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10 Things to do After a Layoff, to Get Yourself Back on Track

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Losing a job is stressful. In fact, it is the eighth most stressful event in someone’s life (according to the Holmes and Rahe stress scale). Much of the stress associated with being laid off comes from the many uncertainties that suddenly arise. There is a lot to take in, a lot to process, and a lot to start doing, all in a short period of time.

If you’ve recently been through a layoff, here are 10 things you can do to help yourself recover and get on track toward landing your next job. (more…)

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Tips for Returning to the Workforce after a Long Break

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By Kathy McAuliffe

So you have been out of the workforce for the past 10 years.  Perhaps you were child-rearing, or tending to an ill family member who has now passed away.  Maybe you were serving in the armed forces, or running your own fishing boat business in the Bahamas.

Now you want to go back into the world of “work.”  If you approach it the right way, you can make it a less difficult and time-consuming process; however, it will take planning and preparation before you even start your job search.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what you need to do to get ready for the plunge.

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

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These days, an interview often starts with the question, “Tell me about yourself.” That shouldn’t be hard, right? After all, what subject do you know better than yourself?

Ah, but therein lies the problem with answering it: you know too much and can’t possibly share it all in an interview!

Read on to learn how you can successfully answer that important question. (more…)

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Good Resume

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If you try Googling the phrase “good resume,” you’ll get something like 67,400,000 results. That’s a mountain of resume advice.

How, then, should you approach writing a good resume?

To help answer that question, we asked HR professionals in the DuPage County area for their opinions on the biggest resume do’s and don’ts. Read on to see what they had to say.
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Targeting Companies: A How-To Guide to Jumpstart Your Job Search

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When you don’t get calls back from employers, it can feel like your job search is a waste of time.

However, there could be a good reason you’re not getting calls – perhaps you haven’t been “targeting” the right employers.

This article will help optimize your job search by diving into how and why you should create a list of target companies.
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How to Answer the Interview Question “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?”

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You know that employers are likely to ask the interview question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

And, your reaction is probably, “Five years? I don’t know what I’ll be doing in one year, much less five!”

However, there’s a reason employers like to ask that question – read on to learn why, and how to prepare to give a solid answer!
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Why You Need to Ask Questions in Your Next Job Interview

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You went into your last job interview fully prepared to answer a plethora of possible questions. Then, at the end of the interview, you were asked, “Do you have any questions for me?”

Your mind went blank. You stammered a bit, then said, “Well…nothing that I can think of.”

Oops. It’s important for you to ask the interviewer some questions about the job. Here’s why and how. (more…)

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