Monthly Archives: October 2014

Who’s Hiring? – October 2014

Posted: October 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm

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Check out these awesome jobs that have been recently posted:

Entry Level Business Support Specialist, TicketNetwork, Inc – Hartford, CT

As a recent graduate, you’re looking to apply your talent and ambition to gain valuable work experience in a fast-paced environment, one that facilitates your growth as a professional and an individual. TicketNetwork is looking for self-motivated candidates to join our Career Starting Program as Executive Support Specialists. The Executive Support Specialist will gain corporate office experience by working on projects for departments such as Engineering, Marketing, Sales, Project Management, and others.

Servers and Bartenders, B+C Restaurant Group – Brooklyn, NY

B+C Restaurant Group based in Brooklyn NY is looking for Strong Servers and Bartenders for our 6 outlets. Candidates will have experience (NYC Experience is not necessary but references will be checked) All bartenders must obtain their NYC Food Handlers permits within 30 days of hiring.

Part-time Mac Production Artist, Parsippany, NJ

– Innovative Marketing Agency We are looking for someone who is organized, good at high volume/quick turn-a-round multi-tasking, and exceptionally detail oriented for a part-time, on-site position in Parsippany, NJ. This position is responsible for resizing and reformatting copy intensive pharmaceutical materials and maintenance of digital files.

Account Manager – Insurance, Sovereign Insurance Group – Devon, PA

Responsible for the day-to-day servicing of commercial lines clients including new and renewal business processing and maintenance of exceptional Customer relations with the client.

UX Designer, iTalent-LLC – New York, NY

iTalent is seeking a UX designer for a role that is heavily focused on prototyping and iterative development through user testing. This is an exciting opportunity to bring a cutting edge design approach to the future of sports entertainment.

Acquisition Representative, Main Line Health System – Bryn Mawr, PA

Efficiently process purchase orders and requests for supplies and provide customer support for purchasing inquiries.

Shipping/Receiving Clerk, RR Donnelley – Secaucus, NJ

Performs manual and clerical duties related to the preparation and shipment of customer samples, components and finished products mailed primarily through Fed Ex, UPS, USPS or other similar carrier. Maintain necessary files and documentation. Utilizes small hand tools and operate scales, metering machines, etc. and primarily use hand trucks to move materials around.

Java Engineer, Regan Technologies Corporation – Norwalk, CT

The Java Developer role will work with teams of off-shore developers leading design, analysis and project execution and ensuring that the teams adhere to coding standards and processes. The ideal candidate in this role needs to have knowledge of front-end web site building as well as back-end web services within Java and MySQL database.

Developer, Starpoint Solutions – Philadelphia, PA

Understand and comply with all enterprise and IS departmental information security policies, procedures and standards.-Support the integration of information security in the development, design, and implementation of systems that process, transmit, or store information.-Support all compliance activities related to state, federal regulatory requirements, healthcare accreditation standards, and all other applicable regulations that govern the use and disclosure of patient, financial, or other confidential information

CNA Caregiver, Maxim Healthcare Services – Scranton, PA

We are seeking compassionate Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA or nurse aides, orderlies, patient care technicians, home health aides) to work within our clients’ homes providing support with daily living tasks, and personal care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.  Our qualified Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) work closely with patients and are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming, and feeding. Maxim CNAs ensure our patients receive essential social and emotional support and provide vital information on patient conditions to nurses.

Exponentially Increasing Your Resume Response Rate: White Paper Summary

Posted: October 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

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Exponentially Increasing Your Resume Response Rate: White Paper Summary

Sending out resumes to jobs can be stressful, but is here to help! Here is a summary of a recent white paper that we published to help you make resume customizations and get 3 times as many interviews!

Part I: The Importance of Keywords On Your Resume: Making It Past ATS Systems (Applicant Tracker Systems)

It is important to write a resume that stands out to recruiters because resumes are screened by Applicant Tracking Systems that weed out candidates it fails to deem a proper match. To overcome this screening process, it is imperative to customize your resume based on the job to which you are applying. The best way to customize your resume is to use the keywords posted in the job description. Additionally, action oriented keywords can help your resume clear the scan. Such words include: “reduced,” “improved,” “developed,” “researched,” “created,” “increased,” “accomplished,” “won,” and “under budget.” Be careful: cramming in keywords excessively will likely result in an instant rejection of your resume!

