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How to Avoid the Black Hole

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resume tips, resume mistakes, resume distribution
In this context the black hole is not a scientific term but rather the annoying condition when people apply for posted job openings and they never hear back. It is very frustrating because applying for positions is a time consuming effort often with no results. But why is this so prevalent? The answer is simple; because 72% of job applications are never seen by the human eye.
Is My Resume Too Long?

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resume FAQ
How long should my resume be? This is one of the most common questions in the job-search world. The answer, it depends on many factors including years of experience, number of jobs, and resume layout. Not too long ago job seekers were told that a resume should not exceed one page. Those who broke the golden rule were destined for the circular file. The only rule in resume writing these days is that a resume needs to be relevant. This holds true whether the candidate is just out of school or has worked for 20+ years.
Do I Really Need a Cover Letter?

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cover letter writing tips, cover letter (lists & rules)
Do I really need a cover letter? This question crosses the minds of job seekers with every resume they are about to submit. The dreaded cover letter. I just spent hours updating my resume to match the job posting criteria and now I need to write a cover letter?
Does Font Really Make a Difference on a Resume?

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resume font & color, resume formatting & layout
People ask me this question all the time. Does the font really make a difference? Isn’t it the content that matters most? [...] Here are the best font choices for job seekers, and the kind of message each one sends to potential employers.
Interview with Jason Garner, Author of "...And I Breathed - My Journey from a Life of Matter to a Life that Matters"

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Stay Healthy Between Jobs, choosing the right career, job search ideas & perspectives
“… And I Breathed” is a series of anecdotes from Jason Garner’s rise to the top and, then, his journey to find balance. This inspirational book tells the story of a boy growing up working as a flea market attendant to eventually become CEO of Global Music at Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter. Yet, as he reached the top, he longed for more and hence his journey to become the man that he is now.
The Elevator Pitch Advantage

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elevator speech, personal branding
You are given a chance to introduce yourself and your professional availability by standing up in front of a certain group of people who may be able to help you or whom you could help. But the vast majority of people are not effective at doing this, and the unfortunate outcome is that the listeners tune out and you are not heard. That’s a harsh punishment for not preparing ahead of time.
My Resume's Not Getting Me Interviews. What Am I Doing Wrong?

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resume tips
There are a lot of lists out there of things to put on your resume and things to leave off. Those lists are great, and most of them offer good advice. However, with this article, I’m going to give you more detailed instruction and explanation than is typically offered in the lists.
Four Networking Goldmines You Hadn’t Considered

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social media & online presence, linkedin
Many of us think of networking as a formal activity that takes place at a special place or time – something on your “to do” list that might entail going to an event, setting up a lunch or reaching out via email on social media. But some of the best networking activities can take place just by being!
Interview with Jason Garner, Author of "...And I Breathed - My Journey from a Life of Matter to a Life that Matters"

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Stay Healthy Between Jobs, choosing the right career, job search ideas & perspectives
“… And I Breathed” is a series of anecdotes from Jason Garner’s rise to the top and, then, his journey to find balance. This inspirational book tells the story of a boy growing up working as a flea market attendant to eventually become CEO of Global Music at Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter. Yet, as he reached the top, he longed for more and hence his journey to become the man that he is now.
Why Is LinkedIn So Important for Job Seekers

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linkedin, social media & online presence
Recruiters compare the content of candidates’ resumes with other facts they are able to find online. To make those comparisons, 94% use LinkedIn, 66% use Facebook, and 52% use Twitter.
How to Get a Job through Recruiters

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job market stakeholders, recruiting
People change jobs every three years on average. Some stay with the same employer but in new roles; some join a different employer. In the future, recruiters will have an increased role in matching job seekers with jobs.
Job Seekers: Are You on the Road to Nowhere? Must Read

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job search tips (must read), self-assessment, choosing the right career
You must be living under a rock not to know there's a job search frenzy going on right now. For me, the only thing worse than the number of people looking for work, is how many of them are going about it the wrong way. It pains me to watch this new influx of job seekers end up in the same position as a hamster on a wheel: on a road to nowhere.
The Elevator Pitch Advantage

