Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mary Sherwood Selected as Community Partner at next Delegate Sponsored Job Fair

Thank you Delegates for allowing me the opportunity to contribute career education and resume review!

Wilmington, Del. – To take advantage of the nation’s continuing economic recovery and to assist local businesses in helping them find employees, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Representative John Carney announced today, in partnership with Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, they will host a job fair on Friday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Delaware Technical & Community College Wilmington campus (333 N. Shipley Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801).

A day prior to the job fair, the delegation will host a job skills workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wilmington Library (10 East 10th Street). The sessions will cover resume building, interview skills and dressing for success. There will also be a room arranged like a job fair for participants to get a feel for how a job fair works. Community partners who are hosting the seminars include Career Team, Mary Sherwood and One Village Alliance.  Read More

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Interview Soft Skills: What no one tells you

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If you are looking for work, you no doubt have read many articles about how to interview, how to answer interview questions, and what not to do in an interview.  These are the nuts and bolts of what you need to know to be successful in an interview, to be sure!

But, what is not so often discussed, written about, or even thought of is what I think of as “Interview Soft Skills.”  These are the skills that you and others may assume you already have or no about.  Many of the clients I work with, though don’t.

If you haven’t interviewed in a while or have never interviewed (believe it or not I have some clients who have been lucky enough to glide through several jobs without a formal interview), you will certainly want to review these soft skills and make sure you are on point for your next interview.

Hopefully it isn’t tomorrow.  The time to be preparing for an interview is well before you are scheduled for one.  If you want to nail your interview then you start preparing for the interview when you start looking for a job!

Here are some of the soft skills you need to be hired after your next interview. Links to full article to read more on are included:

Preparing for an interview is not enough – you really need to over prepare. Interview Tip #1.
Take notes and plan ahead for taking notes during the interview Tip #2.
Have appropriate, comfortable clothes to wear Interview Tip #3.
Interview Tip #4 stresses the importance of visiting the location the day before.
 Tip #5 is relax – you just can’t cram for an interview.
During an interview it is important to breathe – to avoid saying um and to calm your nerves Tip # 6.
Tip #7 Strike a pose  gives tips for managing awkward moments or long pauses.
Smile! To put the interviewer at ease and to come across as pleasant Tip #8. 
Tip #9 -  Ask questions to lay the groundwork for a conversational interview.
Watch your body language Tip #10.

Videos corresponding to each tip can be found on and Slide Share.
Good Luck!
Here is a list of resources for possible interview questions and other resources:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Interviewing Soft Skills: The very basics of interviewing

Many experts talk about how to answer interview questions and, a few, how to dress or write a thank you note.  But, if you haven't interviewed for a while (or ever), you may want to make sure you have the very basics of interviewing - Interview Soft Skills.

Here is a series of articles I wrote for  Corresponding videos are available on Youtube.  Practice - really over-preparing (see Interview Tip #1),  Prepare your notes (Tip #2), Have appropriate, comfortable clothes to wear (see Interview Tip #3), Interview Tip #4 shared the importance of visiting the location the day before, and Tip #5, was to relax. They all addressed preparation and tips for before the interview.  Tip # 6 (Breathe), Tip #7 Strike a pose Tip #8 Smile Tip #9 -  Ask Questions and Interview Tip #10 (Watch your body language) deal with that nerve racking During-The-Interview period.

I hope you are preparing for an upcoming interview and find this information helpful.  If you need help, just let me know!  Email me. Good Luck!

Here is a list of resources for possible interview questions and other resources:

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Mary Sherwood Sevinsky

Mary is a CAREER AND OCCUPATIONAL CONSULTANT who is masters-prepared and certified. She is a business owner with nearly 20 years of experience in Corporate Management, Career Assessment & Counseling and in writing Career Articles and Educational Materials.

She has worked as a CORPORATE MANAGER experienced in hiring, firing and managing a staff of professionals with a multimillion dollar budget. She enjoys WRITING AND EDITING and has spent many years developing Marketing Materials and Presentations, Writing Proposals and Plans, and Conducting Staff Development Sessions in addition to working as a vocational consultant. Learn more about Mary and her services:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Delaware Congressional Delegation Job Fair

Thursday September 4th
Job Skills Training Workshops
Wilmington Library
***The purpose of the workshop is to provide job seekers with information on interviewing, dressing for success, and resume building in preparation for Friday’s job fair.

Friday September 5th
Congressional Delegation Job Fair
Delaware Technical and Community College, Wilmington

U.S. Senator Christopher A. Coons
1105 N. Market Street Suite 100|Wilmington, DE 19801
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