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Making the Connection in a Job Interview

Interviews are more than a series of questions and answers. To make the most out of your interview, make a connection with the interviewer by initiating small talk. This will allow the interviewer to see a little bit more of your personality, establish rapport and leave them feeling as if they know more about you […]

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Six Reasons to Tell the Truth on Your Résumé

Your résumé reflects who you are and is an important tool to help you get an interview. How you present your skills and abilities says a lot about you as a person and as a potential employee. When looking for a job it is important to present yourself in the most accurate light, so it’s […]

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Job Offer: When Can You Start?

You’ve applied, interviewed and are waiting for the job offer that you hope is coming. Then, the offer is made and you accept it, but even though the interview is over, one more question for you awaits. “When can you start?” How you answer that question depends on your current situation. • No ladder. If […]

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Video Résumés – Fad or Future?

My résumé is boring. Twenty years of accomplishments condensed on two sheets of ivory parchment. I have all the bases covered: relevant experience, transferable job skills, recent accomplishments and education. Although the information is accurate, it is not a complete picture of who I am, which is why I’m considering creating a video résumé. It […]

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12 Résumé Tips to Get You Hired

Your résumé is your introduction to a prospective employee. What it says, or doesn’t say, will be a major factor in whether you land an interview – the first step to getting the job. To craft a résumé that highlights your strengths and sells your skills, check out the tips below. 1. Tailor your résumé […]

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Pick the Job That’s Right for You

My sister-in-law recently received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and began searching for a job. She was a licensed practical nurse for 12 years prior to her graduation – so she had a lot of experience in her field, which helped her job search. She received several job offers and is having a terrible time […]

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The Workplace Classroom: Creative Moments Allow Lifelong Learning

Most of the children in my area are starting back to school this week or next – which got me thinking about my own school days. I remember lying awake the night before school started filled with excitement about wearing my new school clothes, meeting my teachers and finding out who I’d sit by in […]

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Call in Well – Take a Vacation Day

I played hooky from work yesterday. It was a planned event, weeks in the making. Coming up with the excuse to call in with was a challenge. My favorite was “I am stuck in the blood pressure machine down at Wal-Mart and the paramedics are on the way.” I didn’t use an excuse. After writing […]

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Wasting Time at Work or Taking a Mental Break?

Have you checked out YouTube today? Did you do it at work? If so, you’re part of 63% of the workforce who’ll admit to wasting time at work. Employees waste 20% of their work day (1.7 hours) according to a survey conducted by Salary.com. Look at it a different way. In a five day work […]

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Employee Fraud: Investigate Before You Hire

On Monday night, I watched the Dateline episode, “Tangled Web,” about a woman named Sandra Bridewell who was recently arrested on fraud charges. In 1985, Sandra was also the prime suspect in her husband’s death. The Dateline story details how after his death she traveled the country for 20 years using a number of different […]

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