Google to Get Into Job Search Business (05/25/2017 03:15:06 PM)
Google announced last week that it’s launching a jobs search engine in the U.S. The service will focus on all types of jobs – from entry-level and service industry positions to high-end professional jobs. It will also leverage Google technologies like machine learning and A.I. to better understand how jobs are classified and related, among other things.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai gave a brief preview of the job search engine, called “Google for Jobs,” at Google’s developer conference.

“46% of U.S. employers say they face talent shortages and have issues filling open job positions,” explained Pichai. “While job seekers may be looking for openings right next door – there’s a big disconnect here…We want to better connect employers and job seekers through a new initiative, Google for Jobs.”

In a few weeks, Google will begin to recognize when U.S. users are typing job search queries into Google Search, and will then highlight jobs that match the query. However, Google is not necessarily taking on traditional job search service providers with this launch – instead, it’s partnering with them.

The company said that Google for Jobs will initially partner with LinkedIn, Facebook, Careerbuilder Monster, Glassdoor, and other services.

The search engine will have a number of tools that will help you find the right jobs for you. For example, you’ll be able to filter jobs by location, title, category or type, date posted or whether it’s full or part-time, among other things.

The service will also show applicants things like commute time, to help them figure out if the job is too far away to consider.
What makes the service interesting is that it’s leveraging Google’s machine learning smarts to understand how job titles are related and cluster them together.

For instance, a search for “retail” could mean “retail associate” or “store clerk” or “store manager,” depending on how the employer wrote the job description. Google will be able to put all these together, so users who search for “retail” will see all matching job types.
Pichai also briefly mentioned a one-click “Apply” feature – showing how you could press a big blue button to submit your application – but didn’t go into the details as to how this would work.

Google spoke to hundreds of people before launching this search vertical, he also noted, to find out what their pain points were today with job search.

“I’m personally enthusiastic for this initiative because it addresses an important need and taps our core capabilities as a company from searching and organizing information to A.I. and machine learning,” said Pichai.

The company will roll out Google for Jobs within Search in the US in “the coming weeks”, with more countries coming in the future.

Article contributed by Sarah Perez (@sarahintampa)

The 20 Best High-paying Jobs in America for 2017 (02/22/2017 10:06:54 AM)
When choosing a career, it's important to seek out jobs that are meaningful and challenging. But a high salary doesn't hurt, either.

US News & World Report recently released its 2017 Best Jobs rankings, which determines the best occupations in the US based on median salary, employment rate, growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. You can read more about the methodology here.

The publication then ranked these coveted positions by pay, finding that, unsurprisingly, many of America's top jobs come with six-figure salaries. Positions in the healthcare sector dominated the list, with anesthesiologists claiming the top spot, followed by surgeons and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

Read on to see the 20 best high-paying jobs in the US, with salary data and projected job growth included from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

20. Pharmacist
Average annual salary: $119,270
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 3%

Imperative to the healthcare industry, pharmacists not only fill prescriptions, but also educate patients on the potential side effects of their medications, teach them how to handle side effects, and monitor which prescriptions each patient is taking to prevent mixing incompatible drugs.

19. Business-operations manager
Annual salary: $119,460
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 7%

Business-operations managers take care of the details that are vital to keeping a business running, including hiring new talent, negotiating contracts, making strategy decisions, and building and leading effective teams. The highest-paying cities for this job are Bridgeport, Connecticut, New York City, and Trenton, New Jersey.

18. Sales manager
Average annual salary: $130,400
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 5%

Sales managers get their company's product into customers' hands. This requires managers to establish client relationships and sales territory, guide sales teams, develop training programs for new hires, outline team strategies, and set short- and long-term goals.
Sales managers typically hold either a bachelor's or master's degree in business administration and have expertise in marketing.

17. Financial manager
Average annual salary: $134,330
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 7%

Financial managers are integral to their companies because they advise and control the checkbook. Individuals in this position produce profit projections, oversee the cash flow of projects, and coordinate accounting practices. The job is incredibly detail-oriented and requires finesse in handling numbers and communicating complicated financial statements to other employees.

16. Podiatrist
Average annual salary: $136,180
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 14%

Podiatrists specialize in feet and ankles, treating conditions that range from ingrown toenails and bunions to fractures and sprains. It's no easy task to become a podiatrist, however. After completing a bachelor's degree, individuals must attend a podiatric medical school, complete a three-year residency program, and pass the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam.

