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    The Worst Cover Letter Mistakes

    The Worst Cover Letter Mistakes
    The resume was impressive. The formatting was impeccable, the content was excellent, and he did a great job of focusing on accomplishments instead of job duties. If I were an employer, I would have been impressed. Then I looked at his cover letter and imagined the employer tossing that perfect resume into the trash bin. Many people looking for jobs destroy ...
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    Confessions of an Account Exec: Influencing Your PR Stock Value

    Confessions of an Account Exec: Influencing Your PR Stock Value
    Public relations specialists held about 275,200 jobs nationally in 2008 according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The good news is that the employment of public relations specialists is expected to grow 24 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). The bad news is the number of ...
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    Frequently Asked Questions of Laid-Off Employees

    Frequently Asked Questions of Laid-Off Employees
    As the recession results in business closures, bankruptcies and thousands of layoffs, a growing number of jobless Maine residents are left with questions about their rights and their former employers' responsibilities. Maine's February unemployment rate reached 8 percent as the state lost another 2,600 jobs. For the year ending in February, the state lost 15,500 jobs across all economic sectors. Back ...
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    MediaBuzz's Cover Letter Guide

    MediaBuzz's Cover Letter Guide
    Is the pressure of writing a killer cover letter getting to you? Never know what to include? Having issues coming up with that snappy opening line? Cover letters are the first thing that most employers look at, yet they can be the most frustrating part of the job search process. To help you build the perfect cover letter, MediaBuzz has put ...
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    9 Tips for Proper Email Etiquette

    9 Tips for Proper Email Etiquette
    If you’ve ever begged IT to stop a sent email in its tracks, or wasted an entire morning sifting through an unruly inbox, it might just be time for an email refresher course. In this age of BlackBerry-toting professionals connected by email around globe, it's crucial to abide by the written (and unwritten) rules of email communications. You don’t want to ...
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    What To Wear When You Work From Home

    What To Wear When You Work From Home
    h4. What should you wear when you work from home? It's a question I'm asked frequently in my image consulting business, and one that bears thoughtful consideration. For just as your appearance matters when you report to work in the "outside" world, so, too, does it matter when your commute is just down the hall. Now before you snicker at this ...
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    11 Writing Mistakes that Make You Look Dumb

    11 Writing Mistakes that Make You Look Dumb
    Professional writers often worry that their work is unnecessary. After all, can't anyone with even a basic education write? The answer: no, they can't. Even college graduates don't seem to be learning composition basics. Of course not everyone is going to be the next Mark Twain, but career success does depend on not looking stupid. Sure, some clients, coworkers, or resume ...
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    Is Age Discrimination at Work a Serious Problem?

    Is Age Discrimination at Work a Serious Problem?
    Hot topic age discrimination Last month, Channel 4's Dispatches program exposed the problem of age discrimination in the workplace. The law states employees can be forced to retire at age 65 without any explanation from their employer, but 25% feel employers should have the right to force employees to retire at 65. Dispatches claimed 67% of 1,000 employees who were forced ...
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    Brand Advocates: Brands' New Model Army

    Brand Advocates: Brands' New Model Army
    Forrester Research is calling for a complete overhaul of the marketing function, in which brand managers are ditched in favor of a new model of working involving 'brand advocates'. But can a reactive role creating 'on the fly' plans really work for businesses? There was a time when brands could demand consumer attention and retailer distribution simply by buying TV airtime. ...
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    Sample Sales Cover Letter

    To be the successful job candidate in any field, it helps to tailor your cover letter to the specific job opening. View our sample cover letter for a sales professional here.
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    Shocking HR Blunders

    There is never a dull moment in Human Resources. The following stories actually happened. You be the judge of who is at fault, the HR department or the employee... #1 Hatin’ on Hooters>> [page] Hatin’ on Hooters A woman working as a criminal intelligence analyst with the Department of Public Safety was fired because she didn’t disclose having worked at ...
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    Customize Your Cover Letter to the Ad

    Customize Your Cover Letter to the Ad
    Found the perfect job through an ad? Before you whisk off your resume and cover letter, study the ad and determine how your qualifications match the employer's requirements. Armed with this information, you can craft a cover letter positioning yourself as the ideal candidate. For example, look at this sample job ad: Outside Sales Rep Our client, a fast-growing, Staten Island, ...
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    Answers to Quiz: What's Your HR IQ?

    Answers to Quiz: What's Your HR IQ?
    HR Generalists are in high demand because they know so much about everything HR. You know you are smart, but how “HR smart” are you? Take this test to find out. Have you taken the ultimate HR IQ Quiz yet? Developed by a leading educator and generalist practitioner in the HR field, this test will challenge and excite you with unique ...
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    11 Writing Mistakes that Make You Look Dumb

    11 Writing Mistakes that Make You Look Dumb
    Professional writers often worry that their work is unnecessary. After all, can't anyone with even a basic education write? The answer: no, they can't. Even college graduates don't seem to be learning composition basics. Of course not everyone is going to be the next Mark Twain, but career success does depend on not looking stupid. Sure, some clients, coworkers, or resume ...
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    7 Ideas to Recession Proof Your Mood

    7 Ideas to Recession Proof Your Mood
    With all the doom-and-gloom talk of our financial situation, staying upbeat can be tougher than ever. Simple strategies, however, can be used to take your mind off your budget and focused on the positive. We checked in with everyday Janes (and one Nathan) to get their tips and tactics on keeping your smile in the face of budgetary stress. “I’ve ...
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    MediaBuzz's Interview Guide

    MediaBuzz's Interview Guide
    Never seem to come up with the right answer during an interview? Not sure about what to wear? Worried you'll freeze trying to answer the most important question? Interviews may be the toughest part of the job search process, since everything about you is on display for the employer. Figuring out how to dress and the right thing to say can ...
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    5 Interview Wrong Turns

    5 Interview Wrong Turns
    When you think of psychology, do asylums and psychopaths come to mind? Well, so should job interviewers…and not because some may seem like sadistic psychopaths. A recent study from two psychologists, Thomas Hillard and Therese McCan, in The Journal of Psychology reveals a lot about what goes through interviewers' minds and how job seekers can use that to their advantage. An ...
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    Enlightened Leadership: Think Strategic, Act Tactical

    Enlightened Leadership: Think Strategic, Act Tactical
    “Think strategic, act tactical” a former boss used to tell me and I can’t think of any better advice than this for HR leaders in today’s turbulent times. Maintaining a longterm, strategic focus while working on short-term, concrete activities is one strategy for results. There is no question that this is hard to do when we’re under increasing pressure to do ...
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    9 Ways to Mess Up Your Interview

    Sometimes our faces and body language give away more than we're trying to reveal, especially in a tense or nerve-wracking situation like a first job interview. In some cases, we might not even realize that our brow is furrowed or that we're repeatedly tapping our toes much to the annoyance of a future employer. A recent survey of hundreds of different ...
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    Leadership: Lessons From Einstein

    Leadership: Lessons From Einstein
    We are in the midst of the most tumultuous and precarious business times of our careers. Looking to others for advice and guidance is one way to shed some light on our dilemmas. Few luminaries are more often quoted than Albert Einstein, the 20th century German mathematician and theoretical physicist. And much of what he said 75 years ago still rings ...