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Four Critical Interview Questions – What They Mean and How to Answer Them

Be prepared to answer these common interview questions so you’ll respond with confidence when it matters most. Tell me about yourself. (Translation: Why are you a good fit?) Trust me, the interviewer doesn’t want to know that you love long walks on the beach (unless that’s part of the job). And you’re not doing yourself […]

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40 Common Reasons Recruiters May Reject You

Whether it’s true or not, perception certainly often carries more weight in how others interact with us… especially during the hiring process. Recruiters, who are often inundated with applicants and pressured by their employer (and perhaps yours) often make snap decisions based on nothing but… perception. With that in mind, do you know how others […]

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How to Ensure Your Final Round Interview Lands You the Job

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final round interview. I know you’re probably trying to be careful about getting your hopes up, but don’t forget to also acknowledge how far you’ve come. Hiring managers do not make final round interview invitations for the fun of it—you are legitimately very close to getting the job at […]

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LinkedIn Best Practices For Networking Success

LinkedIn is an amazing network and it can get you the career you’ve always wanted, if you know how. With well over 300 million members and two new users per second, LinkedIn is the largest professional network in the world. In order to fully utilise this amazing resource, time and care must be taken to cultivate […]

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Do I Need to Bother With a Cover Letter?

In a competitive jobs market where you’re going up against multiple other candidates you need to do whatever you can to differentiate yourself and stand out. A cover letter seems a bit old fashioned today, doesn’t it? Even its name suggests something of a bygone era. The piece of paper you attached to your printed […]

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A Laundry List of Resume Mistakes

Every hiring decision maker has their own resume preferences so while there is no “perfect” resume style, there certainly are cardinal mistakes to avoid. Over the years, I have given THOUSANDS of free resume critiques and continually see the following basic errors. Typos, grammar and spelling mistakes Your resume is the first point-of-contact you have […]

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How to answer, “What’s your greatest weakness?” during a job interview

This dreaded, seemingly trick question will no longer be difficult to answer in job interviews.   Most job candidates are familiar with the “What’s your biggest weakness?” interview question, but few feel equipped to answer the it with confidence. The next time you’re asked the stress-inducing question in an interview, use these tips to provide […]

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5 Things on Your Resume That Make You Sound Too Old

Your Resume and Your Age The format and contents of your resume says a lot about your age. Age discrimination is a fact of life in today’s job market. This goes both ways for the young and the old. I want to discuss the signs that you are over 50 years of age and, hopefully, […]

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8 Things Recruiters Notice About Your Resume at First Glance (and 4 Things That Don’t Matter)

When recruiters look through a stack of resumes for candidate screening, what is the vital information they focus upon? I think this varies from recruiter to recruiter and also depends on the role for which you’re applying. For one, I don’t look through stacks of resumes anymore. I hate paper. I do everything online. But […]

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Resume, LinkedIn, and Internet Search Tips and How to Work with Recruiters

I recently spoke to a group of military academy grads on this subject. Here is a list of notes I used. I hope these are helpful. Ping me if you have any questions. Scott Leishman What is the mission of your resume? (Tell everybody everything you did since high school or get a specific job?) Keep it […]

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