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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.

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:

The Technology Recruitment Outlook for the Second Half of 2014

Forecasting for the next six to 12 months predicts areas currently in high demand will remain in high demand. Engineers with experience in big data, data processing and data analytics are still sought-after. Companies are looking for knowledge around Map Reduce (Hadoop) or Spark, NoSQL (including Cassandra, Hbase, MongoDB) and complex systems development using Java, Python or Scala.

Eleven Ways to Avoid Job Search Burnout

Being out of work longer than anticipated, not being invited for interviews or not receiving offers can make it tough to keep your spirits up. Fading confidence, a down mood or a crushed spirit can negatively affect how recruiters and potential employers perceive you. Here are 11 tips to help you stay strong and focused during a difficult job search.

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.

The Pitfalls of Taking a Job Just for the Money

There are countless reasons professionals change jobs. Maybe they are unhappy with their manager, don’t like the commute, are looking for a more positive company culture, are seeking career growth or want to make more money. Things get tricky when the money trumps everything else – when candidates have dollar signs in their eyes and overlook potential pitfalls. Here are three big reasons why taking a job just for the money is usually a bad idea.

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

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.

Five Reasons Recruiters Don’t Call You Back

As recruiters, we talk with candidates daily about the frustrations they experience during their job searches. One of the biggest complaints? “Why don’t recruiters call me back?” While we always strive to respond to the calls and emails we receive, the volume can be overwhelming; even one error can move you off the call back pile. Consider these reasons and learn how to improve your odds for getting a response.

Ten Ways to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile to Fuel Your Job Search

If you are a contender for any new job, it’s safe to assume your LinkedIn profile will be reviewed as part of the initial screening process. And, even if you haven’t started applying but are open to new professional opportunities, there are ways LinkedIn can help you get noticed by the right people. Want to prepare for your next step professionally? Start by making sure your LinkedIn profile is optimized with these 10 attributes:

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.

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