45 Ways To Stand Out During The Interview Process



  1. Set up an online portfolio, if applicable.
  2. Pursue industry-related certifications.
  3. Check that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date.


  1. Tailor your application to the job.
  2. Address the hiring manager in your cover letter.
  3. Include portfolio and social links in your resume.
  4. Keep your resume neat and clean.
  5. Send your resume as a PDF.
  6. Mention you have references available upon request.


  1. Choose a quiet location to take the call.
  2. Print out any reference material and lay them out in front of you.


  1. Answer with, “Hello, this is [Name].”
  2. Have a professional voicemail message, just in case.
  3. Use a friendly and upbeat tone of voice.
  4. Allow a pause before taking your turn to speak.
  5. Thank your interviewer for their time.
  6. Say goodbye in a professional way.


  1. Send a follow-up thank you email.
  2. Emphasize your interest in the job.
  3. Keep it brief.
  4. Have a professional email signature.


  1. Prepare copies of your resume and cover letter – print them on high quality paper.
  2. Dress according to office culture.
  3. Keep hair and makeup simple.


  1. Arrive at least 10 minutes early.
  2. Be kind to everyone you encounter.
  3. Turn off or silence your devices.
  4. Stand up when your interview walks in – shake hands with everyone.
  5. Use your research to break the ice.
  6. Keep a friendly but professional distance.
  7. Practice social etiquette.
  8. Keep business cards handy.
  9. Ask thought-provoking questions (Prepare these ahead of time).
  10. Maintain eye contact.
  11. Keep a strong and confident posture.
  12. Don’t forget to smile.
  13. Don’t be afraid to brag.
  14. Tie your experience and skills to the job specs.
  15. Make your narrative clear.
  16. Ask for feedback.
  17. Listen carefully.
  18. Thank your interviewer for their time.


  1. Send a  thank-you note (Handwritten, email, etc) – personalize it to each conversation.
  2. Reiterate your fit during follow-up.
  3. Be patient.

Change your clocks, Change your batteries

Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms should have worked but failed to operate, it is usually because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead. NFPA provides the following guidelines around smoke alarms:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
  • Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  • For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

**A new alternative is the 10-year smoke detector with sealed lithium power cell, so you don’t have to replace the battery.


5 Traits Every Job Seeker Should Have

Behavioral science suggests that most successful people are aware of both their strengths and weaknesses. There are 5 strengths that best represent character attributes.

1. Decisive

In order to move decisions forward you often need to make decisions that are swift and decisive, that need an immediate action that otherwise, would have a potential consequence of lost revenue. Additionally, react to emergency situations that require a person who is resolute; without fear to make a quick and decisive action.

2. Confident

Along with being decisive, confidence is a strong strength that is a necessity as a sales manager. Being the leader in the sales department; both your sales representatives and other employees of the company are very dependent on the success of the sales team so being a confident leader establishes your ability to lead your sales team and prove to the other employees that you someone who can be counted on.

3. Leadership

If you feel you’re a leader, all one needs to do is look behind them; if no one is there you simply taking a long walk in the park. Of all my strength being an effective leader is at the forefront of my strengths like football or baseball who both have their leaders. Typically, the quarterback or in baseball, the catcher. In sales it’s the Sales manager, who is the Quarterback or if you will, shortstop. Regardless, has the expectation to lead his team to success.

4. Communicator

An effective communicator can save a lot of hardship and frustration. In order to be decisive leader who has an abundance of confidence they must be an effect communicator that has an audience who is listens to the message being sent. Sales Managers often lead sales meetings with the intent of a set of directives along with time tables to complete those directives.

5. Persistence

In order to be an effective Sales Manager there will be many obstacles that are thrown your way that must be overcome in order to get the intended result. To be told, your persistent is one of the highest compliments you can receive as either a sales representation or in my case a Sales manager. To win awards or be considered a revue producer you will be told NO much more often than you will hear the word “yes”. Most folks when asked if failure is an option they will respond with; no, absolutely not. However, when presented with the option rather than take the road less traveled they too, will be on a one way street on the road most traveled. Sales people that are effective at their jobs are very much in demand for obvious reasons of monetary gain for companies.

Outlook on Careers for Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers

The overall job outlook for Fire-Prevention or Protection Engineer careers has been negatively affected since early 2004. Recent patterns show that vacancies for this career have substantially decreased by 10.22 percent nationwide since 2004, with an average decline of 1.79 percent per year.

We current are finding that the demand for Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers are exponentially increasing, with an expected growth of over 4,910 new jobs directly filled in the Fire Protection industry by early 2018. This represents an annual increase of 2.82 percent over the next few years.

