Friday, February 26, 2010

Online Ciminal Researcher

Thank you for your interest in this position. At this time, the client has filled their openings and are no longer seeking additional candidates. Please check back to see our most up to date job postings.

DISCOVER STAFFING is currently seeking several Criminal Research Specialists. Local candidates only please! Must have education or legal experience. This role will include extensive research and confidential investigations. Must be proficient in Word & Excel. This is a temp to hire opportunity. Must pass credit, criminal, and a drug screen. Background in Criminal Justice or related field helpful.

Please send your resume to for consideration.

Sales Support Specialist

DISCOVER STAFFING is seeking a temporary to hire candidate for a financial services company located in Norcross. Ideal candidate will have insurance license with several years work experience in insurance or financial services industry. Job duties to include administrative support to Sales team as well as processing & setting up new business, some training and client support. Must be available to work 2 nights per week until 8 or 9pm and travel overnight 2 or 3 times per year. Salary will depend on experience.

Please submit resume to

Accounts Receivable Specialist

DISCOVER STAFFING seeks a temporary to full time candidate for an Accounts Receivable Specialist opportunity located in the Alpharetta area. Duties to include cash receipts management, invoicing, managing the collection process, file sales tax returns and month end. Must be proficient in Excel, Outlook, Great Plains, have attention to detail and be able to multi- task.

Great Plains experience is required. Please do not send your resume if you have not had experience using Great Plains software.

Please submit resume to

Monday, February 22, 2010

Social Networking Etiquette

I have often wondered what the best solution to this problem is, so when Yahoo News posted this article about declining facebook friends with out offending anyone I thought I should share it.

Modern Etiquette:How to decline Facebook friends without offence
By Richard Baum

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A colleague I just met at work has invited me to be their friend on Facebook. I don't want to offend them, but nor do I want to share my candid photos and lousy Scrabble scores with someone I hardly know.

Can I ignore their invite?

"Can I be your friend?" might work as an ice-breaker among small children, but it's not a question you hear often between adults, at least not outside of Las Vegas.

Friendship, it is generally understood, is a relationship that evolves through shared interests, common experiences and a primeval need to share your neighbor's power tools.

Yet for many people, Facebook permits a return to the simplicity of the schoolyard.

Rather than inviting someone to be our Facebook friend only after we've become friends in the real world, many of us are using Facebook as a short-cut around all that time-consuming relationship building.

Why bother asking someone you've just met questions about their family, interests and ability to run a farm or aquarium, when you can simply send them a friend request and read the answers in your Facebook news feed? And so we think little of receiving friend requests after we meet someone for the first time at, say, a dinner party.

If you like the person, perhaps because they brought an excellent bottle of wine to the party, then you can accept the request in the hope of further opportunities to sample the contents of their cellar.

If you didn't get to taste the wine because they accidentally spilled the bottle over your brand new party dress, then etiquette experts would probably agree that you can decline the friend request, send them a dry-cleaning bill and humiliate them in a derisory posting to your real Facebook friends.

In the workplace, however, the dynamic is very different. The consequences of offending someone by ignoring their friend request are greater with a colleague you see every day than with a careless dining companion you may never meet again.

So why are people you work with increasingly offering to share their Facebook output?

Joan Morris DiMicco, an IBM researcher who studies social software in the workplace, said it's partly because some people just don't anticipate the ramifications of sharing their personal life with colleagues.

But it's also a function of the Facebook interface, which recommends other people for you to friend.

"Once you've connected to one person you work with you get recommendations to connect to others that you work with," she said.

Of course, many people don't have a problem with being Facebook friends with colleagues, especially those they know well. But for those who would rather keep their work and private lives separate, there are options other than ignoring an unwanted friend request.

One is to accept the invitation and then use Facebook's privacy settings to limit the flow of information between you and your new "friend." To do this, you can create a "colleagues" list from the Friends menu and then add to it your new friend. Then navigate to the privacy settings and use the "Profile Information" section to control what information people on the "colleagues" list can see.

