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    How You Answer This ‘Warm-up’ Question May Leave You ‘Out-in-the-Cold’

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    At the beginning of virtually any job interview you will undoubtedly be asked what are commonly referred to as “warm-up” questions. For example, you might be asked, “Tell me why you think you might be the person for this job?” Or perhaps one like this: “Describe for me what you do in your current job.” …

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    Advanced Interviewing Tactics for the Recent Graduate

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    As a recent college graduate, if you want to interview at a higher level, you must approach your interactions with hiring managers in a methodical, mature manner. Part of this means understanding persuasion techniques as well as changing your pre-interviewing preparation habits.

    Over the course of the next few articles, I’ll discuss some tactics that …

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    Interview Horror Stories–Even When It’s Not Halloween

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    Each year as Halloween approaches, Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment business roll out the horror features that are always a staple at this time of the year. All of the “horror” stories, however, are hardly fictional or strictly limited to the movies and TV. Where the job interview process is concerned, there are …

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    How Universities Are Failing Their Graduates

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    Universities are failing their graduates in many ways. My purpose in addressing such topics is not to chastise higher education, which I don’t believe can be reformed, but rather to warn future educational consumers and help more recent graduates improve their odds of career success.

    Last week I attended a panel discussion on the impact …

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    If There’s No Work, What to Do Next?

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    Today’s weak economy has changed the psychology of hiring. During past weak economic times, companies might hire temps, and once the economy gained strength, permanent hiring ensued. We have not yet seen that pattern, and there are weak signs that it’s on its way. The situation has caused various and serious difficulties for most of …

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    5 Tips to Make the Right 1st Impression

    No matter what you are doing, as an entrepreneur, you are networking for the company you created. For that reason, you have to learn how to make a good first impression. You never know when the person you are talking to will be your next client or your next major contract.

    Here are five tips …

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    How Long Will My Job Search Take?

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    I am often asked, “How long will my job search take?”

    My answer is almost always, “It depends.”

    I work, primarily, with experienced professionals—which is code for those over 50 years of age.

    I tell them that a really short job search is three months. It takes almost three months for a company to decide …

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    How to Be More Persuasive at Work

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    Little is accomplished alone. To achieve complex goals, we often must rely upon the hard work and cooperation from those around us.

    Therefore, our ability to be persuasive will either further our capacity to lead a successful, lucrative career or it will greatly hinder our odds of achieving our full potential.

    By learning how to …

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    Want a Better Career? Smile More.

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    I have been leading a volunteer job seeker workshop for the past six years. My mission in this workshop is to help active job seekers improve their job interview effectiveness.

    By now, you are probably guessing that the first thing I tell the participants in my workshop is to smile more. This is also the …

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    What the Interviewer Wants to Know about You

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    Interviewers have a specific function to perform. They need to go through a selection process that identifies which one of the candidates called in for interviewing is the best one. But what does best mean in this context? What are the criteria involved in making this complex evaluation? After all, people are complex too, and …

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