Tag Archives: Networking

How to Talk About Employment Gaps

If you’ve been out of work for awhile, whether it’s due to caregiving for a sick relative, raising children, or difficulty finding a job, how do you present that issue to a prospective employer? This is not an uncommon experience, so don’t think that you’re the only job seeker who has to explain a gap in your work history.

Your first thought is to whether or not you need to disclose the gap in employment. If it were for just two or three months, you probably don’t need to say anything unless you’re asked directly. But beyond that timeframe you need to disclose your employment gap, and be able to…

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Interview with a Recruiter, Bill Lewis, L-3 Communications GSES

Bill Lewis

From time to time we bring you Q/A sessions with recruiters, who provide insights on their company, its hiring practices and job search tips.

Bill Lewis, L-3 Communications GS&ES 

Tell us about yourself

I am a retired United States Army Vet with 23 yrs of service. I’m currently a recruiting manager for L-3 Global Security & Engineering Solutions (GS&ES), and have been in this capacity for four years. Prior to this I worked in different L-3 Communications’ subsidiaries. I actually transitioned out of the service to L-3 and I currently manage and conduct full life-cycle recruiting for positions globally.

At what point in their transition should a

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Job Search Elevator Speech

How’s your elevator speech? Engaging and concise, or rambling and boring? Watch the following video from Patra Frame for tips on polishing and improving how you introduce yourself to potential employers and others who may aid in your job search.

Key points to remember:

  1. Try to keep to 30-45 seconds, or three to four sentences. Tailor your speech to the situation as necessary.
  2. Think of headlines or an ad that you could write for yourself. Make sure you interest the listener.
  3. When talking to employers, reference the type of work you’ve done, your strengths in that line of work, and soft skills that demonstrate your value.
  4. Avoid buzzwords and

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Job Seekers Maintain a Positive Attitude in Your Job Search

A job search can be a frustrating process. Having many conversations with lots of different people and not seeing any immediate results is hard. Getting angry as part of that process is natural.

But it’s important that you channel that anger so you don’t sabotage yourself and undermine your job search. Exercise. Rant in the shower. Scream in your car when you’re alone. But don’t take out your frustrations on people who may be able to help you.

If you’re feeling angry, consider your most recent interactions in an interview, with a recruiter at a job fair, or at a networking event. Did you walk in with a positive attitude and…

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Ramp Up Your Job Search Research

Feeling stuck? Job search slowing? Not finding jobs that are really right for you?

Go to the library! Runyon’s Corollary: Spending a few hours on the Internet often saves a few minutes in the library.

Everything is NOT on the web. But your public library has a lot of resources.

Take a look at various business periodicals for leads. Read trade publications.

See where your targets – for networking and for jobs – meet, and what groups they belong to.

Look at the business reference section’s materials for appropriate topics. Review various business guides and SEC information. Check out their online resources. Often these are ones you need to pay…

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