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    Food for Thought on Lunch Interviews

    Food for Thought on Lunch Interviews
    Dining out is usually associated with pleasure and relaxation -- except when you're being interviewed for a job while you're eating. There are many reasons why an employer will choose to conduct an interview over lunch. "A hiring manager may not want office staff to know the company is hiring for a particular position," says career strategist and workplace consultant J.T. ...
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    4 Presentation Hints for a Good Job Interview

    4 Presentation Hints for a Good Job Interview
    As political candidates answer endless variations of the same questions in pursuit of elected office, we can't help but be reminded of our own often-torturous experiences on job interviews. If, like the candidates, we could review our performances on tape, what might we see? Watch and Listen to Yourself "Verbal fillers are the No. 1 problem," says Randy Bitting, cofounder of ...
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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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    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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    8 Tips for Better Email Cover Letters

    8 Tips for Better Email Cover Letters
    As the saying goes, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. If you're doing a job search or resume submission via email, the first impression any employer will have is from your cover letter. Some tips for creating successful email cover letters are the same as for paper cover letters: Be professional, with correct spelling and grammar, ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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