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Is It Time to Bury the Cover Letter?

Is It Time to Bury the Cover Letter?

For a long time, cover letters were considered indispensable. A resume was the brief SparkNotes overview of your career and a cover letter was the catchy synopsis of key chapters. To quote Forrest Gump, the two were like “peas and carrots.” But these days, there are plenty of opinions to the contrary. So what’s the truth? Can a cover letter be useful or should we just jettison it in our wake?     The Case against Cover Letters For many…

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Why the Holidays Are the Perfect Time for Your Job Search

Why the Holidays Are the Perfect Time for Your Job Search

The Holidays are finally here! It’s time to celebrate right with family and friends and…still keep up the job search? Though your first instinct may be to hang up your job search along with your stockings, there are serious advantages to searching for a new job in between all the festivities. The Competition Is Less Aggressive The hectic nature of the Holiday seasons makes many job seekers want to take a little break. Some convince…

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The 3 Things You Should Learn While Networking

The 3 Things You Should Learn While Networking

Good networking, like good conversation, is immersive. It engages people as they share information and ask in-depth questions. And the best questions to ask are those that do more than just chip at the surface. Here are three networking question to keep in mind as you dig deeper and get to the core of what’s important to you and your new contact. 1.) What does this person enjoy about his or her work? Most of us think to ask what someone does…

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Interview Better with These Foods [Infographic]

Of all the factors that go into a good interview, the right meal is one of the most overlooked. Often, there’s an assumption that you can scarf down a Pop-Tart and several breakfast burritos while still performing at your peak. But your body, much like any engine, needs the right blend of fuel to ensure you impress the hiring manager. Here’s what to eat before your interview. (function(d){ var js, id="pikto-embed-js",…

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4 Effective Ways to Work with a Recruiter

4 Effective Ways to Work with a Recruiter

Few people perform their job search alone. Family, friends, and other connections help them make inroads with amazing employers. Having another person in your corner, especially when that person has the resources and know-how to entice hiring managers, is unbeatable. This is when professional recruiters come in handy. And if you’re planning to work with a recruiter, you can maximize that potential with these easy tips. Be the authentic you …

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What to Eat Before Your Interview

What to Eat Before Your Interview

Originally on our General Employment website 31 million Americans regularly skip breakfast and it shows during the job interview. Foregoing a healthy meal can leave you feeling tired, stressed, and easily distracted. To be at your best and beat the competition, reach for foods rich in these nutrients. Antioxidants to sharpen your mental focus. There are a variety of antioxidants out there – Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta carotene – that have a…

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Does Your Resume Format Matter?

Does Your Resume Format Matter?

Not all resumes have the same effect. Writing an eye-catching application is majorly important, but even a compelling story in your CV can fall flat with the wrong layout. This is why it pays to know which resume format will help you stand out in the eyes of employers. The Essential Resume Formatting Certain resume features are inflexible. Fiddle with these and you begin to erode the banks out from underneath you. Standard Margins – Margins…

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Jobs Are Up & Unemployment Is at the Lowest Point in 6 Years

Jobs Are Up & Unemployment Is at the Lowest Point in 6 Years

It’s amazing all the change that can happen in a month’s time. In the September jobs report, new payroll jobs were way up, unemployment was down, and several major industries experienced unfettered growth. Let’s delve into the specifics. Employment Made a Recovery (And Then Some) This initial tabulations of this month’s payroll numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics posted total new jobs at 248,000. In August, the jobs report only…

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How to Write an Elevator Pitch That Hypnotizes

How to Write an Elevator Pitch That Hypnotizes

There’s no way to ease into the job interview. Enter the employer’s office and you’re already under the microscope. In those formative minutes, the first words out of your mouth weigh heavily upon the interviewer’s impression of you. Right away they’ll ask: are you still intriguing or has your appeal gone? Write a finely-tuned elevator pitch or elevator speech and you can keep your mystique alive. Why the Elevator Pitch is Your Ideal…

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Why Asking for a Raise Isn’t Enough

Why Asking for a Raise Isn’t Enough

Asking your boss for a raise? If your exceptional work is worth it, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. However, simply requesting a higher salary isn’t enough. You need conviction and a way to show that your achievements merit the extra money. More than that, you need to a step-by-step method to get you and your boss on the same page. It’s All about Timing There’s a right time and a wrong time to ask for a raise. Is revenue at a new…

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