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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. I have decided that I am not really into the job after considering everything. How do I politely decline if I am asked? I didn’t say I would take the job if offered when asked in the interview.

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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. It’s the call you’ve been waiting for! Calming your nerves, you answer the phone. The HR rep on the other end of the line says: “Hi, Terry.

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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. Maybe it comes from the feeling of wanting the challenge that comes from going to next level, or maybe you are thinking, “My boss is a jerk! I can do better than that guy (or gal)!”

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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. I hope they don’t grow tired of my probing questions: “What efficiencies were gained?”

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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! You just can’t get the same culinary experience from a can of condensed soup or a package of dried bits and powder that has to be reconstituted.

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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?

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A Twist on “Why Should We Hire You?”

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My posts on adding value to companies, either before job seekers have secured the positions or after they have become employed , continue to be popular with readers.

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What Kind of Impression Do You Leave in an Interview?

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I was out with my family shopping for various items when my six-year-old son picked up a small toy fire truck and looked at it with quite a bit of interest. With the gathering of items for birthdays and Christmas being a year-round event, I take the opportunities whenever I get them.

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One Very Important Question to Ask During an Interview

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This cartoon from 1.00 FTE reminded me of a question that I, as a candidate, was once advised to ask my interviewer: “Why do you enjoy working here?&#. Some folks answer this well, but every once in a while, you get an interviewer who stumbles on it.

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Personal Branding and Hard Work: Complementary Efforts to Success

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There was a short article on AOL Jobs that quoted writer and director Spike Lee on his take on personal branding. “‘Too Too many people are focused on building their brand and not their work,’ [Lee] said, when asked how he’d developed his own iconic brand. Brand is the flash.

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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. Achievements that tell your career story are also a significant part of a successful job interview. But how do you know if your successes are being framed well to position you as a top candidate? They are CLEAR.

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5 Ways to Add Value to Your Employer

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A while back, I wrote a post entitled, “ Three Ways to Add Value to a Company Before Getting Hired.&# It still is quite popular, in part because people are finding it when they Google “ways to add value to your company.&#

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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. You have successfully navigated the phone interview and made it to the short list of candidates — way to go!

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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.” ” Me: “That’s a good thing. How do you do that?”

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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. It was initially sparked earlier this year when I visited with a teen group that I am mentoring about job hunting and early career management.

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How to Bridge an Employment Gap

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Things have certainly changed a lot in terms of what is considered the norm with career paths: Staying with one company in a position that spans multiple decades is now the exception, not the rule. More folks are working on side gigs and other entrepreneurial endeavors.

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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. How should I handle this gap on my résumé to minimize my difficulty in reentering the workforce?”

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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. One I have been seeing quite a bit in my inbox recently is the fake LinkedIn invitation, so I wanted to take some time to address it.

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Answering the Interview Question that is REALLY Being Asked

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One recent morning, one of my children had this conversation with me: Dear Child (DC): “Mom, what is the temperature and what’s the high for the day?” ” Me: “Ummmm, it’s 34 degrees, and the high will be 48.”

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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. You may be thinking, ‘Shouldn’t she be encouraging people to sign up for her services ?’ ’ I definitely believe there are numerous benefits to finding the right career professional to help you navigate your career.

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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? “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” ” “How many ping-pong balls can you fit inside the earth?” ” “What do you think of garden gnomes?”

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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. Even though Christmas is less than a week away, office holiday parties often extend into January.

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Fighting the Forces of Evil On the Job

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I was revisiting some of my previous activity on Quora and was reminded of a scenario that (sadly) many folks find themselves in at work: “If your boss is a jerk and wants you to follow him to bad mouth and blame others, should you follow suit?”

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

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Fellow career pro Holly Reslink recently shared an article from Huffington Post that talked about how people are less likely to die from second-hand smoke than from some stressors that arise from work.

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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. ” I then (gently) correct them: Your résumé won’t get you a job. It doesn’t matter if it’s the best résumé in the world.

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Three Ways to Add Value to a Company before Getting Hired

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When zeroing in on a specific company or actively going for a particular position, you want to do everything you can to rise to the top as a quality candidate. ‘If If only I could show them how they would benefit from bringing me on,’ you think, ‘they would love me!’.

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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. Upon taking off the tire, he discovered that a part was broken. Much to his disappointment, the part he needed wouldn’t be available until the next day.

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Consider Eliminating This Word from Your Resume

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In writing a résumé, great care should be taken to ensure that the words chosen powerfully convey the value you have to bring to a prospective employer.

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

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…and How It Helps Your Career. At times, I have heard this lament from college students who are applying for jobs: “Two years’ experience required? But it’s an entry level position! How can they expect that?”

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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?

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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. Equipped with this information, you can start 2015 with a bang! What Kind of Impression Do You Leave in an Interview? What’s your greatest weakness?”

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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. You have your long stretches where it feels like you are constantly networking, sending out résumés, and keeping attuned to the job market. But, nothing appears to be happening.

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“Nourish Your Career”: Tips from 18 Career Pros

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Nourish Your Career is the brain-child of Shahrzad Arasteh that brings together 18 career professionals to share their wisdom and their favorite recipes (after all, you need sustenance when working on your career strategies).

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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…&#. What on earth are you doing sticking your “but&# in there? Like your “but&# is going to explain why this particular truth doesn’t apply to you?

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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. Professional résumé writers tend to take a more balanced approach to the matter; yes, going on ad nauseum about each minute detail of your career is a bad idea, but generally, content is king and will dictate the prescribed length of your résumé. Curious, I clicked on the link.

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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? Nah, I don’t like to say “never.”

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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?&#. While not ideal, sometimes life circumstances dictate relocating and then finding a job. If you find yourself in this situation, here are ten tips to hit the ground running!

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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. And, given the nature of today’s shortened employment tenures , all serious careerists are in constant job search mode. The tasks that are part of a comprehensive job hunt are overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could cut corners?

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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. I have to say, it really was an impressive letter, but how he started it out could undo the good of what was contained in the cover letter.

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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. Here are just a few of his quotes that get you thinking about how you approach the management of your career: About attitude. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”

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