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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Link Roundup 6/16/17: Making a Career Change

Link Roundup 6/16/17: Making a Career Change

Link Roundups
Another Friday means another Link Roundup! This week we have some great advice on making a career change, among other links. Whether you're looking for advice on resumes, interviews, or careers, it's all here! This week we start with a topic everyone should be familiar with: job search ethics. It's something both job seekers and hiring managers struggle with, but being ethical in your job search will pay off. Check out the first link to find out why it's important. (more…)
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Link Roundup 6/2/17: Advice for College Graduates

Link Roundup 6/2/17: Advice for College Graduates

Link Roundups
The month of May has just ended, which means there are many recent college graduates entering the job market! It's both an exciting and challenging time. Thankfully, there's a wealth of information online to help! We've curated the best up-to-date advice that should help any recent graduate find their footing in their job search. The best part is, most of this advice is applicable to any job seeker, so if that's you, read on! (more…)
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Link Roundup 5/19/17: Job Interview Tips

Link Roundup 5/19/17: Job Interview Tips

General Job Search Advice
This week we have some great advice on what some consider the scariest part of the hiring process: job interviews. This one on one conversation can dictate whether or not you move on in the process, and it can be quite unnerving! Thankfully we have some links that can help you approach unique situations that may come up. For instance, if you decide to not show for a job interview, there's a few steps you should follow. All that and more can be found in the links below from this week. (more…)
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How to Uncover Company Culture

How to Uncover Company Culture

General Job Search Advice
When you decide to look for a new job, you're hoping for a few things. You hope the salary is in the range you want, and the work is rewarding. You also hope that your coworkers are easy to work with. Lastly, you hope the culture at the company is a good fit for you. The first three is are usually easy to find out. During the hiring process you will find out the pay, and likely meet some potential coworkers. Also, when you read the job description, it gives a pretty good idea of what your day will look like. Company culture, on the other hand, can be a challenge to discern. In today's blog we'll provide you with some techniques to get a feel for company culture before starting…
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Link Roundup 5/5/17: The April Jobs Report

Link Roundup 5/5/17: The April Jobs Report

Link Roundups
We're back once again with the best links regarding job search and career advice from across the web! This week brings a wealth of information on the current state of the job market with the release of the April jobs report. The links shared below also have some interesting insights into how the political climate is affecting work, as well as valuable job search methodologies. (more…)
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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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