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3 Things You Need to Do to Break through the Job Interview to a Job Offer

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Going from finding a job opening, applying, interviewing, to the job offer can be a lengthy process. For some with the right resume, they get through the first few steps with ease, but when it comes to the job interview, things often come to a halt.

The challenge many jobseekers face is presenting themselves in-person as impressively as they have on paper.

Here’s what you need to consider when going through the job interview. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Ways Jobseekers Are Hurting Their Chances in Email Communication

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Photo by Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Today, there’s no avoiding communication over email. We use in instances to apply for a job – submitting the cover letter and resume, to respond to employers, and to submit a follow-up thank-you note post-interview. Unfortunately, poor use of email communication results in employer’s being less than impressed with the jobseeker or the jobseeker not getting the proper attention.

Here are tips to professional email etiquette when you’re job searching. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Tips to Highlight Your Value on the Resume

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“What can you do for me?” – That is the question every employer is asking when they are skimming through your resume. Value is seen when what you have to offer matches with what the employer needs.

Your value proposition can come through in several ways on the resume: Read the rest of this entry »

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Acing Your Next Job Interview over Skype

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Photo by Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

For those who haven’t been actively job searching for a while, it may come as a surprise that more employers are asking for an initial interview over Skype instead of an in-person interview. It’s simply a more efficient process for employers to nail down the best-fitting candidates to come in for the in-person interview.

While this may simplify matters for the employer, it doesn’t necessary for you – the job candidate, especially if you aren’t an everyday user of Skype. Read the rest of this entry »

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Expert Tips on Demonstrating You’re the Best Talent

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Many times new clients coming to me say, “I don’t understand why the employer isn’t responding back to me on my resume when it’s clear I make a perfect candidate for the job.”

More often than not, the likely reason is because they didn’t do enough to demonstrate that they are good at the job – instead of demonstrating how well they performed, they focused on responsibilities held.

To have impact on the resume and truly help the employer understand why you make a good candidate for the job, there needs to be quantified and/or qualified results to help measure performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Simple Rules of Advice for Career Changers

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Every so often someone looking for a career change would ask me, “How do I go about a career change and tackle the challenges of impressing the employer when I don’t have direct experience in the field of work?”

My answer is to follow 5 simple rules: Read the rest of this entry »

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When Does the Resume Warrant More Than One Page?

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You may have heard the general advice to keep your resume to one page, but times have changed. The focus should not be on how long the resume is, but on its content.

Consider that most of today’s employers are using Applicant Tracking Systems to read and rank resumes. Now 85-90% of companies and job boards are using Applicant Tracking Systems, up from 35% just a few years ago. The software doesn’t notice whether your resume is one page or three pages long. All it cares about are matches it can make with search terms provided by the employer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Networking Groups Are a Must When Job Searching

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If you’re job searching, joining networking groups is a must! The simple fact is networking is much more effective than other methods like job boards.

In fact, the preferred method of employers is to hire people who are recommended to them. A person who is referred for a job is seen as less of a risk and there’s generally a much higher retention rate if hired. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tips to Maintain Negotiating Power around Salary

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As much as you may try to hold off on the discussion of salary until the latter stages of the interview process, there are instances where the discussion can’t be avoided – say the employer requests your salary requirement at the time of your resume submission.

In such instances, calling out your salary requirement puts you at less negotiating power or even disqualification from consideration before you even have a chance to clearly communicate all that you have to offer.

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Is Your Resume Easy on the Eyes?

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I used to work for a guy who got $114,000 for one day’s work. He was one of the top direct mail copywriters in the county and his copy sold millions more than anyone else’s copy. And his direct mail letters were six pages long!

When I asked him why he had such long letters he said, “Your copy has to be compelling and easy to read” and the same is true for resumes.

It doesn’t matter if you have exactly what the employer is looking for in terms of skills and work experience, the fact is if your resume is not easy on the eyes, it’s likely not going to be read. So a 1 to 2 page resume that is hard to read is bad as is a 3-page resume that doesn’t tell a cohesive and compelling story. Read the rest of this entry »

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