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


    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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    4 Tips To Ace Your Next Phone Interview


    Phone interviews are becoming more common as companies use that as a way to screen candidates without having to spend the time or money having a face-to-face meeting. Because of that, job candidates have to ace the phone interview if they want to get to the next level of the hiring process.

    The phone interview …

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    Interviewing with an Uneducated Interviewer

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    The Uneducated Interviewer

    You have likely encountered the uneducated interviewer! It is my claim that most hiring managers have never been trained to interview candidates.

    I just finished reading Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street. This book is the bible on how to interview for A players.

    They chronicle ten different interview styles of …

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    Increasing Your Concentration to Improve Interviewing Performance

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    The ability to focus at will allows an individual to sell themselves more effectively during interviews, to set aside destructive thoughts when engaging with hiring managers and ultimately to pursue career goals with more vigor and accuracy.

    Attention allows us to retrieve pertinent information from our memory, evaluate an event or hiring manager’s mood, then …

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    Want to Improve? Know Your Strengths

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    We’ve all struggled to overcome something we don’t like about ourselves. Why is it so hard to change a single bad habit? The tabloids have talented and famous people splashed across their headlines who’ve  had their careers destroyed by bad habits.  Are we all impatient or lazy? Why do we struggle so hard to change …

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