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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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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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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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Behavioral Interview Questions: How Employers Learn About Your “Soft Skills”

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It’s fairly easy to talk about technical skills in a job interview – either you have a certain skill, or you don’t. You’ve done something before, or you haven’t.

But, your so-called “soft” skills – things like communication, problem-solving or leadership – are more difficult to talk about. And most employers consider soft skills to be highly important.

In this article we’ll look at:

  • the top soft skills employers are seeking, and
  • how you can present your soft skills to an employer through your answers to behavioral interview questions.

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Acing Your Phone Interview: You Are How You Say It

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When assessing a job candidate, many employers like to conduct their initial interview over the phone. It’s convenient for both the interviewer and the job seeker.

However, speaking over a telephone does present certain limitations: namely, the interviewer can’t see the way you’re smiling when you talk about the job. That’s why it’s so important in a phone interview to use your voice to create a picture of someone the employer will want to hire! (more…)

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