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    Typing Test Interview

    Typing Test Interview
    A reader writes: I'm job hunting again and recently had a really embarrassing experience during an interview. The interview was for a job in the industry I work in, but in a very different role. The day before the interview I read up on the company and the industry and I went into the interview feeling fairly confident. When I got ...
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    My Favorite Interview Question

    My Favorite Interview Question
    Years ago I found an interview question that I really liked. One that told me a lot about candidates. I forget how I discovered it, but once I did I’ve been using it ever since. The question is: Tell me about a time you had to work with someone you did not personally like. I think one of the reasons it’s a great question ...
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    Retaliation For Refusing Previous Job Offer?

    Retaliation For Refusing Previous Job Offer?
    A reader writes: I recently applied for a position in a company. A few months ago, I had interviewed for a different position in another division within the same company and received an offer. I reflected on where I wanted to go with my career and what I am presently working on and decided that this was not an opportunity that ...
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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 ...
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    Mastering the Art (and Science) of Thank-You Letters

    Mastering the Art (and Science) of Thank-You Letters
    After interviews, job seekers typically send nondescript, cookie-cutter thank-you notes: “It was a pleasure meeting you and I appreciate the time you spent speaking with me. I know that I can add significant value to your team,” but, these letters are often disregarded and turn out to be a waste of time. To ensure your letters stand out from the competition, ...
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    Twitter is the New Tool for Job Seekers

    Twitter is the New Tool for Job Seekers
    Being in the job search is tough and as a job seeker you are not alone, especially with the more than 15 million who are out of work and in the job hunt. People don’t prepare for the job search although they should at least six months in advance. This provides you an opportunity to grow and build your network using ...
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    Healing Tips for the Broken Hearted Job Seeker

    Healing Tips for the Broken Hearted Job Seeker
    Someone once told me a corporation was a nasty thing to fall in love with – because it will NEVER love you back. The rules of loyalty in the work force are changing. No one can deny that. However, knowing this doesn’t change the pain of getting laid off or let go. It hurts. It can wound. Each of us reacts ...
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    Your Professionally Written Resume is Tax Deductible

    Your Professionally Written Resume is Tax Deductible
    Gearing up to file your 2009 tax returns? So are millions of other Americans. Oddly we go from the cheer of the holidays, landing face first into one of the most stressful times for all of us: tax season. The 31 million of those who generated a limited income last year, or just couldn’t find work, are getting a “kind of” ...
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    The ABCs of Handshake Etiquette

    Ahh, the shaking of hands. It sounds simple enough: Two hands meet and greet and do a little shake. Easy, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, there are quite a few ways a handshake can go south. From an overly moist hand to a bone-crushing grip, handshakes come in all shapes and sizes — and only the best will hit the ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 1: Terminations

    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 1: Terminations
    I received the following note recently: I fell into a human resources position several years ago by accident. I found that I love all aspects of HR, except terminating employees. 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 path and programs focusing on ...
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    Is A Contract Position Worth The Risk?

    Is A Contract Position Worth The Risk?
    A reader writes: I am trying to decide if it is too risky to leave my current position for a better one that is a contract position. I'm currently underemployed. I'm making $30,000/yr less than I did before I was laid off, but at least I'm working in my field. I don't enjoy my job, my department is quite dysfunctional, and ...
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    How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

    How to Prepare for a Phone Interview
    I'm always amazed by how often I can tell that a candidate hasn't really prepared for a phone interview. Laziness aside, preparing takes a lot of the stress out of the experience and lets you answer the phone feeling confident and possibly even excited. Here's what I recommend you do to prepare. Ideally, you'd do this the night before. 1. Go ...
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    Just Fired? Don't Put it on Your Resume

    Just Fired? Don't Put it on Your Resume
    A reader writes: I was just terminated from my job. I was five days before being off probation and two days away from my first big job event (I plan and run conferences). Without any prior notice, meeting, or confrontation, I was ushered into my department head’s office and told that in order to make a strong team, she needed to ...
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    Job Search Help: How Much is Too Much?

    Job Search Help: How Much is Too Much?
    A reader writes: First, I’m not one of THOSE wives, I promise. My husband was just laid off and is starting a job search. I work at a nonprofit, so I know lots of people in different industries who don’t know my husband at all. A member of a community organization that throws a benefit for us each year is also ...
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    Getting Confusing Resume Advice?

    Getting Confusing Resume Advice?
    A reader writes: Last week, I did a complete overhaul of my resume, specifically to cut it down from 2 pages to 1, because I keep hearing (from friends who work in HR, as well as in articles on the subject) that now more than ever, employers want a really clear, concise snapshot of each candidate with as little "fluff" as ...
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    Changed Mind After Accepting Offer

    Changed Mind After Accepting Offer
    A reader writes: In August 2008, I relocated for work and a boyfriend (we don't live together through) and ended up with a job in an industry in which I've been doing the same type of work for 10 years. The company and environment ended up being horrible and thus my job search began. I was so burnt out, in fact, ...