Things You Should Know for an Interview

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It’s been a little while here, but check out my most recent article at EBONY: Applying for jobs in a down economy has to be one of the least enjoyable tasks out there. You know you’re competing against the world. You’re praying that your résumé is optimized to appease the Applicant Tracking System gods. And once […]

Interviewing the Hiring Manager: Four Questions You Should Ask

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Interviewing is a 2-way street. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but you’d be surprised how many candidates struggle with asking valuable questions. They get to the interview and when it’s turned over to them, they go with a lame question like “Tell me more about the company,” or “What type of books do you […]

How to Request an Informational Interview by Email

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Just over a week ago, I wrote about mistakes to avoid when seeking an informational interview. In it, I explained what an informational interview is and isn’t, as well as the common mistakes I’ve seen people make. If you missed it, you can check out that post here. Today, I’m here to tell you how […]

Lessons on Negotiation from @SharkTankABC

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I had the opportunity to write an article for Brazen Careerist, a popular career and lifestyle site for young professionals. Below you’ll see an excerpt from my article, titled Lessons from the Shark Tank: How to Lose an Offer in 15 Minutes or Less. Hope you enjoy and find it useful! – We can learn […]

Four Mistakes to Avoid When Requesting an Informational Interview

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To: rjones@dreamjob.com Date: Mon October 1, 2012 9:45AM Subject: Informational Interview Request From: Aaron Levington Hi Rich, I found your info on the company’s website and wanted to reach out because I’m very interested in working for your company. I left you a couple voicemails (past two Mondays) and figured it’d be a good idea […]

A Few Good Reasons to Consider Sales Jobs During Your Search

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Before transitioning into my desired career as an HR generalist, I spent four years in sales jobs both as a headhunter for a staffing agency and as a sales and service representative for a Fortune 500 company. Coming out of school, I never thought I’d be a salesperson. The idea of spending hours on the phone […]

How I Used LinkedIn As My Career Consultant

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When I decided I wanted to transition from a career in Sales to a career in Human Resources, I knew I had a long journey ahead of me. I’d have to figure out what companies I wanted to work for and what skills would get me closer to my goal role. I also had to […]

7 Resume Adds That Can Subtract Value

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The following comes from an article I wrote for EBONY on common resume mistakes. You may notice something a little familiar if you read my last post on writing a professional summary. If not, this will be completely “fresh” to you. Either way…enjoy! Your resume is the most important document in your job search. Everything on it […]

4 Easy Wins: How to Write a Professional Summary That Gets Results

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There’s a big difference between an objective statement and a professional summary. Unfortunately, a lot of people still go with the former. They lead with an objective like “To contribute to the company’s bottom line by applying knowledge gained through coursework and struggle,” or “To continue developing professionally and to apply what I’ve learned as […]

Three Reasons Why You Should Have a Blog

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Blogging ain’t easy. It’s time-consuming, requires a good command of English, and forces you to put yourself out there for public consumption. Quite frankly, it can be scary. But when you compare this to the job search, it’s not much different. You have to spend time reviewing job descriptions, doing research and submitting your application. […]