Answering… “Why should we hire you?”

When I speak with groups of job hunters, I’ll typically ask them what questions give them trouble. Beyond the obvious ones like telling about yourself, your salary requirements, your weaknesses, and your goals… one I frequently hear is, “Why should we hire you?”

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Volunteerism: Why it Matters

Each of us has our reasons for volunteering. Today I’ll explore some of those reasons and why volunteering is not only good for the community, but it can also benefit you – and not just for job hunting purposes.

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Three Cues From Your Employer That It’s Time to Look for Another Job

It’s inevitable. Sooner or later you’ll start looking for a new job. We have many reasons we might want to change jobs. But what are some signals from our employer that THEY are ready to move on from us? Today I’ll share three cues (and a bonus cue) from your employer that you’d better start looking.

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Start Your New Year Job Search the Right Way

As we turn the page to a new year, some of resolve to eat better, lose weight, give up bad habits… and some resolve to land a new job in the coming year. While I can’t help those other areas, I can offer tips if you’re planning to step out into the job market in 2019.

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Life’s a journey – learn as you go

The holiday season… the new year… it’s a busy time for many of us. It’s also a time of reflection and of anticipation as to what the next year holds. Today I’d like to offer encouragement to those of you who may find yourself unemployed or possibly in a job with no foreseeable future. Many of us have been there – including me. Perhaps today you’ll find not just encouragement, but an idea or two that might help open a door to your next opportunity.

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Tips for Addressing a Criminal History in Your Interviews

You have a criminal record and you’re applying for a job. How should you handle that topic, both on the application and during your interview? I’m no attorney, but I do have some thoughts on how you could best present yourself.

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Telephone Etiquette Tips

Telephone is often how a potential employer will hear your voice for the very first time. Are you doing everything within your power to make that initial impression a positive one? Today I’ll cover some etiquette tips to help you stand out from your competition.

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The Holidays and Debt: Here’s Another Option

Back when Santa and his elves made and delivered gifts for all good little girls and boys, no family need worry about holiday debt. My, how times have changed! I read recently where over 25% of US families still carry over debt from last Christmas.

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Cover Letters and Thank You Notes

Today’s blog deals with cover letters and thank you notes. Should you write them? Do employers even read them? Today I’ll answer those questions and offer tips for helping you stand out in a sea of applicants.

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Types of Questions to Ask the Employer During Your Interviews

I’m often asked my opinion on what sort of questions are good to ask an employer during interviews. And while in future blogs I’ll get into detail about specific questions and the rationale for asking them, today I want to paint with a broader brush. Let’s have a look at varying types of questions and what you’re trying to accomplish by asking them.

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Ageism and Your Job Search

If you’ve ever felt your age was a hindrance in getting hired, today’s blog is for you. Ageism, like racism and other forms of discrimination, exist to varying degrees in our imperfect world. Rarely will an employer blatantly tell you you’re too old, but it’s a clear sense you get. Frankly, failing to generate an interview for a job where you’re clearly qualified, could also be due to age discrimination.

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What Does it Really Mean to ‘Do Your Homework’ on a Company?

We’ve all heard it’s important to do your homework on a company prior to your interview. But what does that really mean? Today I’ll explore some tips for planning for your interview.

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