How to Pass a Pre-Employment Assessment

How to Pass a Pre-Employment Assessment

If you’re actively job hunting at the time you’re reading this, you’re likely to run into at least one behavioral assessment during the interview process before landing your dream job. But what can an online test completed in 20 minutes tell employers about you? Learn what to expect in this interesting guest post from Stephanie McGuinn.

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How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

We talked with a long-time recruiter and a VP of hiring, both from a fast-growing startup company that has plans to hire over 50 people in the next year. As part of their hiring process, a phone interview is required right off the bat. According to them and other companies, less than 20% of candidates make it past the initial phone screen stage. We have some valuable insights that should help you beat those odds.

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Why losing your job is the best thing that can happen to you

Why losing your job is the best thing that can happen to you

My guest today is author and career coach Stephanie Brown. Her new book is called Fired: why losing your job is the best thing that can happen to you. Stephanie held senior roles at Nike before leaving to take a chance on a job at a smaller company, who subsequently fired her. Knowing that amazing jobs at companies like Nike are not advertised on the internet,she spent seven months hustling and sniffing out the best jobs in the city with her own unique networking strategy! She approached me about sharing this advice and experience with the CareerCloud audience.

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Biggest Mistakes Recruiters Make When It Comes to Interviews

Biggest Mistakes Recruiters Make When It Comes to Interviews

Everyone makes mistakes - even recruiters. Experience is not a safeguard since long-time recruiters may be complacent about the way they do things and fail to look for different methods of getting the most out of an interview. Before we begin, let's point out that there are two types of recruiters. The first is the salaried employee who works within the company. The second type of recruiter is the freelance headhunter who works to match job seekers with companies that are hiring. 

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First Day on the Job

First Day on the Job

B. S. Incorporated is a new book by Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss, recommended for fans of The Office and Office Space. Funny, insightful, and heartfelt, B.S., Incorporated is a feel-good story about people finding themselves and coming into their own while simultaneously skewering every aspect of life in Corporate America. It’s a book that anyone in the business world will get a huge kick out of… After all, every job contains a certain amount of B.S. Read an excerpt from the book.

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What’s Your Online Reputation Say About You? Your Facebook Profile Matters!

What’s Your Online Reputation Say About You? Your Facebook Profile Matters!

Unlike LinkedIn, Facebook is not classified as a “professional social network.” For the most part, it’s a freely social place—a spot online where you can stay in touch with friends, family members, significant others, and other personal connections through multiple channels. However, just because Facebook favors the personal rather than the professional doesn’t mean that it has no impact on your reputation. Many employers will search for employees and potential hires on Facebook, and some Facebook pages or posts can appear on a simple Google search of your name.

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15 Practical Tips to Find a Job in Another State

15 Practical Tips to Find a Job in Another State

Thinking about moving to another state but need to find a job first? Well so did we so we tapped out network and came up with these fifteen tips to help you job search from a distance. Special thanks to Mark Frietch, Sandy Charet, Donna Shannon, Laurence Stybel, and Joseph Terach for their contributions.

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A Quick and Easy Cover Letter Format That Works

A Quick and Easy Cover Letter Format That Works

It’s easy to overthink a cover letter with the idea that the hiring manager will scour the piece looking for clues about your qualifications. Often, hopeful applicants will jam a page (or more) with accomplishments in the hopes that the reader will be impressed by an expansive array of specific skills. However, according to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management, most readers look at your cover letter for less than 1 minute. That means they are scanning rather than reading.

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Overused terms you shouldn't use on your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn profile is a key digital identity that reflects your professional accomplishments. Thus, it shouldn’t just be a collection of most fancy words. Rather, it should tell the world about your job, skills, accomplishments and why you are good at what you do. Every year, LinkedIn analyzes top ten overused terms that you should avoid using in your profile. Following are the list of ten words for 2017 that you must avoid in your profile.

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1st Impressions: How much does what you look like, actually matter?

1st Impressions: How much does what you look like, actually matter?

In 2017, we wear our independence and our rights as a badge, we love to tout our support or criticisms of politics, pop culture and day to day occurrences. We live in a digital age where, let’s face it, perception is more so a reality than it was before. Nothing is safe. Your past is google-able. Your private life is on display across numerous social media platforms and your employment potential is affected by it all.

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Research on the Job Hunt: Why, What, and How

Research on the Job Hunt: Why, What, and How

It’s safe to say most students are aware they should research a company before they send in their applications or go through an interview, but the reality is many do only a cursory amount of research, and some do none at all. Researching your prospective employer is a must for today's job hunter. This article will clue you to how to conduct it.

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Job Relocation Tips for Moving to a New State

Job Relocation Tips for Moving to a New State

Trying to land a job in a new state adds a whole new level of difficulty to an already complicated process. Many people are unsure of how they can begin making contacts or what they will need to do if they are called in for an interview. While hunting for jobs in a different state can be challenging, it is not impossible with the proper planning.

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Start a Side Project

Start a Side Project

It’s spring time of your junior year in college, and tomorrow your school has its biggest career fair of the year. Your friends are preparing and printing off their resumes and cover letters. They are rehearsing their 60 second pitches and one of your friends asks you, “Which companies are you targeting to see tomorrow?” All of a sudden, you get a rush of anxiety not knowing exactly what you want to do after you graduate or where to start.

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Say Thanks Even If You Don't Get the Job

Say Thanks Even If You Don't Get the Job

Part of being a good job seeker is having good manners. Saying thank you after your initial interaction with employers is part of what you should be doing. Recently I was introduced to an entrepreneur named Ryan Lee. After subscribing to his newsletter he sent out the following message which I thought was a good lesson to share. Every job seeker can learn from this story.

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2017 Job Search Roundtable Podcast

2017 Job Search Roundtable Podcast

It’s time for another end of year job search roundtable where we discuss news and topics with some of our favorite career coach friends. Welcome back to the show Hannah Morgan (Career Sherpa) and Chris Fields (Resume Crusade) as we talk about the 2016 job market and what lies ahead for the new job hunting year.

 

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Networking Tips For Graduate Students

Networking Tips For Graduate Students

As you near the end of your graduate studies and plan to enter the workforce, one thing you cannot afford to forget is the art of networking. The better you build your network while you are still in school, the better you will be prepared for your experiences after it. To help you think through effective avenues to network and make relationships now,  here are some important tips to keep in mind.

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Employment gaps: what you should always tell employers!

Employment gaps: what you should always tell employers!

The truth! There should not be an article printed or advice received from a hiring manager that suggests anything contrary and here’s the reason why: you never have to chase or track down the truth. Lies will follow and haunt you so it’s best to be honest or quiet. We have all experienced some form of an employment gap whether it was due to a lack of previous experience, being a student or separation from an employer. These things are natural occurrences and nothing to be ashamed of. No matter, the reason, be honest and if you cannot be honest, omit.

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How to Manage Your Online Reputation

How to Manage Your Online Reputation

In most of the developed world, a significant part of professional networking is done online. There are a variety of apps, social media sites, and other channels that you can use to build your reputation. With so many channels of access for potential employers, colleagues, and friends, it’s important to be intentional about how your online actions portray you. When it comes to your career, you want that reputation to be trustworthy and professional. 

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