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11 Best Practices for Working With Applicant Tracking Systems

11 Best Practices for Working With Applicant Tracking Systems

Applicant Tracking Systems Best Practices When applying for a specific position, include that job title on the résumé. Use the descriptors “phone:” and “email:” in front of the phone number and email address so the ATS can identify this information. When listing dates...

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Should I Put My Vaccination Status on My Résumé?

Should I Put My Vaccination Status on My Résumé?

“Fully vaccinated for COVID-19.” Should you include that information on your résumé? Vaccination Mandates at the Workplace The Biden administration announced a new rule from the Department of Labor on Sept. 9, 2021, that will require all companies with 100 or more...

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4 Things You Must Do on LinkedIn

4 Things You Must Do on LinkedIn

To get the most out of your LinkedIn profile, here are 4 things you should do on LinkedIn. 1. Complete Your Profile Your profile is the “front door” to your LinkedIn account. First impressions matter — so make sure you’ve made your profile as complete as possible. As...

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Jobseeker’s Guide to Networking Your Way to Your Next Job

Jobseeker’s Guide to Networking Your Way to Your Next Job

The “tried and true” path of networking is still the most successful way to find your next position—anywhere from 40-80% of job placements are attributed to networking. This guide to networking will help you identify who is in your network and how to use these...

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3 Early Warning Signs a Career Change Might Be In Your Future

3 Early Warning Signs a Career Change Might Be In Your Future

This month, I am thrilled to share this amazing article by Patrice Perillo, MSS, LCSW, The Career Transition Expert. Patrice helps professionals in their 20’s and 30’s find a career they love.   If there’s one thing that makes me really sad it’s when I hear someone...

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Jobseeker’s Guide to Virtual Interviews


Jobseeker’s Guide to Virtual Interviews


Traditionally, virtual interviews were used to conduct a pre-screening for an in-person interview and to answer any questions not addressed in the résumé. But, today, phone interviews and video interviews are replacing in-person interviews as we have transitioned to...

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Five Keys to Success for a Job Search During a Pandemic

Five Keys to Success for a Job Search During a Pandemic

There are no hard and fast rules for a job search in a pandemic.  Some things about the job search are the same: Companies are still looking to hire problem solvers Your network is important in your job search; contacts can help identify unadvertised job...

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12 Strategies to the Hidden Job Market

12 Strategies to the Hidden Job Market

The “hidden job market” is a phrase that describes job openings that are not publicly advertised. So how do you tap into the hidden job market? Here are some specific tips for tapping into the hidden job market: Let your network know you are looking for a new...

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Activate Your Career Dreams Resume Checklist

Activate Your Career Dreams Resume Checklist

The purpose of this checklist is to assess how well your resume meets conventionally accepted resume principles. It will also identify areas of improvement to increase your chances of being selected for a job interview. Your resume generally receives a 30-second...

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30-Day LinkedIn Challenge

30-Day LinkedIn Challenge

LinkedIn can be a tool that helps advance your job search and/or career. This 30-day challenge will help you build your network, connect with recruiters and hiring managers you don’t yet know, improve your online presence, and stay “top of mind” with people you...

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3 Quick Ways to Activate Your LinkedIn Profile

3 Quick Ways to Activate Your LinkedIn Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is an asset and powerful tool in your career and brand portfolio. It allows you to be found online by recruiters and hiring managers looking for candidates like you. It helps your network introduce you to opportunities. You can connect with...

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Can I Use A Generic Résumé?

Never use a generic resume. Craft your resume to highlight your value to a specific company for a specific job. Get past the computers. Get more interviews.

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Your 2017 Career Checklist!

Your 2017 Career Checklist!

Do some planning for your professional growth for next year. Here is a quick guide and 2017 career checklist to position yourself for success in 2018.

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5 Tips for a Holiday Job Search

5 Tips for a Holiday Job Search

Don’t put off job seeking at the holidays! Companies hire year round. Here are tips for your holiday job search effort and get the Job Search Strategy Guide

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Cover Letters, Thank You Letters, E-Notes – Oh My!

Cover Letters, Thank You Letters, E-Notes – Oh My!

One of my mentors is Master Resume Writer and Career Coach, Wendy Enelow. She has recorded this great 20-minute interview on writing job search letters - cover letters, e-notes, job posting letters, recruiter letters, networking letters, job proposal letters,...

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The Top 5 Mistakes Jobseekers Make In Their Job Search

The Top 5 Mistakes Jobseekers Make In Their Job Search

Are you making these mistakes in your job search? Chances are, you’re making at least one or two — if not more! Go through this checklist and mark which mistakes you’re currently making — and then follow the suggestions to learn how to stop making that mistake!  ...

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How To Compare Job Offers

How To Compare Job Offers

There are several ways to compare job offers. You can compare your current position (if you have one) to a job offer, or you can compare two different job offers against each other, or you can compare your current position against multiple job offers (lucky you!). The...

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How to Find the Perfect Job

How to Find the Perfect Job

How do you find the ideal job? What makes a perfect job for you? A great salary? Fabulous benefits? A flexible schedule? An innovative culture? The first step to deciding which job to take is clarifying what you want in your next position. This will help you assess...

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Top 10 Cover Letter Tips and Tricks

Top 10 Cover Letter Tips and Tricks

Cover Letter Tips and Tricks Tip 1: Beyond the obvious — including the hiring manager’s contact information. You also want to make sure that you tailor the content of the cover letter specifically for the company being targeted. Hiring managers can tell when you’ve...

