Job Tips - Posts By Dan Holterhaus

Customer Service Jobs in the Corridor

Customer Service Jobs in Cedar Rapids Iowa City

Interested in Customer Service jobs in the Corridor? Let’s face it.  To be in business, you have to sell something.  To sell something, you have to have someone to take care of your customers.  Your ability to serve your customers and keep them coming back is the most important part of your business model, yet it is often overlooked. We’ve all been there. You go to a restaurant and you have a bad experience with the waiter or waitress who was helping you.  If the food didn’t blow your mind, you’ll probably never return and assume that the service is always bad. Serving your customers and keeping them coming back is the most important thing. In the Corridor, we have a plethora of customer service jobs available at all times.  Usually,...

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Hey Alexa, Search Jobs on Corridor Careers!

Corridor Careers Alexa Skill available on smart devices

Have you enabled the Corridor Careers skill on your Alexa device? Last year, we unveiled our Corridor Careers skill on Alexa and have seen more and more job seekers using it to aid in their job search.  Today, we are refreshing our old post about adding Corridor Careers on your Amazon Alexa enabled device! Adding Corridor Careers to Alexa Recently, Corridor Careers released an updated version of our own Alexa skill that includes voice search. You can’t ask for jobs out of the box, though. To enable the Corridor Careers skill for Alexa, search for “corridor careers” in your Alexa app. Or find us on Amazon and click on “Enable Skill”. Once that’s done, all you have to do is say the magic words. Using Corridor Careers with Alexa If you say...

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Sign up for Local Job Alerts

Sign up for job alerts by category in cedar rapids or iowa city

In this video, we explain how to sign up for local Job Alerts on Corridor Careers. Pick 1 or more categories and get alerted at the frequency you like. You control how often you get notified – sign up today and unsubscribe when you get that perfect job! Studies show applicants who apply on the first day a job is posted are more likely to be considered. To sign up for Job Alerts, go to the “Job Seeker” menu at the top of the page and open the menu. Scroll to the Job Alerts tab. Pick the categories that you are most interested in receiving updates for. Enter your email, and the frequency at wish you want to receive alerts. Click “email me jobs,” and you are all done!

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How to Save a Job on Corridor Careers

save a job on corridor careers with one click - no login required

Quickly organize your job search by using our ‘save a job’ feature. You don’t need to login, just click the heart next to the job while browsing so you can come back to it later.  Here’s a quick video showing you how! 1) Find the jobs you are interested in viewing in the future and click the heart to the right of the job. 2) On Desktop: at the top of your page, find the saved jobs icon (you don’t have to be logged in). On Mobile, scroll to the footer and click ‘Saved Jobs’. 3) The jobs you have saved will appear. If you aren’t interested in the job any longer, you can de-select the heart. Happy saving!

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Tis The Season to Find That Job

Tis the Season for Job Hunting

A frustrating job search during the holidays can lead us to wonder why a company is not giving the gift of “job” this holiday season.  Questions begin to arise.  Is there something wrong with me?  Am I not qualified for the job?  What is it about me that people don’t like? Job searching during the holidays can be difficult. Job Search Frustration After you’ve submitted dozens of resumes with little to no response, it’s easy to begin thinking this way about yourself.  The truth is that employers look at hiring a little different than how a job seeker does. They will try to hire an internal candidate.  Almost always, a company will try to hire an internal candidate to fill a role first.  An internal candidate will at least have the first...

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How To Find a Job You Want To Do

how to find a job you actually want to do

From a survey done by Corridor Careers, many job seekers reported having a tough time knowing how to find a job that they actually want to do.  There are multiple reasons that you may be having a tough time finding a job you love, and here are some of the most common: Unsure of what you like to do Lack of jobs in your field available Haven’t found the right atmosphere Lack of motivation These are just a few.  Let’s begin to untangle some of the mysteries surrounding why job seekers have a tough time finding work that they want to do. Know Yourself The most important thing when weeding through jobs is knowing yourself, what your personality type is, and finding job fits based on your personality.  This is super helpful in eliminating...

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How To Stay Motivated In Your Job Search

How to stay motivated in your job search by using gamification

Being on the job hunt for weeks can be frustrating, and it’s hard to know how to stay motivated in your job search. Looking for prospective employers and potential job fits, and waiting in vain for a response are common complaints of job seekers.  After several job application submissions and little to no response later, you start to feel it.  That heavyweight on your chest and in your head.  This is the time in your job search it becomes important to stay motivated.  It may also be the time to question why you aren’t seeing results and thoughts begin to rumble in your head: “Is there something wrong with me?” “Why don’t employers see how great I am?” “How many more applications is this going to take before I see results?” The truth is...

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Mental Health and Your Job Search

Man struggling with job search Corridor Careers

Job Search and Depression Not every job search results in depression, but often the struggle with mental health during a job search is ignored. Research studies have shown that initially after losing a job, the experience can be quite unsettling.  After the initial shock wears off, people can find a sense of relief and freedom when they are let go or quit a job.  However, if the job hunt continues for 10 weeks or more the experience can begin to lead to anxiety and depression.1  This comes from a job seeker being rejected time after time during their job search. (Please note, if you are experiencing serious depression, call 1-800-332-4224 to use the Foundation2 crisis chat line right away) In Eastern Iowa, we are seeing historically low...

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Resumes for Recent College Graduates with No Work Experience

Woman Interviewing as a college grad using resume with no work experience

Are you a recent college grad wondering how to craft a resume with no work experience? No worries. When you are just beginning your working career, you may not have a lot to show on your resume in your prospective field.  And while browsing jobs, it seems like any type of interesting job requires 3-5 years of experience, at a minimum!  This can be frustrating for many recent college graduates when the most you have on your resume is an internship and a few years of part-time work from high school or college. Well, you’re not alone. Every college grad has early times in their career without much to show for it.  We’re going to give you some tips as to how to stand out from the crowd when you are just beginning your career. Ultimately,...

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Cover Letter Elements

cover letter tips and tricks

What makes an effective cover letter? Do I still need one? Many online applications for jobs don’t require a cover letter any longer like they used to.  And I’m sure you are thinking, “Great, one less thing I have to do to apply for this job!”  But are you really doing yourself a favor by not taking the extra minute or two to upload some sort of introductory message? While unemployment remains low, that doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t much competition for jobs, especially with the top employers in your area.  Simply taking the time to upload that cover letter can pay off big time, separating yourself from the competition. First off, there isn’t really a right or wrong way to write a cover letter.  Different jobs require different...

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Manufacturing and Industrial Opportunities

manufacturing jobs cedar rapids

Cedar Rapids and Iowa City have a long history of manufacturing and industrial jobs energized by a strong base of employers in the manufacturing sector. Currently, the industry is poised to transform into a technology-enabled, 4.0 revolution. Manufacturing Employers Near Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids has lots of manufacturing jobs in the area with many large and mid size employers.  Whirlpool in Amana has over 2,500 workers and is expected to grow in the coming years.  Proctor & Gamble in Iowa City has over 1,000 workers, while Quaker Oats and General Mills have over 500 employees each. Other employers in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City include ADM, International Paper, Cargill, PMX, Ingredion, Kraft-Heinz, Lesaffre, and Treehouse. Job Titles...

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