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Sandi Vidal

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Ask Sandi: Where to find your career start

Did you know that one of the largest groups of unemployed people is new college graduates?

If you are graduating soon and have no idea what you are going to do when you leave school, run to your career planning and placement center now!

Ask Sandi: Interviewing your interviewer

Interviewing your interviewer can be key in finding out if a job is a right fit for you.

The bottom line is we spend 2,080-plus hours a year, if we are full time, working at a company, and it is much better to find out about their expectations before you start.

Ask Sandi: Employee entrepreneurs

Employers are just as guilty about not getting to know their employees and their needs.

If people work for you, it is actually beneficial for you to know what they do on the weekends and if they have kids.

Ask Sandi: What’s kept you jobless?

Are you older than 40 and out of work? Have you been out of work for a while? Are you just entering the workforce for the first time in a long time?

I am always trying to look at trends and what people are experiencing to tailor my advice and the advice my organization gives to the needs of the people we serve in the community.

Ask Sandi: Twenty years of helping find jobs

This year the Central Florida Employment Council turns 20 years old. That is 20 years of helping to connect employers and job seekers to each other and community resources.

In 20 years, thousands of job seekers have been connected with jobs and employers have been connected with employees.

Ask Sandi: Bone up on your skills for free

Learning should never stop whether it is to update your skills or just to learn something new.

There are a couple of really neat free things out there that can help you to learn on an ongoing basis.

Ask Sandi: New year, new job?

If your New Year’s resolutions include a new job, I would start planning right away and make sure that you stay on task.

Every year like so many other people out there in the world, I make New Year’s resolutions. Every year, I fail miserably.

Ask Sandi: Knowing the job before you get it

One of my friends recently posted on Facebook that she would not hire a young person and would rather have an employee who was more experienced.

The lesson in this for new college graduates is to make sure you research the company, keep your expectations in line with your experience, and be professional.

Ask Sandi: Calling all military vets

After giving several years of service in the military, veterans are coming back in need of jobs that can support them and their families.

There are resources out there for veterans, but it does take some research to find them.

Ask Sandi: Leaving your comfort zone

Workers older than 50, new college grads, people with criminal backgrounds, and those with disabilities face a harder road than many of the other jobs seekers out there.

Many people are perceived as being lazy, and we sometimes hear that they should just pull up their bootstraps and get a job.

Ask Sandi: Getting back into business

Thinking about entering the next phase of your career? Make a list to help decide what options you might enjoy.

You can use this information to research potential career descriptions to see if you qualify or need some schooling to reach the goal.

Ask Sandi: Advice for the 'seasoned' workforce

If you are more than 50 years old, how can you land a job in this still competitive market? Here are some tips!

Often times, more seasoned workers find themselves competing with younger people who are willing to work for less and are perceived as faster and more tech savvy.

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According to NACE, internships can increase the likelihood of landing a job by up to 60 percent.

Lately I have been doing research on the generational workforce.

Ask Sandi: Interviews increasingly on camera

It's a trend that's only growing: Going on camera for your job interview. Are you ready for your close-up?

Video interviewing seems to be a hot new trend.

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Use the right kind of discrimination when searching for work. The people hiring you do.

This past weekend I was accused of discrimination.

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Avoid ‘um’ and 'like' at all costs during your interview

I like, um, don’t, um, think it is a great idea to like, um, use the words “like” and “um” frequently in your interview.

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I would not expect to see some of those same cruise ship outfits pop up at an interview. But I do.

After just stepping off a cruise where the lack of taste in clothing was alarming to say the least, I would not expect to see some of those same outfits pop up at an interview. But I do.

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If you're getting interviews and not getting the job, your resume isn't the problem.

If you are getting interviews, it is not a resume problem – so stop asking for resume advice.

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Avoid oversharing on your resume, or risk not getting that job.

Think about why an employer wants your resume when drafting it.

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Want a job? Accept that you may need help.

Most people don’t realize it, but the best way to find a job is to have help.

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Want that career spark? Set goals

I believe that in order to achieve big things, you must be a dreamer.

