Job Opening: Code Plus Components



$10.00 per hour more with roof truss experience
30, 60, and 90 day raise potential with perfect attendance and a willingness to get the job done



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Job Openings: Express Employment

1st, 2nd and 3rd Shifts
Duties of the Production Machine Operators
* Run and troubleshoot Machines
* Use of gauges to measure products.
* Taking product off machines to place in proper locations.
* Fast-paced work environment
Benefits of the Production Machine Operators
* Clean and Safe Work Environment
* Great Hourly Pay $12 - $13/hour
* Potential Permanent for the Top Performers
* Able to lift up to 50lbs.
* Read, use and understand a tape measure and other measuring gauges
* Basic Computer Skills.
* Prior manufacturing and/or machine operator experience.

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First Shift Positions
Seeking candidates who have Carpentry and/or Construction experience.
2-4 years of experience.
Flexible to work weekends and overtime.
* Use of various hand and power tools
* Able to read and understand a tape measure.
* Attention to Detail.
* Must have reliable transportation.
Required to pass pre-employment Drug and Background Screen.

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What's Happening After the Job Interview?

By Susan P. Joyce

Whew! You made it through the job interview. It seemed to go well - they seemed to like you, and you liked them and the job. 
You had everyone's contact information, and you immediately sent your thank you messages(Right?!) But, they haven't called you (yet!) to schedule the next appointment or to offer you the job. Like they said they would...

Why They Don't Call Back When They Say They Will

Don't assume the worst - don't assume that you didn't get the job!  At least, don't assume it, yet.
Often, the hiring process must take a back seat to other more urgent matters, like staying in business - handling crises, taking vacations, staying home sick, traveling on business, being promoted, leaving the organization, etc. 
Or, another candidate has appeared who must be interviewed.  Or someone high up in the organization has decided that NOW is the time to re-organize.  Or, the job was cancelled.  Or...

What's Happening?

While this job interview is the biggest thing on your mind right now, it is typically not the biggest thing on the schedules of the people who interviewed you.
Interviewing job candidates usually falls under the heading of "other duties as required" for most of the people involved. They have their "real" jobs to do, in addition to interviewing job candidates.  And, their jobs are usually their highest priorities.

Coordinating the Schedules of the "Right" People

Unless it's a very small employer where one person decides who is hired, you will be interviewed by several people.  When the interviews are over, those people need to meet to discuss all of the candidates to pick the one to be hired or the "finalists" for the second round of interviews.
Typically, 3 to 5, or more, candidates are interviewed over a period of several days or even several weeks, depending on the availability of the people who need to be involved in the interviewing.  If you were the first person interviewed, you may have the longest wait before you hear from the employer.

Then, Other People or Groups Join the Process

Typically, other parts of the organization are involved in finalizing the hire - accounting, human resources, perhaps even the legal department, and maybe other groups.  The larger the organization, the more people are involved.  Which, of course, means more time is needed for all of the various functions to do their parts of the process.

How Often Should You Call Them?

Typically, calling more than once a week is not a good idea.  Try for once every two weeks, if possible.  That's usually best when you are working with busy people in a large organization.
Understand that everything you do throughout this process is viewed as a "sample" of what you would be like as an employee or co-worker.  So, don't establish a reputation for yourself as someone who is annoying and pushy. 
If you can hold off for more than a week, particularly with a very large organization, you will probably find that is greatly appreciated.

Be Organized When You Contact Them

Phone calls are usually best because you can ask follow-up questions if necessary.  Be polite and professional, not angry or annoyed.
Give your name, the job you interviewed for (by requisition number, if you have it, or by job title), the date and time of your interview, and the name(s) of the person (people) who interviewed you.
Then, assuming they don't tell you that the job has been filled, ask:
  • Where they currently are in the hiring process? 
  • What the next steps are in the process?
  • What timing they expect for those next steps?
  • When you can expect to hear from them next?
These are the basic questions which should provide you with all of the information you need.

Bottom Line

The job interviewing process always seems to take more time than anyone wants or expects it to take.  So, take good care of yourself by continuing your job search, even if you feel like a job offer will be appearing very soon!  Jobs do get cancelled, and other people do get hired sometimes.  Avoid boxing yourself in and limiting your options by keeping your job search active until you have a job offer.


Job Opening:

Job Summary:
We are seeking customer representatives to support a financial organization in Frederick, MD. Those selected will receive incoming calls from clients/customers and offer world class service. This is a great opportunity for someone who has transferable “people/service skills” and the desire to work in an office environment. The extensive training provided to those selected offers the path to a career.

ü  Processing routine to complex transactions on-line, researching and resolving routine to moderately complex account inquiries and referring difficult problems to more senior representatives 
ü  Refer products, account maintenance, report generation, and project work

ü  These opportunities offer a set full time 40 hour a week- 8 hours a day schedule. Shifts as early as 7:00 am-4:00 pm or as late as 11 am-8 pm are available. 
ü  Recent, related customer interaction experience reflected on current resume
ü  Excellent phone etiquette with strong service skills
ü  MSOffice computer proficiency is required
ü  Paid classroom training for selected candidates

Opportunities are customer service-focused and require excellent verbal communication and problem solving skills. After submitting your resume to Frederickjobs@SparksHR.com with the subject “Customer Service [AD204400]” PLEASE CALL the SPARKS Frederick Office at (301) 663-0130 during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm) for immediate consideration. We want to speak with you!