An alternative, says workplace etiquette expert Barbara Pachter, is to suggest to the colleague that you connect instead on LinkedIn, a social network for professional relationships.

"You can just go ahead and ask them to join you on LinkedIn and hope they forget they sent you a Facebook friend request," said Pachter, the author of New Rules @ Work.

"Or you can say, Thanks for asking me. I'm keeping Facebook for my family and friends. I'm asking you to join me on my professional network instead.'"

Pachter said that whatever you do, it's important not to offend your colleague -- and that's not just because politeness is good etiquette.

"The person you offend might end up being your boss next year," she said.

Got a question about the etiquette of email, social networks and other workplace technologies? Send them to or via Twitter to @rbaum.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Online Criminal Researcher

Thank you for your interest in this position. At this time, the client has filled their openings and are no longer seeking additional candidates. Please check back to see our most up to date job postings.

DISCOVER STAFFING is currently seeking several Criminal Research Specialists. Local candidates only please! Must have education or legal experience. This role will include extensive research and confidential investigations. Must be proficient in Word & Excel. This is a temp to hire opportunity. Must pass credit, criminal, and a drug screen. Background in Criminal Justice or related field helpful.

Please send your resume to for consideration.

Available Positions

DISCOVER STAFFING specializes in Office Support and Light Industrial positions of various types. We staff throughout Cobb County, North Fulton County and Gwinnett County. Our available positions change frequently, so please check back to this page often to see the most current postings. Here are some of the openings we have currently:

  • Inside Sales/Cold Calling - Lawrenceville
  • Sales Support Specialist/Insurance Background - Norcross
  • Bookkkeper/Multi Family Housing - Cumberland
  • Employment Risk Management Research - Norcross The client has made a hiring decision at this time.
  • Auditor/English, Editing or Journalism Background - Norcorss
  • Executive Administrative Assistant - Alpharetta
  • Receptionst/Administrative Assistant - Alpharetta
  • General Office Support - Roswell
  • Flexible, Temporary Receptionist (Short Notice!) - North Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett Counties

    If you are interested in finding out how DISCOVER STAFFING may be able to work with you please send your inquiry and a resume to
  • Thursday, February 18, 2010


    DISCOVER STAFFING currently has several openings for Receptionists. Temporary as well as Temp to Hire positions available. Must have excellent telephone skills and 2 to 5(+) years experience.

    Please send your resume to for consideration. Please indicate if you are interested in temporary or temp to hire.

    Executive Administrative Assistant

    DISCOVER STAFFING is currently working with a company in Alpharetta looking for an Executive Administrative Assistant to support their HR Department. This position is extremely professional and will have a lot of visibility with Executives and Board of Directors. Must be an expert in MS Excel and PowerPoint. Great opportunity.

    Please send your resume to for consideration. Only qualified candidates will be considered and contacted.

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    10 Resume Red Flags

    There are some tips about writing resume that can't be emphasized enough. Yahoo! Finance posted this article about Resume Red Flags.

    10 Resume Red Flags
    by Erin Joyce
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    Searching for a job is not always easy, no matter what state the economy is in. And when you're on the hunt, your best weapon is your resume. This document must emphasize the best of your experience, education and skills and sell you to your future employer. It's a lot to ask, but it is possible to get your CV into fighting shape. Don't let your effort go to waste by having these glaring red flags on your resume.

    1. It's Covered in Glitter -- Literally.

    Yes, it has been done. In an effort to make your resume stand out, you may find that it gets thrown out. Less extreme attempts such as including image files or using non-traditional symbols or fonts should also be avoided. While it may be a nice break for a recruiter reading through hundreds of Times New Roman documents, you run the risk of the fonts or images not loading properly. And you can bet that busy recruiter isn't going to contact you for a simplified copy.

    2. There Are References.

    Listing your references on the resume is a definite no-no. References should always appear on a separate page, and should only be produced when asked for. Also, be sure to delete the "References: Available Upon Request" line. It's understood that you will, so save some space and your potential employer's time.

    3. It's Written in Full Sentences.

    The headhunter has likely received dozens if not hundreds of applications -- help them out! Your resume should be short and sweet and bulleted. You aren't writing a novel, you are trying to catch a skimming employer's eye and prove you are worth a second look -- and an interview.

    4. There Are No Numbers.

    One of the worst things you can do on a resume is be vague. Don't just list your accomplishments in a general way -- have the quantitative data to back it up. If you exceeded a goal, by how much did you exceed it? If you created and distributed company performance reports, how many did you do? Adding numbers concretizes your accomplishments and paints a better picture of what you actually did.

    Also, make sure you are answering the "how" question. If you completed five projects this year instead of the expected four, how did you do it?

    5. It Includes the Words "Duties" or "Responsibilities."

    When you are writing your current or former job description, focus on your accomplishments, not what you had to do. As an alternative to "duties" or "responsibilities," flip your tasks into achievements. For example, instead of being "responsible for the sales team," consider "directed the sales team to beat their repeat client objective by 10%" -- remember that number thing!

    6. It Lists an Objective.

    For the most part, objectives sound insincere and, worse, can limit your options. Let your cover letter do the talking when it comes to why you want that particular job. And remember, each cover letter and resume should be individually tailored to a specific job posting -- not just a specific field. Taking an interest in the specifics of the job makes you look professional and focused and not like you are mass-emailing anyone who might hire you. Desperation is no more attractive to an employer than it is to a date.

    7. It Contains Spelling or Grammatical Errors.

    We all know to avoid this one. It makes you look sloppy and negates the part of your resume that proudly describes you as "detail-oriented." The best thing you can do for a resume is send it to a professional resume service or a professional editor. If you are a student, your career center likely offers free resume counseling or at least free information to help you fine tune your CV before sending it out. At the very least, have a friend look it over and check for basic language errors -- spell check just doesn't cut it.

    8. It Lists an Unprofessional Email Address.

    In a world where email is free, and most of us have multiple addresses, make the effort to have a professional email address. Keep it simple -- using your name is best. Just make sure you leave the for personal use. One more tip? Don't use your current work email unless you are self-employed.

    9. It Includes a Picture.

    The ONLY time this is appropriate is if you are applying to be a model or an actor, and in both cases, a separate portfolio is preferable. Including a self-portrait could exclude you for not being serious and may make you appear unprofessional. Let your skills and experience speak for you.

    10. It Is Too Personal.

    Resumes should demonstrate how professional you are -- that means the anecdote about the time you met Britney Spears is not appropriate. That being said, let your personality come through in your resume by including volunteer experience or a (very) short section about your interests.

    The Bottom Line

    When times are tough, getting a job is a stressful undertaking. Don't sell yourself short. Instead, make sure your resume is the best example of you as a potential employee and before you know it, you'll be employed once again.

    Find Your Dream Job

    I saw this on CBS Atlanta this morning. I thought it would be a good bit of information to pass on.

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    Software Sales

    Thank you for your interest in this position. At this time, the client has filled their openings and are no longer seeking additional candidates. Please check back to see our most up to date job postings.

    DISCOVER STAFFING is currently seeking candidates for two position in Kennesaw. There are two positions available: 1 Sales Rep and 1 Account Management Position. Both positions require experience in selling software or technology products. Financial Services experience helpful. Direct hire positions. Some travel required. $40 to $60K base with no cap on commissions. The office is an exciting environment encouraging their employees to have fun and work hard. Please send resumes to for consideration.


    DISCOVER STAFFING is seeking an experienced Bookkeeper for a position with a company in Atlanta. Background in multi family property management is a must. Will be managing all of the accounting functions for 8-10 properties. Must also have experience with A/P, A/R, ADP payroll,G/L and journal entries. Excellent opportunity to get on board with a growing company in Cumberland area. Salary $35K-$45K DOE. Please submit resume to

    Keeping Positive

    Click here to read an article from the LA Examiner about staying positive on your job search.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    10 Things to Leave Off Your Resume

    MSN Careers strikes again with this great article.