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Those people who said "It's who you know"? They're right.

If you are getting ready to graduate and you do not yet have a job planned, there are several things you can do right away.

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Business Pitches: Just like interviews.

Approach your job hunt like you're preparing for a business pitch.

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Want that job? Become a situational extrovert.

Are you an introvert? Don't stress about your next job interview.

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Losing a job is a crisis in anyone’s life.

If you are hiding from the pain of job loss instead of moving forward – it might be time to seek professional help.

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What job to get when you grow up?

I often ask people what they want to be when they grow up.

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Here are several tips that can increase the likelihood of having your application seen.

Check out these tips for targeting your job hunt effectively.

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Is it finally safe to switch jobs? The answer is a big maybe.

Answering the question: Is it a good time to switch jobs?

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Are you paying for your drug tests?

In Central Florida, more than 93,000 people are unemployed.

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Don’t fear new opportunities outside your comfort zone.

Experts say people who are currently working are starting to look more closely at new opportunities.

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Bone up on your job skills

Christian HELP offers one-on-one employment counseling and coaching, resume assistance, and weekly job skills classes.

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Please study up on the company before you go to interview with them.

Glassdoor.com is a great place to look up information about companies (good and bad) and get an idea of questions they might ask you.

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You cannot afford to wait when you get a hot referral. Take action as soon as possible.

Employers often complain that people are not following up or are not showing up.

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That one extra qualification can make a real difference.

I have hired several of my No. 2 candidates for other positions and have been very pleased with the results.

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Did you know some job sites are selling your information too?

Telemarketing is big business these days as is the sale of your personal information.

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When jobs have been lost as quickly as in the recession, it takes the next big thing to bring them back.

When jobs have been lost at the rate we lost them during the recession, it takes the next big thing to bring the economy back.

Ask Sandi: Don't be a 'helicopter parent'

Parents are getting involved in their kid’s education, above and beyond where it is healthy to do so.

Don't 'helicopter parent' your child out of a job

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Clean up your social media. With the political races going on, social media seems to be burning up for one side or the other.

Clean up your social media. With the political races going on, social media seems to be burning up for one side or the other.

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The difference between getting an interview or not can be as simple as attitude and enthusiasm.

I hear many complaints that all applications are online these days.

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When you see a now hiring sign in the window and you are wearing your shorts and flip-flops because you just ran out of the house to do a few errands, it is not the time to apply.

Employment advice

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Saying yes to additional work or things that you would rather not do can be the key to success.

Saying yes to additional work or things that you would rather not do can be the key to success.

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“Playstation to Workstation: A Career Guide for Generation Text Surviving in a Baby Boomer World" is a true how-to manual.

“Playstation to Workstation: A Career Guide for Generation Text Surviving in a Baby Boomer World" is a true how-to manual.

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Like many high school graduates, I entered college with a major in mind and then left college with a totally different focus.

Like many high school graduates, I entered college with a major in mind and then left college with a totally different focus.

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If you are sending out cover letters and resumes, grammar is important. It seems that in some schools this was not a focus.

If you are sending out cover letters and resumes, grammar is important. It seems that in some schools this was not a focus.

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Yeah, the recession is over and we can all rest easy. Well, not exactly.

Yeah, the recession is over and we can all rest easy. Well, not exactly.

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How many seconds does it take for a recruiter to decide to hire you? Is it 3 seconds, or 120?

How many seconds it takes for a recruiter to decide to hire you? Is it 3 seconds, or 120?

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Never, ever, ever give anyone your credit information without a conditional offer of employment.

Never, ever, ever give anyone your credit information without a conditional offer of employment.

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Be ready to explain your value when interviewers ask the tough questions.

Be ready to explain your value when interviewers ask the tough questions.

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Lately there has been a lot of chatter about employers asking for passwords for your social media.

Lately there has been a lot of chatter about employers asking for passwords for your social media.

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What message are you sending out to potential employers? Do you know?

What message are you sending out to potential employers? Do you know?

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