Tuesday March 11, 2014
Do you have an employment gap that you need to fill on your resume? First of all, I wouldn't stress too much about it. Given the job market there isn't the stigma attached to being out-of-work that there was in the past.
That said, there are ways to fill in the employment gap when you're working on your resume.
How you format your resume can make a difference. There are other things you can list on your resume besides the last jobs you have held. Here's more on filling the employment gap on your resume.
Read More: Top 10 Resume Tips | Resume Writing | Resume Samples | What to List on Your LinkedIn Profile When You're Unemployed
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Tuesday March 11, 2014
Are you a high school or college student or about to graduate from school? It's just as important to practice interviewing for your first job as it is for a job when you're at the peak of your career.
Review these sample job interview questions for students seeking part-time jobs, summer jobs and full-time entry level jobs for after graduation. There are also sample answers for each of the interview questions.
Before you head out to a job interview, also take a look at these job interview tips for students including advice on interviewing for your first job, your first full-time job, and part-time jobs and internships.
Read More: Student Job Interview Questions and Answers | Job Interview Tips for Students | Top 10 Interview Tips for High School Students | Interview Tips for College Students and Grads
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Tuesday March 11, 2014
Do you have some bad performance reviews in your employee file? Do you have a history of being late for work or taking too much time off? Or, worst of all, were you fired from your job? There are a number of reasons that job seekers worry about getting a negative reference.
Being worried about what your previous employers are going to say about you is a legitimate cause of concern. If you were fired or terminated from employment, the company can say so and that can jeopardize your chances of getting a job offer.
What can you do to mitigate the impact of a negative reference? First of all, it's important to know what your reference providers are going to say about you. Some companies will give out a lot of information, others limit what they will disclose to dates of employment and job titles. Secondly, there may be other people who can give you a strong positive reference for employment.
Before you panic, review this information on negative references, including how to find out what type of reference you will be given, how to check your references and how to handle a negative reference.
Read More: What Employers Can Disclose | Professional Employment References | Negative Employment References
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Monday March 10, 2014
When you are using email to job search it's important to send your messages the right way - or they won't get opened, let alone read. I've received emails with no subject lines (the chances of me opening them are slim), emails applying for jobs that I'm not hiring for and never heard of, and emails written in abbreviations, acronyms, and slang better suited to texting. To be honest, if I have to figure out what it says, it's going to get trashed.
Annoying for me, but worse for the sender, are when my replies bounce because they got their own email address wrong (it happens) or their account is full.
Some of the most important email messages you send are when you apply for jobs. When you're sending email cover letters it's really important to follow the employer's instructions on how to submit your cover letter and resume, and to make sure that your email cover letters are written as well as any other correspondence you send.
As I mentioned, it's important to include Subject Line. Your Signature is important, as well, so it's easy for employers to get in touch with you. Don't forget the basics, as well. Hotbabe@anywhere.com or anything similar is not a good email address, obviously, to use when you're job hunting. Instead, get a dedicated (and free) email account to use just for your job search.
Here's information on what to include in your job search emails, how to format your email, and how to make sure your email message is read.
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