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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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    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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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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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: Recent Graduate

    Resume Dilemma: Recent Graduate
    You've spent four years or more building your knowledge and perhaps even earned a high GPA. So why aren't employers clamoring for your services? The problem you and other new graduates face is that hiring managers are more interested in what you can do for them than what you did in school. So use your resume to convince employers that your ...
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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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    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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    Top Media Resume Keywords

    Top Media Resume Keywords
    A good resume doesn’t have to simply convey your experience and personal brand, it has to make it to the top of the (not so insignificant) pile on the hiring manager’s desk. I in this competitive job market, that’s no small chore! In a profession where communicating on the terms of your audience is absolutely crucial, it should be no secret ...
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    Channel Your Cover Letter Feedback

    Prioritize the Feedback Most professional resume-writing firms also offer cover letter services, so if you're not having much success improving your letter on your own, it may be worthwhile to hire a professional. "I have seen many job searches stalled, because the individual had a terrific resume written by a professional but did not want to pay for a cover ...
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    10 Must-Follow Interview Rules

    10 Must-Follow Interview Rules
    In the current job market, you'd better have your act together, or you won't stand a chance against the competition. Check yourself on these 10 basic points before you go on that all-important interview. [page] *Look Sharp* Before the interview, select your outfit. Depending on the industry and position, get out your best duds and check them over for spots and ...
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    10 Body Language Blunders

    1. A Closed Body Whether sitting or standing, your body should be loose and open. Do not cross your arms. Do not cross your legs. While you may think it conveys a sense of ease, studies have shown that a people read a closed body differently: they subconsciously think you have something to hide. What's more, you're missing a golden ...
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    Interview Tips for Landing a Creative Job

    Interview Tips for Landing a Creative Job
    Dan Garriott chuckles as he recounts the time he met a man who has since become a good friend, and they got to talking about their vocations. "He's a big-time tech recruiter," says Garriot. "I met him at a party, and he introduced himself as a ‘flesh merchant.'" But Garriott, who founded Right Brain Resource, a small creative-staffing agency in Portland, ...
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    You Never Know Whom They Know

    You Never Know Whom They Know
    We don't walk around wearing signs displaying the names of everyone we know. It would probably shock you to learn about some of the influential people your best friend knows but hasn't told you about. You can't assume that your friend, acquaintance or referral partner doesn't have powerful contacts that can help you-or your business-in important ways. Never underestimate the depth ...