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.

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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


How to Keep Yourself Energized During Your Job Search

Looking for a job is a full time job. Hours on the computer – searching for jobs, researching companies, writing cover letters, customizing resumes, tracking the progress. It can be exhausting, frustrating, exciting, and nerve racking all at the same time.

How do you keep a positive outlook and your energy at the level it needs to be?

  1. Get plenty of sleep, eat properly, and exercise – a healthy body lets you focus on the task at hand
  2. Network – surround yourself with successful people. Not only will they lift your spirits, they can be great sources of job leads
  3. Revisit your resume – each job you apply for should have a specific resume – no 1 resume covers all the jobs you may be applying for
  4. Each day get up and dressed as if you were going to work – positive outlooks help
  5. Take the time to do the thing you always wanted to ‘if you had the time’ – Read that book you always wanted to, take that class, get in better shape, paint that room
  6. Volunteer – you will feel good and you never know who you will meet

Keep positive, every day do something for your job search, and open your mind to the possibilities.

By Lynn Baranyi


Interview Preparation: The Basics

Preparing for an interview can be nerve-wracking. Sometimes prospective candidates focus so much on preparing for interview questions that they often overlook the basics, such as what to bring and how to dress. More often than not, interviewers are taking note on more than just your conversation. Interviewers are taking mental notes on how well prepared you are, in addition to your appearance. Here are some quick tips on how to conquer the basics and make a positive first impression:

1. Gentlemen: Be sure to wear a sharp, well-fitting suit along with a pressed shirt, minus loose threads and stains, with a properly tied tie. Gentlemen, your tie must be tied and lengthened properly! Look well-groomed, because being dressed in nice clothing doesn’t necessarily mean you look sharp. Clothing that fits properly and is clean is what makes you look sharp.

Ladies: Women should always wear a properly fitted suit, as well. Revealing necklines and flashy jewelry are not advised, nor is overpowering perfume. The same goes for properly fitted and well-groomed clothing. Neat and tidy rather than flashy and revealing is what gets you noticed and respected by prospective employers.

2. Come prepared with accessories to take notes. Whether it is a pad of paper and pen or an electronic tablet on  which to take notes, be sure to have something to write with, and something to carry it in.

3. This is something many people do not think to bring: a print out of company information for the company you are interviewing with. This shows you have done your research and taken the time to highlight, annotate, and learn about the business.

4. Bring several copies of your resume. You might be interviewing with only one or two people, but you never know who might drop in during the interview. It’s better to be overly prepared than not properly prepared.

5. Have five or six written or prepared questions. Again, this will show that you have done your research on the company and will show an impressive level of preparedness. This will also ease the stress of having to think of questions off the top of your head during or at the end of the interview. It’s best to ask open-ended questions that will give you detailed answers about the company, position, and potential career progression. An example question is as follows: “What are the best things about working for this company?”

6. Job interviews bring a certain level of uncertainty; however, if you enter the interview with the appropriate materials, are well prepared, and dress to impress, you are already a step ahead. Last but not least, be sure to ask for the business cards of all the people at the interview so you can send a timely and imperative thank you email.

-Keith Styles


Check our Systems Personnel and HireEmpire in the News!!!

On Sunday August 3, 2014, the Buffalo News published an article titled “Job seekers, employers find common ground in local websites as search for work becomes ever-digital.” HireEmpire and Systems Personnel were featured prominently in the article.

We would like to thank Buffalo News Business Reporter, Brandon Schlager for the publication. We would also like to thank Kristen Rhodes and Veronica Meldrum for their kind words.

Here is the link to the article…

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Fine tune your resume- Quick Hit by Joe M.

Hey loyal Expert Career Coach blog followers. Happy July! Hope everyone had a great 4th of July and is ready to apply to new jobs.

I am Joe Militello one of your guest bloggers. Stay tuned for my Career Search Quick Hits. If you know me you probably know I am a quick and to the point kind of guy. Stay tuned for my Career Search Quick Hits Series of blog posts!

I would recommend starting your job search in a place that you know best… YOUR STANDING RELATIONSHIPS. Ask friends and family if they know of anyone looking to hire. Be prepared to let them know what you are looking for and what your skills are.

The more you talk about your search, the more people know you are looking for a job. I’m talking about Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret” type stuff here.  Put it out in the universe and see what comes back to you.

Don’t be afraid to get your resume in the hands of friends and family that may have connections to the type of people that can help you find a job in your field.

Next let’s tweak your resume!

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