Simple Ways to Reconnect with Your Professional References

You know you should keep in touch with your professional references, but sometimes life gets busy. Maybe reconnecting is one of your New Year’s resolutions? Or, maybe you need a reference ASAP? Here’s how to handle both situations. To Reconnect Casually Send an Email, Text or Make a Phone Call Begin the conversation with, “It’s… Read More »

4 Ways to Get Your Resume in a Hiring Manager’s Hands

You thought your resume was good, maybe even great. Unfortunately, you’ve received little to no response. What is wrong? Here are four tips to help you get your application to the hiring manager’s desk. 1. Remember the ATS You may not know what an ATS is, but chances are your resume went through one. An… Read More »

Your Ultimate Guide to Basic Interview Questions

You just received a call for an interview. Congratulations! Now, you need to focus on landing the job. Where should you begin? Let’s start by reviewing these frequently asked interview questions. Traditional Questions What can you tell me about yourself? Many interviews kick off with this open-ended and unstructured question. Don’t fall into the trap… Read More »

How to Make the Most Out of Your Post-Interview Thank-You Note

You know the rule. Always write a thank-you note after an interview (and you should), but some notes are better than others. What’s the secret to a perfect letter? Here are nine tips. 1. Say Thank You Although this may seem obvious, expressing your gratitude goes a long way. Interviewing is time-consuming and stressful for… Read More »

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting on Social Media

You probably can give of an example (or two or three) of someone who got into trouble on social media. It’s easy to say, “That will never happen to me,” but everyone should think about what they post. Here are three questions you should ask before you hit Share. 1. Why Am I Posting? With… Read More »

You’re Wearing THAT to A Job Interview?!

With job interviews, first impressions matter. Wearing the wrong clothes can immediately disqualify you from consideration. Dress for success by avoiding these errors. Interview Outfit Mistakes Casual Clothes Dress codes vary from formal to business casual to start up casual. However, when choosing an outfit, remember this is an interview – not a day at… Read More »

4 Soft Skills That Will Help You Land the Job

Most jobs require hard or technical skills and soft or people skills. Although technical skills are necessary for most positions, 57 percent of leaders say soft skills can be even more important. Although soft skills are more difficult to learn and measure, they often make the difference in hiring decisions. Employees who relate well to… Read More »

Job Hunting Mistakes You Might Not Know You’re Making

One of the most frustrating parts of a job search is the unknown. Most organizations send little to no feedback to applicants. You can’t tell if you scored an A- (almost hired) or D+ (no chance). If your job hunt seems to be going nowhere, this may be a sign you need to reconsider your… Read More »

These Power Words Can Take Your Resume From Good To Great!

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You finished your resume, but something is missing. Your final product seems flat, uninteresting and even boring. It’s time to bring power words to the rescue! If you want your resume to stand out from the crowd (and you do), consider making some of the following word substitutions. Keywords From the Job Description More and… Read More »

Closing Questions To Help You Understand Company’s Management Style

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Interviews often focus on companies. “Will you (the employee) be a good fit for this organization?” is a common question. However, interviews are a two-way street. You need to find out, “Is this organization a good fit for me?” Many employers end an interview by inquiring, “Do you have any questions?” This is an opportunity… Read More »