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5 Tiny Resume Flaws You Can't Afford to Make

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These often overlooked mistakes will make you seem careless.  [TWEET]

By Kaysie Garza

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Even though the words “detail-oriented” have no business appearing on your resume, you should still be able to demonstrate it through quantifiable accomplishments and examples.

If you’re a seasoned resume tweaker, you know how to spin duties as otherworldly achievements. You even know how to elaborate on your transferable skills in a way that doesn’t resemble an antique auction (Fast learner! Team player! Sold!).

Yet, even with all your real-life expertise and resume knowhow, you may be saying more about your true work habits without using many words at all. How is this possible? It’s all in the details, of course. 

Topics: Job Application, Resume

Take Monday Out of Your Work Schedule

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Sounds too good to be true? A four-day week can help you move your career to the next level. [TWEET]

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The whispers of a four day week have always been there, but is it just wishful thinking? For this dream to ever be achieved there needs to be some form of professional benefit-- and not just that you get a three day weekend.

In the following article we will explore some of the most prominent reasons as to why you should take a day off your schedule.

Topics: Professional Development, Work-Life Balance

Expert Tips: How to Construct an IT Resume/CV

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Find the do's and don'ts when it comes to crafting a stellar IT resume and cover letter. [TWEET]

By Chris Ward & Shawn Powell 

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As the IT job market becomes increasingly competitive, landing the right job has become almost an art form. Which is why a resume template with fill-in-the-blanks will no longer put you at the top of the pile.

Although there is no set way in creating a perfect resume or cover letter, there are a few key commonalities that are absolutely necessary to include and/or avoid.

Though there isn’t just one right way to develop or present a resume or CV, the materials successful candidates submit to prospective employers have a few commonalities.

Topics: Resume, Cover Letter

One Habit All Successful Business Leaders Have

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Every professional knows health and success go hand-in-hand. [TWEET]

By Jeff Popoff

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Did you know there is a secret career strategy hiding in plain sight? Great business leaders routinely put it at the top of their list. Consider the following:

Topics: Motivation and Inspiration, Work-Life Balance

11 Icebreakers for Your Next Networking Event

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Connect with other professionals by asking questions that will go further than scratching the surface. [TWEET]

By Samantha Popp

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Amidst the sea of suits and heels at a professional networking event, it can be difficult to make valuable conversation with strangers. But as we all know, professional networking means transforming those strangers into friends, connections, and customers.

Given the fast-paced nature of most networking events, it’s essential to plant the seeds of a future relationship in a matter of minutes.

Be the first to ask an open-ended question and encourage your new friend to open up. After handshakes and hellos, use these phrases engineered to jump start authentic conversation at networking events.

Topics: Networking, Professional Development

Should You Hire a Career Coach?

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Invest in a career coach to propel your career forward. [TWEET]

By Glenn Laumeister

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In the cutthroat job market, it’s important that professionals find their competitive edge. Sometimes an outside opinion can guide you in times of uncertainty or moments for motivation.

A career coach can work directly with a job seeker, handling everything from resume consulting to job interview training. If you choose the right coach, not only will you land a great job, but you’ll ensure it’s the right fit, giving you the long-term success you need. Here are some things a career coach can do for you.

Topics: Professional Development, Stress and the Job Search

5 Ways To Encourage Readership Through Your LinkedIn Summary Section

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Don’t lose profile views by skimping on this most commonly-read section. [TWEET]

By Virginia Franco

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Topics: Personal Branding, Social & Mobile Trends, Professional Development

How to Research a Company You Want to Work For

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Find out what key facts you need to know before going in for an interview. [TWEET]

By Tess Pajaron

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Before heading out for an interview at a company you’ve had your eye on, you should take time researching your potential employer. Otherwise, how can you be sure the company of your dreams won't actually turn out to be a nightmare to work for? 

As a bonus, any research you do now into your prospective employer will pay dividends during the interview. You can always point to some piece of knowledge you uncovered, being careful to tie it into your skills and why you are the ideal candidate for the job.

It is common to ask applicants why they want to work for the company during interviews. Going in armed with a few particulars will set your feet firmly on the path toward securing the position you desire.

Here are a few things you'll want to find out and how you can go about gathering the information: 

Topics: Job Search Process, Stress and the Job Search, CareerAdvice

How to Answer the 5 Most Common Interview Questions

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These tips will help you plan the right responses to the most frequently asked interview questions. [TWEET]

By Ashley Sanford

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Almost all interview questions asked by companies are structured in the same way.  Yet, many job applicants fail to take advantage of this well-known fact and prepare beforehand.

We understand that no amount of preparation will mimic the very real moment where a panel of suited-up strangers is eyeballing you dubiously. Nevertheless, if you know enough about the organization you have applied to and fully prepared yourself, the interview shouldn’t be a challenging part of the process.

Here are some of the most common questions asked in interviews and the best ways to answer them.

Topics: Interview, Job Search Process, Stress and the Job Search

4 Ways Corporate Refugees Can Become Their Own Bosses

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Interested in a progressive career change? Create success on your own terms with these methods . [TWEET]

By Anna Wilds 

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The U.S. Labor Department revealed that the unemployment rate fell in every state in 2015 for the first time in 30 years. The improving economy is making life for the job seeker a bit easier, but returning to the daily grind of a corporate 9 to 5 isn’t necessarily the right career move for every professional.

For many highly-qualified individuals who have been downsized from their previous place of employment, the recovering economy may be the perfect opportunity to begin again as a small business owner.

If you are a corporate refugee and want to explore the option of being your own boss, here are four viable ways to start your career as a small business owner.

Topics: Entrepreneur, Changing Careers, Professional Development