    10 Things to Leave Off Your Résumé
    By Rachel Zupek, writer

    Everybody knows that in most situations, less is more -- your accessories, eating habits and especially your résumé.

    Job seekers do themselves a disservice when they send out résumés with too much information. Employers don't have the time or the patience to sift through irrelevant information like your hobbies, interests or how many grandchildren you have. Just stick to the basics and you're good to go.

    Here are 10 things to leave off your résumé and why:

    1. Your picture
    Why to leave it off: Unless a job posting specifically asks for your picture (very few jobs will), don't include it just for fun. Not only are your looks irrelevant to your potential as an employee, but you're putting employers in a bad spot. If they have a picture of you and choose not to hire you, it's possible that you could come back with a discrimination lawsuit. In most cases, they'll throw your résumé away without looking at it, to avoid the issue altogether.

    2. Interest and hobbies
    Why to leave them off: Unless your interests and hobbies have something to do with the job you're applying for, there's no reason to include them. If you want to show how your passion for art would be asset to a graphic design position, that's one thing. But telling employer that you love to skydive on an actuary application is another. In general, make any applicable connections between your hobbies and the job in your cover letter. Better yet, save them for the interview when you're asked what you like to do outside of work.

    3. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors
    Why to leave them off: Most employers assume that if you're OK with sending out a résumé littered with typos and mistakes, you'll have the same lack of concern for the work you do as an employee at their company. While spell check picks up most errors, it can miss something major (did you work the late night shift? Or did you forget to include the "f" between "i" and "t"?), so have several eyes look over your résumé before sending it out to employers.

    4. Personal attributes
    Why to leave them off: Similar to sending in a picture with your résumé, your height, weight, age, race or religion are all unimportant to an employer. Though it's illegal for employers to discriminate against applicants because of any of these factors, some will do so, regardless. Keep everything on your résumé pertinent to the job, and you'll be fine.

    5. References
    Why to leave them off: Many job seekers still include references on their résumé or they include a line that says, "References available upon request." This tactic is not as effective as it used to be. Jack Harsh, adjunct professor at the University of Richmond Robins School of Business, says that when he receives a résumé with references attached, he gives them virtually no weight. "They seldom are specific to the role my company seeks and are not meaningful in considering qualifications or traits of successful candidates," he says. Wait to broach the topic of references until you're asked for them.

    6. Minute details
    Why to leave them off: Hiring managers don't need to know the details of every task you've ever done in every job you've ever had. It's just too much information, and most of the time, half of that information isn't relevant. Employers want to be able to see at first glance that you're a great candidate, so pick out those details that are most relevant to the job for which you're applying and omit the rest.

    7. False information
    Why to leave it off: Plain and simple, no one wants to hire a liar. Don't say that you have a master's degree if you've only earned your bachelor's; don't say you're presently employed at a company if you've recently been fired; don't list your salary history as 20 percent higher than it was. Everything you tell an employer can be verified, so play it safe and be honest.

    8. Flair
    Why to leave it off: No one wants to look at a résumé on fluorescent paper, covered in crazy fonts and symbols. Similarly, links to personal Web sites, your photo-sharing site, or strange e-mail addresses can also be left off. Employers are less likely to respond to than just

    9. Negativity
    Why to leave it off: Never put anything negative on your résumé. Don't include your reasons for leaving. If you left the position due to a layoff or you were fired, for example, bring it up only if asked. Never write anything bad about a previous employer. Don't explain gaps on your résumé by stating that you were in prison for 10 years for killing your husband. Keep your résumé all positive, all the time.

    10. A selfish objective
    Why to leave it off: Employers are trying to determine whether you're a good fit for their organizations, so everything on your résumé should point to your experience. Employers would rather see a summary of qualifications that displays your accomplishments and background than a generic objective statement like "To gain experience in..."

    Rachel Zupek is a writer and blogger for and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues. Follow her on Twitter:

    Tuesday, February 9, 2010

    Multiple Auditor and Scheduler Positions Available

    DISCOVER STAFFING is currently seeking candidates for Auditing and Scheduling positions.

