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Monster contributor Aaron P. Arnold suggests the 90-day rule as a guide when deciding whether to change careers. This rule involves introspection and subjective assessment of your current situation. It is also important, however, to consider the current economic climate and the state of the job market that you intend to target. Partnering with a… Read more »

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Although recruitment methods have changed drastically, certain norms and traditional procedures linger. Social recruitment and applicant tracking software are encouraging professionals to build on-line profiles whether they are job seeking or not. However, formalities such as submitting a resume and undergoing an interview remain very much part of the hiring process. Think of a LinkedIn… Read more »

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Dorie Clark considers herself an introvert and writes of her professional networking experiences in the Harvard Business Review. After attending numerous networking events, many of which she hated, Clark learned to network on her own terms and to make the process effective for her situation. Kate Finley, contributor to Fast Company, explains that shyness is… Read more »

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The passive job seeker is increasingly a target for recruiters. The passive job seeker is someone already gainfully employed, but who might be persuaded to accept another position. Careerbuilder’s job forecast for 2013 reports that one fifth of employed individuals had been solicited by other companies. Jen Picard, Marketing Consultant of JD Marketing, states that… Read more »

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Job fairs offer the opportunity to impress a prospective employer in person. The secret to success at a job fair is to stand out from the competition. However, coming across as arrogant or cliché can be a mistake. A better approach is to find a creative way to make sure that the recruiters remember you… Read more »

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A workplace with a high level of morale is more productive than a workplace with low morale. Staff who take an interest and care about each other collaborate effectively towards a goal. Communication flows more freely, according to David Parnell, a communications consultant interviewed by Forbes. Sandra Haurant of The Guardian explains that knowing your… Read more »

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Every workplace has myriad personalities. Learning to effectively interact with others is crucial to professional development and a company’s success. Smooth relations and effective teamwork will also provide a fun place in which to work. Amanda Haddaway of Careerealism emphasizes that getting along with co-workers does not necessarily require extrovert-type behavior in every situation. Learning… Read more »

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A phone interviews should be prepared for as thoroughly as an in-person interview. Sarah Needleman of the Wall Street Journal writes that employers are expecting more from phone interviews, and some job hunters are finding that they can last for an hour or more. Some employers are asking that candidates provide extensive work history details… Read more »

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Telephone etiquette is not a skill usually listed on a job description; however, a poor telephone manner is likely to discount you from a candidate shortlist. Clear speech and respect for the person to whom the call is addressed reflects a caller who is polished, intelligent, and worthy of consideration as an employee. Try recording… Read more »

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Taking some time to collect yourself in between jobs can be an effective strategy. It gives you time to reflect and to decide if you would like to change direction. However, taking too long to rejoin the work force, or not engaging in activities that reflect personal development, can leave you with some explaining to… Read more »