Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Have you ever been asked to resign?

In other word have you ever been fired. Your answer to this question:


According to Robin Ryan in the book "60 Seconds and you're Hired" you can honestly say no to this question. Regardless of it you were laid off, fired, or chose to quit for whatever reason you were still presented with the option to leave and you chose to leave.

Too many lawsuits have been initiated over this issue. Your former employer would not likely admit to forcing you out Therefore, honestly say "no."

Now that you have the answer to this question you can also apply this information to completing job applications as well.

Happy Hunting Sarasota!

Samara Bowling

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Why Did you Leave your last Job?

The above title is an interview question that almost all job candidates will be asked at their interview. It's best that if you have an upcoming interview then you should prepare a good acceptable answer for the famous "Why did you leave your last job?" question.

Never say anything negative about the job or your employer. In any question that you answer at your interview even if you do hold some sort of grudge with your previous employer do not let that be known. Your potential boss will not want someone negative or "grudge holding" because this to them can interfere with your work abilities, show that you will be incompatible or difficult to work with, and it also can bar you from the job you are seeking completely.

Acceptable answers are:
  • Downsizing - "The company was downsizing so that is why I am open for a new opportunity."
  • Layoffs - "The company laid of a lot employees do to a financial crisis so that's why I'm available."
  • Relocation - "We relocated to explore new job opportunities in the area."
  • More Challenge - "I wanted more challenging opportunities with a chance to grow with the company and I could not accomplish this is a small company."
For the rest of the week Sarasota Job Spot will be going over various interview questions and interview related topics so tune in this week to Sarasota Job Spot.

Happy Hunting Sarasota!

Samara Bowling

Thursday, January 10, 2008

2008 Sarasota Job Market

From reading NBC2 News online the job market for Sarasota isn't looking too great. People are losing jobs and looking for new ones for months with no avail. Experts state that retail and restaurant jobs will be strong in 2008 with all the retail locations opening everywhere in Sarasota.

According to the experts:
"You can find a job, it just may not be what you want, or what you are making," said Beth Barger of the Lee County Career and Service Center.
With technology improving each day, jobs using computers or in a computer related field is becoming the norm so computer skills are a must and can help you in the long run within your job search. More and more jobs are using computers such as retail, food, customer service jobs, etc.

The bottom line is if your looking for a job in the new year you need to follow the following steps to make your impression as strong as possible:
  • Update and rewrite your resume to work effectively
  • Update your computer skills
  • Brush up on your interviewing skills
  • Strengthen the areas in which you are weak in
  • Attend Job fairs
  • Learn how to stay positive and optimistic
If you have a job do your best to be productive, stay at the top of your game, and don't do anything to jeopardize your job because their are plenty of people out there that will love to have your job.

Happy Hunting Sarasota and Good Luck!

Samara Bowling