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Best job candidates are organized

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heard a very sad story from a job recruiter who had just finished a call with a candidate who sparked their interest. After reading a well-written cover letter and dynamic resume, the recruiter called the candidate to learn more about them and potentially set up an in-person interview. To the recruiter’s dismay, the first two minutes of the phone conversation were focused around the candidate trying to figure out which employer was calling; which made the recruiter question the true level of interest. Needless to say, the recruiter’s first impression was not a very positive one. To me, this is a tragedy. One of the hardest tasks is capturing an employer’s attention with your resume and cover letter; and this candidate made it that far only to drop the ball. Don’t get me wrong, in today’s competitive job market it is not uncommon to apply for multiple positions; just as the candidate in the above story. While the positions may be similar in responsibility, the specific details and employers are

company when a recruiter calls you. Keep the list by the phone or on you at all times.

Be proactive with questions: Take the time to think of a few questions you would like to ask the recruiter based on likely very different. It is important to stay organized with the companies you have reached out to, in order to better position yourself and a serious and interested candidate. Here are a few tips on how you can be prepared for an employer call.

the job posting and your company research. This will help you start a fruitful conversation and show the recruiter that you have been seriously considering the position.

Stay updated:

Have a central document:

After every phone call, add notes from your conversation into your document. This can help you with subsequent calls, as well as help you prepare for an in-person interview with the company. Regardless of whether you apply for one position or 10, it is important that you are keeping accurate notes of your job search process. Treat your job search as a full-time position and potential employers as clients.

Whether on an iPad or paper notebook, have one centralized location that houses your information. This way you can easily reference your list to find the correct

Theresa Maher is vice president of media and editor of ‘Recruiting News’ at Jobing.com. For the latest Albuquerque job openings, visit the careers section of Local-iQ.com.

The more info the better: Keep a running list of every position you apply to. Include the company name, any contact information you have, the specific details of the position and what you included in your cover letter.

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Dog Body Language Workshop This two-hour long presentation taught by a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, will help you to learn what dogs are saying to each other, and to you. You will learn how your dog perceives your body language and learn how to use this knowledge to be a better observer of your dog. 10a-Noon, $10 ANIMAL HUMANE OF NEW MEXICO 615 VIRGINIA SE, 505.938.7900

animalhumanenm.org View, Read, Do Workshop This workshop gives caregivers the basic principles behind the “Learning Triangle.” Understand the concept of view-read-do for choosing and viewing television, reading books and creating fun activities to support learning. 10a-Noon, FREE, RSVP required. MOUNTAIN VIEW PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4100 NEW VISTAS CT. NW, 505.277.4087

newmexicopbs.org Corrales Bike & Wine Tour This is an eight-mile bike ride with stops designated roughly every two miles for patrons to enjoy wine tasting offered by the villages premier vineyards. 11:30a-3p, $6 BLISS SALON, 3741 NM HWY 528

zshat.com Michael Jasorka Book Signing An internationally-published cartoonist, Jasorka will talk about and show his newest graphic novel, December 3rd 1967: An Alien Encounter. 3p, FREE PAGE ONE BOOKSTORE 11018 MONTGOMERY NE, 505.294.2026 page1book.com

Barnyard Animals 101 Learn everything you need to know about raising hens, ducks, and goats. Advance registration required. 11a-Noon, $5 LOS POBLANOS 4803 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.9297

lospoblanos.com Summer Fun Membership Day Enjoy traditional native dances, native artist demos/sales, gourd painting, pottery and making, and a book signing with Peter R. Secord. 9a-3p, FREE-$5 INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER 2401 12TH NW, 505.843.7270

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SUN 12 be.CAUSE Hair & Fashion Show 7-9p, $25 ENVY NIGHT CLUB-RT. 66 CASINO I-40 EXIT 140, 505.352.4734

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MON 13 Cartooning In The Classroom with Tim Kreiter Tim Kreiter will show how to create cartoon heads, gesture action figure, solid objects and perspective drawings. 6:30p, FREE LOMA COLORADO MAIN LIBRARY 755 LOMA COLORADO NE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5013

