Press Release: Oshkosh Expansion

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IQ Resource Group Expands Into Oshkosh Market

By: Crystal Redmann
April 29, 2015

Oshkosh, WI – IQ Resource Group is pleased to announce the opening of its newest branch office in Oshkosh, WI on April 27th, 2015.  The branch is located at 2211 Oregon Street, Suite A2, Oshkosh, WI 54901.  The phone number is (920) 235-1555.

“These are thrilling times for IQ Resource Group.” Explains Brad Ritchie, Vice President of IQ Resource Group. “We have expanded from our Appleton office as a result of tremendous growth over the past year in an effort to better meet the needs of our customers in this region.  Having a presence in Oshkosh will increase our candidate pool in this market and will allow us closer proximity to serve other neighboring communities”.

About Us
IQ Resource Group is a privately owned Wisconsin based recruiting firm, driven by a commitment to deliver quality solutions. We are a solutions provider of mid to high volume, skilled and semi-skilled contract personnel within the following areas:

  • Paper Production
  • Food Production
  • Light Technical / Skilled Trades

Since our inception, we have successfully united talent with opportunity. We’ve built our business on a commitment to unsurpassed industry knowledge, high performance and continual results. This success stems from quality recruiters, involvement in the community, willingness to go the extra mile for both employees and clients, and our ability to deliver the highest talent and match them with the best opportunities.

Clients and candidates prefer IQ Resource Group because we provide them with the personalized attention that can’t be found anywhere else. We have a proven track record of providing talented contractors who have the specific skills and experience necessary for the job, as well as the right personality for your organization.

Contact
To learn more about this expansion, please contact:
Brad Ritchie – Vice President
2211 Oregon Street, Suite A2
Oshkosh, WI 54902
P: 920-235-1555
F: 920-235-1586
bradr@iqresourcegroup.com

Apply Today! Submit a resume or complete an online application at https://iqresourcegroup.securedportals.com/apply/ or stop by our office at 2211 Oregon St.,  Suite A2, Oshkosh, WI to complete an application.

Cancelling an Interview by Tyler Pearl

Getting an interview can be tough. Typically less than 30% of candidates who are submitted or apply for a position make it to the interview stage. It comes as a shock to the hiring manager and recruiter when they invite a great candidate to interview and he or she doesn’t show up or cancels 20 minutes before. As a candidate, maybe not every interview is the one, but there are ways to cancel and be professional at the same time.

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Image courtesy of renjith krishnan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The interview is the best time to fully understand the job opportunity and feel out the relationship with the company. The hiring manager saw something in your resume that peeked interest and has set aside time in their busy day to meet with you. Your recruiter has also put a lot of work into setting up the interview for you and preparing you. You took the time to talk with the recruiter and learn about the job. So why would you cancel now?

I understand that things come up. Maybe a more appealing opportunity has presented itself. Maybe you aren’t feeling well. Or perhaps you had forgotten your schedule. If canceling even starts to cross your mind, consider what you and the others involved have put into the process. Respecting your commitment to the interview and the manager’s time is important. You risk burning a bridge with your recruiter, the hiring manager and the company. If you really must cancel, give adequate notice of at least 24-48 hours.

Every interview is an opportunity. Even if the job seems like it may not be your dream job, it is a chance to connect with a manager who shares your passion for the field. Show up on time, be prepared, and you might just leave with the perfect job.

Article by Tyler Pearl

Common Nonverbal Mistakes Made at a Job Interview

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Body language is a powerful tool that should never be neglected.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson stated “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say”.

Although a lot of focus is placed on the content of the interview, you should be aware of what your body language is saying at all times. Your professionalism should be communicated both verbally and nonverbally.

According to Classes and Careers, the most common verbal mistakes made during a job interview are the following:

 

1. Poor eye contact

Not making sufficient eye contact with your interviewer can be seen as a lack of interest in the job position. Conversely staring can be seen as aggressive and a little ‘creepy’.

Also ensure that your eye movements are not ‘shifty’, as this can signify a lack of confidence and uncertainty. Moreover, it is distracting to the interviewer.

ACTION: Make consistent and frequent eye contact, especially when the interviewer is talking to you. This conveys that you are actively listening.

 

2. Insufficient knowledge about the company

Not knowing enough about the company and the role that you are applying for is the second most common mistake seen by employers.

ACTION: Be prepared! Take the time to research the industry, the company and the people you will be meeting.

