Too Good To Be True? How to Identify Fishy Job Opportunities

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Have you ever run across a job listing that was offering an unrealistic amount of money for what seems an unreasonably small amount of work? Or a job where the main requirement seems to be that you are a human being over the age of 18? While most job ads you’ll find are for real opportunities, you may run into a situation where you have questions about its legitimacy. When you are scouring the net for job opportunities, here are four red flags to keep an eye out for:

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Need Experience to Get Experience?

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If you are entering the professional world for the first time or looking to branch into a new career, you may have come across the (somewhat terrifying!) saying “need experience to get experience.”  While experience is a factor in hiring, it is not the only thing employers are focused on. Other factors are involved, and as you set out on your search it’s important to remember the following:

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Three Hiring Myths To Ignore During Your Job Search

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Worried that you aren’t the perfect candidate for the job, or that you aren’t applying to enough opportunities? Maybe you’re watching the phone and wondering why you haven’t heard back from your Hiring Manager? There are a lot of job search myths out there that may be causing you some extra stress. It’s time to debunk the three most common:

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Want The Job? Three Important Tips for a Winning Resume

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Do you have your eyes on a new job opening that’s right up your alley?  Are you looking to put together a resume that will grab the Hiring Managers attention and get your foot in the door? A winning resume is about more than just the skills and experience you have, it’s also about how you present them.  Here are three tips that will help you land that interview:

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Four Ways to Get the Most Out Of a Job Fair

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Considering how much we rely on technology, it can be surprising that some of the best job search techniques were created long before iPhones and three-hour Avenger films. Networking, and making a one-on-one human connection, is still the most effective way to get a job, and there is no better place to do this than at a job fair. Wondering how to get the most out of your job fair experience? Here are four things you need to do:

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Why Following Directions May Be The Key To Your Job Search

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Let’s take a moment to recognize how much time and effort a Hiring Manager puts into filling an open position. From the moment the position is posted, up to calling the candidate to congratulate them on being hired, filling just one job may take a large portion of a Hiring Manager’s time for weeks on end.

Not surprisingly, Hiring Managers tend to create their own process for each new hire. This extends from how they receive applications to how they handle interviews. Whatever that Hiring Manager’s process, they have found these “rules” work best and they aren’t going to be shy about sharing them with candidates.  So, while the person who originally said “rules were meant to be broken” may have made a killing of T-shirt licensing, they probably weren’t very good at their job search. Here are three areas where following basic instructions will put you ahead of other job applicants:

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Three Things That Will Ruin Your Interview… Before It Even Starts

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It would be a shame to put so much time into prepping for an interview, only to derail it because you made a mistake before you even had a chance to shake the Hiring Manager’s hand. Most of your attention is going to be on the face-to-face portion of your interview, but it’s worth remembering that your interview will start the moment you arrive on location. Here are three things that can ruin your interview even before you actually meet the Hiring Manager.

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Let’s Do Lunch (Interviews)

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Would you like fries or a salad with your entree? How about a refill on your iced tea? These are not the type of questions you would typically be asked during a job interview, but in the case of a lunch interview, you can expect to hear them alongside “Tell me a little bit about yourself” and “What is your biggest weakness?” While you shouldn’t expect a lunch interview in your job search, they are common enough that you should know how to navigate them. Let’s tackle a few of the most commonly asked questions people have about these types of interviews:

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