May 14, 2017

The Top Interview Mistakes Candidates Make: Perspectives From A Hiring Manager

6/6/14 No one likes sitting in the interview hot-seat. Whether you’re a recent college graduate, a transitioning veteran, or an experienced professional, the interview can be a tense, high-pressure ordeal that’s easy to mess up and challenging to pull off. Yet, delivering a solid interview performance is necessary to get the job–or make it to the next round of interviews. To help our veteran job seekers improve their interview skills, I spoke to interview expert Brian Niswander, founder of, about the interview process from his perspective as a hiring manager. He gave me exclusive insight on the most common mistakes candidates make, and how you can avoid them. 1. Late Arrival Good interview etiquette indicates you should present yourself for the interview 10 minutes before it starts. However, many candidates show up late, which immediately rubs the interviewer the wrong way. According to Niswander, “If you can’t even make it to the interview on time, you’re sending a strategic message that you won’t make it to work on time, or meet your deadlines on time.” Avoid This Mistake: Avoiding this scenario is simple–show up early! Look up directions the day before and drive the route if you don’t know where to go. Even if you have a legitimate excuse for a late arrival, you’re still making an inconvenience for the interviewers, who will remember you showed up late. If it happens, all you can do to recover is apologize to the interviewers, explain why you were late, and then […]
May 14, 2017

MVRC Hosts Open House Event, Celebrates New Resource Center

6/5/14 Despite yesterday’s brief downpour, Military Veterans Resource Center’s Open House event drew a crowd out to the new Chillicothe resource center. Previously serving veterans out of the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, MVRC has moved to 1786 N. Bridge St., located north of the Chillicothe Mall Shopping Center. “Our goal with the open house was to celebrate the opening of our new resource center and to share the career services we provide veterans,” said Executive Director Len Proper. “We appreciate the community’s support and are grateful for everyone who came out to visit with us.” The event started at 10:00 a.m. and throughout the day, MVRC staff members gave tours of the new center, served the attendees a picnic lunch and handed out promotional items. Radio host Christina Wolford from WKKJ 94. 3 also broadcasted live from the event, which enticed several interested listeners to stop by. “So many people don’t know about these resources, and they’re free,” said open house attendee Tim Wilson. Wilson first met MVRC career specialist Dennis Lambert, who runs the center, while he was a patient at the VA Medical Center. “Dennis goes above and beyond helping so many people. He helped me find my job at Kenworth [Truck Company].” Now that MVRC has its own space, Lambert feels he’ll be able to gain a wider outreach and provide more veterans with career services that fit their needs. “The first day we put up [MVRC’s] new sign, I got three calls from people asking about […]
May 13, 2017

Dressing For Interview Success: 7 Tips For Men

5/22/14 Last week, we featured professional dress tips for women. Now it’s the men’s turn. If you have an interview or a job fair coming up, one of the easiest things you can do to relieve some stress is plan your outfit in advance. When you take the time to look professional, not only will you feel better on the big day, but employers will consider you a serious candidate. To make it easier on you, we’ve designed this infographic featuring appropriate and inappropriate interview outfit choices for men. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to interview success! need tips
May 13, 2017

Dressing For Interview Success: 7 Tips For Women

5/14/14 According to our friends at Interview Skills 101, 65% of bosses say clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar candiates. Ladies and gentleman, I didn’t make a typo. If a hiring manager’s decision comes down to you and another candidate who brings the same skills to the table, there’s a good chance that your interview outfit will make or break the deal. Your appearance matters. Employers want people who will represent their company well to customers, clients, the public, etc.  So if you don’t give a second thought to what you look like before an interview, it’s time to change your ways. Plan your interview outfit the day before the interview, not one hour before. Ask a friend or relative for their opinion just to make sure you’re on the right track. If you’re a female job seeker, MVRC is giving you some extra help this week. Our Marketing Team has put together this infographic that highlights appropriate and inappropriate interview attire. Follow these steps and you’ll impress the hiring manager with your professional style!   need 7 tips
May 13, 2017

7 Secrets To A Successful Telephone Interview

4/24/14 For those of you going through a job search right now, you know your resume can help you get your foot in the door. More importantly, an employer will make the hiring decision based on the in-person interviews. But what if the hiring manager wants to schedule a telephone interview? Oftentimes, the phone interview is the precursor to the in-person interview, and so it should be taken just as seriously. While preparation for the telephone interview is similar to an in-person interview, there will be a few differences you need to anticipate if you want to make it to the grand finale. MVRC’s Marketing Team has designed the following infographic with these 7 tips to help you prepare for your next phone interview. Following these quick, simple steps can make the difference between making it to the in-person interviews or being passed over for other candidates. If you would like additional information on interviewing techniques, or if you need help with your job search, call us today at 614-230-0662. need the tips
May 5, 2017

Employer spotlight: TP Mechanical

TP Mechanical serves the mechanical contracting, service & fabrication industries,  and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. TP Mechanical specializes in large-scale construction projects including industrial, commercial, retail, institutional and more. TP Mechanical has earned the American Builders and Contractors’ Accredited Quality Contractor certification. This program recognizes and honors those construction firms which have documented their commitment in five key areas of corporate responsibility. MVRC will be hosting TP Mechanical at our Columbus resource center on Wednesday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your resume and dress to impress! Openings at TP Mechanical’s Columbus location are: Service Technician A Service Technician is responsible for daily Service work.  Work includes plumbing, heating and refrigeration systems.  Applicant should be able to read and understand blueprints, communicate effectively with all other persons on the job-site, including our sub-contractors, and represent TP Mechanical in a professional manner.  Applicant should also be able to accept direction and/or lead and delegate the work if necessary. On-Site Safety Specialist This is a full-time temporary position on-site at a project in Cincinnati, Ohio lasting 18-24 months.  Salary would range from $40k-$49k. Responsibilities: Performing documented field safety audits and making recommendations for corrective actions as needed. Assisting with random drug screening program. Assisting with safety incident investigations as well as OSHA investigations. Making recommendations to management concerning disciplinary actions when safety violations occur. Assisting with safety related training. Assists with completing permits as required. CAD Operator The CAD Operator develops and creates CAD drawings as needed and […]
May 1, 2017

Vets Golf Free Day planned for Armed Forces Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (May 1, 2017) – Celebrate Ohio’s military members this Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20 at the fourth annual Vets Golf Free Day hosted by Military Veterans Resource Center at the Forrest Everhart Memorial Golf Course on the grounds of the Chillicothe VA. Vets Golf Free Day is a nine-hole two person scramble and tee times are available from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. by reservation only. To schedule a tee time, contact Randy Post at 740-774-8387. Veterans and service members can golf for free when proof of service is presented at check-in (golf cart included). Non-veterans will pay the regular course fees. A 50/50 raffle, skins and skill prizes will be awarded. A free hog roast lunch will be served after all games are finished. The Forrest Everhart Memorial Golf Course is located at 17273 State Route 104 and is named for Medal of Honor recipient Forrest E. Everhart, who served in the U.S. Army as a technical sergeant during World War II. Military Veterans Resource Center helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage life transitions. MVRC is based in Columbus and operates four centers throughout Ohio. For additional information, please visit ###