 

3. Not smiling

It is normal to be nervous during an interview, but don’t let your nerves override your smile. Remember that your positive attitude will be viral!

ACTION: Keep calm. Ensure that you come across as enthusiastic to be given an opportunity.

 

4. Poor posture

Posture can tell a lot about your overall demeanor, so present yourself well! Leaning back can be viewed as lazy, arrogant or as being uninterested in the discussion. Leaning too forward can be seen as aggressive. Slouching is a definite no-no, as this illustrates the height of laziness.

ACTION: Sit upright, keep your back straight and do not hunch. Beware of coming across like a stiff robot! You may lean forward slightly, to look as if you are fully engaged in the conversation.

 

5. Fidgeting

Fidgeting is a sign of nervous energy that can be distracting to the interviewer. You want the interview to focus on what you are saying and not your fidgeting.

ACTION: Make sure you are conscious of your hands at all times. Do not place your hands behind your back, as this will make you appear stiff.

 

6. Unusual handshake

A weak handshake can be sign as a sign of insecurity, while a strong handshake can be viewed as arrogant. Although it may seem irrelevant, an awkward handshake will leave a lasting impression on the interviewer.

ACTION: Your handshake should be firm. Improve it with practice!

 

7. Arms crossed over chest

Crossing your arms across your chest signals defensiveness and highlights your feelings of insecurity and uncertainty of your surroundings.

ACTION: Do not cross your arms! Keep your arms at the side of your chest and rest your hands loosely clasped on your lap. This will make you come across as more approachable.

 

8. Playing with hair or excessive use of hand gestures

As with fidgeting, these actions take away the attention from what you are saying.

ACTION: Be aware of your nervous ticks if you have any and keep hand gestures to a minimum. Do not over animate your hand gestures; you are not a cartoon character!

 

9. Bright color and odd attire are off-putting

Your choice of clothes can have a negative impact if they are not consistent with the position and company culture. You are not part of a circus act or on a night out, so do not dress accordingly.

ACTION: While maintaining your style, dress appropriately for the position, company or industry.

Canceling an Interview – The Last Resort

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Getting an interview can be tough. Typically less than 30% of candidates who are submitted or apply for a position make it to the interview stage. It comes as a shock to the hiring manager and recruiter when they invite a great candidate to interview and he or she doesn’t show up or cancels 20 minutes before. As a candidate, maybe not every interview is the one, but there are ways to cancel and be professional at the same time.

The interview is the best time to fully understand the job opportunity and feel out the relationship with the company. The hiring manager saw something in your resume that peeked interest and has set aside time in their busy day to meet with you. Your recruiter has also put a lot of work into setting up the interview for you and preparing you. You took the time to talk with the recruiter and learn about the job. So why would you cancel now?

I understand that things come up. Maybe a more appealing opportunity has presented itself. Maybe you aren’t feeling well. Or perhaps you had forgotten your schedule. If canceling even starts to cross your mind, consider what you and the others involved have put into the process. Respecting your commitment to the interview and the manager’s time is important. You risk burning a bridge with your recruiter, the hiring manager and the company. If you really must cancel, give adequate notice of at least 24-48 hours.

Every interview is an opportunity. Even if the job seems like it may not be your dream job, it is an chance to connect with a manager who shares your passion for the field. Show up on time, be prepared, and whatever you do, don’t do this!

 

4 Reasons You Should Never Burn a Bridge with an Employer | Off The Cuff

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“You never know if you will have to cross that bridge again”

Have you ever had one of those work days where you feel under-appreciated, overworked, miserable or all of the above?  Maybe you took a job only to find out your manager was unethical or possibly even crazy!  Whatever category you fall under, you may have jumped to the solution of walking out with no warning or notice – just up and leave.

I’m sure that instant feeling of freedom is wonderful at first, but what happens next?  Do you have interviews lined up or other opportunities to pursue?  My guess is that this decision was in the moment and not a lot of thought went into the aftermath.

Having seen this situation unfold before, here are a few reasons why you should never burn your bridges.