15. Lawyer
Average annual salary: $136,260
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 6%

There are quite a few different career paths and specializations lawyers can take, from working at a private firm to a public position as a district attorney. But one thing holds across the many different iterations: Being a lawyer requires long, committed hours in the office.

Though salaries vary depending on specialty, lawyers make the most in and around San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

14. Marketing manager
Average annual salary: $140,660
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 9%

Being a marketing manager doesn't come with a set-in-stone list of responsibilities. It requires employees to balance a variety of tasks, including everything from hiring new talent to strategic planning to design work. The highest-paying cities for this position include San Jose, San Francisco, and New York City.

13. Information-technology manager
Average annual salary: $141,000
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 15%

IT managers supervise software and hardware upgrades, protect office networks from hackers and malware, and coordinate technology issues with top executives. The position isn't industry-specific, either. As technology becomes increasingly integral to day-to-day business operations, IT managers have become necessary across all sectors.

12. Petroleum engineer
Average annual salary: $149,590
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 10%

Petroleum engineers create new technology or create new ways to apply existing technology to help untap oil. Because the industry and the federal government want to encourage engineering breakthroughs and more environmentally friendly extraction techniques, most university students can expect to get their studies fully underwritten and even receive a stipend.

11. Nurse anesthetist
Average annual salary: $160,250
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 19%

Nurse anesthetists help doctors complete painful procedures by administering anesthesia through intravenous drugs or inhaled gases. To become a nurse anesthetist, registered nurses must complete at least one year of critical-care experience and earn a master's degree from an accredited nurse-anesthesia program.

10. Prosthodontist
Average annual salary: $161,020
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 18%

Different from an orthodontist, prosthodontists are dental specialists who build oral prosthesesthat replace missing teeth. These replacements can help patients in a number of ways, from improving appearances to restoring the ability to speak and eat.

9. Dentist
Average annual salary: $172,350
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 18%

Dentists help maintain the health of patients' mouths, gums, and teeth by filling cavities, diagnosing oral diseases, and extracting teeth when needed. The highest-paid dentists work in Lafayette, Indiana, Brownsville, Texas, and Wausau, Wisconsin.

8. Pediatrician
Average annual salary: $183,180
Projected growth (2014 - 2024): 10%

Pediatricians focus on the physical and mental health of children, from infancy to adolescence. Specialties range from oncology and hematology to developmental behavior and psychiatry, but at the end of the day, it's all about advocating the best course of care and communicating it to parents and patients.

7. Psychiatrist
Average annual salary: $193,680
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 15%

Unlike podiatrists and surgeons, who deal with physical afflictions, psychiatrists tend to patients' mental health. They diagnose and treat complex conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. Psychiatrists use a combination of methods to treat these disorders and write prescriptions when necessary.

6. Physician
Average annual salary: $196,520
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 9%

The term "physician" encompasses everything from primary-care doctors to gynecologists to cardiologists to dermatologists — and every niche in between. Income varies based on each doctor's experience and specialty, but the highest-paid physicians work in Florence, South Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, and Medford, Oregon.

5. Orthodontist
Average annual salary: $221,390
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 18%

Orthodontists are tasked with constructing beautiful smiles by fixing irregular bites and realigning crooked teeth. This is most often done through braces, but they also use retainers and other appliances to create an optimized plan for each patient.

4. Obstetrician and gynecologist
Average annual salary: $222,400
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 18%

Obstetricians and gynecologists help maintain women's reproductive health, though the positions differ. Gynecologists screen for HPV and other STDs, help manage contraceptives, and assist patients with issues like abnormal bleeding. Those who are also obstetricians, often referred to as OB-GYNs, deliver babies and monitor mothers-to-be throughout pregnancy.

3. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
Average annual salary: $233,900
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 18%

Unlike a regular dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeons go through an additional four years of surgical training to be able to perform surgical procedures pertaining to the face, mouth, and jaw, such as fixing a cleft lip or administering a face-lift. These doctors are also able to administer anesthesia and diagnose cancer.

2. Surgeon
Average annual salary: $247,520
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 20%

Surgeons undertake a heavy job: opening up people's bodies to correct injuries, diseases, or deformities. Surgeons are rigorously trained for the serious nature of the job, however. After completing a bachelor's degree and four years of medical school, they must enter a surgical residency program, which takes a minimum of five years to finish.

