Posts Categorized: Job Seekers

What to Do After Accepting a Job Offer

Once you’ve nailed the interview and been extended a job offer, it may seem like most of the work is behind you. However, the steps you take after accepting a job offer can set the tone for a successful start at your new place of employment. Ensure you’re as prepared as possible by checking these… Read More »

Didn’t Get the Job?

So many factors of job searching are out of your hands, from the settings of online applicant tracking software to hiring managers’ decision-making timeframes. Rather than dwelling on what you can’t control as a job seeker, focus your attention on the most important factor: the job interview. A great resume gets you a chance, while… Read More »

Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?

The circumstances behind parting ways with an employer can be multi-faceted, and often have at least some tinges of negativity. It can be hard to approach the subject diplomatically, especially if you have strong feelings about the situation; therefore, it is essential to have a response prepared prior to a job interview. Hiring managers typically… Read More »

Resume Writing: Include Keywords to Stand Out from Your Competition

As a job seeker in the midst of an extensive search, sometimes it can feel like you’re submitting resumes that drop into a black hole. While this is a bit hyperbolic, the sentiment actually isn’t too far off  – research has shown that hiring managers on average spend just seconds initially scanning resumes. Another scenario… Read More »

Don’t Make These Common Interview Mistakes!

Interviews are an opportunity for hiring managers to see if candidates measure up to the image they created via their resumes, and to determine how well they’d fit in at their companies. As a job hunter, you only have one chance to make a good first impression and that chance is quick – nearly half… Read More »

Unemployment is Dropping!

After a rough few years, job seekers on Guam can celebrate in knowing that unemployment has dropped to around 7.4 percent from rates of 14 percent in 2013 – and is projected to continuing improving. By the end of 2014, there had been over 500 jobs added on Guam in the year, according to the… Read More »

Your Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses: How to Discuss During an Interview

One of the most common job interview questions involves the hiring manager asking you to talk about your biggest strengths and weaknesses. Often there is no “right answer” hiring managers are looking for – instead, it’s seen as an opportunity for them to evaluate candidates on their overall self-awareness and honesty, as well as their… Read More »

Interview Follow Up: When, How and Why

When you’ve applied for a job and completed an interview, the effort shouldn’t stop there. How a candidate follows up with a hiring manager after an interview can be a major deciding factor. Not opting to contact the hiring manager after may indicate that you’re not enthusiastic about the job. However, if you follow up… Read More »

How to Discuss Your Past Employment During an Interview

Job interview questions regarding your past employment can be tricky to deal with as a candidate. Discussing the details behind why you left a previous job, whether voluntarily or not, can make you feel uncomfortable or even defensive. Hiring managers generally use this question to gain insight into the type of employee you’re likely to… Read More »

How to Connect With Your Interviewer

Interviews can be intimidating to say the least – as a candidate, your fate at the company in question is in the hands of the hiring manager who is openly judging your qualifications in no uncertain terms. Due to this imbalance in power, it can be difficult for candidates to make personal connections with their… Read More »