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Job Search Tip of the Week #39 (2017)

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Job Search Tip of the Week #39 (2017)

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How to Rock the Phone Interview

Phone Interview Tips That’ll Get You a Second Interview



Unfortunately, your résumé only gets your foot in the door. Want to get to your prospective employer and dream job waiting on the other side? Before you pick out your lucky interview outfit and practice your perfect handshake, you have to first push past the phone interview.

Knowing what you’re up against is half the battle: The employer’s goal during the phone screen is to determine whether to invite you on-site for more thorough interviews and continue investing in your candidacy. Usually, a human resources representative or a recruiter, armed with a basic profile of the ideal candidate for the position (constructed from what the hiring manager has told him or her about the job requirements and team culture), conducts this initial interview.

The other half is preparing. Let us break it down for you!

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Job Search Tip of the Week #24 (2017)

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Top 5 Most Common Typographical & Grammatical Errors

Details Can Make the Difference on Your Résumé & Cover Letter


Check for typos!


You could be everything a hiring manager is looking for, but if you neglect to review and revise your application materials before you submit them, you may be giving your potential employer a reason to take you out of their candidate pool.

Hiring managers base their initial impression of who you are and would be as an employee on your résumé and cover letter. Documents and other correspondence laden with typographical and grammatical errors suggest that you lack attention to detail and professionalism, which consequently increases the likelihood that you won’t be considered a viable candidate for the position. The following is a list of the five most common, non-content mistakes that we’ve come across on technical résumés and cover letters:

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Job Search Tip of the Week #9 (2017)

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The Case for the Perpetual Job Search

Part III: Should You Want to Stay a Little While


After evaluating what you’re getting out of your job, you might’ve decided to stay at your current company. However, if you want to stay satisfied with the pace of your personal and professional development, you can’t rest on your laurels.

English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon once said, “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” Some 400 years later, amidst an economy still in slow recovery from The Great Recession, his words couldn’t ring more true. Job security and career advancement requires identifying where the company can improve, and acting on that knowledge. Take these four steps:

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Job Search Tip of the Week #8 (2017)

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The Case for the Perpetual Job Search

Part II: Should You Stay or Should You Go?


How can you tell if you should stay or you should go?

As we mentioned last week, it’s not unusual to see web engineers and software developers to switch jobs every few years to keep up with the rapid rate at which technology changes. For IT and technology professionals, “job hopping” at its core is the belief that exposure to new technologies, problems to solve, and work environments makes you better rounded and more valuable to employers. However, keeping up with technological advancements and staying competitive in the job market doesn’t necessarily entail constantly changing companies.

The key to maintaining your marketability is to evaluate what you’re getting out of your job, and recognize when you have a good thing going and when it’s time to move on. Does your employer…

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Job Search Tip of the Week #7 (2017)

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The Case for the Perpetual Job Search

Part I: Why You Should Never Stop Thinking About (or Making) Your Next Career Move



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Job Search Tip of the Week #1 (2017)

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Preparing for Your New Year, New Career

Part I: How to Write an Effective Technical Résumé



The New Year inspires many working professionals to reevaluate their employment situations. Unfortunately, those who decide to seek new opportunities often stop searching before they even begin because they become frustrated with the first step of revising their résumé.

A good place to start is by learning what internal corporate recruiters and human resource professionals – the gatekeepers of the hiring organization – do during the résumé review process. Why do they choose to follow up on certain résumés and not others? Some researchers inspired by this question utilized eye-tracking technology to record where and for how long recruiters looked when they reviewed résumés and online profiles. The results of this recruiter behavioral analysis offer insight into ways job seekers can optimize their résumés.

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