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Posted June 23, 2014 by

Interviewing for an Entry Level Job? 10 Steps to Secure a Job Offer

When interviewing for an entry level job, understand that it is your job to impress the interviewer.  In the following post, learn 10 steps to help you secure a job offer.

Contrary to popular belief, your resume doesn’t get you a job; it is simply a sales brochure that gets you the job interview. Ultimately, it is your performance at that interview that determines whether or not you get a job offer. Many employers view a job interview as something akin to an

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Posted June 12, 2014 by

9 Reasons You’re Not Landing an Entry Level Job and Ways to Succeed in Your Search

Are you wondering why you are not landing an entry level job?  The following post shares nine reasons, along with ways to find success during your search.

No job or internship search is perfect. We’re going to make mistakes. One mistake you can’t afford to make as a during an active job search, however: with every application, you (the “seller”) must pay close attention to what the employer (the “buyer”) wants…

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Posted April 04, 2014 by

“Undercover” Cover Letter Secrets

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Rich and Joan are movie buffs. They particularly enjoy spy thrillers and murder mysteries because of the suspense throughout and then the surprise endings. But they recently admitted they were spending too much time watching films and not enough on finding the job they wanted—working as a catering team. But after an intense job search of more than six months, they were still without meaningful employment and were living off savings—which were disappearing fast.

One evening while watching an old spy movie on TV Joan realized that what kept them glued to the screen was the unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Just when they thought they had things figured out, some new event would be uncovered. (more…)

Posted March 05, 2014 by

The #1 Way To Prove You’re The Best Fit For The Job

Ryan Niessen

Ryan Niessen

Imagine this: you walk confidently and calmly into your big job interview…

This is the one you want… and you came prepared.

You sit down across from your interviewer, and exchange the normal pleasantries. They ask you some normal, day-to-day questions, and you respond with energy… all the while remaining conscious of your posture and body language.

Knowing that there are lots of other viable candidates out there, you decided to think outside the box and literally prove that you’re the best fit for the job. (more…)

Posted December 20, 2013 by

The Three-Step Approach to Finding a Job

Tony Beshara, Ph.D.

Tony Beshara, Ph.D.

With unemployment for new college graduates at 9.1 percent, according to the Institute for College Access & Success, young people face a tough job market, and need new, more effective strategies for landing a job that will help them start paying off student loans.

One highly effective “system” that has helped more than 100,000 individuals find a new job is based on the concept that if you focus more on the job search process, and less on getting the job, you will get better results.

Beyond honing important career skills, such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration, college grads need a step-by-step approach to get the job hunt rolling. (more…)

Posted December 19, 2013 by

When Questions Get Personal: How to Handle Inappropriate Job Interview Questions

A business woman asking questions to candidate in an interview

A business woman asking questions to candidate in an interview. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

When you’re in a job interview, you can expect to be asked numerous questions about your professional experience, your education, and what you bring to the table as a potential employee at an organization. You may also expect to get thrown some curveball questions designed to reveal your work style and how you would fit into a company’s culture.

In some cases, however, you may be asked extremely personal questions during a job interview that you don’t expect — such as questions about your race, age, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or whether or not you have children or plan to. These questions are not only highly uncomfortable for job seekers to hear, but in some cases they are also illegal for hiring managers to ask as well. (more…)

Posted November 25, 2013 by

Creating Resume Keywords

Robin Ryan

Robin Ryan

Most midsize and larger companies use recruiting management software to screen applicants for job openings. So when you apply online your resume is entered into a database. Popular companies will get hundreds of applicants for each job it posts.

“Resume keywords” are the words that a hiring manager (or HR) types into their computer to narrow their selection of applicant resumes that have been entered into their company’s database.  In order to be selected and “pop-up” in their search, your resume needs to contain the keywords that they type in. (more…)

Posted August 21, 2013 by

Top 6 Tips to Find Jobs Abroad After College

Swati Srivastava

Swati Srivastava

Are you ready to take the first step to jump start your career with entry level jobs abroad? Choosing to work overseas is always a life changing decision for fresh college students. However, finding a suitable entry level job in the Middle East or any other part of the world is not everyone’s cup of tea. This article offers some useful job hunting tips for all the young job seekers. (more…)

Posted June 12, 2013 by

How To Create A “Showstopper” Cover Letter

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

There are movies and then there are movies. You know the kind––the blah, blah stories that are okay but you forget them as soon as you leave the theater or turn off the TV.

And then there are the films that you still remember ten years later—the real showstoppers that tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.

Job search cover letters fall into the same two categories—the blah, blah kind and the ones that linger in the mind of the hiring managers and make them move your letter to the top of the stack. Your words bring a smile and a pleasant feeling. (more…)

Posted March 28, 2013 by

32% of Employers Hiring College Grads for Jobs Once Reserved for High School Grads

Brent Rasmussen of Careerbuilder

Brent Rasmussen of Careerbuilder

Need another reason to stay in school after high school and get a degree from a one-, two-, or four-year college or university?

A recent survey illustrates just how important higher education has become to employers in virtually every industry. Employers have historically looked for educated labor to fill high skill positions but now more and more report that they’re also demanding post-secondary degrees from candidates who wish to fill lower skill jobs as well. Thirty-two percent of hiring managers and human resource professionals said they are hiring more employees with college degrees for positions that were historically held by high school graduates. While this trend is most prevalent among financial services organizations, it spans across various industries: (more…)