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    Prep for the "Tell Me About Yourself?" Question

    Prep for the "Tell Me About Yourself?" Question
    It's one of the most frequently asked interview questions: Tell me about yourself. Your response to this request will set the tone for the rest of the interview. For some, this is the most challenging question to answer, as they wonder what the interviewer really wants to know and what information they should include. Eleanor dreaded this question. When it was ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +72
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    3 Golden Keys for Recent College Grads on the Job Hunt

    3 Golden Keys for Recent College Grads on the Job Hunt
    So you just graduated college finally and are looking for your first real entry-level job. How should you go about your job hunt? Just sit home and click away at the “submit resume” button all day? Stop what you’re doing! Find out what are the real keys to job hunting as a new grad in this economy and improve your chances ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +40
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    Ten Entry-Level Job Cover Letter Mistakes

    Ten Entry-Level Job Cover Letter Mistakes
    Your cover letter is the first thing employers see when they open your materials. Avoid these 10 mistakes, and make your first impression a good and lasting one. Mistake #1: Don't Overuse "I" Your cover letter is not your autobiography. The focus should be on how you meet an employer's needs, not on your life story. Avoid the perception of being ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +28
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    How to Get an Employer’s Attention in 20 Seconds

    How to Get an Employer’s Attention in 20 Seconds
    I review a lot of resumes, and they often land in my mailbox with the exact same titles: resume.doc or resume.pdf. Can you say boring? Try these alternatives to stand out as an interesting candidate: 1. Your Name Resume.doc — This minimum level of personalization ensures your resume will remain attached to your application. 2. Your Name Resume December 2010.doc — ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +26
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    3 Common Misconceptions Hurting Your Job Search

    3 Common Misconceptions Hurting Your Job Search
    1. “I deserve a job because I worked hard to get my degree." Many college grads on the job hunt believe that they are essentially entitled to employment because they worked long and hard for their degree. It is indeed true that dedication and hard work go a long way – but that tenacity guarantees a graduation date, not a job. ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +25
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    Overcome Shyness During Your Job Hunt

    Overcome Shyness During Your Job Hunt
    When I teach or present workshops about networking, interviewing, and other aspects of the job search, I can almost always count on at least one person approaching me privately at the end saying, "But I'm shy and these things make me uncomfortable. Isn't there something else I could do to find a job?" Whether you label it social anxiety, introversion, shyness, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +25
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    How to Ace the Phone Interview

    How to Ace the Phone Interview
    Most people regard a phone interview as a mere formality on their way to a face-to-face interview. Although the phone interview is usually just a preliminary step to the formal interview, it is just as important. If you don't impress your future employer with your phone interview, you'll never make it to the formal interview. Are you nervous talking on the ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +25
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    Entry-Level Resume Dilemma: Not Enough Experience

    Entry-Level Resume Dilemma: Not Enough Experience
    It's an entry-level resume catch-22: You want a job to gain experience, but you can't find a job because previous experience is required. [widget:career_specialty_quizzes] Don't be discouraged. You can still put your best foot forward and have a shot at the entry-level job or scoring your first internship. Follow these steps to create a winning entry-level resume: Select the Right Format ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +24
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    The Secret Formula to Cover Letter Success

    The Secret Formula to Cover Letter Success
    Ah, the dreaded cover letter. You may know what you should do and shouldn’t do, but when it comes to sitting down and actually writing it — where to even begin? Should you even bother? If the job listing specifically says to submit a cover letter, then you must! You don’t want to penalize yourself immediately by not following directions. Unless ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +24
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    How NOT to Write a Cover Letter

    How NOT to Write a Cover Letter
    When you are fresh out of college and applying for your first job, you want to write a cover letter that stands out from the hundreds that are on the desks of human resources professionals around the country. You want to show that you are not only qualified for the job, but a cut above the rest. You want your cover ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +21
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    10 Overused Phrases Interviewers Hate

    Interviews are hard. You’re nervous. You’re usually in close quarters. You have to answer question after question with little recovery time. And your entire professional future seems to hang in the balance of this one encounter. It’s no wonder so many interviewees resort to clichés when answering interview questions. But panicked responses aren’t going to land you that job. So ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +21
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    2010's Résumé Rehab

    2010's Résumé Rehab
    You’re not about to upload an old résumé, are you? It’s a new year and a new chance to put together a résumé that will land you in the call-this-person-now file. Maybe you need a job right this second, or maybe you’re just looking. Either way, a stellar résumé should always be at your fingertips. It should be as easy as:attach, ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +18
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    R.A.M.P. up Your Resume

    R.A.M.P. up Your Resume
    Standing out in a highly competitive job market amongst the volumes of resumes hitting human resources is becoming increasingly more challenging for job seekers. There was a time when a job seeker would simply throw something together quickly when someone said, “we’re hiring, send us a resume”. Times have changed. A resume is no longer an exercise in formality job seekers ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Six Entry-Level Interview Answers You Need to Get Hired

    Six Entry-Level Interview Answers You Need to Get Hired
    During the typical job interview, you'll be asked a lot of questions. But do you really understand what the interviewer needs to know? "Most students have no idea why a recruiter asks a particular question," says Brad Karsh, a former recruiting professional for advertising giant Leo Burnett and current president of career consulting firm Job Bound. "They tend to think it's ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Why It Pays to Follow Up in Your Job Search

    Why It Pays to Follow Up in Your Job Search
    Many job seekers miss the one step that can land them an interview and the job they are applying for. Sure, they send in their resume or application. They may even send additional information requested. But many of the unemployed simply fail to follow up with the employers to whom they apply. Why follow up? 1. Consideration. Care to guess how often an ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Entry-Level Job Advice: How Not to be a Jobseeker Horror Story

    Entry-Level Job Advice:  How Not to be a Jobseeker Horror Story
    Last time, I talked about how to ace your entry-level phone interview. However, it’s important to be sure you’re getting noticed for the right reasons — the way you interact with people is a great demonstration of your judgment and social wherewithal, and how you might fit in with a company. The first impression might be the only impression you get ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Avoid These Deal Breakers at Your Entry-Level Interview

    
Getting an interview is a really big deal. It means that you have achieved a level of confidence with your resume and cover letter and have made it to the next steps of the hiring equation. This is something that you should be proud of; this is also something you should take very, very seriously. The interview presents a lot ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +15
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    The Top 11 Mistakes That Recent Grads Make in the Job Hunt

    11 Mistakes to Avoid For those of you ready to graduate and dreading the job search, I’ve got some good and bad news. The bad news? Job searching is hard. The good news? I think I can help you out. I made a lot of mistakes in my frustrating, grueling search for employment, and I want you to learn from ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Resume Help for the Unemployed College Grad

    Resume Help for the Unemployed College Grad
    Mounting a job search when you’re unemployed may leave you feeling like you can’t compete with your gainfully employed peers. This just isn’t true. Transform your resume from holding you back to propelling your success. Assess the Gap “The best way to address an employment gap depends on how long you’ve been out of work,” says Teena Rose, director of resume-writing ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +13
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    How to Make a Good First Impression for Your Entry-Level Interview

    How to Make a Good First Impression for Your Entry-Level Interview
    Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. That’s great advice. But, the truth is: during a job interview or networking opportunity we do often judge a book by its cover. So, while it is important to say all of the right things during your job interview and networking opportunities; your actions and body language often speak much louder. Rather than bemoaning ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +13