Frequently Asked Questions

**New from Bob Firestone – Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Answers

Welcome to my Frequently Asked Questions page.   If you don't find an answer to your question, just send me an email to ask it.   I may then add your question and my answer to this page to help others.

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Fran Watson, Career Counsellor

 What is the first thing I need to do when looking for a new job?  

The first thing is to decide exactly what you are looking for.  Are you just escaping from where you currently are working, or are you looking for something that is going to be more fulfilling?  If so, you will need to take some time to know what it is that will make you happy in your next job. Want to learn more?  Click here

Why should I target my resume to the job?

Targeting your resume for the job you are looking for or applying to will demonstrate to the employer that you have the skills they are looking for.  You do not want to send a generic resume for a job that you are really interested in.  Contact me if you need help with this.

How do I target my resume for the job I want?

The best thing to do is look at the key components of the job you are applying for to see exactly what they are looking for, pull some of this information into a “highlights” or “summary” of qualifications at the beginning of your resume and enhance this with the skills you have.  Contact me if you would like more information.

What are the steps I need to take in my job search? 

1.  Determine your objective, if you aren't sure, do some career tests to see what type of job might be best for you.

2. Check out the websites of companies you are interested in as well as job search websites to see what is currently available

. 3. Prepare your resume and update your Linked-in profile.

4.  Check out Linked-in to see if you know anyone at the companies you are interested in. 5. Review interview questions and do some practice interviews.  Contact me for some interview tips and to book a practice video interview session.

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How can I ace the interview?

Practice, practice, practice.  One great way to practice is to record yourself answering questions and then reviewing how you did.  Determine the areas you need to improve in and then do it again.  Think about how much practice goes into any Olympic competitor.

Should I follow up after the interview?

Immediately after the interview send a thank you note.  During the interview you should have asked when they expect to make a decision.  If you haven't heard anything after the time period, you could follow up with a call or an email asking if a decision has been made.

What about cover letters – do I need one?

A cover letter gives you an opportunity to express your personality as well as highlighting some specific points about you that they are looking for.  It may also make you stand out if other candidates do not send a cover letter.

What do you charge for your service?

I have varying charges for resumes, practice interviews and ongoing coaching.  Contact me to set up a quick info call to discuss what you need.

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