Tools & Tips
Choices Career Assessment
If you are looking for some career direction, or perhaps just want to learn more about yourself, then taking the Choices Career Assessment is for you. Choices is an online self-assessment that we offer at our agency. There is no cost to you.
It can give you a better idea of your interests, transferable skills and work priorities. It will identify potential career choices out of over 2,000 possible occupations. Drop in to our Resource Room and check it out today!
About Information Interviewing
Thinking that you'd like to set up an informational interview in your chosen field? Good for you! An informational interview is not like a typical interview; in this case, there is no "want ad" to answer and no open position to fill. It's simply a way to make contact with someone who works at a company that interests you. It's a method of getting your name out there while learning more about careers in your industry.
Informational interviewing is talking to people about their work and career path and hearing their advice on getting started in a field. It's a great way to learn about careers and begin to build a network.
They may tell you about openings in their organization or offer to circulate your resume, although you should never request this. Informational interviewing centres on learning about someone's experience, not asking for a job.
Research in advance, prepare your questions and keep track of time. And relax! Remember people enjoy talking about themselves and most professionals are willing to offer advice if asked.
Finding Networking Opportunities
The vast majority of job vacancies are not posted. Be sure to tell others what type of work you are seeking at every opportunity!
- Social or Community events
- Sports teams
- Chamber of Commerce
- Past employers
- Past customers
- Previous coworkers
Voice Mail Practices
Preparing a Voice Mail Message
- Always be prepared before making any phone calls
- Write out your message in advance
- If you are not ready to leave a voice mail, hang up and call back when you are prepared
Goals when leaving a Voice Mail
- Clearly state your name, the day and time you called
- Leave a brief, positive message, one minute or shorter
- Remember your tone is just as important as your words
- Describe your purpose
- Ask for a return call, remember to leave your contact number
Interview Take-Along Checklist
You're interviewing for a job tomorrow, and you think you're prepared: You've got your answers to a multitude of common interview questions down and have a few of your own for the interviewer. Your suit is pressed and ready. But what do you bring to the interview?
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Ten Tips To Boost Your Interview Skills
Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these 10 strategies to enhance your interview skills.
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Interview Cheat Sheet
Relax. A cheat sheet is not really cheating. It’s a checklist to make sure you stay focused before, during and, after the interview. Creating a cheat sheet will help you feel more prepared and confident. You shouldn’t memorize what’s on the sheet or check it off during the interview. You should use your cheat sheet to remind you of key facts. Here are some suggestions for what you should include on it.
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