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    15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

    1. Why do you want to work in this industry? Bad answer: “I love to shop. Even as a kid, I spent hours flipping through catalogues.” Don’t just say you like it. Anyone can do that. Focus instead on your history with that particular industry, and if you can, tell a success story. Good answer: “I've always loved shopping, but my ...
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    Best Cities to Earn More

    Best Cities to Earn More
    Despite the gloomy economy and bleak job outlook, there are scattered cities where wages are rising and the number of jobs is increasing. Washington, DC, and several parts of Texas top the list, but cities as far apart as Anchorage and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, continued to experience job and wage growth at the end of last year, according to Bureau ...
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    Are You Ready for a Nonprofit Career?

    Are You Ready for a Nonprofit Career?
    So you’re burnt out and thinking about changing careers. Or have you been laid off and are now looking for something different?. The sudden change of the economy has left a lot of people wondering where they fit in. Years of steady growth and status quo allowed employees to maintain their daily life, without thinking about the details. Now, after coming ...
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    The Power of a Thank-You Note

    The Power of a Thank-You Note
    Peter Vogt, Monster Senior Contributing Writer  When my wife was hired for her first real job after graduating from college, she was remembered and saluted by her new supervisor for one seemingly small step she had taken during the interviewing process: She was the only applicant of several interviewed who had sent a thank-you note after her interview. It seems ...
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    5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Quit

    It’s always exhilarating to quit a job you hate. You think of all the perfect ways to tell your boss to shove it — but have you thought about the consequences? Do you know what you’re going to do after the big event? Are you prepared to just leave your job? Pause before you take any action. Go ahead and ...
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    Post-Holiday Job Hunting Strategies

    Post-Holiday Job Hunting Strategies
    For the unemployed, the holiday season can be especially stressful. Strained finances can make gift-giving something to dread. Potential employers are going AWOL in mid December, putting the brakes on even the most diligent job search. Even so, soon the holidays will be over and it's time to get your search back on track, even though it may take a week ...
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    Top 10 Common Resume Blunders

    Top 10 Common Resume Blunders
    Make sure your resume is in top-notch shape by avoiding the top 10 resume blunders: 1. Too Focused on Job Duties Your resume should not be a boring list of job duties and responsibilities. Go beyond showing what was required and demonstrate how you made a difference at each company, providing specific examples. When developing your achievements, ask yourself: • How ...
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    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job

    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job
    When I lost my job, the last thing I needed was a blank social calendar and empty bed. There’s only so much disappointment one girl can take. This modern-day Dorothy wanted to click her heels and have the perfect profession and pillow pal land right into her lap. Was that too much to ask? Maybe not. Monster contributing writer Nicole Williams ...
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    What's Really Wrong with Your Job Search?

    What's Really Wrong with Your Job Search?
    When things aren’t going our way it’s just human nature to begin laying blame. It is easy to see the culpability of others — our boss, the economy, the company that laid us off. It is far more difficult to take a deep look internally to see how we may be contributing to the situation at hand. Recently I spoke with ...
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    “Where Will You Be in Five Years?” Answers

    “Where Will You Be in Five Years?” Answers
    “Where do you see yourself in five years?” — we all know the question. So why are we still stumped when someone asks this granddaddy of a ridiculous interview question in our interview? Here’s why – because most job seekers believe it has no relevance. The reason? No company can (or ever will) guarantee an employee a job for five years. ...
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    NonProfitPeople's Guide to Work Happy Hour Etiquette

    NonProfitPeople's Guide to Work Happy Hour Etiquette
    At the end of a hellish day, it can be fun to go out and have a few with your favorite coworkers. But drinking with your office mates isn’t like drinking with your friends on the weekend. The same rules just don’t apply. No matter how laid-back your office may be, your actions always reflect on your professional persona. So what ...
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    10 Reasons You Love Your Nonprofit Job

    You love for working for a nonprofit and sometimes it’s just hard to explain to others. NonProfitPeople has done the job for you! We surveyed a range of nonprofit professionals from program associates to executive directors and here are the top responses we found why you love working in the nonprofit world! Oh Nonprofits, How Do I Love Thee? Let ...
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    Fitness Advice from Cops and Firefighters

    Fitness Advice from Cops and Firefighters
    What’s one thing we all have in common with police officers and firefighters? While most of us probably don’t risk our lives on a daily basis, wear a uniform, or drive a vehicle equipped with a siren, the need to stay physically fit is something we can all relate to. Stew Smith, a former Navy SEAL and author of several fitness ...
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    What Not to Do After an Interview

     By Gladys Stone & Fred Whelan | Monster Contributing Writers In the job search, there's nothing like performing well at the interview. And after researching the company, practicing your presentation and answering the interview questions with confidence, you want to follow up with something impressive. You want to thank the employer with a gesture that makes the company want to ...
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    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food and go on with your workday. However, lunch at work is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has to be a pressure-packed situation, ...
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    7 Jobs That Make Yours Look Better

    7 Jobs That Make Yours Look Better
    Okay, so you hate your job. You're sick and tired of clocking in day after day just to rot away in a cubicle. Your measly paycheck just isn’t worth the daily drudgery and never-ending grind. It’s called a job for a reason, but remember, it could always be worse — the grass isn't always greener on the other side. In fact, ...
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    4 Factors That Can Ruin Your Job Search

    4 Factors That Can Ruin Your Job Search
    It's dangerous to make blanket generalizations about different jobs, careers and industries. You've probably heard many pronouncements like these from friends, family members and others: • "You should major in computer science. It's the hottest field, and you'll get a good job when you graduate." • "You're going to major in art? You're nuts! You'll never find a job!" • "Why ...
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    Defusing the 5 Trickiest Workplace Situations

    Defusing the 5 Trickiest Workplace Situations
    The workplace can be a political minefield. While you may all work as a team, you're all most concerned with your own job,right? How your bosses see you can determine a raise, a promotion — or even if you keep your job. Navigating office politics is not an easy task, but avoiding potentially negative situations should be your first priority. If ...
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    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting

    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting
    Meetings can be deadly, especially if they feel unproductive. Listening to your boss drone on and on about things that don't affect you just isn’t a smart use of your time. So how can you make your boring meetings more productive? Research shows that increasing activity and creativity in meetings helps increase brain activity and alertness. Everyone's happier when you make ...
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    World's 5 Best Business Travel Tips

    World's 5 Best Business Travel Tips
    Whether traveling for business is an everyday occurrence, an occasional hindrance, or a lifelong dream, all business travelers can agree that if your job calls for travel, then being an efficient traveler is a must. We’ve got the five tips that’ll make your time en-route more productive and less stressful. #1 Know Which Airlines Offer Premium Economy Why? Because if your ...