Career Search Informational Interviews

By Graham Hart

Need to find out more about a career area and develop some useful contacts at the same time you might be thinking of a career change?

Then consider undertaking a series of Career Search Informational interviews.

Career Search Informational interviews are appointments where you discuss a particular topic. No reference would be made to the fact that you are looking for a job. Informational Interviews are great ways of developing your own career descriptions and knowledge, building your networks and getting your self into potential one on one selling situations. Read more

Video Game Tester Jobs – Testing Jobs With a Developer Or a Publisher, What’s the Difference?

videogametesterBy David Barfoot

Video game tester jobs also known as quality assurance jobs are growing as the video game industry continues to expand. If their is an economic recession going on the gaming industry hasn’t noticed. It continues to explode and with continued growth comes the need for additional employees. Many avid gamers who desire a career in the video game industry are getting their start as game testers. Before you start down this path you need to understand that video game testing isn’t necessarily the same thing as video game playing.

What exactly does that mean? You need to forget the notions of playing the latest edition of Halo or Madden football all day just to report the fun factor to the company. It’s not your job as a tester to determine if a game is entertaining. It’s your job to report and catalog bugs in gameplay. Their are two basic categories of game tester jobs. They are testers that are hired by the game publishers and those that are hired by the game developers.

Testers that are employed by developers usually work on site. The pay is usually better and they are more involved with the overall familiarity of the game. Testers hired on by publishers are generally hired on a contract basis for three to six month increments. These jobs tend to pay lower but at crunch time you can expect to get plenty of overtime pay. The long hours can be grueling and it’s not uncommon for testers to be sleeping on cots at the office during later stages of development.

If you would like additional game testing info including a study done on different salaries in the video game industry check out this link. If you would like to know more about job listings and how to prepare your resume you need to check out Only 4 Gamers. The job listings are updated Monday-Friday and they will walk you through the entire process of getting your first testing job. Good luck to you and never give up on your dreams!

Job Search – 10 Ways to Sabotage Your Efforts

sabotageBy Cindy McGeever

Why do candidates sometimes self destruct in a job interview?  Here are some of the common mistakes I see:

Lack of Preparation.

In today’s electronic environment, there’s really no excuse for not knowing a great deal about your prospective employer in a job interview.  Yet, you would be surprised at how many senior level people are willing to take short cuts on this step.  This is especially true when interviewing with a recruiter.  There’s a feeling that an interview with a recruiter does not warrant the same level of due diligence as when an interview is scheduled with the direct hiring manager.

If a recruiter is involved in the process, they are the gatekeeper.  If you fail to prepare for this interview, you’ll never get to meet the hiring manager!

Not listening – or answering a question that wasn’t asked.

Sometimes, candidates are so busy thinking about what they plan to say next that they fail to listen to the question asked.  This is one of my pet peeves, and something that I am not shy about in an interview situation.  Good listening skills are critical to most jobs, and most hiring managers zero in on this skill quickly.

Failure to highlight accomplishments.

Resumes come alive when they are accomplishment focused.  Interviews are similar.  Weaving accomplishments into your answers will give the interviewer deeper insight into your capabilities.  Take a look at the key requirements for the position you’re applying for, and match some of your key accomplishments up with them.


Candidates need to tell a cohesive story.  They need to be in command of the information that appears on their resume.  They also need to anticipate questions they’ll be asked, and have an answer ready.  Responses should contain brief examples that highlight key strengths.

Giving real weaknesses.

I believe in honesty, but candidates need to be careful about how they answer questions about developmental issues.  You can always spin a weakness into a positive.  I work too hard.  I’m a perfectionist.  This strategy has been way over played, and truly lacks credibility.  Try answering with a weakness that you’ve overcome.  For example:

I used to be afraid of speaking in front of large groups.  This is actually something I’ve worked hard to overcome.  I joined a Toast Masters organization and worked one on one with a coach to conquer my fear.  I don’t really think about it now, but earlier in my career, this was a huge problem for me.

Name Dropping.

Name dropping is usually not a good strategy.  Hiring managers recognize it for what it is — a shameless attempt to make yourself look well connected and suggests that you’re an expert in your field.  It usually comes across as too slick, too self serving, and too “I” focused.  In other words, you’re a little too full of yourself to work well in a team environment!

Recruiter: Friend or Foe?

As suggested above, candidates often think that interviewing with a recruiter is not the same as interviewing with a hiring company.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard a candidate say “I would never say this to an employer, but…”  Before they know it, they’ve knocked themselves out of a good job opportunity.

