Job Hunting

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…

Daily Tip: List Only Relevant Skills

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A minefield lurks right at the top of your resume, and it’s one that many job candidates ignore or misuse at their peril: the skills section. Many candidates cram this section with every process or piece of software they’ve touched over the past twenty years. They write, “Proficiency with Microsoft Word” with a straight face. They list a dozen programming languages, even if their ability to actually code in eight of them is weak at best. They cite certifications for… continue…

Tips for Surviving a Hostile Job Interview

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Is there a way to win over an interviewer who’s in a foul mood? Yes, there are strategies that can help you win a battle with an aggressive interview jerk, which you can use to potentially transform a difficult endeavor into something worthwhile for everyone. Prepare for All Contingencies “The key to being effective in an interview is being prepared for anything, whether it’s a question, or someone’s personality,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. “I… continue…

Should You Take an IT Job in a Small City?

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If you’re tired of living in a hectic metropolis, you’re in luck. Small cities such as Helena, Mont. (pop. 25,596) and Cheyenne, Wyo. (pop. 62,448) have managed to attract a handful of high-tech firms. Now their recruiters are actively seeking IT professionals who would rather live and work in a modest-sized town. For more IT jobs, click here. While the idea of a 10-minute commute may be tempting, accepting a job in a small city could have long-term consequences on… continue…

Daily Tip: Stay Positive in Job Interviews

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Most people find job interviews an intense experience. You’re anxious to impress the interviewer, and worried that you won’t say the right things. In such a highly charged environment, it’s easy to slip into dourness and negativity. Here are some tips for keeping everything upbeat: Flip Everything Positive: Your last job wasn’t bad, it was a “learning experience” filled with “interesting challenges” that helped you grow professionally. You don’t think a programming language is “stupid,” you prefer using others that… continue…

Recruiting’s Dirty Secrets: Recruiters Respond

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There are always two sides to every story. So recruiters were given a chance to clarify and defend their little-known policies and procedures, which are often called dirty little secrets. Here’s their perspective on our list that exposed the inner workings of third-party and corporate recruiters. Yes, ‘No Poaching’ Tactics Are Common It’s true that the contracts between employers and recruiting firms typically contain a “no poaching clause,” explained Kevin Newell, a Boston-based technical recruiter with more than 11 years’… continue…

The Lamest Interview Question Ever

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You can practice your interview elevator speech until you’re blue in the face, but if you respond robotically when you’re finally asked some version of the dreaded “Tell me about yourself,” you risk alienating the interviewer and blowing a moment that likely has little to do with your skills and experience. As Janine Davis, principal at Fetch Recruiting, puts it, asking candidates to talk about themselves is “one of the lamest interview questions out there.” Most interviewers use it as… continue…

3 Interview Questions for Data Analysts

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Ever considered a job as a data analyst? According to CNBC, it’s the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” Data analysts decipher business problems, create algorithms, and turn terabytes of structured and unstructured data into valuable intelligence that businesses can understand and use. “Imagine all the comments companies receive from social media and emails,” said Brandon Purcell, data science team lead at Beyond the Arc, a customer experience consulting and advanced analytics firm based in Berkeley, Calif. “A data analyst… continue…