Why You Should Make a Mistake This Week

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To start, no, that title has no typos (although that would be deliciously ironic). We all strive so hard to achieve flawless work and avoid doing anything wrong that we forget the old adage about learning from our mistakes. As philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey put it, “Failure is instructive. The person who really… Read more »

The Right Way to Answer “What’s Your Current Salary?” in an Interview

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As you prepare for interviews, you want to have answers ready for any questions they ask. But sometimes the questions get a little sticky and, as some feel, a little invasive. One primary example involves an interviewer asking about your current salary, which often does come up. But there’s a way to both answer the… Read more »

How to Ace a Job Interview When You’re an Introvert

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Speak up! Look the interviewer in the eye! Ask questions! All the usual advice for doing well in an interview may not seem so easy to put into play if, like many job seekers, you fall into the category of introvert. So how do you manage to make a good impression when, too often, interviewers… Read more »

Tips for Listing Measurable Accomplishments to a Resume When You Don’t Think You Have Them

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When creating a resume, it should look as complete as possible — while you don’t want to fill it up with too much or make it too wordy, you also don’t want to have large blank spaces because you simply don’t have the numbers to make it look complete. Everyone says that it helps to have concrete… Read more »

7 New Cover Letter Trends That Will Make You Stand Out in 2016

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You’ve probably heard the statistic that most cover letters get an average of about seven seconds of viewing by HR. So if you want to make the most of that tiny amount of time, you need a cover letter that truly catches the eye and encourages the reader to slow down and really look. These… Read more »

Get a Bad Review? Here’s How to Turn It Into a Growth Opportunity

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Within a job, nobody wants a poor review, especially when they’re trying to do the best job possible. But you can actually use a negative review as an opportunity for growth if you give it the right spin, thus improving your performance and demonstrating it to your employer. Take criticism constructively. Your reaction to a… Read more »

The Best Ways to Build Your Network

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“It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” This common saying holds true in many respects for job hunting, and it makes sense — most people would rather hire someone they know or someone whom a mutual acquaintance can vouch for. In fact, it’s how the majority of hiring occurs. And at a time… Read more »

How to Survive Your First Day Back from Vacation

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We as Americans don’t always take advantage of our vacation time… Perhaps it has something to do with the immense pressure we immediately put on ourselves after coming back to work. That first-day-back transition can feel fairly ugly if you don’t anticipate it before leaving, so take some of these tips to heart so that… Read more »

Is There a Best Day of the Week to Search for Jobs?

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This may surprise you, but that question does have a clear answer: Tuesday. A 2015 study from SmartRecruiters recognized that companies tend to post jobs on Tuesday…and most places extend job offers on Tuesdays as well. If you think about it logically, it makes sense: Monday tends to be a bit frenzied; that’s the day… Read more »

How to Address Employment Gaps in Your Resume

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Since the recession, employers have understood that even the most qualified candidates may have gaps in their work histories. Those times can seem like gaping holes, but there are ways to explain them legitimately in an interview. Be ready to explain it. It’s up to you as a candidate to be prepared for when a… Read more »