The Top 10 PCG Blog Posts of 2012


Here is a look back on some of the most memorable posts on The Job Pyramid in 2012!

1  .Job Hunting Tips for Recent Grads

Highlights: Your major does not define your career path. Your major should play to your strengths. Inform employers about the skills you learned through your major, not the major itself.

2.  Video Interviewing 101

Highlights: One-way interviews pre-screen candidates by having them respond to pre-set questions without a recruiter on the other end. Two-way interviews are conducted using a video calling service, such as Skype.

3.  Resume Writing: What Stays and What Goes?

Highlights: Did you know, 72% of resumes are never seen by human eyes? Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing if a company uses one or not. The best way to approach this problem is to tailor your resume just like you would for a hiring manager. You have to read through your resume, delete all of the clutter and focus on the important key words.

4.  Topics You Should Mention in an Interview

Highlights: If you have done the proper research on the company before the interview, you may have knowledge of upcoming developments or recent/on-going projects at the company. You should definitely incorporate this somewhere in the interview, but make sure it’s organic. Other topics you should mention are your skills and how they relate to the job as well as the industry as a whole.

5.  Phone Interview Tactics

Highlights: You should always treat the phone interview the same way you would an in-person job interview. Make sure you are in an area that has good reception and quiet. Don’t get too comfortable in the room and if possible, schedule the interview for a time of day when you’re most alert.

6.  Tips for an Effective Cover Letter

Highlights: Use your cover letter as a method of influence and persuasion. Captivate with the first sentence. Make a personal connection. Follow the “Don’t Overuse ‘I’ Rule”. Showcase your accomplishments. There is no “I” in “TEAM”

7.  Networking Breakdown

Highlights: Research the event to find out the types of people/clients that will be attending. This way you can think of a general topic ahead of time that most would be      interested in discussing. Use your own experiences to add to the conversation. Ask people about their work.

8.  How to Effectively Use Your Professional Profile

Highlights: Keep it up to date – whenever you have an update, post it. Refresh your keywords and specialties – search online for common words that best describe what you do and use these key words organically. Be aware –  create multiple online profiles and a personal blog and make sure they are all connected to enhance your personal search rankings.

9.  Mentionings: 10 Musts to Score Your Dream Job

Highlights: If possible, gain some internship experience in the field where you’re applying. Understand that there is a fine line between being persistent and being a nuisance. Make sure you emphasize your accomplishments and not your credentials. Always come prepared with questions to ask the interviewer and customize your resume.

10.  Tips for Calming Down Before an Interview

Highlights: Draft some basic questions you know you’ll be asked and rehearse in front a mirror or a friend. Do not start to dream up scenarios about how the interview can go wrong. Think positively. Get enough sleep. Take deep breaths to release anxiety. Take a trip to the office building before the day of your interview. This will reassure you that you are able to get there, how long it will take and will give you a visual of what you’re walking into.

And that’s a wrap! Looking forward to continue writing in 2013!

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