Part II: Resume Formats That Validate In An Application Tracking System

It is crucial that your resume is in a format that is scannable; non-scannable formats can cut your resume’s odds of being seen by sixty percent. To ensure that your resume correctly validates in an ATS, the file should be saved and sent as a Word Document or Text File. Avoid using Adobe PDF files as well as scripts, designer fonts, logos, background images and photos. Finally, include plenty of white space and distinguishing line breaks so ATS systems can parse key sections.

Part III: Impact of Keyword and Phrase Customization When Submitting Your Resume Online

When submitting resumes online, the role that keywords and phrases play assumes an even greater importance due to the sheer volume of resumes submitted to major job websites. MyJobHelper conducted a test where two resumes were submitted for the same set of twenty, randomly selected customer service positions. The first resume incorporated keyword and phrase customization while the second resume did not. The results? The first resume received six separate requests for interviews while the second received only two.




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5 Most Important Points to Include in a Cover Letter

Posted: October 26, 2014 at 9:54 pm

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Most people are aware that job applications often require a cover letter. However, few realize how much this letter can help them obtain an interview, and hopefully, a job offer. If you are interested in making an unforgettable first impression on a potential employer, here are five important points to include in your cover letter.

1)      Your contact information

The first point to include is your contact information. Be sure you have provided your complete mailing and email addresses along with a telephone number. Do not use your contact information at a current employer.

Also, take advantage of social media. Sites such as Linkedin can help you build an online professional presence that includes such helpful information as your work experience, career goals, and recommendations from others. Potential employers can obtain a wealth of positive information about you by clicking one simple link within your contact information.

2)      The desired job and how you heard about it

The cover letter is considered a legal document, so you want to clearly state the position you’re applying for and that you want to be considered for it. This also makes sorting applications easier for human resources and demonstrates that you have fit your application to the specific position.

Also, most employers want to know what works with job searches. By sharing the location you found the job posting, you help the potential employer identify where they are finding quality candidates like you. Place all of this information into the first paragraph of your letter.

3)      A direct response to the key qualifications

An important part of a cover letter is responding directly to the key qualifications, skills, and other attributes listed in the ad. It’s fine, and maybe even preferable, to categorize this information because some postings are quite detailed. For example, you could start your second paragraph with a summary statement like: “Based upon the job posting, you are interested in someone who is technically fluent and who has supervision experience.” You would then concisely explain how you meet those two criteria.

Be sure to use the same key terms that the job posting does. The employer chose those specific words to describe the ideal candidate. Therefore, use them to describe what a great match you are for their needs.

4)      Your uniqueness

The harsh reality is that many candidates will be able to pass through the above employment filters. The next paragraph should share something unique that you would bring to the position. This is a great place to highlight something that may not be readily understood from a standard application or to explain a gap or potential shortfall between your experience and their desired qualifications.

5)      Your interest

Finally, one unwritten quality most hiring managers look for in candidates is a true interest in the position and organization. Share a few sentences at the end of your letter about how this job or company connects with the career you hope to have or what you hope to achieve. Let the potential employer see that you’re ambitious and eager for the opportunity.

It’s important to note that most of the above points involve tailoring your letter to the specific opening and audience. Imagine you are that prospective employer and make sure you would want to hire the applicant. If you write a response to each of these five points that is targeted directly at a specific employer, you should do well with your job search.

MyJobHelper Launches Paid Job Widget

Posted: October 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm

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We are proud to announce the launch of our job widget, which will make finding jobs easier than ever. Publishers can sign up for the widget at The widget will embed a feed of jobs on the publisher’s website. In turn, MyJobHelper will pay the publisher per click for every job that they display in their widget. believes that we are offering the most profitable partnership program for web sites looking to add job search content to their web site. Our widget gives publishers access to millions of the highest paying jobs, many of which are exclusive to We are excited about all the jobs users will get with the help of our Job Widget!


About MyJobHelper is one of the fastest growing job sites in the world. Launched in 2013, has attracted over 12,000,000 job seekers and tens of thousands of employers have been featured on our site. Our mission is simple. To help job seekers find jobs faster and more easily than any other site, and to help employers reach qualified, serious job seekers.

Best Questions to Ask a Potential Employer During a Job Interview

Posted: October 20, 2014 at 12:44 am

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Most applicants think only about the questions a potential employer may ask them in an interview. However, it’s equally important that you arrive with questions for the prospective employer. Keep in mind that the job must be a good fit for you, too. But what are the best questions to ask?

