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First Day Jitters

'Absolutely' Abby KohutStarting a new job can be an exciting time for both you and your new manager, but can also stir up many emotions. Making a good first impression will help you avoid the need to make a course correction later.Almost everyone who starts a new job, even at the most senior level, experiences the first week jitters.

There are many people to meet, new lunch spots to discover and new water cooler gossipers to avoid. Here are some thoughts about ways to control these jitters.

  1. Look for the Welcome Wagon – You know who these people are. They may not buy you a plant for your desk or fill your office with balloons, but these people befriend all new employees “just because”. They may not be your best friend over time, but during the first week, they’ll show you around as if they owned the place.
  2. Dress the Part – On your first day, dressing one step above the crowd seems appropriate, as first impressions are important. Two steps up will make you appear to be trying too hard to impress the boss, so avoid wearing a 3-piece suit when everyone else is wearing khakis. Arriving with a new portfolio is definitely acceptable regardless.
  3. Find a Lunch Buddy – Asking someone at the same level in the organization (and ideally your same gender) to have lunch on day two or three is a great way to find an ally. Although it was easy in kindergarten, making friends is a bit daunting in the work place as egos and competition are at play. Taking the first step by asking someone to lunch is a great way to network.
  4. Stop at Dunkin Donuts – Do you know anyone who doesn’t appreciate a yummy donut, especially when it’s free? I don’t either. Bringing a box of Munchkins and leaving them on your desk will cause a flurry of people to stop by to “introduce themselves”, although you and I will know why they are really there.
  5. Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions – The saying goes that the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask, especially during your first week when you’re in training. Take lots and lots of notes about

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Cover Letter Conquests

Abby KohutRemember the last time you went shopping for a big-ticket item such as a car? The salesman showed you a shiny, professional piece of collateral that explained the car in great detail. Could you have learned about the car without the collateral? Of course! But the collateral is part of the sales pitch - it explains the features and benefits of the car and tells you why you should buy it. 

Your cover letter is your resume’s collateral, and its purpose is to highlight your strengths to the reader. I continue to hear stories about jobseekers who were far less qualified than their competition and landed in positions anyway. In almost every case, the jobseekers wrote a stellar cover letter to get their foot in the door, so by the time they arrived to the interview, they were already way ahead of their competition. 

You should include a cover letter as often as possible, but at least when you are applying for a job that you are extremely interested in. Consider asking a marketing friend to critique you letter to ensure that it is marketing you in the best way possible.

Make an attempt to address your letter to

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Absolutely Abby KohutIn order to love your job, you have to love ALL of the components of the job, and not JUST the job itself. Let me explain…

In order for a job to be perfectly suited for you, it has to be perfectly suited in many ways. You have to have a wonderful boss in a wonderful company with the ideal culture for you. Your schedule has to be exactly what you’d like it to be and you have to have the exact amount of work/life balance that you desire. And, your job must be situated in an appropriately sized company as this can also affect your happiness.

Many recruiters believe that there is, in fact, a major difference between smaller entrepreneurial companies and larger, more established companies. This difference cannot be ignored when trying to match a candidate to an open position.

Let’s look at small companies first. Many small companies provide opportunities to take on more responsibilities within your job, because there are

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Mo & Lu’s Corner: Patience is a Virtue

by Mackey & Guasco Staffing on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 5:33pm ·

The Purpose of our blog is to give our readers a raw sense of what is happening in the labor market with a twist of humor; simultaneously educating and entertaining! Our blog will be brief and to the point and we will speak the truth, even if it’s not what our readers want to hear. As we always say, “we don’t make the rules we just recruit by them.” In other words, the CLIENT (prospective employer) IS ALWAYS RIGHT no matter what! After all, they are the ones that are actually doing the hiring…

Patience is a Virtue

The quest to have more patience is what it’s all about these days. As a recruiter, I’m always asked, “how’s the job market?” I am happy to say that we are busy, and that there are open jobs! However, we are what I like to call, “in a state of gridlock.” Making a decision on who to hire has almost come to a screeching halt because most hiring managers have “checked out” whether it be that they are on vacation or are trying to “make it happen” at work before the end of the 3Q. As a result, they don’t have time to focus on recruiting! This happens every year at this time, and this summer is no different. BUT why does it feel different? I believe most

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Mirroring Without Mimicking

Absolutely AbbyAssuming you are qualified for the job, getting a “yes” vote depends on whether or not the interviewer finds you engaging, and feels comfortable with you. Besides using words to develop rapport, you also may find success using a technique called “mirroring”. 

People generally like people who are similar to them, and believe me, you want your interviewer to like you. Therefore, by observing an interviewer’s body language and reflecting this back at him by subtly mirroring his movements, he is likely to feel more at ease and friendly towards you.

Here are three ways to mirror your interviewer:

1) Pay close attention to your interviewer’s gestures. If he often uses his hands while explaining things to you, try to do this as well. If he doesn’t use many gestures, keep yours to a minimum.

2) Notice his body posture and adopt a similar one. If he is sitting up straight and tall, you should do the same. If he leans forward, mirror his actions several minutes later.

3) Notice the speed at which your interviewer speaks and adapt your own pace to his. Match his style including tone, rhythm, and

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David Lewis, CEO of AllCountyJobs and OperationsInc, offers five tips to help Job Seekers dress for the interview.