Tips for Jobseekers

Jan 31, 2014
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Read these articles for tips and guidance on crafting good resumes, acing interviews and landing a job:

Common Communication Mistakes ... and How to Fix Them

According to this year’s annual Job Outlook Survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the top skill employers are seeking from 2013 grads is the “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization.” The same holds true regardless of how long ago you graduated.

The job-search process is all about communication. Sometimes it can be the “little things” that trip you up the most—inadvertent missteps that you’re making that you may not even be aware of.

Don’t Let Bad References Hold You Back

You’re out of a job and actively seeking new employment. Unfortunately your last job didn’t end well and your relationship with your former manager is not a good one.

Inevitably potential new employers and their HR staff members will ask “May we contact your former supervisor?” When they do, and you’re not certain of the type of recommendation you’ll receive (and fear it may not be a good one), what should you say?

Responding to Tough Interview Questions

It’s the most dreaded part of the interview—and for good reason: Dealing with questions you don’t expect from potential managers and their HR colleagues. Even if you don’t know what those questions will be, there are steps you can take to anticipate and deal with tough questions

Lessons in On-ramping from Someone Who Has 'Been There, Done That'

Veressa Hendrix, PHR, is an HR professional with 20 years of experience who is on-ramping back into the workforce after choosing to take a break four years ago from a progressive career. While she seeks a new role, she volunteers with (and is a client of) Charlotte Works, a workforce development board for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.

Tattoos and Piercings: The Pros and Cons of Personal Expression

Body art is becoming increasingly prevalent. It’s also increasingly problematic for both job seekers and their prospective employees. While some organizations in sectors like the entertainment industry embrace body art, many employers still believe such expression conflicts with customer and client expectations.

Job Seeker Tips: Be First, Explore All Channels

Amanda Augustine is a job search expert with TheLadders, in New York. She offers some tips for HR professionals seeking employment in today’s competitive job market.

You’re Not Alone: Most Fear Something About Job Interviews

Do you get nervous just thinking about an impending job interview? Are you worried that you will be considered overqualified? Do you wake up in the middle of the night worried about the potential tough—or tricky—questions you might be asked?

Promote Yourself

In today’s continuing competitive work environment, HR job seekers are understandably concerned about standing out from the competition. Yet many fail to adequately promote themselves and their talent to prospective employers.

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