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    15 Networking Mistakes You Can't Make

    Need-Based Contact Imagine you have a friend or relative that you only hear from when he needs money. Do you take their calls? Do you look forward to hearing from him? Very quickly, you have no desire to do anything to help him. The same goes for networking. If you only get in touch with a contact when you need ...
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    Employers Seek Broader Skills

    Employers Seek Broader Skills
    Nowadays, when employers are considering hiring someone, they are looking for someone with more than just the basic skills necessary to perform a job. Sharon Nichols, chapter president with Muskogee Area Human Resource Association, said that results of a survey of employers in eastern Oklahoma in August revealed a number of skills employers are seeking. Employers are looking for "employability skills" ...
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    Questions That Shouldn't Be Asked in Job Interviews

    Questions That Shouldn't Be Asked in Job Interviews
    Job hunters sometimes are shocked by questions that pop up in interviews. Trained human resource practitioners know better, but some managers veer into dangerous territory when interviewing job candidates. What might be viewed as pleasant conversation can turn into fodder for discrimination lawsuits if a rejected candidate pursues a complaint. The following list gives a good idea of queries that might ...
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    100 Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer

    100 Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer
    While there are as many different possible interview questions as there are interviewers, it always helps to be ready for anything. So we've prepared a list of 100 potential interview questions. Will you face them all? We pray no interviewer would be that cruel. Will you face a few? Probably. Will you be well-served by being ready even if you're not ...
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    Best Books for Job Searching

    Best Books for Job Searching
    Next to social networking primers, the biggest pile of bound dead trees in my stash are job-search books. And no wonder. After larding the banksters with beaucoup bucks, the administration is belatedly paying attention _ or lip service _ to the country's staggering unemployment. It's not just statistics (which fail to account for those who have given up in despair), it's ...
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    Sales Industry Guide 2009

    Sales Industry Guide 2009
    If you've been laid off recently you are not alone. Many companies are trimming down their salesforces in order to offset lost revenue. Chances are your entire industry has been affected so the prospects of getting hired in your sector are also poor. What now? Whatever you want! If sales people are one thing--it's persistent. Get to work on reinventing yourself ...
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    The 6 Species of Interviewers

    The 6 Species of Interviewers
    You've applied for a job and managed to swing an interivew. But do you know who's going interviewer will be? Sure, you can do some internet research, search for the person's name, find out some brief biographical info, but that does not tell what she will really be like. Getting a quick read on her personality can give you a leg ...
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    Make-or-Break Interview Mistakes

    Make-or-Break Interview Mistakes
    Some people go into human resources thinking that it's like social work. Here's a news flash for anyone who thinks in those terms: If you're the kind of person who wants to adopt every stray kitten and advise every needy person you meet, you may want to find a different profession. [widget:careers_callout_b] The plain truth is that HR people have limits ...
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    Creative Questions Hirers Might Ask Applicants

    Creative Questions Hirers Might Ask Applicants
    In this space last week I listed job interview questions that could expose employers to discrimination lawsuits from rejected candidates. Some of them may simply seem like pleasant conversation -- Do you have children? -- but they're best avoided. So what to do instead? Clearly, it's important to get a good measure of the applicant in the interview, and that's possible ...
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    Do You Look for Work at Work? Be Careful

    Do You Look for Work at Work? Be Careful
    From the abandoned factories to the controversial bailouts, the sliding economy has become impossible to ignore over the past few years. The biggest victim has undoubtedly been the American worker. Raises have become sparse and job cuts have changed lives in an instant. Today, employees are always looking for a step up. A new career. A lifeboat to take them away ...
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    College Graduates Settle for Unexpected Jobs

    College Graduates Settle for Unexpected Jobs
    Maria Hernandez never thought she would be managing a clothing store. Hernandez felt confident that when she graduated from Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism in May she would land her dream job of working for an event-planning firm. But for Hernandez, one of the 1.5 million undergraduates who are colliding with 1.85 million more experienced job seekers, balancing ...
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    How To Handle Short-Term Jobs On Your Resume

    How To Handle Short-Term Jobs On Your Resume
    Based on today's ever-changing job market, it is not unusual to see short-term jobs on a resume. But short-term jobs, which could be contract positions or permanent jobs, might raise a red flag for employers. Here are some tips for listing them on your resume: Don't Lie The first rule of thumb when applying for a job is to never lie ...
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    5 Resume Mistakes You Can't Make

    5 Resume Mistakes You Can't Make If you're looking for a job and your resume isn't close to perfect, you're in trouble. No amount of personality, speaking ability, or interview skills will help you if the first foot you put forward is a bad resume. Many people are facing the prospect of finding a new job. And some are even contemplating ...
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    Top Ten Signs You Shouldn't Leave Your Current Job

    Top Ten Signs You Shouldn't Leave Your Current Job
    Unsure whether you should keep your job or seek greener pastures? Instead of looking for what's wrong in your current position, watch for these 10 signs that could tell you you're fine right where you are. 1. You're Happy We're not talking mere complacency here, but genuine happiness. If you're happy, you're going to be more productive, and that will ...
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    5 Job Tips for New Graduates

    5 Job Tips for New Graduates
    I will never forget how lost I felt the summer after my graduation from college, and in the nine years since, I've spoken to countless 20-somethings who feel incredibly pressured to find their true calling immediately and build a successful career in a particular field before their 25th birthdays. A more realistic challenge is to ease yourself slowly into the work ...
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    Cover Letter Sample: Early Career Change to Sales

    Cover Letter Sample: Early Career Change to Sales
    When changing fields, especially early on in your career, it's important to outline your value proposition to a potential employer. View our early career change cover letter sample here [widget:296] December 1, 2007 Mr. Quincy Simpson HR Manager XYZ Corporation 1800 Broadway New York, NY 11111 Dear Mr. Simpson: If you are searching for a pharmaceutical sales representative with the ability ...
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    Resume Dilemma: Career Change

    Resume Dilemma: Career Change
    In a competitive job market, it's hard enough for job seekers on a steady career path to get their resumes noticed. If you are pursuing a new direction, it's all that much more difficult to convince hiring managers to take a chance on you. A common mistake career changers make is to use the same resumes that worked in their previous ...
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    Job Search Resolutions for 2010

    Job Search Resolutions for 2010
    It's almost a new year and, for those who are unemployed, it may be a time for new job-hunting strategies. I've consulted with South Florida's job market experts to avoid the mistakes of yester-year and get off to a running start in 2010. Get back to basics If you haven't been getting interviews, it may be time to again review your ...
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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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    Race, Sex and Religion on Your Resume

    Race, Sex and Religion on Your Resume
    You're probably aware that hiring managers cannot ask discriminatory questions during interviews. But this legal protection isn't too useful in preventing discrimination before the interview. If your resume contains personal information unrelated to your job target -- your race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc. - you might fall victim to discrimination, even if you're qualified for the position. Your resume ...
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