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How to Proceed After Getting Your Degree

Posted by John Carroll on Monday, August 18, 2014, In : Job Search 
Congratulations, you’ve graduated!  Now is the time to really start focusing on starting a career.  Though entering the job seeking arena straight out of college can be intimidating, there are many steps you can take to help you stand out and find a great position.  Here are our tips for recent grads seeking to take that first step.

Focus on Presentation
Hopefully you took full advantage of being permitted to wear sweatpants and t-shirts to class for four or more years.  But now that you are ...

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Being a considerate Coworker

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, April 11, 2014, In : Workplace 

Most workers put a lot of thought and consideration into making sure clients, customers and vendors are pleased.  While being attentive to the needs of your external professional network is important, don’t forget to reserve some thoughtfulness for the people you share an office with every day.   Here are some tips to help you become a more considerate coworker:

Respect personal space.

It takes time to learn the personal boundaries of all of your coworkers, so show some courtesy by knoc...


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Tell Me About Yourself: The Dos and Don’ts

Posted by John Carroll on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Job Search 

“So, tell me about yourself.”
After saying hello, shaking hands and maybe exchanging a few comments about the weather, you may be faced with this intimidating imperative sentence.  Sure, you know exactly what to say when someone asks you how long you were at your last job or what you studied in school, but this open-ended interview starter might leave you struggling for the right words.  Here are some basic dos and don’ts to help you navigate this crucial first impression.

Do include pe...


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3 Tips for Following Up after an Interview

Posted by John Carroll on Monday, February 24, 2014, In : Job Search 

You nailed the interview. Now all that’s left to do is seal the deal with a thank you note. Having proper follow up after a job interview is as imperative as the interview itself. How you follow up can signal to the interviewer just as much as your formal interview. While playing the waiting game can be an unnerving task, you must remain patient while awaiting a response. Below are some of Watson Dwyer’s tips on how to follow up after an interview.  

Write It  

After the conclusion of your ...


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New Year, New You

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, January 17, 2014, In : Job Search 
4 Tips for Managing Your Online Identity  

As we step into a new year, it imperative that we lead with our best foot. One of the best ways we can take off is to start with our online presence. The internet is a powerful tool that can either add or detract from us. Who we are online is a part of our personal brand. A resume and online reputation fit together, such as foot and shoe do. Below are some quick tips to help manage and maximize your online identity in 2014.

1.    Google Yourself ...


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The Scoop on Acing a Phone Interview

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Job Search 

Phone interviews are hard for a variety of reasons. Firstly, they are usually shorter than an in-person interview, so you have to make a lasting impression in a quick amount of time. Secondly, they require you to make a first impression without ever seeing the employer face-to-face. Thirdly, having a physical barrier makes it harder to read the person on the other side. Because of these obstacles, preparing for a phone interview can present some new challenges.

          On the plus side, ...


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What is Working with an Agency All About?

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, October 4, 2013, In : Job Search 

As a permanent and temporary external placement agency, Watson Dwyer works with new candidates daily who have various types of professional experience and backgrounds. One thing that most candidates have in common, however, is that if a candidate has not worked with an agency before, they usually have some questions regarding the process. For this week’s blog article, we decided to break down the process to help potential candidates gain a better understanding of what to expect when worki...


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Creating a Team-Oriented Office

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, September 13, 2013, In : Workplace 

Whether you work in a large, corporate office or a small, family-owned business, it’s always important to encourage team collaboration and delegation. Working well with your team will help you learn a ton about your company, industry, and coworkers, which will make you a stronger employee. But just how can you encourage team collaboration without sacrificing your ability to work independently? Here are a few ways to do so:

Weekly Brainstorming Meetings

If your department has new project...


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Don’t Be These 4 Types of Employees

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, September 6, 2013, In : Workplace 

The workplace setting is a dynamic, ever-changing environment that brings a variety of personalities together. It’s important to remember how your attitude in the workplace affects your view as a reliable and affable coworker. Check out the short list below on some character tendencies to avoid that will make your day more productive, enjoyable, and efficient.

The Know-It-All, Do-It-All Type
No one can possibly know everything there is to know about a job or industry. The fascinating part a...


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Are You a Good Coworker?

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, August 23, 2013, In : Workplace 
Becoming an integral part of the workplace as a contract or direct hire employee isn’t always easy, and sometimes people find that they may not be getting as comfortable with their job as they thought they would. Outside factors can sometimes be the cause of this problem. Other times, however, it may be that you are indirectly making it harder on yourself by being closed-off or short with your coworkers. To avoid these mistakes, we’ve created a short list of ways to make your work relatio...
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The Art of the First Impression

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, August 9, 2013, In : Job Search 
People tend to know the basics of what makes a good first impression on a job interview. You are told time and time again to dress professionally, show up early, and offer a firm handshake. While all of that is very important, it’s also equally important to realize the small habits we do out of comfort and familiarity that may not make the best professional impression.

For starters, it’s extremely important to be aware of your body language when arriving and settling into your first i...


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What Should A Cover Letter Really Cover?

Posted by John Carroll on Thursday, July 18, 2013, In : Job Search 

For some candidates, writing a cover letter can be an intimidating process. There seems to be endless ways to approach a cover letter, and countless questions to consider. Using specific guidelines can help make the process seem less daunting. That’s why we decided to break down the most important aspects of cover letters, so check out our recommendations below!

Where (or how) do you start?

Before you even begin writing the content of your cover letter, make sure to include your name, addre...


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The Four Biggest Myths Behind Using an Agency

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Job Search 

Staffing agencies have both similarities and differences when it comes to how they operate. For Watson Dwyer, candidates often ask a set of common questions about working with an agency. To give clarity to some common misconceptions, Watson Dwyer is breaking down the top five most common myths behind using an agency, at least from our perspective!

1.       Your dream job will come in tomorrow.

This is a tricky one. Sometimes Watson Dwyer is already working on a job order that would be a perfect...


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Success Story: Angela

Posted by John Carroll on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : Job Search 




It’s not easy to be a job seeker in this economic climate. The job search is more selective and competitive than ever, and job seekers are finding it more difficult to get their resume seen. For some of our past placements, these difficulties have led them to consider using Watson Dwyer to try a different approach to the job search. They were glad they did.

Watson Dwyer’s Recruiting Coordinator, Rachel Cerrone, sat down with a past placement, Angela Ollie, to discuss Angela’s specific fr...


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