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Job Search 101: Winning the Phone or Video Screen

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Hiring Screens.  Those annoying but all too necessary steps that a human resources department has to go through to make sure they are putting quality candidates in front of their hiring managers for face to face interviews.  In this post, we want to give you some strategies for making it through the phone screen process and on to the next step.  But first, if you are thinking about even getting yourself to a phone screening, make sure to check our entire job search 101 series which starts with resume building blocks. What is a Phone Screening? To get past a phone screening, we suppose you better have a good understanding of exactly what it is.  A phone screening, by definition, is a type of job interview, usually conducted at the...

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Job Search 101: Questions To Ask An Employer During An Interview

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When you are heading into an interview, it’s a good practice to have a list so you know what to ask an employer.  This shows interest in the company, and if you have done your homework, you can relate the questions to the business you are interviewing for. Assuming you have made it through the phone interview process, in general during an interview, the employer will provide questions to which you will answer.  At the end of the interview is when you will have a chance to ask the employer your questions. Great questions to ask an employer during an interview: Q: What is the typical career path of someone who takes this job within your organization? This is a good question because it shows that your interest in staying with a company...

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Job Search 101: Resume Building Blocks in 2020

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This post is the first in our 2020 Job Search 101 series, focused on crafting a resume in 2020. Specifically, we’ll focus on something more like a template that you are going to use in many ways. Let’s get started on making a resume that helps you tell your story, while keeping things brief and snack-able. Beyond Resume Paper Gone are the days where you would (gasp) mail a printed resume to an employer…or are they? My guess is that in Eastern Iowa if you mailed a resume to an employer, you’d certainly stand out, but you’d have to be pretty careful in how you positioned yourself, so you don’t come across as old fashioned and invite unconscious bias. Besides, you’re probably going to have to apply online for that job anyway – either in the...

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Customer Service Jobs in the Corridor

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Interested in Customer Service jobs in the Corridor? Let’s face it.  To be in business, you have to sell something.  To sell something, you have to have someone to take care of your customers.  Your ability to serve your customers and keep them coming back is the most important part of your business model, yet it is often overlooked. We’ve all been there. You go to a restaurant and you have a bad experience with the waiter or waitress who was helping you.  If the food didn’t blow your mind, you’ll probably never return and assume that the service is always bad. Serving your customers and keeping them coming back is the most important thing. In the Corridor, we have a plethora of customer service jobs available at all times.  Usually,...

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Hey Alexa, Search Jobs on Corridor Careers!

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Have you enabled the Corridor Careers skill on your Alexa device? Last year, we unveiled our Corridor Careers skill on Alexa and have seen more and more job seekers using it to aid in their job search.  Today, we are refreshing our old post about adding Corridor Careers on your Amazon Alexa enabled device! Adding Corridor Careers to Alexa Recently, Corridor Careers released an updated version of our own Alexa skill that includes voice search. You can’t ask for jobs out of the box, though. To enable the Corridor Careers skill for Alexa, search for “corridor careers” in your Alexa app. Or find us on Amazon and click on “Enable Skill”. Once that’s done, all you have to do is say the magic words. Using Corridor Careers with Alexa If you say...

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Sign up for Local Job Alerts

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In this video, we explain how to sign up for local Job Alerts on Corridor Careers. Pick 1 or more categories and get alerted at the frequency you like. You control how often you get notified – sign up today and unsubscribe when you get that perfect job! Studies show applicants who apply on the first day a job is posted are more likely to be considered. To sign up for Job Alerts, go to the “Job Seeker” menu at the top of the page and open the menu. Scroll to the Job Alerts tab. Pick the categories that you are most interested in receiving updates for. Enter your email, and the frequency at wish you want to receive alerts. Click “email me jobs,” and you are all done!

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How to Save a Job on Corridor Careers

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Quickly organize your job search by using our ‘save a job’ feature. You don’t need to login, just click the heart next to the job while browsing so you can come back to it later.  Here’s a quick video showing you how! 1) Find the jobs you are interested in viewing in the future and click the heart to the right of the job. 2) On Desktop: at the top of your page, find the saved jobs icon (you don’t have to be logged in). On Mobile, scroll to the footer and click ‘Saved Jobs’. 3) The jobs you have saved will appear. If you aren’t interested in the job any longer, you can de-select the heart. Happy saving!

