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The Hidden Way Your Cell Phone Ruins Your Interviews

The Hidden Way Your Cell Phone Ruins Your Interviews

It’s show time for your interview. Just like at the movies, it’s natural to silence your cell phone. Simple enough, but phones ringing and even candidates answering calls are still among the most common interview mistakes that hiring managers see. Deactivate your alarms and power down your phone before you enter the building. That fix is simple enough. Yet that isn’t the only way your cell phone is ruining your interview. Your career…

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The Easy & Casual Way to Build Your Network

The Easy & Casual Way to Build Your Network

To you, what does networking look like? For years, the image has been reduced to a conference hall filled with name-tagged professionals glad-handing and swapping business cards. That broad caricature undercuts what makes building your list of network contacts enjoyable and worthwhile: it can happen at any time and any place.   Networking Moves You Beyond Norms The whole point of building your network is to avoid career stasis. You’ve either…

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Why You Can’t Find that Perfect Candidate

Why You Can’t Find that Perfect Candidate

That vacancy in your team is driving you mad. You’ve been searching for weeks and the perfect candidate is nowhere in sight. Is the talent pool as dried up as Death Valley or is something askew with your hiring criteria? The Toll Open Positions Take Your hiring woes are not the exception. Extended vacancies have become the norm as more employers hold out for that singular candidate. In fact, the national average for the time an advertised…

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12 Ways to Ace Your Job Interview from Start to Finish

12 Ways to Ace Your Job Interview from Start to Finish

The specifics of most job interviews are shrouded in mystery. Beyond the specific date and time marked on your calendar, every other variable is ambiguous. You receive no agenda or official timetable, yet you’re still called upon to perform up to expectations. Preparation is essential, but it’s easy to find yourself wondering where to start? We’ve gathered 12 of our best job interview resources, bringing you from days before your meeting…

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Interview Feedback Can Save Your Next Hire

Interview Feedback Can Save Your Next Hire

Imagine you’ve just interviewed a candidate. He or she is a perfect technical fit and passes all your own personality requirements. You’re smitten, but you need to get approval from further up the chain. Several days or a week pass. When you finally reach out to the candidate or your recruiter, the window of opportunity is gone. That perfect candidate has already moved on to another job. It’s a common situation for anyone who has tried to…

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What Your Summary Statement Needs to Do

What Your Summary Statement Needs to Do

Good resumes have a central feature in common: their words and layout capture an employer’s attention like runway lights leading a pilot to land. To do that, job seekers need to provide a clear, straightforward explanation of who they are and who they will be as employees. Summary statements do that best.   Objective Statements vs. Summary Statements Once, the objective statement was a resume staple. It told hiring managers what type of job…

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Using Freelance Work to Revive Your Passion

Using Freelance Work to Revive Your Passion

Every career encounters a barricade at some point. Your creative solutions may not snap into place anymore. Your passion may smolder like dwindling coals instead of blazing like a warm fire. Changing employers is often a solution, but before you do, it may help to try your hand at being a freelancer. What Makes Freelance Work Different Many Americans find an appeal in freelance, contract, or consultant work. Current predictions are that 40% of…

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15 Ingredients that Make LinkedIn Profiles Great

15 Ingredients that Make LinkedIn Profiles Great

LinkedIn’s 332 million users make it one of the greatest assets in any professional’s job search. Used right, it can broadcast your credentials beyond traditional means. Employers and recruiters will tell you: there are clear differences between average and great LinkedIn profiles. Focus on these 15 factors and your profile won’t blend in with the scenery. 1. A Clean & Professional Picture – LinkedIn profile pictures should be the…

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Why Your Interview Mistakes Aren’t the End of the Road

Why Your Interview Mistakes Aren’t the End of the Road

In a job interview, a mistake carries like a whisper in a cathedral. No matter how small, you feel that it’s going to be painfully disruptive. Nonetheless, it doesn’t have to be the final word on whether or not you got that new job. Most common interview mistakes are only separated from success by a thin line. Your success depends on the gravity the mistake and your ability to recover from it.   Which Mistakes Can’t Be Overcome Not all…

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3 Things Your Interviewer Doesn’t Need to Know (Unless You’re Asked)

3 Things Your Interviewer Doesn’t Need to Know (Unless You’re Asked)

A job interview is a delicate thing. It’s a rope bridge linking two Himalayan peaks. You can make it across but every step is taken with great care. Often, what tips people over the edge isn’t a slight to a former boss or an oddball response that freaks out the manager. One of these 3 well-intentioned responses causes many job seekers to lose their footing.   Getting Specific about Your Salary It’s putting the cart before the ox. Your…

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