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  Don't Apply Just Once
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
Planning to apply to that hot job you just found online? Take it a step further with some competitive research that can put you first in line (but at another company). Here’s the idea: when companies post a position, they might be hiring from within their network – looking at suppliers, competitors, vendors, and any other organizations within their sphere of influence for that perfect candidate. If they follow through...
 
  How to Explain Being Fired
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2011
Dear Deb, Q. I was fired from my last job because of a conflict I had with the manager. He did something that I felt was unethical. When I found out, I went over his head and told his superior. He was able to twist the situation and next thing you know, I got the boot. I have decided not to take the company to court; but I was wondering what your thoughts are on how to best explain this during an interview. J.D, Houston...
 
  6 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid While Job Seeking
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2011
For many job seekers, the Internet presents two very different worlds. One consists of hanging out with friends via social networking, and the other focuses on the seriousness of a job search. Having the worlds collide could result in the playful social media environment posing problems for a job search since many employers conduct online research to determine candidate eligibility. This is why, if you’re looking for work...
 
  Having No College Degree Doesn’t Mean You’re Not a Qualified Candidate
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2011
Are you currently seeking a professional job but don’t have a college degree? If so, you are not alone. According to a recent study conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, only 27.5 percent of adults in the United States have a degree. This means there are a lot of people competing for professional jobs but lack the credentials some employers desire. But just because you don’t have a degree doesn’t mean you aren’...
 
  Job Search Tip: Learn to love Microsoft Excel
by Hallie Crawford - May, 2011
Finding your dream job can be a time complicated process at times. Time, effort, and focus are required to investigate career ideas, network with people, gather information, and keep track of your action steps. It’s imperative that you get very organized, and remain organized, throughout the job search process. This will help prevent you from getting lost in the information you’re gathering, or lost in your networking effor...
 
  The Right Tools for the Job
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2011
Imagine for a minute, that you’re a contractor. And let’s say you’ve heard about a job that is going to pay handsomely. Only problem is, your cash flow is a bit “sluggish” right now, and you’ll need to obtain a few specialized tools before you can submit your bid; without those tools, you won’t even be considered for the contract. And you intuitively know that if you could just submit that bid, the contract would likely be...
 
  50 Interviewing NO NOs!
by Thomas J. Denham - May, 2011
So much of the job search is out of your control. The interview is one of the few aspects of the job search you can control. The interview is a selection process for which you can practice and prepare. There are plenty of unusual horror stories committed by job hunters. The following is a laundry list of the most common things that are deal breakers: 1. Arriving late to the interview or arriving too early 2. Showing...
 
  3 Simple Ways to Make Your Resume and Cover Letter Work Together
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2011
When writing a resume, your job is not just to write an amazing document but also create an amazing component known as the cover letter. Sometimes job seekers forget that these two documents work together, especially if they’ve written a resume, and are then told at the last minute they need a cover letter. Because the two are intertwined it’s a good idea to make sure that they are indeed working well together. Here are s...
 
  4 Executive Resume Mistakes You Want to Avoid
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2011
Working at the executive level doesn’t mean you’re exempt from making mistakes when writing your resume. As a matter of fact, you’re sometimes more likely to make mistakes than lower-level professionals because the executive job search arena can be very different from the professional-level job search. Of course, executives are not allowed to make resume mistakes. It simply cannot happen. So to help you out, take a look...
 
  Hedge Fund Hiring on the Rise
by Barbara Safani - Apr, 2011
According to a recent survey of 313 hedge funds conducted by accounting and consultancy firm Rothstein Kass, 75 percent of respondents expect more funds to launch this year and 60 percent expect fewer closures. The survey suggests that due to increasing allocations from institutional investors, as well as a more stable economic environment, hedge fund managers report the highest level of optimism recorded since the financi...
 
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