Profile Personnel & Associates's Newsletter

The Undercover Interviewer

May 8, 2014

"Do You Have Any Questions for Me?"Do you have any questions for me?" could be the biggest trap of the professional job interview. That is, when the interviewer turns the tables and offers to answer whatever questions may be on your mind. Don't be fooled. This is not the moment to relax or think that the interviewer is just being polite. In fact it is often the most important part of the interview. This is your chance to show how much homework you've done - or not - about the company. How much insight you have - or don't - about the position you're discussing. And whether or not you are accurately reading the dynamics of the interview.Do not wait to be surprised when this question comes at you with five or seven minutes left in the interview. Get ready beforehand and use it as the opportunity to differentiate yourself from your competition.The worst possible answer to this question is, "No, thanks, I think I have everything I need." If you do that the interviewer will write you...

​4Q Manufacturing Employment Surges To 4-Year High

February 25, 2014

Manufacturing finished 2013 strong, as the nation’s fourth-quarter factory payrolls increased by an annualized 1.6 percent quarter on quarter (q/q). At over 12 million jobs nationwide, manufacturing employment is now the highest it has been since 2009. The sector recovered handsomely from the setbacks it had faced earlier in the second and third quarters and is poised to start the new year on a strong footing.Most of last quarter’s rise was due to improved performance in the durable goods industries, particularly transportation equipment. The overall economic recovery released pent-up demand for cars; people finally have the income and confidence needed to make the auto purchases that they had been holding off on during the recession and early recovery years. Similarly, household formation is fueling the housing recovery and with it demand for furniture and appliances. Increased business and construction activity has also boosted demand for metals, machinery, and other...

​2014: The Year Of The Label

February 25, 2014

What’s in a name? Or, more appropriately for food manufacturers, what’s on a label? In 2014, this question will be analyzed from angles we’ve yet to imagine. While the federal government struggles to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act, industry groups and large food processors are taking up the mantle to define food labeling. For some large processors, the sustainable practices often associated with this type of labeling, as well as the larger consumer movement for food information, have become part of corporate strategy and reliable ingredient sourcing. Food manufacturers are wise to keep a close watch on these developing trends to best position their operations for changes in both labeling and the product content it describes.GMOs: General Mills kicked off 2014 by slapping “Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients” labeling on boxes of original Cheerios. The breakfast classic’s primary ingredient, oats, made the transition simple because that...

You probably haven’t prepared for this type of interview

January 29, 2014

Apply these tips to perfect your scheduled – or unexpected – phone and video interviews. You’ve prepared all week for that interview tomorrow, but Mother Nature may have other plans. Would you know what to do if the hiring manager changes your appointment to a virtual interview due to a snowstorm or flash flood? Whether inclement weather is wreaking havoc on your interview appointments or you want to relocate for work, it’s important to master the art of the virtual interview. Here are three tips to help you ace your next phone or video job interview. Prepare with care For a video interview, download any necessary software (or updates) ahead of time and test the equipment. You have control over the environment – find a place that’s quiet, clutter-free, and well-lit. If your home isn’t a great option, consider going to the public library and using one of their study rooms. It’s important to do a test-run with a friend to familiarize yourself with the process and...

How To Interview

January 14, 2014

​“The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.”I’ve prepared hundreds of applicants for job interviews over the years and I’ve noticed that they tend to be most fearful of the questions that call them out on their faults. Surprisingly, many people walk into interviews prepared to talk about all their good qualities, and hope the interviewer will not bring up the fact that a resume might show a year gap in employment or quick turnover from one employer to another. The thought of being asked about a past failure and being forced to revisit a difficult time can be so excruciatingly dreadful for some, that they avoid thinking about it altogether.If you want to have a successful interview, you have no choice. You must face your past and prepare to explain yourself. However, rather than taking a defensive stance and blaming others for setbacks, consider these areas of your life as your chance to tell a story that will leave your interviewer feeling...

5 Things to Say in an Interview

November 7, 2013

​The best things you can say in an interview won’t necessarily get you the job on your own, but they can certainly pave the way. Keep these five things in mind as you go through the interviewing process to give yourself the best chance at landing the job.Ask Good QuestionsDoing so shows that you are thoughtful and interested in understanding the company. There’s usually a chance to ask questions at the end of your interview, so be ready with questions that show you’re engaged in the process.Some suggested questions include:• What are the biggest short- and long-term issues I would need to focus on in this position?• What would I need to focus on differently than the previous person in this position?• What organizational issues should I be aware of?“I’m flexible.”Whether it’s about possible job duties, a potential start date or simply timing for the second interview, stressing your flexibility makes you easy to get along with. Hiring managers don’t like...

Guide to Successful Job Interviews

October 21, 2013

The job interview is a time for them to get to know you better.  They have already decided that you have the experience and knowledge that they require, that is why they want to meet you in person.  What they really want to see at the interview is who you are.  Your attitude and personality are going to be the most important factors in the decision making process.Preparing for job interviews: Preparing for job interviews is probably the most important aspect.  Do this right and you will breeze through it, go unprepared and you will fail miserably.  Preparing for a job interview means getting your mind right and feeling confident. Remember you are the best person for the job; you just have to show them that.Firstly do some research on the company and its products, know who their customers are and what the company's objective is.  Once you have this information, then make a list of what skills or knowledge you have that would be valuable to them.  You cannot sell yourself to them if...

Four unwritten rules of working with a Recruiter

October 10, 2013

If you’re looking for a new job, working with Profile Personnel & Associates could be your ticket to your next opportunity. That said, there are some unwritten rules you need to abide by when it comes to the relationship. Here’s a look at four of them: Rule #1: Be who you are.Yes, you want to find a new job. You may even be borderline desperate to get one. But that doesn’t mean you should to pretend to be something you’re not. For instance, if an opportunity opens up that requires five to seven years of experience working in sales, and you have 15 years of experience in project management, don’t pretend that you’re a good fit for the position, just because you want a job…any job. Rule #2: Talk about communication. When you first meet with a recruiter, ask them how often they plan to communicate with you and via which mode – email, phone call, or text. That way, you know what to expect and don’t over- or under-communicate with them. And if you contact your...