Monthly Archives: October 2017

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Resume Basics

A successful job search starts with a great resume. Here are the basic components your resume should have. Header - Your header has your contact information.  Name, address, phone, email.  If you have a LinkedIn.com account you should add the URL for your LinkedIn profile. Professional Profile - Three or four sentences that briefly describe you as a candidate as it relates to the position you are applying for.

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Is your age affecting…

Is your age affecting your job search? It’s a tricky question, but quite often the answer is yes.  Employers have concerns about older workers for a variety of reasons. Below are a few reasons business owners and hiring managers have concerns about "older" workers: Older workers are set in their ways. Employers want people that will take direction, work well as part of a team, and can be trained.  As we mature, many workers tend to lose a certain willingness to be flexible.  Employers are leery of candidates they perceive to be “difficult.”

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So you're Older. Are…

First, age discrimination is illegal.  Does it happen? Sometimes, but it's hard to prove.  Being an older worker can affect your job search, however it’s nothing that should hold you back from successfully gaining employment.  You’ll just need to be very wise in how you conduct your job search. There are plenty of things you can do to overcome the bias some employers may have against older workers.  The strategy is a three-part process: Apply to jobs that make sense for your experience level. If you’ve been management for quite a few years, it’s not going to make sense to apply for entry level positions. Hiring managers will see that and discard you as over qualified.  If you are doing this because you want to transition into a new career then you’ll have to consider strategies specifically geared toward career transitions - such as strong networking, cover letters that clearly convey your career goals, etc. Create a resume that gets you the interview. An employer should not be able to determine your age by looking at your resume.  What an employer should see is that you are clearly qualified for the position.  A good resume will get you interviews and one step closer to a job. Below are things to pay attention to you on your resume. Education section. If you haven’t graduated in the last five years do not..

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What to expect at…

The thought of attending your first job fair may seem intimidating, but job fairs are pretty straightforward and an excellent opportunity to explore job opportunities. Here's what you can expect: Job fairs are typically held at a hotels or conference centers.  These type of venues have large rooms in which many tables can be set up to accommodate a large number of employers.   When you arrive there will be representatives to greet you.  You may need to register or check in.  Often at the check in you will be given a flyer with a list of companies at the job fair.

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Job Fair - Nov…

November 7th, 2017, 9AM-Noon The North Central Career Center and the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce will again co-host the Nashoba Valley Job Fair at the Devens Common Center. To learn more about what to expect at a job fair      

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Office Administrator

PuroClean - Leominster, MA 01453 $34,000 - $40,000 a year We are currently seeking a full time Office Administrator. Day to day activities will be answering of the phone, emails, contacting customers, scheduling appointments, data inputting, collections, working closely with owner on a daily basis. Basic computer knowledge a plus. On call phone required to take home once a month and answer emergency phone calls. Experience in office/customer service preferred. Willing to train the right person for the position. Job Type: Full-time for more info.

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8 Tips to Ace…

Make the most out of your next job fair with these tips: REGISTER Review the job fair flyer or website to determine if you need to preregister.  This will save time from having to do so when you arrive on the day of the job fair. RESEARCH COMPANIES Prior to the job fair you should be able to get a list of companies that will be in attendance. Visit the companies website.  Look for the job openings page to get a preview of open jobs and determine if there are positions that match your experience and skills. Browse the companies website looking for info regarding products/services, culture, company structure and staff, growth opportunities, etc.

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What happened to Dress…

Perhaps it’s an inevitable trend, a sign of the times - job seekers showing up to interviews in unprofessional attire.  But as a recruiter, I'm here to tell you that your interview outfit matters. The easiest part of the job search process is to find appropriate interview attire. This is one part of the process that you have complete control of.  You just need to get yourself to a store to find a great outfit.  For both women and men, the goal should be to attend an interview wearing a suit.  Yes, that’s right a suit. Why wear a suit? Because it conveys to the interviewer that you value the opportunity.  When an organization is hiring it’s a significant investment in time in money to fill the role.  The simple statement of showing up put together, in a professional manner, lets the employer know you understand the investment they are making and value it. Your professional attire/or lack of is a glimpse into the type of worker you are. As a recruiter, I’ve found a direct correlation between the interview outfit and a person’s work ethic and priorities.  Applicants that show up to interviews professionally dressed tend to be workers who take pride in their work.  Applicants that show up dressed down and unprofessional often turn out to be workers who show up late to work and are lackluster employees..

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