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    8 Secrets of “Lucky” Job-Seekers

    Still looking for the four-leafed clover that will get you the job you’ve always wanted? If Lady Luck hasn’t been on your side lately, maybe it’s time to try a new approach. Contrary to popular belief, good luck doesn’t solely have to do with fate and the mysterious unfolding of the universe — according to several psychology study results, luck ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Company Made Me a Tentative Offer, Then Hired Someone Else

    Company Made Me a Tentative Offer, Then Hired Someone Else
    A reader writes: I have a question about what I should do after, I feel, I have been lied to in my job search. I applied for and was interviewed at a local university. During the interview I was unable to meet with the head of the department because she was recovering from a surgery. The next day they set up ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    8 Entry Level HR Positions Available Now

    Thinking about breaking into the exciting field of Human Resources? We've put together a list of entry level HR positions available NOW. All you have to do is apply! So polish your resume, get those business cards out, and start! Next Job: Go >> [page] 1. HR Analyst (Junior Level) Experience: 0 to 4 years Location: Various Company: Sparta, Inc. ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    HR Rejected Me, Interviewer Says Otherwise

    HR Rejected Me, Interviewer Says Otherwise
    A reader writes: I interviewed with a company about a month ago, and I'm not sure what the deal is with these people. I had an in-house interview on February 5th, and they initially told me it'd be a week or two before they made a decision. Everything seemed to have gone well and I felt like I had a good ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    36 Phone Interviews in 3 Days

    36 Phone Interviews in 3 Days
    A reader writes: I applied for an IT position at the university here and a week or so after the posting ended received a request for a phone interview, which I happily accepted. I was told to expect a 15-20 minute interview scheduled on the half hour. The interviewers called on schedule and quickly ran through their questions and gave me ...
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    Asking About a Different Position After Accepting The Job Offer

    Asking About a Different Position After Accepting The Job Offer
    A reader writes: I lost my job 5 months ago, and was recently hired to a position at a company I love. While researching the company during the interview process, there was a department I preferred to work in, but there were no openings in that department at the time. I did however interview for a position that I know I ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Company Stringing Me Along?

    Company Stringing Me Along?
    A reader writes: I interviewed with a company earlier this month and for the first time in the year I have been unemployed, I knew I completely killed it. I was myself, I clicked with the people, and the technical portions of the interview could not have gone any better. The next day, my feelings were confirmed when the head of ...
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    Your Professionally Written Resume is Tax Deductible

    Your Professionally Written Resume is Tax Deductible
    Gearing up to file your 2009 tax returns? So are millions of other Americans. Oddly we go from the cheer of the holidays, landing face first into one of the most stressful times for all of us: tax season. The 31 million of those who generated a limited income last year, or just couldn’t find work, are getting a “kind of” ...
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    Becoming a Consultant

    Becoming a Consultant
    I recently received a reader question about consulting: About 10 years ago, while living in the Midwest, I started my own HR consulting business.  I left it (kinda, it’s never been out of my mind) to take a “real” consultant job and move to Arizona.  I was laid off in last year and want to establish my business again.  I want ...
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    Tell My Manager I Have an Interview?

    Tell My Manager I Have an Interview?
    A reader writes: I've been with my current employer for just over 5 years and have a really great relationship with my boss. While I used to love my job, over the past year or so, I've started to lose interest and have started looking for another job. An opportunity presented itself in another city which I'm currently interviewing for. They ...
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    Is a Contract Position Worth the Risk?

    Is a Contract Position Worth the Risk?
    A reader writes: I am trying to decide if it is too risky to leave my current position for a better one that is a contract position. I'm currently underemployed. I'm making $30,000/yr less than I did before I was laid off, but at least I'm working in my field. I don't enjoy my job, my department is quite dysfunctional, and ...
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    The ABCs of Handshake Etiquette

    Ahh, the shaking of hands. It sounds simple enough: Two hands meet and greet and do a little shake. Easy, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, there are quite a few ways a handshake can go south. From an overly moist hand to a bone-crushing grip, handshakes come in all shapes and sizes — and only the best will hit the ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Never Write “To Whom It May Concern”

    Never Write “To Whom It May Concern”
    I’ve received cover letters with that opening line. I’ve received PR pitches with that same opening line. I’ve also received opening lines like: - Dear sirs - Dear sir or madam - Attn: personnel - Dear blogger or expert In every single one of these cases, these people wanted me to do something for them. Read their resume, give them an ...
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    Beware of Scams in the Job Hunt

    Beware of Scams in the Job Hunt
    In depressed job markets, where job hunters vastly outnumber job openings, there are people who try to profit at desperate job hunters' expense. There are "headhunters" who charge for access to a "hidden job market." There are Web pages that charge searchers to see "top-dollar" job opportunities. There are scam artists who present job offers that are attempts to steal your ...
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    Strip-Search Job Interview

    Strip-Search Job Interview
    A reader writes: After filling out an online application, I received an email from the (large and well-known) employer asking that I return to their career website to provide my date of birth, social security number, and driver's license number. They added that they will only use the information to begin a background check if I were to receive and accept ...
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    How Do You Survive Without a Job?

    How Do You Survive Without a Job?
    In the comments on a recent post, Kathy asked: Hi, I have a question that I do not mean with any snotty tone, whatsoever. I am truly curious because it's something I've always wondered: For those of you unemployed for lengthy periods of time, how do you survive? Did you have a large emergency fund built up? Do you tend to ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Before They Were Prez: Job Tips from Our Founding Fathers

    Presidents were once lowly employees too... Think Presidents have it easy with all of their Cabinet and appointed staff to do things for them? Well, life wasn’t always so sweet. They had to work their way up the career ladder to the White House too! Here are some examples of jobs they had before the Oval Office and tips that ...
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    How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

    How to Prepare for a Phone Interview
    I'm always amazed by how often I can tell that a candidate hasn't really prepared for a phone interview. Laziness aside, preparing takes a lot of the stress out of the experience and lets you answer the phone feeling confident and possibly even excited. Here's what I recommend you do to prepare. Ideally, you'd do this the night before. 1. Go ...
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    What to Expect in a Second Interview

    What to Expect in a Second Interview
    Good news: You’ve been invited back for a second interview. You did well on your first interview and followed up with a well thought-out thank-you letter. You are excited when you’re asked back to meet with the director, vice president and other team members, but you are also nervous. What can you expect? Do you feel you’ve already covered everything in ...
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    Power Dynamics in a Job Search

    Power Dynamics in a Job Search
    One of the many things that sucks for job seekers is the power differential that exists between job-seekers and employers. Because the employer has something you want and it's as important as money and possible career happiness, and because at times it feels like employers can wield their power arbitrarily, many people respond in a way that makes the job search ...
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Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?