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Common Questions To Expect in your Next Interview

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: August 4, 2017

Yes, job interviews can be nerve racking, especially when you’re anticipating the difficult questions. But, you can prepare several ways. You can research the company, review your skills, refresh your knowledge of technical programs and you can also anticipate some of the questions they’ll be asking. Here are three common interview questions and because we have your back …. a few tips on how to approach answering them:

Why are you seeking to leave your current position?
Avoid sounding too negative whenever your job history comes up. Now is not the time to vent all your frustrations about your previous employer. Instead, use this as an opportunity to outline what goals you have for your career path. Maybe you want to leave your current role because you feel that you have not been able to grow professionally as much as you would like. Take this negative and turn it into a chance to talk about the types of projects you want to be involved in. Let them know you are looking for a job that gives you room to advance.

What is your greatest weakness?
Do not answer with something that sounds more like a strength, such as “I’m a perfectionist.” This is overused and the interviewees will appreciate a more thoughtful, honest answer. Whatever you do choose to share, put a positive spin on it. Elaborate on what you are doing to break a bad habit or explain how you have taken the time to recognize your weaknesses.

Do you prefer working alone or on a team?
While this question seems simple enough, it can be tricky. If you answer that you prefer teams, you don’t want to send the message that you aren’t confident in your skills when functioning independently. If you prefer solo work, your interviewers may translate that into you not being able to work well with others. Let them know that you are open to both styles, if that’s true for you. Otherwise, be honest with your preference. Doing so will help you better determine if you are the right fit for the job.

Feel like you could use a little more interview prep? Here are some guides to help you ace the interview and make a positive impression during the job hunt process.

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How to Make a Positive Impression at Your New Job

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: June 27, 2017

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Pop the champagne! You finally landed that job you’ve been interviewing for, and you’re about to start your first day. You know that the key to a successful transition is demonstrating quality, thoughtful work, but so is making a positive impression with your new coworkers. After all, you’ll be working with them every day. How do you make a positive impression in a new job?

First impressions in the workplace are just as lasting as they are during interviews, so be cognizant of the impression you give off. People will be more likely to trust you, respect you, and be friendly to you if you get  started on the right foot. Here are seven tips to make a positive impression in your new work culture:

Arrive early, stay later when possible
You don’t want to be ‘that guy’ who always walks in late and is constantly finding excuses to leave the office an hour early. For the most part, people tend to pick up on your attendance habits within the first few days. You might find yourself in the occasional moment when you cannot help but be late. Being mindful of this will show those around you that you are responsible and you can handle simple expectations such as punctuality. Also, you are more likely to be included in office coffee runs or dinner after work if you’re present – a great way to start building those relationships.

Dress to impress
No one is going to take you seriously if you show up to work in a wrinkled blazer, crooked tie, and ankle socks. Having a clean overall appearance will enhance your professionalism. Ultimately, this leaves a more positive impression on your office peers. You don’t need break-the-bank designer suits, but make sure your clothes fit you properly, fit the vibe of the office culture and are dry cleaned every once in awhile.

Respect seniority
No one likes a wise guy. It’s great to feel confident in your new role, but remember to show the proper respect to veterans in the office, especially when it comes to the people you report to. Learn from them and follow the decisions made by your superiors. Ask questions respectfully when you don’t understand a task you’ve been given.

Keep personal life separate from work
As time goes on you will get to know your coworkers better, but to start it is generally better to avoid mixing work and personal life. Share enough about yourself to start cultivating meaningful relationships, but don’t go overboard.  If you have a personal matter to attend to, make sure to do it quickly and quietly, or away from the office.

Take initiative
Don’t be afraid to stick your hand out first for a handshake, propose project ideas, or ask your peers questions. Asking questions shows you’re trying to learn. Engaging with your work will show others that you are eager to be there. Just remember, no one has ever been successful by sitting back and waiting for someone else to make a move.

Make an effort to get along with your colleagues
You’re at work to do work, but that doesn’t mean you should only keep to yourself. It helps to get along with the people around you. Ask if anyone needs an extra set of hands on any of their projects. Offer favors like covering for someone while they are out of the office, and be an active participant in meetings. If there’s an office gathering after work, try to go to those to make stronger connections.

