Link Roundup 3/24/17: Keeping Your Career Fresh

Link Roundup 3/24/17: Keeping Your Career Fresh

Link Roundups
This week's Link Roundup is all about keeping your career fresh. If you don't make an effort to seek out new opportunities and skills, you may find yourself unhappy in your job. Check out the links below for great job search tips, and advice on moving your career forward. I Built A Bot to Apply to Thousands of Jobs at Once - Here's What I Learned Have you ever been frustrated by the failure of your resume to get you the attention of a hiring manager? If you've applied to a large company and haven't heard anything back, your resume was likely put through the gauntlet of an ATS - Applicant Tracking System. Most large companies have these automated sorters that weed out resumes that don't contain the necessary keywords.…
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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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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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Link Roundup 2/24/17: The Importance of Professional Branding

Link Roundup 2/24/17: The Importance of Professional Branding

General Job Search Advice
The Science Behind Picking the Perfect LinkedIn Head Shot It's extremely difficult to find someone who actually likes their own photo. This can make the process of choosing a profile photo on social media quite challenging, especially if you consider that potential employers may be viewing it on LinkedIn. Thankfully, this article from Entrepreneur offers a few science-based tips that can help you choose the right head shot. Worry no more! It provides a few examples for comparison which should help you make the right choice between your own photos. 27 Jobs With Unbelievably Tough Interview Questions Glassdoor recently released a list of 27 different interview questions that are far from normal. Each question is listed with the company asking, and what position the question is used for when hiring.…
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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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