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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The Importance of Soft Skills

The Importance of Soft Skills

General Job Search Advice
When a job seeker is considering applying to a job, their eyes usually wander straight to qualifications. In a way, this is self-screening, a way to make sure you're not needlessly applying for a job you're not qualified for. It's a smart tactic, which can save you from a lot of wasted time. However, there are some qualifications that aren't usually listed on the job description: soft skills. These are typically left off the job description, since they are assumed to be present. Just because they aren't listed doesn't mean they're unimportant however. Quite the opposite! Soft skills can be a big deciding factor between a mediocre candidate and an outstanding one. We'll break down what qualifies as a soft skill, and why they're important below. (more…)
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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Company Events

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Company Events

How to Survive the '9-5'
The clock strikes 5 o'clock, which means it's time for you to go home! However, there is a company event going on after work! Should you go? Absolutely! Company events are a great way to find more enjoyment in your job, and also benefit your career. It may be tempting to turn down any after-hours functions, but they typically are very rewarding, and can have a positive impact on your career life and your work environment. Why you ask? We'll explain the benefits below. (more…)
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Link Roundup 4/14/17: Job Interview Prep

Link Roundup 4/14/17: Job Interview Prep

Link Roundups
It's Friday once again which means that it's time for another Link Roundup! This week we have some great advice about how you can prepare for your job interview, as well as your overall job search. Alternatively, if you're on the employer side of things, we have a great write up from Gallup on some of their findings regarding employee engagement and happiness. If any of those sound interesting to you, read on below the fold! (more…)
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The Importance of Understanding the Big Picture

The Importance of Understanding the Big Picture

General Job Search Advice, How to Survive the '9-5'
When a company is looking to hire someone, the first order of business is writing a job description. This usually includes a breakdown of responsibilities, in addition to some qualifications such as education and experience. However, sometimes there are skills and qualifications that aren't listed on the job description, but are equally important. Understanding your job and the larger scope of the company is one of those skills. Realizing the stakes of the business and the importance of your role is an important skill for any employee. Below we'll break down why it's valuable to get the 'big picture', and what exactly it is. (more…)
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Link Roundup 4/7/17: Finding the Right Job

Link Roundup 4/7/17: Finding the Right Job

Link Roundups
Big Jobs Miss: Employers Add Disappointing 98,000 Jobs in March While this year was off to a great start in terms of job growth, it seems that growth has been stifled somewhat. While economists were predicting 180,000 jobs to be added in March, the reality was only 98,000. The drop has been attributed to a few different factors, the largest of which is the winter weather that plagued most of the Northeastern U.S.. This weather and other factors affected job growth and payroll gains. However, it's not all bad. The U.S. unemployment rate continued to decline, and fell to 4.5%, from 4.7% previously. So while there are less jobs available, there are more people working. (more…)
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Facing Criticism at Work

Facing Criticism at Work

General Job Search Advice
No matter how hard you work, everyone will face criticism at some point in their work day. You may be lacking in some responsibilities, or a colleague may disagree with your approach. Whatever the reason for it, a good employee should know how to deal with criticism at work. Firstly, it's important to recognize that most workplace critiques are intended constructively, not maliciously. Given this, it's crucial not to react emotionally. We'll begin by discussing the best way to respond to criticism, and how to determine if it is constructive or not. (more…)
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Link Roundup 3/31/17: The Effect of No Sleep & Job Search Prep

Link Roundup 3/31/17: The Effect of No Sleep & Job Search Prep

Link Roundups
The Surprising Way Working On No Sleep Is Affecting Your Career If you've been putting in long hours at the office that have been affecting your sleep schedule, it may actually be working against you. Whatever the reason may be, lack of sleep can be detrimental to your work. A new study found that not getting enough sleep inhibits your ability to detect body language and facial expressions. This means you won't know how your boss really feels about the last project you submitted, unless they outright tell you. Body language plays a huge role in most jobs, so if you work in one of them, you may want to focus more on getting your Zzzzs at night. Other discoveries found that people without sleep are more irritable, less productive,…
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