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  • 7 Mistakes on Social Media That Could Be Hurting Your Job Search

    More employers are checking out the social media profiles of applicants to weed out undesirable candidates. So while you may be proud of your 500+ Facebook friends or your 1000+ followers on Twitter, make sure your awesome virtual social life is not killing your career.

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  • Do Employers Still Care About Tattoos and Piercings?

    Many career counselors still tell their clients to avoid adding any body art they can't cover up for a job interview, but every time you see a news segment on a creative industry, half the people on the screen are covered in ink and flashing bits of metal. What gives?

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  • 3 More LinkedIn Mistakes You're Probably Making

    Used correctly, LinkedIn can be more than just a resume on steroids. The social network of choice for job seekers offers less stressful networking for people who can't deal with cocktail parties, access to an insider's view of a potential employer, and an easier way to visualize your network's strengths and weaknesses. Then again, as we've pointed out more than once, if you're not careful, it's a good way to shoot yourself in the foot.

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  • What Your Employer Thinks of Social Media

    Ten years after Facebook became more than a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg's eye, employers have changed their attitude toward social media. No longer do they fret helplessly about employees spying on former flings or tweeting inappropriate comments about their brand on the company dime. Now, companies are getting in on the social media action, developing policies to protect themselves and harnessing online networking's power to find them the best and brightest workers.

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  • Would You Get Plastic Surgery to Counteract Ageism at Work?

    For every news item that says Baby Boomers hang onto their jobs at the expense of Millennial and Gen X workers, there's another that points out that Boomers, once jobless, are inclined to stay that way for longer than their younger counterparts. A recent article in Philadelphia Business Journal says that some workers are turning to plastic surgery to even the playing field.

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  • The Trickiest Part of the Interview: 'So, Do You Have Any Questions for Us?'

    You’re at the last leg of your interview. You’ve answered all of their questions, because you’ve done your homework, and you’re confident you’ll hear back. Just as you prepare yourself for the inevitable handshake from the interviewer suggesting the end of the conversation, you are faced with a reverse question: “Do you have any questions for me?” And that is arguably the trickiest question of all. How do you answer, in order to sound smart -- and not blow your chances of landing the job?
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  • What's Your Face Telling Your Co-workers?

    We've all heard that people communicate more with body language than they do with the words they actually speak. But what about facial expressions? If you're careful not to slouch and cross your arms grumpily, can you convey negative feelings with the look on your face -- and not even know you're doing it?

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  • Google Is Looking for 'Learning Ability' in Prospective Hires

    If you want to work at Google, forget about impressing them with your fancy college degree, in-demand major, or sterling GPA. According to a recent article in The New York Times, what Google is really looking for is the ability to learn.

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  • Employers Value Skills Over Majors, Fancy Colleges

    A recent Gallup survey found that business leaders rate job candidates' applied skills and knowledge higher than where they went to school or even which major they concentrated in.

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  • Illegal Job Interview Questions: What Can't They Ask Me?

    Congratulations on the interview call. You're almost there. But before you sit across the table or pick the phone to talk to your potential employer, learn to recognize questions that could be illegal.

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  • What Men Do Differently on LinkedIn

    Women rule the internet when it comes to social media, according to recent Pew research -- except when it comes to LinkedIn, where only 19 percent of internet-using women are on the site, as opposed to 24 percent of men. Why does this matter? With recruiters increasingly turning to social media to find qualified candidates for jobs, women who are looking for work need to maximize every opportunity, in order to get the attention of hiring managers.

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  • 3 Ways to Spin Unrelated Jobs on Your Resume

    Most career paths are less super-highway than long and winding road. As a result, most of us have a few twists and turns on our resume, which can make it look like we're less committed to our present career goals than we actually are. The trick? To make those unrelated gigs work as well for us in the present as they did in the past.

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  • Don't Ask These 5 Questions During a Job Interview

    We spend a lot of time thinking about how to answer the questions that hiring managers are likely to ask during interview. Equally important? The questions you've prepared prior to the meeting.

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  • 3 Bizarre Resume Gimmicks (That Didn't Work)

    Adam Pacitti, a recent graduate of the University of Winchester in England, sent out 250 resumes and got only two replies -- both rejections. So he summoned up his chutzpah and his last £500 and rented a billboard. A few days later, he was besieged with job offers. But before you go looking for ad space, consider: Pacitti's story is more of an exception to the rule than a new guideline for job seekers.

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  • Your Next Job Interview Might Involve a Test

    "So what?" you ask. Well, these tests a little different than the knowledge-based examinations you might already be taking during an interview process. They're to measure cultural fit, and the catch is that you might not even know you're taking one.

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  • 3 Little Things That Will Help You Get the Job

    If you're looking for work right now, you're probably already doing a lot to optimize your chances of getting hired. Sometimes, it's easy to forget the small things that can help you get your resume to the top of the stack and your name on the list of potential hires.

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  • 3 Things to Do When You Didn't Get the Job

    There's nothing more frustrating than investing in an interview process, only to be rejected by the prospective employer. Before you sink into an abyss of self-recrimination, think constructively about the situation. You might find an opportunity amidst the disappointment.

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  • A Dating Service ... for Your Career?

    What dating sites have done for single people looking for romantic partners, Collegefeed hopes to do for college students hunting for jobs. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and founded by Sanjeev Agrawal, Google's former head of product marketing, the company uses data analysis and human insight to match college students with jobs at employers like eBay and Cisco.

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  • When It Comes to Job Applications, Get Personal

    No one would advise a job applicant to share the personal details or his or her life when angling for a job. But there's one area in which getting personal really makes a difference in terms of your odds of getting hired, and that's the cover letter. In short, you better seem like you know something about the company, or your resume is probably going to get tossed in the trash.

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  • The Case for Getting Hired by Audition

    You can polish your resume until it's visible from space, but all the action words in the world won't express your true worth to a company. Likewise, a company can set up interviews with every member of the current staff, take you on a tour of the facilities, show you every project they've worked on in the past 20 years, but until you work there, you won't really know for sure whether you'll like the job. So what's the solution?

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