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How to Answer the Salary Question

How to Answer the Salary Question

The dreaded salary question! No one wants to answer it. Everyone wants to ask it. Here is a quick and easy way to handle it in the future. Delay "I know compensation is important as you are considering candidates, I am hoping we can delay thisconversation until we are...

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7 Easy Steps to Handle Your Next Salary Negotiation

7 Easy Steps to Handle Your Next Salary Negotiation

Here is a step-by-step process for your upcoming salary negotiations - Step 1 - Prepare Prepare for the offer by creating a list of questions you have about the organization, work schedule, benefits, and compensation structure. Step 2 - Listen During the call, write...

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Networking Your Way to Your Next Job

Networking Your Way to Your Next Job

The single biggest mistake most job searchers make is not asking for help from their network. People want to help you — so let them! But don’t wait until you’re out of work to start developing relationships with your network. The more people who know you are looking...

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Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes on LinkedIn

Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes on LinkedIn

Don’t Dismiss LinkedIn as Something Only for People Who Are Looking for a New Job. The best time to build your LinkedIn profile, connect with people, and participate on LinkedIn is now — before you need it. If you find yourself suddenly unemployed and decide that now...

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7 Questions to Ask About Company Culture in An Interview

7 Questions to Ask About Company Culture in An Interview

Picture this: You’re nearing the end of a challenging but fruitful job interview. You think you’ve been effective at communicating what you’re all about. Then the interviewer turns and asks you, “do you have any questions for us?” There’s only so much that can be...

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3 Things You MUST Do Before You Start Your Job Search

3 Things You MUST Do Before You Start Your Job Search

What if you had to choose between… A Location OR High Earnings A Job Function OR Finding a Job Fast Finding a Job Fast OR Finding a Culture you fit in with Work-life Balance OR Financial Stability Workplace Culture OR Location / Community Financial Stability OR Job...

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5 Techniques for Proofreading Your Resume

5 Techniques for Proofreading Your Resume

Don’t send off that resume just yet – one typo could get it routed to your ideal employer’s trash folder. Here are five quick ways to proofread your resume to make sure it’s perfect every time. First: a warmup exercise. Can you find the typos in these sentences? Drove...

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3 Ways to Get Organized for Your Job Search

3 Ways to Get Organized for Your Job Search

For many people, figuring out which job is right for them becomes a numbers game. By the time you’re done with your job search, you might have applied for 50, 100, or even 200 jobs! How can you keep track of it all, and make sure you’re ready when interviews and...

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Is it time to throw out your resume?

Is it time to throw out your resume?

When you already have a resume, at a certain point you’re faced with a dilemma: Should I update my existing resume, or is it time to completely reimagine it? This guide will help give you direction to help you decide when it’s time to refresh — and when it’s time to...

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5 Warning Signs: Your Resume is Out of Date!

5 Warning Signs: Your Resume is Out of Date!

Many of us wrote our first resume in college and through the years, we just kept adding more jobs, more skills, and more education.  Resume styles, formats, and language change over the years. It’s like fashion styles. You wouldn’t wear plaid bell bottoms or a...

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Guide to Creating a 30-60-90 Day Plan for a New Job

Guide to Creating a 30-60-90 Day Plan for a New Job

The first 90 days in a new job generally set the tone for your employment. Three months is the standard “grace period” for new employees, and how you handle those first weeks and months on the job is critical. Creating a 30-60-90 day plan can help guide your actions...

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Activate Your Career with an Informational Interview!

Activate Your Career with an Informational Interview!

If there is a company you’d like to work for, use this script to ask for an informational interview. This can alsobe a script if you identify a contact who can give you information or help you network to a job. Preparation: Try to find someone you already know at the...

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What’s your Elevator Pitch?

What’s your Elevator Pitch?

“Tell me about yourself,” the interviewer says. “So, what do you do?” asks the person you just met at a networking get-together. First impressions can make the difference in building meaningful and important connections both personal and professional. You find...

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The Formula for Quick Introductions

The Formula for Quick Introductions

You have probably heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” So how do you provide a brief, concise introduction of yourself?  This guide will give you some easy formulas to help, no matter what your profession or the situation...

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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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