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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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    What Nonprofit Employers Are Looking for in Resumes Today

    What Nonprofit Employers Are Looking for in Resumes Today
    Looking for a job in a down economy is tough, but seeking a nonprofit position presents unique challenges. Some job seekers use a downturn as a time of self-reflection and discover that pursuing a transition to the nonprofit world might be right for them. At the same time, while many nonprofits are seeing an increase in demand for services, they are ...
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    Nonprofit Resume Tips

    Nonprofit Resume Tips
    Just as there’s no one right way to develop a resume for the for-profit sector, resumes for nonprofit jobs are also dependent on the target job and organization. With more than 1 million nonprofits in the US, nonprofit jobs are as varied as those in the corporate sector. The best approach is to first understand what the organization is looking for ...
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    Sample Cover Letter in Response to a Job Listing

    See proper formatting example here. NONPROFIT CORRESPONDENCE Sample Cover Letter in Response to a Job Listing 2720 Euclid Drive Philadelphia, PA 19110 April 15, ____ James Weston, Assistant Director American Association of Community Service Organizations 7210 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 223 Washington, DC 20036 Dear Mr. Weston: I enclose my resume in response to your announcement in The Washington Post for a ...
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    Sample Letter Requesting an Informational Interview (First Example)

    See proper formatting example here. NONPROFIT CORRESPONDENCE Sample Letter Requesting an Informational Interview (First Example) 2720 Euclid Drive Philadelphia, PA 19110 April 15, ____ James Weston, Assistant Director American Association of Community Service Organizations 7210 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 223 Washington, DC 20036 Dear Mr. Weston: Alice White suggested that I contact you about my interest in community service organizations. She enthusiastically ...
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    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions

    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions
    Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list and plan your answers ahead of time so you’ll be ready to deliver them with confidence. 1. What Are Your Weaknesses? This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing ...
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    Managing the Black Hole in the Job Application Process

    Managing the Black Hole in the Job Application Process
    You’ve invested the time in completing the job application, polishing your resume and writing a compelling cover letter. Once you’ve submitted your materials, though, you enter the black hole -- the space between applying for jobs and hearing back from potential employers. Managing this period of the job search process effectively is harder than ever in a tight economy. “We’ve all ...
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    What's Your Resume Objective?

    What's Your Resume Objective?
    The first step to creating a high-impact resume is determining what you're trying to accomplish. With a clearly defined career objective, you can write a resume that conveys the experience, skills and training that best serve your overall professional aspirations. Hiring managers are busy folks who can't afford to waste any time trying to figure out what your career goals are. ...
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    10 Tips to Boost Your Interview Skills

    10 Tips to Boost Your Interview Skills
    Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these 10 strategies to enhance your interview skills. 1. Practice Good Nonverbal Communication It's about demonstrating confidence: standing straight, making eye contact and connecting with ...
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    Your Interview's Tomorrow! Know What to Do?

    Your Interview's Tomorrow! Know What to Do?
    Even if you have less than a day before your job interview, you can outshine the competition with a little preparation. The following four tasks will take you about four hours (plus five minutes) to complete, and you'll walk into the interview confident you'll be successful. Conduct Basic Interview Research Find out as much as you can about the interview. ...
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    4 Things the "Jersey Shore" Can Teach You About Finding a Job

    Did you think thatThe Jersey Shore was just all tanning, fist pumps and hair gel? Think again! Turns out the kids from Joizy can teach us about more than just Ed Hardy, Italian flag ornamentation, and extreme midriffs. Their “techniques” can get your resume noticed, rock an interview, and even get you hired. Think we’re kidding? Get in the zone ...
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    Work for Free While Unemployed: How and Why

    Work for Free While Unemployed: How and Why
    While I was going through the 17th revision of my resume for my job search, I was pondering how I might be able to keep my fingers on the pulse of marketing work while exploring some new industries. Then, when talking to a local running buddy at the weekly running club gathering spot (you never know who knows who), he suggested ...
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    12 Must-Avoid Job Interview Mistakes

    12 Must-Avoid Job Interview Mistakes
    Recruiters see all kinds of interview mistakes, some bordering on the shocking, such as bringing family members along, badmouthing former employers, dumping their personal belongings on hiring managers' desks. The more common mistakes may be subtler, but they can torpedo a job interview almost as quickly. From the obvious to the subtle, here are some good pointers to give you a ...
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    The Secret Formula to Cover Letter Success

    The Secret Formula to Cover Letter Success
    Ah, the dreaded cover letter. You may know what you should do and shouldn’t do, but when it comes to sitting down and actually writing it — where to even begin? Should you even bother? If the job listing specifically says to submit a cover letter, then you must! You don’t want to penalize yourself immediately by not following directions. Unless ...
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    Spring Cleaning for Your Resume

    Spring Cleaning for Your Resume
    By Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert  Spring is in the air. It's the time of year when you wipe off the winter dust and let the sun shine in. Before you get all excited (yeah, right) about tackling the filth in your home, grab your resume and a pen. The first cleanup project this year should be your resume. The ...
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    What That Job Description Really Means

    What That Job Description Really Means
    BEWARE: Job seekers aren’t the only ones who sometimes get creative when it comes to selling themselves (i.e. resumes and cover letters that have been, shall we say, ‘tweaked’ to make a person look like the ideal candidate). Some employers have a tendency to use verbiage that makes their open positions sound better than they really are. Over the years, I’ve ...
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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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    5 Questions to Ask After the Offer

    5 Questions to Ask After the Offer
    All job hunters are waiting for that call -- the one that says they've landed the job. But as eager as you may be to escape either your current job or the unemployment ranks, don't abdicate your power position once the offer comes in. Now it's your turn to sit in the interviewer's seat and ask the nonprofit and yourself some ...
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    6 Outrageous Hiring Practices

    From the downright crazy, to the just plain fun, hiring practices sure are getting interesting. Some companies turned to virtual reality to recruit new employees, while others weeded out weaklings by raising the stakes – literally. But do some of these new hiring methods cross the line? Are HR departments taking advantage of a sour economy and desperate job seekers? ...
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    Before They Were Prez: Job Tips from Our Founding Fathers

    Presidents were once lowly employees too... Think Presidents have it easy with all of their Cabinet and appointed staff to do things for them? Well, life wasn’t always so sweet. They had to work their way up the career ladder to the White House too! Here are some examples of jobs they had before the Oval Office and tips that ...
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