Have a positive attitude
As an organization, you and your team are striving toward a common goal. It is important to always stay positive even in challenging moments, because it’ll help everyone to move forward. In addition, having a ‘can do’ mentality gives off positive vibes, which will only help you and those around you.

Being the ‘new guy’ has its challenges. If you embrace it the right way, you’ll integrate into the office culture before you know it. Present yourself in a way that is positive and helpful from the beginning. You’ll definitely have an easier time getting along with your team or co-workers.

Making the right impression at your new job can make your adjustment to your new role an easier transition. What are some things you keep in mind when entering new work environments? Let us know on Twitter and follow us on LinkedIn to see open tech roles that might be a great fit for you.

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The Best Shortcuts: How to Save Time During Your Job Search

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: February 24, 2017

Whether you’re about to graduate or you’re looking for a new challenge in your career, finding the time to concentrate on your job search can be overwhelming. People often say that looking for work is a full-time job in itself (it is!), and it’s easy to become distracted with other tasks at hand. This is why optimizing your time management during your job search is an important (but simple!) skill to master. Follow these easy steps:

Start with lists
Never underestimate an old fashioned list. Start out by writing down your vision for your future career as well as your non-negotiables: do you want to relocate? Are you looking to stay in the same field or make a change? When do you hope to start in a new position? Include short and long term goals and be specific about what you’re going to do to achieve them. Sticking to a list makes it easier to stay on track and avoid distractions. Cross off items as you go. Progress!

Networking
The first step and easiest way to save time during your job search is to leverage your existing network. Start by reaching out to your contacts through LinkedIn, email, or a phone call and mention that you’re in the market for a new job. Once you’ve done that, move on to establishing new connections online by looking for jobs in places you might not expect, like Twitter, Facebook groups, or job forums.

Treat the search itself like a job
Wake up early, have a proper breakfast, and get started searching. Even if you can’t dedicate the traditional 9-5 work day to your search, set aside dedicated time every day. Wake up 30 min earlier than usual, or skip watching those re-runs and spend time after dinner.

Divide your time between research and in-person networking
Don’t underestimate the power of face to face networking. Start organizing your time by separating your online search and in-person meetings. Consider using the weekend to search for jobs online and save the weekdays for attending networking events. Even if you don’t end up finding a job through your in-person efforts, making new connections and meeting industry leaders is worth the time and energy.

If you’re unemployed, find ways to fill your time
Employers like to see that you stay active during gaps in your resume. If you can find something relevant to your profession, fantastic! If you can’t, focus on volunteer opportunities in your area. This is a great way to become more active in your community and you never know what types of connections you could make along the way.

Don’t multitask
When you’re looking for jobs, do just that: look for jobs. Put away your phone and close your inbox. Avoid answering emails or thinking about what groceries you need to pick up and focus on the task at hand. Make sure any tabs you have open are relevant to your search and close the ones that may be distracting.
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Resume Checklist

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: November 14, 2016

You never know what new opportunities will come your way, which is why updating your IT resume is always a good idea. If it’s been awhile since you’ve edited your resume, take some time to look at it and you might be surprised with how much you can edit it.

  1. Check to make sure your contact information is up-to-date such as your email, phone number, and address.
  2. Are you an active member of online Q&A tech forums? You might want to consider including any social media profiles like those that you have, especially if they are of a professional nature.
  3. Review your accomplishments and projects. It’s great to give potential employers an idea of what you do day-to-day, but more importantly you want to highlight meaningful projects you’ve contributed to and accomplishments you’ve made in your position.
  4. Make sure your language is as impactful yet succinct as possible. A new study by TheLadders found that hiring managers spend about six seconds reading a resume when considering a candidate.
  5. Update your Skills section by including new ones you may have acquired during your current role. This section is the place for you to stand out from other candidates and really show why you’re a unique hire.
  6. Begin your resume with a short introductory summary that gives the reader an idea of your overall expertise. Avoid having it sound like an objectives section and instead focus on what you’ve already achieved in your career. As for the length, think: elevator pitch.
  7. Edit, edit edit! Always ask for another set of eyes to review your resume. Your editor may even help you think of a new, more eye-catching format for your resume.
  8. Adjust your resume to each job you’re applying for. It is important to make sure your resume fits the needs and criterias for each job.

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