1. Anesthesiologist
Average annual salary: $258,100
Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 21%

It's no surprise that anesthesiologists rake in the highest salaries in the country. They're responsible for administering the drugs that allow surgeons to complete painful, invasive procedures without discomforting patients. The highest-paid anesthesiologists are found in Detroit, Michigan, Wichita, Kansas, and Worcester, Massachusetts.

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3 notoriously tough interview questions (and how to answer them) (02/22/2017 09:25:37 AM)
A job interview can be daunting, especially if it’s your first one. Being able to anticipate what the interviewer will ask, and preparing your responses in advance, can be the key to showing up strong and confident and securing a job offer.

In April 2016, a CareerBuilder survey noted that close to 70 percent of employers said they planned to hire new employees right out of college. With employers eager to hire and the competition fierce for jobs, it’s more crucial than ever for college students and recent grads to make a good impression from the time they shake the interviewer’s hand to when they leave.

To help those preparing to enter the workforce, here’s a breakdown of three intimidating interview questions and how to answer them.

1. “TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF.”

An intimidating request? Perhaps. But also empowering. In fact, it’s arguably the question most essential to the overall success of your interview and can position you as the ideal candidate for the job. Since employers often kick off with this question, it serves as a way for you to set the stage for the rest of the interview, allowing you to take control and dictate the direction of the conversation.

Although it appears to prompt an open-ended response, what the employer is really looking for is a brief, succinct snapshot of what makes you the best fit for the job. “Tell me about yourself” does not mean tell me everything. Your response should be an elevator pitch – on steroids – that positions you as the person that fills the role they are looking for in this job.

2. “WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?”

Answering one of the most dreaded interview questions is actually easier than it seems. Understanding your strengths can help you identify not only where you’re going to best fit, but also where you can potentially get into trouble. So, how do you identify your weaknesses in a context that keeps the employer’s opinion of you untarnished and your image as an ideal job candidate intact?

There are several approaches. The first strategy is to package your weaknesses as strengths. Instead of presenting the areas you need improvement in as weaknesses, describe them as areas you are actively working on to improve and transform into strengths. Discuss the actual steps you are taking to address and advance in these areas. But be mindful of your answer; do not label as a weakness an area or skill that is critical to the role you are interviewing for.

Another approach to identifying your weaknesses is to address the elephant in the room, so to speak. For example, if you have an obvious or prominent weakness that the employer will stumble upon regardless of whether or not you mention it, like a low GPA, it is best to get in front of it and bring it up on your own. By proactively addressing your weakness head on, it gives you the opportunity to explain yourself and the situation before the employer has a chance to jump to their own conclusions or prematurely judge you.

An alternate way to safely respond to this question, is to choose an area or skill that has nothing to do with the job you are applying for, but that you still consider a weakness. This way you provide a suitable answer without hurting your chances of landing the job, or causing any reason for the employer to doubt your qualifications for the job.

3. “WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?”

This is your chance (in two minutes or less) to address three things: why me, why this job and why this company. The appropriate way to structure your response is to work backwards. Your answer should end with the objective.

Open with one or two sentences about your life outside of college — this shows you are a real person who has accumulated life experiences, and it accentuates your ability to contribute a unique perspective to the team.

Next, give a brief overview of your education and relevant work experience, connecting the dots as to why you are qualified for this role.

Finally, provide a status check. Ask yourself: Where am I now? What do I want? This is an opportunity to express to the employer why you are here interviewing for this particular job, at this particular company, at this particular point in time, and what makes you the right fit. Show that you’ve done your homework. In preparation for the interview, research the company and the person you’re meeting with and review the job description, roles and responsibilities.

You might not be able to prepare for everything, or even every interview question, but it’s important to dedicate the time and effort. The greatest way to set yourself apart from the other candidates interviewing for the same position is to prepare and practice responses to potential questions in advance of your interview. Preparation not only provides you with the tools you need to answer the employer’s questions with confidence and ease, but it could also be the difference between securing a job offer or continuing your job search.

Susan Brennan is the associate vice president of University Career Services at Bentley University, which was recently ranked No. 1 in “Best Career Services” by the 2017 Princeton Review.