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elevator speech, personal branding
You are given a chance to introduce yourself and your professional availability by standing up in front of a certain group of people who may be able to help you or whom you could help. But the vast majority of people are not effective at doing this, and the unfortunate outcome is that the listeners tune out and you are not heard. That’s a harsh punishment for not preparing ahead of time.
Four Networking Goldmines You Hadn’t Considered

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social media & online presence, linkedin
Many of us think of networking as a formal activity that takes place at a special place or time – something on your “to do” list that might entail going to an event, setting up a lunch or reaching out via email on social media. But some of the best networking activities can take place just by being!
Networking on Twitter

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networking tips, social media & online presence, twitter
Are you on Twitter? If not you should be! It's one of the best places to have an informal exchange with professionals whom you might not otherwise meet. The tone is perfect for interaction: it's much more informal than LinkedIn, but it's also not as casual as Facebook.
Overcoming Unemployment

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networking tips, social media & online presence
How to Avoid the Black Hole

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resume tips, resume mistakes, resume distribution
In this context the black hole is not a scientific term but rather the annoying condition when people apply for posted job openings and they never hear back. It is very frustrating because applying for positions is a time consuming effort often with no results. But why is this so prevalent? The answer is simple; because 72% of job applications are never seen by the human eye.
Is My Resume Too Long?

Tags

resume FAQ
How long should my resume be? This is one of the most common questions in the job-search world. The answer, it depends on many factors including years of experience, number of jobs, and resume layout. Not too long ago job seekers were told that a resume should not exceed one page. Those who broke the golden rule were destined for the circular file. The only rule in resume writing these days is that a resume needs to be relevant. This holds true whether the candidate is just out of school or has worked for 20+ years.
Does Font Really Make a Difference on a Resume?

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resume font & color, resume formatting & layout
People ask me this question all the time. Does the font really make a difference? Isn’t it the content that matters most? [...] Here are the best font choices for job seekers, and the kind of message each one sends to potential employers.
Do I really need to hire a resume writer?

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resume tips
Do I really need to hire a resume writer? This is the question that many job seekers ask themselves at one point or another during their job search. Most professionals believe they can write their own resume. After all, they are educated, and they know their industry and profession better than anyone else, right?
Do I Really Need a Cover Letter?

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cover letter writing tips, cover letter (lists & rules)
Do I really need a cover letter? This question crosses the minds of job seekers with every resume they are about to submit. The dreaded cover letter. I just spent hours updating my resume to match the job posting criteria and now I need to write a cover letter?
Cover Letter Series – Part 1: Grab ‘em from the Start: Killer Starts to a Cover Letter Examples

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cover letter writing tips, cover letter (lists & rules)
Whether you’re trying to connect with someone you met on LinkedIn, through a job search board or a blind outreach to a company that interests you, your cover letter is the first glimpse of you that most potential interviewers will see.
Cover Letter Series – Part 2: Work that Body (of the Cover Letter, that is!) Examples

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cover letter writing tips, cover letter (lists & rules)
There are three key parts of the cover letter: opening, body and closing, and just like all our body parts need to work in tandem, you have to make sure that all three parts of your cover letter are equally strong.
Five Tips to Improve Your Job Interview

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interview tips
I remember going for job interviews and how scared I was. Isn’t everybody? But it can be minimized significantly once you get yourself prepared. Here are a few tips.
Insights from the Inside - An Employer's View of the Interview Recommended

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interview (employer's perspective)
Everyone has, at one point or another, been faced with the prospect of sitting down and speaking with one or more individuals who will decide whether or not you have the skills and abilities to become their newest employee.
The Interview - Do Not Become a 10 Second Victim

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interview tips, the face-to-face interview
The purpose of this article is not intended to list the top 10 or 15 tips to 'ace' an interview. It is intended to highlight the criteria potentially influencing the outcome of a job interview from the perspective of a corporate manager.
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