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my least favorite interview question (+ how to answer it)

Without a doubt, “what’s your greatest weakness?” is an interview question I’ve never really liked, as a recruiter, a career coach, or a candidate. Most job seekers think it’s a trick question and have no clue how to prepare for it, and most interviewers don’t particularly know what they’re hoping to learn from the fluffy answers they typically receive.

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what to do when you hate your job: a 3-step plan!

Do you hate your job? Well, you’re not alone. According to a 2017 Gallup poll, roughly 70% of American employees are either disengaged with their current role or find it to be a source of frustration rather than fulfillment.

So what should you do? I have an important bit of advice: If you can help it, don’t jump ship just yet! Be strategic about your next career move. In today’s post, I’ll talk through some initial steps you should take to search for and find a more fulfilling job when you realize that your current position is NOT for you.
 

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how to create your resume word cloud

Recruiters and hiring managers are notoriously speedy resume scanners. Do you know what story your resume is telling them? Obviously, you can (and should) read and compare your resume to the job descriptions of the roles you’re applying for to ensure that you’ve positioned yourself as a strong fit; however, a fun and different way to confirm that your resume’s overall message is coming across clearly is by creating your very own resume word cloud!

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how to write strong & effective resume bullet points

Oh, bullet points. The most important parts of your resume and the toughest to write. I’m sure you’ve read articles and heard career development professionals spouting the same advice: “quantify your impact!” “highlight your results rather than your responsibilities!” “showcase your strengths!”

Well, guess what? I say the same thing! Because that’s the exact advice you need when writing your resume bullet points. Buuuuut, in this post, I’m going to show you HOW to do it -- with before and after examples, question prompts, and extra advice.

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5 must-visit websites for your job search

Sometimes, it feels like one of the hardest parts about finding a new job is actually FINDING job opportunities to apply for. As a former recruiter, I’m all about applying for jobs directly on company websites, as they’re generally one of the top 3 places internal recruiters and hiring managers look when searching for and evaluating candidates. Howeverrrrr, I do browse a number of different websites on a daily basis to check out new roles for myself, friends, family, students, and clients. Here are the top 5 websites I visit!

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how to answer "tell me about yourself"

While “tell me about yourself” appears to be annoyingly open-ended, I’m here to provide you with a reality check as well as some structure for answering this common opening interview question: No, your interviewer doesn’t want to know your ENTIRE life story. And no, your interviewer doesn’t want to hear your resume repeated word-for-word.

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double-check the details: avoid these common resume mistakes

Oh, resumes. So consequential, and yet not a day goes by when I don’t see at least one with errors that make my eye twitch -- a misspelled company name, disorganized dates, action verbs repeated 4-5x on one page.

For better or for worse, the resume is your first impression to potential employers, and an error-free resume allows recruiters and hiring managers to jump directly into your content -- learning more about you, your skills, and your experience.

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my go-to "this job is MINE" cover letter template

First things first, let's start with a dose of the truth: While I know and fully understand the purpose of cover letters, I don't particularly care for them. Didn’t care for them as a recruiter, don’t particularly care for them as a career coach, (definitely) didn’t care for them as a candidate. BUT, me not particularly caring for cover letters doesn't mean I’m not pretty damn good at writing them.

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5 things to remove from your resume today

It's no secret that your resume can make or break your job search. While the vast majority of career coaching and job search guidance is focused (rightfully so) on what should be included in your resume, I’d like to offer some brief tips on what should not.

After reviewing thousands of resumes as both a recruiter and a career coach, I’ve compiled a longggggggg list of resume don’ts. Here are my top 5 things you should remove from your resume today, and some helpful suggestions on what to add in their place!

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how to organize your job search with trello

Every year, “getting (and staying) organized” remains high on the list of New Year’s resolutions, and 2018 is no different. Whether you’re preparing to start a brand new job search or have been in the middle of one for the past few months, keeping track of all the moving parts (application deadlines, interviews, coffee chats, etc.) is just as important as building connections and submitting apps.

Knowing exactly where you’ve applied, who you’ve spoken to, and when you’ve interviewed for positions is key and also quite invaluable when you’re trying to take stock of how effective your job search has truly been.

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