Job Hunting

Daily Tip: Talking About Your Weaknesses

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Job interviewers often like to ask, “What do you consider your biggest weakness?” Many candidates like to respond, “I work too hard,” or, “I get too passionate about projects.” They think such responses show their devotion to whatever task’s at hand. In reality, those answers are total clichés, to the point where they’ve been parodied on The Simpsons. Job-hunting tip: Don’t give answers during interviews that have been parodied on The Simpsons. So what’s the best answer when asked about… continue…

Will That Certification Actually Get You a Job?

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Those willing to spend the time and money to earn a certification must feel that it will boost their careers. But experience often trumps certification, according to IT career experts. With the IT unemployment rate at just 3 percent, many companies aren’t putting many limitations on the candidate pool, according to John Reed, senior executive director for staffing firm Robert Half Technology: “A lot of things that might have been ‘must haves’ are becoming ‘nice-to-haves’ now.” While hiring managers usually… continue…

Are Mobile Apps the Future of Applying for Jobs?

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While traditional recruiting and application practices are unlikely to disappear in the near future, mobile technology is influencing the job-search process in new and unexpected ways. A whopping 43 percent of current job seekers use mobile at some point during a job search, according to Jobvite’s recently published 2014 Job Seeker Survey. If you’re a Millennial or Gen Y, relying on your smartphone or tablet to apply for a position will seem like a matter of course—but for everybody else,… continue…

Daily Tip: Check Out These Creative Resumes

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When most people sit down to write a resume, they stick to the standard format. Then there are those special people—call them creative, desperate, or just over-caffeinated—who want their resume to really stand out. They sit down at their laptop and think: Why restrain myself to words and bullet-points? Why not make my resume look like an e-commerce page, or an Instagram account? Business Insider recently featured some of those unique resumes. Here are some of the best, starting with… continue…

Is TOGAF Certification Worth It?

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Employers want IT professionals with architecture skills, and having a certification in an architecture framework can give you a leg up in the hiring process. Software engineers have been using The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) to make the jump into an architecture role, suggested Bill Reynolds, research director at Foote Partners, a Vero Beach, Fla.-based IT benchmark research and advisory firm: “Companies simply consider TOGAF as the gold standard architecture framework.” Click here to find TOGAF-related jobs. Although there’s… continue…

Daily Tip: Avoid Vagueness in Your Cover Letter

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Recruiters and HR staffers must glance at hundreds of resumes and cover letters every month. One of their biggest complaints? The vagueness in cover letters. It’s not wholly the applicants’ fault: Most cover-letter formats demand the writer make some pretty sweeping statements about his or her career, which can lead to broadness and fuzziness. “I’ve spent my career analyzing problems and finding solutions” doesn’t really tell the reader much about your skills or aptitude for solving challenges. Instead of relying… continue…

Daily Tip: Question the Interviewer

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Employers not only want employees who are skilled, efficient, and work well with others—they also want people to actually stick around. During a job interview, the interviewer might ask a lot of questions about your technical proficiency, but they’re also interested in seeing whether you’d be the sort of employee who’d stay with the company longer than a year. But here comes the tricky part: If you’re really interested in the job, how do you convey to the interviewer that… continue…

Using Social Media to Get the Job You Want

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More employers than ever rely on social media to find potential candidates for open positions. Why not use some of their tips and tricks to improve your profiles and get their attention? According to Miriam Salpeter, a social media mentor, consultant and principal at Keppie Careers, the first thing to understand is how social media can benefit your job search. While building and maintaining an online presence may appear daunting, it can pay off in ways a traditional job hunt… continue…

Daily Tip: Link Your Resume and Cover Letter

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Job candidates tend to treat their cover letters and resumes as entities with zero overlap. Linking the two, however, can bolster your job application in ways that make it truly stand out. That linkage starts with formatting. People often spend lots of time giving their resume a distinctive look, one that (hopefully) reflects their professionalism and personality. They tend to devote less effort to cover letters, which they may view as more of a formality, forgetting that hiring managers scan… continue…

Daily Tip: Mention Your Transferable Skills

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The majority of standard resume formats include a “Skills” section, where the candidate describes what they can do. While it’s important that this section list relevant abilities, you can also use the space to draw attention to your “transferable skills” that could ultimately prove just as vital to the job at hand. Lots of people list their proficiency with productivity software or ability to analyze a dataset with a variety of tools; far fewer remember to mention that they’re really… continue…