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I Spend So Much Time Filling Out Applications with No Callbacks. What Is the Best Way to Get Noticed by Employers?
QUESTION: I spend so much time filling out applications with no callbacks. What is the best way to get noticed by employers? At least 70% of jobs are not published. To get them, you need to network, both in-person and online. Instead of surfing job boards, why not get...read more
QUESTION: I recently got fired from my last job; how do I explain this in an interview? Keep your answer short, honest, and to the point. Tailor your response to fit your circumstances and how your termination was handled. Don’t give a lengthy explanation or details...read more
QUESTION: I want to update my LinkedIn profile and ramp up my job search, but I don't want my current boss to suspect that I'm looking. How can I use LinkedIn without my employer finding out? First of all, turn off notifications to network connections in Account...read more
QUESTION: I've heard people talk about how personal branding is important in a job search. How do I figure out what my own personal brand is? Your personal brand is expressed by your way of going in the workplace. Why do your supervisors turn to you? What expertise do...read more
QUESTION: How does one go about getting hired without experience? It's the classic Catch-22; no company will hire you because you have no experience, but one can't get the experience without getting hired. You probably have more experience than you realize in the form...read more
QUESTION: What questions should I ask at the end of my interview to help me stand out? "You have reviewed my resume and we've had a chance to talk about the skills and experience I bring to the role; is there anything that concerns you about my candidacy?" This is a...read more
QUESTION: How long should my resume be? I've heard I should keep it to one page. Is this true? The length of your resume is determined by two main factors: 1) the value that you bring to the table and need to communicate 2) the attention span and digestibility on the...read more
QUESTION: How can I avoid age discrimination in my job search? To skirt ageism, youth-anize your resume with Gmail (avoid AOL/Yahoo); add only cell #; focus on last 10-15 years; merge early jobs into EARLY CAREER; add youthful INTERESTS (marathons); avoid "older"...read more
QUESTION: Should I include salary information in my cover letter? What if the job ad asks for it? Your cover letter should be designed to secure the interview, while determining how much a position might pay is best done through other avenues. In cases where the...read more
QUESTION: I keep reading about how important keywords are in resumes. What are keywords and how do I know which ones to include in my resume? Keywords are specific skills, qualifications, and job duties listed in a job announcement. For example, a Bachelor's degree, 5...read more
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