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What NOT To Put On Your Resume


Resumes are truly living documents that should be edited with care and updated frequently. In my tips for good resume writing I talk a lot about what to include and the mindset that needs to be taken when writing a resume. Now let’s talk about what NOT to include on a resume. When managers and recruiters look at resumes they often times look for reasons not to consider the candidate or what we call “red flags”. You want to reduce as many red flags as possible…

Getting Referred Is Still Your Best Chance At Landing The Job You Want


It’s easy to get caught up in technology these days…and unfortunately, job hunting is no different. When we think about job hunting, we tend to think about going to job boards such as Indeed or Careerbuilder, searching for jobs by category and location, and fill out online job applications that have been mobile optimized (but still take forever to fill out). Once you’ve taken the time to fill out the application someone within the organization will review it and determine your worthiness for the job in mere seconds. Unless your prior experience matches what the company is looking for close to 100%, it’s highly likely your application will be filed away never to be seen again. But hey, look at the bright side, you might get an email acknowledging you’ve applied…

Nexstar Member Companies Pay Higher Than Average


When you hear the phrase “destination employer” what is the first thing that comes to mind? The immediate thing that comes to mind is pay and benefits but there is much more. In an earlier post called “Find the Right Company” I talk a lot about some key components that go into making a company a destination employer…components like the company’s culture, management style, and reputation. Those components are all very important…but ultimately pay is a big deal too so let’s talk about that!

How To Answer The Interview Question “Tell Me About Yourself”


One of the toughest interview questions to answer is also one of the most important: the dreaded “Tell Me About Yourself” question.Interviewers often lead with this question, and it can set the stage for the success of your entire interview.

We’ve put together a tip sheet with strategies on how you can prepare to answer this question…

New Hire Mistakes…Own Your New Job


Many companies have put a ton of emphasis in “employee on-boarding” over the last several years. Smart companies want to hire and retain the best and brightest so they create processes to help new employees along in their first 90 days. These processes include things such as mentoring, training, individual development plans, etc. It’s great that more and more companies are doing this but the most important factor in all of this is not the company. The most important factor is the new hire…it’s you.

How To Write An Achievement Based Resume


In the earlier blog post about how to crush the interview, I talked about channeling the achievements in your life that you’re most proud of when preparing for the interview. As a reminder, you want to do this to help give you the confidence and positive mind set needed to do your best in the interview.

Find The Right Company


When it comes to your job search, what does it mean to find the right company for you?  Does it pay top dollar?  Of course, right?!  Who doesn’t want to work for the company that pays top dollar!  Benefits?  Yes, the benefits should at least be competitive.  Those are both good places to start, but there is so much more to it than just pay and benefits.  Here are a few other factors to look at when evaluating a company and deciding if it’s right for you.

What Is Nexstar – And Why Should You Care?


Nexstar was formed in 1992 by a group of residential plumbing/HVAC/Electrical business owners who wanted to share ideas and success stories related to how they were able to grow their businesses.  Since then, numerous companies across the United States and Canada (as well as the Cayman Islands and Australia) have joined Nexstar to learn the right way to run a business.

How To Write An Awesome Resume


Perhaps you’ve never written a resume.  Or, maybe you have but you need to brush up on it.  Let me see if I can you help you.  Here is some guidance on writing a good resume to help you get the job you’ve earned.

The most important thing to remember when writing a good resume is to focus on your achievements.  What did you accomplish at your prior jobs?  It doesn’t have to be a world changing accomplishment.  Did customers rate you with high scores? 

Leader Of The Pack


Leader of the Pack…The best companies to work for in the trades

You may or may not have heard of the term “employee engagement”.  What does it mean?  Essentially, it refers to the level of satisfaction a person has with the company they work for.  More and more companies are taking employee engagement seriously…specifically in the trades as there is a perceived shortage of skilled technicians across the US and Canada, so companies want to retain their best and brightest technicians and look for creative ways to do that.