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    Job Hunt 101: Bag the Best Employer

    Job Hunt 101: Bag the Best Employer
    It’s 2009. Do you know where your next job is? Finding a new job is tough these days. New hires are in decline, unemployment is north of 8% so there’s plenty of competition and people who have jobs are making Herculean efforts to hang onto them. And, if you do manage to land a meeting with a potential employer, the contemporary ...
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    6 Principles to Guide Your Job Search

    1. The Principle of Reciprocation People tend to say yes if they feel they owe you something. Example: Charities double their response when they include a dozen personalized address labels inside their direct-mail packages. On the Interview: Always enter the interview with the attitude that you're there to help rather than be helped. When sincerely felt and expressed, this automatically creates ...
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    Re-Energize Your Job Search: Best Tips and Tricks

    Re-Energize Your Job Search: Best Tips and Tricks
    Finding a job can be almost as time-consuming as actually having a job! For many people it can take days, weeks, even months, to land that dream job, and it's no surprise that it's easy to get discouraged, distracted, and depressed. There are two important things to remember - you are not alone and we are here to help! ManagerLink comes ...
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    No-Reference Policy

    No-Reference Policy
    A reader writes: The company I work for has a no-reference policy. From what I can gather, it's because the managers I work for aren't permitted to speak about my performance on behalf of their area managers. I have worked for the company for 2.5 yrs and have performed well, risen to supervisor, and have received prizes for doing so. However, ...
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    The 4 Biggest Myths About Job References

    The 4 Biggest Myths About Job References
    Over at Ask a Manager, I get a lot of mail that displays misconceptions about job references—how they work, who gets called, and what he or she can say. Here are the four biggest myths about references that I encounter regularly: References are old-school; no one uses them anymore. Don't listen to people who tell you that references don't matter ...
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    Employer Won't Give Job References

    Employer Won't Give Job References
    A reader writes: I have recently been on two interviews with a company. "When can you start" and "will this salary be acceptable" have been discussed. My issue is that my former employer of 12 years has a strict reference policy that only allows them to confirm dates of employment and salary. I provided additional references at the potential new employer's ...
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    The Truth About Reference Requests

    The Truth About Reference Requests
    A reader writes: I know you've answered a plethora of questions regarding references.... but. I had a phone interview last week with the person who would be my hiring manager (VP of Marketing). It went very well, and she invited me into the office for an on-site interview. The on-site interview entailed interviewing with first the Marketing Director, followed by the ...
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    When the Interviewer Abuses Your References

    When the Interviewer Abuses Your References
    A reader writes: After a 45-minute phone interview with a small non-profit in another state, I was invited to interview in-person. The interviewer contacted me two days prior to the interview to request that I provide the following to her, in less than 24 hours: - Phone numbers for four references, who were then subjected to their own 45-minute interview prior ...
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    Building Bridges on the Way Out

    Building Bridges on the Way Out
    Last week’s jobs report had some good news.  Fewer initial jobless claims were filed.  Hopefully this means that unemployed people are getting jobs.  Or employed people are finding new jobs (creating openings for the unemployed). With any job change, there always comes the “do I or don’t I” decision about sharing your employment experience.  You got it, how to handle the ...
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    Bad References Are Not Illegal

    Bad References Are Not Illegal
    A reader writes: My wife and I go back and forth about this one all the time. A former secretary of hers was moving and searching for a new job in her new city. The problem was that this person wasn't the most reliable employee. She was always late, took days off without calling and had some other quirks but when ...
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    How to Get a Great Reference

    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 ...
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    Why You Should Check References

    Why You Should Check References
    This post is for anyone who has ever said or secretly thought that reference-checking is a waste of time. Not long ago, I had a job candidate on the verge of being hired. He had wowed everyone in the interview and clearly had the skills to the do the job well. Something was strange about his reference list, though: The references ...
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