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What If I Interview and Decide I Don’t Want the Job?

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A reader writes in: “I interviewed for a job and they are checking references. How do I politely decline if I am asked? And then just go with it.

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What If My Dream Employer Calls and I’m Not Ready to Interview?

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It’s so exciting when, after applying for a position with a dream company, you see their name flash on your caller ID. just wing it.

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So You Want to Become a Manager. Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Great One?

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For some, but not all , moving into a management position is a natural evolution in one’s career. They raise awareness. They coach. Managers: 1.

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Looking at the Process

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When writing a resume or prepping a client for a job interview, I am constantly asking my clients about the end results from their work. Exhausted.

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Extra Effort Brings Extra Flavor to Your Resume

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I love soups made from scratch. The aromas, the explosion of fresh flavors from all the ingredients… yum! It was so overwhelming! Delicious!).

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Don’t Outsource Your Career

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Why is it, with something as important as a career, people are so willing to let others manage it? How much control do you really have, then?

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What Kind of Impression Do You Leave in an Interview?

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With the gathering of items for birthdays and Christmas being a year-round event, I take the opportunities whenever I get them. ” “OK.”

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A Twist on “Why Should We Hire You?”

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” This is similar to the “Why should we hire you?” ” question, but it is much deeper. Nail down your talking points.

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Promoting Soft Skills When Searching for Employment

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A few weeks back, my eight-year-old son and I had this conversation: Son: “Mom, I like to make people happy.” How do you do that?”

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Personal Branding and Hard Work: Complementary Efforts to Success

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Brand is the flash. Work is the substance.’”. Lee makes an excellent point there. And don’t get me wrong – having a well-crafted message is important.

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What Is HR Thinking During Your Interview?

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This is a topic that has been percolating for a while. What they care about is what you can do for them and how you can help them achieve their goals.”

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One Very Important Question to Ask During an Interview

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Some folks answer this well, but every once in a while, you get an interviewer who stumbles on it. Heck, they don’t even do a cursory one.

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Top 5 Interview Red Flags to Help You Steer Clear of a Bad Job

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Making it to the in-person interview always feels like such a victory. No one smiles. Employees are unusually quiet when the boss walks past. Hetzel.

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How to Bridge an Employment Gap

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More folks are working on side gigs and other entrepreneurial endeavors. Trust between employer and employee has been declining.

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Answering the Interview Question that is REALLY Being Asked

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” Me: “Ummmm, it’s 34 degrees, and the high will be 48.” ” DC: “So should I wear a winter coat or a spring jacket?”

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How Do I Handle a Sabbatical?

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I was recently asked this question: “I would like to take some time off to spend with my young children. Networking online and offline.

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5 Ways to Add Value to Your Employer

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OK, stop with the “Well, duh!&# that you’re thinking (and you know you are). That’s why they hired you, after all.

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Five Times You Should NOT Hire a Career Pro

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I know the title of this post may seem strange coming from me. reading the recommendations that clients have made. No one.

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The 4 C’s of Accomplishments

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It’s no secret that accomplishments trump a listing of duties on a résumé. They are CLEAR. ” or. They are CONCISE. They are COMPELLING.

Getting Asked Clown Questions in Your Interviews?

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You know when you get those really annoying interview questions that you just can’t stand? ” “What do you think of garden gnomes?”

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Think Your Job is Killing You? It Actually Could Be.

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This really does give food for thought regarding the need for change. How could companies reduce the following risk factors for employees? 1.

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How to Make for an Uncomfortable Office Holiday Party

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Ah, yes. We are fully embroiled in the holiday season, and with that comes holiday parties. Or grandmother. Or a guy. Talk about work All. Night.

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Don’t Be Duped by Fake LinkedIn Invitations

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Scams that prey on job seekers are everywhere. Some that pretend to be legitimate organizations can be hard to detect. If not, then it wasn’t.

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Herzberg’s Theory & What It Means for Job Seekers

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I saw an article that posed the question “ Does More Compensation Improve Productivity? Satisfiers may include: Having responsibility. Benefits.

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Fighting the Forces of Evil On the Job

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” It’s so frustrating when a situation like this rears its ugly head. Should you do it? My answer, without hesitation, is NO.

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Structuring Your Resume to Accomplish Its Goal

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It’s not uncommon for folks who want to partner with me to say something along the lines of, “ I need a better résumé to get a job.

Four Reasons for Deliberate Resume Development

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“One of my back brakes is out,” my husband announced one day last week as he walked into the house. miles away. This was possible.

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Consider Eliminating This Word from Your Resume

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Words and phrases that minimize the “punch” that your accomplishments make end up diminishing your document’s overall effectiveness.

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Why “2 Years of Experience” Applies to Entry-Level Jobs

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…and How It Helps Your Career. But it’s an entry level position! How can they expect that?” Real-world experience. No visits yet.

The Job Quest’s Top 10 of 2014

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With today being the last day of 2014, I decided to put together a roundup of the most popular blog posts published this year on The Job Quest.

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Three Ways to Add Value to a Company before Getting Hired

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So what’s stopping you from doing just that? Comment on their company blog. Leaving a comment is a direct way to show your knowledge base.

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Don’t Throw Your Career Under the Bus Chasing the Almighty Dollar

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Job hunting is nothing short of a roller coaster ride. But, nothing appears to be happening. Then comes the a flurry of activity with job interviews.

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“Nourish Your Career”: Tips from 18 Career Pros

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It takes time, consistency and effort to communicate the right message to your ideal audience, and for them to remember it.” Education is earned.

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“Does My ‘But’ Look Too Big?&#

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When someone tells you something that you know is true, how often do you find yourself saying, “I know, BUT…&#. Casual get-togethers count.

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Illogical Arguments Don’t Make a Bad Job Search Strategy Better

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I’ve spoken before about my dislike of the spray and pray job search method. Do I think it should never, ever be done? Wow, just… wow.

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5 Questions to Ask and One Tip to Keep Resumes Interesting

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I recently ran across the headline of a blog post that advocated for shorter résumés over longer ones. This really puzzled me. Curious, I clicked on the link. The first rationale was that the reader would be less likely to lose interest if a résumé is shorter. If it’s a snoozer, you’re going to lose the reader’s interest.

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3 Reasons Why You Still Need to Do Interview Prep. (Yes, Even If You Are a “Shoo-in.”)

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Job searches are, without a doubt, draining. The tasks that are part of a comprehensive job hunt are overwhelming. Even just a little? Probably not. 3.

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A 10-Point Plan for Getting a Job When Moving

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A reader writes in: “I am moving at the end of the month. What job search strategy do you suggest?&#. Volunteer. Contact placement agencies.

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What Does the Greeting in Your Cover Letter Say?

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A client I’ve been working with recently asked me to review the cover letter he had written for a specific position. Search on LinkedIn.

What Zig Ziglar Has Taught Us About Career Management

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I was saddened to hear of the passing of motivational speaker Zig Ziglar yesterday. ” This is common sense that a lot of people ignore.

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