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Posted September 23, 2014 by

Can I Get Hired with a Criminal Record?

Michael Klazema

Michael Klazema

One of the first questions that people with criminal records ask as they head out into the job market in search of employment is about whether or not their search is even worth it. It’s a valid query: for years, employers have blacklisted ex-convicts and even misdemeanor criminals simply for having criminal offenses on record. Even if you have served your time for a crime and are working hard to rebuild your life, a criminal record can follow you around for your whole life and force you to keep paying for your mistakes. Quite simply, most employers aren’t willing to take a risk on people with criminal history, whether because they are worried for their safety (or the safety of their customers or workers) or because they just look down upon those who have committed crimes in the past.

Still, getting hired with a criminal record is possible if you know which steps to take and how to conduct yourself throughout the interview process. Follow the steps below to take control over your life and get yourself back to a respectable position of employment. (more…)

Posted September 15, 2014 by

Applying for an Entry Level Job Online? Make Your Resume ATS Compatible

If you are applying for an entry level job online, you want your resume to get through the applicant tracking system, or ATS.  For that to happen, apply these tips in the following post.

It can be frustrating to send out multiple resumes every day and hear nothing back. Yet recruiters find it overwhelming to sift through the approximately 1,000 applications that come in for a single job post. To help manage this large flow of resumes, recruiters use something called an applicant tracking system (ATS). These

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Posted September 10, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, Haven’t Heard Back about the Jobs You Applied for? 7 Rules for Following Up

Recent college graduates who have applied for jobs can become impatient if they feel it’s taking too long to hear back from employers.  In the following post, learn how they can follow up by applying these seven rules.

Proper follow up is an integral piece of your job search, and how you execute can make or break your chances at snagging an interview, or even an offer. And while we live in the digital age where immediate information at our fingertips is the norm, it’s not quite the way the hiring process works.

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Posted September 05, 2014 by

Be Smarter When Searching for Entry Level Jobs with These 3 Tips

College students and graduates seeking entry level jobs should make the most of their job search time.  Learn three tips to be smarter when job searching in the following post.

You likely began your job search methodically and with purpose. Over time, though – as you chase down multiple leads, write multiple resumes, and as you make multiple phone calls – both your desk and brain become filled with leads and questions. Soon, you feel like you can’t neglect even the smallest task…

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Posted September 04, 2014 by

College Students, 10 Goals for You to Set in Your Searches for Jobs

As they look for jobs, college students should consider setting these 10 goals for success in the following post.

When it comes to the Social Age job search, the most successful careerists know: we must create actionable goals and milestones that equate to real progress, and eventually result in a job offer. This means your goals need to be realistic and can be accomplished within a reasonable time frame. Regardless of the stage you are at in your job

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Posted September 02, 2014 by

How to Spy the Entry Level Job You Want

To find the entry level job of your dreams, you may need to spy for it.  Learn how to do so in the following post.

John Lees, author of How to Get a Job You’ll Love says: ‘Only about 20 to 30 percent of jobs are filled by people applying for published vacancies.’ So to find the perfect job… you may have go undercover. It sounds illogical: why would employers hide vacancies? The reason is simple: employers want to take as

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Posted August 29, 2014 by

Writing Resumes for Entry Level Jobs? 7 Ways to be Concise

When reading resumes for entry level jobs, employers and recruiters don’t want their time to be wasted.  In the following post, learn some tips to be concise during the process of writing your resume.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, one in six hiring managers spend 30 seconds or less reviewing resumes. So when we write our resumes, there is intense pressure to “sound good.” We use big or fancy words that will make their resume sound professional and well-written. We fill the resume with buzzwords and cliches. And

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Posted August 21, 2014 by

5 Ways To Improve Your Post-Grad Job Search

Female university graduate looking back at graduation ceremony

Female university graduate looking back at graduation ceremony. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The months proceeding graduation are nerve-wracking for any student. How to land that first real job is a feat made ever more imposing by the arrival of student loan bills. Maybe your parents begin reminding you that your education was an investment, and now it’s time that it pays off. So what do you do? Some resort to sending out thousands of resumes, or cold calling businesses for open positions. To avoid moving back in with your parents, or settling into the title of baccalaureate barista, here are some tips to make your post-grad job search a success. (more…)

Posted August 20, 2014 by

Not Qualified Enough to Land Your Dream Entry Level Job? 3 Tips to Stand Out from Other Job Seekers

If you don’t believe you can land the entry level job of your dreams because you’re not qualified, think again.  The following post shares three tips to help you stand out from other job seekers.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” — Abraham Lincoln If all you did was submit your cover letter and resume, you’re screwed. Why? Because someone out there speaks one more language, has a one point higher GPA or has one more year

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Posted August 11, 2014 by

College Graduates, Ask These 4 Questions Before Sending Out Resumes for Jobs

Before submitting resumes for jobs, college graduates should ask themselves these four questions in the following post.

A job seeker reports applying for over 1,000 jobs in the past 12 months. The results: Zero job offers; zero job interviews. Like many job seekers, this job seeker viewed the millions of job postings on the Internet as the path to employment. The problem: Too many applications done quickly, carelessly and without conviction…

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