  1. “Why did you leave your last position?”  Don’t be surprised if this question comes up during a phone screen or interview.  Hiring managers don’t typically offer jobs to candidates who bash their previous employer during an interview (regardless of the reason).  While you can answer professionally without badmouthing your old boss, it will be hard to prove you are a reliable candidate when you left your last job with no notice.
  2. References.  Many hiring managers ask for 2-3 professional references before making a formal offer.  Of the 2-3 they prefer at least one to be from your most recent hiring manager.  Even if you were completely professional in your reason for leaving, telling a hiring manager “Sorry, I won’t be able to get a reference from my last manager because I left without notice” probably won’t get you an offer.
  3. Networking.  Many job seekers put “references available upon request” at the bottom of their resumes, but some managers don’t always need to request one.  It is very possible that they have connections at a company you have previously worked for (especially if it is a direct competitor). Before they even decide to interview you, they will call their connection and get the scoop.  If you left on a bad note, I wouldn’t expect an interview.
  4. The Job Market.  Freedom feels great until you realize you have been unemployed for 2 months.  The job market has been tight these last few years and many have struggled to find the job they want.  While your reasons for leaving may be justifiable, leaving a job with nothing to fall back on is extremely risky.

As bad as your job may seem, try to stick it out until you can line up some interviews. Use your spare time outside of work to find new employment.  At the very least, you have a job with a paycheck and can leave on a good note.  Every situation is different, but in any case it is better to try to build a bridge, not burn it. You never know if you will have to cross that bridge again one day!

The 15 Biggest Body Language Mistakes To Watch Out For

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Until we get to know someone, our brain relies on snap judgements to try to categorize the person, predict what they will do, and anticipate how we should react. You may have heard that you only have a few seconds to make a first impression, but the truth is, your brain has made up its mind (so to speak) about a person within milliseconds of meeting them.

According to research done by a Princeton University psychologist, it’s an evolutionary survival mechanism. Your brain decides from the information it has—in other words, how you look—whether you are trustworthy, threatening, competent, likeable and many other traits.

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One way we can “hack” this split-second judgement is to be aware of our body language, especially in important situations. Whether you’re applying for a job, asking for a raise, or meeting with a new client, tweaking or just being mindful of our body language can influence the other person’s perception of us and the outcome of the situation.

15 Body language blunders to watch out for:

  1. Leaning Back too much — you come off lazy or arrogant.
  2. Leaning forward — can seem aggressive. Aim for a neutral posture.
  3. Breaking eye contact too soon — can make you seem untrustworthy or overly nervous. Hold eye contact a hair longer, especially during a handshake.
  4. Nodding too much — can make you look like a bobble head doll! Even if you agree with what’s being said, nod once and then try to remain still.
  5. Chopping or pointing with your hands — feels aggressive.
  6. Crossing your arms — makes you look defensive, especially when you’re answering questions. Try to keep your arms at your sides.
  7. Fidgeting — instantly telegraphs how nervous you are. Avoid it at all costs.
  8. Holding your hands behind your back (or firmly in your pockets) — can look rigid and stiff. Aim for a natural, hands at your sides posture.
  9. Looking up or looking around — is a natural cue that someone is lying or not being themselves. Try to hold steady eye contact.
  10. Staring — can be interpreted as aggressive. There’s a fine line between holding someone’s gaze and staring them down.
  11. Failing to smile — can make people uncomfortable, and wonder if you really want to be there. Go for a genuine smile especially when meeting someone for the first time.
  12. Stepping back when you’re asking for a decision — conveys fear or uncertainty. Stand your ground, or even take a slight step forward with conviction.
  13. Steepling your fingers or holding palms up — looks like a begging position and conveys weakness.
  14. Standing with hands on hips — is an aggressive posture, like a bird or a dog puffing themselves up to look bigger.
  15. Checking your phone or watch — says you want to be somewhere else. Plus, it’s just bad manners.

So, what should you do? Aim for good posture in a neutral position, whether sitting or standing. Stand with your arms at your sides, and sit with them at your sides or with your hands in your lap. Pay attention so that you naturally hold eye contact, smile, and be yourself.

If you discover you have a particular problem with one or two of the gestures on the list, practice by yourself with a mirror or with a friend who can remind you every time you do it, until you become aware of the bad habit yourself.

Can you recall a time someone’s body language made you uncomfortable? Are there any other body language blunders you would add? I’d love to hear your anecdotes and ideas in the comments below.

Written by: Bernard Marr | https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140707061900-64875646-the-15-biggest-body-language-mistakes-to-watch-out-for?trk=tod-home-art-list-small_3

5 Common Interview Questions and How To Answer Them

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Ever been on an interview and the interviewer asks you a question and you draw a blank??

Unfortunately, the only way to handle this sticky situation is to go into the interview prepared. Check out these common but tough interview questions and some suggested responses in order to avoid an interview disaster:

So, tell me about yourself?

