Looking for a Place to Land? How to Turn a Temporary Assignment into a Full Time One

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You’re enjoying your job assignment, you like your superiors, and life would be just about perfect if you could make the position last longer than the six months you’ve been hired for. So what magic can you weave to turn that temporary position into a full time one? For those who don’t have a wand,… Read more »

A Final Job Search Hurdle: Choosing Professional References

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You’ve passed through the HR Resume Black Hole, you’ve even secured an interview and done well. What other hurdle do you have to clear? An important one — the reference check. Be assured that employers definitely do check your references, so make sure you have them prepared, professional, and as positive as possible. Here are… Read more »

Phone Interview? Don’t forget to ask these seven key questions.

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If you’ve gotten to the phone interview portion of the process, pat yourself on the back: It’s sometimes just one step away from an in-person interview, or at least a next phone interview with more top brass. Now, while you may certainly partake in the phone interview in your comfiest jammies or a suit to… Read more »

Personal Branding: The Importance of Controlling Your Online Presence

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Questions: 1) How exactly does one define personal branding, and 2) How important is it to your job search? Answers: 1) Consider that with every job application and interview, you’re marketing yourself: your skills, your experience, your personality. And your professional identity in this digital world needs to occur on the Internet — trust without… Read more »

The Vital — and Often Overlooked — Step in the Job Seeking Process: The Follow Up

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So you’ve applied for a position or actually had the interview. Now what do you do? Wait and keep your fingers crossed? Make weekly calls to check up? The answer lies somewhere in the middle. After putting in an application, unless the job posting specifically tells you not to follow up (and some do —… Read more »

How to Interview Your Interviewer

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So you’ve finally made it: You landed a first interview with an employer. While you may feel grateful that a potential employer finally chose you, remember that: They chose to look at you. This means you have something to offer that they want. Admittedly, the interview can bring on a serious set of nerves. But… Read more »

What Does “Temp-to-Hire” Mean For You?

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When looking for work, make sure you seriously consider the idea of a temporary-to-permanent (temp-to-perm or temp-to-hire) position. Particularly in this economy, many good jobs exist on a temporary basis that will keep you working and current in your chosen field. When in between long-term jobs, one of the best ways to get hired again… Read more »

How to Fight the Midday Slump!

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Does this sound familiar? At work, you’re going full steam ahead all morning, crossing things off your to-do list and feeling productive. You take a quick break for lunch and figure you’ll dive right back into your work and power through the afternoon. But somewhere between 2 and 3 p.m. you find your attention wandering… Read more »

Etiquette for Using Personal Technology at Work

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Most companies allow their employees to bring their own smartphones and even their tablets to the office. But does that mean you can–and should–use them whenever you like? Obviously, each office should have its own policy for appropriate use, but there are several simple rules that all users should follow. Mobile devices should be used… Read more »

Setting Career Goals

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Whether you’re happily employed or searching for a job, the new year is an ideal time to set or reset your career goals. The holidays provide some much needed time off to rejuvenate, refresh, and refocus, which can help you to hit the ground running, professionally, come the new year. Reflecting on 2012 Carve out… Read more »