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How To Answer Interview Questions, Part 2

Written by on March 3, 2014 in Blog, Inferno Publishing, Interviews with 0 Comments
How To Answer Interview Questions, Part 2

How To Answer Interview Questions Tell Me About Yourself This is an almost universal question, but the problem is that you never know why they’re asking it or what they expect to hear. Many people think the interviewer just wants to hear your answer. Unfortunately, a lot of times this question is asked because the […]

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Top Ten Interview Mistakes

Written by on February 24, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Inferno Publishing, Interviews with 0 Comments
Top Ten Interview Mistakes

Interview Mistakes I took a poll of several hundred human resource and hiring managers and asked their opinion on what the ten worst interview mistakes were. The following were the answers. I was surprised by a few of them, and some of the ones I would have included didn’t make it to this list, but […]

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Should You Include Months on a Resume

Written by on February 17, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes, Uncategorized with 18 Comments
Should You Include Months on a Resume

We’re going to talk about the dates on your resume. Many of the problems I see with resumes stems from people not knowing what to do and how to list them. Near the end we’ll get to the big question—should you include months on a resume? Dates I like talking about nothing more than dates. […]

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Resume Advice

Written by on February 9, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Resume Advice

Resume Advice I’m often asked for advice regarding resumes, cover letters, interview techniques, references…just about anything related to careers, but most of the questions deal with resumes. The questions are usually simple ones: • How do I cut it down to two pages? • Is this a good resume? • How can I improve it? […]

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How To Answer Interview Questions—Part 1

Written by on January 31, 2014 in Blog, Inferno Publishing, Interviews with 0 Comments
How To Answer Interview Questions—Part 1

How To Answer Interview Questions—Part 1 You never know what questions an interview team might ask you, but some questions seem to consistently pop up, regardless of the job or the company. I thought in this series of posts we’d cover them one by one. The key to answering interview questions is all about understanding […]

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How To Write A Great Resume

Written by on January 25, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
How To Write A Great Resume

How To Write A Great Resume I realize there are many options when it comes to writing a resume, but I’m not talking about any old resume; I’m talking about a great resume. There are a lot of requirements for producing a document like that, but in this post we’re only dealing with one—specifics. What […]

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Be Wary of Interview Warts

Written by on January 20, 2014 in Blog, Interviews with 2 Comments
Be Wary of Interview Warts

It’s Not All About Them Anymore Much of the advice you’ll find in books and on the Internet warns candidates that the interview process is all about the company. I disagree. The resume process is about the company, and everything else is until you get the interview. Once you have an interview arranged, the process […]

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3 Reasons Not to Negotiate Your Own Job Offer

Written by on January 13, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Interviews, jobs with 8 Comments
3 Reasons Not to Negotiate Your Own Job Offer

How To Negotiate A Job Offer Getting a job offer is no easy task. Assuming that you’re selective about the kind of work you do, the first order of business is to find a company with a job opening that suits you. Once that feat is accomplished, you have to write a resume—preferably one that’s […]

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The Resume-Screening Monster

Written by on January 6, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
The Resume-Screening Monster

How To Keep Your Resume Out of the Trash This post is about a resume-screening monster. I’m sure many of you aren’t familiar with them, or at least you think you’re not. But if you’ve applied for jobs in the past ten years, I’m certain you’ve run across one or two. I’m not implying that […]

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Does Your Resume Make You Look Guilty?

Written by on December 16, 2013 in Blog, Resumes with 0 Comments
Does Your Resume Make You Look Guilty?

Does Your Resume Make You Look Guilty? If you’re using a functional resume, you might be starting out the job search process with two strikes against you. Most recruiters and gatekeepers despise functional resumes. The consensus is that if a person uses a functional resume they are hiding something. Using a functional resume is like […]

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You Keep Using That Word…

Written by on December 9, 2013 in Blog, Grammar, Misused Words, Uncategorized, Writing with 0 Comments
You Keep Using That Word…

A lot of writing, whether or not it’s books or, especially formal business writing, has become excessively bloated, quite pretentious, and very confusing. It has been heavily bogged down with redundancies, and it seems to be quickly getting much worse. Whoa! I hope you made it this far, because if it had been me reading […]

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Should You Ask For Introductions on Linked in?