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Four Things You Must Include In Your Cover Letter

Four Things You Must Include In Your Cover Letter

Regardless of the format, the first thing in your cover letter should be an attention-getting opening paragraph! There are a couple of ways to get the reader’s attention. 1. Let the reader know how you found out about the job opening. Were you referred by a current...

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Do You Need to Write a Cover Letter?

Do You Need to Write a Cover Letter?

When you see a survey that says 55 percent of hiring managers don’t pay attention to cover letters, it may be tempting to think that you don’t need one. But consider that means that 4 out of 10 hiring managers do want to read one — and you don’t know whether the...

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Developing Your Professional Development Plan (PDP)

Developing Your Professional Development Plan (PDP)

Your Professional Development Plan (PDP) is your roadmap for your career (and your life), helping you identify the steps to take to help you reach your dream job as well as live the life that you want. On the career side of things, your plan provides structure for...

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5 Things to Do BEFORE Leaving Your Job

5 Things to Do BEFORE Leaving Your Job

  You have had it! Enough is enough! You are out the door! You refuse to spend another day, hour, or second in your current job. Well, before you storm out, here are 10 things you want to do before you go. Print out all our corporate contacts. You have spent a...

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Is Someone or Something Forcing You Out of a Job?

Is Someone or Something Forcing You Out of a Job?

External factors — that you have no control over — can also impact your decision to make a job or career change. These can include: The company you work for was bought (or they bought another company). Both of these can impact your job as company management assesses...

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Do You Need a New Job or a New Career?

Do You Need a New Job or a New Career?

New Job Or New Career? Do you want to change the company you work for, or change your career path entirely? Take a look back at the assessment you just completed. Ask yourself if making a change to a new company would fix the issue or issues you identified. Or are...

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Is it Time for You to Change Careers

Is it Time for You to Change Careers

There’s a saying in the careers industry that you’ll know it’s time to make a job or career change when you start asking yourself if it’s time to make a change. While there is truth to that, there’s more to making your decision. This guide will help you identify some...

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The Easiest Way to Evaluate Your LinkedIn Presence

The Easiest Way to Evaluate Your LinkedIn Presence

STEP THREE: Evaluate Your LinkedIn Presence LinkedIn is likely your most visible employment-related social media profile, and you should spend some time making sure that it represents you well. Answer these questions: Have you set up your personalized URL for your...

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The Best Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search

The Best Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search

Your online social media profile can positively or negatively impact your job search. This audit will help you evaluate whether your online accounts are helping or hurting your chances of employment.  More than half of employers say they have rejected an applicant...

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The Best Way to Beat the Online Job Search Systems

The Best Way to Beat the Online Job Search Systems

Best Practices for Working With Applicant Tracking Systems When applying for a specific position, include that job title on the résumé. Use the descriptors “phone:” and “email:” in front of the phone number and email address so the applicant tracking system (ATS) can...

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Online Job Search Systems

Do NOT Make this Mistake on Your Job Search

Can I Get A “Generic” Résumé? Unfortunately, it is not possible to create an effective “generic” résumé that will be truly effective in helping you land your dream job. A résumé that is not tailored towards a specific type of position is a “career obituary” and tells...

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The Biggest Resume Mistake You Could Be Making

The Biggest Resume Mistake You Could Be Making

Résumés use a unique style of writing to emphasize brevity in order to maximize the reader’s time. Many people find this style of writing a bit confusing when they first encounter it, so I wanted to clarify for you how résumés are written. Résumé Tense Examples:...

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Dispelling the One-Page Résumé Myth

Dispelling the One-Page Résumé Myth

There is no “rule” that a résumé should be only one page. In fact, there are many instances when a multi-page résumé is not only appropriate, it’s expected. Length is not the only consideration for a résumé’s effectiveness. Yet, the one-page résumé myth persists....

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Free 2016 Career Planner

Free 2016 Career Planner

Are you happy with your job? Are you happy with your life? The beginning of the year is a natural time to take stock of the past year and plan for the year ahead. This Career Planner is designed to guide you in taking a look back at 2015 and looking ahead to 2016....

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Salary Negotiations – More Than Money!

Salary Negotiations – More Than Money!

Benefits can make a huge difference in your compensation package, so don’t overlook them in your salary negotiations! Non-cash benefits can add 30 - 40% to your total compensation package. Know what is most important to you. When asked if they’d like more money or a...

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How to Give — and Get — LinkedIn Recommendations

How to Give — and Get — LinkedIn Recommendations

LinkedIn Recommendations are a natural evolution of references and letters of recommendation. However, they often are more credible than these traditional documents, because it is harder to fake a Recommendation on LinkedIn than it is to forge a letter. Since many...

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Don’t Get Scammed In Your Job Search

Don’t Get Scammed In Your Job Search

  Did you know that performing an online job search puts you at a higher risk of getting ripped off, scammed, suckered, or phished? (Phishing is the term for fraudulent—but official-looking—e-mails that attempt to acquire personal information such as usernames,...

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Declare Your Career Independence

Declare Your Career Independence

My first career crisis happened in college. After investing three years and a lot of my parent’s money in a college education, organic chemistry stood between me and graduation. Either I passed this course or I would not graduate. I would not get into graduate school....

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