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    The Meaning Behind "Resume on File"

    The Meaning Behind "Resume on File"
    A reader writes: In most of the jobs where I've been interviewed and rejected the rejection letter says something like "We will hold on to your resume and contact you if we ever have any jobs that meets your needs" or something like this. Is this just being polite or is it possible that some time down the road they will ...
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    Dental Problem Scaring Off Employees?

    Dental Problem Scaring Off Employees?
    A reader writes: I've been troubled by a recent dental accident that's left me with a noticeable piece missing from a front tooth. I've been unemployed (except for temp work) for almost two years due to a layoff and have been rejected by several companies because I am "overqualified" (with a possible factor of being 58). Now I have this physical ...
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    Start Your New Job on the Right Foot

    Start Your New Job on the Right Foot
    Securing a new job is akin to a successful product launching! All the time spent running a well-organized marketing campaign and now the product is in the market. Well … you’ve landed your new job! As in the product launch, you want to continually work on product positioning and posturing for long term success, right? Likewise, you want to do so ...
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    Avoid the Top 10 Resume Blunders

    Avoid the Top 10 Resume Blunders
    It's deceptively easy to make mistakes on your resume and exceptionally difficult to repair the damage once an employer gets it. So prevention is critical, especially if you've never written one before. Here are the most common pitfalls and how you can avoid them. h3. 1. Typos and Grammatical Errors Your resume needs to be grammatically perfect. If it isn't, employers ...
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    The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job

    The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job
    There's no formula that works for everyone, so be as specific as you can when figuring out what the job you've always fantasized about really is. We know it's possible, even if we haven't read The Four- Hour Work Week yet. We know people in our neighborhoods or we've seen people on TV who have dream jobs, so we know they ...
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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 ...
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    How to Get a Killer Resume Cover Letter

    How to Get a Killer Resume Cover Letter
    By Kristina Cowan Do you enjoy writing resume cover letters about as much as you relish root canals? Dread isn't uncommon when it comes to resume cover letters. "It's an area where job-seekers could do the most to improve, because it does require a certain amount of heavy lifting," said Anna Ivey, a career counselor based in the Boston area. "Most ...
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    How to Answer the Interview Question "Tell Me About Yourself"

    How to Answer the Interview Question "Tell Me About Yourself"
    A reader writes: The interview question that stresses me out the most (besides the what are your weaknesses question) is the tell me about yourself question...or statement...or request, whichever it is. What do employers really want to hear? I'm assuming that this isn't the time to regale colorful stories of my childhood in the deep south, but what should I be ...
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    Danger Signs in a Job Interview

    Danger Signs in a Job Interview
    A reader writes: Can you give some advice to first-time job-seekers on how to verify the legitimacy of companies posting job opportunities? I recently was blindsided by being hired into a company that lacked any sort of professionalism or integrity. Although I've gracefully dealt with an entry-level customer service position for two years, I walked out of this job in tears ...
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    Cover Letter Sounds Like an Infomercial

    Cover Letter Sounds Like an Infomercial
    A reader writes: I really appreciate your blog and your candor, and I have used your advice many times during my job search. In fact, the interview chapter from your e-book made a huge difference on my last interview and I really felt like I was on equal footing with my interviewer. It resulted in winning a contract for a project ...
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    Which Color to Wear at an Interview

    Which Color to Wear at an Interview
    Prepping for an important interview means researching the company and making sure you have smart responses to anticipated questions. It also means being strategic about what to wear to an interview. Specifically, you want to choose job interview clothes — and colors — that will put you in the best light and may give you an advantage. Research has shown that ...
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    Ask a Manager: 7 Qs and 7 Answers

    Ask a Manager: 7 Qs and 7 Answers
    I'm trying something new -- seven short answers to seven short questions, all in the same post: Company Won't Hire Former Employees of Competitor I applied for a job at a staffing agency and was told the particular company who was hiring wouldn't accept applicants who worked previously for their competitor even though I no longer work for them. Is that ...
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    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 2: Career Paths

    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 2: Career Paths
    On Monday, I mentioned I received a letter from a reader. You can read the full letter here. One of the things the reader asked about was career paths in human resources. Specifically, they said: I’d like to pursue a career in HR, however, I also love sales, being on the road, and need flexibility. Can you recommend the right career ...
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    Rejuvenate Your Resume

    Rejuvenate Your Resume
    In a competitive job market, we have to do everything we can to make our resumes more attractive to hiring managers. This can be difficult for older workers, who fear that even if there's no bias (subconscious or conscious) against job seekers on the mature side of 40, a resume may make them look "overqualified" for the positions they want. Here ...
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    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 3: Certifications

    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 3: Certifications
    This week, I’ve been responding to comments/questions from a reader’s letter. During this last installment, I want to discuss the topic of certifications. In the original letter, the reader asked about programs focusing on the PHR/SPHR – which is a certification for human resources professionals. But before I answer that part of the question, I’d like to talk about certifications in ...
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    3 Attention-Getting Tactics for Cover Letters

    3 Attention-Getting Tactics for Cover Letters
    Hiring managers and recruiters can receive hundreds--or even thousands--of applications for each open job. Typically, they can spend only a few seconds scanning a candidate's cover letter before moving on to somebody else's. So if you're looking for a job, your cover letter has to capture a reader's attention right away. Career coach Evelyn Salvador, the author of the recently released ...
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    How to End a Job Interview

    How to End a Job Interview
    In preparing for a job interview, you've probably practiced a firm (but not too firm) handshake, rehearsed answers to tough questions about your background, and polished up your lucky interview shoes. But many job hunters overlook a crucial part of the interview process: the very end. As you finish an interview, you have one last chance to sell the interviewer on ...
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    Long-Distance Job Searching

    Long-Distance Job Searching
    A reader writes: I am looking for a position in another city. I am applying for positions that I am well qualified for and would easily be asked for an interview if I was local. However it seems I keep getting turned away because I am out of state. I have stated in my cover letter that of course I will ...
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    Explain a Layoff in Your Interview

    Explain a Layoff in Your Interview
    Laid off, fired, let go… whatever you call it, it stinks. However there are a few things you can do prior to getting an interview and say when you’re in the interview hot seat—you will get back into the interview hot seat—that will reflect in a very positive light to your future employer. Let’s start first with what you can say ...
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    Three Must Strategies To Prepare For Any Interview - "How to Get Psyched"

    Three Must Strategies To Prepare For Any Interview - "How to Get Psyched"
    Clients regularly contact me, most of the time days in advance, though sometimes several hours or even minutes before an interview, for some last minute advice. Many of us probably recognize that the career management process, particularly this “personal marketing” piece-after all, the ability to sell and market ourselves is key to effective interviewing-is a delicate balance of psychology, attitude, and ...
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