5 Things You Need to Bring to A Job Interview

5 Things You Need to Bring to A Job Interview

Acing the Interview
When attending a job interview, there are a few items you absolutely must bring to leave the best impression possible. Although most of the items are straightforward, they can be easily forgotten if you're in a hurry. We recommend making a short checklist to review before you rush out the door! Just remember that all items are equally important, since they all have their own purpose. We'll discuss more details about why to bring them, and how they help you. (more…)
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How To Showcase Soft Skills in Your Job Search

How To Showcase Soft Skills in Your Job Search

General Job Search Advice
Soft skills are a crucial component of every position. While they may not be listed in the job description, they are just as important as any technical skills. 'Hard working', 'strong communicator', 'organized', and all of those types of skills are important, sometimes enough so to be on a job description. Obviously as a candidate you want to indicate to your hiring manager that you have these skills, but how? In today's blog we'll describe how you can convey these in a way that is professional and tasteful. (more…)
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Link Roundup 8/11/17: Making Smart Job Search Decisions

Link Roundup 8/11/17: Making Smart Job Search Decisions

General Job Search Advice, Link Roundups
Starting a job search involves many decisions. Deciding what font to use on your resume, deciding which photo to use on LinkedIn, deciding who to reach out to, etc. All of these decisions can play out in different ways, and they may be good or bad. Thankfully there are plenty of mentors and career experts to help you avoid those pitfalls. Today we have some great advice on decisions to be made on resumes, in interviews, and at your job. Read on to find out what they are! (more…)
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5 Helpful Resume Formatting Tips

5 Helpful Resume Formatting Tips

Resumes & Cover Letters
In a previous blog we discussed how you can optimize your resume, and today we're going back to basics and talking about formatting. How you format your resume influences your chances to move forward in the hiring process. If you make it easy for a hiring manager to understand, they are more likely to bring you in! Today we'll be discussing a few easy and simple formatting choices you can make to help your chances. (more…)
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3 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Resume for Submission

3 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Resume for Submission

General Job Search Advice
It's very important for a resume to be visually pleasing, and read well. Another factor that many candidates don't take into account however is if the resume is optimized for submission. It's important to remember that your resume is a file that will be one among many once you send it in. With that in mind, there are few things you can do to make yours stand out, and perform well with applicant tracking systems. We'll be discussing three easy ways to optimize your resume below. (more…)
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Should I Include References On My Resume?

Should I Include References On My Resume?

Resumes & Cover Letters
Are you considering including references on your resume? If so we can help you decide if it's a smart step for you to take. You may decide to include them thinking that it  will show the hiring manager that you are confident in your qualifications, and what those references will say about you. However, including references on a resume is an outdated practice in the current job market. There are many reasons why you shouldn't include them, and a few select times when you should. We'll discuss both in today's blog, so read on below to find out the reasons for both approaches. (more…)
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Why Just Applying Won’t Get You A Job Anymore

Why Just Applying Won’t Get You A Job Anymore

General Job Search Advice
Years ago, you could walk your resume into a business establishment, and expect to get a call back in a few days. Unfortunately, those days are long gone. A wealth of qualified applicants combined with online job boards have changed the game. Now, simply sending in a resume and applying will no longer get you a job. You have to be determined, smart, and utilize other channels to see true results in a job search.  (more…)
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Should My Resume Have a Skills Section?

Should My Resume Have a Skills Section?

General Job Search Advice, Resumes & Cover Letters
When it comes time to build a resume, there are a few questions you have to ask yourself. What font will I use? Will I list my experience by chronology or relevance? And of course, should I have a separate skills section? The answer is yes! However, if you'd like a more thorough answer than that, keep on reading to find out why it will help you.  (more…)
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Here’s Why You Should Notify Your References

Here’s Why You Should Notify Your References

General Job Search Advice
References play a big role in the hiring process. Typically, references are the last step before a job offer is made. The company has sat down with you in an interview, and had you discuss your skills and qualifications. Now that they've heard from you, they want to hear from an impartial party. The role of these people in your job search shouldn't be understated. Acting as a reference is a big favor, so you should make sure you do all you can to prepare your references for when they may be contacted. Today we'll discuss the importance of notifying your references and why you should keep in communication with them. (more…)
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Tips for Proofreading Your Resume

Tips for Proofreading Your Resume

Resumes & Cover Letters
Your resume ultimately serves as the determining factor that either moves you forward in the hiring process, or leaves you behind. For this reason, it's astonishing that some candidates don't proofread their resumes prior to sending them. Since a resume is so important, it's smart to give it a proper read over. While proofreading certainly isn't fun, one small grammar mistake could wind up costing you the job. Something so trivial shouldn't cost you the job. To help, we'll be discussing proofreading tips when working on a resume. (more…)
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