What To Wear To Your Job Interview (And What Not To)


Author: Kristofer Pall Lentz
Source: Undercover Recruiter

How you dress for a job interview is something that requires a good deal of consideration but is all too often overlooked. It is important not to fall into the trap of putting too little focus on what to wear. In fact, in job interviews there is a higher expectation for people to wear appropriate clothing. Most likely, it will be your best shot at convincing the recruiter or hiring manager that you’re the right one for the position.

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Awesome Resource: 101 Career Tips You Can Learn in 3 Seconds

tm-pilbox.global.ssl.fastly.netAuthor: Lily Herman
Source: The Muse

We know—you want great career advice, but sometimes, you just don’t have time to read lengthy articles or books.

Well, today, you’re in luck: We’ve distilled some of the best-ever advice on The Daily Muse into bite-sized chunks that you can scan in a matter of seconds.

Or, better yet—that you can share with your entourage! Each tip is 140 characters or fewer, so you can easily copy and paste your favorites to share with your followers all over the web.

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5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Job

badnewsAuthor: Sophie Deering
Source: The Undercover Recruiter

You crafted a great cover letter, made sure everything in your resume was in order, and landed an interview. Everything seemed to go smoothly during the interview and you came out feeling confident. You may have even decided to put your job search effort on hold because you were pretty sure that you would get this job. A week later, you got an email from your prospective employer telling you that they had chosen another candidate for the position, but they would put your resume on file.

What went wrong?! Well, it could be any one of a number of reasons. Here are some of the top ones it could have been.

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The 8 Biggest Body Language Mistakes


Author: Sophie Deering
Source: The Undercover Recruiter

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they hold themselves and body language can give away a lot about what you are thinking or feeling.

In professional situations such as job interviews and client meetings, it’s important for you to present yourself in the most positive way possible and you want to come across as confident and approachable.

In order to achieve this, pay attention to the body language that you use, as there a lot of common mistakes that people make that can result in you coming across as uninterested, nervous or bored. Here are some of the most common body language errors to watch out for.

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23 Job Hunting Mistakes Made By New Grads


Written by 
Rebecca Lake, 
originally posted 
on CreditDonkey

Competition for entry-level positions is fierce for anyone graduating from college these days. Need a leg up on your competition? Avoid making these 23 common mistakes, and you decrease your chances of getting passed over for one of your classmates.

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Career Mentorship Symposium

The Job Shop was happy to take part in the Career Mentorship Symposium held at Golden Gate University. The goal of the symposium was to give job seekers more face time with a recruiter and to really understand what they are doing right and wrong. Below, please find some of the topics that were discussed:

  1. Attention to detail
  2. What are some of the most egregious resume faux paus, i.e. “references available upon request”
  3. Using social networking
  4. How to prepare for an interview?
  5. How to research employers?
  6. What impresses/annoys hiring managers?
  7. How to handle following up before/after interview?
  8. What are the differences with dealing with recruiters vs. in-house hiring managers?
  9. How do you adopt the attitude of providing something to the employer as opposed to the employer providing something to the applicant?
  10. How do you dress for an interview?
  11. Does a firm handshake, etc. really matter?

Please contact The Job Shop at 415.227.8610 for more information about upcoming events.

Career Mentorship Symposium

We are very excited to participate in the upcoming “Career Mentorship Symposium” which will be held from 12pm-2pm on August 13, 2009 at Golden Gate University. Here are the topics coupled with each respective group leader that will be discussed.

  1. What are some of the most egregious resume faux paus and how can you avoid them? Sara Menke Premier Staffing
  2. Does social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, & Twitter help or hinder one’s chances?
  3. How should an applicant prepare for an interview? Anitra Collins Google
  4. Where do you go to find the most reliable job postings? Joanna Samuels JOALT
  5. What impresses/annoys hiring managers? Peter Smith On Call Counsel
  6. How do you handle leading up to an (phone and otherwise) interview and what is the appropriate protocol of following up? Brenda Besdansky Speakers World
  7. What are the differences with dealing with recruiters vs. in-house hiring managers? Valarie Harrison Matrix Resources
  8. How do you adopt the attitude of providing something to the employer as opposed to the employer providing something to the applicant? Cathy Hammer 4 Views
  9. How do you dress for an interview? Liz Frome The Job Shop(Sponsor)
  10. What are some amazing characteristics/success stories of exceptional candidates? Daniel Estrada Mass Mutual(Sponsor)

Please keep in mind that the Golden Gate University would like to do this event periodically, potentially once a quarter, so you may have another opportunity to do the workshop that you feel more confident about next time.

As a reminder, here is the proposed agenda again:

  • 15 min for everyone to get their lunch and to find a seat
  • 10 min – Welcome, introduction of sponsors and panelists
  • 60 min (3 x 20 min sessions) – group lead discussions on resume writing, attire, interview tips, etc.)
  • 10 min – Closing, disbursement of resource materials/goodie bags
  • 25 min – Mini Career Fair

For more information, call The Job Shop at 415.227.8610