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No matter your industry, and no matter what the requirements of your target job may entail, there are a few well-worn interview questions that are nearly universal. Your employers are almost guaranteed to ask a few of these questions, and they’re likely to invest heavily in your response. These questions may sound generic, but they’re… read the rest »

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On the first day of your new job, you may be excited and a little nervous, and you’ll want to make a positive impression with your new co-workers. After all, these are the people you’ll be working with, talking with, bonding with and sitting next to for years to come. Your success and happiness on… read the rest »

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Gaps in your work history don’t have to become obstacles to your career growth; however, depending on the length of and the reason for a gap, the unexplained chapter in your resume may attract the attention of a curious interviewer. You’ll probably receive some questions about where you were and what you were up to… read the rest »

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You may not be looking for a job in sales, per se, but depending on your perspective, every job search involves a sales component. And those who know how to pitch, how to hustle and how to close the deal are more likely to land better jobs faster than those who don’t. This may sound… read the rest »

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You’re looking for work, and you feel more-or-less confident about your prospects. You’ve been here before. You know what to do, and you know you can count on at least a few former colleagues to provide you with references. There’s only one problem: Your last job search took place a few years ago (or several… read the rest »

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How can positive energy and a feeling of gratitude support a successful job search? We all know that cultivating gratitude in our daily lives can help us appreciate the efforts and feelings of those around us, and gratitude can shift our focus toward the details that give our lives value and meaning. But as it… read the rest »

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Mistakes and failures are an inevitable part of any well-lived life, and they’re essential to a meaningful and independent adulthood. But we live with an odd cultural contradiction: In order to navigate the seas of adult responsibility and live through any kind of meaningful experience, we must make mistakes and endure failures. But we’re also… read the rest »

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Goals are great! They serve as remarkable little tools that help us articulate the vague, clarify our intentions and visualize ourselves leading the lives we want to live. Defining a goal is like typing a destination into your GPS. If the device doesn’t know where you’re going, how is it supposed to perform the calculations… read the rest »

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A few years ago, cultural observers and workplace experts were asking a common question: Will the ubiquitous presence of cell phones, the internet and personal texting distract employees and pull them away from their assigned tasks? The solution to this potential problem seemed simple enough (for employees with the necessary willpower and employers with the… read the rest »

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If you ask any employer in the process of staffing a critical position, they’ll give you a list of the traits that interest them the most. They’ll list technical skills, like SQL certification or Italian fluency, and they’ll list core personality traits, like leadership, listening skills or extroversion. The skills and personal qualifications they list… read the rest »