How to Pick An Incredible Costume…For Your Next Interview

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(Dwight from The Office)

Choosing the right outfit for your interview is like choosing a great Halloween costume: it’s about making an impression and embodying a desired image. IT is a constantly and rapidly changing field, and in order to keep up with the best of them and stand out as a lucrative job candidate, you need to look the part. According to a Classes and Careers survey of 2000 bosses, 65% said that clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar job candidates. So remember the following the next time you’re deciding what to wear to an interview:

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Don’t Get Spooked by the Interview

1920s Stereoview via pkgeneralstoreEven when it’s not the season of spooks, an interview can be scary. In the light of day, you’re probably excited that someone saw your resume and thought your technical skills, references and education were up to par.  But when you’re heading into an interview, it can be like the lights have gone out and suddenly every creaky step on the way to the door is a bad omen. If you’re feeling like this interview is a scene from Halloween, it’s time to face your fears; it’s probably not as scary as you think.

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Gone in 90 Seconds: You Only Get One First Impression

fishy-handshakeHow much time do you have to make an impression on your interviewer? According to a Classes and Careers survey of 2000 bosses, one-third claimed they know whether they’ll hire someone within the first 90 seconds of an interview. Situations like these are all about making a great first impression. We’ve dished out advice on the stories you should tell and the questions you should ask during your job interview, but in those first 90 seconds, making an impression is going to be more about how you present yourself than what you say. It’s important to be aware that you’re being assessed as soon as you walk in the door, beginning with…

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Tips for an IT Consultant’s Resume

Most standard rules for formatting resumes do not apply to those in the IT industry.Resume This is even more pertinent to consultants, as the temporary nature of your work means you’ve had more employers and many individual projects under your belt. So what should an IT consultant’s resume look like? What should be included and highlighted? Consider the following tips:

Tailor your resume to the job
This is a general resume rule that does apply to consultants. In fact, it’s essential. If consultants who have been in the business for 5+ years list every project they’ve ever completed, their resume could go on for days. Consider titling your ”work experience” section as “significant” or “relevant experience.” This way, you can detail the projects that are most relevant to the position for which you’re applying. We recommend highlighting your last 2-3 years. Definitely include experience that goes beyond this time frame if it is relevant, but avoid including projects you completed over 10 years ago.

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Happy Birthday ESP! Celebrating 45 Years

EST staff gathers in our cafe for a cupcake celebrationWe can’t believe it, but we turn 45 today. While we’re well aware we might be receiving birthday cards inscribed ‘Over the Hill’, we’re certain we’re still climbing upward, and we’re not stopping anytime soon.

Since last October:

We’ve welcomed five new members to the team and celebrated many employee anniversaries, including Kara Terhark’s and Ken Wheeler’s ESP anniversary milestones of 15 years each.

  • While we were still settling into our new office a year ago, now the Historic Rand Tower is really home. In April, we were pleased to host an open house, and despite the unseasonable blizzard, we had a great time with our consultants, clients, and friends.(See pictures.)
  • We’ve grown our contract consulting business by 40% while continuing to place job seekers in direct hire roles and maintaining our commitments to our clients and candidates—to always place people first, find the best fit for our clients, and advance IT pros’ careers.
  • In December, we once again launched a brand new website aiming to make it easier for us to connect with, and in turn make connections between, our clients and our job seekers.

From our growth and sustainability, to being a great place to work, this year was filled with awards and celebrations including:

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