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    15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

    1. Why do you want to work in this industry? Bad answer: "I love to shop. Even as a kid, I spent hours flipping through catalogs." Don't just say you like it. Anyone can do that. Focus instead on your history with that particular industry, and if you can, tell a success story. Good answer: "I've always loved shopping, but my ...
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    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions

    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions
    Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list and plan your answers ahead of time so you’ll be ready to deliver them with confidence. [widget:536] 1. What Are Your Weaknesses? This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by ...
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    6 Sloppy Speech Habits to Avoid

    You may look good on paper or in your suit, but if you're looking to nail your big interview, looks aren't everything. How you sound is often more important. But many job seekers let careless speech habits sink their chances of landing that plum job. The Bottom Line: You don't have to study elocution to speak well. Simply slow down, ...
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    6 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence

    6 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence
    This past weekend I attended a professional development conference for business and life coaches. Each of the speakers focused on a different topic, and each spoke in a different style. Some used PowerPoint slides while others spoke without notes. Some were very polished while others were rough around the edges. Sitting in the audience, I was struck by something they all ...
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    Top 10 Common Resume Blunders

    Top 10 Common Resume Blunders
    Make sure your resume is in top-notch shape by avoiding the top 10 resume blunders: 1. Too Focused on Job Duties Your resume should not be a boring list of job duties and responsibilities. Go beyond showing what was required and demonstrate how you made a difference at each company, providing specific examples. When developing your achievements, ask yourself: • How ...
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    How to Use Social Networking Sites to Market Yourself

    How to Use Social Networking Sites to Market Yourself
    Do you need more exposure for your business? Do you want ways to connect quickly with many people? Then social networking is for you! Many entrepreneurs, like myself, are on social network sites like Excelle.com. The opportunity to expose our business is there, but do we understand how to use it to grow? Web 2.0 has greatly changed the face of ...
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    Top 25 Cities for Your Career

    Top 25 Cities for Your Career
    Now more than ever, it’s important to get the best bang for your buck. And there’s no question about it — when it comes to value, not every U.S. city is created equally. Why chase a great salary if your rent swallows most of it, unemployment is skyrocketing and you spend two hours a day just to get to and from ...
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    Don't Sell Yourself Short: You, Too, Are an Expert

    I love reading Sara Pennypacker’s “Clementine” books to my girls because I laugh out loud at the antics and musings of this spunky third grader. But while Clementine is amusing, I wasn’t expecting her perspective in “The Talented Clementine” to resonate with me. I mean, come on, it’s been 30 years since I’ve been a third grader! But in this book, ...
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    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"

    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"
    In most job-filling situations, the employer has the luxury of choosing from several well-qualified applicants, all of whom could probably do the job. That's when the little things, like the common but often unrecognized mistakes described here, almost always come into play. Make sure you avoid them, so they don't cost you a shot at the job. h4. *1. Using a ...
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    5 Signs Your Résumé Is Passé

    5 Signs Your Résumé Is Passé
    The workplace is not what it was five years ago. Neither is the job hunt. The most successful candidates are those who are ready and willing to adapt to a changing landscape. But it doesn’t matter how ready you are for the modern workplace if your résumé’s straight out of 1994. And sometimes, it's the most minute details that make all ...
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    10 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable

    Don't just sit there, basking in your continued employment... Phew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your company has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you're one of the lucky ones. Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable -- yet. But instead of sitting ...
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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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    9 Questions That Will Impress Your Interviewer

    9 Questions That Will Impress Your Interviewer
    The landscape for job seekers today is more treacherous than at any other time in recent memory. In other words, if you want a job today, the hard work starts when you prepare for the interview. That means not just nailing the questions you are asked, but actually asking the kinds of questions designed to make the interviewer sit up and ...
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    Lessons from the Rejection Jar

    Lessons from the Rejection Jar
    Throughout high school and most of college I kept a "rejection jar," which I stuffed with the scraps of every "we're sorry to inform you" note I'd ever received and sometimes even quotes from particularly harsh or dismissive critics I'd encountered. My volleyball coach, for instance, used our one-on-one post-season wrapup simply to tell me I was the weakest athlete the ...
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    4 Ways to Find a Job in This Economy

    4 Ways to Find a Job in This Economy
    Whether you are currently working and are looking to make a change, or you’ve lost your job and are eager to get back into the workforce, this is a challenging economic climate. You can find a job, but you need to do things that your peers are not. Let me share with you four things that will help you stand out: ...
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    5 Cover Letters That Worked

    We talk about them all the time: cover letters. We share general tips, explore best practices, and warn of the most common cover letter mistakes. What we haven't done is give you specific examples of real cover letters that worked. Until now! Excelle has tracked down five cover letters that helped job seekers land an interview. Sometimes, they even got ...
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    10 Ways to Make Your Interviewer Love You

    10 Ways to Make Your Interviewer Love You
    By Not Just The Kitchen for Divine Caroline The dreaded job interview. No matter your resume and talents if you mess this up you won’t get that job. In today’s tough economy you need every possible edge. It can be a simple equation: You want to be liked—not hated. Here are ten simple things to do that will dramatically increase your ...
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    How to Use Social Media to Ramp Up Your Business

    How to Use Social Media to Ramp Up Your Business
    Social media will be of paramount importance to any new internet business’ success in today’s connected world, and that’s a check under the ‘pro’ column for us home-based female entrepreneurs. Women are at home in the social networking landscape. We are forging relationships and entering into conversations with others as if they were likely to join us for lunch the next ...
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    So You Want to Be a Writer ...

    So You Want to Be a Writer ...
    I've been getting a lot of emails lately from women who identify with some of my articles at High-AchievingWomen.com and here on Excelle The emails take two forms: that either I'm living their dream of being a writer, or that their lifelong dream is to be a writer. It started me thinking ... what is a writer? Actually, the answer is ...
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    5 Ways to Prepare for Job Loss Before It Happens

    5 Ways to Prepare for Job Loss Before It Happens
    I’ll never forget my first day back at work after my honeymoon. The company president’s secretary said that he wanted to sit down and talk to me. I was completely confused. All I could think was, “Why does he want to talk to me? Maybe to give me a wedding present?!” Yeah, some wedding present. It turned out he had decided ...
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