The Office Assistant
For the Candidate

We are interested in your success. Whether you are looking for temporary work, temp-to-perm opportunities, or a permanent position, we will treat you with the same personal attention and respect. We’re here to help you take your next step.  Your first step to associate with our firm is to email your resume. Our email address is : theofficeassistant@verizon.net

Every resume we receive is read and studied. If your skill set and job duties match up with a present client opening; we will immediately contact you for a phone interview. If we do NOT have a present match for your resume we will keep your resume on file for a future opening.

Resume Advice

Here are a few tips that are certain to help when you are composing your resume:

1. Try to keep your resume to one page, never to exceed 2 pages.

2. Have your name, address and working phone number at the top of the resume for easy accessibility.

3. Keep it simple, clean and easy to read. Refrain from fancy fonts, graphics or colored paper.

4. Show recent employment first and always use dates (month and year).

5. Use a separate piece of paper to include any reference information. List work-related references and have this ready to present at the interview.

6. If you have an objective on your resume, make sure to customize the objective to the position for which you are applying.

7. Do not include personal information such as hobbies, birthdate or family data.

8. Check and recheck for spelling and grammatical errors!

9. Always bring multiple clean copies of your resume when applying or interviewing for a position.

Interview Advice

Facebook and Twitter

If you don’t think interviewers Google you or look you up on Facebook or MySpace, you’re crazy. We’ve had candidates not even get an interview because the hiring manager looked them up on-line. Take everything down during your job search and your first few years of employment.

Do your homework

Study the company you’re interviewing for. Learn as much as you can about the company’s mission, objectives, goals, and future plans. Look at their staff listings and see if you know any of their current employees. If so, give them a call after hours and express an interest in the company.  Also, study the industry they are in and have some valid comments.

 Leave cell phone in car.

There is absolutely no reason to take a cell phone into an interview. Better safe than sorry; it could accidentally go off and you will lose the job!

 Walk in five minutes early exactly!

My best advice is to drive by your interview location the day before. It is best to arrive early and sit in the car until time to walk in. We’ve had complaints from supervisors before about candidates showing up too early; it throws the supervisors off their daily schedule. Time yourself and exactly five minutes early walk in the front door. If it’s a large office building go in ten minutes early to allow time for the elevator.

 Bring resumes

Your interviewer should already have your resume, but maybe their computer is down. You don’t know how often it happens to me that I’ll ask a candidate for their resume and they  DON’T have it; very unimpressive.

 Dress in a clean and conservative outfit.

We tell all candidates to “dress like you’re going to work in a bank”. Make sure you go into a job interview having showered and wearing clean clothes. Wear very simple jewelry and carry a simple bag (if you carry one at all.) If you look good for a date or night out; you look BAD for an interview.

Give clear & concise answer

When answering a question, answer the question. Don’t start out answering a question and then veer off to talk about something else. Make sure your answer directly reflects the question being asked.

Have good eye contact

Staring at the floor, ceiling, or wall when speaking or listening makes you appear disinterested. Again, simple and obvious but happens way more than you’d think.

Have passion

Be able to express why you want to work in that field/industry and what you do to further your knowledge (books, blogs you read). The more intelligent or informed you are the more impressive you’ll look. Have your goals ready and feel free to discuss them in a modest matter. Make sure all statements are career-oriented.

 Ask Questions

At the end of the job interview make sure you have some questions to ask.  This is a great time to let the interviewer know that you’ve done your home work. For example, say “When I was studying your website I noticed. . . . .”  Have a question that you’ve come up with from the website-

Write a thank you note

On the Monday AFTER your interview; drop by a hand-written thank you. Also write a thank you note to anyone else who helped you with the interview. For example, if you interviewed with Human Resources but met an executive on your way out the door please write them both a thank you note. Your note should be very simple and easy to read:

Thank you so much for meeting with me on ___________________________. I enjoyed meeting you and was appreciative of the information you shared regarding your present opening. I feel I would be a great asset to your firm and hope I receive an employment offer. Sincerely, ________

Dress professionally and take this thank you note to the front desk. Do NOT ask to speak to the hiring manager and do not look for them in any way. Walk straight to the receptionist; be friendly and professional; leave the note and walk away. However, if you happen to run into the hiring manager reiterate how much you enjoyed learning about the company.