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The job search process can be inspiring and even fun…under the right circumstances. If you already have a great job and you’re looking for an even better one that will bring exciting new challenges, that’s great. But for most people, the job search doesn’t happen under “great” circumstances at all. It happens when we’ve lost… 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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When you left your most recent position, you didn’t leave voluntarily. And you weren’t laid off, either. You weren’t caught off guard by “restructuring,” and your company didn’t close down your division to increase profits. You were fired. Plain and simple. You showed up for work in the morning and were asked to pack your… read the rest »

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In an earlier era, HR managers used a type of shorthand to separate trainable, job-specific skills from the kinds of intangible abilities that are difficult to teach and difficult to measure. They used the terms “hard” and “soft” to distinguish between the two, possibly because hard skills are generally concrete, and soft skills are often… read the rest »

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As you contact a target employer to make your bid for an open position, you’ll probably be asked for three important pieces of information: Your resume, your cover letter, and a list of professional references who can personally vouch for your reliability and your fit for this role. You may be asked for a few… read the rest »

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Most managers are starting to understand and accept an important truth about the hiring process: When it comes to finding the right candidate, attitude matters more than aptitude. Across almost every industry—especially at the entry level—technical skill sets can be taught. But social savvy and cultural adaptability can’t. So the candidates that are best poised… read the rest »

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The internet is flooded with advice and articles designed to help candidates land great jobs, and reading every one of these articles and following these instructions to the letter will definitely point you toward the finish line and help you get the process “right.” After all, in order to meet professional business standards and complete… read the rest »