Why an Informational Interview?


The information interview is another key component in a successful job search. It should go with your networking efforts, getting names of people at companies in which you’re interested, and a top notch resume and cover letter.

So you set up the interview – and then what?! The Wise Job Search, a website that provides information, resources, and ideas for job searchers (and a site you might want to investigate!), suggests four considerations when you incorporate information interviews in your job search strategy: 

  • YOU drive the agenda
  • Preparation is key
  • Balance talking and listening
  • Respect their time

The article expands on each of these suggestions; read it HERE. 



Oh, What to Wear to the Office


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It’s not always easy to know what the appropriate dress for a new job is or, in a long-term job, what to wear when the dress code changes. These suggestions from Hannah Moss include 1) Looking at your organization’s culture, 2) Dressing for what Might happen, and 3) Asking a Mentor for advice. For the full story behind her suggestions, see Tips for Navigating Your Office’s Dress Code.”


Positions at CF Industries Holdings


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CF Industries, Multiple Positions, Iowa locations

Safety Supervisor, Sergeant Bluff, IA

Maintenance Engineer, Sergeant Bluff, IA

Instrument and Electrical (I&E) Technician, Sergeant Bluff, IA

Mgr, Environmental Health & Safety, Sergeant Bluff, IA

Safety Guard, Garner, IA

Safety Guard, Spencer, IA

Maintenance Technician – Millwright, Sergeant Bluff, IA







Jobs – July 19, 2017


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City of Des Moines, Laboratory Analyst, Iowa
(Deadline July 24)

City of Des Moines, Plant Equipment Lubricator, Iowa
(Deadline July 31)

City of Sioux Falls, Parking Patrol, South Dakota
(Deadline August 2)

Palmer Group, Accounting Associate, Des Moines, IA

Clinton Community School District, Art Teacher, Clinton, IA

State of Iowa, Social Worker 2, Indianola, IA

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, Associate Actuary, Grinnell, IA

JobLeads, Executive Director in Training, Williamsburg, IA

WorkInSports.com, Editor, Fairfield, IA

Dallas County, GIS Technician, Adel, IA
(Deadline August 2)

City of Waukee, Technical Services Specialist, Iowa
(Deadline July 30, 11:59 p.m.)


Ament Design, Survey Office Technician (PT), Moline, IL

Ament Design, Survey Technician, Cedar Rapids, IA

Johnson Service Group, Administrative Assistant, Des Moines, IA
(Contract Position)

KCAU-TV, Morning Anchor, Sioux City, IA
(Deadline August 18)

KCAU-TV, Multi-Media Journalist, Sioux City, IA
(Deadline August 18)

Link Associates, Residential Administrative Specialist, West Des Moines, IA
(Deadline August 18)

Great West Casualty Company, Business Intelligence Developer, South Sioux City, NE
(Deadline August 4)




Slow Time at Work?


When you are new to a job, you might be overwhelmed at first, but you will find, at times, the workflow slows way down, and then what?

After you have offered to help somewhere else, but your supervisors are still unable to find work for you, what do you do? Francesca El-Attrash suggests “6 Things to Do When Work is Slow,” including:

  • Organize
  • Read up
  • Track Accomplishments
  • Update
  • Dream big
  • Network

To find out more about each of these tips – good for young and old professionals alike – read the full article HERE. (Part of GovLoop’s millennial blog series.)


“Winging” Your Interview?


You have work experience. You have had a number of interviews. You feel comfortable “winging” your next interview. SHOULD YOU?

In the article, “Science Warns Don’t Do These 6 Things If You Want To Get Hired,” by John Boitnott, the author identifies six solid DON’Ts if you want to avoid interview slip-ups, including:

  • Talking instead of listening
  • Lie
  • Show up dressed for yardwork
  • Wing it
  • Accept the first low salary offered
  • Do nothing after the interview

For the full story – backed by science – on these tips, read the article HERE.