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The Professional Networking Document: A Valuable Tool in Your Job Search

If you’re wondering what a professional networking document is, you’re probably not alone. Unlike a resume or professional bio, this is a different kind of marketing document for job search networking purposes. While the top part of your professional networking document resembles a resume, the bottom part explains to those with whom you’re networking what […]

Phone Interview Tips to Stay Calm and Speak Confidently

Interviews over the phone can be just as daunting as meeting face-to-face. They’re often short, so you feel pressured to make the most of the time. You can’t see your interviewer’s body language or facial expressions, which makes it harder to build rapport and gauge receptivity. And that reduced nonverbal communication can lead to interruptions […]

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10 Tech Keywords Missing from Your New Tech Resume

If you’re looking to land a tech job for the first time, you may be concerned that your resume doesn’t read as “techie” enough. After all, it’s tough to compete with industry insiders who speak – and write – the lingo. Luckily, there are several common buzzwords across the tech industry that can both make […]

How to Reach a Real Person in Your Online Job Search

Technology is changing the way we search for work. Technology has made it easy for job seekers to connect with employers via email. But with thousands of resumes being sent to human resources (HR) inboxes with the click of a mouse, HR departments were quickly overwhelmed screening hundreds or thousands of resumes; this was neither […]

How to annoy recruiters in your job search.

5 Ways to Annoy Recruiters: Don’t Make These Job Search Mistakes

There are a few people that you should make every effort to please. Corporate recruiters fall into this category. After all, they do hold a lot of influence over your career. All too often, job seekers engage in activities that drive recruiters up the wall. In some cases, these are clueless mistakes. In others, they […]

How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job

How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job: A Great Profile Is Not Enough

There’s an old saying that goes something like, “A great website that is not promoted is like a billboard stored in your basement.” This sentiment reminds me of LinkedIn members who have strong profiles but are invisible. For those figuring out how to use LinkedIn to find a job, they must consider what a successful […]

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9 Things Recruiters Expect from Your LinkedIn Profile

It’s not enough to throw together a LinkedIn profile, paste in some resume info, then leave it alone to somehow work its magic. You have to think about an important group of people using LinkedIn on a daily basis: Recruiters. 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to screen job candidates. This is what they expect when […]

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ)

How to Write Strong Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ)

Thinking about what to write for your executive core qualifications (ECQ) sets your nerves on edge. You want to represent your best professional self in your narratives, and the key to doing this is outlining your most significant accomplishments in specific, yet concise detail. What are Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ)? ECQs consist of the following: […]

Understanding the recruitment process.

Understanding the Recruitment Process: The Key to a Successful Job Search

While every company approaches recruiting somewhat uniquely, there are certain challenges all recruiters face. There are also processes that nearly all follow to some extent. As a job seeker, understanding these is key. The more you know about what recruiters are looking for at any point in the recruitment process, the better you can meet […]

Communications Coach: 3 Things To Do Before an Interview

If you’re in the job market, chances are you’ve come across a multitude of articles on the importance of making a positive first impression while networking or in a job interview. And for good reason: You send a message about your competence and likeability long before you open your mouth. Therefore, you’re supposed to dress […]

How to answer the interview question about your salary expectations.

How to Answer: What Are Your Salary Expectations?

Answering the interview question “What are your salary expectations?” is usually the most complex “dance” in the whole interviewing process. It can also be the most dangerous. The best strategy is to do your research in advance, know the minimum you can accept (your “walk away” number when the job is not worth it for […]