    Candidates for the auditor position must have a degree in English or a related field and experience as an editor, writer, journalist or similar. Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel and Outlook as well as have excellent grammar, vocabulary and spelling skills. Must be available to work evening and weekend hours. Some of the work will be completed at home so must have a home phone line and reliable Internet access. $13per hour. Candidates who speak French Canadian also encouraged to apply.

    Candidates for the scheduler position will be responsible for contacting independent contractors and scheduling them for events. May make up to 60 phone calls an hour. Required evening and weekend hours. Will be working both in the office and from home so a home phone line and reliable Internet access is required. Must have prior experience with call center or telemarketing. Candidates who speak French Canadian also encouraged to apply.

    Software Sales

    Thank you for your interest in this position. At this time, the client has filled their openings and are no longer seeking additional candidates. Please check back to see our most up to date job postings.

    DISCOVER STAFFING is currently assisting a client in Kennesaw with a Sales position. They are looking for candidates with experience in selling Technology or Software. Financial services experience helpful. Will be selling the company's technology internationally. Great bonus opportunity, great office environment. Base pay in the $40K to $60K range depending on experience.

    Please send your resume to for more information. Only qualified candidates will be considered.

    Friday, February 5, 2010

    How to Recover from Job Rejection

    Most of us can honestly say we have never seen this kind of economic recession and that makes the job market very difficult. During periods of unemployment, candidates submit resume after resume to every job they see, but frequently there isn't a response or those responses are negative. Yahoo! Hotjobs has this great article to with advice on dealing with job rejection.

    Rebound from Job Rejections
    by Gina Cappiello, 123 Movers

    Job rejections can destroy the strongest of people and derail your job hunt in an instant. If you truly feel that something you're doing during interviews is preventing you from scoring the gig you desire, check out the following tips on how to improve in this tough market:

    Focus on Your Skills

    Nothing is more important to talk about during an interview than your variety of skills. Your typing speed, attention to detail, and positive attitude may seem bland to you, but can really prove to be the skills that put you above the rest. Flaunt your stuff and show off (without being too cocky) when you interview. Be proud of your accomplishments and show your interviewers why your skills are paramount for the role you're being interviewed for. Examples to back up your claims are always great to have on hand to drive your point home, too.

    Consider Relocating

    If being rejected by employers is something that has been happening constantly, it may be time to branch out. Look into different types of roles that are interesting to you in locations you would consider moving to. You may discover that your valuable skills can be utilized in a different role and town. Also, now may be the perfect opportunity to live your dream and move to New York City. At the very least, do some homework and find out the benefits and disadvantages of moving to a new city and the cost to move.

    Take an Interviewing Course

    If you are still not receiving job offers after constant interviews, consider working with a professional. Take a class about interviewing skills or attend a resume-writing workshop. It helps to have an outsider who doesn't know you review what you have to offer and give you valuable insight as to how to present yourself better. You may find that a few tweaks here and there are all you need to score that dream job soon.

    Have you done everything above and are still unable to get the job you desire? Consider the following:

    It Wasn't Meant to Be

    It's always disappointing to not get the one you were determined to get, but it's OK. If it was meant to be, you would have gotten the job. The right job will happen for you in time. Finding the perfect job takes a ton of patience, hard work, and determination. Use this rejection as fuel for your next interview and let go of the negativity by remembering that the perfect job is still out there waiting for you.

    It's Not You

    Beating yourself over it by constantly replaying the interview in your head and nit-picking about everything you said won't help. Chances are that the interviewers liked you and felt you really were a perfect fit. Unfortunately in this economy, the competition is tougher, meaning that the other candidates were perfect for the role, too. Realizing that you're not the reason for being rejected is a liberating feeling and will keep you motivated on your job search. Keep being you and move on to the next interview.

    Don't let your failed interviews drag you down and hold you back anymore. Stay in a positive state of mind and follow the tips above to shine during your future interviews.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    10 Types of Interviewers

    MSN Careers writer Anthony Baldarrama has just posted this great article on the 10 Types of Interviewers.