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Fake Jobs At Real Companies (07/21/2016 01:23:34 AM)
Scammers are pretending that they work for well-known companies and then are stealing job seekers’ identities and savings. What happens: The scammer spreads the word about a job opening at a real company—often a well-respected company. The scammer might do this by sending e-mails to potential applicants…posting ads on job-search websites…and/or reaching out to potential applicants through social-network websites such as LinkedIn. In each case, a “job opening” is described, along with contact information.

Although the employer cited in the job listing is legitimate, the e-mail or phone number provided actually connects would-be applicants with a scammer who does not work for that company. The scammer is co-opting the respected company’s name because doing this confers an aura of legitimacy.

During the ensuing “job interview,” which could be lengthy and realistic, applicants are asked to provide their Social Security numbers so that the “employer” can run a background check. Later on, applicants often are told that they got the job and are asked for bank account information—purportedly so that the company can set up direct deposit of paychecks. These are things that real employers often request, which makes the scam difficult to sniff out. In reality, of course, the scammer will use the information to steal applicants’ identities and loot their bank accounts.

What to do: Rather than call the phone number provided in a job listing, look up the employer’s main switchboard phone number online. Get in touch with the company’s human resources department, and confirm that the job is being offered and that it is being offered through the avenue you are using. Certainly do this if you are asked to provide sensitive personal information before you meet with a representative of that employer inside the employer’s facilities.

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Why am I not getting the response I want from my resume? (09/22/2011 02:09:11 PM)
by Cory Jackson, Founder, LevelHire

If you are like most job seekers today you spend hours sending out hundreds of resumes to job posting on the internet with little or no response. Most people have hit the point of great frustration or have stop pursing openings that are posted on the internet. This opens a question of “why am I not getting any response after sending out hundreds of resumes?” When trying to solve any problem it is always important to understand the other side of the equation.

1. Standing out in the Pile
Employers posting open positions are currently receiving more responses than ever before. The average posting on the major jobs boards are receiving between 400 and 800 resumes in the first 72 hours after a job is posted. This means that someone has to screen or sort through this stack to determine who will get the interview and who will go to the “do not contact” pile.
Now put yourself into the place of the first line screener. I get cross-eyed after looking at 20 resumes much less hundreds. So what will catch this person's eyes to get you into the “contact” pile. One key way to get the attention that you deserve is to re-write or tailor your Qualification or Summary at the top of your resume specifically to the position that you are applying for. The less that screener has to read, the more likely you are a favored candidate. Yes, sending the same resume to every posting may be a big reason that you are in that hated “do not contact” pile.

2. Understand The Reader
If you are one of the seekers that believes you hit the send button and your resume slides right into the hiring manager's hands, you would be highly mistaken. With the response that employers are getting, neither the Hiring Manager nor a senior human resource professional has the time to go through the entire stack of resumes. A majority of companies have established a process to screen the possible candidate down to a very small pile to hand off to the person (Hiring Manager) that can “pull the trigger.” Understanding the process, and more importantly, who is in that process is key to increasing your chance to get into the “interview” pile.

This process usually starts with the most junior level human resource person on staff who is handed a Job Description with key words on it (trust me, nobody wants the job of reading all the resumes). Normally, the individual that receives this honor is a 1-2 year human resource generalist who does not have the technical knowledge or experience to understand what the position is or does. They are only left with the information on the screen in front of them for the task of matching resumes and finding the top five to ten matches in the sea of resumes to pass to the senior human resources screener for the initial phone screen.

3. Not Sending a Cover Letter
Many people will zip the resume over without attaching the almighty cover letter. This is a huge mistake made by job seekers today and is one of the top reasons that the first screener can eliminate you from the mountain of resumes. Remember that this person has the daunting task of sorting through the piles and simply deleting anyone that did not send a cover letter to narrow the pile down and save loads of time.

Perception of the employer, or at least the Human Resource department, is a very important key in getting selected to interview. The employers see the cover letters as something that candidates have to produce on the fly when applying for the position. This shows your ability to communicate in written form and your ability to follow directions. The cover letter also allows you to address the job description and “wants” of the employer and how you fit their needs or how you can solve their problem.

Remember that companies hire people to solve a problem. If your cover letter is put together correctly, many times the Screener will not even turn the page to read your resume. They will fast track you to the interview pile, and they may even send you a thank you letter.

Please visit our website at www.levelhire.com for more tips on to help you on your job search.

