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    Cover Letter Etiquette

    Cover Letter Etiquette
    Job seekers often spend countless hours developing their resumes and then treat their cover letters as an afterthought. This can be a critical mistake; the cover letter can help your resume get noticed. Think of the cover letter as your resume's cheerleading section. To make the best impression, follow these etiquette rules: Say No to the Cover Letter Cop-Out The first ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +6
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    5 Tips to Get Great References

    Many people think of their list of references as an after-thought, something employers only look at after you dazzle them with your killer resume and stunning interview skills. But references can actually help you get your foot in the door, if they carry enough weight. Big names and impressive titles can grab the attention of potential employers. Most industries are ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Interview Quiz

    The Interview Quiz
    Can you sell yourself? An often-repeated mantra in the world of marketing is "perception is reality." During the interview process, you're marketing you. If the interviewer perceives you as sloppy, disorganized or unprepared, you may be blowing your shot at getting the job. Check yourself against these statements, and then we'll give you suggestions on next steps. Think you're ready to ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Getting Through a Group Interview

    Getting Through a Group Interview
    Group interviews are relatively easy if you work well in a team and are able to make your ideas heard in a crowd. However, they can be challenging if you have a quieter personality and prefer to keep to yourself. Regardless of how you feel about group interviews, there’s no reason you should treat them any different, in most respects, than ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +7
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    How You Dress Depends on What Type of Job You Want

    How You Dress Depends on What Type of Job You Want
    Dec. 3--Debbie Jacobson, 56, remembers the '70s when she and other IBM marketing representatives wore black or blue three-piece suits every day. The dress code relaxed somewhat during the 18 years she worked there, but the Germantown mother of three grown children, who is again seeking full-time employment, isn't sure exactly what the business world expects now. [widget:resumeinterview_advice] What should she ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +8
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    A Follow-Up Phone Call Wins the Entry-Level Interview

    A Follow-Up Phone Call Wins the Entry-Level Interview
    You've sent your entry-level resume to three (or 16 or 110) prospective employers, so you've done your part. Now all you have to do is sit back and wait for the phone to ring. But why is nothing happening? [widget:list_of_quizzes] We've got news for you: Your phone will never ring. The fact you sent your resume in response to job postings ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Last-Minute Interview Preparation

    Last-Minute Interview Preparation
    Even if you have less than a day before your job interview, you can outshine the competition with a little interview preparation. The following four tasks will take you about four hours (plus five minutes) to complete, and you'll walk into the interview confident you'll be successful. Do Interview Research To prepare for an interview, find out as much as you ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Last-Minute Interview Prep Tips

    Last-Minute Interview Prep Tips
    Interviews can be pretty intimidating, so it's understandable if you put off prepping for the big day because of nerves. Lucky for you, we've put together a cheat sheet of last-minute interview prep tips, whether your interview is tomorrow afternoon — or two hours from now. Procrastinators, rejoice. You still have a chance at that job! 1. Dress Code Looking the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +10
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    5 Skills to Learn if You’re Looking for a Job

    5 Skills to Learn if You’re Looking for a Job
    It’s becoming harder to stand out from the growing pile of resumes in today’s tough job market. If you’re unemployed, consider learning a new skill to gain an advantage. “First, look at your strengths to see how those might cross over into other fields or careers,” says Diane Brennan, an Arizona-based career consultant. “Then decide what other skills you need to ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Stalk Your Way to a New Job

    Stalk Your Way to a New Job
    The internet has made stalkers out of all of us. You know exactly what I'm talking about. But instead of stalking your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, consider using your newfound detective skills for more productive (i.e. less emotionally jarring) purposes, like snagging the job of your dreams. Interested in a company and need to find a person to contact? Google away. Trying ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +9
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    Is Your Job-Seeking Behavior Proactive or Just Plain Desperate?

    Is Your Job-Seeking Behavior Proactive or Just Plain Desperate?
    If you’ve been unemployed for a while, you may be feeling a little desperate. But letting that show during your job search can be the kiss of death. So what exactly distinguishes desperate job search behavior from proactive behavior -- and how can you avoid the former? [widget:becoming_a_community_10_step_guide] “When candidates are feeling desperate, negative or cynical, the employer can smell it ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    8 Surefire Ways to Break Writer’s Block

    8 Surefire Ways to Break Writer’s Block
    There's nothing more frustrating to a writer than writer’s block. You strain your brain to make something happen, but nothing comes out. You’re out of ideas. And it seems like there's nothing you can do to fix the situation. Sometimes the words just won’t come, and staring at a blank page just makes you more frustrated. Don’t throw your hands up ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    HR Secrets You Don’t Know About

    HR Secrets You Don’t Know About
    Human Resources. A real department of mysteries. Are they your advocate? How do they really decide if you're right for the job? And why can't you ever get a straight answer out of them? A lot goes on behind the closed cubicles of HR. Curious? Take a peek at a few insider secrets about how HR really functions to better understand ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +7
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    The Power of a Thank-You Note

    The Power of a Thank-You Note
    Peter Vogt, Monster Senior Contributing Writer  When my wife was hired for her first real job after graduating from college, she was remembered and saluted by her new supervisor for one seemingly small step she had taken during the interviewing process: She was the only applicant of several interviewed who had sent a thank-you note after her interview. It seems ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +8
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    3 Key Traits of Successful Entry-Level Job Seekers

    3 Key Traits of Successful Entry-Level Job Seekers
    The current job market is challenging for everyone. Job hunters are finding themselves in a long, grueling job hunt - even people with years of experience and impressive degrees. Yet, many job hunters are finding success. There is no single formula for job search success. However, Daniel Johnson, Jr., host of How I Got My Job, has noticed that successful job ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Your Resume's Look Is as Important as Its Content

    Your Resume's Look Is as Important as Its Content
    Imagine you're an employer and you have two resumes in front of you. One is filled wall-to-wall with text and uses four different fonts. It's also peppered with dozens of bolded, italicized and underlined words and phrases. The second resume also offers a lot of information, but you can quickly scan the document, because it makes good use of white space, ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Network, Hollywood-Style to Get Your First Entry-Level Job

    Network, Hollywood-Style to Get Your First Entry-Level Job
    Whether you're trying to land entry-level jobs your first internship, or make new business contacts, networking can be one of your most fruitful strategies. And if there's one industry in which people know the value of networking, it's entertainment. Although the entertainment industry has something others may not -- like countless events offering opportunities for aspiring stars to schmooze with power ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Resume Example: Elementary School Teacher

    LINDA R. BLOOMBERG 11 Main St. Sometown, IN 47000 (555) 555-5555 linda@somedomain.com CERTIFIED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER (Grades K-6) Dedicated elementary teacher eager to resume full-time teaching career (currently a substitute for the Sometown PSD). Offer a proven track record of commended performance teaching grades K-6, with a passion for education and an unwavering commitment to optimizing student and school success. CORE ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 8 years ago | Rated: +15