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Many Unemployed Missing Job Search Skills

Many of the un- and under-employed are missing job search basics. The marketplace has undergone tremendous change recently and most job seekers are just not doing what they need to do to find a job. In short, they continue to apply old techniques to a new job market. Continue reading

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8 Ways To Make A Great Interview First Impression

First impressions are especially critical in an interview. Why do so few people do anything to manage the first impression they give, when research shows that most hiring decisions are made based on first impressions in the first 2-30 seconds Continue reading

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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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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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Extreme job change: One woman’s story

It is very encouraging to see people that not only are able to find employment, but able to secure positions that they would have never considered a few short months ago and in which they will find happiness. As adults, we spend a large part of our lives working – why not plan to enjoy it? Continue reading

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Networking For Your Career Success

It is essential for job seekers to cultivate an arsenal of contacts or a network which can provide support, information and job leads. Continue reading

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Lights, Camera…..Interview: Tips for an Award Winning Performance

You’ve been applying for various positions in your field for a number of months, and finally have received the call to schedule an interview. Are you ready for an Academy Award winning performance?

Top candidates understand the importance of preparation. Continue reading

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Advice for Going From Temporary to Permanent Worker?

You are in a unique position to present specific skills and achievements that the employer is looking for! One of the major benefits of temporary employment is the opportunity that temporary workers have to both learn about their employer and impress them. Continue reading

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Should I Try the Hiring Manager One More Time?

The bottom line is – it is better to have more information than less, even if it might be difficult to hear! Continue reading

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Jobless during the holidays? There is hope.

It can be hard to find joy when unemployed during the holidays…
But it is possible. Continue reading

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Potential Employer Stood Me Up TWICE!

December 4, 2009 by sparktalk QUESTION: Dear Experts, A successful web development company I have recently applied to stood me up TWO times for a scheduled phone interview. I have spent 2 hours studying their company and their services and an … Continue reading

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What Are the Best FREE Resources for Skill Building Online?

As a recent graduate, I am assuming that it is your job seeking skills you are looking to develop! Continue reading

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Best Way to Introduce Myself to Company I Want to Work For?

In the end, though, your enthusiasm for the company may carry you forward as long as you can present it in a cogent light that causes the employer to notice you as a good match! Continue reading

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Unethical or Illegal for Hiring Manager to Give Certain Tests?

The bottom line is, if you want the job – take the test!
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Best Way to Decline a Job Offer?

I accepted the job and said I’d start this week, but now I don’t want to go! How should I decline the job? Continue reading

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What are your career concerns?

A place to post your career concerns and get some helpful feedback and advice. Continue reading

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Finalist for a Job, But New Opportunity Sounds Better

A good problem: Two potential job offers! It would be safest to accept any offer you get, but you should always explore opportunities available to you regardless. Continue reading

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Sent Resume & Followed Up But Still No Word!

Follow up is a fine art. You must straddle the thin line between being perceived as tenacious and not pesky. You will have more impact if you call or speak to the employer in person, depending on the industry and/or the company’s environment. Continue reading

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How Do I Determine a Company’s Culture?

What are some tips on finding out about a company’s culture & how that ties into the position and daily operations of the company? Continue reading

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I Was ‘Short’ on Phone With HR. How Do I Recover?

Thank you notes are a good idea for all, regardless. If you connected with any of them more than the other reach out to that person (or persons) in their favored method of communication. If you are not sure, send handwritten, snail mail notes to each interviewer. Continue reading

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