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TUE 14 The History of The SGT. Pepper’s Album An audio/video presentation about this seminal album. 6:30p, FREE ESTHER BONE MEMORIAL LIBRARY 950 PINETREE SE, RIO RANCHO, 505.891.5225 ci.rio-rancho.nm.us

Pet Loss Group A group supporting those who have lost or anticipate the loss of an animal companion. 6p, $20 VCA VETERINARY CARE ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND REFERRAL CENTER 9901 MONTGOMERY NE, 505.265.3087

Poetry Open Mic Night Hosted by Kenneth P. Gurney and local poets of NM. Sign up for the open mic session begins at 6:45, 7p, FREE

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Native Plants Tour of the Railyard Park Join Linda Churchill of Green Forward and the Native Plant Society of NM members for this walking tour and discussion of native plants growing in the Railyard. 5-7p, FREE THE SANTA FE RAILYARD PARK 504 EARLY, SANTA FE, 505.316.3596

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Updates on Osteoporosis E. Michael Lewiecki will speak at the Osteoporosis Foundation’s Educational Presentation. 1:30-3p, $1 MANZANO MESA MESA MULTIGENERATIONAL CENTER 501 ELIZABETH SE, 505.275.8731

Field to Fork Dining Highlights of this four-course pricefixe meal include local green beans and Los Poblanos Pork Carnitas. Reservations from 5p-8p, $65/ person. Aug. 16 & 17 LOS POBLANOS 4803 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.9297

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Bark for Life The American Cancer Society Bark for LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. 6-8p, donations EL OSO GRANDE PARK MORRIS & OSUNA, 505.262.6026

relayforlife.org/barkalbuquerquenm Kirt Hickman Book Signing Kirt Hickman signs his new children’s book Purple and other works. 1-4p, FREE. TREASURE HOUSE BOOKS & GIFTS 2012 SOUTH PLAZA NW, 505.242.7204

Westside Summerfest The final Summerfest of the year. Live music, activities a variety of food vendors, local merchants and a beer garden. 7-10:30p, FREE COTTONWOOD MALL 10000 COORS BYPASS NW, 311

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Westside Forum Discussion Rahim Balsara will share personal experiences of his two years in central Asia. 3p, FREE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST WESTSIDE CONGREGATION 1650 ABRAZO, RIO RANCHO, 505.255.0306

uuwestside.org/wordpress.org/ home/forum/ Pet Loss Group A group supporting those who have lost or anticipate the loss of an animal companion. 10a, $20. ANIMAL HUMANE NEW MEXICO 615 VIRGINIA SE, 505.265.3087

Raising hens, ducks, goats Learn everything you need to know about raising hens, ducks, and goats. Collect eggs from the chickens and even milk a goat. Note: Class available weather permitting. Advance registration required. 11a-Noon, $5 LOS POBLANOS 4803 RIO GRANDE NW, 505.344.9297

lospoblanos.com Purple Heart Monument Ceremony Join “What Would U Give,” a grass roots organization supporting all veterans for The Dedication Ceremony for the Purple Heart Memorial Monument. 1p, FREE ESTHER BONE MEMORIAL LIBRARY 950 PINETREE SE, RIO RANCHO, 505.401.9879

whatwouldugive.org Michael Gray Book Signing Michael Gray will talk about his newest novel, Asleep at the Wheel of Time, a science-fiction effort about an asteroid hurtling toward Earth. He also will discuss his memoir, The Flying Caterpillar. 2p, FREE PAGE ONE BOOKSTORE 11018 MONTGOMERY NE, 505.294.2026

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Coffee & Conversation Series: Mt. Taylor: Traditional Cultural Property on the NM Register of Cultural Properties Panelists are Theresa Pasqual (Acoma Pueblo) of the Acoma Historic Preservation Office and Shelly Chimoni (Zuni Pueblo) Executive Director to the All Indian Pueblo Council. 5:30-7p, FREE THE INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER 2401 12TH NW, 505.843.7270

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