Tips for Job Seekers

How To Create Insightful Interview Questions

Interviewing for a job can be a nerve-racking process, especially at the end when the interviewer asks: “Do you have any questions”.

This is not just an act of courtesy on behalf of the interviewer, they actually expect you to ask questions, and more importantly will be judging you based on the questions that you ask. In fact, a survey by has revealed that one of the top 15 reasons that recruiters reject candidates is a ‘failure to ask questions about the job’.

To help you prepare some great questions, take a look at these 5 sample questions. Click here to read more.

3 Attitude Traits That Will Help You Win Your Dream Job

Searching for a job is a lot like competing in the Olympics. You have to train with dedication for years in order to be competitive; and the event usually requires you bring your “A” game, present yourself well, and display all your years of training.

A lot of the time, it’s the person with the most natural talent and practice that brings home the medal, but sometimes, the lead takes a tumble in the middle of the run or the underdog presents himself better. In the job market, it’s your attitude that’s competing for gold. Click here to read more.

How to Make The Most of Your Job Searching Efforts

It can be disheartening to continue a job search for an extended period of time, but it happens to the best of us. If you’re just starting out on your search or are feeling burned out after your quest has become stagnate, there are a few simple ways to amplify your efforts.

1) Revamp Your Resume

Employers may spend less than 20 seconds scanning your resume for pertinent facts. Make sure your resume reads well, while ensuring that the important details are orderly and jump off the page. Test the effectiveness of a resume by giving it to a friend or family member for 20 seconds, and then ask them to surmise the significant information. Click here to read more.

The Smart Way To Ask For a Higher Starting Salary

You’ve aced your interview and now find yourself on the end of a job offer with a great company. The problem is the offer is a little lower than expected. What do you do? Accept, walk or negotiate.

Before you do anything, the best thing to do is ask the employer for some time to consider their offer. During this time, you might want to talk to your partner, a trusted friend and/or your recruiter to see if a higher salary is a must. If it is, then you will need to negotiate. Click here to read more.

Should You Relocate for a Job

In today’s world, it’s likely that many of you will consider applying for an out of town role, or you may have been offered a job in another location. The question is, should you move? Should you stay or should you go?

If you are a candidate with no ties and with a readiness to explore, (such as a younger worker), deciding to move might be an easy decision. But, for many other workers with established lives it can be a tougher decision which means uprooting your family and leaving your social network. Click here to read more.

Early Bird Job Seekers Receive Thumbs Up

When job hunting, does the early bird really catch the worm? More specifically, do job seekers who apply in the first 24 hours have an advantage over people who apply after two weeks?

According to a survey conducted by the early bird does catch the worm. After reviewing 4,000 job applications for 100 jobs, the study revealed that half of the candidates who applied within 72 hours of the job going live were given the ‘thumbs up’ mark, whereas those who applied after 72 hours were much less likely to get a ‘thumbs up’, and those applying after 14 days were likely to not be rated at all. Click here to read more.

When Job Hunting Skills Often Take a Back Seat

There is no doubt that having the required skills is an important factor when finding a job. However recruiters often look beyond your skills or technical competency. It may surprise you to know that it’s often a positive attitude and interpersonal skills that will really seal the deal.

Recruiters know that a winning attitude can determine your success within a role. In fact, a study conducted by Leadership IQ identified the reason why 46% of newly hired employees fail within the first 18 months.

The study suggests that:

  • 26% fail because they can’t accept criticism or feedback.
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Stay or Go? How to Handle a Counter Offer

Deciding to leave a current place of employment is never easy. You’ll have to weigh the advantages and the disadvantages, and decide which job is the right fit for you in the long run. In fact, the decision to “move on” can get even more complex once you tell your current employer that you’re leaving and they propose a counter offer.

So, what should you do when presented with a counter offer?

First, don’t make any hasty decisions. You should seriously considering the new proposition, as well as the new opportunity. Click here to read more.

The ABC’s of Selling Yourself in a Job Interview

The most important thing to realize about a job interview is that it’s really a sales pitch. Employers use the interview process to sell their company and employees use it to sell themselves.

Of course, it’s understandable that many of you will cringe at the thought of sales pitching yourself, but in all honesty, it’s easier than you think.

According to Daniel Pink, author of “To Sell is Human, The Surprising Truth About Moving Others”, we can all benefit from a very simple sales tactic called the ABC’s of selling and persuasion. Click here to read more.

5 Things To Leave Off Your Resume

A well-crafted resume is a key part of the job search process. A great resume gives an excellent first impression and can open the door to interviews and job opportunities.

Many job seekers have a idea of what to include on their resume, but most are not familiar with the information that they should omit or shouldn’t include. To set yourself apart from other job candidates, consider removing these 5 things from your resume.

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