Written by on December 2, 2013 in Blog, Careers, Networking with 0 Comments
Should You Ask For Introductions on Linked in?

Should You Ask For Introductions on Linked in? This is a tough question, and the answer is—it depends on the relationship you have with the person. I have a statement at the bottom of my profile that lists my policy. It would be great if everyone did. Here’s mine: I don’t forward requests from people […]

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The 10-Second Resume Rule: Truth or Bullshit?

Written by on November 25, 2013 in Blog, Resumes with 0 Comments
The 10-Second Resume Rule: Truth or Bullshit?

The 10-Second Resume Rule: Truth or Bullshit? It seems as if every other month someone is writing an article on the “10-second” rule of resume screening—that you only have 10 seconds to get the recruiter or the gatekeeper’s attention. I even mention it in my book, No Mistakes Resumes. I don’t like the way it’s […]

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Two-Dollar Words Make You Look Like An Ass

Written by on November 18, 2013 in Blog, Grammar, Misused Words, resume tips, Writing with 12 Comments
Two-Dollar Words Make You Look Like An Ass

Two-Dollar Words Many people think that the bigger the word you use the better it sounds. They seem to equate the number of syllables, or scarcity of word usage to sounding scholarly. What these people don’t understand is that the trick is not to find the biggest word, but the word that works best in […]

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How To Get Rid Of A Resume Killer

Written by on November 11, 2013 in Blog, resume tips with 2 Comments
How To Get Rid Of A Resume Killer

Resume Killer What Are The Biggest Resume Killers? Resumes are complicated—at least that’s what many people think. But in reality, they are one of the simplest documents to write. Despite being simple, a lot of resumes from qualified people end up in the trash. Why? Sometimes it’s a single item, at other times it’s a […]

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7 Steps To A Winning Phone Interview

Written by on November 4, 2013 in Blog, Careers, Interviews with 0 Comments
7 Steps To A Winning Phone Interview

7 Steps To A Winning Phone Interview Many interviews are preceded by a phone screen, which seems friendly, but don’t be lulled into complacency. A phone interview is not a friendly chat; it’s a process to eliminate you. You need to prepare for it just like you would an onsite interview. If the company is […]

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3 Things Every Resume Should Have

Written by on October 28, 2013 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
3 Things Every Resume Should Have

3 Things Every Resume Should Have If you want to make a difference on your resume, a real difference, make sure to include these three things. The items I’m talking about are these: #, $, %. The symbols don’t have to be on there but what they represent should. Not every resume will have them, […]

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25 Impact Words For Your Resume

Written by on October 21, 2013 in Blog, Careers, Grammar, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
25 Impact Words For Your Resume

25 Impact Words For Your Resume (Most of this is an excerpt from one of the chapters in my book, No Mistakes Resumes.) Your resume should be filled with impact words. Words can be very powerful. Think of the emotions some of these simple statements generate: “I love you.” “I hate you.” “You are so […]

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Are Your References Killing You?

Written by on October 14, 2013 in Blog, Careers, jobs, Reference Checks with 0 Comments
Are Your References Killing You?

Are Your References Killing You? Imagine you’ve gotten through the first few steps of the hiring process, and now you’re at the gates, ready to get an offer. All that’s left is for you to pass the reference check process. But that’s a piece of cake, you think. You’ve got great references. All I can […]

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Does A Headhunter Need To Know My Salary?

Written by on October 7, 2013 in Blog, Careers, Headhunters, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Does A Headhunter Need To Know My Salary?

Should I Tell A Headhunter My Salary? This question often brings strong opinions, on both sides of the fence. I’ve seen advice stated firmly for and against, and I’ve seen some of the experts waffle on the issue. If you’ve followed this blog for long, or you’ve read my resume book, you know I don’t […]

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