How to build a resume?

A resume is a basic item you will need when you apply for a job, it’s the first and sometimes only factor an employer will consider when making a decision to hire. A well organized and visually appealing resume will dramatically increase your chances of getting a job. Workforce offers personalized assistance in creating a resume so make sure to visit their local centers.

To locate your closest Workforce1 Career Center visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/wf1/html/contact/contact.shtml.

For college students seeking employment, visit the on campus Career Centers for free assistance from the campus staff to build your resume and even enter college job placement programs. Most colleges are happy to assist their students in finding careers before and after graduation so don’t be afraid to look them up online or on the school’s website.



How to dress for success?

Your appearance is an important factor in your interview because it is used as a demonstration of how you want the world to perceive you. A professional understands that they must dress in a manner that shows respect to their superiors/bosses and their place of work. An individual who dresses in business attire when coming to the work place will present themselves as mature adults that are ready to work.

Depending on where you have applied, the dress code varies from place to place. For example, a suit and tie would be too formal to interview for a waiting position in a family restaurant. In this you will have to do your research and apply better judgment. For work places with uniforms, dress in formal business attire with clean and press clothing. Find out beforehand how the employees at your perspective place of work are expected to dress and meet their dress code.

Make sure to have full control of your presentation no matter where you interview because the short window of time your perspective employer has is all he will consider before making his final decision.  A prepared applicant ensures his appearance is a secondary factor in the interviewer’s mind and allows his personality to leave a lasting positive impression.



How to tie a tie?

A tie is usually the centerpiece of a business suit and seems to be difficult to assembly to those with little experience. A demonstration is the best way for anyone in need of lessons to learn, so find a tie and a large mirror and visit this video or the variety of other videos on YouTube dedicated to helping people learn to tie a tie such as this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T6xBfq77hg.

If a video is not for you, feel free to read about a variety of methods for tying by visiting www.tie-a-tie.net.


Where can I get business attire clothing for an interview?

My office is supporting a program called 100 Suits for 100 Men that offer donated suits to young men around the community for use during an interview, free of charge. For more information on this program, please contact my office at 718-206-2068. As for women in need of proper attire, they can contact the Dress for Success program for access to their collection of female clothing that may be utilized for an interview.

Dress for Success can be reached in Queens at 718.805.2488 or by visiting their website at http://www.dressforsuccess.org/affiliate.aspx?sisid=50&pageid=1



Why does what I wear and how I speak matter during an interview?

During an interview your prospective employer is expecting you will be presenting your best effort and mannerism. He/She will probably never find in a similar state and uses this time to make a summary judgment of your attitude and skills. Your interviewer will use the few minutes he has taken to sit down with you to determine if you deserve a commitment to be hired and incorporated into his/her staff. This is a usually a long-term decision that is not taken likely and interviewers make every moment count as much as possible. The best thing to do is to present yourself at your best, and prove to them that the well-mannered and respectful person they met is the best choice for the position.



How to prepare for an interview?

An interview can be a stressful situation so your first priority is to relax because stress and anxiety are not helpful.


Remember these important things:

a)     Have a good night’s sleep

b)     Get their early

c)     Collect yourself before the interview starts.


Having a good night’s sleep means that you enjoyed a solid eight hours of sleep the night before your interview. If you still feel nervous the next morning try to relax before the interview to make sure that you are in control when you walk into the interview. In the time immediately before the interview take a second to breathe and collect your thoughts, this will prevent you from showing stress during the interview.

For those who feel interviewing is stressful or have a personal weakness in interviewing, try to organize a mock interview with a parent or friend to feel comfortable with the situation. If you believe more serious assistance is needed please contact the Queens Workforce1 Career Center at (718) 557-6755 for details on their next interview workshop.



 When should I get to my scheduled interview?

You are always expected to wait for an interview. No matter what time you arrive be prepared to wait until a time is convenient for your interviewer to sit with you. Knowing this it is best to come fifteen minutes before you are expected to allow your interviewer enough time to secure a space for you in his schedule without being late. You should not come too early to an interview either, this is to avoid making rescheduling your interview to an earlier time a burden to your interviewer and to avoid standing out in the waiting room for a long period of time.



 How can I start a business for myself?

Entrepreneurs with a strong will and a good idea can find some assistance from the City of New York. The Department of Small Business Services has Business Solutions Centers located all across New York to help business owners and entrepreneurs receive free training and guidance to launching their small business.

You can contact your local Business Solution Center at (718) 577-2148 for assistance or visit their website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/nycbiz/html/home/home.shtml. My office has also developed a Small Business Network to better focus the resources available to the participating business in this community. If you would like to participate, please click on the Small Business Network icon on the menu at the top of the page.