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Tis The Season to Find That Job

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A frustrating job search during the holidays can lead us to wonder why a company is not giving the gift of “job” this holiday season.  Questions begin to arise.  Is there something wrong with me?  Am I not qualified for the job?  What is it about me that people don’t like? Job searching during the holidays can be difficult. Job Search Frustration After you’ve submitted dozens of resumes with little to no response, it’s easy to begin thinking this way about yourself.  The truth is that employers look at hiring a little different than how a job seeker does. They will try to hire an internal candidate.  Almost always, a company will try to hire an internal candidate to fill a role first.  An internal candidate will at least have the first...

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How To Find a Job You Want To Do

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From a survey done by Corridor Careers, many job seekers reported having a tough time knowing how to find a job that they actually want to do.  There are multiple reasons that you may be having a tough time finding a job you love, and here are some of the most common: Unsure of what you like to do Lack of jobs in your field available Haven’t found the right atmosphere Lack of motivation These are just a few.  Let’s begin to untangle some of the mysteries surrounding why job seekers have a tough time finding work that they want to do. Know Yourself The most important thing when weeding through jobs is knowing yourself, what your personality type is, and finding job fits based on your personality.  This is super helpful in eliminating...

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How To Stay Motivated In Your Job Search

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Being on the job hunt for weeks can be frustrating, and it’s hard to know how to stay motivated in your job search. Looking for prospective employers and potential job fits, and waiting in vain for a response are common complaints of job seekers.  After several job application submissions and little to no response later, you start to feel it.  That heavyweight on your chest and in your head.  This is the time in your job search it becomes important to stay motivated.  It may also be the time to question why you aren’t seeing results and thoughts begin to rumble in your head: “Is there something wrong with me?” “Why don’t employers see how great I am?” “How many more applications is this going to take before I see results?” The truth is...

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Mental Health and Your Job Search

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Job Search and Depression Not every job search results in depression, but often the struggle with mental health during a job search is ignored. Research studies have shown that initially after losing a job, the experience can be quite unsettling.  After the initial shock wears off, people can find a sense of relief and freedom when they are let go or quit a job.  However, if the job hunt continues for 10 weeks or more the experience can begin to lead to anxiety and depression.1  This comes from a job seeker being rejected time after time during their job search. (Please note, if you are experiencing serious depression, call 1-800-332-4224 to use the Foundation2 crisis chat line right away) In Eastern Iowa, we are seeing historically low...

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Resumes for Recent College Graduates with No Work Experience

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Are you a recent college grad wondering how to craft a resume with no work experience? No worries. When you are just beginning your working career, you may not have a lot to show on your resume in your prospective field.  And while browsing jobs, it seems like any type of interesting job requires 3-5 years of experience, at a minimum!  This can be frustrating for many recent college graduates when the most you have on your resume is an internship and a few years of part-time work from high school or college. Well, you’re not alone. Every college grad has early times in their career without much to show for it.  We’re going to give you some tips as to how to stand out from the crowd when you are just beginning your career. Ultimately,...

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Cover Letter Elements

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What makes an effective cover letter? Do I still need one? Many online applications for jobs don’t require a cover letter any longer like they used to.  And I’m sure you are thinking, “Great, one less thing I have to do to apply for this job!”  But are you really doing yourself a favor by not taking the extra minute or two to upload some sort of introductory message? While unemployment remains low, that doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t much competition for jobs, especially with the top employers in your area.  Simply taking the time to upload that cover letter can pay off big time, separating yourself from the competition. First off, there isn’t really a right or wrong way to write a cover letter.  Different jobs require different...

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What Should I Wear to a Job Fair?

