Know When to Fold ‘Em – Admitting That You’re Not Getting the Job

Recruiters love a job seeker with energy and passion. Really, we do. I personally love to see someone with a fire and a drive for the job, for the company, and for his or her career. This energy manifests itself in many ways throughout the interview process. It can come across in a great and … Continue reading Know When to Fold ‘Em – Admitting That You’re Not Getting the Job

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The Questions You Need to Ask in an Interview

We all know that when you’re interviewing for a job, it’s all about the answers you give. Right? If that was true, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Sure, answering questions that show your experience, knowledge and general ability to string two sentences together back-to-back is an important part of the interview process. But don’t … Continue reading The Questions You Need to Ask in an Interview

How to Stand Out (the Right Way) at a Job Fair

For years, I held onto the notion that job fairs were a complete waste of time for everyone involved. For job seekers it was a waste because you get to meet a bunch of companies that you probably don’t want to work for, and have to suffer through your “elevator pitch” and your whole dog-and-pony … Continue reading How to Stand Out (the Right Way) at a Job Fair

Absence Makes the Search Grow Harder – The Stigma of Extended Unemployment

I received the following email from a reader who is concerned about the current state of her job search: "I don't know if you've heard the recent debate/theory over whether companies avoid reviewing or hiring job applicants who are or appear to be out of work for a long period of time. I've been out … Continue reading Absence Makes the Search Grow Harder – The Stigma of Extended Unemployment

Opinions are Like Cover Letters – Everybody Has One, and Most of Them are Wrong

Ah, the magical cover letter. We slave over our sentence structure, we toil over getting just the right words. We stress over balancing the “what’s in it for me” with the “what’s in it for you”. We ask ourselves: “What’s another word for excited?” “Does it sound too forward to say that I’m positive I … Continue reading Opinions are Like Cover Letters – Everybody Has One, and Most of Them are Wrong