What is a typical day like in this job?

One of your goals during the interview should be to show a realistic and mature interest in the position. You want the interviewer to see that you realize a new job isn’t just about the salary. You want a potential employer to see that you’re interested in fitting in with and meeting the expectations of the organization on a daily basis.

What is the primary action item for the person who fills this position?

Employers typically have a main need in mind for a new hire to fill. Show interest in what that may be. Doing so will demonstrate that you are a problem solver and that you care about the success of the organization. This question is also helpful in providing you with an additional opportunity to highlight strengths that may or may not come through during the questioning.

What do you perceive are my greatest potential strengths and possible weakness if I were to fill this position?

Most of us have been in an interview and watched as a hiring manager or committee members jotted down notes as we gave responses to questions. It’s a sure bet your strengths and weaknesses are being noted. Chances are also good that 3-6 other candidates are being interviewed. On the other hand, asking about an area they feel may be weak will allow you to counter that concern. This question will help you stay fresh in the prospective employer’s mind as you ask them to reflect on your strengths.

What is the best aspect of working for this company? What is the most challenging?

These two questions can help you get a better handle on what the organization is like and where you may fit in. Share your enthusiasm for the best aspect while offering ways you might assist with the most challenging area. Maybe the organization is in need of someone who can handle social media outreach, and you volunteered to run the Facebook and Twitter accounts as a volunteer for a nonprofit.

Is there any other information or documentation I can provide to support my candidacy? May I share one more way I believe I may be of assistance if offered this position?

Toward the end of the interview, it doesn’t hurt to double-check if there is something else you can provide to strengthen your application. Also, if there is something on your mind that you wish they would ask you but they haven’t, offer the information. Be sure this is related to the job requirements, however.

What are the next steps?

End the interview with an action plan in place. You want to emphasize being part of the team and that you are anxious to get started. You also need to leave the interview with some idea of when to expect to hear from the potential employer again.

In general, each of the above questions is designed to help you and the potential employer get acquainted and comfortable with one another. Becoming an engaged part of the team during the interview will help ensure you become a part of their organization.

What are the Benefits of Taking an Unpaid Internship?

Posted: October 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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Most people would probably cringe at the thought of working for free, right? However, when it comes to unpaid internships, you may want to think again. Completing an unpaid internship can be a great way to build your professional reputation and your wallet.

Work Experience

If you’re just starting out in a career or switching professions, you will most likely find yourself struggling with the usual dilemma of needing work experience to get a job, but needing the job to get the work experience. Unpaid internships can provide an easy solution for you.

College students should start by contacting the career services office of their school. Most colleges and universities help students find internships. You can also reach out to professors and staff in your specific program area to see what opportunities may be available to you.

Another great place to find internships is on job search sites, such as Simply type in the search term ‘internship’ and narrow the search by geographical area, recency of posting, or other criteria. You should find some good opportunities quickly.

Whether you spend one month or several in an unpaid internship, you will leave with some work experience you can list on your resume to help you find a job.


Another good reason to consider an unpaid internship is networking. As you begin and grow your professional reputation, you want to get acquainted with others in your field. These individuals can help you find jobs, serve as references for you, and direct you to other opportunities related to your career. Many professionals enjoy mentoring those new to the field, and they can continue to be asset throughout your career.

Professional Development

There is a false assumption that once the job training or degree is completed, there’s nothing more to do. However, continued professional development is required in most professions. Taking an unpaid internship can set you on a healthy path of lifelong learning. Some unpaid internships offer college credit, certificates of completion, badges, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and other such documentation of career development that you can use as evidence of your talents and skills. Then you can add these to your resume or professional portfolio.

Career Path

Another benefit of taking an unpaid internship is career exploration. You may think you know everything there is to know about your future career. An unpaid internship can show you how accurate your perception is or isn’t. Chances are good that there are some unknown aspects to your profession. You also may discover that you are good at something related to your career or that there are some field specializations you hadn’t thought of. An unpaid internship can help guide you to the career path that’s right for you.

Return on Investment

The term ‘unpaid’ is one such misunderstood career option. Rather than think that you’re working for free, think of the return on investment (ROI). An internship will make you more marketable. You will apply for jobs with increased work experience, a network of supporters, and document-able professional development. Your willingness to pay your dues and be a life-long learner will also give prospective employers a favorable impression of you as a dedicated, go-getter who can work well with others. These sorts of “soft skills” may be what actually lands you a job offer.

