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Before you face the directors or hiring managers of your target company—those who will have the final say on staffing decisions—you’ll need to make your way past the first round of gatekeepers. In the sales field, these may include HR pros, company contacts and a very highly influential group: recruiters. As an experienced or aspiring… read the rest »

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If you’ve been immersed in the career marketplace for a while, then you understand the value of a strong elevator pitch. Your elevator pitch is a quick sound bite; a simple summary of your strongest credentials as a candidate. It’s a kind of mini-speech that can be delivered to a contact or potential employer during… read the rest »

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Your new job may have plenty to offer, including a decent salary, opportunities to learn, and exposure to new systems and industry developments. But in order to thrive in the role and leverage it to further your career, you’ll need one more indispensable thing: respect. If your managers, coworkers and clients trust you, respect you,… read the rest »

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On the surface, your career seems to be on track. Your resume looks fine, and you’ve been steadily toiling away in your industry since you finished your education. You may have one or two gaps or lateral moves in your history, but you’re working now, and you’re working every day in a field that’s relevant… read the rest »

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When you submit your resume and cover letter to potential employers, chances are they don’t immediately appear in an inbox and then in an open document on a hiring manger’s desk. Instead, your resume will likely be uploaded automatically into a database or HR system, where it will remain stored away with dozens or hundreds… read the rest »

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So, you made a mistake on the job. And this time, it was no ordinary blunder—the kind any reasonable manager can expect from an employee with your level of experience. No, this time your mistake was an epic stumble, a real face plant. And even if you had the best intentions, the scale of your… read the rest »

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 As a job seeker, you polish your resume and dress to impress. You practice your interview responses beforehand and try to mold your persona (at least a little bit) to resemble the kind of candidate you think your target company might be looking for. But while you jump through hoops to show you’re a great… read the rest »

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How do you define success? When you look back on your career to date, which moments do you identify as your most “successful”? What makes these moments stand out, and as you move forward into the future, what do your next successes look like in your mind? Visualization is an important part of the goal-setting… read the rest »

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If you’re sending out resume after resume and you aren’t yet fielding a barrage of interview invitations, you may be wondering what’s wrong. In our current economy, a few dozen well-targeted and well-timed resume submissions should start to yield at least some positive stirrings from employers within a few weeks. If you’ve spent months submitting… read the rest »

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 As you launch into your job search, whether it be a temp job or a full time position, do you have what it takes to step up the plate, dazzle employers and crush your competition? Maybe… But even the strongest candidates can find interviews and resumes a little intimidating, and every advantage helps. Give yourself… read the rest »