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When Life Gives You Lemons…


Such a simple solution to make something positive out of something negative.   Every job seeker needs to know how to make their own lemonade when they don’t get the job.

There is a plethora of advice available on how to “get the job.”  But what happens when you’ve taken all the proper steps and you still don’t get the call asking you when you can start? Rejection is disappointing, but turning a negative into a positive is the best thing you can do to move forward.

Handle rejection with professionalism to protect your reputation and your brand:

  • Express gratitude: After hearing back from the hiring manager, thank them for their consideration.  Asking for feedback can help you gain insight into whether there were any particular skills or examples of work that would have had a more positive impact. Check out “How to Ask Why You Didn’t Get the Job” for advice on this tricky conversation.
  • Don’t be defensive: It’s easy to get offended and flash your defensive side, but conducting yourself in the most professional manner possible when you don’t get the job can leave the door open and won’t damage your reputation (remember, it’s a small world).
  • Utilize the experience and feedback: Think of rejection as a chance to improve. This is a great time to refine your resume, portfolio and job expectations.

Remember, you will bounce back, and thinking of this temporary setback as a learning experience can make you a better job candidate, and ultimately, a better employee.

Virgo Hiring Horoscope


Virgo (August 22-September 23) Virgo is an Earth sign ruled by the planet Mercury.  Sometimes stubborn, Virgos are notorious for over-complicating situations and limiting their capability to move forward.  Also known for analytic minds and excellent memories, Virgos are highly intelligent and precise.

If you are searching for a job:  You may feel doubtful and unsure if the position you’re interviewing for is a good fit for your skills and personality.  Ask the interviewer as many questions as you need to in order to fully understand what the job entails.  Your first interview is not the place to seem fussy and inflexible.  Succinctly communicate your interest in the position and how your skills are applicable for the job.

If you are hiring:  After interviewing all possible candidates, put your excellent analytic skills to work evaluating each job seeker’s skills and experience.  Don’t get caught up on small details. Once you make your hiring decision, act quickly to ensure that your potential new hire has not taken another position.

Business Compatibility: Sagittarius, Cancer and Libra

Leo Hiring Horoscope


Leo (July23-August 21) Leo is a Fire sign ruled by the planet Sun. Leo needs to have control whether at home, in a relationship or at the workplace.  Easily able to forgive and forget – Leo will strike back if crossed. Leo has an infective energy that will capture the attention of others. 

If you are searching for a job: As confident and ambitious as you may be, a job search can be frustrating. Take control of the hunt and contact CM Access for help with your job search. Our Career Advocates take a personal approach to recruiting and placing qualified interactive, creative and marketing professionals and they’ll match you with that perfect high energy position.

If you are hiring:  Use your love for the new and unexpected to find a candidate that will bring life to a position. Search for someone with your energy to keep the team motivated and active.  Don’t settle for a candidate based only on their qualifications – personality and fit are just as important.

Business Compatibility: Leo, Gemini and Capricorn

Cancer Hiring Horoscope


Cancer (June 21-July22) Cancer is a Water sign ruled by the planet Moon. Cancer have a strong intuition, some may even suggest psychic.  They are dependable and loyal, always standing up for what they believe in.  Moody at times, Cancer never stop caring for those close to them.

If you are searching for a job: Rely on your intuition in your job search, do not follow the mood swing of the week and accept the first job offer that comes along.  You should not only seek the ideal job, but also a company that shares your beliefs and professional ideology. The right company will value your dependability, strong voice and commitment to hard work.

If you are hiring: Be sure a candidate fits with your company’s culture before making a hiring decision.  Restarting the recruitment and hiring process to replace a bad match is time consuming and costly. You may experience push-back from others, but stand your ground and speak up for the candidate you believe in. Trust your instinct and hire the perfect candidate the first time.

Business Compatibility: Taurus, Cancer and Aquarius

Gemini Hiring Horoscope


Gemini (May 22 – June 21) Gemini is an Air sign ruled by the planet Mercury.  Clever and energetic, Gemini are not afraid to speak their minds – though they may have trouble making up their minds. Gemini fear routine and monotony, they will not sit and watch the world fly by.

If you are searching for a job: Focus your energy into your job search and pinpoint the position you are seeking. Utilizing your gift of articulation and go-getter attitude, attend networking events to increase your circle of contacts. Hone in on your ability to adapt to any situation and tweak your resume for each position to which you are applying.  List previous positions, skills and other credentials that are relevant to the job.

If you are hiring: All of the candidates have been interviewed; now it is time to decide who is perfect for the job.  Make the decision carefully and quickly, resisting the urge to waiver and second guess yourself.  Allowing too much time between the interview and decision could give the candidate the opportunity to accept a position elsewhere, leaving you with unsatisfactory choices.