This is usually the first question in an interview so don’t start it off wrong by telling your whole life history! Your answers should be a brief summary of your qualifications and experience. Talk about your education, work history, recent career experience and future goals.

How would your best friend describe you?

Always keep your answers positive and maybe have a few specific examples in mind. “They’d say I was a hard worker” or even better “Hilary Smith has always said I was the most dynamic, team player she’d ever met.”

What would you say are your  greatest weaknesses?

This question reveals your ability to identify the need for personal improvement. The best responses include turning your weakness into a positive or a presenting a plan on how you’re addressing the weakness. For example, wanting to double-check every item in a spreadsheet can be turned into a positive or address your weakness by saying “Being organized wasn’t my strongest point, but I implemented a time management system that really improved my organization skills.”

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Most importantly, the interviewer wants to know that you’re stable and you want to be with their company for the long haul. Keep your aspirations to take over the firm to yourself and answer something more like this “I want to secure a recruiting role with a national firm that concentrates on Engineering placements. I want to grow with the company and one day, manage my own recruitment team.”

Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame it.  

Give solid examples of difficult situations that actually happened at work – then talk about what you did to solve the problem. Keep your answers positive and be specific “Even though it was a difficult time when Ben quit without notice, we were able to rearrange the department workload to cover the position until a replacement was hired.”

Now that you’re acquainted with these common but difficult questions, you can walk into that interview feeling confident! Good luck!

Posted on by Katie Davis |http://www.daviscos.com/blog/5-common-interview-questions-answer/#.U7sB_2co7IV

 

 

I applied to the job I wanted… Why didn’t I hear back?

Posted on  by Tyler Pearl | http://www.daviscos.com/blog/applied-job-didnt-hear-back/#.U62ZbfldUWc

 

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Applying for jobs can be extremely frustrating. You fill out the extensive form, attach a resume, hit submit… and then what? Wait, pray, apply again? Here are some reasons to answer the question “Why hasn’t anyone called me?”

1.  Too many people applied for the same job posting.

Lots of people apply
for every job posting out there. Sometimes there just are not enough hours in the day to review and call every applicant. Resumes can easily fall into the “black hole” and never be reviewed. One of our recently-posted jobs received 213 applicants. The position moved fast, and we did not get to call every applicant. On the bright side, the next time there is a similar opening, we now have your resume on file and are looking out for you.

2.  Your resume sucks.

Sorry, but if your resume is not well-organized, c
ontains misspellings, or is just too vague, the person reviewing your application may quickly pass. Other red flags are major gaps in employment, job hopping, or strange pieces of personal information. The job market is tight right now, and employers are looking for the best candidate. Finding the company that fits you best will be key.

For more advice on resume writing check out our blogger Galen’s advice.

3.  The job is no longer open.

Jobs close or stop accepting new applicants, but postings often stay up on Career pages for much longer. Other times, company policy dictates that every job is posted, but there is an internal promotion or inside candidate already taking an offer while you are just hitting submit.

My advice: Check when the job was posted. If it was 3 months ago, it might not be worth applying anymore. Subscribe to saved searches or watch your target job postings closely so you can beat the rush.

4.  It just might not be the right fit.

Look closely at the job description and title. Does it align well with your background and current position? Recruiters, HR representatives, and hiring managers don’t look at every resume for very long, so if you don’t quickly jump of the page and make them think, “This could be the one!”, you may not be getting the call.

5.  You live too far away.

Location is an important factor. One client recently lost a long-term employee because the commute finally became too much for him. They were worried that applicants who lived too far away may feel the same. Other times, we get applications from candidates all over the world. If you aren’t seriously planning to move and could not get to an interview within a few days, it probably isn’t the right job to apply for.

So what’s the best way to get a call from your application?

Talk with your recruiter and learn the best path to the job you want. We can be your best advocate during your search. We will work with you to optimize your resume and discuss how closely it fits. From inside information on company culture to the reason for the opening and the salary, we are here to help you. Developing a relationship with a recruiter over time will ensure that we think of you before we even post the job. A recent job we posted attracted 60 applicants, but the candidate who got the job had been talking to me since September and was the first call I made when the job came out.

As the saying goes, “It’s who you know, not what you know,” and in the job search, leverage who you know. Use LinkedIn and Networking groups. Meeting people in the company you want to work for is often the fastest way in the front door.

Lastly, don’t get frustrated. If you are applying to the right jobs and have the right strategy, you will find that dream job!