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    Resume Dilemma: Addressing Your Criminal Record

    Resume Dilemma: Addressing Your Criminal Record
    Individuals with criminal histories face numerous obstacles when seeking employment, so it's important they make the one document that can open doors - the resume - as effective as possible. Follow these tips to ensure your resume is ready to go: h4. Don't Reference Your Criminal Background The purpose of a resume is to help you secure a job interview. For ...
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    Resume Dilemma: Career Change

    Resume Dilemma: Career Change
    In a competitive job market, it's hard enough for job seekers on a steady career path to get their resumes noticed. If you are pursuing a new direction, it's all that much more difficult to convince hiring managers to take a chance on you. A common mistake career changers make is to use the same resumes that worked in their previous ...
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    Resume Dilemma: I'm Overqualified

    Resume Dilemma: I'm Overqualified
    Six months ago, you were laid off from your executive job by a company that's now six feet under. You've sent out 800 resumes, done one interview, received zero offers. You blew through the severance pay in two months, the COBRA health insurance is gone and your unemployment benefits are about to expire. You find yourself looking lower and lower on ...
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    How to Make Your Resume Recession-Ready

    How to Make Your Resume Recession-Ready
    Joe Turner | Monster Career Advice While you shouldn’t let the hysteria about today's economy derail your job hunt, you will have to get smarter in your job search strategy. How? By revising your tactics to include a more solution-selling approach to make your value clear to potential employers. You must always answer the question, "What's in it for them?" not, ...
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    Race, Sex and Religion on Your Resume

    Race, Sex and Religion on Your Resume
    By Kim Isaacs | Monster Contributing Writer You're probably aware that hiring managers cannot ask discriminatory questions during interviews. But this legal protection isn't too useful in preventing discrimination before the interview. If your resume contains personal information unrelated to your job target -- your race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc. - you might fall victim to discrimination, even ...
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    MediaBuzz's Guide to 'Massaging' Your Resume

    MediaBuzz's Guide to 'Massaging' Your Resume
    Have you been unemployed awhile? No experience? In today’s economy, you need to carefully present yourself to potential employers to avoid being seen as unstable. Competition will be tough so you will need to start strategizing about how to promote yourself. Whatever your story is...you have strengths to capitalize on. Here is a guide to crafting your resume to sell yourself ...
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    Marketing Resume Tips Build Your Personal Brand

    Marketing Resume Tips Build Your Personal Brand
    Kim Isaacs, Monster As a marketing professional, you know the importance of branding a product or company. By applying this same strategy, you can use your resume to build your own brand to differentiate yourself from the competition (other job seekers), convey your value (how you benefit employers) and generate results (interviews). Follow these tips. h4. Use Your Resume as a ...
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    5 Resume Mistakes You Can't Make

    5 Resume Mistakes You Can't Make If you're looking for a job and your resume isn't close to perfect, you're in trouble. No amount of personality, speaking ability, or interview skills will help you if the first foot you put forward is a bad resume. Many people are facing the prospect of finding a new job. And some are even contemplating ...
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    5 Signs Your Résumé is Passé

    5 Signs Your Résumé is Passé
    The workplace is not what it was five years ago. Neither is the job hunt. The most successful candidates are those who are ready and willing to adapt to a changing landscape. But it doesn’t matter how ready you are for the modern workplace if your résumé’s straight out of 1994. And sometimes, it's the most minute details that make all ...
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    Sell Yourself with Sales Resume Tips

    Sell Yourself with Sales Resume Tips
    You're a natural at selling products or services for your employer, so why is it so hard to sell yourself on your resume? Don't worry, because you can turn your drab resume into a powerful sales tool. h4. Start with a High-Impact Sales Pitch Sales resumes need to be results-oriented, emphasizing how you contributed to your employer's bottom line. Start by ...
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    Resume Critique Checklist

    Resume Critique Checklist
    By Kim Isaacs | Monster Contributing Writer Resumes normally get less than a 15-second glance at the first screening. If someone has asked you to review his resume and you want to help him ensure it gets read - or want to know if your own is up to par - be sure you can answer yes to the following questions: ...
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    Leverage Volunteer Work on Your Resume

    Leverage Volunteer Work on Your Resume
    Kim Isaacs | Monster Resume Expert You may have altruistic reasons for volunteering, but giving your time has career-enhancing power, too. "Volunteer work, whether in addition to a current job or an activity in between jobs, shows an employer that you are willing to try new experiences, be involved in your community and generally demonstrates a willingness to take initiative and ...
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    7 Job Search Time Wasters and How to Avoid Them

    Looking for a job is, indeed, a full time job. And like any full time job, you probably waste a lot of time either completing tasks, or between them. The difference is, when you’re looking for work, you don’t have a boss to answer to. You are only accountable to yourself — and let’s face it, you kind of favor ...
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    Overqualified? 6 Job Hunting Strategies

    1. Withhold Your Resume Here's what not to do: Fire off a volley of resumes to human resources departments. "Sending a resume is simply a way to oblivion," says Jeffrey Fox, author of Don't Send a Resume. HR departments must quickly eliminate nearly all of the hundreds of resumes submitted for a single opening. At the first whiff of your extra ...
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    The Geographically Limited Job Search

    The Geographically Limited Job Search
    Peter Vogt / Monster Job hunting becomes harder than usual when you have to confine your search geographically. But you can find a job under such constraints with the right strategy. Start Sooner Rather Than Later, Especially If You're Moving After graduating from Brown University in 2004, Stephanie Harris looked for a job long distance for about four months, "doing interviews ...
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    Understand Recruitment Cycles to Give Your Job Search an Edge

    Understand Recruitment Cycles to Give Your Job Search an Edge
    John Rossheim, Monster When it comes to connecting with the right job opportunity, timing isn't everything, but it's certainly something. Tuning into industries' and employers' annual recruitment cycles just might give you a decisive edge. That's the consensus of recruiters and employers with fingers on the pulse of seasonal variations in hiring. Here's a quarter-by-quarter summary of how these hiring dynamics ...
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    Eight Technology Etiquette Tips for Job-Seekers

    Eight Technology Etiquette Tips for Job-Seekers
    If there's any small solace when starting a job search in this recession, it's the proliferation of digital technology to help you re-enter the working world. Web sites like Indeed.com have multiplied the number of job openings you can track and the professional contacts you can make. E-mail and smart phones make it easier to pitch yourself and set up appointments. ...
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    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"

    [photo:9895] In most job-filling situations, the employer has the luxury of choosing from several well-qualified applicants, all of whom could probably do the job, especially now. With so many job seekers on the hunt, little things, like the common, but often unrecognized, mistakes described here almost always come into play. Even in a strong job market, intangibles (what's not on your ...
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    6 Principles to Guide Your Job Search

    1. The Principle of Reciprocation People tend to say yes if they feel they owe you something. Example: Charities double their response when they include a dozen personalized address labels inside their direct-mail packages. On the Interview: Always enter the interview with the attitude that you're there to help rather than be helped. When sincerely felt and expressed, this automatically creates ...
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    Stalk Your Way to a New Job

    Stalk Your Way to a New Job
    The internet has made stalkers out of all of us. You know exactly what I'm talking about. But instead of stalking your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, consider using your newfound detective skills for more productive (i.e. less emotionally jarring) purposes, like snagging the job of your dreams or laying the foundation to build a relationship with a prospect. Interested in a company ...