3 Quotes to Consider When Leading Volunteers

Written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to lead volunteers as a staff member as well as a chair of an all-volunteer board. It can certainly be a challenge, but it is also a great privilege and offers surprising rewards! I remember planning an awards event several years ago that went awry. We had more than a dozen people show up that did not RSVP. My first thoughts were: where will we seat them & will there be enough food? As I look back, I am so thankful for the volunteers who jumped

Secrets of the Job Search for Recent Graduates

Written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting This time of year is always crazy busy with upcoming graduation and new beginnings for recent grads. Job search is on the top of their lists. I often get inquiries about resumes, cover letters & job search strategies in the spring. So, I thought a blog post addressing secrets for the job search would be timely. But first, I want to share a quick story. A couple of months ago, I worked with a client who was approaching college graduation. She was a treat to work with; she had a wonderful attitude, great

What does Culture have to do with a Job Fair?

Written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting A friend of mine once shared with me a story of leaving a job to pursue one that seemed like a great opportunity. Soon after taking the new job, she discovered the culture was a nightmare. The company owner had terrible temper and was not necessarily following appropriate guidelines for the business they were in. Needless to say, it was not a culture fit for her and she moved on to find another job. When determining your next career move, culture should definitely be a considering factor. In the next few weeks, we

The 3 Quickest Ways to Turn Off a Hiring Manager

Written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting  You’ve landed the job interview! In preparation for your meeting with your potential boss, what should you do? Start by checking out these 3 quick ways to turn off a hiring manager: 1. Talking too much in the interview – Yes, the interviewer wants to know more about you and your experience. However, they don’t want your life history. Do your best to stick to short, concise answers to their specific questions. Don’t overshare – especially about previous terrible bosses! And, limit your questions to 2 or 3 good ones. 2. Too much

A Terrible Answer to an Interview Question

Written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting I recently conducted an interview with a job candidate for one of our clients. During the session, the young lady answered all of the questions perfectly. As the conversation was coming to a close, I had one final question. I asked, “Why did you make the transition from your last position to your current one?” The resume was stellar, the interview had gone well so far, but her answer allowed me to easily make the decision to not recommend her for a call back. Her answer, you ask? “I was just late too

Revisiting 4 Tips to an Awesome Job Shadow or Informational Interview

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting A couple of years ago, I worked with a student who participated in a job shadow offered through a program at her school. She was interested in the medical field. However, during the job shadow, she realized it was not for her. The eye-opening experience helped guide her to another path. Summer is almost here, and now is a great time for recent grads and college students to consider a job shadow or internship! If opportunities for those are not available, an informational interview is another option. All of these are

Making Passion a Priority in Work

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting  I recently wrote a blog about “People First” and I how I feel we do that well at HPC. You can check it out here: People First. Of course, as with anything, there is always room for improvement. One company value that I personally would like to improve upon is “Passion”. Passion. We believe passion should be a key driver in the workplace. Therefore, we demonstrate passion in the work we do, hire individuals who are passionate about the work our organization engages in, and strive to help our clients discover, develop

Company Values: Are You Learning?

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting  During a recent workshop with junior high students, one topic we discussed was becoming an apprentice for life. Now, more than ever, continuous learning is relevant regardless of your industry (or your age). At Horizon Point, it is one of our core values, and it is one of my favorite things about my career and the company I work for. Continuous Learning. We believe continual learning is a key driver in creating passion and productivity in life and in work. To that end, we invest in the personal development of our people

People First

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting  People first is one company value that I feel we do right at Horizon Point. As I prepared to step on the treadmill last night around 5:30pm, my phone rang. Knowing it was a work-related call that might take a few minutes, I answered it anyway. The person on the line was in California and seeking guidance on a credentialing application. Working with individuals across time zones means, we often get calls that aren’t in our “scheduled working hours”, but it allows us to make a difference in a much larger

Networking Authentically

Guest blog written by: Taylor Simmons, Horizon Point Consulting  As we continue to explore authenticity, let’s consider authenticity in networking. As we all know, networking is essential for the job seeker. I recently found a survey that claimed 85 percent of jobs are found through networking. So, how can we network, bring our “A” game and continue to be authentic? Develop an elevator speech. The key is storytelling. Be honest and be you! Check out a previous post from the Point Blog for tips: https://horizonpointconsulting.com/blog3/item/networking-during-the-holiday-season/. If you are attending a formal networking event (such as a job fair), do your