we take your career seriously!
we listen. we pay attention. we care about your success.
Our success rate for placements is almost 100%.
(Well, ok, only 98% but we need something to strive for too!)
get the job
Have you ever wondered what a staffing agency is looking for in a candidate? Are you looking for resume tips from expert recruiters? Do you feel confident about your interviewing skills? Elite Personnel hires great candidates for Temp, Temp-to-Hire, and Direct Hire administrative roles in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Take a look at these dos and don’ts, view our job openings, and get a great job!
resume dos and don’ts
use microsoft word
do not use text boxes
do not use tables
pick an easy to read, standard font
have a good proofreader proofread it
current jobs should be in present tense
past jobs should be in past tense
be consistent with format and punctuation!
objectives rule you out more often than they rule you in
tell the truth - we really are going to check!
don't include salary information unless specifically requested
smile as though you are happy to be there
don't bring food or drink to the interview
look the interviewer in the eye
sit up straight
know what is on your resume and be able to talk about it!
don't relate horror stories about previous employers
if a previous position didn't work out, explain why clearly and without anger
ask appropriate questions (think about this beforehand)
know when you would be available to start - not some vague timeframe
ask for a business card from the interviewer so you can send a thank you
prepare yourself for the interview
review the company website thoroughly
wear professional clothes, shoes and accessories!
for goodness sake, practice a good firm handshake!
if you are unfamiliar with the location, scout it out the night before
arrive 15 minutes early!
send a hand-written thank you note immediately
be sure to include a sentence or two that shows you were listening!
follow up after 3 or 4 days to see if they need additional information
Join organizations where you are likely to meet employers you are interested in...often you can go to a few free events before you have to decide if you want to join
Ask friends and family for advice and introductions to potential employers or advisors
Remember to send thank you notes to everyone who helps...hand-written is best