• Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Job Magnet

    If you are building a career, a great LinkedIn profile acts like a magnet. When your profile has the right elements, it will attract recruiters, hiring managers and other people who might have the great next career opportunity for you. In fact, if you’re in some professions, such as enterprise software sales, if you’re not […]

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  • These Spelling and Grammar Mistakes Might Cost You the Job

    In the business world, bad spelling and grammar can actually ruin your career.  A misspelling or a grammatical error in your resume or correspondence can be enough to have a hiring manager or recruiter move on to the next candidate. Don’t lose an opportunity over a simple spelling or grammar mistake. Just learn the correct […]

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  • What to do when the recruiter calls.

    What to Do When a Recruiter Calls

    If you’re a professional, you can expect to get an occasional phone call or an email from a recruiter. If you’re a startup executive, it might even be from me. That call or email might change your life. Or it could be a total bust. You’ll never know, though, unless you answer it. Here are […]

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  • The first glance at your resume could be just six seconds... how would your resume do?

    A Recruiter Gives Your Resume 6 Seconds. Here’s What Happens.

    Surveys show that recruiters spend about six seconds on their first look at a resume. Six seconds. That sounds about right to me. I review resumes for a living and have developed a finely tuned superpower for scanning a resume quickly to find the key information I need. How much can I see in a […]

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  • interview questions are much easier when you have a script to answer questions

    Interview Preparation Tip: Script Your Stories

    Looking for a job? Get ready to talk about yourself. That seems obvious, yet few people I talk to actually seem to plan ahead to prepare the stories that illustrate what they’ve done and the great things they bring to a job. Lots of people figure they’ll just wing it, and don’t realize that winging […]

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  • OMG LOL! Embarrassing and Hilarious Resume and Job Search Bloopers

    I’ve collected a lot laugh-out-loud hilarious resume bloopers over the years, and whenever I feel down, they’re always good for a chuckle. Some I’ve experienced firsthand, most I’ve been told about, and a few may just be the stuff of urban legend in the hiring world, but they’re all a hoot, so here you go. […]

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Why You Need a Resume Business Card

When you’re on the hunt for a new job, networking is everything. You never know where the lead for your next job will come from. The woman sitting next to you on the plane, the friend at a cocktail party, another job-seeker you meet at a networking event… any one of these people might be […]

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When They Insist You Answer the Salary Question

Hi Leslie, I am talking to this company that I am very excited about, but I’m not quite sure how to answer this question. I told the company in my cover note that “I’m fine with market rate for the job” but they are insisting on me giving them a specific range of my salary […]

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FAQs on Reference Checking

I got a question today from someone wanting to know how to handle references, so I’ve put together a little FAQ about it. Are references really that important? Your references can be a great ally in getting the job you really want. A good reference gives you credibility, reinforces your talents and experience, and will […]

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Tips for Giving a Good Phone Interview

I don’t need to be psychic to tell you that a telephone interview is in your future. It’s pretty hard to avoid really. Telephone interviews save a lot of time—and therefore money—as a first step in a hiring process. Phone interviews help recruiters, agencies and companies screen candidates for skills and experience requirements, and are […]

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The Secret to the Good-Enough Cover Letter

The other day, I posted something on Facebook in frustration about clueless cover letters, and got a lot of follow-up questions from people, so I decided to give a little glimpse inside my recruiter’s mind so you can see what I’m thinking when I review resumes to select candidates. I hope it will help. It […]

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Avoid Rejection: Stop Applying to Long-Shot Jobs

With all of the layoffs and dire economic forecasts, there are more people than ever looking for a new job. One side effect of higher unemployment and less jobs is that a lot of people are getting pretty free and loose with their job search approach, and it’s showing in the numbers of resumes recruiters […]

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