Job Tips - Category: Career Advice

In The Works Podcast: Trends in CR Workforce

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In The Works is a radio segment series in partnership with local AM600 WMT Newsradio.  Doug Wagner, our host, & Liz Kennedy, Corridor Careers, talk with area experts on the topic of workforce trends and information for both job seekers and employers. Trends, Skills, and Career-Readiness, Oh My! Liz and Doug chat about trends in Eastern Iowa Workforce, and career resources for job seekers, including parents and high-school students. http://blog.corridorcareers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Career-Resources.mp3 Iowa Ideas Conference Preview Elizabeth Kimmel and Michael Chevy Castranova preview our upcoming signature conference: Iowa Ideas – get tickets today. Barriers to Employment: Special Populations Eastern Iowa’s Trucking...

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5 Career Fair Questions You Should Ask

Cedar Rapids Job Fair October 25th, 2018

Visiting a Career Fair isn’t the same as an interview, but it does give you one on one time with employers and recruiters.  It pays to be ready to answer the typical interview questions and gives you a chance to practice your skills. 5 Questions you should ask: Don’t forget you need to ask Employers questions to. Here’s a few good ones. How would you describe the company culture? What are the biggest challenges of this job? What do you like most about your job? What skills do you look for in a candidate for this position? What’s a typical career path for this position? 5 Questions you should be ready to answer: Here are a few you should know a quick answer to. And they’ll be the first you’ll answer in an interview as well. Tell me...

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Phone Interview Tips and Tricks

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In Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, companies are turning to phone interviews to start the recruiting process. Phone screens or initial interviews are your first chance to make an impression on a potential employer.  So it’s important to treat them just as seriously as you would an in-person interview.  Especially because they determine whether the HR professional will advance you on to the next round. Below are some tips to help perfect your phone interview skills and help you land that job. Prepare for a Phone Interview Just like with a face-to-face interview, it’s imperative to be as prepared as possible for a phone interview. Schedule your phone interview when you know you’ll be free and able to take the call in a quiet space. This needs...

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How to Get the Most Out of a Career Fair

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Plenty of people think career fairs are a thing of the past in the digital age. Don’t believe them. Career fairs can be a treasure chest of opportunity if you know how to work them. We decided to break it down into 4-areas:  Research, Planning, The Day-Of and Follow-up. Research Employers One of the best uses of your time before heading to a career fair is to learn about the companies that will be there. Even if you’re sure you don’t want to work for some of them, do your homework anyway. After all, you never know what opportunities might come from any potential employer. Make sure you know what the business does and whether they might have current or future openings that relate to your skill set. Find out if you can pre-register for the...

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Lessons in Moving and Relocation

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After bouncing around a few different cities in the Midwest over the last couple years, I made the challenging, yet right decision to move back to my hometown of Cedar Rapids in January of 2018.  Most recently I had been in Chicago, and while Chicago offered much in the way of dining, nightlife, and entertainment that the Corridor may not, ultimately the lifestyle, traffic, and living expenses were too much for me to justify hanging around. Iowa Boomerang I think there are a lot of people in the same boat as me, that grew up in the Corridor area but have moved to different parts of the country, and if given the right opportunity would love to move back to the place they call home.  As I was considering moving back I wasn’t quite sure...

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Job Interviewing Tips for Admin and Clerical Jobs

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One of the advantages of interviewing for an administrative or clerical job is the large number of sample interview questions on the internet. You only need to search “preparing for an administrative or clerical job” and you’ll find several pages of sites offering ideas. We’ll share the most pertinent questions and help you make sure you’re not caught off-guard in the interview. Just preparing answers for likely questions can help you better present yourself to a prospective employer. Sample Questions How does your past work experience relate to this job? This can be a bit challenging if you’re making a career shift. But try to isolate skills from the previous job that could apply to clerical or administrative work. In other words, a...

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Career Fairs Are Worth It. Benefits of Attending a Local Job Fair

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We’ve updated our take on career fairs. You know, the thing some hiring pros think are a waste of time? Here at Corridor Careers, our team still feel that job fairs are a valuable way for job seekers and hiring professionals to interact – especially if the job seeker does some prep-work first. Whether you’re actively seeking employment or just starting to think about switching jobs, time spent at a local career fair can be worth it. Check out our upcoming career fair in Cedar Rapids April 18th, 2019. Dress Boring It’s tricky figuring out how to stand out of a crowd of applicants, but the simple approach often works best: don’t try too hard, and keep it professional. If you’re looking to land at a startup, you might dress a bit more...

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4 Things To Do Before You Apply for a Job

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According to Gallup, roughly half (51%) of employees are actively looking for a new job or watching for job openings—and there are plenty of jobs to be had in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Whether you’re employed and testing the waters or unemployed and looking more actively, here are a few steps you can take before you apply for a job.  Get ready to dive in to your next job search with both feet. Evaluate Your Career Goals Are you looking to move up into management, or an executive position? Maybe you want to find a job with greater work-life balance, or a part time side-hustle to earn a little extra money. Evaluating your career goals help you determine which potential employers might be a good fit for you before you send a single...