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Using social media to find a job in a down economy (09/22/2011 02:08:11 PM)
By John Boyd

Finding a new job can be difficult and nerve-racking, particularly in a slow economy. Social networking helps you bypass the anonymity that accompanies submitting your resume amongst thousands submitted for one job opening through an online site or recruiters or in response to a classified ad. Social networking can bring you closer to finding a job by allowing you to establish a relationship with the people who are looking to fill a job position or with friends, colleagues and peers who can otherwise give you an “in” or even a head start. You just may be able to get that great job faster by distinguishing and making yourself known earlier in the race - through the opportunities afforded through online social networking.

It’s not what you know, but who you know
It’s particularly true in tough times, whether you are looking for your next client or business deal or simply trying to find a new job, that it’s not what you know, but who you know. I got my last two jobs when someone I had worked with in the past contacted me about the job opportunities before they were listed anywhere else. Although I’d like to think I got the jobs because of what I knew, who I knew had a much greater impact on my finding out about the job and getting my foot in the door. The more real-world contacts you have, the better your chances of learning about new job opportunities. If you have ever been in the position of searching for someone to fill a job opening, you know that after a while, a huge stack of resumes can become blurred words on paper. Someone you have met or who happens to know someone you work with may stand out just a bit more.

Building a network of trusted contacts involves reaching out to former coworkers, former classmates, colleagues in your industry, fellow alumni and fellow association members. Online social networks provide an easy way to develop and solidify these contacts which can only help your job search. To the extent you need to change industries because of market forces, developing trusted contacts in other industries will greatly increase your chances of making a smooth transition into a new career.

Not all Online Contacts are Equal
Let’s face reality. Some online social contacts are close friends or former coworkers or otherwise trusted contacts, while other “online contacts” are people you’ve never met or even spoken to. You may be “LinkedIn” to more people you’ve never met than you have actually met or have some relationship with. Generally, having a contact is better than not having one, but it’s important to distinguish between those who know you and you can trust versus strangers you’ve never met.

Let Your Close Contacts Know You are Looking and Ask for Their Help
Leverage your close contacts whether it’s for providing advice, reviewing your resume (discussed below) or helping you get in the door. Since these people know you, they are more likely to understand which opportunities are a good match and also provide a reference for you to get you the interview. Using social networking, you can also reach out to your close contact’s contacts which are often easier to leverage then contacts who have no real connection to you. I’d recommend focusing on your closer contacts before trying to leverage your broader online contacts in this way.

Broadcast Your Skills and Strengths to Everyone Else
To engage a broader social networking audience, start by promoting yourself and your skills by initiating or participating in discussions, answering questions and taking other actions to let others within your online community understand who you are and what you bring to the table. You must establish yourself as a trustworthy, valuable participant before you can expect to leverage that online community to really help you find a job in a slow economy. During this process, you will begin to develop new contacts as you engage in these discussions. Once you’ve established credibility through your online comments and discussions – this will take time and effort – updating your status to “seeking new job” can sometimes trigger help from those now comfortable referring you to jobs.

Find One or More Contacts to Review your Resume
Yes, a standard resume is typically only one or two pages. And yours probably should not be any longer. Like all other conscientious job seekers, you’ve probably reviewed and revised it many times. However, having a second set of eyes carefully review your resume is still important. Why? It’s a dense document, and you may be your own worst proof reader because of your deep familiarity with the content. There are diminishing returns to reviewing a document many, many times - it becomes easier to gloss over glaring imperfections after several reads. Identify those in your social network who appear to be solid writers and good proof readers and ask them to review your resume. Offer to do the same for them. Having your contacts review your resume will sometimes remind them of possible job opportunities that could be a good fit. In any event, having a flawless resume is always a good start.

No Lampshades Worn Here
Keep in mind it’s important to keep your online image polished and professional if you wish to leverage it to find a new job. We’ve all heard the horror stories of party pics causing employment issues. And that was in a strong economy.

John Boyd is the CEO and founder of MeetingWave (www.MeetingWave.com), a free online tool for networking off-line for business, professional, or social purposes that allows its members to set up networking meetings that are open to people they have never met.


18 Tips to Ace Your Job Interview (09/22/2011 02:07:36 PM)
By Asley Jacobs

Finding a job in today’s economy is difficult. Simply searching for a job opportunity is tough enough. Throw in the dreaded job interview and difficult becomes downright stressful. However, it is possible to alleviate some of the stress. Here are 18 tips to help you ace your job interview. (See also: How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions.)