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Wondering what to wear to an upcoming job fair or job interview? Our advice? Keep it simple. 10 Tips on Styling for a Job Fair Here are 10 tips on how to style yourself for a job interview or job fair. Start with the basics: clean and neat socks and undergarments. These really make a difference in looking professional and building confidence. For women, wear a properly sized bra. For males, a nice pair of socks can make you feel like a million bucks. Scour your wardrobe for those basics. A suit may not be necessary, but a blazer paired with a shirt and tie or simple dress will work wonders. Clean and press your clothing the night before. Don’t rush right before an interview. Have them all laid out so you can sleep knowing your clothes...

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In The Works Podcast: Trends in CR Workforce

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In The Works is a radio segment series in partnership with local AM600 WMT Newsradio.  Doug Wagner, our host, & Liz Kennedy, Corridor Careers, talk with area experts on the topic of workforce trends and information for both job seekers and employers. Trends, Skills, and Career-Readiness, Oh My! Liz and Doug chat about trends in Eastern Iowa Workforce, and career resources for job seekers, including parents and high-school students. http://blog.corridorcareers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Career-Resources.mp3 Iowa Ideas Conference Preview Elizabeth Kimmel and Michael Chevy Castranova preview our upcoming signature conference: Iowa Ideas – get tickets today. Barriers to Employment: Special Populations Eastern Iowa’s Trucking...

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5 Career Fair Questions You Should Ask

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Visiting a Career Fair isn’t the same as an interview, but it does give you one on one time with employers and recruiters.  It pays to be ready to answer the typical interview questions and gives you a chance to practice your skills. 5 Questions you should ask: Don’t forget you need to ask Employers questions to. Here’s a few good ones. How would you describe the company culture? What are the biggest challenges of this job? What do you like most about your job? What skills do you look for in a candidate for this position? What’s a typical career path for this position? 5 Questions you should be ready to answer: Here are a few you should know a quick answer to. And they’ll be the first you’ll answer in an interview as well. Tell me...

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Phone Interview Tips and Tricks

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In Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, companies are turning to phone interviews to start the recruiting process. Phone screens or initial interviews are your first chance to make an impression on a potential employer.  So it’s important to treat them just as seriously as you would an in-person interview.  Especially because they determine whether the HR professional will advance you on to the next round. Below are some tips to help perfect your phone interview skills and help you land that job. Prepare for a Phone Interview Just like with a face-to-face interview, it’s imperative to be as prepared as possible for a phone interview. Schedule your phone interview when you know you’ll be free and able to take the call in a quiet space. This needs...

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How to Get the Most Out of a Job Fair

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Plenty of people think job fairs are a thing of the past in the digital age. Don’t believe them. Job fairs can be a treasure chest of opportunity if you know how to work them. We decided to break it down into 4-areas:  Research, Planning, The Day-Of, and Follow-up. Research Employers One of the best uses of your time before heading to a job fair is to learn about the companies that will be there. Even if you’re sure you don’t want to work for some of them, do your homework anyway. After all, you never know what opportunities might come from any potential employer. Make sure you know what the business does and whether they might have current or future openings that relate to your skillset. Find out if you can pre-register for the job...

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Lessons in Moving and Relocation

Cedar Rapids Boomerang - Relocating to Cedar Rapids

After bouncing around a few different cities in the Midwest over the last couple years, I made the challenging, yet right decision to move back to my hometown of Cedar Rapids in January of 2018.  Most recently I had been in Chicago, and while Chicago offered much in the way of dining, nightlife, and entertainment that the Corridor may not, ultimately the lifestyle, traffic, and living expenses were too much for me to justify hanging around. Iowa Boomerang I think there are a lot of people in the same boat as me, that grew up in the Corridor area but have moved to different parts of the country, and if given the right opportunity would love to move back to the place they call home.  As I was considering moving back I wasn’t quite sure...

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Resume Best Practices That Will Help You Land the Job

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When searching for a new job, updating your resume can seem like a big task. Between summarizing your previous experience down to a few sentences and trying to squeeze everything onto one page, there’s a lot to consider. However, it’s best to make sure the basics are covered: Make sure it’s up to date with current contact info (and if your old email looks funky, get a new one) No typos, please.  Use spell-check, grammar check and your Mom to proof-read it. Update your resume for your career stage. If you’ve got experience, note an objective that speaks to what you want to do next. Don’t bury the lead. Focus on your core skills and list them first. Sifting through dozens of resumes is a reality for employers so when a particularly good...

