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Early Salary Talks Are Not Always Taboo

Early Salary Talks Are Not Always Taboo

Attend any negotiating seminar and likely one of the first absolutes you’ll be presented with is this, “Whoever speaks first loses.” When it comes to negotiating salaries however, that may no longer be the case. In certain circumstances, broaching the compensation topic earlier in the dialogue can benefit both the hiring manager and the candidate.

The Salary Talk Evolution

Here are three reasons driving the change from decades old thinking on salary talks.

How to Handle Five Common Interview Questions

How to Handle Five Common Interview Questions

You know they’re coming. You’ve no doubt heard most of them. But, are you prepared to answer them? Your responses could be deciding factors in whether or not you get the position. Here are five common questions you’ll likely face in your next job interview and how best to handle them.

Job Search Lessons From The Little Mermaid

Job Search Lessons From The Little Mermaid

As a child of the ‘80s and ‘90s, everything I know about job hunting, I learned from Disney’s The Little Mermaid… Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but there are some great lessons to be learned in there. Read on to reminisce and discover how this childhood classic can help you land your next job.

Behavioral Interviewing – Five Ways to Prepare

Behavioral Interviewing – Five Ways to Prepare
Employers today often use behavioral interviews as well as traditional interviews, during which the hiring manager typically asks a series of straightforward questions about your credentials and experiences.

Crucial Soft Skills and How to Sell Them during Your Job Interview

Crucial Soft Skills and How to Sell Them during Your Job Interview

If you’ve secured a job interview, odds are your resume shows you have the basic skills to handle the position. But more often than not, people are hired for personality over skill set. As an interviewee, what are those crucial traits and how do you showcase them during your interview? Here are the commonly desired soft skills and proven ways to convey them:

Is Your Potential New Job a Culture Fit? Take These Five Steps To Find Out.

interview questions that reveal company culture
If you’re like most job seekers, you focus on the new job’s responsibilities, compensation and location when deciding whether to take it. But finding an employer with a culture that suits you is just as important as the title you hold and what you are paid. Figuring out a company’s culture – and whether it’s a good match for you – isn’t easy. It takes a bit of legwork. So follow these five steps to help you through the process:

How Your Social Profile Can Help You Get a Job

How Your Social Profile Can Help You Get a Job
In college, your social media community is mostly that – social. As you transition to your professional life, your social media presence needs to transition as well. It's not necessary to delete or hide your entire social media persona; employers want to see you are a person with hobbies and non-work related interests, too. Just use good judgment and be proactive about what you post, and you'll make a positive impression in an interviewer's mind even before you meet.

Searching for a job? Don't underestimate the power of a thank you note

The Power of a Thank You Note Post Interview
You made a great first impression at your job interview. But, how do you leave lasting one, too? A thank you note! This small follow-up gesture can have a big effect on your job candidacy. But, the details can be confusing - when, how long, email, paper, both? I’ve crafted and reviewed hundreds of professional thank you notes and compiled a list of the details that matter most.

How to Work with a Recruiter

How to Work with a Recruiter
I have been in your shoes. I was unemployed, looking to build my experience and pad my wallet while searching for a permanent role. I was lucky to have a recruiter whom I could trust, and we had a very successful relationship. If you are looking to engage a recruiter to help you with your job search, follow these three tips to make the most of your relationship.

The Benefits of Informational Interviews for Recent and Soon-to-be College Grads

As a recent college graduate, I’ve learned not all interviews for entry-level positions need to be fraught with anxiety. Informational interviews - conversations with professionals in the fields and functions in which you’re interested - can be valuable resources for college students and fresh grads starting down a professional career path. Here are some of the perks of seeking information, rather than immediate employment.

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