Helpful Articles for Jobseekers

11 Tips for Negotiating Your Next Job Offer

Don’t shy away from negotiating elements of the job offer that are important to you. You never know what the outcome will be unless you ask. But let’s be clear about something; negotiating cannot begin until there is a job offer on the table. READ MORE

How to Nail Every Type of Interview

Technology has undoubtedly changed the format of the job search. We send emails as cover letters, format tweets as resumes, and “connect” to potential employers through whatever online service will work. But once job seekers get those employers’ attention, they face the most important part of the process: the interview.

The basic goals of all interviews are the same — impress the interviewer, show that you would be a good fit for the company, and find out if the job is right for you. Interviewees, though, don’t get to choose the format of the interview and may find themselves in an unfamiliar situation. There are a growing number of types of interviews that job seekers might encounter, and each requires different techniques for success. READ MORE

7 Questions Great Candidates Ask

At the end of the interview when you, the interviewer, ask the candidate, “Do you have any questions for us?” it’s often hard to know what to expect. Will the candidate ask a couple of superficial questions just to be polite, or will he or she ask deep, probing questions?

If a candidate appears to be simply going through the motions at this point, this is often a sign of a candidate who is not fully engaged with your brand and the hiring process. On the other hand, a candidate who probes and asks questions of substance is a more engaged candidate. The person is trying to form a picture of your business to see if it is the right cultural fit, job fit, technical fit and career fit for him or her. This more discerning approach is likely to be taken by the best candidates. But, what questions are these more engaged candidates likely to ask and how should you respond? READ MORE

10 Reasons Happy People Get More Job Opportunities

I really enjoyed Gretchen Rubin’s recent post on LinkedIn where she challenged readers to quiz themselves as to whether they make others happy. For me, it validated why being a happy person, and subsequently, drawing others in with your positive attitude, is one of the reasons “happiness magnets” get the best jobs.

A simple review of her quiz points out 10 reasons being a happiness magnet will help you in your job search: READ MORE

Ask The Headhunter: The Talent Shortage Myth and Why HR Should Get Out of the Hiring Business

When HR personnel are put in charge of hiring new employees, they often rely on database searches, keywords and collecting stacks and stacks of resumes. Headhunting expert Nick Corcodilos says these may not be the most effective strategies to find the right person for the job. READ MORE

Spring Clean Your Resume!

So you’ve cleaned your closet, maybe your inbox, and you’re feeling pretty good about your spring cleaning. But before you wash your hands and congratulate yourself — pull out your resume, and take a look at it (whether or not you’re looking for a job right now).

You see, your resume is a lot like a closet. At least once a year, it needs a good cleaning. That includes taking a look at what you’ve got and determining what to keep, what to get rid of, and what to emphasize. Then, after all the unwanted items are cleaned out, you can add in new information to create a resume that’s current, relevant, and appealing. Just like your closet, if you don’t clean and update it regularly, it’s only going to be worse later. … READ MORE

Don’t Fear Change…

The Secret To Changing Your Career

Have you ever thought about trying something new, changing your career, or making a switch in your current job, and then immediately said to yourself: “Oh – but I could never do that.”

The reasons you have are many: Your mortgage (or rent) payment. The economy. You’re worried about your kids. This isn’t a good time. Your current job isn’t too bad, so why rock the boat?  READ MORE


Interviewing at its most basic form…

These 3 little words mean so much…

3 Words That Create Instant Credibility

Being a know-it-all is a great way to make people question your common sense.  When it comes to credibility-building, the three most powerful words in the English language are: “I don’t know.”...READ MORE

Avenues to Better Yourself…Web’s full of ’em

Click for Career Enhancement

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