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  • The 3 Most Awkward Questions You Can Ask Your Interviewer

    Want to embarrass yourself at your next job interview? Ask the wrong questions, instead of the right ones. There's no better way to look unprepared, disinterested, or disengaged in the hiring process. (OK, mispronouncing the name of the company, playing games on your phone, and bringing the cat with you are also right up there -- but then you're really making an effort at not making an effort.)

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  • Is Job Hopping Finally OK?

    Career advice varies widely, depending on who's giving it, but most experts agree on one thing: if you can manage it, you're best off staying in one job for at least a few years. Change more often than that, the theory goes, and you're telling prospective employers that you're unreliable. But in this age of frequent layoffs and long-term unemployment, is there really still such a strong stigma against job hopping?

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  • College Grads: Hiring to Increase Nearly 9 Percent

    The Class of 2014 may not have to don fast food uniforms after the caps and gowns come off. Employers that hire new grads are feeling optimistic about the market and plan to hire 8.6 percent more college graduates this year as compared to last. Starting salaries for this year's class are also up by 1.2 percent, all this according to a recent survey released by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

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  • 7 Things You Need to Do to Land a Contract Job

    Moving from a permanent job to a contract-based job could be both daunting and liberating. While you would no longer be covered by company-sponsored insurance or a benefits plan, you may have more control over your schedule and might even make more money. But where do you begin?
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  • 3 LinkedIn Tricks You Don't Know About (But Should)

    Ninety-four percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to hunt for new talent, according to a 2013 study by the Society for Human Resource Management. Obviously, job seekers should take full advantage of its potential. We've written plenty about the usual tips for optimizing your profile. Here are some of the lesser-known tricks that can also get your profile noticed by hiring managers.

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  • Job Hunting? Hide These 3 Things on Facebook

    By now, everyone knows that social media can ruin your chances of getting hired. Still, privacy settings can be confusing, on Facebook in particular, and there's a pervasive (and misguided) sense that oversharing is the new normal. If you must use Facebook to update everyone from your old high school classmates to your first boss on your summer plans, be smart and hide anything that reflects poorly on you from a professional perspective.

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  • 5 Tips to Make Your Resume Look Good

    When it comes to writing a resume, appearances are everything. You can have years of experience, in-demand skills, and be a perfect fit for the job, but if you can't show the hiring manager that you're the candidate her company needs, you won't get that all-important first call. Here's what you need to know about creating a CV that gets attention.
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  • To Get the Job, Ask for It

    Could getting a job be as simple as just asking for it? For candidates who already feel like they're begging to be hired, the idea might seem cringeworthy. But as Kim Thompson points out in a recent post at SF Gate, employers are far more likely to hire enthusiastic candidates than ones who seem like they can take the job or leave it.

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  • Resume Myths vs. Facts [infographic]

    If you're looking for a job, you've probably already heard a lot of advice about the "ideal" resume template. Experts weigh in on this topic constantly, but just about everyone who's ever been hired has an opinion on what resumes should look like. There's just one problem: a lot of the time, they're wrong.

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  • 3 Ways to Write a Cover Letter That Actually Works

    There are a lot of contenders for "worst part of the job search process," but writing cover letters has to be right up there at the top of the list. Trying to hook hiring managers' attention without sounding like a caricature of a used car salesman or just regurgitating your resume is a challenge worthy of early-Mad Men Don Draper. So how can you get their attention, without feeling cheesy or wasting everyone's time?

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  • How to Be a Fearless Job Hunter

    In these days of long-term unemployment and stagnant wages, is it possible to job search without fear? Maybe not -- but some people get closer than others, or at least learn to fake it better. Picking up some of their strategies can help you make good decisions about your next move, and increase your chances of impressing hiring managers.

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  • What It Means to Be an Expert [infographic]

    To make yourself as attractive a job candidate as possible, you should always be looking for opportunities to pick up a new skill. That doesn't mean you have to attain expert status in order to catch the attention of a hiring manager. However, it's useful to get an idea of exactly what kind of investment you'd have to make, to be considered an expert by those in the know.

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  • 3 Mistakes You Might Be Making on LinkedIn

    If you're using LinkedIn, you likely know the importance of having a good photo, a complete profile, and accurate information. However, there are a few mistakes you might be making, without even knowing it. Before you make one more connection (let alone attempt to apply for another job) take a moment to make sure you're not making one of these critical mistakes that could cost you.
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  • LinkedIn Shows Us Why It Pays to Be Adaptable [infographic]

    If your dream job opened up across the country -- or in a totally different industry -- would you go for it, or would you let the opportunity go by? If you're like many of us, you might be inclined not to even apply. That's partly because adaptability, while valued by employers, is a rare trait in job applicants.

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  • Interview Body Language Tip: Don't Stare, Because That's Creepy

    Now more than ever, it's important for interviewers to like you. Given candidates who are equally matched in terms of credentials, skills, and experience, a hiring manager will pick the person they like the most. There's just one problem: most of the advice we've been getting about body language is giving us habits that come off as, well, kinda creepy.

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  • Making the 6 Seconds the Recruiter Spends on Your Resume Count

    According to a study released by The Ladders, an online job-matching service, recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume. So what are they actually looking for, and what will get your CV through that six-second window?
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  • 3 Tips for Your Very First Resume

    For folks who've been in the work world a long time, their first resume is but a misty memory of unfortunate font choices and unnecessary objectives. But for those who are first starting out, the idea of pulling together a visual representation of their still-fledgling career, with all its hopes and dreams and well, lack of concrete experience, is somewhat daunting, to say the least.

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  • 3 Job Search Trends (and How They'll Affect You)

    The job search market is changing and fast. Social media has changed the recruitment landscape, creating a bigger and broader platform on which employers and prospective employees can connect and get to know each other. How do you catch up and stay ahead of the game?
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  • Can You Be Too Enthusiastic on a Job Interview?

    When it comes to job interviews, the usual thinking goes, the more enthusiasm, the better. After all, what company would want to hire someone who couldn't even pretend to be excited about something for a few hours? Believe it or not, however, it's possible to go too far in the other direction. Behold, the overly enthusiastic job candidate.

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  • How to Answer the Interview Question, 'Tell Me About Yourself'

    It's often the first thing hiring managers ask candidates in job interviews, and the first opportunity to really screw things up. Unsurprisingly, most of us have a really hard time summarizing our careers, skills, and interests in the conversational equivalent of a tweet. But having a job search "elevator pitch" is a really important part of acing the interview.

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