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The Right Answer to “Why Do You Want This Job?”

The Right Answer to “Why Do You Want This Job?”

Sometimes the simplest questions can be the hardest to answer. In a job interview, you expect to be asked certain common interview questions. These allow interviewers to distill your professional career down to positive and negative attributes which can then be weighed. Most interview questions can be easily decoded but “why do you want this job?” is almost a bit oversimplified. Do you just give your unfiltered opinion? Will any old answer…

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Here’s How to Write the Perfect Resume Summary

Here’s How to Write the Perfect Resume Summary

With the idea of the six second rule looming over you, writing the perfect resume summary can be a stressful chore. You only have a handful of seconds to convince the hiring manager to keep reading your resume, and each one of them is crucial to your chances of getting the job. But writing a good resume summary is likely different from anything you have ever written before. It requires your writing to be as brief as it is potent. Resume…

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5 Questions You Want to Ask Interviewers (But Know You Shouldn’t)

5 Questions You Want to Ask Interviewers (But Know You Shouldn’t)

Your job interview isn’t like the Dating Game. The interviewer doesn’t sit on one side of a partition, rattling off questions until he or she figures you out. Both people are out in the open and questions can fly back and forth until you’ve both made your decision. This doesn’t give you the license to glibly ask whatever comes to mind. Some questions can make a hiring manager leery of your intent. Others can sour a budding rapport. At…

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Burned out by your job search? Here’s how to stay focused

Burned out by your job search? Here’s how to stay focused

Applying for a new job probably isn’t your idea of a good time. The entire job search can be time-consuming, whittling away at your precious hours before and after work. It’s easy to become distracted by mindless entertainment (TV shows, mobile apps, and websites) when you should be applying for jobs. However, you can take back the reins. These six methods eliminate distractions and help job seekers to take control when the urge to…

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4 Ways to Keep Your Resume Fresh

4 Ways to Keep Your Resume Fresh

If your job search has been on hiatus, chances are that your resume needs a tune up. New wax and some tinkering can help you to get more mileage out of every word. But what goes and what stays? Follow these tips as you think over how to give your resume the jumpstart it needs. Stale Experience Has a particular technology in your toolkit fallen out of use? Including outmoded technology can make a resume sound dated. Identify which technologies…

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Manufacturing and the March Jobs Report

Manufacturing and the March Jobs Report

Slow and steady seems to be the model of job growth this year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the March jobs report Friday morning, revealing that the economy continues to move in the right direction, albeit at a glacial pace. While the results are positive for the economy overall, the Manufacturing sector saw little movement in its sectors last month. The numbers According to the BLS report, 192,000 non-farm payroll jobs were added in…

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Which Job Search Myths Are Hurting Your Career?

Which Job Search Myths Are Hurting Your Career?

It’s April Fool’s Day. Odds are, you’ve already seen someone get pranked or been on the receiving end yourself. When it’s not you, it’s hard to understand how people fall for the ridiculous fabrications they’re fed (In 1957, the BBC tricked viewers into swallowing a story about spaghetti trees) yet myths can lay down strong roots. Even flimsy myths have a way of saddling up next to legitimate knowledge and getting passed around…

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Are You Sabotaging Your Job Interview Before it Begins?

Are You Sabotaging Your Job Interview Before it Begins?

There is a lot you can do during a job interview that will affect your chances of landing the position. But are your actions before the interview ruining your chances? Use these tips to up your odds of getting the job before you even meet the hiring manager. The 10 Minute Rule Showing up late to a job interview is arguably the worst thing you can do. However, walking through the door 20-30 minutes before your scheduled time can be seen as an…

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Mind the Employment Gap: Explaining Time Off to Hiring Managers

Mind the Employment Gap: Explaining Time Off to Hiring Managers

Do you view employment gaps as a blemish on your resume? Most people have one, and they stand out worse than a pimple on picture day. You just have to confront them with confidence and poise. Deception is not the better part of valor Employment gaps don’t have to be stashed away like a dark family secret. Lying or trying to cover them up is as foolhardy as faking proficiency with certain skills. So don’t try to pull one over on the…

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How to Answer Interview Questions About Office Conflicts

How to Answer Interview Questions About Office Conflicts

Not every office relationship is going to be copacetic. Hiring managers know this. So, don’t be surprised when you’re asked “how did you handle an office conflict?” It’s an opportunity to make a strong pitch. Why dredge up the past? A good resume is saturated with your technical skills, but often falls short in depicting your soft skills and personality. That knowledge gap is filled in during the interview with questions like “how…

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