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Job Interviewing Tips for Admin and Clerical Jobs

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One of the advantages of interviewing for an administrative or clerical job is the large number of sample interview questions on the internet. You only need to search “preparing for an administrative or clerical job” and you’ll find several pages of sites offering ideas. We’ll share the most pertinent questions and help you make sure you’re not caught off-guard in the interview. Just preparing answers for likely questions can help you better present yourself to a prospective employer. Sample Questions How does your past work experience relate to this job? This can be a bit challenging if you’re making a career shift. But try to isolate skills from the previous job that could apply to clerical or administrative work. In other words, a...

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Career Fairs Are Worth It. Benefits of Attending a Local Job Fair

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We’ve updated our take on career fairs. You know, the thing some hiring pros think are a waste of time? Here at Corridor Careers, our team still feel that job fairs are a valuable way for job seekers and hiring professionals to interact – especially if the job seeker does some prep-work first. Whether you’re actively seeking employment or just starting to think about switching jobs, time spent at a local career fair can be worth it. Check out our upcoming career fair in Cedar Rapids April 18th, 2019. Dress Boring It’s tricky figuring out how to stand out of a crowd of applicants, but the simple approach often works best: don’t try too hard, and keep it professional. If you’re looking to land at a startup, you might dress a bit more...

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4 Things To Do Before You Apply for a Job

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According to Gallup, roughly half (51%) of employees are actively looking for a new job or watching for job openings—and there are plenty of jobs to be had in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Whether you’re employed and testing the waters or unemployed and looking more actively, here are a few steps you can take before you apply for a job.  Get ready to dive in to your next job search with both feet. Evaluate Your Career Goals Are you looking to move up into management, or an executive position? Maybe you want to find a job with greater work-life balance, or a part time side-hustle to earn a little extra money. Evaluating your career goals help you determine which potential employers might be a good fit for you before you send a single...

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How to Fill Out Online Job Applications

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Filling out online job applications can be a long process and seem never-ending when you are going through your job search.  Each application may ask similar questions but it is important to tailor your answers to the job you are applying for. Remember these tips to make your online job application process go smoothly. 1. Get your Resume and Cover Letter ready Yes first thing is first.  Your resume and cover letter need to be in tip top shape if you are going through a job search.  Put yourself in a hiring manager’s shoes – would you want to hire someone who slopped together a resume or cover letter?  Probably not.  First impressions do matter, even if they are on paper.  Need some formatting suggestions or how to write a top notch...

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Salary Negotiation Requires Research, Tact and Strategy

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If you’re like most graduates fresh out of college, you have an idea of how much money you need in your first job, but salary negotiation is a foreign concept. Little wonder-it’s one of those things most college classes don’t teach. First Things, First – Always Negotiate If there’s one thing career advisors agree on, it’s salary negotiation, even in your first job. Studies show employees feel satisfaction if they at least tried to negotiate a higher salary than if they took whatever was offered. Best Salary Negotiation Tips We researched tips from Forbes to graduateland.com and came up with solid ideas on each step of the salary negotiation process. Stay positive, no matter what the outcome. If the offer is less than expected, remain...

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5 Things to Look for in Your First Job

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Whether you’re looking for your very first job or first job out of college, there are a lot of factors to consider before making up your mind. Most job applicants look at pay first. That’s understandable, especially when you’re just getting started. However, the joy of good pay quickly fades if you don’t like the work environment. So, here are Corridor Careers top 5 things to look for in your first job. Look at the big picture – salary, benefits and other perks like health club discounts or even tickets to entertainment events. You have to take a big picture perspective into the job decision process. Consider the city in which you’ll work and commuting costs.  Cedar Rapids currently has a cost of living of 92.7 – which is 8 points below...