    10 Types of Interviewers
    Who might be interviewing you during your job hunt

    By Anthony Balderrama, writer

    Interviewing for a job comes with several question marks. What do I wear? How should I answer this question? How long will this take? A good job seeker prepares. Take your suit to the cleaners. Think about your answers. Arrive for the interview in plenty of time.

    But the one factor that can throw everything off is the type of interviewer you get. When you sit down at that table, the interviewer's line of questioning and attitude will change what you say and how.

    To give you a little extra help, here is a list of 10 types of interviewers you might encounter and how to deal with them.

    1. Your best friend
    What to expect: Too much of everything. You walk in the door and the handshake is a little too enthusiastic. The smile is too wide. The conversation is too personal. It's all just too much. This interviewer treats you like a best friend, which is nice, but this style is unnerving because you want to be relaxed without forgetting that you are still on an interview.
    What to do: Take this approach as a cue that you can be a little less rigid in the interview because the best friend doesn't want an uptight employee. Just remind yourself that the interviewer can be more casual than you because he isn't the one interviewing for the job. Show the interviewer that you're relaxed, but stay professional and don't act like you're actually good friends -- stories about wild parties and your personal life don't belong in the conversation.

    2. The interrogator
    What to expect: Question after question after question. The interrogator doesn't come to the interview ready for conversation. He has a list of questions to fire off and you had better be ready to answer them. Don't expect to receive a lot of helpful feedback to gauge how you're doing. Just expect more questions.
    What to do: Watch episodes of "Law & Order" to prepare. You're going to feel defensive the entire time and might walk away from the interview feeling as if you did something wrong. Once you realize that your interviewer is going to lambaste you with questions, just focus on answering them and don't obsess over reading his reaction. You can try to initiate conversation with a few of your answers, but don't be surprised if those efforts fail. This interviewer wants to hear your answers and see how you handle yourself, so staying calm is the best approach you can take.

    3. The one who has better things to do
    What to expect: An interviewer checking her e-mail, looking at you but not paying any attention to what you say. Some people are forced to participate in the interview process even if they have no interest in doing it, so don't take it personally.
    What to do: Answer the questions and be friendly. Try to hold conversations with this distracted interviewer and hope you can win her over -- hey, it can't hurt to have someone who likes you. But this interviewer either made up her mind before she walked into the room or doesn't intend to give much feedback about you, so do your best but don't take her disinterest personally.

    4. The inappropriate one
    What to expect: Cold sweats because you don't know what to do or say. Every once in awhile you will encounter an interviewer who doesn't understand limits. You might hear an inappropriate joke, a personal story that should be reserved for a therapist or a question that delves too deeply into your life. This interviewer probably isn't trying to be inappropriate; he just has no concept of boundaries.
    What to do: Stay in your comfort zone. Just because this interviewer is ready to cry on your shoulder, don't feel pressured into doing the same. Answer what you want to answer and try to steer the conversation back to pertinent topics, such as the job requirements or your qualifications. The interviewer probably won't realize how off track he is and will follow your lead. Of course, if you think the questions cross a line, then you want to get out of there ASAP.

    5. The rule follower
    What to expect: Every interviewing tip you've ever been told. Just like some students never imagine skipping a day of school or not doing homework, some interviewers can't imagine going outside of traditional business interviewing protocol. Boring questions and a stoic demeanor are this interviewer's best friend.
    What to do: Be the best interviewee you can be. Do you know what your biggest weakness is? Do you know how to give the perfect handshake? Do you plan on wearing a conservative shirt under your jacket? You had better, because these by-the-book practices will earn you high marks.

    6. The joker
    What to expect: A comedy routine. Some interviewers have such a good sense of humor that they can't shut it off even when they need to. You'll answer a question and you'll receive a sarcastic comment or a funny aside. This approach isn't inherently bad, but it can confuse you because you're not sure if the interview has even begun.
    What to do: After a few minutes, you'll realize that your interviewer is a joker. If this personality bugs you, you probably won't like working for the company. If it doesn't bother you too much, then try to play along. Joke back and show that you have a personality. For some interviewers, your résumé proved your qualification; the interview is their chance to see if you fit in with the gang.

