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Phone Interview Advice: What to Do Before and During the Interview

Preparation
• Have these items ready and in front of you: your résumé, job description, questions to ask the employer, notes about the company, and your calendar/schedule.
• Ask a career counselor, HR professional, or even a reliable friend to practice a telephone interview with you. Get feedback on your answers, voice inflections and any recurring flaws in your speech, (“like”, “um”, “er”, and “uh”).
• Be ready to give examples of your accomplishments and previous work experiences.
• Sell yourself in every response.
• Write down the name(s) of your interviewer(s) so you can refer to them by name, and write them a Thank You note afterwards. Continue reading

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Why I Won’t Be Reading Your Cover Letter

We recently had an open position we were trying to fill and I was amazed—or should I say appalled—at the blanket responses we received from job seekers. Potential candidates sent us cover letters describing experience they possessed that was completely irrelevant to our opening; it was the same as someone having a degree in veterinary medicine but seeking employment as an IT director. Did these job seekers really think that going on and on for paragraphs about irrelevant experience was going to make me want to read their resume—or even more so—interview them? Continue reading

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Résumé tips for career change

Looking for work can be difficult in the best of times… These are not the best of times. Advice about résumé writing abounds and experts offer astoundingly different opinions. How is a job seeker to know which advice to follow? The bottom line: No one way is the right way for everyone. Continue reading

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Tweaking the job search: Capturing valuable interview feedback

Remember the good old days, back in high school or college? You’d work like crazy to get your assignments done and turned in on time, so that you could receive the high marks you needed to keep your grade point average in check. The entire purpose of the grades was to provide feedback, so that as you move forward in your studies, you can continue to improve and grow academically.
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Where the Jobs are – Thousands of Jobs

So everything I read lately says that, even when the economy starts to rebound (and many think it has already started), new job creation will lag. Now who am I to dispute that bit of wisdom? But while that may be true, there are still thousands of jobs out there to be had. In fact, there are probably 10’s of thousands of jobs to be had. Now granted, there may not be thousands of jobs that you can fill and they may not all be where you live, but if you are willing to have an open mind and are flexible about where you live (or desperate in the extreme) there are thousands of jobs and I’m about to show you how to find them.
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Who’s Hiring from the Most Admired Companies – Vol 14

Author Byline: CareerAlley Author Website: http://Careeralley.com “Whatever you have, you must either use or lose.” – Henry Ford I had drinks with a former co-worker the other day who has been out of work for over a year. I’m sure … Continue reading

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