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7 little changes that'll make a big difference with your resume

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10:00 AM

Wondering how to get recruiters to notice your application? We're sharing the seven secrets to a more powerful resume. [TWEET]

By Elizabeth Becker 

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Like it or not, your application to your dream job isn’t going straight to the person hiring for the role. Instead, it has to pass through a gatekeeper—typically someone in HR—who is responsible for vetting resumes before passing them along to the very busy hiring manager. This is the speed-dating round: You have only a few seconds to make a good impression or risk getting tossed into the reject pile.

If you do make a good impression, a hiring manager will look at your resume like they might an online dating profile. They know exactly what they’re looking for in a candidate, and a few misused words on your profile (or resume) could cost you your chance at the position. Even though you liked the company enough to send the first message, you’ll receive the dreaded “thanks, but no thanks” email in return that will have you wondering where you went wrong.

So how does your resume attract enough attention to get invited on a first date, i.e. interview? Here are seven little changes that will make a big difference on your resume.

Topics: Job Application, Resume

Should I take the water? 5 tips for interviewing with confidence

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05:00 PM

With more and more qualified candidates entering the job market, self-assurance may be the key to impressing your next employer. [TWEET]

By Jeff Michaels

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Did you know that what you say before and after an interview can be just as important as the interview itself? It’s true. These days, the talent pool is filled with virtually endless qualified candidates. Often, a hiring decision will come down to the gray areas that don't fit onto a resume, such as how personable a candidate is, how they dress, or if they seem like they would fit into the existing corporate culture.

While judging a candidate solely on whether they accept a glass of water or cup of coffee prior to the interview may seem extreme, realize that hiring managers likely have already seen ten other equally-qualified individuals, and are waiting for a clear sign that YOU are the right person for the job. Give them that sign.

Topics: Interview

4 quick tips for impressing senior management during job interviews

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09:00 AM

A meeting with a big-time company executive can be daunting. Use these tips to keep your cool. [TWEET]

By Ken Sundheim

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Everyone seeks more influence at work.  They want to become leaders – to do something great with the career they are given, and be well-liked by those around them. 

However, prior to securing an executive-level position, it’s imperative that you learn how to interview with senior management – it’s a different game than when you were in the lower ranks.  Below, you’ll find four strategies for interviewing with C-level personnel in an effective, calm manner that instills confidence and increases likability.  

Topics: Interview

How to prepare for a Skype job interview

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09:00 AM

By Ran Nir

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There are no rules in today’s job search, which means you have to be prepared for any situation. Many employers today are performing their first-round interviews through a video-conferencing tool rather than conducting a phone or in-person interview.  If you have been invited to attend a virtual job interview, chances are good that you will be using the free cross-platform software, Skype. If you’re in this situation, be sure to review these virtual interview tips specifically tailored for Skype.

Topics: Interview

4 ways to make more money in the nonprofit sector

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04:31 PM

You may work at a not-for-profit, but you don’t do it for free. Learn how to increase your earnings. [TWEET]

By Dennis Sawyers, SPHR

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The nonprofit sector gives professionals the opportunity to grow professionally while pursuing a desire to make a meaningful social impact. Though many go into the sector to give back, it is only natural for motivated employees to want to increase their earning potential as they mature in their careers. [TWEET]

The nonprofit sector is changing, and many organizations are beginning to think more like businesses. This is a good thing for the career-driven professionals who work at nonprofit organizations. Talented individuals and high-performers have more opportunities to earn great salaries in the sector than ever before. However, you must be strategic if you want to truly maximize your earning potential in the nonprofit world. You must prove your worth, know how to ask for what you deserve, and be willing to continually improve your skills and contributions to your organization.

Topics: Salary

Break into one of today’s most popular professions: Data analytics

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01:14 PM

How to make a career change into the world of big data, business intelligence and analytics.

By Piyanka Jain

Dreaming of a career in data analytics? Or are you already in the role but looking to progress? Your goal isn’t out of reach if you arm yourself with knowledge and focus on your strengths and interests. The following steps and explanations can help. [TWEET]

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Topics: New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

Are you getting paid what you deserve?

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12:05 PM

Take these four steps to figure out what you’re really worth.

By Michelle Kruse

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We all have those moments in our career when we wonder if we’re getting paid what we deserve. We might even worry that we’re being taken advantage of. There are simple steps you can take to find out what people in similar positions are making, but it’s a bit more difficult to accurately determine your individual worth. [TWEET]

It’s never easy to look at your own work with an objective eye, but if you can step back and see yourself as others do, you’ll never have to wait on supervisors to give the official word about how you’re doing. By being proactive and carefully critiquing yourself on a regular basis, you’ll be better prepared to ask for a raise when you deserve it — and to improve your performance when you don’t.

Topics: Salary

What career are you meant for? Take the quiz!

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10:46 AM

 

Topics: Goal Setting, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

Your phone might be the key to finding your dream job

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09:45 PM

Your phone might be the key to finding your dream job. [TWEET]

By Michele P. Dambach

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Your smartphone can do it all. 

From making phone calls and checking emails to recording videos and reading the news, there are endless uses for your phone. And just when you thought your smartphone could do it all, there’s actually another practical use for your smartphone: Finding a job. 

According to MedReps’ 2014 Mobile and Social Medical Sales Job Search report, 90 percent of medical sales professionals use their mobile devices as an essential tool in their job search. Not only are they using their smartphones to network with recruiters, but they’re also using them to search and apply for jobs. 

Topics: Job Search Process

Are you a job hopper? Here's how to be good at it.

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09:00 AM

Changing jobs can improve your career. Here’s how to do it right.

By Michelle Kruse

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Most employers strongly value loyalty in their workers, but that trait doesn't always pay off for the employees themselves. Staying with one company for an extended period of time might keep the boss smiling, but it could result in various kinds of stagnation for the employee. Besides the potential for professional boredom, there's also the danger of missing out on growth — both in terms of salary and responsibility — that could come from moving on. [TWEET]

Whether you're a seasoned job-hopper or you're simply thinking about becoming more mobile in your career, there are a few important things to keep in mind so you don't come off as unreliable to potential employers. Keep these things in mind to make job-hopping work for you.

Topics: Personal Branding, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers