3 Steps to Writing a Great Cover Letter

3 Steps to Writing a Great Cover Letter

General Job Search Advice, Resources for Job Seekers
It can be challenging to sit down in front of a blank page and fill it with words. This is especially true when you know it could be what helps you find your next job. All that pressure can make it tough to get your words on paper. Today, we'll present a simple 3 step template that you can use to design your own killer cover letter and hopefully find a great job. Read on below for the first step! (more…)
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4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before an Interview

4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before an Interview

Acing the Interview, General Job Search Advice
Before interviewing, job seekers commonly consider the position from the company's perspective. It is incredibly helpful to look at the job from this viewpoint. It helps to get you into right mindset to market yourself as a candidate. However, thinking about a new position from a more personal standpoint is always necessary. Considering that you may be committing 40+ hours of your week to this job, it's not selfish to consider it from where you stand. The questions listed below will make sure you get what you want out of a new job. They also will help you answer questions better, which we'll explain below. Read on to discover the questions you should always ask yourself before an interview. (more…)
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When & Why to Use a Creative Resume

When & Why to Use a Creative Resume

General Job Search Advice
Have you ever seen a resume that grabs your attention with a burst of color? Creative resumes are a great way to get noticed, however, you don't want the wrong kind of attention. Dressing up your resume with colors and graphics can be a smart move, but only in certain situations. You have to be careful, because you risk distracting from your qualifications and achievements. Today we'll be discussing when it is appropriate to use a more creative resume, and why you should (or shouldn't!).  (more…)
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Link Roundup 3/17/17: Quitting Jobs & Quietly Working

Link Roundup 3/17/17: Quitting Jobs & Quietly Working

Link Roundups
Americans Are Quitting Jobs at the Fastest Pace in 16 Years The amount of employees in the US quitting their jobs is the highest it has been in years. This is likely a combination of confidence in the economy, as well as the popularity of job hopping. Job hopping is something that has become more common, especially with younger employees. Many are realizing how switching jobs can give your salary a significant boost. This results in many employees changing jobs constantly to increase their salary. However, whether or not that approach is sustainable remains to be seen. Click through to the article to read the quantitative details. (more…)
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When Is It Okay to Bad-Mouth a Past Employer?

When Is It Okay to Bad-Mouth a Past Employer?

General Job Search Advice
Workers can be laid off for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes it has to do with a lack of performance, and other times it stems from personal differences in leadership or work style. You wonder, at what point is it okay to speak the truth about how you were pushed out of a company? Surely the hiring manager will understand having likely worked in HR themselves. So when can you speak to how horrible you feel your past employer or boss was in a first interview? Never. While you should speak truthfully, it's important not to be negative. We'll explain why below. (more…)
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Social Media Can Hurt (and Help) Your Job Search

Social Media Can Hurt (and Help) Your Job Search

General Job Search Advice
If you've ever hesitated to post something controversial on social media, you may have been smart to pause. A study by CareerBuilder.com illustrates just how significantly social media can impact your chances for a job. The study showed that 60% of employers used social media to vet their potential hires in 2016, an increase from 52% in 2015. That number has likely risen even further since last year. Many employers are trying to find out if the new hire would be a 'culture fit' as well, which can be determined through social media research. The study also found that not having any accounts on social media can hurt your chances. We'll break down the rest of the findings and how they impact your job search below. If you want to read…
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How to Ask for References

How to Ask for References

General Job Search Advice
To many employers, references represent one of the last remaining checks before hiring a candidate. Subsequently, good references are the lifeblood of your candidacy for employment. It makes sense then that you choose them wisely. A reference can make or break your candidacy with an employer, so it's important that you also approach asking correctly. We'll outline the best way for you to approach someone and request a reference below.  (more…)
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