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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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How Can I Get Recruiters to Help Me With My Job Search?

QUESTION: How can I get recruiters to help me with my job search? Ask them directly, in a professional and approachable manner. Search for recruiters on LinkedIn and send a personalized connection request. Try working with a recruiting firm who specializes in your...

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How to Improve the Impact of Cover Letters?

QUESTION: My cover letters seem so boring. What can I do to improve the impact of the letters I send? Just like the papers you wrote in school, make sure the first sentence grabs the reader's attention. Limit your letter to three short paragraphs. P1: Show the company...

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How Can I Prepare to Relocate?

QUESTION: I'm planning to relocate. How can I avoid being overlooked for a job opportunity because I live in a different state? Adopt an employer outlook! How can you convince them you’ll be a valuable asset? 1. Do your due diligence on their needs. Create a value...

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