Business Compatibility: Leo, Aquarius, Pisces

Don’t Let Video Kill the Interview Star


Creative hiring managers are using video conferencing not only for internal meetings, but also for the interview process…and it’s paying off for both companies seeking talent and job seekers.

Here at CM Access, we’re leveraging video to bring candidates and hiring companies together in a more efficient way…

We’re offering time-strapped hiring managers and job seekers an alternative to the traditional interview. To shorten the time to hire, CM Access has embraced video conferencing to quickly bring candidates and hiring companies together. No schedules to juggle or travel expenses to incur, while the job seeker gains a job and the hiring company quickly adds a talented team member to hit the ground running.

Cost and time efficient, the video interview sounds great, right?  But like anything else, getting the most out of new technology doesn’t come without challenges. Job seekers, have no fear: We have a how-to video and a few tips to help get you “ready for your close-up” and make video conferencing work for you…

  •  Keep it Professional – Since you’re not in an office setting, it’s easier to become slack about your level of professionalism. Keep in mind you’re not chatting with a friend. This is a job interview, so prepare as you would for any face-to-face meeting – with a sharp, polished and professional appearance and attitude.  Don’t take any wardrobe risks with “business in the front, party on the bottom.”  You may shift in your seat and give your potential employer a shot of your pajama pants they will likely not forget.
Don't Let Video Kill the Interview Star

No pajama pants!

  •  The Setting –You’ve combed your hair and you’re dressed to impress, but does the interviewer really need to know that you’re sitting in your bedroom with laundry hanging on your treadmill?  Be sure to create a professional-looking background, free of clutter and without any hidden surprises lurking or interrupting (that means no barking dogs, lingering cats or children barging into the room!
  •  Practice Makes Perfect – Even if you’re an interview pro, the camera can add to your nerves and throw you off your A-game. Enlist a friend to help you rehearse to ensure that you feel comfortable when it comes to the real interview.  For the most realistic eye contact, don’t look at your screen but at the camera. Be sure you keep your movement minimal – try to avoid talking with your hands, fixing your hair or fidgeting.
You can also check out a great video from Time, “How to Ace a Job Interview on Skype,”  to help get you prepared for your video. Now that you have some tips to get you “ready for your close-up,” will your next interview be virtual?

Taurus Hiring Horoscope Forecast


Taurus (April 21 – May 20) Taurus is an Earth sign ruled by the planet Venus.  Known to persevere, Taurus pushes on when everyone else has thrown in the towel.  Taurus may seem slightly stubborn and a little lazy at times but don’t let that fool you – their persistent drive gets the job done.

If you are searching for a job: Be prompt when writing a “thank you” note to an interviewer.  Procrastinating could cause the job to be filled without giving you an opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position.  Send a letter within two days after the interview and use your creativity to make your follow-up stand out from the rest.

If you are hiring: Create a detailed job description that clearly communicates with prospective applicants the criteria you are searching for.  A vague description will leave you piles of unrelated resumes to sort through, causing even the most patient Taurus to become irritated.

Business Compatibility: Cancer, Virgo, Aquarius

Tip #8: Dress your best when interviewing!


The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That’s why it’s always important to dress professionally for a job interview, even if the work environment is casual. (This goes for you too designers 🙂 )  Keep in mind that it’s much better to be overdressed than under dressed; however, if your idea of appropriate attire is that of Michael Scott’s, then I suggest you tone it down a notch.  And if you’re STILL not sure on how to dress, then we recommend checking in with your recruiter.

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Check Out Tip #9!

Tip #7: Do your homework before the interview


A crucial element in successful interview preparation is having significant knowledge about the company you are interviewing with so you can demonstrate your enthusiasm, as well as be able to articulate how your skills and values match those of the organization and industry.  But these days, your company research shouldn’t just come from a quick Google search or a glance at their website.  Using LinkedIn and other social media tools to review the background of the company and your interviewers could be just the leg up you need in this competitive job market.  Remember, you can never know “too much” about an organization and interviewers are always impressed when you can ask informed, intelligent questions.

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Check Out Tip #8

Tip #5: Focus on staying focused!


An interview is not a casual chat, it’s a meeting held with the purpose of determining if you have the skills, experience, character and motivation that the hiring manager is looking for.  Listening and paying attention is just as important as answering questions because if you’re not paying attention, you’re not going to be able to give a good response.  It’s best to eliminate all distractions such as your phone, or in Michael Scott’s case, tea bags.  After all, they will be there after the interview is over.

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