    7. The weirdo
    What to expect: Strange behavior. We all know odd people, but we often forget that these odd people hold day jobs. And some of them are bosses or hiring managers who conduct interviews. Therefore we shouldn't be surprised when we're interviewed by a peculiar person who has macaroni art hanging in her office or who asks, "Who is your favorite member of the A-Team?"
    What to do: Just go with it. Unless the weird factor transitions into creepy or offensive, you should just answer the questions and ignore oddities. If the questions and rapport are professional, but the interviewer is working on her origami, stay focused on the interview. She probably has no idea she's doing anything strange and is paying attention to you.

    8. The no-nonsense one
    What to expect: Tough love. This interviewer doesn't believe in sparing your feelings. He's honest and will waste neither his nor your time.
    What to do: Brace yourself. This interviewer will say that he's not sure you're qualified or that he fears you won't fit in with everyone. Prove him wrong with evidence that you are perfect for the job. He won't respect someone who cowers, so be just as firm with him.

    9. The blank slate
    What to expect: No feedback. The blank slate is an interviewer whose face remains unchanged for the duration of the meeting. You won't see any hint that the interview is going well – or badly.
    What to do: Don't try to break the interviewer's façade. If you spend the interview looking for clues that you said the right or wrong thing, you'll be miserable. Answer the questions, be yourself and stay composed. Your instinct will be to think that you're bombing, but you never know with the blank slate, so don't let yourself analyze the situation too much.

    10. The mafia
    What to expect: An intimidating group. Every group interview is an ordeal. The interviewers might be lovely, horrible or a mix, but you still have several sets of eyes staring at you.
    What to do: Try to relax. That seems like impossible advice, but it's the best approach. When you have multiple interviewers, you will see several types of interviewers, so you can't try to please everyone. Try to be yourself and find the interviewers that seem the most responsive to you. When you see someone nodding in agreement or maintaining eye contact, you'll feel more at ease and the nerves will begin to disappear.

    Anthony Balderrama is a writer and blogger for and its job blog, The Work Buzz. He researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues. Follow him on Twitter at

    Tuesday, February 2, 2010

    Good Morning America Recommends Temporary Employment

    We received this in an email today from the American Staffing Association. DISCOVER STAFFING is a member of the ASA as well as the Georgia Staffing Association

    'Good Morning America' Recommends Temporary Employment

    Temporary employment through an ASA member staffing firm is a great option for job seekers, according to "Good Morning America" correspondent Tory Johnson. That's one of the messages she shared during the Jan. 25 "Get a Job in January" segment with George Stephanopoulos.

    "It seems that all the action right now [is] in temporary jobs," said Stephanopoulos. "In the past six months, 200,000 temporary jobs [were] created," he added.

    Johnson agreed, citing ASA data as well as anecdotal information the association had collected from its board of directors: "The ASA leadership…said that they still feel very positive about strong growth between now and July, adding up to about 300,000 positions."

    To find those positions, Johnson recommended that job seekers visit, where they can search for staffing firms' contact information. The accompanying article on provided a direct link to the job seekers search engine on the ASA Web site.

    The GMA Web article also referred to a study by labor law firm Littler Mendelson, which predicts that temporary and contract employees and consultants will fill half the jobs created during the economic recovery. "Temporary jobs are a smart place to look right now," Johnson wrote.

    Johnson also discussed job opportunities in health care, in federal law enforcement, and with small businesses.

    "Good Morning America," a morning news program on the ABC television network, reaches some 4.3 million viewers, according to a recent audit report. The ABC Web site,, receives more than nine million unique visitors monthly.

    Reem El-Khatib

    From Staffing Week

    Monday, February 1, 2010

    Opionions about Resumes, a the local Atlanta edition, posted this fantastic article about resumes. I just tweeted about it and I suggest you read it as well.