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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Link Roundup 3/17/17: Quitting Jobs & Quietly Working

Link Roundup 3/17/17: Quitting Jobs & Quietly Working

Link Roundups
Americans Are Quitting Jobs at the Fastest Pace in 16 Years The amount of employees in the US quitting their jobs is the highest it has been in years. This is likely a combination of confidence in the economy, as well as the popularity of job hopping. Job hopping is something that has become more common, especially with younger employees. Many are realizing how switching jobs can give your salary a significant boost. This results in many employees changing jobs constantly to increase their salary. However, whether or not that approach is sustainable remains to be seen. Click through to the article to read the quantitative details. Fearless Salary Negotiation Tips With Josh Doody If you're one of the 3.22 million people quitting your job from the previous article, it's probably a good…
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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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Social Media Can Hurt (and Help) Your Job Search

Social Media Can Hurt (and Help) Your Job Search

General Job Search Advice
If you've ever hesitated to post something controversial on social media, you may have been smart to pause. A study by CareerBuilder.com illustrates just how significantly social media can impact your chances for a job. The study showed that 60% of employers used social media to vet their potential hires in 2016, an increase from 52% in 2015. That number has likely risen even further since last year. Many employers are trying to find out if the new hire would be a 'culture fit' as well, which can be determined through social media research. The study also found that not having any accounts on social media can hurt your chances. We'll break down the rest of the findings and how they impact your job search below. If you want to read…
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How to Ask for References

How to Ask for References

General Job Search Advice
To many employers, references represent one of the last remaining checks before hiring a candidate. Subsequently, good references are the lifeblood of your candidacy for employment. It makes sense then that you choose them wisely. A reference can make or break your candidacy with an employer, so it's important that you also approach asking correctly. We'll outline the best way for you to approach someone and request a reference below.  (more…)
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How the New LinkedIn Design Affects Your Endorsements

How the New LinkedIn Design Affects Your Endorsements

General Job Search Advice, How to Survive the '9-5', Resources for Job Seekers
Endorsements on LinkedIn have gone through multiple iterations over time. They are touted by LinkedIn as, "a great way to recognize your 1st degree connections' skills with one click". With them, you are able to easily endorse the skills and qualities of your first degree connections. LinkedIn also states that, "a high number of endorsements adds credibility to your profile". Having many of them in specific skills can certainly make you look qualified as a professional. However, LinkedIn's recent user interface/design update has changed how they work in a few ways. Read on to find out what you should do about the new update. (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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