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    Why Bother with a Thank-You Letter?

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    Many years ago, in the pre-e-mail era, I snail-mailed my thank-you letter after an interview and was told later by the director of human resources that my thank-you letter was the decisive factor in the company’s offering me the job.

    As a career coach, I frequently guide people through such job seekers’ dilemmas. Many of …

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    My Qualifications Are Perfect But Still No Offer

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    The moment a job seeker gets notified to come in for an interview, the person’s personality, mood, energy level, and enthusiasm change radically. Such changes are common and logical because the first obstacle to being selected has been hurdled. “Oh, what a relief it is,” like the old Alka-Seltzer commercial used to say. But then, …

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    Social Media Mistakes Candidates Make During Job Search

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    Social media can both advance and hinder your career depending on how you use it. Most of the recruiters admit that they look at candidates’ social media profiles before making their decision. Therefore, you have to be careful about how you use social media and who can see your posts. You probably don’t want to …

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    The Foundation of Charismatic Interviewing

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    The most effective interviewees know how to engage a hiring manager or recruiter with candid, interesting conversation. There is a charisma and confidence to them that draws others into their way of thinking.

    Their influential abilities resonate throughout both their professional and personal life. This includes those with whom they interview.

    Specifically, charismatic interviewees are …

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    How to Answer “Why Do You Want To Work Here?”

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    It’s one of the most common interview questions out there (rather unsurprisingly) and is almost universally used as an interview icebreaker. It’s a natural question, of course; hiring managers want to work out whether you’re a good fit.

    It may seem like a fairly straightforward starter, after all you have probably already thought about why …

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    How to Use Personality Tests in Your Job Search

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    Searching for a job — including studying and preparing for a job — can be a difficult task. For every person who has known they wanted to be a fireman or nurse since they were five years old, there are many more who need help honing in on a career. They also need some guidance …

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    Bad Hires Are Expensive

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    Bad hires are expensive  based on an interesting survey performed by CareerBuilder revealed that 41 percent of companies estimate that a bad hire costs more than $25,000; 25 percent of companies said a bad hire costs more than $50,000. And the higher the position, the higher those numbers become. Besides such costs, which are extraordinarily …

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    So, How Did Your Interview Go?

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    In several of my previous blogs, I alluded to the known fact of the huge disconnect between a candidate and an interviewer(s). The candidate has been preparing for this major event for a while—and with fervor—and anticipates that the event will result in a job offer. This is the interview that could change the candidate’s …

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    How to Answer “Have you Ever Been Fired?”

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    Being fired or “let go” from a job is not necessarily something you bring up in discussion with people or want to talk about, especially if your next employer is the one asking the question. However, you’re going to have to face the facts that during the interview process you’ll be asked about the gap …

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    15 Questions Every Sales Professional Should Be Prepared To Answer

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    Each year, more sales professionals lose potential employment opportunities because they are ill prepared for the interview than they do for any other reason – that includes being unqualified, unintelligent or incapable.

    As a sales candidate, chances are that you have great ideas and a clear vision. Unfortunately, if you can’t convey that vision in …

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