Navigating the New LinkedIn for Your Job Search

  Earlier this year, not so subtle changes were unveiled on LinkedIn, and many found (and still find) the new interface difficult to navigate. Technology changes are frequent and inevitable, but nonetheless frustrating. Not to worry, though, with a little practice and instruction, you can use the new interface for your job search just as …

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Temp Work: Why and How to Use a Staffing Agency to Find Work

  Sometimes, the job search doesn’t always go as planned. It takes longer than expected to secure the perfect full-time position. The emergency fund starts to run low, and you’ve decided finding temporary work might be in your best interest while you continue to search for your dream, full-time position. Staffing agencies tend to have …

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The Best Job Search Campaign is a Long-term One

People change jobs and even careers in today’s job market like they do cars or laptops. This is an exaggeration, but it is stated to make a point. The idea that a worker finishes school and then secures a great job that has lifetime security and fulfillment is long gone. A society that is speeding …

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Will a Bells and Whistles Resume Format Get You Interviews and a Great Job?

There is considerable debate within the career, job search, and resume creation sectors regarding the benefits of having a resume that maximizes visual appeal or keeping the resume format simple and more traditional and business-like. From my standpoint, the answer is “it depends.” Before I start, there is nothing that will replace compelling and priority …

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Three Things to Do and Three to Avoid in Creating a Dynamic Cover letter

Job seekers often minimize their focus on or even ignore the creation of cover letters to accompany résumés and other materials when applying for jobs. It can seem like a waste of time to provide cover letters, but it is often time well spent if they are crafted carefully and creatively. Here are three things …

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5 Basic Steps in Preparing for a Job Interview

Performing well during job interviews is actually a critical element of any effective job search campaign. It is certainly unfortunate to do all of the hard work needed to get the interview just to reduce your chances at securing the position by performing poorly. Proper job interviewing has been the subject of a vast number …

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To Use or Not to Use Recruiters to Find a Great Job: That is a Very Good Question

The use of recruiters or “head hunters” to secure employment is a time honored practice. However, for every 10 people who swear by recruiters as a valuable job search campaign tool, there are probably 10 more who swear at the results they have gotten from the practice. So should job seekers use recruiters or not? …

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3 Ways to Bolster Your Job Search Campaign during the Holidays

We are moving into the Christmas / Hanukkah / New Year’s holidays. Many job seekers take the opportunity to put their job searches on hold until January and just try to enjoy the downtime. That is actually a mistake because the end of the year is a great time to reflect on career goals, review …

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4 Ways Older Workers Can Strengthen Their Job Search Campaigns

There has been a fair amount of attention paid to the difficulties older workers face in finding employment. Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2014 and 2015 indicate that older workers took up to 10 weeks longer to find employment than younger people. This trend can be very disturbing to older workers …

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3 Approaches to Use in Networking Your Way to a Great New Job

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 80% of all employment positions are filled without the use of job advertisement postings by employers. This percentage is a bit shocking considering that many job seekers rely on newspaper want ads and job board postings as their primary job search strategy. Networking is one of the best …

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