For further questions and potential job openings, please contact Lakeside Recruiting Fire Protection.

The Importance of a Fire Prevention Plan at Your Facility

Fires will affect thousands of companies every year, which results in injury, lost client trust and the obvious, building damage. By establishing a detailed fire prevention and preparedness program, you’ll help avoid injuries to your employees and visitors, costly damages to the building, as well as potential fines to the business.

Below are some best practices:

  1. Implement a Fire Emergency Evacuation Plan – Response becomes easier when everyone knows their respective roles and/or responsibilities. By establishing a comprehensive and detailed fire emergency evacuation plan, giving distinct instructions on “How” to respond, when to respond, and which will identify a path of egress. Also remember, if certain employees have special needs or require special attention, address these details within the plan that’s devised!
  2. Establish a Fire Prevention Plan – These are a set of fire prevention plans that are provided the facility with comprehensive documentation outlining the procedural plan for the employees deemed responsible for identifying combustible materials, fire hazards and heat-producing equipment. Within these same plans you’ll find outlines of the procedures necessary to prevent potential emergencies.
  3. Train Team Members – On an Semi-Annual basis, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NFPA requires that there be a fire extinguisher training session for ALL employees. Each of these employees should receive this required training and be also be briefed on new enhancements or regularization or procedural changes ongoing.

Above are 3 Major components of how important it is to have a Fire Protection Plan in place at your business. Failure to have the plan in place will defiantly have cause for loss of life or damages to structures that a Fire Protection Plan is to Protect!

How Is Your Company’s Fire Prevention?

Four Questions for Business Owners!

National Fire Prevention Week has been a yearly campaign since 1922, occurring on the Sunday through Saturday period that includes the date October 9. It was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire on October 8-9, 1871. This infamous tragedy claimed 250 lives, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and left 100,000 people homeless. Fire prevention week is a day to remember this event and what kind of effect a fire could potentially have on our lives.

No matter what kind of business you own or manage, October is also the perfect time to remember how devastating fire can be, and how important it is to be ready for an emergency. A fire can cause serious damage to your company’s facility and equipment, not to mention employees! This is as good a month as any to make sure you have these five ‘checks’ taken care of within the boundaries of your office and/or facilities.

  1. Are your fire hazard risks assessed properly? Some businesses have greater fire risks than others, but there are very few businesses that have none. They all need to be properly assessed so the proper prevention can be implemented accordingly. Some local governments offer fire marshal visits, or workplace fire risk assessment guidance from your building’s property manager.  A commercial fire safety firm can also help you mitigate problems.
  2. Do you have emergency plans in place? Do you have an evacuation plan and do your employees know what to do in case of a fire? Do they fire training, so that they know how to use fire extinguishers, and when to use them?
  3. Do you have the right fire protection equipment installed? Your fire safety equipment needs likely include sprinkler systems, but you might need more to be up to code or compliant with regulations. Industries dealing with machinery that overheats or flammable substances might need a suppression system tailored to your business.
  4. Do you have scheduled routine equipment inspections?  Even if you have the right sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and suppression systems, they also need routine inspections (at least annually) to keep everything in working order. Know what tests you can do yourself, and which require professional visits from fire alarm technicians.

Even though Fire Prevention Week is over, it’s not too late to think about your fire prevention and safety.

Workplace Fire Safety

As we know all too well, fires can happen anywhere at any time. For this reason, it’s crucial to be prepared no matter where you are. For many adults, most of the day is spent at work. Office environments are especially at risk for fires, given the amount of flammable materials and electronics that can typically be found there.

If a fire broke out in your office, would you know what to do? Here’s a list of workplace fire safety tips.

  • Make sure your emergency action plan is regularly updated and that all employees know what to do in case of an emergency. This includes having a predetermined escape route and meeting place outside the building. Make sure exits are clearly marked and doors are unobstructed always.
  • Keep office equipment (like printers and fax machines) regularly serviced and repaired. This will prevent overheating/malfunctions that can lead to a potential fire.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets or use wires that appear to be damaged or frayed.
  • Keep all equipment that isn’t being used unplugged. Designate one person in the office to unplug all appliances at the end of each work day.
  • If your office has a kitchen, make sure employees are trained in kitchen fire safety and that cooking supplies are never left unattended.
  • For small fires, appropriate fire extinguishers should be available, and employees need to be trained on how to use them properly. Fire extinguishers should only be used for smaller, contained fires that don’t pose an immediate threat.
  • As always, make sure your office is equipped with life-saving fire sprinklers–that can put out a fire in a matter of minutes and prevent injuries.