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  Not Much Experience? How New Grads Can Land A Job Anyhow
by Michelle Dumas - Jul, 2014
What came first, the chicken or the egg? It seems like a silly question, no? What if, however, we were to change it up a bit to, let’s say: What comes first, the job or job experience? Now it has resonance, doesn’t it? How can you land a job requiring experience if no one will hire you to acquire that experience? This is an issue that faces almost all job seekers at some point during their careers, especially new high...
 
  Tips For ATS-Optimizing Your Resume With Keywords
by Michelle Dumas - Jun, 2014
We’ve long been told technology is intended to simplify our lives. While this may be true in some instances, in others it is most definitely not! Job searching provides a perfect example of this apparent contradiction. In general, technology has made the search part of job search easier. Those seeking a change in their employment circumstances are able to go online and look for job openings available anywhere in the world...
 
  Email Etiquette Mistakes That Are Costing You The Job Offer: Tips For Emailing During Your Job Search
by Michelle Dumas - May, 2014
Looking for work can itself feel like a full-time job. Gone are the days when one only had to review the classified ads, call for an appointment or simply just drop by the hiring employer and speak to someone about the job (yes, this actually used to happen!). Today there are recruiters, job boards on the Internet, online forums, constant reminders about the importance of networking, and various and sundry other things, a...
 
  Get The Job Offer: 7 Action Steps To Take After The Interview
by Michelle Dumas - May, 2014
You did it! You landed the interview for the job of your dreams! Okay, maybe it “just a job”, but it was important enough for you to suit up and show up, right? So you clearly have some interest in getting it. Now that the interview is over, what’s next? Do you follow up? How soon? And how? In order to get the job offer, there are some important steps to take after the interview. They may not all be necessarily...
 
  How To Handle The Job Interview When You’ve Been Fired
by Michelle Dumas - Apr, 2014
Okay, so you’ve been fired. It happens, even to some very interesting and successful people. Perhaps you saw it coming. Perhaps you didn’t (which is a topic for another time). Either way, the effect a termination has on your life usually ranges from unpleasant to downright devastating. Compounding the discomfort you suffer from losing your job is the reality that, like most folks, you really can’t afford to take a lo...
 
  Job Interview Jitters? What You Can Do To Soothe Them
by Michelle Dumas - Apr, 2014
Work can be stressful. Being out of work can be very stressful. And looking for work is stressful as well. There are few things (a visit to the dentist, for example) more sweaty palm inducing than sitting through a job interview. Whether your angst is attributable to the importance of getting the job or because you’re uncomfortable talking about yourself, it’s normal to feel nervous about a job interview. So, what can...
 
  How Recruiters Use Social Media In Making Recruiting & Hiring Decisions
by Michelle Dumas - Mar, 2014
“It’s a small world”. A simple phrase the reflects the reality of life in the age of the Internet and social media. In fact, the proliferation of social networking sites (SNS) has essentially rendered geography meaningless when it comes to information gathering and distribution, communication, even seeking employment. For many people, distance in no longer a function of location as much as it is a state of mind. Of...
 
  Googled Yourself Lately? Why Your Online Image Is Critical To Your Job Search
by Michelle Dumas - Feb, 2014
Small business owners find Google search a fast free tool to check their job candidates. Most large businesses now require a search for the same reasons. Moreover, the Google search links to your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles (and more), so if you are involved in a job search, you need to see your social media life the way employers can and do. Googled yourself lately? Vanity searches occur regularly for so...
 
  Tips for Thanking People Who Help You in Your Job Search
by Michelle Dumas - Feb, 2014
Some call it networking, others say it’s whom you know. No matter how you slice it, it’s common in a job search to receive job leads, referrals, or references from others. And when you land that job, it’s proper business etiquette to thank those who helped you along the way. But in this world of immediate communication, many may think that an email or text is sufficient regardless of circumstance. While it gets the job done, t...
 
  Career & Job Search Networking Made Easy: 14 Excuses NOT to Network And How To Get Over Them
by Michelle Dumas - Feb, 2014
If you do not yet see the value of career and job search networking, this article is not for you. If you do not like job search networking, that is poor excuse for avoiding the key to your future career success. Developing, strengthening, and sustaining professional network relationships is at the center of your growth – or not. You are not the only one. You are not the only one who does not like “working” people you me...
 
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