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Avoid Interview Mistakes

Some interview mistakes are so common that you can make them without even realizing it. Take the time to prepare in advance so you can avoid them.

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The Most Common Interview Questions

Sunday April 20, 2014

Interview AppointmentOne of the smartest things you can do before a job interview is to review answers to the most common interview questions because there is a good chance that you will be asked at least some of the questions on the list.

The better prepared you are to answer, the better chance you have of getting a call for a second interview. So take the time, in advance, to review the interview questions you will probably be asked. Take a look, at well, at sample answers for these questions, then tailor your responses to fit your experience and skills and the job you're applying for.

Job Interview Questions

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How to Name a Resume

Sunday April 20, 2014

null Sometimes, it's the little things that can send your resume into the reject pile, without it even getting a close look. Naming your resume "resume" can send it to the trash faster than you can blink. So can forgetting to write in proper sentences.

At Software Advice, the company sorts through about 150 candidates for each hire they make. Only about twelve of those 150 candidates get to a first-round phone interview. Many of them are rejected for little, and sometimes silly, things like how you name or save your resume, that are still enough to knock the resume out of contention.

Don Fornes, CEO of Software Advice, shares his tips on how to name your resume, how to write your letters and resume, and how to save your resume.

Don't name your resume, "resume." About a third of applicants name their resume document, "resume.doc." "Resume" may make sense on your computer, where you know it's your resume. However, on my computer, it's one of many, many resumes with the same name. By using such a generic file name, the applicant misses a great opportunity to brand themselves (e.g. "John Doe - Quota Crusher"). If you're qualified enough to sell or market for us, you won't miss the opportunity to at least use your name in the file name.

Don't use all lowercase. i'm not sure where this trend originated. is it some text messaging thing? it's so easy to capitalize properly on a keyboard. how much time is this really saving you? to me, it screams out, "hi. i'm lazy. my pinkies are really heavy and I'd rather not move them to shift. when i start working for you, i'll look for other ways to be lazy. i'll also rebel against authority figures like you, just like i'm rebelling against the english teachers that dedicated their lives to helping me become literate."

Proofread your resume. It's unbelievable the number of spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes I see in resumes. Again, this is a blaring clue telling the hiring manager that you don't check your work and you don't pay attention to detail.

PDF your resume. Not everyone uses the same operating system and word processor that you do. I use a Mac. I don't have Word - don't want it. My ATS can't handle .docx files. A lot of the resumes I see come through horribly garbled. So much for that nice formatting you did (Did you?). PDF, or portable document format, is a simple solution.

Here's how to get your resume into the hands of the hiring manager, plus more tips on what not to do when you're applying for jobs from Don Fornes.

Resume Samples

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Thank You Letters: A - Z

Saturday April 19, 2014

Thank You Note Saying thank you for a job interview or thanking someone who has introduced you to a connection, helped boost your career or grow your business not only shows your appreciation.

Thank you notes and email messages also help build new relationships and cement existing ones. It's always a good idea to say thank you - whenever and to whomever you can.

When you're not sure what to write, here's an A - Z list of thank you letter examples for a variety of work, employment, job search, business and career situations. There are also all-purpose thank you note examples appropriate for any occasion.

Use these examples of thank you letters, thank you notes, and thank you messages to get ideas for your own personal and professional correspondence.

More: Top 10 Thank You Letter Tips | Email Thank You Letters | Thank You Letter Samples

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The Best Resume Format

Saturday April 19, 2014

nullWhen it comes to choosing a resume format, one size doesn't fit all. There are several different types of resumes and there really isn't one best resume format, but resumes with a profile and/or a headline are the ones that are going to get noticed.

Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological, a functional, or a combination resume, and, regardless of which type of resume you choose, be sure it is a customized resume - specific to the job you are interested in.

Generic resumes don't work anymore. Instead, your resume needs to clearly show the employer why you should be selected for an interview. How you name your file is important, too. Here's how to select a resume file name.

The format you send your resume in will depend on what the employer requests. You may be asked to send a PDF or a Word Document. Here's how to save your resume and how to send it to an employer.

Here's more advice on how to write a resume including choosing a type of resume, using resume templates, resume writing tips, and where to get help with resume writing.

Ask Alison: How Long Should My Resume Be?

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