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  • 8 Alternatives to a 4-Year Degree

    Life after high school or at a time of transition is like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel, and sometimes seeing that you have choices is all that matters. Here’s a list of ideas that will jump-start your brainstorming if traditional college is not for you.
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  • Jobr Is Like a Dating App for Finding Your Next Job

    If you've been single within the last year, you've probably heard of Tinder -- the dating app that allows you to swipe right or left to indicate your interest in a potential new boyfriend or girlfriend. Based on that idea of matching users with what they want in life, a new app called Jobr offers to help job seekers find their next gig.
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  • What College Graduates Need to Know About Creating a Personal Brand

    Thousands of college students across the country are beginning to graduate, ready to hit the ground running and enter the workforce. But are they really ready for what it takes to land the job of their dreams? These days, beginning your career means more than just writing a killer resume. Creating a strong personal brand is critical to establishing a reputation when you may have little to no experience.
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  • Good at Video Games? You're Hired

    Get ready to laugh in the face of everyone who ever told you that you were wasting your life playing video games. Major corporations like Coca-Cola and Royal Dutch Shell are using games as part of their hiring processes, to determine whether candidates are good behavioral fits or to choose which projects to fund.

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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 Customize Your Resume

    While some say the resume is well on its way to being dead, thanks to professional social networks like LinkedIn, many companies still require applicants to submit a resume to be considered for an open position. Before you simply copy and paste your LinkedIn profile (or use LinkedIn's Resume Builder), consider customizing your resume to ensure you have the best shot of getting your foot in the door for an interview. Here are three key ways you should customize your resume before applying for each job.
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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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  • 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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  • 3 Job Search Beliefs You May Be Wrong About

    Job searching is an activity which often takes place alone – all you have is your laptop, your bathrobe, and that voice in your head. When it comes to searching for jobs, there is a good chance the voice is telling you at least three things incorrectly. Here are three beliefs you probably have wrong and how they could be hindering your job search.
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  • Older Job Seekers May Have Advantages

    It seems that workers 55 and older are not planning on retiring the way they used to. Some continue to work to make ends meet, some to fund their leisure pursuits, and still others simply because they have energy and want to do something productive with their time. If you are an older worker looking for a part-time or hourly job, use your age and experience to your benefit.
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  • Being a Jerk on Social Media Can Cost You a Job

    While the traditional resume might be on its way out, thanks to professional networks such as LinkedIn, recruiters still diligently check the backgrounds of job applicants -- perhaps even more so now than ever. With the mainstream adoption of Facebook and Twitter, everyone has a footprint on the internet that can be used to check for culture fit and personality. However, if you happen to have been a jerk on one of your public social media accounts, your carelessness might end up costing you a job.
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  • 3 Tips for Unemployed Workers Over 50

    It’s no secret that if you are over 50 and job searching, you will likely have a more difficult time than your younger counterparts in getting hired. There are a few simple steps you can take, however, that can help boost your chances of landing your next job.
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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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  • 4 New Rules for a New Era of Job Searching

    The job market for 2014 continues to become more competitive. The right education and skills are not enough to land a good job, because all the other applicants also have the right education and skills. So what can you do to increase your chances of not just getting an interview, but getting hired?

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  • When Are Creative Job Applications Too Creative?

    You may have heard by now about Leah the Lego figurine. Leah is the perfect Account Service Intern, complete with a blue suit and sensible shoes. She made her debut applying for positions at advertising agencies. It's an attention-getting idea; and the first step in getting a job is getting noticed. But will it work?
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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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