Why Your Resume Needs Awesome Action Verbs

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  One simple trick to give your resume more life is to use action verbs to describe your past responsibilities and achievements. Words like “assisted” or “evaluated” are action verbs that get straight to the point in telling the reader you “assisted supervisors with training of new employees” or “evaluated standard procedures for inefficiencies.” Action… Read more »

Do I Really Need a Resume for Manufacturing Work?

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  Many manufacturing and light industrial jobs ask applicants to fill out an application when seeking employment at their company, so do you need to submit a resume for this job as well? If you want to stand out from other applicants – in a good way – then yes, you absolutely need to submit… Read more »

The Right Way to Talk About Your Last Job in an Interview

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  You know its coming: That question about your last job. If you left your last employer on bad terms, you will probably dread talking about it during your next job interview. To be fair, it can be very difficult to find a way to spin an unfortunate situation, regardless of whether you quit or… Read more »

Connecting versus Following on LinkedIn

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  Have you gotten a few connection requests on LinkedIn from attractive ladies that don’t seem all that familiar? No, random good-looking women aren’t suddenly finding your professional credentials fascinating. You’ve likely been spammed from a fake account. These kinds of requests are a real wet blanket on LinkedIn, which is an otherwise valuable networking… Read more »

Top Phone Interview Mistakes to Avoid

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  Phone interviews may seem to be a trap to job seekers. Your interviewer(s) can’t see you, so why not take a relaxed approach? Well, recruiters consider phone interviews to be very big part of their screening process and being lazy can get you removed from the pool of potential employees. Like an in-person interview,… Read more »

How to Answer the Tricky “Tell Me About Yourself” Interview Question

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  It sounds like an innocent request. “Tell me about yourself.” However, your response to this in an interview could be bad enough to sink your chances of landing that job you’ve been after. The difficult thing about telling an interviewer about yourself is it’s a very open question. Should you talk only about your… Read more »

How to Get Along with Negative Co-worker You Have to See All Day

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  Doing a job well is hard enough, and it can get downright impossible when you have to work with a negative coworker all day. There are psychological, socioeconomic, biochemical and other reasons for why people become so negative, but most people who have to deal with a bad attitude are just concerned with trying… Read more »

The Right Way to Work With a Staffing Firm to Find Your Next Job

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  While you might prefer to look for jobs by applying to companies directly, a staffing firm should be part of your job hunt strategy. Staffing companies typically have access to jobs you can’t find on your own. Because staffing firms have large networks, they are in a position to know about employment developments in… Read more »

What are Soft Skills and Why Does Every Professional Need Them?

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  During the typical hiring process, the emphasis is usually place on what specific skills and technical abilities a candidate can bring to the company. But here’s the truth –many hiring managers admit they often prioritize “soft skills”, like problem solving or team-working abilities, over “hard skills” like quality assurance testing or data entry. In… Read more »