Did You Make These Mistakes?

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Discusses the value of learning from an interview experience where you didn’t get the job and use key takeaways to help improve your interview skills moving forward. A friend recounted an English teaching interview in which they asked her the last book she read, and she couldn’t think of a single one. She stumbled around… Read more »

The Gift of Employment: Successful Job Searching During the Holidays

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If you’re looking to get a job during the holidays, trust that you have very good chances of finding one at such a busy time of year. Consider a few points and stay on top of your search, and you may get yourself the best gift of all: a new job. Take advantage of the… Read more »

Jobs are More Than Just Money: How to Ask About Other Work Perks

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Of course part of having a job includes the desire for a steady paycheck, but it’s perfectly acceptable (and right) to look for more than just money in your employment search. In fact, according to a survey from AfterCollege, a website designed to help businesses recruit recent college grads, the top three considerations during a… Read more »

Revamping Your Job Search

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The irony of unemployment is that, sometimes, the longer you don’t have a job, the less motivated you feel to find one. It gets frustrating to keep up your spirits when it feels like you’re finding primarily rejection or closed doors. Try to keep this little sports metaphor in mind: If you keep shooting the… Read more »

3 Steps to Answering, “What is Your Biggest Weakness?”

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If you’ve done any interview prep, you know that one question interviewers love to ask, the sometimes dreaded, “What’s your biggest weakness?” question. You put yourself in a weak position if you don’t properly prepare to answer this question. Use these strategies to answer it in the most honest and effective way possible. Avoid the… Read more »

Three Strategies to Connect with Your Interviewer

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When in an interview, of course you want to come across as the most memorable candidate in the most positive way and to make that interviewer want to work with you above anyone else. So it helps if you can make a strong connection with that person. But how do you manage it effectively? Use… Read more »

How Do You Discuss Negative Work Experience in an Interview?

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Discussing work history during an interview can sometimes seem like a rather complicated dance – or a walk through a field of landmines. You want to be careful to avoid saying anything negative about your previous employers. Find a way to truthfully talk about past experiences without bad-mouthing anyone involved – speaking negatively actually reflects… Read more »

Employers Often Take a Hard Line with Soft Skills

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Of course every employer wants to know your quantifiable, hard skills, and you’ve got them prominently listed on your resume: Experienced in using Microsoft and Mac systems. Increased sales by five percent last quarter. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. But what about the soft skills, the way you interact with others,… Read more »

Want to Impress An Employer? Show Your Loyalty.

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From the highest paid executive to the lowest paid employee (and outside the workplace as well), everyone values the quality of loyalty. It’s a concept everyone can understand — there’s a reason why the stereotypical dog name is “Fido,” meaning “faithful” or “loyal.” And as a potential employee, you want to demonstrate company loyalty to… Read more »

Don’t Make These Mobile Application Mistakes!

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To use an old phrase, the one constant is change, and that rings true for how to apply for a job as well. As of 2013, companies who had mobile-friendly application processes had 1 in 5 applications coming from mobile devices. 77% of job seekers used mobile job search apps as of 2011 (24.8% of… Read more »