Composing the Perfect Thank You Note

Composing the Perfect Thank You Note

Acing the Interview, General Job Search Advice
After you've sat down for an interview, sending a thank you note is an important next step. It shows the interviewer that you value their time, and that you behave professionally. It also leaves a positive impression during the time when they are choosing who advances. Some hiring managers won't even consider an applicant unless they send a thank you note. Suffice to say, sending a thank you note is in your best interest as a job seeker. Even if you want to write one though, there's still the challenge of figuring out what to write. Today, we're here to help! (more…)
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How to Explain the Employment Gap

How to Explain the Employment Gap

Acing the Interview
Explaining an employment gap in your resume can be extremely challenging. It's something that may raise flags to employers, so you will almost always be questioned about it. Whatever the reason for your absence from the workforce, a potential employer will typically want an explanation. While a gap in employment isn't great to have on your resume, it's certainly not a deal-breaker. It's just important that you approach it correctly, and we'll explain the best way below. (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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How to Succeed in a Phone Interview

How to Succeed in a Phone Interview

Acing the Interview, General Job Search Advice
Initially, you may be happy that your interview is over the phone instead of in person. While you may only have to take a call for this form of interview, it's more difficult to make a good impression. A phone interview is also typically used as a way to thin out the candidate pool before moving on to in person interviews. This makes it all the more important that you take the proper preparations before sitting down for the phone call. We'll discuss the pros and cons of phone interviews, and then get into specific things you should do to prepare. (more…)
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Interview Q: What Can You Contribute to This Company?

Interview Q: What Can You Contribute to This Company?

Acing the Interview
Certain interview questions are designed to find out more about the kind of employee you are. Other questions put you on the spot and ask you to back up your qualifications. This question falls into the latter category. This question is blunt, and you will need to backup your answer about how you will contribute to make it valid. We'll help you do that after the break. (more…)
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Interview Q: Describe Yourself in One Word

Interview Q: Describe Yourself in One Word

Acing the Interview
Going into an interview, you can anticipate the purpose of most questions being asked. They are trying to discover if you will be a good fit for the position. They also want to know if you're a hard worker and a good fit with company culture. However, some questions simply want to discover what kind of person you are. When you are asked to describe yourself in one word, this is what they are trying to uncover. We'll explain how you should frame your answer after the break. (more…)
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Link Roundup 11/4/16: Talking Political at Work

Link Roundup 11/4/16: Talking Political at Work

Acing the Interview, How to Survive the '9-5', Link Roundups
We're only a few days away from election day, and it's almost impossible to avoid political conversations at work. This week one of our links will help you talk politics without damaging your work relationships. We're also sharing an article about what qualities every job seeker should have. However, that's enough of me talking about it, read on to see the links for yourself! (more…)
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