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I’m in the market for a new job. How can I come up with a good elevator pitch for when I’m meeting new people at networking events?
QUESTION: I’m in the market for a new job. How can I come up with a good elevator pitch for when I’m meeting new people at networking events? Keep your elevator pitch to the point, and make sure you include the problem you will solve, the value you offer, and why you...read more
QUESTION: Is it OK to dress casually for an interview if the company culture is informal and laid-back? Every interview is a business meeting no matter how casual the culture and environment the business operates in. You never get a second chance to make a first...read more
QUESTION: I read a few articles online that mentioned cover letters being dead. Is this true? Definitely not dead. Include a cover letter whenever allowed. First, the cover letter allows you to expand on your resume and highlight your personal brand. It’s your...read more
QUESTION: How do I answer "tell me about yourself" in an interview? I never know what they're looking for. The interviewer won't be swayed by hearing about your kids, hobbies, or other random information that doesn't relate to how you can help the employer be more...read more
I was offered a new position, but the salary is less than I was hoping. What’s the best approach for asking for more without jeopardizing the offer?
QUESTION: I was offered a new position, but the salary is less than I was hoping. What's the best approach for asking for more without jeopardizing the offer? Express your gratitude for the offer and enthusiasm for working at the company and start negotiating for a...read more
QUESTION: Is it a good idea to include information about personal interests and hobbies on my resume? I've usually omitted personal interests and hobbies unless they directly relate to the candidate's career. Then I became aware of research showing that inclusion of...read more
QUESTION: How do I overcome being perceived as "overqualified" for a job I'm applying for? If you have sought higher level jobs without success, instead of losing thousands of dollars in salary, seek out a resume writer/career coach to help you get the higher-level...read more
QUESTION: I'm currently unemployed. How do I handle this on my LinkedIn profile? Fill the gap. Start consulting, volunteering or completing courses that will add value to a future role. Use this time to show potential employers how you turn negative circumstances into...read more
QUESTION: I realize resumes have changed over time, is there a new way of writing resumes in 2019 and beyond? Attention spans are getting shorter every day, so it's essential that your resume caters to short attention spans. That doesn't necessarily mean you should...read more
I Just Received My Master’s Degree and Would Like to Use it to Get a Higher Paying Role. How Do I Get Employers to Pay Me What I’m Worth with My New Degree?
QUESTION: I just received my master's degree and would like to use it to get a higher paying role. How do I get employers to pay me what I'm worth with my new degree? An advanced degree is a great way to stand out but that’s not what’s standing in the way between you...read more
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