Lights, Camera, Action! 6 Ways to Spotlight Your Video Résumé, Snag an Interview, and Land the Job

(From Guest Blogger Lizandra Vega)
Blame it on the economy. Blame it on your industry being saturated with talent. Blame it on the weather. These days snagging an interview seems nearly impossible; and landing the job as feasible as winning lotto. Wait—there’s hope—if you dare to be different you can produce a video résumé or virtual [...]

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What’s the Most Common Missed Opportunity Among Hiring Managers?

Failure to ask pre-screening questions alongside your online job post is a hiring manager’s greatest missed opportunity. Pre-screening questions are a key part of posting jobs online, but many employers don’t include them because they don’t understand their importance.
Pre-screening questions can be written questions, requests for video/audio responses from job seekers or multiple-choice questions. Ultimately, [...]

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Back-to-School Advice for Job Seekers

We’ve been watching television commercials and reading newspaper fliers about back-to-school sales for weeks; reporters have covered and re-covered the best tips and tricks for parents whose kids are returning to school; and, we’ve likely encountered some back-to-school traffic during morning rush hour. It’s official: Class is in session as of this week.
For many parents, [...]

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“Truthiness” in Hiring

Do you watch The Colbert Report?
Seven years ago, the show’s dynamic comedian host, Stephen Colbert, coined the term “truthiness” as an ironic commentary on politics – suggesting that emotion often supersedes hard evidence. This week, psychologists in Canada and New Zealand came out with research to support truthiness, or the “the truth that you feel [...]

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Don’t put a ring on it – in your job search, at least.

According to the Department of Labor, single people are finding jobs much faster than married job hunters.
So, all of you “Single Ladies” who want to “put a ring on it” should think twice if you are in the middle of a job search. Here are the facts:

During the recession, single job seekers lost five million [...]

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Mastering the Art of Team Building

Yesterday would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday.
An American chef, Julia is best known for her first cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” and for her television program The French Chef. Her no-nonsense approach to cooking drew in a specific audience. She once said:
“I think you have to decide who your audience is. If [...]

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Crying at Work: Give Your Colleagues a Break

If nothing else, the Olympic Games have ushered viewers through the entire spectrum of human emotions over the past couple of weeks. There is just something so powerful about watching our favorite athletes stand up on the medal podium with the soundtrack of their national anthem and their country’s flag as a backdrop to their [...]

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Can your boss make you sick?

From free lunch and shuttle services to a competitive salary and flexible hours, some organizations will stop at nothing to win a job seeker over.
But, no matter how many perks the company offers, it’s becoming more and more clear that an awesome work environment can turn toxic pretty quickly if the people that you work [...]

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Curiosity: Lands on Mars, Improves Employee Engagement

After ten years of work by more than 5,000 Americans in 37 states, NASA’s rover “Curiosity” landed on Mars this weekend. Curiosity is the most technologically advanced rover to land on the Red Planet, and is expected to spend at least two years searching for clues as to whether the planet is (or was) inhabitable.
Curiosity [...]

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About That New Résumé You Paid the Pro to Write

(From Guest Blogger Billie Sucher, MS, CTMS, CTSB, JCTC, CCM)
As a career management professional, I have been writing, creating, developing and/or critiquing résumés with and for clients since a gazillion years ago in 1985. I suspect the résumé-related creations / critiques number somewhere in the hundreds upon hundreds by now, though I stopped counting a [...]

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