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How Can I Use LinkedIn without My Employer Finding Out?

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...

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How Do I Figure Out What My Own Personal Brand Is?

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...

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How Does One Go about Getting Hired without Experience?

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...

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How Long Should My Resume Be?

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...

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How Can I Avoid Age Discrimination in My Job Search?

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"...

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Should I Include Salary Info In My Cover Letter?

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...

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What Do I Need To Know About Keywords In My Resume?

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...

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