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


18 Articles. Showing 11 to 18
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Dressing for Success : Your Second Skin Will Help You Get In
By Lancelot Larsen

Since we are still in the early stages of genetic engineering, we can't do much about the skin we're in. If you wish you had a perpetual tan, a hide less pimply, easier access into a major university, or you just wish you could glow in the dark, there's not much you can do about it these days. But you can do something about your second skin. Dismiss it as a tired cliche if you like, but your second skin is an eternally historical reality whether you like it or not. Every time you buy clothes and throw them on, it becomes a part of who you are. If you wear a baseball cap, jeans, and a T-shirt, people will regard you as the "regular guy." If this is how you want people to interpret you, then you have succeeded. But oftentimes it's not so easy to know how to succeed when it comes to choosing a second skin that is not the real you, but a "you" that you want to convey to others in the professional world.

Background Checks
By Lancelot Larsen

How many times have you heard that life is short? How many times have you thought, "Hey, I know life is short, stop reminding me!" The reason you hear all the time that life is short is because it's life's way of telling you that you don't seem to remember it often enough. You know life is short, which is why you change jobs all the time because you want to get the most out of life because life is short. So, you make the rounds and look for some new way to transition your exemplary skills and experience to new challenges. While conducting this tedious process of job-hunting, you may come across some employers who want to perform a background check on you. Most of us feel we rightfully don't have anything to hide and sign the authorization form without hesitation. We pass the form along with a toothy grin and ask, "What me worry?" Why do we do this? Because life is short, and we want to get the ball rolling fast towards that new former career. Yes, life is short. But keep in mind that neglecting to take seriously the background check could work against your job search and prolong the process. Being unemployed makes your life feel very long indeed.

Telling It Like It Is-''I Was Fired''
By Lancelot Larsen

Some people say you get jobs faster if you've already got one. Some people say that if you got fired, forget it, you'll never work a day in this town again. Maybe they're right and maybe they're wrong. Maybe there are aliens looking down on us too. So, what are you going to do? Maybe you screwed up. Maybe it was clash of the titans with you and your supervisor. Experts say that more than 250,000 are fired unlawfully or without proper cause every year. Getting fired is no big deal. Remember that. It happens to everyone. There's even a movie out about it called "Fired" which discusses how getting terminated could be the best thing that could happen to you. Keep in mind, whatever happens, however it happened, it can always be addressed in a positive light, or at least a neutral one. Up to ten years ago, you'd likely have to implement a case strategy on why you got canned, because they would assume it was your fault. But in these free-wheeling downsizing days, this reasoning doesn't hold water. Chances are the interviewers themselves were once downsized and may perceive you as they do themselves. Maybe they share the same thought you do, that it is not you but your employer who is the failure. While there is no way to know that you will be so lucky as to interview with someone who can sympathize with your plight, it is imperative that you keep positive and causal and be prepared when discussing why you are looking for work.

The Interview: Presenting Yourself
By Brooke Heath

It's the day of your interview. You may be feeling a little anxiety, but try to use it to your advantage. Think of the interview as being less like an interrogation and more like a presentation. The interview is a great opportunity to present yourself to potential employers, convincing them that you are the best person for the job.

Apply! Apply! Apply!

Applying for a job is a scary thing. It means opening yourself up to the possibility of rejection. It means that you'll be moving beyond what might feel comfortable. You may be experiencing last-minute feelings of guilt or disloyalty toward your current employer for wanting to leave. Or you might be feeling anxiety about where you fit into the marketplace. Knowing and understanding that it's scary, however, is the first step in overcoming any fears you may be experiencing. One bit of advice that we've found helpful is this: "If you're never being rejected, you're not aiming high enough."

Internships: How to Make Yours Stand Out

Does the following sound familiar?
  • Performed research and gathered information
  • Assisted supervisor with presentations
  • Wrote client correspondence
  • Helped manager prepare quarterly reports
  • Observed and summarized meeting minutes
  • Worked with manager to prepare drawings and specifications

Interviewing-Part I: Preparation Redux
By Melanie G. Lammers

Preparing for an interview so that you can project the best first impression under any circumstances is just the first step in the process. Once you walk through the door, the journey is far from over. There is always the potential for something to be thrown by the wayside or forgotten by complete accident that could make or break your interview experience with an employer. For this reason, I have compiled a list of items one would need during an interview, be it an interview for a job at a store in the mall or at corporate headquarters in New York City.

Interviewing-Part I: Preparation
By Melanie G. Lammers

Interviews, in and of themselves, are almost as complicated and detail-oriented as the documents that get you them in the first place. Between questions of dress, conduct, question responses, and materials, there are so many ways a person can take a wrong turn on the path to employability. However, there are also more ways to drive that incredible first impression home than you may imagine.

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