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    Choose Your Boss Not Your Job

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    When you go to a job interview, you get the chance to meet with the people you will potentially be working with and have an idea of the culture of the company. Therefore, it is very important to work with coworkers that you can connect with since you will be spending time with them at …

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    Do You Have a Plan B for Your Career?

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    Do You Have a Plan B for Your Career?

    You have probably been told that you should have a Plan B. What if something does not work out?

    How about having a Plan B for your career?

    I entered the job market in the 1970s when I expected to work for one employer for most …

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    How to Upgrade Your Resume, Part 3

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    Part 1 in this series discussed the importance of your resume passing the “15-Second Skim Test” and I shared suggestions to avoid being instantly rejected by recruiters and other humans. In Part 2, we began the process of walking through the typical professional or executive resume from top to bottom and discussed the header and (optional) objective sections.

    In this, Part 3, …

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    Fed Chair Yellen’s Job Market Remarks: A Recruiter’s Perspective

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    In remarks made recently to a Central Banking Conference meeting in Jackson Hole, WY, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen attributed at least some of the persistent unemployment/underemployment woes in today’s job market to the fact that the market continues to be “hampered” (emphasis mine) by the lingering effects of the Great Recession.

    A few of …

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    It’s Counterintuitive for Job Seekers

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    It would be interesting to review a few perceptions that job seekers have on issues stemming from feelings rather than from thinking. Such perceptions are based more on gut feelings rather than logic. Examples follow.

    The interview is about me.

    People feel good when asked to come in and interview, because they think the interview …

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    Writing a Perfect Resume Regardless of College Major

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    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard some variation of the phrase, “I majored in _______, therefore I feel my career options are limited.”

    That statement is not only illogical, but it couldn’t be further from reality.  Regardless of what it says on your degree, you could and should still relentlessly pursue your …

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    Does Your Personality Mesh with Your Career?

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    Personality Mesh with Your Career?

    Your personality is a key factor in finding happiness in your career. Unfortunately, when we make our initial career choices, we may ignore certain key traits or just focus on where we can make the most money.

    Kinetic Programmer

    I learned to program computers in high school in the early …

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    Six Tips for Using Social Media to Land a Job

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    According to Jobvite, an online recruiting platform that surveyed employer social media use in 2013, 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts and 78% of recruiters have made a hire through social media. However, many people use social media for personal reasons that can make it difficult to attract …

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    How to Upgrade Your Resume, Part 2

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    Having a full-time career coaching business for 12+ years, I have reviewed thousands of resumes and rewritten hundreds of professional and executive resumes. I believe I have seen all of the typical resume writing shortcomings. In this series of articles, I want to help you upgrade your resume to get better career and job search results.

    My earlier article examined Seven Reasons Your …

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    ‘Death by Interview’—What it can Cost YOUR Company

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    While the overall unemployment rate is definitely showing steady improvement, millions of men and women still are having trouble landing a job, or at least landing one in a timely manner. One primary reason for this is that some companies continue to drag out the entire interview process beyond any reasonable limits and then take …

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