Are you graduating in 2014? Although the holidays are upon us, and the last thing you probably would like to brood about is graduation and the dreaded first job search, this is really a great time for you to start thinking of strategies that will help you land your first job. Your strong resume and cover letter will get you the interview. And a successful interview will land you the job. Here are some tips on how to navigate some common interview questions.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?
This is a very common question. Companies ask about your 5 or 10-year plan. This is also the question that most graduates fail. Employers do value honesty, but they are going to put the company first. So, if you have any plans of traveling, getting married or going to grad school, you need to keep it to yourself. On a personal level, such goals are great but that does not tell your prospective employers that you will stick around. A good answer is where you would like see yourself professionally in 5 or 10 years.
WHY ARE YOU A GOOD FIT?
You have to prepare for this kind of answers. Research the company so you can match your skills with what the job needs and what the company mission is. Continue reading →
Traditionally, the day AFTER Thanksgiving is the official kickoff for holiday shopping. This year, the announcement by several retailers like Kmart, Target, Walmart, Macy’s and Kohl’s to be open during Thanksgiving Day to begin the holiday shopping season has caused ripples of shock all over the country and has created the controversy over working on a day deemed sacred for family time.
The nation is divided on the topic of morality of such a bold retail step. Should people be staying home enjoying their family or rush out in a panic so as to not miss out on those must-have deals? Continue reading →
Recently, AJE’s own Kyle Brown volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), for the first annual AJE holiday outreach effort. The experience was eye opening and fulfilling, Kyle said. The GBFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England. Their goal for 2013 is to make sure that every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts could be provided at least ONE meal a day.
Below Kyle summarizes his enriching day at the GBFB on Nov 4th.
While volunteering at the GBFB I was given the opportunity to serve alongside many veterans who work at the GBFB in order to help serve their community. I was also able to work with many local agencies that bring food to those in need; particularly to those with disabilities, homeless veterans, and children in need of assistance (many of whom are in this situation because of disabled, and Veteran parents unable to find work). I was able to converse with many agency leaders, workers, and volunteers about how hard it is today for Veterans to showcase their skills and land the job they need. Continue reading →
Recent conference on OFCCP compliance, hosted by America’s Job Exchange (AJE), in Waltham, Massachusetts, was a huge success and critical compliance related information and strategies were shared by industry leading speakers. One such speaker was Misty Glorioso, Senior Consultant, Berkshire Associates Inc.
Berkshire Associates Inc. is a leading human resource consulting and technology firm specializing in affirmative action, applicant management, compensation management, diversity and professional training. Its senior consultant Misty Glorioso, spoke on understanding the applicant management obligations of federal contractors at the Waltham conference. The three main considerations of such employers are: Continue reading →
The new regulations governing the VEVRAAand Section 503 of The Rehabilitation Act, passed by the Department of Labor OFCCP office, are game changers. There is much confusion and many unanswered questions among federal contractors. How does one survive an OFCCP audit in the light of such stringent and sometimes conflicting requirements? To decode and demystify the new rules, Matthew J. Camardella Esq. of Jackson Lewis was at the inaugural compliance conference, hosted by America’s Job Exchange (AJE) in September, to shed some much needed light on the matter. Continue reading →