present job, what type of salary are you looking for, why would you be good for the position you are applying for, tell me about yourself, what are your greatest strengths, greatest weaknesses? It's always best to pick detailed responses. If you need a few moments to contemplate prior to responding, please do so.

Possible questions you could ask during the interview: why is this position available, what are the company's missions and goals, what does this position exactly entail, what type of training is involved, who would be my supervisor, etc.

It's great at the end of an interview to strongly note your interest in the position and leave a very positive impression.

Most importantly, be yourself and treat each interview as an adventure. Getting a new job is a monumental step and it's a step you must treat methodically, with sincerity and with great enthusiasm!


Follow up after an interview:

It's a great idea to individually thank each person you interviewed with a note. The note does not have to be extensive, but should absolutely detail your interest, reiterate why you are qualified, and perhaps kindly mentioning something personal from the interview. An example of a letter may be:

“It was great meeting with you and your colleagues this morning. Thank you for your time and consideration. XYZ seems to be doing very well and everyone I spoke with seemed very proud of the company's products and the company's growth.

Accordingly, I did want you to know that the position sounds interesting to me and as noted during the interview, I feel my strong design experience coupled with my strong manufacturing background would enable me to be an asset to your team.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Good luck on your upcoming golf tournament.”

A thank you note can be transmitted via e-mail or by personal mail.


Turning in your resignation

It's difficult to turn in your resignation and it can be very stressful. Accordingly, prior to doing so, it is best that you have clearly committed to the new position and you have accepted the prospective offer of employment. The most important facets of putting in your notice are to be determined and to not burn any bridges. Of course you want to try and give at least a two weeks' notice. Leave your employer on a positive note. As you will be missed, especially by the individuals who will be temporarily inconvenienced by your leaving, let them know that you intend to assist them in whatever ways you can. By showing your boss and firm due respect, you encourage future support.

If you feel you may face a hostile atmosphere, resign at the end of our workday so that you are no longer on company time and are in control of your schedule. If you have to defend yourself and things begin to get out of control, reschedule the meeting for a more appropriate time.

Resignations can be made orally, but should also be done in written form. An example of a resignation letter follows:

“I want to thank you for all you have done for me here at (Company). It's been a pleasure working with you and representing the company.

I have accepted an offer with another firm and am tendering my resignation as of today. I appreciate all the support and opportunity you have provided me and I wish the company the best of luck and support.

I am giving a two-week notice.”

Providing a written resignation leaves no doubt in anyone's mind that you have made up your mind and you are committed to your new opportunity.


Starting a new job

Starting any new job is a time of transition. The best bet is to be prepared and to be open minded. There's no doubt that starting a new job can be exhilarating, exciting, intimidating, overwhelming, underwhelming and disconcerting. It normally takes three to six months in a new job until one feels comfortable with the routine, the methodology, etc.

When starting a new job, it's probably best to observe, absorb and to learn the company's processes, etc., before suggesting any changes. There's no doubt that positive suggestions are greatly appreciated, but not normally until one is well situated and one understands the company's processes and the company's goals.

If you are experiencing difficulties, speak directly with your supervisor and discuss your issues and/or concerns. Most problems can be resolved if they are dealt with quickly, maturely, and they do not grow out of control.