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Looking for a new job can be an exciting time, but it can also pose certain concerns. For example, one question that comes up often is “Who should I use as a job reference?” Understanding why professional career references are requested and what this can mean to your job search is a good place to… Read more »

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Tattoos, piercings, and wild hair colors – these forms of “body art” have become more mainstream in the last few years. It’s not uncommon for a job seeker to walk in to a job interview sporting such things as a form of self-expression. Does it really matter that you have a tattoo or two visible… Read more »

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The rules have changed when it comes to writing the perfect cover letter. In the past, writing the cover letter was all about sharing accomplishments in multiple paragraphs that were designed to wow the person reading it. But, today’s recruiters simply do not have the time or the patience for this. They are looking for… Read more »

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The hardest time to head to the office is when you know you face redundancy. However, creating a plan of action can help you transition with minimal collateral damage and move quickly on to the next opportunity. The outlook for job seekers is rosy. Time magazine predicts increasing job opportunities for job seekers in 2015… Read more »

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Choosing the right response when you are nearing your breaking point at work requires first realizing that you are dangerously stressed. Deepak Chopra, an alternative medicine advocate, explains that people react differently to pressure – some retreat, some simmer, and some explode. Understanding that you are unable to cope is the first step to managing… Read more »

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Salary negotiations usually begin in the interview. Before you begin a job search, know your worth. Online tools such as Payscale, Salary, and Glassdoor can provide some idea of the salary range you should expect, but you will have to plug in various data to get an accurate range. Liz Ryan of Forbes writes in… Read more »

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It is a difficult decision to make. Should you attend an interview when you are sick and know that your performance will be subpar, or should you re-schedule and perhaps risk losing the job to another candidate? The answer rather depends on who you ask and how sick you are. The University of Pennsylvania asked… Read more »

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Providing a reference for someone is an act of courtesy, and it demands the commensurate respect and etiquette from the respective applicant. A job candidate should make the reference provider’s contribution as easy and convenient as possible. Failure to do so could drastically affect the information that a potential employer is given, and the candidate’s… Read more »

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A gap in your resume is not necessarily a bad thing. What matters is how you used the time. For example, a gap that was caused by a sudden lay-off may have provided you time to study or to take training. You may have tried consulting work while you cared for an ailing family member…. Read more »

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Competitive markets, environmental changes, and economic turbulence are challenging and unsettling. Companies today face global changes at a pace never seen before. Within such an inconsistent context, persistent character traits can be the pillar around which a company’s business revolves. Traits of effective workplace leadership include the ability to motivate people to work toward a… Read more »