Posts Categorized: Job Seekers

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Phone interviews have become an increasingly common addition to the job recruitment process. Hiring managers like them because they place a relatively inexpensive buffer between the blind crap shoot of the resume-vetting process and the time-consuming, schedule-dependent slog that can make up the in-person interview stage. Also, the phone interview allows companies to widen their… Read more »

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There are many reasons for taking some time out of the workforce: maternity leave; becoming a stay-at-home parent; taking care of a sick relative; going back to school … even living off that lottery win as long as you can. There are also a lot of good reasons to go back. A paycheck for one…. Read more »

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You don’t just work for money. Most of your waking hours get poured into your career and you want something more than a paycheck out of that time invested. You want to feel engaged. You want to feel challenged. Unfortunately, not every job ends up like that. Sometimes, you get to a point where you… Read more »

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There’s a lot of advice out there about what to include on your resume. However, it’s equally important to think about the things that should get left off. Resumes exist on a thin line. HR folks sift through a lot of them each time a position gets posted. They aren’t in a mood for any… Read more »

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Finding a job is a nerve-wracking experience across the board. But nothing gets the hands shaking or the stomach churning like an interview. Unless you’re a trial lawyer, a top-flight athlete or a professional performer, very few experiences in life place so much meaning on how you deliver in a live setting. That might be… Read more »

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The one part of the job application that seems like someone else’s job. Unfortunately, job references don’t really work like that. If you want to ensure you get a dynamite recommendation – ideally, your reference while start to tear up a bit when describing you – you need to set the groundwork. You first must… Read more »

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When did job searching become a trip to the DMV? All the innovative technology, all the integrated processes, all the websites and apps – things that were supposed to turn the system into an optimized job-placement machine – and we just end up filling out seemingly endless forms, answering the same 20 questions over and… Read more »

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The job of a manager is getting the most out of as little as possible. Stretching resources and improving efficiency lead to higher profitability and an improved ability to grow over time. But these abilities aren’t strictly in the manager’s control. Employees play a big role. A worker who can provide flexibility goes a long… Read more »

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The scariest thing about unemployment? You might think it’s the prospect of staying out of work for a long time (we’ve all heard the horror stories). But nothing will make you lose sleep more than getting a job offer you don’t really want. Think about it. You’ve spent months tirelessly sending out resumes, wearing out… Read more »

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There’s an old expression: Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life. That adage provides a goal, but it also presents a challenge. How do you turn your passions into your profession? (Side question: Do they pay people to sleep in during the morning and eat Dairy Queen Blizzards all… Read more »