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  • Think Outside the Box: Creative Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed

    Nowadays, it's not uncommon for recruiters to be inundated with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of resumes when trying to fill a position at a company. So, how can you (the job seeker) ensure that you get noticed out of the endless number of applicants? One of the best ways to connect with potential employers is through social media networks, but connecting sometimes isn't enough. We will take a look at some of the creative ways that social media can be used to get your resume noticed.
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  • What Can You Learn From a Rejection Letter?

    As a job seeker, it’s common to get at least one rejection letter from a company where you’ve applied for work. Candidate rejection letters can seem like a slap in the face, when really they are meant to foster good will with candidates who may not be suited for a job at the present time. If you look beyond the actual rejection itself, you may see that there are some things to be learned from receiving a rejection letter.
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  • How to Become a Good Judge of Character

    Very few people claim to be poor judges of character. In a casual self-assessment, we're just about as likely to profess that we have no sense of humor. But nearly all of us could be better at sussing out what people are really like, under their carefully crafted public persona.

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  • Social Media: The Mainstream Drug That Is Killing Your Child's Future Career

    "But everyone's doing it, Mom!" Not only is social media contributing to the annihilation of your child's grammar and spelling, but it may also be destroying his or her chances at a promising career down the road. The combination of social media and impressionable youth is like Pandora's box, releasing the evils of the world for all to see, tweet, post, like, and comment on. What your son or daughter thinks is "cool" to share with friends on social media today, may come back to bite him or her in the career butt later, which is totally not cool, man.
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  • The Legend of Steven Spielberg and the Misunderstood Production Assistant

    Everyone is familiar with the work of blockbuster director Steven Spielberg. But did you know that he got his start in the movie business by pretending to work at Universal Studios? According to a 1969 interview, Steven gained access to the famed lot by dressing in a suit and walking past the guards as if he belonged there. After a few days of this, he found an empty bungalow (an old dressing room that had been turned into an office), had the switchboard turn on his phone then started work on his first movie. He stayed there for two years before anyone realized he didn't actually work for the studio.
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  • 3 Ways to Ruin Your Reputation

    When it comes to your career, the only thing more valuable than your experience is your reputation. Unfortunately, the latter is much easier to tank than the former. After all, no matter how many times you lose your temper, you get to keep your CV.

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  • Quora Question of the Week: You Did WHAT and Still Got the Job?!

    Have you ever landed a job after talking your way out of almost every interview question? Or, maybe, you didn't ignore his questions, but your answers inadvertently caused the interviewer to resign. If so, you have something in common with these Quora members. Their stories beat anything you've ever seen or done in an interview.
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  • I Spy a Candidate: How LinkedIn's Revamped "Who's Viewed Your Profile" Feature Can Help Optimize Your Job Search

    LinkedIn recently added a revamped "Who's Viewed Your Profile" feature to its extensive list of upgrades for the professional social network. The site is hoping to encourage its users to engage more with the site by appealing to human curiosity. People want to know who is covertly examining their LinkedIn information, whether that person is a potential employer, current coworker, or personal acquaintance. Now, LinkedIn has provided its users with the means to reach out to the people viewing their profiles, hopefully expanding their networks and building beneficial relationships that can positively impact their careers. This, folks, is the beauty of social networking.
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  • How You Can Be as Awesome as Hillary Clinton's Twitter Bio

    If you haven't heard, Hillary Clinton finally activated her Twitter account this past Monday, and it's a pretty big deal. There was much anticipation of the eventual arrival of Hillary Clinton on the social media site, and when she finally made an appearance, she definitely did not disappoint. From her witty bio to her comical first tweet, the former Secretary of State made her debut well worth the wait.
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  • 'The Internship' Laughs at the Highs and Lows of Being a Google Intern

    In "The Internship," Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play forty-something unemployed salesmen who are desperately seeking a mid-life change. Using their gift of gab, they talk their way into the Google Intern program even though they're twice the age of the rest of the group and they have no tech experience. (It's a comedy movie so you have to overlook the lack of logic.)
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  • 5 Things Not to Do When You Get Fired

    Getting laid off isn't fun, but at least you have the comfort of hearing "it's not you, it's me," and collecting uncontested unemployment for a while. But what about when you lose your job under different circumstance? When you get fired, your first thought will be to panic. Don't do that -- or any of these things:

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  • 10 Ways to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile to Get Noticed (and Hired)!

    With some 200 million users connecting at the speed of light on LinkedIn, it can be a little challenging to stand out as in your chosen field. Yet, a well-designed LinkedIn profile is paramount for success as a job seeker today. More and more recruiters are looking to LinkedIn for detailed backgrounds on candidates. Therefore, you need to do what it takes to make sure your LinkedIn profile is looking its best. After all, you’ve got some stiff competition on LinkedIn!
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  • Why Your Social Media Obsession is Good for Your Career [infographic]

    You know that guilty feeling you get for checking Facebook at work, because you think that if someone sees you, they're going to assume that you never do an ounce of work … ever? Well, according to the University of Florida's online MSM infographic, you can actually turn that guilty obsession into a viable career!
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  • Can You Spot a Bad Boss Before You Take a Job?

    When it comes to your personal happiness, who you work for might be more important than what you actually do. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reports that 2 million people voluntarily leave their jobs each month, even with unemployment well above 7 percent, and a study from Accenture finds that 31 percent of those people quit because they didn't like their manager. Obviously, it behooves us to figure out, during the interview stage, whether a hiring manager will be a good or bad boss. But how can we tell?

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  • Give Your Resume a Leg Up with a Job Referral

    Are you struggling to get your resume noticed by hiring managers? You are not alone. In today’s competitive job market, getting on the radar of the top hiring managers takes more than just a well-written resume. It helps tremendously to get a referral from a trusted source, which can open many more doors to career success.
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  • 5 Things to Do Before a Job Interview to Get the Gig

    Getting ready for a job interview can feel scarier than the worst final exam. You know you need to prepare, but there are so many things you could do ahead of time, and only so much time to do them in. Don't let the pre-interview stress melt your brain. Just follow these very simple steps, and that interview can turn into your first meeting with your new boss.

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  • Job Interview Tips from 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    Every year, thousands of dancers from all around the nation line up to audition for the Fox series, So You Think You Can Dance. Their ultimate goal? To get "hired" as one of the season's top 20 dancers. Each performer only has a few minutes to impress the judges not only with their talent but with their personality. If they succeed, they move on to the second round (Vegas). From there, it's like a probationary period where everything they do is under scrutiny and in the end, only the very best get the job.
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  • Negotiate Salary in a Seller's Market

    Job seekers are frustrated, and who can blame them? In this economy, it's not uncommon for educated yet unemployed adults to spend weeks in grueling job interviews, only to be offered the measly sum of $17 per hour. No benefits. Take it or leave it. In a bad business economy, it's a seller's market.
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  • Tactful Ways to Escape a (Really) Bad Job Interview

    As job seekers, we've all experienced at least one – a job interview gone terribly wrong. When this happens, how do you cope? Do you bolt or endure it? In this article, we'll look at the three most common bad interview scenarios and give you expert advice on how to tactfully escape with your reputation and sanity intact.
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  • Send a Not-So-Boring Thank-You Note

    What do potential bosses and grandparents have in common? They both love thank-you notes. Remember how, when you were growing up, grandparents always gave the most awesome gifts? And then shortly after birthdays, holidays, or whatever the occasion, your mother would start in: "Did you write your thank-you notes yet? Remember to write your thank-you notes!"
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