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Job Applications Gaining Importance

February 26, 2014
Job Applications Gaining Importance

In years past, if you wanted to work at a particular company, you sent its recruiters your resume and a cover letter. Now you often have to complete a detailed application as well. Aileen Richards, the Head of Human Resources of Mars Candy, recently told me that company-sponsored applications are gaining importance in her organization…

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Recent Grads Creatively Optimize their Resumes

August 21, 2013
Recent Grads Creatively Optimize their Resumes

……………..New grads can be thankful that the employment picture continues to improve, but they’ll still have to be creative to snag the job they want. And since resumes are the first impression a respective employer receives, successful applicants know that’s where their creativity should start. They offer polished resumes that reflect careful consideration of how…

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When Representing Your Company, It Can’t Hurt to Ask

July 31, 2013
When Representing Your Company, It Can’t Hurt to Ask

……………….Rejection can be tough. Some of us learn after years of being cut from teams or losing school elections that it’s safer not to put yourself out there. But work is different. You represent your company and securing the best terms with a client, a consultant or a vendor is your job. Of course it’s…

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Going Beyond “To Whom It May Concern”: The Art of Writing a Winning Cover Letter

February 20, 2013
Going Beyond “To Whom It May Concern”: The Art of Writing a Winning Cover Letter

……………………………By Guest Contributor Rachel Pryzby After you read my first guest post (Resume Greatest Hits: Questions I Get Asked Most), you’re probably on your way to creating a solid resume that effectively markets your skills and achievements. A cover letter, on the other hand, is a completely different animal, and one that doesn’t get as…

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Confessions of an Interviewer

January 9, 2013
Confessions of an Interviewer

……………………………This week I’m re-posting one of my reader’s favorite posts on interviewing. Enjoy I gained a reputation for being a tough interviewer at the bank where I worked. It was a slow evolution. I remember always being considered so nice. Oh, maybe that was high school. My interviewing days stretched back to working as a…

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How to Nail Your One-on-One Sales Meeting

June 20, 2012
How to Nail Your One-on-One Sales Meeting

They bought dozens of companies, turned around operations and improved balance sheets. Many of these buyout professionals were mentioned weekly in the Wall Street Journal or Forbes. But they were often scared to talk to potential private equity investors. These men and women were my clients. My task was to prepare them for meetings where…

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Have Connections? Use Them!

May 14, 2012
Have Connections? Use Them!

The woman I interviewed had a gap in her resume. I couldn’t figure out what she did during that period. “So how about this time frame?” I asked. “Well…” she began, hesitatingly, “I did have a job at a pharmaceutical lab.” Really? Why isn’t it on your resume? Oh, I hate to talk about it.…

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Follow-up When You Don’t Receive a Job Offer

May 13, 2012
Follow-up When You Don’t Receive a Job Offer

“The sale begins when the customer says no.” That was the motto of a top salesperson at Merrill Lynch when I worked there. At the time I thought the saying was corny, but now I would recast it as simple yet brilliant. And it applies not only to the sale of products and services but…

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Love Your Job? Get Ready to Leave

May 12, 2012
Love Your Job? Get Ready to Leave

I loved my job and had no thoughts of leaving. But a funny thing happened when I went on maternity leave; half my 30-person work group left for a competitor. The news came as a shock to me, even in my rather emotionally removed state. I hadn’t seen the change coming and felt a mixture…

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The Advantage of the Informational Interview

January 25, 2012
The Advantage of the Informational Interview

Informational interviews are meetings between job seekers and representatives from companies that aren’t hiring at the time. If a job opening exists, pursue it. But if the company doesn’t have any openings, meeting with one of the executives is a great way to build your network of industry contacts. The meeting could lead to a…

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Launch of Advice for the New Careerist

November 29, 2011
Launch of Advice for the New Careerist

I went down to the University of Virginia a few weeks ago to speak to women from the McIntyre School about interviewing. It was a great visit with some insightful questions from the students. At the end of the presentation I asked them if they liked my website name “Advice for the Office Ingenue.” When…

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Making Cover Letter Magic

June 17, 2011
Making Cover Letter Magic

Cover letters, or cover emails, are a necessary evil to landing an interview. It’s annoying to have to craft a brilliant, succinct and distinctive email when many interviewers toss them aside and dive right into your resume. But then again, there are those hirers that won’t get to your resume if they don’t like your…

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Fixing a Problem in Your Resume

June 8, 2011
Fixing a Problem in Your Resume

If you haven’t landed one of your A List jobs, you may not be responding to a weakness in your resume. Even if the interviewer doesn’t ask you about the issue, it’s on her mind so you better deal with it or she may politely write you off. Yesterday I spoke with a recently graduated…

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