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    Do You Feel Like a Nobody?

    Nobody likes to be a nobody, but unfortunately, that’s what you are at the beginning of the job search process, provided you’ve just joined the ranks of those in transition. Those who are the decision makers about your future do not initially know anything about you, so you have the chance to impress them, and …

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    Gender Difference When Negotiating Salary

    For both genders, anxiety before the interview may be present, but studies show that women handle it better. Women adapt more proactively than men do. Women seek social support from colleagues and friends more than men do. And women are more prone to do mock interviews with those colleagues and friends more than men are. …

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    7 Tips to Improve Job Interviewing

    Job interviewing is an act. Yes, you are the actor, and both sides know the rules: You, who are one of the candidates for the position, are doing your best to convince the interviewer you are the ideal candidate. The interviewer, who is the audience, has choices, is an independent thinker and often skeptic, and …

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    What’s Important – Really Important In a Job Interview

    So, finally, the phone rings and the caller ID displays the name of a company you sent your résumé to. The caller is from the company’s human resources department and wants to schedule you for an in-person interview. Fantastic, this is music to your ears, but what now? Are you prepared? Do you have time …

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    Introductions Is Key for Employment

    This title is all about networking. When I take my walks, I observe groups of teenagers waiting at street corners for their school buses. Two things are common to these groups. The kids are not talking to each other, and the majority of them have their ears plugged with earbuds. They choose to live in …

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    Watch Out for Career Marketing Firms

    Someone in one of my job search networking groups asked me to evaluate a proposal he had received from a career marketing firm. He wanted my opinion because he knows I’m a career coach.

    His proposal cover letter opened with an aggressive tone heralding the fact that the firm was working with executives who were …

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    Three Justifications to Employ Older People

    The law says employers are not permitted to discriminate because they deem someone too old, yet employers do so every single day. How can they get away with it? The answer is, by thinking it but never talking about it or documenting it. When questioned, their answer is, It was not a good fit.

    There …

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    While In-Transition You Still Have a Brand

    More than ever, when you are in transition you should have a brand. Why? you ask. Because that is how you differentiate yourself and stand out from the proverbial crowd.

    Branding is not about what you like but about what employers like. Your branding statement—whether in writing, on the Internet, or spoken via your elevator …

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    When To Use The ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Pitch

    Job seekers often ask a question about when to use the tell-me-about-yourself pitch—like in an interview—and when to use the elevator pitch: like in a networking situation. The confusion arises because some people don’t understand the purpose or objective of each of the two pitches.

    How to properly answer when asked, “Tell me about yourself.”…

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    Who Is Really Deciding to Hire You or Not?

    Years ago, I had a large office in the Wall Street area with a personal secretary screening my phone calls, opening mail, taking dictation, and managing my calendar. Since then of course, the business world has changed. The next phase had executives sharing a pool of secretaries using floppy discs working on word processors. That …

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