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  • 3 Tips for Better Business Cards

    In the age of LinkedIn and online job application forms, you're likely to forget about a valuable in-person networking tool: the business card. If you haven't bothered to update your card in a while -- or have a one so unmemorable, you have piles of left-behind cards stacked around your desk -- there are a few things you can do to step up your business card game.

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  • How to Enter a Room Like You Own the Place

    If you have a big job interview or presentation coming up, you've probably already thought a lot about how to make a good first impression. You know you need to dress professionally, for example, and make eye contact. Perhaps you've even thought about things like the strength of your handshake or the genuineness of your facial expressions. But you probably never thought about one key ingredient for winning over your audience: the way you enter a room.

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  • Are You Being Annoying on Social Media?

    In age where every college intern already has a personal brand, it's hard to know when our social media use has gotten out of hand. Are we building or empire -- or just annoying everyone around us? Fortunately, a new site offers a way to figure out if you're That Person on social media.

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  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Including Career Objectives In Your Resume

    Starting a resume with a career objective seems like a good idea. Why not portray yourself as a driven person who is passionate about the job and has a long-term vision, right? The problem is that objectives only work if someone actually pauses to read them. Given the limited amount of time a recruiter has to review your resume, this three- to four-sentence introduction only derails the recruiter's focus.
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  • If You Want to Work at Zappos, You'll Have to Join the Club (or at Least, Their Social Network)

    Want to work at the company that brought you next-day shoe delivery and free returns? You'll have to join Zappos Insiders, the organization's new social network dedicated to networking with current and future Zappos employees. In fact, The Wall Street Journal reports, the social network will be the only way to get hired for one of the estimated 450 jobs the online retailer expects to fill this year.

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  • Nervous About a Job Interview? Call It a Meeting

    If you've been going on a lot of job interviews, but not getting many actual offers, it's possible that you're psyching yourself out -- in which case, Laura Donovan at Hello Giggles might have the answer to your problems.

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  • 3 Ways to Stop Doubting Yourself

    Many of us are our own worst critic, and our careers suffer as a result. It's hard enough to hear negative self-talk when you're going about your business after work, but listen to bad internal chatter during your work day, and you'll start to have trouble hitting your professional goals.

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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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