6 Tips Job Seekers Can Use to Improve Their LinkedIn Profile

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Recruiters and employers use LinkedIn constantly as a search tool to assess candidates’ experiences, competencies, creativity and personality. Your LinkedIn profile is the premier online place to showcase your unique talents and personal brand. Use these tips to make your profile the very best it can be: Make a custom URL. Just like any other… Read more »

Navigating Your Exit Interview

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If you resign from your job, there’s a good chance you’ll be asked to participate in an exit interview. It can be nerve-wracking – maybe even more stressful than the interview you had before you were offered the job. Saying the wrong thing or acting unprofessionally could risk your losing a reference from your employer,… Read more »

Breathe! How to Remain Productive With Too Much on Your Plate

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When you have too much to do, you can freeze. Spinning your wheels but going nowhere, you may move fast but make little to no progress. You simply don’t know where to start – so you don’t start anywhere. Sound all too familiar? It happens to the best of people. There’s a difference between having… Read more »

Get Rid of Fluff That is Bogging Down Your Resume

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Fluff words are those vague, tired clichés that your include on your resume just to fill it out. They do nothing to help you stand out as the best candidate. Considering that the average reviewer or applicant tracking system (ATS) spends less than 10 seconds on an initial resume review, it’s imperative that you nix… Read more »

The 5 Worst Things to Post on Social Media

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Social media has made it possible to share thoughts, ideas and images with thousands of friends and connections – and beyond that, with virtual strangers everywhere. The harsh truth is that as much fun and as useful it may be, it also has a down side. Even the smallest mistakes in terms of what you… Read more »

Are You Mistaking Being Busy for Being Productive?

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What’s the difference between being busy and being productive? It may seem like a fine line at first, but especially when your goal is to advance your career, it’s important to understand the very real difference between the two. It All Comes Down to Focus The differences between busy people and productive people ultimately lead… Read more »

3 Tips for Asking for a Raise

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Asking for a raise can be an awkward, stressful experience. But if you’re well prepared, it can be simpler than you may expect. Put yourself in your manager’s shoes and design your approach accordingly. In the words of Harvard Business School Professor Kathleen McGinn, “Think about why your boss should even consider granting your request.”… Read more »

First Job Out of College? It’s Time to Move On!

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Congratulations, college graduate! You may have already started (in which case, kudos to you), but now is the time to put a concentrated effort into your job search – researching where you want to work, establishing your professional reputation, and starting the network of connections that will support your career for the long term. Follow… Read more »

Don’t Network Online Only

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Social networking is a critical tool in your job search – but it’s not the only one. Never underestimate the power of your personal connections. Research has shown that more than 80 percent of jobs are found through one-on-one networking. According to the Pew Research Center, the average American has approximately 634 contacts – including… Read more »

Should You Use the Same Cover Letter for All Interviews?

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Your resume will be stacked up against more competition than ever before – so be sure to make your cover letter stand out from the crowd. Because unless a recruiter or hiring manager is impressed by your cover letter, they won’t even get as far as your resume. Six Crucial Seconds An employer or recruiter… Read more »