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Why tag clouds won’t tell the right resume key words

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Most people know that key words are crucial to the job search.  HR departments and employers rely on key words to screen and select candidates.  Without the right key words, candidates will never get to the all-important interview.

To try to identify the right key words, many job seekers are using tag cloud generators to find the most common words in any job description.  But there is a huge problem with this: the most common terms are not the words that ...

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Do HR departments really hate job seekers?

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grumpy HR business woman pointingIf you’re looking for work, it might feel like the Human Resources (HR) department is your sworn enemy.  They can be non-responsive to your application.  They don’t offer feedback on why you weren’t selected for a job.  And worst of all, sometimes you don’t get any acknowledgement that they even received your resume.

Keep this simple fact in mind: HR ...

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Are you following the Universe’s job leads?

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ant heroSometimes, the best leads for a job don’t come from an organized source, such as Careerbuilder.com.  Sometimes they don’t come from an established contact, such as a friend at a target company.  Sometime, the best lead is generated by what appears to be a random coincidence.  If you are paying attention, these can ...

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A career lesson from Alice in Wonderland: Where do you want to go?

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alice in wonderland cheshire catOne day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat “it doesn’t matter.” ~ Lewis Carroll

How many times have people let their career just ...

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Pick your targets for a successful job search

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networking for a jobThese days, most people know that you need to have some target employers.  These are normally considered your top 10 list of companies where you want to work.  Unfortunately, the popular top 10 is only the tip of the iceberg – and hardly address the needs of the private service professional at all.

First names on the list

For most ...

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Are you being productive or just busy?

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It could be considered the curse of every job seeker – even every worker, for that matter.  Are you being productive, or just busy?  Are your efforts leading to reaching a clearly defined goal, or are you just in motion?

I have to watch my efforts in these areas as well.  For me, I have to recognize what are the activities that Feel important, but in actuality, have little productive effect.  My biggest drain? Email.  They pop up on the corner ...

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The Master Application: What it is and why you need one

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Have you noticed that more and more companies and agencies are requiring lengthy, complex online applications?  It’s not your imagination – over the past few years, applications have become more important than ever before.

Not only that, the applications are asking for information that is not typically listed on a resume, such as the exact address and phone number of previous employers.  Even ...

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