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6 easy ways to customize your resume

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In general, I am not a fan of customizing the resume for every single job. The chances of making mistakes are just too great, not to mention the stories of people who spend literally hours on a single customization just makes me shudder. However, there are times that some adjustments are necessary to get through HR’s screening processes. This is especially true if the job seeker’s positions only turn up rarely or are highly specialized.

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New Year’s Checklist for Job Seekers

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I am not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, especially since I am so good at breaking them. However, I do recognize that now is a great time to set up my strategies and plans, which usually involves creating a robust and proactive checklist to kick things off. Job seekers can use this same strategy to make the most of the upcoming ...

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LinkedIn Cardinal Sin: Gluttony

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Is your LinkedIn profile feeling fat? Not sure exactly what is necessary and what is just extra sugary fluff? Are you just connecting with anyone and everyone to create a large number of first degree connections? Maybe your LinkedIn strategy is suffering from gluttony…

While I’m not a religious person, the traditional Seven Deadly Sins can be an interesting exercise in evaluating our networking efforts on platforms like LinkedIn. Simple deadly sins – like sending off an invitation without customizing the ...

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Infographic: Job searching during the holidays

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Ah, the holidays.  Lots of food, shopping and hanging out with family and friends.  However, too many people make a grave mistake: they put their job search on hold until January.  In fact, December is a great time to stay vigilant with your job search.  Use this list – and check it twice – to make sure that you stay on the “nice” list for your career…

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8 Websites to help you tap into the hidden job market

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The elusive hidden job market: chances are, you have heard their statistic that 80% of new hires occur outside of the HR procedures. While that seems intimidating, do keep in mind that employee referrals rank pretty high as the actual source. But what about the other mass of new hires? How did they even get considered if the job wasn’t formally posted anywhere?

This is the essence of the hidden job market: finding jobs that are not immediately apparent to the ...

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The LinkedIn Cardinal Sins: Pride

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In the first article of this series, we explored how Sloth and its children of laziness and procrastination can damn your LinkedIn efforts. However, while the effects of half measures are obvious, Pride can be a confusing “sin” on LinkedIn. After all, aren’t we here to promote ourselves?

Unfortunately, that underlying attitude is the exact PROBLEM with LinkedIn. Regardless of your agenda on LinkedIn – to generate business or find a job – being overly self-absorbed will be a detriment to ...

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The LinkedIn Cardinal Sins: Sloth

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Chances are, you probably have heard of the Seven Deadly Sins: indulging in too much Sloth, Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Wrath, or Gluttony is supposedly a sure-fire, one-way ticket to the Abyss. However, now we have a whole new horde of cardinal sins that can send your social media networking efforts straight to Hell: The LinkedIn Cardinal Sins. Worse, there are far more than just seven that people are perpetrating every day, from minor offenses of laziness to major mistakes ...

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7 Brand new mistakes that job seekers are making

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With the latest revolutions of modern recruitment, many job seekers are making a brand new set of mistakes. Most savvy job hunters are familiar with the age-old traps, such as making sure to use the right key words for their resume or avoiding grammar or spelling errors on the resume. However, many of the new mistakes are so insidious, you may never realize that you did them.

Are you making these fatal errors?

  1. Not sending a resume

Okay, this probably sounds crazy. How ...

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6 Job searching tips to prepare for back to school – uh, work!

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The summer is starting to wind down, and stores everywhere are filling up with school supplies. Interestingly enough, August also heralds the return of the year’s second hiring season. Take these 6 simple steps to make the most of the pending autumn hiring surge.

1. Review your resume

Now is a great time to make sure that your resume is in line with your target job. Do you have key words that relate to the actual job postings? Is the format clean ...

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7 Networking tips for introverts

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You have probably heard the statistics – many sources such as LinkedIn, Forbes, and the Harvard Business Review claim that 60 – 80% of jobs are found or secured through some form of networking (sources: Career Playbook, http://www.careerplaybook.com/guide/networking.asp). For people who are shy or naturally more introverted, this sounds like the kiss of death. However, it doesn’t need to be.

 

1.       Realize what networking is and is not

 

First of all, most job search experts and formal studies indicate that “some form ...

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