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Job Search Tip of the Week #8 (2019)

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Job Search Tip of the Week #8 (2019)

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What Makes a Company Stand Out from the Pack?


What makes a company unique? Many might argue that its products, logo, or branding are what makes an organization stand out. However, the true distinguishing factor — at least, for the people who spend each workday there — is the corporate culture. What makes up a company’s culture, and why should potential employees care?

What creates culture

A company’s culture comprises the tangible and intangible characteristics that make that company unique:

  • Core values — What values does the company hold dear? More important, what does it expect employees to care about? A company that believes in driven innovation isn’t likely to be a good fit for someone who wants to leave at 5 p.m. to get home to family.
  • Environment — Work environments vary greatly — for example, one company may offer a relaxed scenario with shared workspaces and “bring your dog to work” days, while another company has a much more formal atmosphere with cubicles and private offices.
  • Communication — How do company leaders convey strategies, policies, and company changes to employees? Is communication transparent, or on a need-to-know basis?
  • Dress code — Related to environment, dress codes indicate how strict or relaxed the culture is.
  • Perks — Does the company offer team-building, training, and recreational events for employees? Sponsor continuing education programs or professional development opportunities? Perks show what the company thinks (or expects) employees care about.
  • Respect — Does the company embrace diversity? Is there mutual respect between company leaders and staff?
  • Team spirit — A strong team mentality might translate into willingness to put in extra hours, or create a more family-like atmosphere.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #17 (2018)

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or really, Just about Any) Interview

Think Like an Interviewer – Q11



“Tell me about yourself.”

It’s a four-word request that seems simple enough – after all, who knows knows you better than you? – but it’s perhaps the one inquiry out of the 19 most commonly asked interview questions that can make job seekers sweat the most. Why? Because it’s such a vague request, there are so many places you can take your response – and consequently, so many ways you can go wrong.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #52 (2017)

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Keep Your Job Search from Going Cold this Holiday Season

Should I Follow Up? [INFOGRAPHIC]



‘Tis the Season to be busy!

This time of year can be discouraging for job seekers, with hiring managers seemingly too preoccupied with their year-end responsibilities to make filling a vacant position a priority.

However, you really should keep job hunting during the holidays. Candidates who continue to express interest in positions they’ve applied to are seen as focused and goal-oriented.

That being said, you don’t want to send relentless, numerous messages that are all variations of “This is [Name]. I’m writing to you check on the status of my application.” This will only annoy the hiring manager and likely cause him or her to view you as desperate and pushy, hurting your candidacy. And you don’t want to follow up only a little or not at all, because it makes you seem uninterested in the job. So how do you follow up without becoming annoying or forgotten?

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Job Search Tip of the Week #45 (2017)

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How to Seal the Deal: Proper Post-Interview Etiquette

Seal the Deal, Get the Job!



You’ve undoubtedly heard countless times before, “The interview starts the moment you walk in the door.” However, did you know that it lasts long after you walk out? Your post-interview behavior may affect a hiring manager’s decision to extend you a job offer.

So what’s your exit strategy to continue making a positive impression and land your dream job? For proper post-interview etiquette, think “AT CTC”:

A is for Ask

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Job Search Tip of the Week #28 (2017)

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One of Our Productivity Secrets: The Client-In

The Effective & Efficient Way to Interview – Find the Perfect Match, Fast!




Since we’ve discussed with you last week ways to maximize your productivity, we thought to share with you one of ours: the client-in. And who better to tell you how it helps you be productive in-the-search and on-the-job than Stephanie, who we’ve had the pleasure of working with as both a job candidate and a hiring manager?

At CTC, our focus is Matching #1s™: We expertly facilitate the search to bring together the #1 candidate choice with the #1 company choice! Our success relies on us getting to know our candidates and clients well, and proposing best-fit employment and hiring opportunities quickly. As you’ll learn from Stephanie, the benefits of a client-in are two-fold: For clients, it streamlines the sourcing and interviewing process and provides top candidates on the first-round. For candidates, it gets you in front of hiring managers faster with real-time interview feedback and shortens the length of your job search.

Keep reading to learn more about how we strive to fulfill your job search and hiring needs through our unique staffing process, and let us know what we can do for you.



    When you’re searching for the right employee, nothing beats an in-person meeting. But in today’s competitive IT environment, time is of the essence. And conducting preliminary interviews with even a short list of qualified candidates can take several weeks. How do you shorten that cycle?

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #24 (2017)

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    Top 5 Most Common Typographical & Grammatical Errors

    Details Can Make the Difference on Your Résumé & Cover Letter


    Check for typos!


    You could be everything a hiring manager is looking for, but if you neglect to review and revise your application materials before you submit them, you may be giving your potential employer a reason to take you out of their candidate pool.

    Hiring managers base their initial impression of who you are and would be as an employee on your résumé and cover letter. Documents and other correspondence laden with typographical and grammatical errors suggest that you lack attention to detail and professionalism, which consequently increases the likelihood that you won’t be considered a viable candidate for the position. The following is a list of the five most common, non-content mistakes that we’ve come across on technical résumés and cover letters:

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #15 (2017)

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    How to Shake Your Way Into a Good First Impression

    What’s in a Handshake: What Your Handshake Says About You



    The 9 Types of BAD Handshakes


    Your interview starts the moment you walk through the door. And if it’s true that first impressions are formed within seven seconds after meeting someone, then you better put your best hand forward.

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #10 (2017)

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    The Case for the Perpetual Job Search

    Part IV: It’s OK to Go Your Own Way

    Don't Burn Bridges Giving Notice


    Decided to leave your current employer to pursue a new opportunity? Follow proper resignation etiquette to avoid negatively impacting your future employment.

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #9 (2017)

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    The Case for the Perpetual Job Search

    Part III: Should You Want to Stay a Little While


    After evaluating what you’re getting out of your job, you might’ve decided to stay at your current company. However, if you want to stay satisfied with the pace of your personal and professional development, you can’t rest on your laurels.

    English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon once said, “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” Some 400 years later, amidst an economy still in slow recovery from The Great Recession, his words couldn’t ring more true. Job security and career advancement requires identifying where the company can improve, and acting on that knowledge. Take these four steps:

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #8 (2017)

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    The Case for the Perpetual Job Search

    Part II: Should You Stay or Should You Go?


    How can you tell if you should stay or you should go?

    As we mentioned last week, it’s not unusual to see web engineers and software developers to switch jobs every few years to keep up with the rapid rate at which technology changes. For IT and technology professionals, “job hopping” at its core is the belief that exposure to new technologies, problems to solve, and work environments makes you better rounded and more valuable to employers. However, keeping up with technological advancements and staying competitive in the job market doesn’t necessarily entail constantly changing companies.

    The key to maintaining your marketability is to evaluate what you’re getting out of your job, and recognize when you have a good thing going and when it’s time to move on. Does your employer…

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