One Rejection Closer to Success – When You Didn’t Get the Job

It’s the most painful part of the job-search process. You go through the long and stressful recruitment procedures – delivering your application, fretting over your resume, and sweating through the interview – just to meet with rejection. However, you can’t let one “no” derail your plan. Instead, think of it as just another step on the road to success.   How you deal with rejection will influence your ability to develop your career. After all, throughout your working life, you’ll receive far more rejections than job offers. Use those experiences to improve your skills and prepare yourself for the eventual “yes”… Read more »

Answering the Interview Question ‘Why Should I Hire You?’

It’s one of the simplest and most popular interview questions: “why should we hire you?” You might even consider it the most fundamental question you can receive. It gets to the basic quandary in any hiring process.    While it seems simple, the “why should I hire you” query actually seeks to discover some nuanced information. Underlying the question are several sub-questions, ones you need to be ready to answer. Think of the question in these slightly more complex terms: what can you bring to the organization that someone else couldn’t?   Providing a full answer to this requires some thought. However, it also… Read more »

Proofreading Tips for a Mistake-Free Resume

You get only a brief chance to make a first impression when applying for a job. Studies show that recruiters spend an average of seven seconds reviewing any given resume. That’s a thin sliver of time to make a make your case. Given the small margin for error, it’s essential to keep your resume free of mistakes, a dynamic that puts a high premium on proofreading.   Your worst-case scenario is to submit a resume with a glaring error. Suddenly, you won’t even get your seven seconds. Instead, you’ll get a single glance before your resume ends up scrapped, and you miss out… Read more »

Job Searching for the Holidays

Many companies need to staff up for the holidays, forcing them to hire a lot of people quickly. That creates an opportunity for you. Not only does this provide you the chance to earn extra cash during the holidays, but it also opens the door to broader career development. Therefore, you should spend some time strategizing how to get the most out of your holiday job search.  During the holiday hiring rush, companies tend to lower their usual hiring standards. This presents an opportunity for people with less experience to find at least a temporary position. In this way, holiday hiring provides a great chance to learn new skills and build out your… Read more »

Stuck in a Rut? Get Back to Basics

Every day feels the same. Your career has become a treadmill, a rut, a slow descent into quicksand. There are ways to escape, however. The first step: getting back to basics.  If it feels like your search for the perfect job has reached an impasse, consider hitting “restart.” Return to fundamentals. By resetting the process, you can get back on track.  Here are a few ways to get back to basics:  Take Stock  If you’re having trouble pushing your career forward, you need to identify the problem. To cure a disease, you need to diagnose what caused it. The same principle applies… Read more »

Job Search Tips for the Rest of 2019

The job market constantly evolves. Twenty years ago, you read paper newspapers to find job postings and had to stay near your house phone to wait for companies to call you back. Ten years ago, it was all job sites and maybe some message boards. Now, social media, the gig economy and an emphasis on employer branding play an increasing part, once again complicating the process of finding a position. Another year, another set of changes in the mix of potential job-search tools. So, what’s the best combination of techniques to use in 2019 and beyond? Here solutions for your… Read more »

Is Your Resume Too Long? Here is How to Cut the Clutter

In search of your next job? You want to take all the steps to put yourself at the top of the stack. You can imagine how many resumes a recruiter, employer or hiring manager may be facing for an open position—so you want yours to be memorable (in a good way) and easy to skim. The key to the best resume is to include only relevant information, cut out anything unnecessary, and spike out the highlights. Ten Things to Remove From Your Resume Right Now: Maybe you’re not sure what can stay and what should go! Just follow this guide… Read more »

Should You Wear Jeans to Your Next Interview?

Job interviews test your nerves. You sit there, desperately hoping the throbbing vein in your neck doesn’t betray your palpitating heart rate, or the sweat forming in the palms of your hands won’t form telltale wet marks on the arms of your chair, simultaneously trying to ignore the multiple pairs of eyes staring at you and the fact that strangers are typing out notes after every sentence you say. Almost every aspect conspires to make it an uncomfortable experience. Is it too much to ask that your clothes at least be comfortable? You’d give anything to show up in flannel… Read more »

Faulty Job History on Your Resume? Here’s How to Find a Job

Currently hitting a wall when writing out your job history? For many job seekers, if you’ve bounced around between jobs and industries, you may be worried you’ll look flightly or indecisive to a potential employer. However, by framing your job history in the right way, you can shape the way you appear to a hiring manager, helping you land your next job. Here’s how. Tell your story You’re unique and on your very own journey when it comes to your career. This doesn’t have to come across as something negative to a potential employer! Just the opposite—if you structure your… Read more »

How to Write Your Very First Resume

Congratulations! Whether you’ve just finished high school, graduated with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree or completed a trade school course, you’re ready to enter the workforce! Your ticket to the working world is your resume. This allows employers to make the first cut when deciding who they will hire. Crafting that first resume can prove difficult. Much of the advice about how to organize and shape a resume assumes you have a wealth of experience to use. Your early-career version has special concerns to keep in mind. But don’t worry. We’re here to help. Here are four steps to writing… Read more »