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  • The Anatomy of a Great Resume [infographic]

    It's time to look for a job. What do you do now? The first thing you should do -- and the most important thing you can do, according to this Top Counseling Schools infographic -- is to create the perfect resume.

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  • Pros & Cons of Hiring Friends

    Most companies like to hire by referral whenever possible. Workers love it because it allows them to network their way into new jobs; organizations love it, because good workers tend to recommend other good workers. So what could possibly be the downside to all of this?

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  • If These 3 Things Happen During Your Job Interview, Don't Take the Job

    During a slow economy, it's hard to turn down even the least appealing job offer. But there are a few danger signs which, if they come up during an interview, are a definite sign that you should not take the job.

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  • Job Searching? Don't Forget These 3 Factors

    Looking for a job is a full-time job. No wonder, then, that many of us lose sight of our goals in the frenzy to get hired.

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  • How to Explain Gaps in Your Resume

    What's the downside to no longer being in a recession? For folks who are still out of work, it's harder than ever to explain those long periods of unemployment, even if it's not their fault. (And it very well might not be. The economy is better than it was, but it's still most charitably described as "slow.")

    The trick, writes Priscilla Claman at Harvard Business Review, is to describe your out-of-work story the right way.

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  • 3 Ways to Make an Interviewer Like You

    Everybody knows that job interviews are, on some level, a popularity contest. Unless you have a rare skill set and are applying for a job where you never have to talk to anyone, your interviewer will be as interested in your ability to get along with folks at the office as your aptitude for the job.

    The good news is that there's plenty of stuff you can do to make the interviewer realize how much more fun you are than the other candidates. With thanks to Bloomberg Businessweek and Freemoneyfinance.com, we present a few easy ways to make an interviewer fall in love with your sterling personality:

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  • Are You a Good Candidate for a Startup?

    Working at a startup is often more appealing than going the corporate route; however, a recent survey from HireArt suggests that half of job applicants don't actually know what working for a startup company entails.

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  • 5 Things to Think About Before You Accept a Job

    Let's be honest: the first question in most of our minds when we're evaluating a job offer is, "What does it pay?" Without an adequate salary, all the gym memberships and dental plans in the world won't make us happy at our jobs.

    But salary isn't the end all, be all of job requirements. HR expert and Career Spin blogger Mike Spinale offers this list of other important considerations to ponder before signing on the dotted line.

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  • 5 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Job Search

    Do you ever feel like Bill Murray in the movie "Groundhog Day," doomed to repeat the same actions over and over again, without a positive result? If so, says career expert Amanda Augustine, it's possible that you're working against yourself.

    In honor of February 2, Augustine presents us with five possible things we might be doing in our job hunt that keep us running around in circles. If you're doing everything you should be doing, but still aren't having any luck, Augustine says, it's time to ask yourself these questions:

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  • An Easy Solution to the Empty Resume Problem

    There's no tougher time to write a resume than when you're just starting out. Even if you have great grades, tons of applicable skills, and a passion to learn, it's pretty hard to disguise the fact that, in terms of actual work experience, your CV is pretty bare. Don't fall back on that 18-point font just yet, however: Thanks to the great minds at 99u, we now have the perfect way to bulk up a skinny resume.

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  • How to Recover From a Bad Interview

    We've all been there: That moment when you close an office door and all you want to do is hit your head against a wall because you just know that interview did not go well. You didn't ask the right questions, you should have used this word instead of that word, you forgot to mention the skills you learned from your last job. Instead, you keep your shoulders back and leave the head-smacking until later, when you are safely out of view of the company's employees, who are surely judging you.

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  • 7 Confessions of Job Interviews Gone Wrong

    When it comes to interviewing for a new job, first impressions are everything. You want to project confidence, ability, and professionalism. Some people were born to be interviewed, while others are forced to learn from their mistakes. We asked PayScale users to tell us the error of their interview ways. So the next time you interview for a new job, take heed and don't let these things happen to you.

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  • Blunt Cover Letter Earns Writer Multiple Job Offers

    Writing a cover letter is one of the most difficult parts of the job application process. In comparison, resumes are easy: all you have to do is list your accomplishments, succeed in avoiding typos, and don't use comic sans. But the cover letter is an exercise in personal marketing. Choose one tone, and you can sound too glib; choose another, and your letter will sound formulaic and fail to get a response.

    A recent applicant to an internship program on Wall Street solved the problem with a rather novel approach: he was bluntly honest. How honest? Here's an excerpt:

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  • Ace the Job Interview with Pamela Skillings

    When it comes to finding a job, a resume can only take you so far. The impression you make in an interview can often be the reason you are (or aren't) offered that job. So how can you make sure you are interviewing like a rock star? The first step is by joining us on Friday, January 25th at 10:30am PST for our chat with Pamela Skillings, interview expert a-go-go. 

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  • Learn How to Network With Sandy Jones-Kaminski

    Learning how to network effectively is one of the best things you can do for your career, but it’s something that many people find intimidating. Well, if you’re feeling shy, PayScale is here to hold your hand. This Thursday, January 17, at 10:30am PST, you can connect directly with the expert herself via Google+, YouTube and Twitter to learn how you can network your way to the top.

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  • New CBS Show 'The Job' to Give Away High-Profile Jobs

    If you've ever wanted a job at Cosmopolitan, Zynga, Live Nation or Major League Soccer, you may want to participate in the new CBS show "The Job." The elimination-style reality competition show will pit five contestants against each other; the winner gets a high-profile job at the episode's featured company.

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  • 3 Questions That Will Help You Figure Out What a Company's Culture Is Really Like

    Job interviews are a lot like blind dates. You don't want to commit before you really get to know each other, but you also don't have a lot of time to play with. The best way to figure out if you and the company have a future together is to ask the right questions.

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  • How the "Layoff Test" Can Help You Build Your Professional Network

    If you were laid off today, who would you contact first? Lifehacker calls this question the layoff test. How you answer it might tell you a lot about your professional network -- or lack thereof.

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  • 3 Ways to Negotiate Special Benefits

    Murshed Chowdhury is the CEO of an IT staffing firm, which means that he can adjust his schedule as he sees fit; for example, taking a late lunch hour on Friday afternoons to attend a weekly prayer service.

    It wasn't always so easy. In a post on Lifehacker, Chowdhury recounts one incident that occurred before he was in charge. A manager told him that he wouldn't have been hired if the manager had known about his special requirements in advance.

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  • Will Online Games Become Next-Gen Apprenticeships?

    The most recent McKinsey Public Sector Practice report suggests that online games could form next-generation apprenticeships to help out-of-work youth find employment. This idea isn't just about fun and games: Fast Company reports that a 2010 study discovered a 9 percent rise in information retention and a 14 percent increase in skill-based knowledge levels in employees who were trained using online games or simulations rather than traditional training.

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