Answer Strategically When the Hiring Manager Asks You to, “Tell Me About Yourself.”

You finally got that long-awaited call inviting you to interview for your dream job. You are super pumped. You have researched the organization and likely know more about its history than many of its current employees. You have researched the most-common and most-difficult interview questions and practiced answering them in front of the mirror. You …

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Keep Your Composure Under Interview Pressure

We all know that when we launch an active career search, a major step in the new job acquisition process will be the job interview. I have seen people sabotage their own success by failing to properly prepare. Many people think that interview stress begins once the job seeker receives that coveted invitation to interview …

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Analysis of a Vacancy Announcement

This post is phase two of creating a great cover letter.  It utilizes an actual vacancy announcement to take you step-by-step through the process of analyzing the announcement to determine if your background is a good fit for the position in which you are interested.  Please visit often for new posts as we take you through …

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Six Steps to Writing a Great Cover Letter

Hello everyone. Today’s post continues our journey to career search success…writing a great cover letter. While some may advise that this step to landing your dream job is unnecessary, I emphatically suggest that it is absolutely essential. As a Human Resources professional, I compare submitting your resume in response to a vacancy announcement without an …

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Work Breaks and Meal Periods

I cannot tell you the number of times that an employee has approached me and threatened to go to the Department of Labor because they were not allowed to take their fifteen (15) minute snack or smoke break and/or their meal period.  They are surprised when I tell them that the Fair Labor Standards Act …

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