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Best Career Advice

March 18, 2014

Over the years, we’ve given and received sage wisdom and career advice. Now, we’re gladly passing it along to you.

1.       Don’t settle for a job you’re not passionate about. It’s more than a means to pay your bills. A job consumes the better part of your life, so don’t get stuck in a position or field you hate.

2.       Focus on making an impact quickly. The faster you make an impact at your job, the more attention and support you’ll get.

3.       Measure your success and build case studies. Not only will this help support your ask for a promotion or raise, it will help you beef up your resume if or when you look for your next opportunity.

4.       Locate mentors. Whether they’re within your company or just in your circle of friends, scout out individuals who live the type of lifestyle you want. Ask them to mentor you in your quest to get there.

5.       Take risks. Make sure they’re intelligent, but also make sure they’re bold.

6.       Build a network. Surround yourself with smart, resourceful and successful people.

7.       Keep learning. Always, always, always learn something. Keep challenging and pushing yourself to achieve your goals.

What is some of the best career advice you’ve ever received? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Hike Beyond the Plateau

February 27, 2014

Oftentimes in our corporate (or even personal) lives, we reach a particular plateau. Perhaps your job has become stagnant, you’re not feeling as creative or your abilities have reached beyond your job description. Whatever the case may be, you aren’t bound by your surroundings. At Sherpa, we’re in the business of hiking beyond the corporate plateau and helping our job seekers achieve their business goals.

So here’s what you do:

-          Make a plan. Sure, it may seem cliché, but even the best hikers carry a map. Figure out where your peak is—a promotion, a new industry, etc.

-          Take the steps. Know where you want to go? Next, figure out how to get there. Sometimes hiking beyond the plateau involves going through a valley first, but you at least have your destination in sight.

-          Lean on us. Think of us as your trustiest pair of hiking shoes. Call on Sherpa to help you take that next employment step. We’ll work to place you in exactly the right place.

What does your final, business destination look like? We’d love to know your business goals!

Great info on answering common interview

February 24, 2014

Great info on answering common interview questions from @usnews: #interviewquestions #clt #jobs #acetheinterview

Resolve to Climb the Corporate Ladder in 2014

January 29, 2014

The New Year is all about new opportunities—new wardrobe, new exercise routine, new diet. Why not apply similar resolutions to your work life? At Sherpa, professional development is important to us; not just internally but for the employees we place as well. We love nothing more than hearing stories of our employees climbing the corporate ladder in a company we’ve placed them in.

Let us help you do the same! Make 2014 a year of growth, both personally and corporately. Here are a few takeaways to get you there:

  • Be Innovative. Solve problems, find new paths, develop a new, profitable initiative. Your bosses want to see that you’re forward thinking and dedicated to your job.
  • Get Involved. Raise your hand and involve yourself in as many good opportunities as you can. If there’s a new project launching, a new committee forming or a leadership training program starting, sign up! Look for opportunities where you can rise to the top and stand out.
  • Mentor and be mentored. Seek out someone higher up or more experienced than you to be your corporate mentor. Allow them to pour into you and help you navigate the corporate waters. Do the same for any new employees in the building. Not only will it cultivate a cohesive team mentality, it will show your bosses that you’re a leader.

“In today’s corporate environment it’s your responsibility to take ownership of your career path.  Gone are the days of guaranteed raises and/or annual promotions.  If you want a raise, a promotion, a new role, you have to ask for it and have the supporting business case to prove that you deserve it.  Be realistic, know your environment, and always be professional in your approach.” – Kori Renn, Sherpa Senior Account Manager  

Top Eye-Catching Words for your Resume

December 5, 2013

A killer resume is key to getting that first interview. We’re here to help you beef up your content so you get noticed.

Here are our top keywords to incorporate into your resume. Do you have any to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!


We’re offering up more great resume tips on our website. Check them out here.

Top Interview Questions to Ask an Employer

November 14, 2013

At the end of a job interview, you typically have the opportunity to ask your potential employer a few questions. Rather than saying, “No” and heading out the door, try these top questions that will show your interviewer that you’re serious about the job and prepared for the interview:

  • How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
  • What does a typical week/day look like in this position?
  • If I am extended a job offer, how soon would you like me to start?
  • How would you describe the company’s culture and leadership philosophy?
  • What is the single largest problem facing your staff, and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem?
  • How does this position fit into the company’s long-term plans?
  • What’s the most important thing I can accomplish in the first 60 days?
  • How will you judge my success and determine if I have met your expectations?

With these questions in hand, you’ll be able to create a thoughtful, engaging dialogue between you and the interviewer (and hopefully score some bonus points at the same time).

Finding Your Next Opportunity Doesn’t Have to be Scary

October 31, 2013


Spooked by the idea of looking for a new opportunity?  You aren’t alone.  The 2013 Job Interview Anxiety Survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Everest College found that 92% of American’s fear some part of the job search process.  From not being qualified to not being prepared to simply being nervous, the list of job search anxiety triggers is lengthy.  In more than 25 years working with job seekers Sherpa‘s own Melissa McGuire has seen these stressors firsthand.  McGuire notes that for employed job seekers, confidentiality is a significant fear, as candidates don’t want their current employer to know they’re looking.  For others, the uncertainty of the overall process (which can entail sending resumes and not hearing back, interviewing with individuals and companies you don’t know much about, not knowing how long it will take to find a role, etc.) can be unnerving.

So how do you alleviate these fears?  McGuire recommends working with a trusted and highly effective recruiter who will work to understand your skills and will become your advocate in the marketplace while maintaining your confidentiality.  Additionally, a trusted recruiter can help negate the uncertainty by: a) providing you with the supply and demand trends for your skills, b) offering feedback on your resume and the interviews you go on and, c) potentially helping you secure contract roles to pay the bills and build skills while looking for a full time role.

Now that you are ready to start searching with newfound confidence, why not treat yourself to a look at our “Tricky Interview Questions

For a copy of the 2013 Job Interview Anxiety Survey, click here.  This study was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College.


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