What Is An Applicant Tracking System? (And How It Affects Your Resume)

What Is An Applicant Tracking System? (And How It Affects Your Resume)

General Job Search Advice
Have you ever been discussing your job search and heard the term 'applicant tracking system' or 'ATS' thrown around? Applicant tracking systems are relatively new to the job market, and many candidates still aren't familiar with what they actually are. While the purpose seems to be fairly straightforward from the name, a typical applicant tracking system does more than just track applicants. We'll explain what an ATS is, why a hiring manager would use one, and what that means to you. (more…)
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Here’s Why Hiring Managers Will Look At  Your Social Media

Here’s Why Hiring Managers Will Look At Your Social Media

General Job Search Advice
If you're going to job search in today's digital age, you have to make sure you social media is professional. Employers no longer just check into your background, they also research your social media accounts. With this in mind, it's best to take a look at them yourself and determine if they are professional enough. However, you may still be wondering why your social media matters to a hiring manager. In today's blog, we'll explore why, and  what you should do about it.  (more…)
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Link Roundup 9/1/17: Job Interview Advice You Need to Read

Link Roundup 9/1/17: Job Interview Advice You Need to Read

Acing the Interview, Link Roundups
When it comes to job interviews, there is a wealth of information, articles, and blogs online. The most common discuss things like 'common interview mistakes' and the question 'What is your greatest weakness'. However, there are many aspects and questions that come up in job interviews that don't receive as much discussion despite their importance. This week, we've gathered some articles that cover those topics and questions, in addition to some other valuable advice and news. American Workers Are Optimistic About Getting a Job We start our Link Roundup with some great news- many Americans believe it's not too challenging to find a new job. Based on a new study, only 17% of Americans think jobs are hard to get. This supports the narrative that the US is reaching full…
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Should I Include ‘References Available Upon Request’ On My Resume?

Should I Include ‘References Available Upon Request’ On My Resume?

Resumes & Cover Letters
'References available upon request' shows up on probably 50% of the resumes we see in our office. The phrase is certainly popular, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's right to use. It's easy to fall into the consensus trap and think a practice is right just because it is widespread. We'll look beyond the psychology, and discuss why it may make sense to leave the phrase off of your resume. (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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Link Roundup 5/26/17: The Future of Careers

Link Roundup 5/26/17: The Future of Careers

Link Roundups
Happy Friday! This week we have some great advice on the future of careers. One article compares the online profile and the printed resume, and another looks at careers that are 'future proof'. The job market has never stayed the same, and it is evolving at an incredibly fast pace today. How you find a job today is vastly different from the way it was done only 10 years ago. Understanding how the future of careers will shift could be valuable knowledge for the future, and we're here to help! Check out the links below to begin. What to Do When Entry-Level Positions Need "Two Years of Experience" We start this Link Roundup with a great article for recent graduates, (of which there are many right now) or anyone making…
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The Mystery of Resume Page Length

The Mystery of Resume Page Length

General Job Search Advice
For many years job seekers new and old have asked themselves the same question, "How long should my resume be?". The answer seems to constantly change and shift, and there are multiple factors at play. Thankfully there aren't as many rules as there used to be, but there are still a few things to take into account. We'll break down what you need to know about resume length below. (more…)
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3 Steps to Writing a Great Cover Letter

3 Steps to Writing a Great Cover Letter

Resumes & Cover Letters
It can be challenging to sit down in front of a blank page and fill it with words. This is especially true when you know it could be what helps you find your next job. All that pressure can make it tough to get your words on paper. Today, we'll present a simple 3 step template that you can use to design your own killer cover letter and hopefully find a great job. Read on below for the first step! (more…)
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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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