The bottom line: Unpaid internships actually pay quite well in the long run not only financially, but also in terms of having a long and rewarding career.

How Important are Job References for an Entry Level Job?

Posted: October 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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One of the trending topics for job-seekers and employers has been the question of references. Are referrals from others important even for entry level jobs?

The short answer is “yes,” references are important even for entry level positions. However, times and technology have changed. The days of the applicant providing self-selected contacts for job referrals is rapidly coming to a close. In the current job market, it’s better to be prepared and proactive while still letting the prospective employer be the guide.


As early as possible, start building a network of individuals who know you, your skills, and your talents well. High school and college students should start collating a list of teachers, coaches, club sponsors, and other school personnel who are willing to serve as references on your behalf. Consider completing an internship or externship while in college to help you gain some actual project or job experience in your field of interest.

As you transition into or move beyond school, add employers (especially former supervisors), leaders of any nonprofit or faith-based organizations, neighbors, or friends who can speak well of you and your abilities. Keep in mind that some of these may overlap. For example, maybe your former employer participated in a volunteer day, and a former supervisor also witnessed you donate your time to a community project.

The key to preparation is to have a varied, current list of individuals you can draw references from even at the entry level.

Employer Guidance

You will most likely be anxious to share your list of references with potential employers, but wait for their guidance. Most human resource departments and hiring managers have a specific screening process for applications. They typically do not want to see information beyond the initial job posting request until they are ready. References are often requested after at least one initial filtering of candidates and usually after interviews have taken place.

Waiting to be asked for references and being able to provide a quick response will also demonstrate to the hiring manager that you are able to follow directions and to meet, or even exceed, their expectations. For instance, it may be okay for you to send the letters, or the hiring team may want letters that were composed specifically for this entry level opening sent directly to them from your references. Electronic contacts are becoming more common: Your references may receive link to a form by email that they are to complete on your behalf.

Meeting employer expectations from the initial hiring process is important to your job hunt success, even with entry level positions.

Proactive Branding

All of the above considerations are traditional and necessary. However, employers are increasingly gathering reference material from your digital footprint. Today’s job seekers must brand and market themselves in the same way corporations do. The American Institute of CPAs provides five excellent tips on how to brand yourself, but a clear understanding of who you are, what you are seeking, and what you can provide is key.

Then get out there. Make your presence known on social media sites, such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Engage in conversations with others in your chosen field via Twitter and Google+. Set up your own website and try doingsome freelance projects. Be sure to maintain a professional image. Run Internet searches on yourself to make sure no embarrassing spring break photos show up.

Even for entry level positions, references are important. Let the prospective employer take the lead, but be prepared and proactive in order to meet the expectations of today’s job market.

9 Etiquette Tips for Nailing Your Next Interview

Posted: October 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

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Obtaining an interview in today’s environment is a huge accomplishment so congratulations on getting your foot in the company door. However, don’t spend TOO MUCH time on that victory dance. It’s critical both to prepare and conduct yourself properly for a successful interview.

Brush up on basic interview etiquette using our guide below to ensure that you put your best foot forward on the big day. 

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We hope this guide to interviewing etiquette helps you feel calm, prepared and ready to shine. Ideally, you’ll succeed not just in making a positive impression – but in landing the job of your choice. Good luck!

5 Linkedin Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making

Posted: October 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm

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One of the best social media sites for professionals is Linkedin. Here you can provide information about who you are and what you’re capable of doing in order to network with others and find new opportunities. Take time to review what you post carefully because often even professionals have weaknesses in their online persona. Here are five Linkedin mistakes you may not realize you’re making.

Mistake #1: Incomplete Information

The main goal of setting up an online professional profile is so that others can get to know you and network with you. Linkedin makes it easy for you to do this. There are options to share a profile picture, your current and recent jobs, your interests, your skills, your education, and background. Depending on whether you use the free version or a paid subscription, there is a lot you can share about yourself to help others get to know you.

Leaving any of this information out is a mistake. How will others get to know you if you don’t share information with them?

Mistake #2: Inappropriate or Inaccurate Information

On the other hand, avoid the opposite pitfall: inappropriate or inaccurate information. Your profile picture should look friendly, but professional. Avoid the classic blunder of sharing that picture of you partying with your friends. Be honest about your jobs and job titles as well as your interests, skills, and the other information you share.

