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Of real estate and resumes – a few observations on interviews

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This week I began a search for a new design associate position on our marketing/IT creative team, my observations on which prompt me to digress a bit from real estate into resumes for this week's column.

Observation 1: A whole lot of people are looking for work, or at least work in the design field. I’ve been receiving résumés in my inbox almost hourly the whole week.

Observation 2: Some people don’t read the job description no matter how hard you try to make it helpful. I’ve gotten résumés from bankers, car salespeople, you name it. Really, I don’t think my job description is that hard to figure out.

Observation 3: Monster.com is worth the money. ’Nuff said.

Observation 4: This is a key — people, bring your A-game to the interview. No one brings fresh résumé copies or a printed portfolio (the websites are nice, but you should have both). Almost no one makes a calculated effort to wow the interviewers. In my early job interview days, I wouldn’t have considered not bringing a folio with a fancy résumé paper copy at the very least — one for each person in the room, in fact.

Observation 5: Yes, I will actually look you up on Facebook and Google. What will I find?

As a marketer, I’m finding this whole process intriguing and enlightening, both from a hirer and an applicant perspective. (Of course, I’m not the one on the other side of the table.) Corporate opportunities in the real estate field are very few and far between, and I’ll be curious as to whom we actually agree on to fill this position. In the meantime, please don’t send me any résumés.

Jeff Geoghan

Jeff Geoghan

Jeff Geoghan is vice president of marketing and communications for Coldwell Banker Select Professionals and Select Services. Jeff lives in East Petersburg, where he also serves as mayor.

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