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How to Respond to Salary Requirements

As a job-seeker, you may be asked salary requirements during the online application process, during a phone interview, at the first interview or anytime during the interview process. If asked, you could say, "I’d rather hold off salary talk until we’ve both decided this is a good fit.” The truth is you most likely haven't learned enough about the position in the early stages of the interview process. It's best to hold off salary talk until 
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Overcoming Social Media Stress

The job search has definitely changed drastically over the past few years. Gone are the days when you'd open the Sunday paper, find a job you like, mail in your resume, get an interview, and land the job! For folks that find themselves laid off after 20+ years with the same company, launching a job search today can feel scary and overwhelming. Today the use of social media and applying online is ... Read more

Research Tools for Your Job Search

Are you trying to uncover a contact within one of your target companies? Or perhaps you're trying to discern what the culture is like within your target company? Or maybe you've got a job interview next week and you're wondering what kinds of questions to expect?  
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Positive Self-Talk & the Job Search

Mindset can positively impact a job-seekers success in landing a job or not and how fast.  Negative self-talk is a form of self-sabotage. It’s important to notice what messages you may be saying to yourself about yourself. If it’s negative, it’s important for you to change your thoughts. Positive thoughts can change how you feel and respond to a particular situation. This in turn will increase the likelihood of bolstering your self-confidence and having a positive outcome. Take a look at the following examples of negative self-talk on the left and on the right
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Self-Sabotage & the Job Search

Job-seekers can unknowingly sabotage their job search. How does self-sabotage show up? 
  • Not having a job target.
  • Feeling desperate and going after every job that remotely matches your skills/experience.
  • Spending the majority of your time going after advertised jobs.
  • Isolating. Not getting out networking with others.
  • Not getting up-to-date with current job search trends.
  • Not customizing your resume and cover letter for each job target.
  • Not keeping your network apprised of your job search.
  • Not asking for introductions to contacts within your target companies.
Do you want to see more momentum in your job search? What negative behaviors do you need to shed?
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Resume Keywords are King

Many companies use an applicant tracking system (ATS) to manage the large influx of resumes when a job opening is posted. How can you be sure your resume eventually ends up being read by a human? The key is KEYWORDS. You  need to ensure you have ... Read more

Finding the Perfect Thing to Say: Great email scripts for job-seekers

Are you in a job search? Do you struggle with what to say in an email to a recruiter or others who can help you in your search? I came across links to two content-rich articles with email scripts for job-seekers.

1. 13 helpful email templates you can use while job searching 

This link will give you a plethora of email scripts to use before and during your job search. Everything from ...
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Conducting a Diversified Job Search Approach

Are you in a job search? Do you have a diversified job search approach or are you spending most of your time sitting behind a computer? If you want to jump start your job search, it's important to spend you time on several different strategies, as outline below: 1) Online Social & Professional Networking - You've probably heard it before- most jobs are found through networking. Why is that? Employers like to hire people they know and people that come referred to them. It's expensive to advertise and it's risky to hire an unknown. Be sure to have a keyword-rich LinkedIn profile; become active in LinkedIn groups; follow your target companies. Join and become ... Read more

Storytelling Inspires Young Girls to Broaden Career Options

By now you've most likely heard of STEM, i.e., careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. There's another acronym that incorporates Arts into STEM and it's STE@M™. Co-authors Cari Lyn Vinci and Carleen MacKay have written a Playbook for TEENS in which young women of STE@M™ share their career-changing challenges, discoveries, actions and results. These young women prove that using knowledge of software or technology, engineering, art or math is required in almost all fields the new workplace demands.
Set aside endless graphs and tedious analytics. Instead, reflect upon the inspirational words and imagery painted by powerful young women whose experiences
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Top 5 Strategies for Moving Ahead

Are you looking for a promotion, but not getting anywhere? Try the strategies below to help you get up the next rung on the proverbial career ladder:
  1. Find out what's going on and become part of it. What are the major trends affecting your industry, your organization, and your field? Join associations that relate to your field and industry to help you keep up with the changes in your company or job.
  2. Manage your internal public relations campaign. Volunteer for your company's United Way or Blood Drive. This will
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