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How to Get Internships That Work

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Ask college students about past internships and you’ll get a wide range of answers. Some students found they were a stepping stone to their first jobs and others just felt like coffee jockeys for the paid help. A well-chosen internship can be a great opportunity to learn more about how the real world operates. Before you venture out into the real world, it’s a good idea to give some thought and planning to the process. Start by Setting Your Goals One of the most important parts of an internship is planning. There are several questions to ask yourself. What do you want in an internship? Do you want to be able to dig in and actually do work or would you rather observe or shadow different people in the organization? The college you attend...

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How To Prepare For A Nursing Job Interview

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Prepping for a nursing job interview might seem straightforward but the field of nursing carries with it additional considerations beyond what is expected of other job candidates.  After all, people are putting the care of their loved ones in your hands. Hospital and clinic administrators have to interview and hire accordingly, especially given the large number of job openings in most markets. Interview Preparation: Focus On What You Can Bring To the Nursing Job Give serious thought to what you might be asked and how best to answer. A simple “tell me about yourself” type of question is an opportunity to explain your track record as a good employee. Keep your answer in the two minute range. Remember that employers aren’t interested in...

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5 LinkedIn Tips for Recent College Grads

Professionals in nearly every industry are using LinkedIn – 93 percent of companies use it to recruit new hires. As a recent college grad, it’s important to have a strong profile that outlines your strengths and experiences. Below we outline some tips on how to get your LinkedIn profile camera ready. Customize Your Public Profile URL Don’t want to be a number? Customize your public url (the bit that goes after linkedin.com/xxxx) Click the ‘Me’ icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage. Click the Pencil icon under Edit URL and follow instructions Upload a (Professional) Photo There are many benefits to including a photo of yourself on your LinkedIn profile – your profile is fourteen times more likely to be viewed just for having a...

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Benefits of Attending a Career Fair (and Tips on How to Stand Out)

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Career fairs are still a valuable source for job seekers and employers alike. Whether you’re actively seeking employment or just starting to think about switching jobs, a career fair is a great resource with many benefits. Job Openings The best benefit job seekers can enjoy at a career fair is learning about all the job opportunities in your area. Company representatives in attendance will be able to give insights on all their job openings as well as the business’ hiring process. Tip: Remember to bring plenty of copies of your resume and make sure you can talk articulately about your past experience and merits. Networking Even if your choice employer isn’t attending the fair or has no openings, career fairs are a great opportunity to...

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What to Do After College: Tips on Finding Your First Job

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So you did it. You survived all of those tiring all-nighters, grueling end-of-term finals and (somewhat) balanced keg stands and you’re ready for next phase of your life. Graduating from college is a huge feat that calls for celebration. But when the party is over, , it’s time to find a job and knowing how and where to find your first job can be tricky without proper guidance. According to a recent Accenture College Graduate Employment Survey, only 46 percent of 2013 graduates were able to get a full time job within a year of graduating. Of those employed, 46 percent of grads were underemployed, meaning they had a job that did not require a college degree. Even though these numbers are disheartening, there are ways to prepare yourself...

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What Kind of Job Site User Are You?

Are you a serial job searcher who always keeps your options open? Or, do you only hit the job sites when you need a job, like, right now? Maybe you feel trapped in a job that’s sucking the life right out of you, and you cruise job sites as therapy after particularly bad days. At any given point in your working life, you may fall into one of these categories. Whatever your mindset, CorridorCareers.com has the search strategy for you. The “Pick a Job, Any Job” Candidate – Unemployed and desperate? On your last week of unemployment insurance? Do Mom and Dad want their basement back? If you’re past being picky about what jobs you apply for or maybe you’re just feeling really versatile, you can set up your search to see every single job...

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SEO for Resumes

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5 Tips for Getting Your Online Job Application Noticed Back in the day, job hunters and their advisors spent a ridiculous amount of time determining what kind of paper, envelopes and type style a job seeker should choose for their resumes. The idea being that some human, somewhere, was actually holding your resume in their hands and exclaiming, “Oh, would you look at this lovely parchment paper (with matching envelop.) This must be a good candidate for our open position” and lickety-split, that’s how your resume was passed on to someone, somewhere, who called you for an interview. Today, few employers will even accept a paper application or resume, requiring everything to come in online. And, as many discouraged job seekers already...

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