Job Seekers

Insightful Questions Every Candidate Should Ask During an Interview

Candidates should know the interview is a two-way street, just as the interviewer asks questions to find out if you are the right candidate for the job, you should also ask thought-provoking questions to find out if the company is the right fit for you.

Some candidates may hesitate in asking questions, but if you don’t ask them you can be passed over or not setting yourself apart from the rest of the candidates after the same job.

Here is a great article by Liza Kirkpatrick, Director of full-time MBA programs for the Career Management Center at the Kellogg School of Management.  Liza highlights 5 intimidating questions that every candidate should ask if they want to be highly considered for the job.

A career expert shares 5 questions she wishes more candidates ‘had the guts to ask’ during job interviews

  1. What are the biggest challenges I’ll face in the first 90 days, and how will success be measured?’
  2. ‘Is there anything about my background that makes you hesitant to move me forward in the interview process?’
  3. ‘How does my background compare to other candidates you’re interviewing?’
  4. and more!

Read the article here for more questions and why you, as the candidate, should ask them during the interview.

Request an appointment with us today to help you with your job search here.

Free Online Training Resources

Turn a challenge into an opportunity!

Free online training can help you upgrade your skills, increase your knowledge and perhaps even change your career path.

Metrix Learning Skillup – no-cost online training for individuals who want to upgrade their skills or explore new career pathways. Click here to watch the video.

Not all courses on the following websites are free but most are! Several offer a free trial period – just do not forget to cancel before the deadline.

Alison – free online education and skills training. Fee charged only for issuing Certificates and Diplomas.

Coursera – Some courses are free, others including Master’s Degree have tuition fees.

Duolingo – learn a new language!

edX – over 120 colleges and universities provide massive open online courses with no tuition fee.

LinkedIn Learning – wide variety of work-related courses. The first month is free.

Microsoft Learn – free technology-related learning.

Remember to never stop learning!

*CareerSource Southwest Florida does not endorse these websites, this post is merely for informational purposes only.

Tomorrow’s Workforce: A Trilogy – Symposium I Recap

We are excited to share the recap of our first “Tomorrow’s Workforce Symposium” which was held on January 21, 2021!

Symposium I included a panel of 7 SWFL’s Business Leaders who talked about the future workforce skills needed, the impact of technology on the workforce and more.

This 16-minute video is a recap of the panel discussion during the 1.5-hour virtual event.

Symposium I Recap Video

Within this successful event, we shared individual interviews of the Economic Development Directors from all five of SWFL’s counties.

Charlotte County Economic Development Office Video

Collier County Economic Development Video

Glades County Economic Development Video

Hendry County Economic Development Video

Lee County Economic Development Video

Our next Symposium will discuss the emerging roles in education.

What: Symposium II – Emerging Roles in Education

When: March 25, 2021 – 8:30am to 10am

Where: Via Zoom (registration link will soon be provided)

Agenda link

If you have any questions, please contact Peg Elmore at pelmore@URL

Save the date for Symposium II on 3/25/2021 and Symposium III on 5/27/2021.

2020 Report to the Community – COVID 19 Edition

We are pleased to share our 2020 Report to the Community – COVID-19 Edition.

This publication highlights our efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a year full of challenges but also many successes as you can see by the success stories we bring you.

Click here for viewing this report online.

We hope you enjoy this very special edition of our Report to the Community and that you will share it with others within our community so they know we are here to help!

Soft Skills are Essential!

Young Business people

You probably heard of the term “soft skills” regarding interviews or resume writing but are you aware of how important these skills are for your success?

We want to share with you a great article by Lou Adler, CEO, Performance-Based Hiring Learning Systems, on LinkedIn called “Soft Skills Are Too Important to be Called Soft“.

This article lists the top 12 most important “soft skills” and explains why a term change to “non-technical skills” instead emphasizes the importance of these skills.

You can also take a survey included in this article to rank your own non-technical and leadership skills.

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