This false sense of security is rooted in a belief that the recruiter wants to help.  They are a friend in the job search process — someone who will help you get that ideal job.  In most cases, this just isn’t true.

Misrepresenting Your Credentials.

Resume fraud happens.  In fact, it happens a lot.  Dates are fudged; degrees are listed that were never earned.  If you follow the news, you’ll know that some very high profile people have been caught over the past few years lying about their backgrounds.  Academic credentials are a prime source of resume fraud.  Sometimes I believe that candidates have lied about having a degree for so long that they come to believe it’s true.  Not only is the degree non-existent, it’s often embellished with honors and awards.

This information can be easily verified.  If you misrepresent your credentials, chances are that you will be caught in a lie.  This is likely the fastest way to eliminate yourself from consideration.

Over Qualified.

Candidates often have difficulty figuring out whether they are qualified for a particular opening.  If a candidate is out of work, there’s a tendency to apply to any position remotely connected to their background, thinking that this frenzy of activity will lead to a good opportunity.  This is not a good strategy.  Over qualified candidates wonder why someone isn’t willing to snatch up a seasoned employee.  From the employer’s perspective, an over qualified candidate is likely to leave sooner, become bored with the position, perhaps become competition for the hiring manager, and the list goes on.  In short, if the company wants 5-7 years of experience, and you have 25 years of experience, you are not going to be a good fit.

Under Qualified.

Likewise, if a company needs a sales professional who has regularly sold into the C-suite, and you have sold to Purchasing, you won’t be qualified for the job.  Candidates will often try to argue the experience point.  “I know that if given a chance, I can do this job.  My skills are transferrable.” That may well be the case, but with the job market being a competitive place, companies don’t need to settle for transferrable skills.  They can hire someone who matches their requirements across the board.

Spend time applying to positions you are truly a fit for, and more interviews and offers will follow.

About the Author
Cindy McGeever is a seasoned recruiter and the owner of, a niche job board for sales professionals. Candidates can search thousands of sales jobs and post a resume to our resume database. Find information on all aspects of job search, including resume development, interviewing, references, salary negotiation, and similar topics, regardless of functional discipline. You don’t need to be in sales to benefit from our advice!

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Build Your Construction Resume with Keywords

oshaby Kim Isaacs

Did you know that making one change to your construction resume could improve your chances of job search success? Adding keywords will help get your resume noticed and expose you to more job opportunities.

What Are Keywords?

Keywords are terms that hiring managers enter when searching for resumes on Monster. If your resume contains keywords that match those a potential employer is searching for, you have a much better chance of being found. Your keywords continue to be helpful when an actual hiring manager reviews your resume, showing that person you have the desired qualifications for the job. Keywords can be categorized as follows: Read more

Potential for 200 jobs as idled Windsor plant begins wind turbine production

WindTronics Inc. set to take over former Magna plant on city’s west side


By Dave Hall, The Windsor StarSeptember 24, 2009 12:02 PM

WINDSOR, Ont. — A Michigan company is expected to confirm plans Friday to take over a former Magna International plant on the city’s far west side to begin production of small residential and commercial wind turbines.

It’s anticipated that as many as 200 jobs would eventually be created once WindTronics Inc., a division of Muskegon-based EarthTronics Inc., is in full production at the former Intier Innovatech Seating Systems plant on Sprucewood Avenue.

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50 Best Tips for Getting the Job You Always Wanted

wantedadby Sarah Chambers

  • Tip 1: When applying for jobs at small companies: If you can find the names of people who work there, say Dear Name, not To Whom It May Concern.
  • Tip 2: Looking for a job? Don’t tell them you CAN send what they ask for in the ad. Show them by sending it!
  • Tip 3: Meet them before you ask how many days off you’ll get.
  • Tip 4: Applying to be a writer? Don’t misspell something in the sentence where you talk about the quality of your work. Read more

TOP 25 Reasons Why People Don’t Get Hired

by Tsveta

1. Poor personal appearance

2. Lack of interest and enthusiasm: Passive, indecisive and indifferent.

3. Over emphasis on money: interested only in best dollar offer.

4. Condemnation of past employers.

5. Failure to look at the interviewer when speaking.

6. Limp, fishy handshake.

7. Unwillingness to travel or relocate to employers preferences.

8. Late for interview.

9. Failure to express appreciation for interviewer’s time. Read more

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