Interview Q: What Were Your Responsibilities in Your Last Job?

Interview Q: What Were Your Responsibilities in Your Last Job?

Acing the Interview
Today's question is one that is extremely common to have asked, "What were your responsibilities at your last job?". What seems like a simple check on what you've done in the past may be nothing more than that. However, answering in the correct way can win you points, and answering wrong can hurt you. There's a few important things to keep in mind when answering, but before we move on, let's discuss a process to make answering this question a breeze. (more…)
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You’ve Graduated, What’s Next?

You’ve Graduated, What’s Next?

General Job Search Advice
If you're reading this, it means you've likely graduated college recently, so congratulations! You worked through the long nights, balanced your social and student life, and managed to get passing marks. These are all fantastic achievements! Riding the wave of success can be extremely beneficial to hit the ground running in the job market. When many graduates begin looking for job opportunities, they're unsure of where to start, and failing to be proactive right away can be a big misstep if you're someone who is easily caught in a lazy daily routine.  (more…)
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Link Roundup 6/3/16

Link Roundup 6/3/16

Link Roundups
Friday at last! Well, if you're reading this the day it's posted, that is. Every Friday from now on, we at Walrath Recruiting will be bringing you a weekly link roundup to gather a few of our favorite snippets from blogs, news, and websites. These links may contain helpful advice, a great new tool to use, or just an enjoyable read. This week we have a good mix of job hunting advice as well as some exciting content and analysis tools for businesses. So if any of those interest you, check out the links past the break. (more…)
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Industry Spotlight: Accounting

Industry Spotlight: Accounting

How to Survive the '9-5'
As recruiters, part of our job is making sure we're proficient in knowing the trends of the industries in which we operate. Being familiar with these trends, whether you're in or entering the workforce, can be extremely valuable. Keeping your ear to the ground will allow you to keep your accounting firm ahead of the trends, or demonstrate proficiency as a potential hire. There are multiple influencing factors in 2016, and we'll start by looking at the most impactful: technology. (more…)
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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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