Pre/Post Interview Articles

The Importance of Career Networking

The importance of career networking shouldn't be discounted when you are in the midst of a job search. In fact, career networking should become a part of your daily work and career-related endeavors. Your career network should be in place for when you need it, both for job searching and for moving along the career ladder. Since you never know when you might need it, it makes sense to have an active career network, even if you don't need it today.

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6 reasons recruiters say they’ll toss your resume in the trash

Most professionals nowadays know that a clear (and proofread) resume can help them move along during the job application process. But what if you think you submitted the most perfectly edited resume with loads of experience and you still don’t make the cut?

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What words should you never say when being interviewed for a job?

Here are a few that are considered “red flag words” by interviewers. Avoid these because these words don’t do you any favors. I’ve listed alternatives to use instead! https://bit.ly/2BrqLt4

13 body language blunders that can make you look bad

 Our bodies have a language of their own, and their words aren’t always kind. Your body language has likely become an integral part of who you are, to the point where you might not even think about it.

 

 

If that’s the case, it’s time to start, because you could be sabotaging your career.  https://bit.ly/2Mj1wy6

6 phrases (and 6 words) you should never include in a cover letter

 

 

 

 It goes without saying that you always want to present yourself in the best possible light when you’re job searching. From how you structure your resume to what you say during a job interview, it all counts towards (and against) you during the selection and hiring process. But knowing what to say — or not say — in your cover letter is particularly important. Use the right wording, and you’re golden. Write the wrong thing, and your entire job application can get pitched in the “thanks, but no thanks” pile.

 

 

 

 

Read on for these words and phrases that you should never include in your cover letter. https://bit.ly/2vhNtgV

 

 

 

 

 

Survey: This is the most annoying thing coworkers do at work — and it’s probably happened to you

 

 

 

 

 

 

The worst things your coworkers can possibly do at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

When coworkers act like this, employees say they feel “the most discomfort.”  https://bit.ly/2mA97ct

Boost your chances of getting hired with one simple thing

Just a quarter of entry-level job applicants typically sent a thank-you note after completing a job interview in 2017, according to iCIMS’ Class of 2018 Jobs Outlook report. iCIMS is a global talent acquisition software company.

It might seem as dated as flip phones but sending a thank-you letter is critical, said Vicki Salemi, a career expert at Monster.com in New York.

“There is no reason in this day and age why you’re not sending a thank-you note,” Salemi says. Do it immediately when you get home or within 24 hours. https://cnb.cx/2Ld6XO1

How to use the first five minutes of networking to impress

That’s why, in the first five minutes of any conversation, the smartest networkers do what no one expects: they only ask questions.

Yep, the best small talkers play the role of reporter and ignore their own back-stories. How? They use the six most powerful words in networking. I include two of those “powerful” words in bold down below. https://bit.ly/2HJthwV

 

7 types of words you need to stop capitalizing

Capitalization matters. When you handle upper and lowercase words like a pro, it shows poise, smarts and maturity. Proper capitalization is one more way to distance yourself from the competition (just like a storytelling cover letter).

Here are seven types of words we need to stop capitalizing. https://bit.ly/2JUSR0e

Here’s how to make the salary expectations question work for you

During the job interview process, you should have three ideas about compensation clear in your mind before you get the salary expectations question: what’s realistically at the upper end of your range, an amount that you’d accept, and a pay level that you’d decline. You should write these down for your own reference early in the process before the heat of salary negotiations begins to warp your expectations in ways you might not expect.

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6 reasons recruiters say they’ll toss your resume in the trash

Most professionals nowadays know that a clear (and proofread) resume can help them move along during the job application process. But what if you think you submitted the most perfectly edited resume with loads of experience and you still don’t make the cut?

It turns out that there are plenty of smaller mistakes that make recruiters reconsider adding you to the “yes” pile. Six of them weighed in on the problems they see with resumes all the time that keep applicants from getting ahead. https://bit.ly/2JPUtIl

 

6 keys to declutter your resume right now

Common wisdom tells us to limit all the important information on our resume to a single page, while highlighting job experience and random factoids. But what about that series of McJobs, or the unfortunate gig that ended really (really) badly? Is it considered smart to leave those out of an updated CV, or will it seem like you’re lying? https://bit.ly/2GKSzqD

 

Research: It’s much better to apply for a job before 10 a.m.

Turns out that applying to a job is only half the battle — the moment at which you hit “submit” can be the difference between getting called in for an interview and muttering to yourself, better luck next time.

 Recent research from TalentWorks found that applicants are nearly five times more likely to score an interview if they send an electronic application in between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. than they would be if they did so after work. In short: You should submit an online job application within this four-hour window — in the company’s time zone.

Here are some other things job seekers might want to know from the research. https://bit.ly/2qjcVjG

 

Master these 7 grammar tips if you want to sound smarter 

As the executive editor of Avenue Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in New York City, I see the importance of proper grammar every day. But you don’t have to work in publishing to realize the necessity of good writing. Misplaced commas, an incorrect spelling, or a missing hyphen can change the meaning of a sentence.

Language rules exist for clarity. A classic example is the sentence “Let’s eat mom,” which reads much differently from “Let’s eat, mom.” In the first, the writer is having her mom for dinner. In the second, she is urging her mom to eat with her.

 The best cover letters: How to write a great cover letter

Skip the “Dear Sir or Madam” in your cover letter and zero in on exactly how you’re going to solve whatever problems the hiring company has.

Do hiring professionals even read cover letters for senior candidates anymore? Some say yes; some say no, they don’t bother unless the resume in question has grabbed their attention.

 Use these 21 interview questions to thoroughly impress your next interviewer. It’s time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview.

 I’ve put this list together because so often we can forget what an interview’s all about. It sure feels like it’s about you, but it’s really not.  https://bit.ly/2IHH6Jc