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    Sending a Thank You Note Too Quickly

    Sending a Thank You Note Too Quickly
    A reader writes: I have a question about thank-you letters after an interview. In today's world of cell phones being able to do email, I can actually have the thank-you letter sent before I even leave the interviewer's office. I literally just said thank-you and shook hands three minutes ago, and am sending the thank-you email already? I try to include ...
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    10 Subtle Ways to Sabotage Your Interview

    We all know that showing up late to an interview or dressing inappropriately can ruin your chances for a job. But what about the more subtle ways that could make you unexpectedly sabotage your job interview? Don’t let it happen to you! Keep in mind these 10 common subconscious mistakes that you probably don’t even know you’re making. NEXT | ...
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    Lying on Your Resume: What Are the Consequences?

    Lying on Your Resume: What Are the Consequences?
    When a woman we'll call Mary was offered a high-level student-services position at a prestigious college, she was thrilled to accept. But two years later, Mary was fired despite strong performance reviews and a reputation as a rising star at the college. The reason? She lied on her resume - and got caught. An HR initiative requiring employees to furnish college ...
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    9 Memorable Questions to Ask at Your Interview

    9 Memorable Questions to Ask at Your Interview
    The landscape for job seekers today is more treacherous than at any other time in recent memory. In other words, if you want a job today, the hard work starts when you prepare for the interview. That means not just nailing the questions you are asked, but actually asking the kinds of questions designed to make the interviewer sit up and ...
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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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    Key Ways to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt

    Key Ways to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt
    Mention being out of work to a friend and they’ll be the first to emphasize that you do have a full-time job — looking for a job, that is. And they’re right. Looking for a new job can be just as time consuming as working nine to five. But there is one major difference and that’s making the transition from working ...
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    Post-Interview Feedback Success

    Post-Interview Feedback Success
    A reader writes: I just wanted to write in and thank you for the way that your blog has helped me in my (ongoing) job search. I have been looking for work after a summer spent traveling, and I had an application in that I was really excited about. The employer I'd be working for has a great reputation, I have ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Race, Sex, and Religion on Your Resume

    Race, Sex, and Religion on Your Resume
    You're probably aware that hiring managers cannot ask discriminatory questions during interviews. But this legal protection isn't too useful in preventing discrimination before the interview. If your resume contains personal information unrelated to your job target -- your race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc. -- you might fall victim to discrimination, even if you're qualified for the position. Your resume ...
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    Why You Aren't Getting Hired

    Why You Aren't Getting Hired
    Frustrated by unemployment? Job hunting is tricky business. Getting hired is a subtle mix of the right qualifications, enough experience, interview chemistry, and a dash of luck. Assuming you're making all the right moves and avoiding the really obvious job seeker mistakes, there are a few points to consider that could be your ticket out of unemployment. Get out of your ...
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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 ...
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    Make the Most of Second Chance in an Interview

    Make the Most of Second Chance in an Interview
    A reader writes: A few months ago, I interviewed for an auditor position with my local county government. The interview didn't go all that well (I tend to get nervous and babble too much, also I was ultimately not as good a match for the position compared to other candidates) and I wound up not being selected. I was in contention ...
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