Palmdale Job Club

By Maria Espinosa

 

Finding QUALITY job leads when using online Career Search Engines can be difficult. Unfortunately many people with ill-intentions are taking advantage of job seekers in this tight employment market.

The easiest way to tell if it is indeed a real company is look for employees is to look for the company’s:

  1. Name OR
  2. Logo OR
  3. Email address of an employee (that address would not have the Career Search Engine extension on the end) OR
  4. Full address OR
  5. Phone number OR
  6. Website address

 

Once you know the company information do an Internet search and GO DIRECTLY TO THEIR WEBSITE. Check to see if you can fill out your application through the website directly instead of through the Career Search Engine where you discovered the lead.

Many Career Search Engines have more savvy software then actual companies and they will scan your application/resume and review it before anyone at the company has a chance to even see your qualifications. The Career Search Engine acts like an Employment Agency in excluding candidates’ for companies and you want to deal with companies directly.

If a company is not willing to put their information online, then our recommendation is DO NOT APPLY!!! This is especially true when it says Company Confidential. There are many colleges that post bogus job leads to lure you in to supplying your contact information so they can contact you about their expensive educational programs.

Your classroom facilitator can be of great assistance in weeding out great choices from poor ones. YOUR JOB IS TO ASK FOR ASSISTANCE!!!

5 Body Language Moves That Will Ruin an Interview

By CBS Money Watch | Secrets to Your Success – by Dave Johnson

Much of the information that we communicate happens non-verbally via subtle signals we put out with our posture, gestures and attitude. It's no surprise, then, that your success in a job interview depends quite a bit on almost everything except what you actually say. Recently, WiseBread explained the most common body language mistakes people make in interviews -- and how to avoid them. Here are the highlights:

Your handshake makes a critical first impression. Your dad probably taught you how to shake hands and his lesson was more important than you know. Make it firm -- not body-builder-aggressive and certainly not feeble like a dead fish. Also, be sure your hand is dry, so if you're perspiring, wipe it off before you meet your interviewer.

Don't touch your face. People touch their faces instinctively and without conscious thought. But if you want to make a good first impression, you'll need to be very conscious of where your hands are for the duration of the interview. Keep them well away from your nose and mouth, which can be a turn-off to germophobes. And for everyone else, touching your face is sometimes interpreted as a sign of dishonesty.

Don't cross your arms. Even if you only know one or two ways to read body language, you probably know this one -- crossing your arms is a sign of defensiveness and passive aggressiveness. That's not the impression you want to convey, so put your hands on the table where they can't cause you any trouble.

Don't stare. You probably know that making eye contact is a good thing, right? Well, there's a difference between positive eye contact and just plain staring. This is one of those things that should be natural, but if you think too hard about it, it is challenging to do in a natural way. The bottom line is that you want to maintain eye contact in moderation, without letting it devolve into uncomfortable staring. At the same time, don't let your eyes wander around the room as if you're bored.

Avoid nodding too much. You might think it's a good idea to nod a lot, either to appear to agree with your interviewer or to imply you're paying close attention, but the reality is that this can make you come across as sycophantic or spineless. Like eye contact, nod in moderation, and only when it's clearly appropriate.

 

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