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    Six Interview Tips for Career Changers

    Six Interview Tips for Career Changers
    It takes courage to interview for a lateral career change, whether you’re a journalist moving into marketing communications or a CPA internal auditor making the transition to financial planning. After all, you’ve got to hard-sell your transferable skills while showing that if you get the job, you’ll know how to go about filling your gaps in professional experience. So we’d like ...
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    3 Ways to Stop Undermining Yourself at Work

    3 Ways to Stop Undermining Yourself at Work
    From time to time, you may undermine yourself on the job with your behavior. This form of self-sabotage not only prevents you from performing at your full potential, but also gives colleagues and customers an opportunity to think less of you as an individual and professional. With self-awareness, determination and practice, you can minimize these negative behaviors. Try this three-step process. ...
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    5 Ways to Make Any Job Less Stressful

    5 Ways to Make Any Job Less Stressful
    Stress is inevitable. But the debilitating strain of chronic work stress is not, even if you're in an inherently stressful profession. In fact, learning to manage your stress is likely to improve your career, according to career coach Julie Jansen, the author of "You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying, and Successful Work Life--No Matter ...
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    How to Disagree with Your Boss Without Getting Fired

    How to Disagree with Your Boss Without Getting Fired
    You're at your weekly staff meeting, and you've just presented your brilliant idea on how to boost productivity and save money. But then your boss shoots down your idea with a vague reason or two. You know you're right and your boss is wrong. So should you remain quiet or stand up for your idea? Joseph Grenny, a coauthor of "Crucial ...
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    Steer Clear of Interviewers' Pet Peeves

    Steer Clear of Interviewers' Pet Peeves
    You sit facing the interviewer, feeling like things are moving along nicely when all of a sudden the interview takes a drastic turn for the worse. What just happened? You may have hit one of the interviewer's pet peeves, one of those things that automatically triggers a negative response. Here are seven of the most common peeves provided by experienced interviewers, ...
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    5 Surefire Ways to Make Employers Come to You

    5 Surefire Ways to Make Employers Come to You
    Utilizing job listings, networking with people in your industry (and in other industries), and applying to companies you want to work at--these are all great ways to go after a job. But how can you make employers and recruiters come after you? We asked Career Rocketeer's Chris Perry, a career-search and personal-branding expert, for five self-promotion tips. Here's what he advises ...
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    Race, Sex, and Religion on Your Resume

    Race, Sex, and Religion on Your Resume
    You're probably aware that hiring managers cannot ask discriminatory questions during interviews. But this legal protection isn't too useful in preventing discrimination before the interview. If your resume contains personal information unrelated to your job target -- your race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc. -- you might fall victim to discrimination, even if you're qualified for the position. Your resume ...
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    How to End a Job Interview

    How to End a Job Interview
    In preparing for a job interview, you've probably practiced a firm (but not too firm) handshake, rehearsed answers to tough questions about your background, and polished up your lucky interview shoes. But many job hunters overlook a crucial part of the interview process: the very end. As you finish an interview, you have one last chance to sell the interviewer on ...
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    Dressing for the Interview, by Industry

    Dressing for the Interview, by Industry
    There's no getting around it: In every job interview, you're going to be judged -- at least partially -- by how you look. But how you should look varies depending on your industry and the job you're interviewing for. Take a look at general interview attire expectations for eight career areas: Technology "If you're applying for a technical position, you won't ...
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    3 Attention-Getting Tactics for Cover Letters

    3 Attention-Getting Tactics for Cover Letters
    Hiring managers and recruiters can receive hundreds--or even thousands--of applications for each open job. Typically, they can spend only a few seconds scanning a candidate's cover letter before moving on to somebody else's. So if you're looking for a job, your cover letter has to capture a reader's attention right away. Career coach Evelyn Salvador, the author of the recently released ...
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    5 Ways to Keep a Conversation Rolling

    5 Ways to Keep a Conversation Rolling
    It happens to the best of us: we’re talking to someone we’ve just met, and the conversation is stalling. We don’t know where to take it, how to keep it going and the silence is making us feel awkward. Although in the grand scheme of things, these moments are meaningless, they can be quite a burden for you when they happen. ...
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    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume

    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume
    Career experts are unanimous on the importance of customizing our resumes for each new job we apply for. But for many of us, when it comes to revising our resumes, the first question is "How?" It's easy to get stuck in rut when you're working with material you know so well. So here are some ways to take a fresh look ...
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    3 Essential Keys When Asking for a Favor

    3 Essential Keys When Asking for a Favor
    From small favors (“Could you cover for me on the conference call tomorrow?”) to the more onerous (“Can you please introduce me to your contact at Nike?”), we are all in the habit of asking one another for help. Keith Ferrazzi’s bestselling Never Eat Alone highlighted our personal interconnectivity at home and at work. It’s human nature: we rely on our ...
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    Resumes for a Digital Age

    Resumes for a Digital Age
    When you're applying for a job, you work hard to make sure your resume will command the attention of the first person who reads it. But it's increasingly likely that the first reader of your resume won't be a person at all. Inundated with hundreds—or thousands—of resumes for some positions, many companies are using technology to streamline resume screening. "Any time ...
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    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact

    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact
    Whether you're looking for a job or trying to advance your career, networking is very important (in a recent HotJobs poll, 57 percent of respondents said that networking was a factor in landing their most recent job). And networking shouldn't end when you log off of LinkedIn or head home from a conference. Valuable contacts are on the perimeter of your ...
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    Overqualified? 6 Tips to Shed the Label

    Overqualified? 6 Tips to Shed the Label
    In a tight job market midcareer professionals often consider openings that are less lucrative and less prestigious than their last job. Sometimes employers are glad to hire seasoned workers at a bargain, but others dismiss the candidate as "overqualified." What's behind the overqualified label is an employer's fear that if you're hired, you'll be searching for a better job before you ...
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    Do Your Research Before a Job Interview

    Do Your Research Before a Job Interview
    You hear it all the time from career experts: "Research the company before you go into a job interview." But what does that mean, exactly? Here are some tips on using the Internet and tapping your network to gain information and insight that'll improve your answers--and help you ask the right questions. The company's mission Your prospective employer's Web site is ...
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    Answers to the "What Did You Like Least About Your Last Job?" Question

    Answers to the "What Did You Like Least About Your Last Job?" Question
    "What did you like least about your last job?" is something of a trap in a job interview, because it's asking you for a negative answer. If you haven't given the subject some thought, you may blurt out something about your boss or the company, and talk yourself right out of a job. One of the purposes of this interview question ...
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    The Temp Commandments

    The Temp Commandments
    Every business day, almost 3 million Americans, many of them college students and new college graduates, go out on short-term work assignments as temporary employees. Few, however, make it the rewarding experience it can be, for both themselves and their employers. Here are 10 tips to do just that: 1. Thou Shall Accept Various Assignments If you, like many college students ...
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    How to Overcome the Fear of Success

    How to Overcome the Fear of Success
    I've got a problem. At least, I used to. Success freaked me out. I thought I wanted to be successful, but I really didn't. Oh, I'd think a lot about wanting to make more out of my life, to do something that filled me with passion and excitement, but I never bit the bullet and did it. You know why? I ...
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