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The articles in this section cover topics ranging from common resume blunders to understanding hiring managers' criteria.


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Making It Official: Writing a Letter of Resignation
By Brooke Heath

Perhaps you have already given your notice of resignation verbally, but most companies require that you submit a formal letter of resignation to keep on file. It is also to your benefit to give your employer and your company's human resources department a letter of resignation because it covers your end of the deal. It ensures that the date you are leaving and the date you informed your employer of your resignation are officially documented. In most cases, it is ideal to have a letter of resignation ready when you go to give your resignation in person.

You're Outta There: Giving Your Resignation
By Brooke Heath

You did everything to land a great new job! You aced the interview, and you were even able to negotiate a higher salary than you were initially offered. But before you get too far ahead of yourself and start envisioning your new desk and office with a view, you have one last matter of business: resigning from your current job.

Negotiating Your Terms
By Brooke Heath

Finally you receive the call and hear the words you've been anxiously waiting to hear: ''We would like to extend you the job offer for...'' But alas, your excitement dies when the offer, for some reason or another, isn't exactly what you were expecting to hear. Maybe the money isn't what you thought it would be, the benefits aren't so great, or your vacation time isn't what you expected.

The Offer's In: Now What?
By Brooke Heath

The interview went well—very well, in fact—and you're anxiously waiting for the big moment when you receive the offer. What now?

After the Interview: It's Not Over Yet!
By Brooke Heath

So, you just had your interview. Now all you can do is sit by the phone and wait for the call, right? Wrong! The worst thing that you can do at this point is be passive. The hiring process is not over until you hear the words ''We'd like to offer you the position'' or ''We've decided to go with someone else.'' Until then, you should be taking certain steps to ensure that you are still fresh in the interviewers' minds.

Advice for Recent Graduates
By Hardeep Arora

Now that you've graduated from school, you'll want a solid resume that will land you the job you've been working for. Although you may not have as much experience in the work force as older applicants, you can still create a resume that expounds upon the skills and qualities you do have. You may opt for a functional format, which allows you to focus on the skills you have, or a chronological one, where you can list your work experience in reverse chronological order. The main thing to do is to keep it simple and no longer than one page. Including your GPA is always a good thing if it is 3.0 or higher. Your class ranking would be excellent to display if you were in the top of your class. Just keep in mind that employers want to know what you can do for them, not what they can do for you.

Advice for Seasoned Professionals (those who are over 50)
By Hardeep Arora

Marketing resume tips reveal that a well-composed resume can make a huge difference. Seasoned professionals may be skeptical about how much weight consultant resumes can really carry, but one regularly comes across people with long employment gaps getting jobs while those with nearly impeccable qualifications struggling. Consultant resumes are specifically crafted for seasoned professionals pursuing senior management positions in both corporate and government sectors.

Ambitious Women and the Glass Ceiling
By Hardeep Arora

The term "glass ceiling" refers to a barrier so subtle that it's virtually invisible, yet so strong that it prevents competent women managers from moving up the corporate ladder or managerial hierarchy. These artificial barriers based on attitudinal or organizational bias that females encounter to progressions within organizations, are typically not faced by male managers. The glass ceiling principle thus suggests that prejudice proceeds by social-psychological processes that include stereotyping and evaluative biases. Perhaps the most important component that reinforces the glass ceiling theory is the informal effort by dominant group (males) to retain an all-male atmosphere at top of the corporate hierarchy.

Interviewing Techniques
By Hardeep Arora

The English dictionary defines the term interview as, "Part of the selection process, usually the final portion of an examination, for the purpose of evaluating education, experience, and personal qualifications of the applicant. Also known as the meeting between a prospective applicant and an appointing power (manager) in order to discuss appointment to a specific vacancy." The quickest and most accurate way to gain information and understand an applicant, and, incidentally, the simplest way for the interviewer to give information is a process called behavioral interviewing.

Purpose of a Cover Letter? Key Components of a Cover Letter
By Hardeep Arora

From pounding the pavement, the 21st century has given way to scouring the Internet for jobs. Nowadays applicants are expected to electronically maneuver their way around the new recruiting landscape and moreover they must target customized cover letters to specific open positions. Over the last decade, hiring practices at corporations have undergone dramatic changes and the basic, one-size-fits-all resume and cover letter has gone through numerous transformations, which has given birth to a new breed of certified resume writers.

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