How to Use Job References Effectively

Posted: May 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

For many years job seekers were advised to write “References available upon request” or “References attached” at the end of their resume. These days, however, it is customary not to supply or offer references with your resume unless they are specifically requested on a job application or by the hiring manager. Here are eight ways… Read More »

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Enhance Your Resume with Inexpensive Online Courses

Posted: May 1, 2017 at 9:00 am

Online courses can make your resume sparkle with names from famous universities like Harvard, Yale and MIT. Even liberal arts courses which have no direct relevance to your job create the halo effect that comes from putting the name of an iconic university. Most courses are free, but to really impress employers, you’ll need to… Read More »

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Why Entry Level Jobs are So Important

Posted: April 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

When job seekers talk about entry level jobs they often have different things in mind, depending on who is doing the talking and what their situation is. But whatever your situation, you should consider that there’s more to an entry level job than simply getting hired at the highest salary with the shortest commute. Whether… Read More »

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Six interview blunders you want to avoid

Posted: March 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

It’s hard for job candidates to get honest feedback about how well they do on job interviews. Here are six frequently mentioned complaints recruiters and hiring managers have voiced over the years about the ways job seekers behave in their interviews. 1. Arriving late. Recruiters and hiring managers are tightly booked with appointments. When you arrive… Read More »

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Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills: What’s the Difference?

Posted: March 6, 2017 at 9:00 am

Although most job seekers don’t think about the difference between hard and soft skills,  hiring managers think about it all the time. Hard skills include computer skills like Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint; bookkeeping and accounting; software development; foreign languages; mathematics and statistics; project management; and data analysis, just to name a few. As you… Read More »

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Rule Number One in Salary Negotiations

Posted: February 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Never be the first person to mention a salary amount. This is rule number one in salary negotiations. Only discuss salary after the employer makes an initial offer. Almost career experts agree on this point. You put yourself at a disadvantage when you tell an employer how much you are looking for or how much… Read More »

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