We look forward to discussing your background, your current job search and your potential career path with SPARKS!

Job Opening: Antietam Cable- Technical Support (ISP) / Customer Service

Antietam Cable, located in Hagerstown, MD is seeking a full-time Technical Support (ISP)/Customer Service staff member. This position covers multiple, fixed shifts, depending on schedules and our employee needs. Schedule flexibility and a willingness to cover other shifts on occasion are preferred. The selected candidate will provide phone support for customers. Primary role is to respond to calls, analyze and troubleshoot the problems, create and resolve trouble tickets, and escalate issues to specific departments.

A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required, as is a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Familiarity with PCs is important; familiarity with Macs is a plus.
• Knowledge of Windows operating systems; common email clients (Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Eudora); Browsers (IE, Firefox).
• Ability to analyze, identify, prioritize and solve problems is required.
• Experience in troubleshooting hardware, network problems, digital phone, wireless networks, email clients, and connectivity is desirable.
• Understanding of networking terms.
• Good customer relations and communication skills are required.
• A+ certification is a plus.
• Able to troubleshoot and repair customer products/services using knowledge of plant distribution and customer equipment operation

Essential Functions:
• Answer the Help Desk phones in a courteous and friendly manner and following the procedures as outlined.
• Monitor and respond to Support and Abuse emails
• Enter the calls in Help Desk tracking software, including detailed information.
• Routinely check voicemail, especially if you have left the Help Desk at any point during your shift.
• Use any free time not needed to fulfill the above duties to do self-training to develop your knowledge and skills.
• Respond to customer generated tickets and email support requests.
• Provide support for any cable modem or digital phone issues.
• Maintain an appropriate and professional image of the company through appearance, demeanor, and interactions with customers at all times
• Comply with company policies and specifications • Perform other duties as assigned

The position offers a competitive wage and comprehensive benefit package, including group health & dental, paid time off, 401(k) and more. Antietam Cable is owned by a wonderful parent company, Schurz Communications, Inc., which owns television, radio, cable and newspaper properties throughout the country. Additional information on Schurz is available at www.schurz.com, and via the following video link: http://youtu.be/7OuMd2ikx7k

Interested candidates please visit www.schurz.jobs and search for position ANTM2466 to obtain more information and to apply.


3 Better Ways to Answer "Why Should We Hire You?"

By Lily Zhang

I don’t even like asking this question in a mock interview, so I don’t know how hiring managers stomach it in a real one. But, apparently they do—in fact, turns out it’s pretty common.
The good news is, despite how demanding and weirdly petulant the question is, it’s actually a really great opportunity to sum up why you’re a good fit for the position. It allows you to talk about your skills, your fit with the culture, and everything in between. What more could you ask for in an interview?
So, how exactly do you cover your bases for such an open question? Here are three strategies. 

1. The Intersection 

One way to attack this question is to intersect what’s in it for the hiring manager and what’s in it for you. Basically, you want to get across that he or she will get a enthusiastic employee who has the exact right skill set for the position and that you’ll get to—and therefore look forward to and be motivated to—do something meaningful, build your skills, and work toward the next step of your career.
The key here is to not forget that second part: talking about yourself. Too many people make the mistake of only listing the benefits for the employer. Going into what’s in it for you will give insight into why you’ll stay driven—a trait all interviewers are looking for. 

2. The Company Expert

Some interviewers will spell it out and others won’t, but you should know that the full question is always, “Why should I hire you over everyone else?” If you feel you’ve already spelled out your skills and experience multiple times, perhaps a better approach for you is to show what you have to offer that others don’t. Assuming you’re competing against other similarly qualified candidates, a good thing to highlight at this point is your dedication to the role.
To do that, show deep knowledge of the business and an understanding for how you might fit in. This, of course, requires a good bit of company research (here’s a great guide to get you started), so you can talk about the uniqueness, the history, the future, and your own personal investment. Diving into your knowledge of the company serves a few purposes. You show your excitement for the position, you come off as an insider who might be easier to train than other candidates, and you demonstrate how you handle something you’re invested in.

3. The Problem Solver

Frequently, hiring managers post positions because they have a problem that needs to be solved. Get straight to the point with your response and outline, ideally in detail, how you can offer immediate relief for the company’s pain point.
Like in a “Pain Letter,” don’t spend all your time talking about the past—focus your efforts on the future, and explain how you can make the interviewer’s life easier by addressing his most imminent issue. This shows you’re forward-thinking, already a team player, and ready to hit the ground running.
Next time you’re faced with this question, try one of these strategies to stand out above your competition. If nothing else, you’ll be memorable for how polished and unruffled you were. That alone might make you special.