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Jan
07
Cover Letter Craziness – Mistakes to avoid making on your cover letter

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Cover letters can be tough. You want to win over the hiring manager reading your letter and stand out amongst other candidates. In doing this, be sure you don’t make any of these cover letter hiccups.


“My resume is attached. Please let me know if you have any questions”
Never, ever, ever simply submit a cover letter that’s only content says to view your resume. The point of the cover letter is to explain how your past experience would make a good fit for the position.


“I’ve been searching for a job for month’s now and would accept any part-time of full-time work”
Don’t sound desperate. Even if you are desperate and would literally take anythi...


Dec
31
5 Habits To Take Your Career From Failing To Winning

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Have a lackluster job? Don’t feel like you’re where you should be in your career? Well, if this is the case you need to do something before it’s too late. Don’t wait around hoping your career will take off without putting in any extra effort. With a few helpful habits you can turn your career around and get back in the game:


Here’s how:


1. Don’t be a Yes Man
Saying “yes” to every little task you are asked to do, doesn’t always win you extra points. If anything, you are taking on too much responsibility and it will show in other areas of your work. Set boundaries and limits for yourself, and stick to them. Often, your boss will respect you fo...


Dec
31
3 Tips to Explain Long Periods of Unemployment

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Maybe you were laid off, took some time off to travel, or relocated with your family. Whatever the reason, if you’ve had a gap in your work history, the thought of going into an interview and possibly being asked “Why?” can be gut wrenching.


Here’s our advice for combating the dreaded question:


1. Have your answer scripted and rehearsed
You want to be honest and tell the truth about your reason for unemployment, but at the same time you don’t want to volunteer more information than necessary. With that said, if the interviewer asks you follow up questions after your answer, never be dishonest, the worst mistake you could make is to lie and it come back to bite you....


Dec
31
8 Reasons It’s Not Your Fault You Didn’t Get Hired

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1. Money, Money, Money
Companies don’t always get the budget for the position approved beforehand. There are instances where companies just hope the timing will work out and the budget will get approved before they hire, but that timing doesn’t always play out. If this occurs, they can’t offer you the position without having the budget for payment approved.


Another situation where money hinders the hiring process is when the budget is approved, but higher management later revokes it. Awkward!


2. Stronger Match
Just because the company believed another candidate was a better fit, doesn’t mean that you weren’t a stellar option as well. If a company informs you that yo...


Dec
31
10 Easy Steps to Identify Your Transferable Skills

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You might think that your summer job as a lifeguard will be of no use when applying to work for an IT firm, but it just might be exactly what the company is looking for. The point is, don’t rule out a certain skill just because you “think” it’s irrelevant for the job you’re applying. Many companies are looking for someone to give them a fresh take or provide a different outlook on a certain topic, procedure, etc.


Now, let’s help you figure out how to find your transferable skills.


Step 1: Specify your skills
List out every possible skill you have. Don’t worry about trying to decide if certain skills apply to the position you are applying. That step will...


Nov
26
4 Tips for Being More Productive at Work

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We all get stuck in ruts where the hands of the clock keep moving faster and the lists of things we have to do keeps getting longer. First things first, take a deep breath and collect yourself; you got this! Just use one of our tips to get your work rate from 0 to 100 and you’ll be back in action in no time.


1. Arrive fashionably early
Give yourself some peace and quiet to work in. Getting there early before the hustle and bustle of the work day begins provides you with the ideal work environment. Think about it: No one is coming up to you asking you how your weekend was, you don’t have to make pointless small talk at the coffee station. It’s just you and your work. And the ...


Nov
24
Dress the Part: What to Wear to an Interview

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According to Business Insider, you only have 7 seconds to make a first impression. The first thing the interviewer will notice in those 7 seconds is what you are wearing. They see this before you shake hands, before you introduce yourself, before anything. So, you need to be dressed to impress. Follow some of these guidelines when picking out your interview outfit and you will be set!


Women:
Suit
Pick a very neutral color, like black, grey, or navy. If you are going to be wearing a suit with a skirt, then make sure that the skirt is an appropriate length and not too tight. Pair your suit with a blouse of a coordinating color.


Shoes
Choose a pair of conservative shoes. This isn’t the time to...


Nov
03
3 Tips to Help You Get to the Next Level in Your Career

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So you made the transition from an intern to an entry-level staff member at your company, and are now exploring new adventures beyond the horizon. This means it’s time to update your resume. The question that needs to be asked is, what are you looking to say in your “updated” resume? There are ways you can go about highlighting your entry-level experience to help you advance further in your career without overextending the truth. Bellow are three tips.


1. What Have You Done to Further the Company’s Goals?


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Regardless of where you rank in the organization, the work that you do helps to further the goals of the company. Don’t list the tasks you were given, but inste...


Oct
19
5 questions to ask during an interview

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You’ve submitted numerous job applications and resumes, and finally landed that crucial interview. You’ve done your research on the company and prepared to discuss your qualifications and credentials with the interviewer. But now comes the part where you get to ask the interviewer questions. Asking questions helps to create a relationship with the interviewer. An interview is a two-way street where both you and the interviewer get to know each other. By asking questions, you are getting the opportunity to learn as much as you can about the position and company.


To help you out, we have put together some important questions you should ask in an interview.


1. Where do you see the com...


Oct
19
4 tips to help you learn more about a company’s culture

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Typically speaking, companies make it a priority to hire candidates who they feel are best fit for the job. While that’s perfectly fine and acceptable, there is also another side to it and that is that the candidate also looks to work at a company that is an ideal fit for him/her. While on the job hunt, it is very crucial that you take the time to research a company and learn more about its culture and work environment to ensure that it’s a perfect match for you.


Below are some methods to incorporate into your job search that will help you to learn more about the company and its culture.


1. The Internet Is Your Best Friend


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Let’s face it, the internet is our go-to resource for...