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The Ultimate Guide for Writing a Cover Letter

A question we get from a lot of our prospective job seekers: Do I really need a cover letter? Whether the employer requests one or not, our answer is always YES. Your cover letter could be what separates you from another job seeker, edging out the competition and (hopefully!) landing you the gig. Including a cover letter will show that you’ve put some extra time and thought into your application process.  What to Include in Your Cover Letter  An important thing to remember is that your cover letter should not be a replication of you ( . . . . . . . . )

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Interviewing? Avoid Saying These 3 Things About Your Previous Job

While interviewing, your primary goal should be to impress the hiring manager and prove why you, above all other candidates, are the right person for the job. This includes a combination of your skillset, past experiences, and personality to drive how you are going to be successful in the role.  As you are preparing your interview answers, it’s ( . . . . . . . . )

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Dealing with Resume Gaps: How to Respond to 5 Scenarios

Whether it’s by choice or not, many people take time off from working. Perhaps you were raising a child, traveling, or were laid off from your previous job. Whatever the reason, if you’re searching for a new job, and worried about the gaps in your resume, you’re not alone. Historically, periods of unemployment in your career journey have been looked down upon, but times are changing. ( . . . . . . . . )

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Phone Interview: Tips to Landing the Second Interview

You’ve written a thought-out resume and cover letter that catches the eye of a potential employer—meaning you’ve made it past the first step in the hiring process! While that’s certainly reason to celebrate, a good resume is no longer enough to get you in the door. These days, it’s most likely you’ll need to participate in a phone interview, conducted by an HR manager, recruiter, or hiring manager, to determine if you’ll be in the running for the position.Read More

Hiring Right: The Importance of Job Descriptions

Hiring new talent can be a challenging process, but It’s an inevitable and crucial part of running a business. Hiring the wrong employee can be expensive, time-consuming, and costly to your work environment, therefore you want to have a good process in place to avoid a bad hire when you can. Setting up a process is more than just reviewing resumes an ( . . . . . . . . )

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6 Things to ALWAYS Say in an Interview

Every interview is different, and you should prepare for each one separately, but there are a few things that rarely change. If you are hoping to get hired, there are certain things you should be sure to say (and mean) to impress hiring managers and ensure you’re “checking all the boxes” for things they’re looking for. Below are 6 universal phrases to say in an interview that will go over well, no matter w ( . . . . . . . . )

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Hiring for Success: Focus on Attitude

Did you know 46% of new hires fail with the first 18 months of employment? According to Forbes, 89% of the time they fail for attitudinal reasons, not lack of skill. When assessing candidates, it’s very common for employers to evaluate a candidate's aptitude based on measurable factors, however it’s the intangible ones that will truly elevate the value of an organization. Companies like Southwest Airlines and Zappos all find great success hiring under a simple strategy: hire for attitude and train for skill.Read More

7 Ways to Boost Your Confidence at Work

In any workplace role, competence is essential for success. However, in most cases, competence will only take you so far. Confidence goes a long way, especially in the workplace. In most situations, people rise in a company not just because of their skills, but because of how they carry themselves, speak to others, and present ideas.But confidence at work doesn’t always come easy, in fact, for most it’s a struggle. The good news is, anyone can be confident. With practice, and simple a ( . . . . . . . . )

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The Importance of Networking + 5 Tips to Do it Well

The truth about networking is: it’s typically not at the top of your to-do list. Your calendar is already crowded with work and personal commitments, talking to strangers is the last thing you want to do. Depending on your personality, networking can also feel awkward, and to some people—incredibly draining.  There’s a reason to change your perspective on networking; it can be an incredibly powerful tool in career success. Do it right and you’ll not only land jobs faster, but you’ll gain a competitive edge through every stage of your career.Read More

How to Influence Company Culture at Any Level

What is company culture? It may seem straight-forward but can be tricky to define. Some people might think of company vision, values, and daily operations. Others may think of an open-office dynamic, a mentorship program, or in-office happy hours. There are many aspects of company culture to consider, but the most important thing to understand is: culture is fluid.Read More