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Dave Arnold from ABC 5 in Kent, Ohio interviewed Abby about her cross country tour and mission to educate one million job seekers. At the Kent rally, Abby shared the importance of standing out from the rest of the crowd and the goal of getting paid for your passion. To learn more about the tour, please visit AbbyAcrossAmerica.com

Sneaky Thank You Notes Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Thank you notes are the most underestimated steps of the job search process and really should be taken more seriously.

While you may look forward to receiving a thank you note from your best friend whose wedding party you were in, recruiters look forward to your thank you note for a very different reason. For us, these are a sneaky way to see the real you. Through these a recruiter sees your true spelling and grammar abilities. Recruiters know that career coaches help candidates write their cover letters and resumes, but rarely does anyone seek advice for a thank you note. Having grammatical and spelling mistakes in a thank you note WILL cost you your job offer if the job requires those skills. The worst part is that you’ll never know that that’s what did you in, especially if you knocked them dead in the interview.

Good Timing Is Key Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

One of the worst things that can happen to you on your big day is to be late for your interview. It will add a heightened level of stress to your already anxious state.

Always plan to be in the general vicinity of your interview at least 30 minutes before it is scheduled. For those of you who believe time is infinite, shoot for an hour before. If you’re driving, try a dry run the night before to make sure that your GPS won’t get you lost (blaming your GPS works a lot better than blaming yourself). If you’re train-ing or bus-ing or boat-ing or ferry-ing, add a bunch of extra time for the passenger who will undoubtedly choose the day of your interview to get sick. You can thank Murphy and his Laws for that.

Being Interesting Counts Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

People typically hire people they like and people that are interesting to them.

In 1993 I was the esteemed Long Island Women’s Table Tennis Champ. Okay so I didn’t have to beat as many women as the guy who won the men’s title, but stick with me here.

Don't Act Your Age Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

For those of you out there who have more gray on your head than you had last year, please keep reading. A couple of years ago I received a call from a radio station in Ohio asking me to guest star on their job search segment. The topic for the week was “Jobs for candidates over 50”. After thinking about this for some time, I realized that as a recruiter, what I really care about is whether a person has the qualifications and the passion to succeed – their age has nothing to do with my opinion about them.

The Never Ending Interview Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

For years I have been talking about the concept of the Never-Ending Interview. Sounds scary?? It should.

When you are in job search mode, or even when you’re not, you are being evaluated whenever and wherever you go. It’s like being back in high school all over again. Feel free to wipe the sweat off your brow before continuing.

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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!