It’s easy for a potential employer to search your name and affiliations. Don’t make the mistake of losing out on an opportunity because you weren’t honest with your information.

Mistake #3: Stagnant Presence

Prospective employers and others looking to network want Linkedin connections that are active and dynamic. Why connect with someone who rarely signs into the site? You also need to give to receive. Therefore, try to do something each day with your account to show that you are that active, dynamic individual. Endorse others for a skill. Post recommendations. Share articles. Congratulate others on anniversaries and other career milestones. Participate in groups or even lead one. Keep all information about you current.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is becoming stagnant in Linkedin. Taking action with your account daily will keep you high on the list of people others want to get to know.

Mistake #4: Aggressive Presence

However, don’t make the mistake of going overboard with your online presence. Avoid connecting with anyone and everyone Linkedin suggests for you. Don’t randomly endorse others for skills they may not have. Refrain from pestering others into giving you endorsements, recommendations, or other accolades, especially if you do not know them or they are not aware of your abilities. Be careful not to relentlessly post and share articles in rapid fire succession.

Having an aggressive presence in Linkedin is a bit like being the obnoxious drunk at an office party. The best you can hope for is a few laughs. It’s better not to make this mistake at all.

Mistake #5: Lack of Personalization

The old adage, “to have friends, be friendly” is especially important online. The black and white print can quickly make a site like Linkedin feel impersonal and isolating. Therefore, be friendly. Smile in your profile picture. Share a couple of appropriate personal interests. Send a personalized message to your contacts. Few people want to network or hire a robot, so be sure to share a bit about yourself appropriately as you would if you worked in an office with others. Don’t make the mistake of being a two-dimensional figure.

Overall, these five common Linkedin mistakes can be avoided simply by being appropriately engaged in the site on a daily basis.

How to Quit Your Job Without Burning Your Bridges

Posted: October 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm

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Most of us have a time in our careers when we realize we need to quit a job. Some may even fantasize about a dramatic exit, such as telling that boss what you really think as you scream, “I quit!” The reality, however, is that you never want to burn bridges and lose the connection to a past employer. There are some important considerations that will help you move forward along a more positive, dynamic career path.


Think of your professional life as a journey. Just as with any other trip, you’ll want to pack and be prepared. Your first focus in quitting your job involves getting ready. Even if you are unhappy in your current position, maintain a positive demeanor and solid work ethic.

Without being obvious, start collecting documentation of anything that shows your achievements in this position. For example, make sure you have copies of annual reviews, awards received, promotion announcements, and other such milestones of your time in that role. Any materials you created (e.g., for a project) that you retain proprietary ownership of should also be gathered to take with you.

Packing for your future career journey will come in handy when you need something, such as documentation in support of a future job application.


Have you ever noticed how happy and friendly people typically are on a trip? Continue to be that person as you announce you are quitting. First, ask to speak with your immediate supervisor to let him or her know of your upcoming resignation. Express gratitude for the opportunities you were given with the company and that moving on is a bit bittersweet. Offer to assist with the transition. For instance, your boss may appreciate your willingness to train the employee who moves into the role you’re leaving and two weeks’ notice before leaving is standard. Finally, share your enthusiasm for your upcoming opportunity and assure your supervisor that you are leaving for positive reasons.

If there are others you feel you should speak to in addition to your immediate supervisor, do so quickly. Word will travel fast, and you don’t want other co-workers learning of your departure prematurely. As you speak with others, assure them that you will continue to wrap up any remaining projects or responsibilities.

In addition to verbal conversations with others, you will need to write a letter of resignation to your supervisor. The letter should also include all of the above considerations: express gratitude, offer two weeks’ notice, provide assurance that you will wrap up your job responsibilities, and anything else you feel should be mentioned based upon the conversations you’ve had. Be sure to provide your contact information in case any follow up is needed.


During your final two weeks, avoid being a “lame duck” employee. Continue work as if you were not leaving. Do all you can to make good on your promises to complete projects and other job duties. Clean out your work station or office so that the next person doesn’t have to.

This final period should also be about relationships. Secure your professional network by suggesting a get-together soon after your last day. Doing so will help you continue to be in contact personally and professionally with your colleagues. If an opportunity did not present itself in one of your previous conversations, ask if others would be willing to remain references for you and offer to do so for them.

Quitting a job should receive the same care that you gave when you started it. Leaving on a positive note rather than burning that bridge behind you will help you continue on a more dynamic career path.