Know Where You Are Going

A few days before your interview, make sure to get directions to your interview location online. If the directions are confusing or you aren’t familiar with the location, take time to do a drive by so that on the day of your interview you don’t get lost.

Call to Confirm

The day before your interview, call whoever scheduled your interview to confirm the day and time. By making a quick “I just wanted to confirm our 12pm interview time tomorrow” call, you will show that you are organized and respect the interviewer’s time.

Hygiene

Before your interview, make sure your hygiene is up to par. For men, this means making sure your hair is in control and that you are clean-shaven. For women, this means making sure to put on a little bit of makeup and doing your hair.

Review Your Resume

The night before your interview, go back over your resume to make sure you have everything on it that best highlights your skills and accomplishments as they relate to the position you are applying for. Make sure you know your major talking points for the interview so that you are adequately prepared.

Research the Company

Take the time to research the company you are interviewing with. Know what they do, their mission statement, any major events in the company’s history, and any other relevant information. By showing that you know about the company, you will convey an interest that the interviewer will appreciate.

Research Your Interviewers

When researching the company, also be sure to do a little research on anyone who will be interviewing you. By knowing their role in the company and any major professional accomplishments they have, you will demonstrate that you care not just about the company but about the employees and that you will be a great coworker.

Dress the Part

If you want the part, you have to look the part. Figure out the kind of culture the company has, then dress a level up. By doing this, you will demonstrate a level of professionalism that will be looked upon favorably.

Drive Safely

Your interview starts as soon as you enter the parking lot and doesn’t end until you leave the parking lot. Be sure to be a good driver when driving. Reckless driving will label you as an irresponsible liability the company doesn’t need.

Be Early

Whatever you do, do not be late. Show up early to demonstrate that you are responsible and appreciative of the interviewer’s time. Even showing up on time doesn’t cut it as that will simply show you will do the bare minimum to get by. Employers want employees who will go above and beyond.

Turn Your Cell Phone Off

One major interview faux pas is to have your phone ring during an interview. Make sure your cell phone is off or on silent during an interview. Or better yet, just leave it in the car.

Bring Multiple Copies of Your Resume

If you were giving a presentation during a company meeting that required a handout you would make sure you had made enough copies for everyone in the meeting, right? Well, chances are you will have multiple people interviewing you, so be prepared and respectful of each interviewer by bringing a copy of your resume for each of them.

Watch Your Nonverbals

Be sure to make good eye contact, give each interview a solid handshake, and not fiddle with a pen. Your nonverbal cues are very important in an interview, so do your best to not just talk confidently, but act confident too.

Have an Elevator Speech Prepared

Most of the time, the first question you will be asked is, “tell me about yourself.” Make sure you are ready for this question by having a brief, 30-second elevator speech ready to go that highlights your job history and accomplishments as well as what you are looking for in your career. Memorize the speech by heart and learn how to deliver your pitch with charm and confidence.

Be Prepared for Certain Questions

Inevitably you will be asked questions along the lines of “what is your greatest weakness,” “why do you want to work here,” and “how does your current skill set fit with this position.” Be sure you know how to answer these questions and any other relevant questions before your interview so you don’t get caught off guard.

Stay Positive

We have all had jobs we hated, worked on projects that were difficult, and had bosses we butted heads with. You will probably be asked about difficult situations in previous positions, so be sure to stay positive about those situations by highlighting your success in that situation as well as anything beneficial you learned from it.

Have Questions

At the end of your interview, you will be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. Have questions prepared to ask each interviewer. For example, you could ask, “What is your favorite part of your job?” By coming prepared with questions for your interviewers, it shows that you are prepared and have interest in the company.

Take Notes

During your interview, be sure you have a notepad with you so you can take notes when the interviewers answer your questions or give you more information about the job and company. Just make sure you continue to make eye contact with the interviewer and not simply writing frantically on your notepad.

Follow Up

At the end of the interview, get business cards from everyone who interviewed you and send them a thank you note or email within 24 hours. Doing this demonstrates that you are appreciative of their time.

Ashley Jacobs is a college finance columnist for personal finance blog Wise Bread. Follow her latest tweets on @CollegeCents.