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Simple Microsoft Word tricks to improve your resume

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09:00 AM

Start your job search on the right foot with a clean, easy-to-read resume. Here’s how to make it. [TWEET]

By Asante Jarvis

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Everyone knows that a strong resume can propel you ahead of the competition. However, even if you have the proper qualifications, arranging your information in a neat, organized format is still important. The clearer and more concise your resume, the better. Optimizing your resume to ensure cohesiveness is a necessary step if you want employers to actually read it and consider you for the position.

Topics: Resume

How networking groups can help you in your job search

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04:20 PM

If a few new friends could help you land a job, what's stopping you from joining a networking group? Utilize these simple tips for efficient, effective networking at events. [TWEET]

By Steven Zarch

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When it comes to securing your next job title, you cannot rely completely on your education, experience and skill set to win over the hiring manager and land you the position. There is often too much competition. 

To overcome this challenge, I always encourage job seekers to join networking groups and professional associations to align with industry leaders and hiring managers. Whether you are searching for your next job in the finance world, or something in the operations space, what sets many professional job seekers apart from the rest is corporate relationships and industry involvement – all possible to gain through valuable networking.

Topics: Networking

How the digital skills gap is hurting your job hunt

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11:00 AM

The only way to stay competitive in today's job market is to constantly be learning. Here's why - and how to get ahead. [TWEET]

By Jeff Fernandez

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What can damage the candidacy of an otherwise worthy applicant in today’s job market? A lack of solid digital skills.

Unfortunately, this lack of digital skills is the reality for an overwhelming majority of today’s workers. According to a poll by Harris Interactive, only one in 10 professionals consider themselves ‘very proficient’ with the digital tools they use every day. In many cases, the laborer is not fully to blame. Employee training has been lacking for decades, to the point where even President Obama has acknowledged its urgency, setting aside $600 million to offer more apprenticeships and technological training for future workers.

Topics: Professional Development

The layman's digital media glossary

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08:30 AM

Whether you’re considering a digital media-heavy career or just want to brush up on the latest lingo, this digital media glossary is worth a look. [TWEET]

By Jessica Reuben

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Digital media. You’ve heard about it, you’ve talked about it, you may even work in it. But what is “it,” and what are all of those confusing buzzwords that people throw around when discussing digital media. Without further ado, I present:

The (un)Official Digital Media Glossary of Terms: An Abridged Layman’s Term Guide to Some of the Most Frequently Used Digital Media Buzzwords. 

Topics: Professional Development

How to negotiate a raise or a promotion at your first job

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12:00 PM

Negotiating your first salary can be a scary process. Use these tips to enter into negotiations fully prepared and ready to get the compensation you deserve. [TWEET]

By Christopher Austin

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Negotiation is a delicate give-and-take process. To master the fascinating art of negotiation, job seekers must first understand that they may have to give something up to get something better in return. Easier said than done, you’re probably thinking. New grads in particular make the mistake of assuming their lack of experience can’t bring them more money. Of course, they’re wrong! No matter where you are in your career, here are some simple tips new grads – or anyone – can use to negotiate a raise or promotion.

Topics: Salary, New to the Workforce

Myths of the job hunt exposed

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02:00 PM

Do companies only hire overqualified candidates? Are cover letters really that important? Separate the facts from the fiction with these clarifications. [TWEET]

By Tina Jindal

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Every individual has a job-hunting strategy that they are proud of, along with a list of things a job seeker must never do. Some of it is good advice, and some of it is downright blasphemous. While certain myths of the trade are harmless, others are disastrous to the success of a job seeker. So how do you know which advice to disregard and which to embrace? Let’s expose 10 of the most common myths of the job hunt and offer some useful advice in its place.

Topics: Job Search Process

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