Interview Tips: What to Wear at Your Next Job Interview

By Sandra Nichols

During an interview, you have limited time to make a first impression. Research shows that judgments are made in the first 30 seconds of an introduction. Typically, people notice your clothing, face, hands, and shoes immediately. Your attire and appearance are non-verbal statements about who you are and what you do. Your appearance and dress can reflect how you present yourself as an employee.

This is not to say that you need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. One or two well-chosen business suits will serve you all the way to the first day on the job and beyond. If you desire some variety within a limited budget, you might consider varying your shirt/blouse/tie/accessories as a simple way to change your look without breaking your wallet.


Now, let’s take the stress out of what to wear for your next job interview by following these simple guidelines:

Men and Women

  • Two-piece business suit
  • Long-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Clean, polished shoes
  • Well-groomed hairstyle
  • Clean, trimmed fingernails
  • Minimal cologne or perfume
  • No gum, candy, or cigarettes
  • Light briefcase or portfolio case
  • No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.) or tattoos

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Break Your FEAR of Group Interviews- How to Handle a Group Interview

By: Joe Militello

You have just finished a good interview at a prospective employer and answered all of the interview questions adequately.  Next Up… A GROUP INTERVIEW.  Preparing for an interview is always important but in the case of a group interview, proper preparation can make or break the job opportunity.

A group or panel interview typically consists of a job seeker being asked a series of interview questions by a group of associates from the perspective employer. This means you will need to be prepared to answer questions from different department managers, executives and/or employees you would be working with should you get the job.

Businesspeople Interviewing Woman

Before the interview, find out EXACTLY who you will be meeting with and their titles. This can be the key to preparing for the interview and will help you determine how to appropriately answer their questions. For instance, a Director of Finance is going be listening to your answer with a different perspective than the Director of Human Resources. A great practice is to “Google” your interviewers prior to the meeting to find out more about them. LinkedIn is a perfect resource to do this type of research. Read More


Is the Cover Letter Extinct?

In this day and age of online applications and emailing resumes, you may be asking yourself if you still need to write a cover letter? The short answer is ‘Yes’.

It’s how you write it and what you say in it that makes the difference.  Watch Lynn Baranyi to learn more about why a cover letter is important when applying for a job.



Your Career Search: How to Impress a Top Recruiter

By Jon Poliseno

I have been a recruiter for over 13 years in various fields.  Every search is unique in terms of locating proper talent.  Regardless of the employment opportunity or the role, I always concentrate on 3 main areas for each job opening:

          1.  Is a candidate able to tell me how their skill set lines up with the job I’m recruiting for?

     The best candidates can easily explain how their skills, through past and current experiences, relate to the specific employment opportunity that I’m recruiting for.  I’ve found this best done through telling a story or citing specific examples.  Those candidates that can easily walk me clearly through their skill set bring a higher amount of credibility to the table.  Great communicators impress me!

recruiting_101           2.  Is the candidate a proper culture fit?

     A candidate that can functionally perform the job and perhaps even do a better job than most, but isn’t a proper culture fit, will not make it to the top of my list.  My clients are big on character and so am I.  I hone in on manners, honesty and attitude.  Those candidates that speak in a polite manner, are truthful about their abilities, and do it with a humble confidence are the most appealing to work with and represent.  At the end of the day, my reputation is at stake when I submit a potential candidate.  Putting folks with high character in front of my clients always puts us in a favorable position.

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Write a Brilliant Cover Letter!


By Christine Genek

Your cover letter is a vital part of your job search.  Make the employer want to read your resume!  It tells your potential boss about, not only the position you are seeking, but why you are the best person for that job.  Remember, you have a maximum of 20 seconds to wow the person that is reading your cover letter, so make sure you maximize its impact by making it dynamic!

A cover letter has the following essential parts:

Heading and Salutation:
Include your name, address, phone number where you are best reached, and an email address that you check regularly. Then address your cover letter to a specific individual, hopefully the person in charge of interviewing or hiring. Read More


Run Your Job Search Like It Was 1980 – When You Had No Electronic Communication

By Jim Cipriani

I have been running an employment agency for almost 20 years.  When I first started, resumes were snail mailed to our PO Box from a newspaper’s job listings.  In order to save time before email and social networking came about, a paper resume was faxed to a company.  There was no electronic communication to help you get a job.

Times Have Changed

Electronic communication has taken over as the primary means of communication in any job search performed today. An electronic job site solicits your electronic resume that falls into someone’s electronic email.  Follow up notes are electronic. It is all done from behind a computer.

What is the problem?

The problem with electronic communication is that it is hard to stand out from the crowd. And it is an easy trap to fall into. For the unaggressive job seeker, failure to hear back on electronic communication can be an excuse for an ineffective job search. For the average job seeker, using only electronic communication will not allow you to stand out enough to snag the job you want.

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Interview Lessons Learned – Interviewing Tips

By Joe Militello

“Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.” ~Brandon Mull

When was your last job search? I’m guessing that many of you may say it has been awhile since you have been on the market and are in need of some serious interview tips. The quote above inspired me to write about mistakes to avoid during your interview. I’m hoping you are able to gain tips for interviewing by avoiding mistakes others have made during their job search.

Here are 7 of the top interview mistakes made by candidates during their job search. Read More


How to Make a Career Change



By Jackie Lopez


Looking for career advice when making a career change? There are a few things that you need to look at seriously before embarking on a career change.

You need to start with a self assessment of what you would really enjoy doing. Something you would do even if you never got paid. 

  •  First, take an honest inventory or your skills, abilities, education and experiences. You are going to need to be able to articulate those into transferable skills in your new career.

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Deciding Between Multiple Job Offers – Job Search Tips

By Jim Cipriani

Most articles from Employment Agencies or a Headhunter concentrate on your job search and how to snag a job.  What about when you are involved in a job offer negotiation and are lucky enough to be juggling multiple employment opportunities? This blog topic is designed to make it easier to decide which job to take.

If you are involved in your own search and are not using an Employment Agency or Headhunter, and you are juggling two or more offers , you may be faced with a tough decision: how do I decide which job offer to accept?

Before deciding that, realize you are in the middle of a job negotiation.  And you may be able to take your most preferred opportunity and turn it into the employment opportunity of a lifetime.

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How To Negotiate Salary And Get The Job…Advancing Your Job Search With A Career That Pays More!


By Jim Cipriani

Negotiating salary is the last step in your job search but perhaps the most important. Do you know how to negotiate salary well? How important is it important to negotiate salary effectively? Can you blow your job offer if you negotiate salary improperly?…You bet!!  READ MORE  for salary negotiation tips….and win BIG!!!


Effective salary negotiations happen fast.  It is like being at a high stakes poker game, thousands of dollars are at stake. You can win or lose big in a matter of seconds.  Get on your game and use these salary negotiation tips to win!  Almost every person using these job offer negotiation tips have made $3,000 more at a minimum. Some have made $50,000or more from these tips for negotiating salary. Most salary negotiations take place in less than 3 minutes. If you make $3,000 more by reading this, you will be have made $1,000 per minute.  That is Way more than a brain surgeon! Read More