Interview Q: What is Your Greatest Professional Weakness?

Interview Q: What is Your Greatest Professional Weakness?

Acing the Interview
Undoubtedly, this question will have to be covered, as it is one of the questions most feared by interviewees. Many interviewers want to get a feel for where your strengths and weaknesses lie. They understand that you are in the interview to speak to your strengths. This means to learn about your weaknesses, they will usually ask a question like, "What do you consider your greatest professional weakness?". For a number of reasons it is a tough question to answer, because you have to be honest (as always) but you also don't want to set off a red flag in the employer's mind. While it is a tough question, coming up with an good answer is certainly possible. (more…)
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The Happiness Smile

The Happiness Smile

General Job Search Advice, How to Survive the '9-5'
As we grow older, our life experiences change, and we continue to find happiness in different forms. There are many factors that can help us on that 'pursuit of happiness' that certain founding fathers have discussed, and in this day and age, there is one factor that is extremely influential: job satisfaction. Job satisfaction is certainly something that exists on a continuum, much like our overall happiness. This can be summarized in the chart known as 'the happiness smile'. (more…)
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How to Evaluate Personality and Company Culture Before Accepting A Job

General Job Search Advice, How to Survive the '9-5'
Why do you need to evaluate your personality and company culture before taking a job? The positions you work in need to play to your skills and strengths as an employee as well as be something you have interest in and are passionate about. One thing that is often left out of the equation, in hopes that we can ‘make it work’ in order to move forward, is personality. This happens all too often; people attempt to conform to the environment they are in and end up unhappy as a result. Conformity is somewhat expected, as we do need to be flexible in life (we cannot always have everything we want) but, it does not have to come down to changing your personality completely in order to work. (more…)
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How to Identify and Describe Career Accomplishments

How to Survive the '9-5'
As we progress throughout our career, we will ideally gain valuable experience that can be beneficial to other potential employers or to those within our current place of employment. As we work; we will encounter various challenges, projects, tasks, etc. that result in quantitative and/or qualitative results. The work you performed is important, as it shows the skills that you have acquired, but the results from that work (your career accomplishments) will best show value as employees. It is this value that needs to be described to potential employers to support your case that you are the right employee for the job. (more…)
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How to Answer “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 years?”

Acing the Interview
You are on an interview for a new job, it seems to be going well so far and then you are asked the question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” It was bound to come up at some point, as it is a pretty commonly asked question after all, but it is often difficult for people to answer. The problem is you do not know where you will be in 5 years; anything can happen during that time and the course of your life may change entirely, but that is okay. The interviewer is not looking for a specific answer that describes some far reaching goal. The purpose of this question is to gain insight into what you want out of the job and where your professional interests…
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Resume Writing For Candidates With Little Professional Experience

Resumes & Cover Letters
The job market has been quite a competitive place for some time now, and it looks like it will only become more competitive into the future. For those of you who are finishing up college this coming May, or for those of you who do not have a lot of work experience, this can be a daunting competition to enter into. However, you do not need to fear it; there have been countless individuals that have gone through the same experience you are about to go through, and countless more who will go through it after you do. When it comes to resume writing, what you need to know in order to get a leg up in this situation, is how to be competitive and make your resume stand out…
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What You Need to Know About Working with a 3rd Party Recruiter

All About Recruiters
So, you are thinking about using a recruiter to assist in your search for a new job. That is great, it can be very beneficial to your career. You might be able to make more money, find a job that suits you perfectly and move forward in your career just like you wanted! However, like most things that are new to us, there is a learning curve when you decide to work with a recruiter for the first time. (more…)
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It’s Time for a Career ‘Spring Cleaning’

How to Survive the '9-5'
  Spring is fast approaching and with it, something that usually pops up on everyone’s list of “things to do”…Spring Cleaning (take your pick of what part of the house it may be) but, it is going to be there! However, spring cleaning does not just have to refer to your house. There are many applicable parts of your life which could use a good cleaning up or refreshing this time of year. For instance, think about your career. (more…)
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Women’s History Month

Behind the Scenes
The month of March is a time of year that we at Walrath Recruiting, Inc. value greatly, not just because it means we are that much closer to the end of the winter in the Northeast, but for its remembrance of Women in History. As a NYS Women Owned Business Enterprise and an advocate for equality in the workplace we can truly express our gratitude to the countless women who have paved the way for all of us today! (more…)
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