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Job seekers can spend a lot of time trolling job sites and sending resumes en masse without culling much of an employer response let alone landing an interview. Employers still receive between 102 and 137 applications per job from both social-media networks and job boards, says a 2014 study from Brandon Hall Group. Effective job search… Read more »

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“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” It’s one of the most clichéd pieces of advice. That’s because it’s true — especially if you are job hunting. Research shows that recruiters typically only give your resume a six-second glance, and some people say the first seven seconds of meeting someone are the most important,… Read more »

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Landing an interview with a recruiter is one of the first, and most important, steps in achieving your employment goal. While most interviews are relatively straightforward and easy to navigate, there is one common inclusion that people many times have trouble with: Tell me about yourself. However, this question is where you can truly set… Read more »

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Like many recent college graduates, Ben Kim felt he was casting his resume into an abyss when he clicked “apply online” for the hundredth or so time. “The most common response was nothing,” he said. That may be because, before capturing an employer’s eye, job hunters in the digital age often have to get past… Read more »

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Once a job applicant makes it to the interview stage, their biggest hurdle is the hiring manager’s overloaded brain. Hiring managers can easily forget about even exceptional job candidates like you. They have too much on their minds. They can have a great conversation with you on Tuesday, and completely forget about you by Wednesday. I… Read more »

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If you are frustrated searching job boards, sending resumes into black holes, and not getting responses from prospective employees, what I call “The Alumni Networking Solution” will help you. Research from Jobvite found that “Employees hired through referral are hired 55% faster than those who come from a career site.” I have personally used The Alumni Networking Solution to… Read more »

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As the experts job seekers turn to during the job search, we all have go-to pieces of advice we dish out when they need support. But with so many changes happening in the way people find jobs, are some of our traditional job search tips becoming outdated? Just as we know longer encourage job seekers… Read more »

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Autumn is football season and as I listen to the TV analysts handicapping each game two words are ubiquitous in their conversation when they discuss what it takes for each of the two teams to win. These words are ‘Game Plan’. In football, more than in any other sport, regardless of the disparity of talent,… Read more »

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Choosing a career path (or changing one) is, for most of us, a confusing and anxiety-riddled experience. Many will tell you to “follow your passion” or “do what you love,” but as Cal Newport argues in So Good They Can’t Ignore You, this is not very useful advice. When I graduated from college, I liked… Read more »