Link Roundup 4/27/17: Best Job Search Practices

Link Roundup 4/27/17: Best Job Search Practices

Link Roundups
This week we have some great advice from a variety of sources across the web. If you're looking for some advice to assist your job search, we have it here! Resumes, interviews, and networking are just a few topics that are covered in today's Link Roundup. How to Write Resume Bullets That'll Make the Hiring Manager Pay Attention By now, you should know it's important not to put paragraphs in your resume. Bullets are the method of choice for listing accomplishments, skills, and responsibilities. Hiring managers won't typically take the time to read whole paragraphs, so bullets are the way to go. However, it's important that the contents of those bullet points is eye catching and impressive. This in-depth breakdown from The Muse will guide you through the best way…
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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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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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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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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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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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