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Tips for Filling Out Online Job Applications

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Filling out job applications can be a long process and seem never-ending when you are going through your job search.  Each application may ask the same questions but it is important to tailor your answer to the job you are applying for. Remember these tips to make your online job application process go smoothly. 1. Fill out the entire job application Don’t let your application be skipped over because you chose to only fill out part of the job application. Recruiters are looking for the same information from all candidates and you will stand out if you take the time to fill out the entire application. 2. Double check information when uploading your resume Uploading your resume is a handy feature, especially when it prepopulates your...

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Salary Negotiation Requires Research, Tact and Strategy

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If you’re like most graduates fresh out of college, you have an idea of how much money you need in your first job, but salary negotiation is a foreign concept. Little wonder-it’s one of those things most college classes don’t teach. First Things, First – Always Negotiate If there’s one thing career advisors agree on, it’s salary negotiation, even in your first job. Studies show employees feel satisfaction if they at least tried to negotiate a higher salary than if they took whatever was offered. Best Salary Negotiation Tips We researched tips from Forbes to graduateland.com and came up with solid ideas on each step of the salary negotiation process. Stay positive, no matter what the outcome. If the offer is less than expected, remain...

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5 Things to Look for in Your First Job

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Whether you’re looking for your very first job or first job out of college, there are a lot of factors to consider before making up your mind. Most job applicants look at pay first. That’s understandable, especially when you’re just getting started. However, the joy of good pay quickly fades if you don’t like the work environment. So, here are Corridor Careers top 5 things to look for in your first job. Look at the big picture – salary, benefits and other perks like health club discounts or even tickets to entertainment events. You have to take a big picture perspective into the job decision process. Consider the city in which you’ll work and commuting costs.  Cedar Rapids currently has a cost of living of 92.7 – which is 8 points below...

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How to Get Internships That Work

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Ask college students about past internships and you’ll get a wide range of answers. Some students found they were a stepping stone to their first jobs and others just felt like coffee jockeys for the paid help. A well-chosen internship can be a great opportunity to learn more about how the real world operates. Before you venture out into the real world, it’s a good idea to give some thought and planning to the process. Start by Setting Your Goals One of the most important parts of an internship is planning. There are several questions to ask yourself. What do you want in an internship? Do you want to be able to dig in and actually do work or would you rather observe or shadow different people in the organization? The college you attend...

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How To Prepare For A Nursing Job Interview

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Prepping for a nursing job interview might seem straightforward but the field of nursing carries with it additional considerations beyond what is expected of other job candidates.  After all, people are putting the care of their loved ones in your hands. Hospital and clinic administrators have to interview and hire accordingly, especially given the large number of job openings in most markets. Interview Preparation: Focus On What You Can Bring To the Nursing Job Give serious thought to what you might be asked and how best to answer. A simple “tell me about yourself” type of question is an opportunity to explain your track record as a good employee. Keep your answer in the two minute range. Remember that employers aren’t interested in...

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5 LinkedIn Tips for Recent College Grads

Professionals in nearly every industry are using LinkedIn – 93 percent of companies use it to recruit new hires. As a recent college grad, it’s important to have a strong profile that outlines your strengths and experiences. Below we outline some tips on how to get your LinkedIn profile camera ready. Customize Your Public Profile URL Don’t want to be a number? Customize your public url (the bit that goes after linkedin.com/xxxx) Click the ‘Me’ icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage. Click the Pencil icon under Edit URL and follow instructions Upload a (Professional) Photo There are many benefits to including a photo of yourself on your LinkedIn profile – your profile is fourteen times more likely to be viewed just for having a...

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Benefits of Attending a Career Fair (and Tips on How to Stand Out)

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Career fairs are still a valuable source for job seekers and employers alike. Whether you’re actively seeking employment or just starting to think about switching jobs, a career fair is a great resource with many benefits. Job Openings The best benefit job seekers can enjoy at a career fair is learning about all the job opportunities in your area. Company representatives in attendance will be able to give insights on all their job openings as well as the business’ hiring process. Tip: Remember to bring plenty of copies of your resume and make sure you can talk articulately about your past experience and merits. Networking Even if your choice employer isn’t attending the fair or has no openings, career fairs are a great opportunity to...

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What to Do After College: Tips on Finding Your First Job

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So you did it. You survived all of those tiring all-nighters, grueling end-of-term finals and (somewhat) balanced keg stands and you’re ready for next phase of your life. Graduating from college is a huge feat that calls for celebration. But when the party is over, , it’s time to find a job and knowing how and where to find your first job can be tricky without proper guidance. According to a recent Accenture College Graduate Employment Survey, only 46 percent of 2013 graduates were able to get a full time job within a year of graduating. Of those employed, 46 percent of grads were underemployed, meaning they had a job that did not require a college degree. Even though these numbers are disheartening, there are ways to prepare yourself...

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What Kind of Job Site User Are You?

Are you a serial job searcher who always keeps your options open? Or, do you only hit the job sites when you need a job, like, right now? Maybe you feel trapped in a job that’s sucking the life right out of you, and you cruise job sites as therapy after particularly bad days. At any given point in your working life, you may fall into one of these categories. Whatever your mindset, CorridorCareers.com has the search strategy for you. The “Pick a Job, Any Job” Candidate – Unemployed and desperate? On your last week of unemployment insurance? Do Mom and Dad want their basement back? If you’re past being picky about what jobs you apply for or maybe you’re just feeling really versatile, you can set up your search to see every single job...

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