- Be familiar with your resume
- Put your jobs in sequential order
- Write down all the questions you think you'll be asked and rehearse your answers
- Research the company you're interviewing with
- Be positive, upbeat, and ask good questions
- A firm handshake and smile are important
- Organize your story and experiences, don't memorize them!
- Employers want to know if you are reliable
- Have something to say about every job on your resume
- Share your confidence and send positive energy
- It's okay to be nervous or even say you are nervous
- Thank you cards and follow-up are important
- Avoid common mistakes like keeping your cell phone on, bringing family members, arriving too early or too late, and not dressing professionally
- Address your career change goals in your resume
- Set up the follow-up plan at the end of the interview
Thank you to our wonderful mock interviewers who shared their time and expertise with our clients last week. Here is what we learned will help us ace the interview process:
Thank you to Katrina, Katie, Joyce, and Elizabeth for sharing their career path stories and tips to success with us at Connections Friday! This week our takeaways were:
Thank you to our inspirational guest speakers, Lynn, Nancy, Lisa, and Meg, for joining us as panelists at Connections Friday last week! We really appreciated you taking the time to share with us about your career journeys and tips to success
This week, our Connections Friday takeaways are:
Maryland New Directions' community impact stretches beyond the clients we serve. Partnerships with local employers produce employment opportunities and collaboration.
Two years ago, MND's Program Director met with Internal Management staff at Second Chance, a nonprofit that accepts donations of entire buildings, houses, furniture, tools, appliances, lumber, and more. Second Chance employes around 45 individuals in their warehouse and 45 individuals in the field, deconstructing interiors and entire buildings to resell. In addition to their retail store and deconstruction work, Second Chance also provides a job training program that includes 4 weeks in the classroom and 16 weeks of on the job deconstruction training. Second Chance's mission is to hire unemployed individuals, and help and empower them to obtain stable, self-sustaining employment at a living wage. This nicely dovetails with MND's mission, which is what makes the partnership between Second Chance and Maryland New Directions such a success.
MND began by sending candidates to Second Chance for employment opportunities in their warehouse and retail store and Second Chance was pleased with the MND clients they hired. As Internal Management Consultant, Dana Moulden puts it, "employers are happy when they have a recruiting partner who understands the mission and roles [of their company]. MND has a good idea of Second Chance's organizational culture and work, which is so important for the success of the partnership and clients."
As both organizations have developed, they have kept each other in mind for growing partnership opportunities. Dana and MND staff have talked about recruiting candidates from Second Chance who are seeking career growth, to participate in MND's new training program for occupations at the Port of Baltimore. Both organizations are committed to working together to provide support for residents of Baltimore who need help the most and to defeating these individuals' self-limiting beliefs so they can create lives they love and reach their dream careers.
Check out our photos from training participants' trip to the Port of Baltimore below!
In May 2014, while looking for jobs, Roundtree saw a posting for Volunteer Maryland on a website. The word 'volunteer' really caught his eye. He did research and learned more about the opportunity and felt it was for him. Volunteer Maryland recommended Roundtree check out Maryland New Directions as his placement site and he thought it was a great fit. Roundtree is looking forward to growing as a young professional and increasing his networking during his service year. He is also excited about his volunteer engagement and recruitment activities, which will enable MND clients to receive the help and support they need to become employed.
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