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HOW TO PROFIT FROM VOLUNTEER WORK


  Nothing is more annoying to me than reading a job description where the company wants to hire someone who already has experience doing the exact same job. Now, I know where they are coming from. They don’t want to take a risk, they don’t have the time or capability to train someone, and they want the person to jump right in and add value on day one. But from a candidate’s perspective, how are you ever supposed to get […]

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WHY WORSE CANDIDATES GET THE JOB


      It’s a common story, right? You’re working hard, doing a great job in your current role, and applying for positions you know you could do. So how come all these other people (who let’s face it, you’re better than) keep getting jobs?   Now it’s true there are a few things out of your control – poor HR processes, nepotism, going for a cheaper candidate, seniority, unions… But the good news is that there are a few […]

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SHOULD YOU APPLY FOR A JOB YOU’RE NOT QUALIFIED FOR?


You’re scanning the career sites online and come across your ultimate dream job. It’s perfect, and you want it. Bad.   But wait—they’re looking for someone with 10+ years experience who’s managed a large team, and they prefer people with MBAs. And while you have great experience, you definitely don’t have those things. Should you apply, or would it just be a waste of everyone’s time when you don’t have what the position is really asking for?

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INTERVIEW SELF-SABOTAGE


A few months ago, one of my friends had an interview and asked me if he should send a follow-up note. I answered with something along the lines of – ‘if you want the job, then yeah’! You don’t need me to tell you how competitive it is to get a job these days. I recently was talking to a recruiter who had over 300 people apply for a paralegal position at a company that’s not that well known in the […]

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7 RUTHLESS SIGNS IT’S TIME TO LEAVE YOUR JOB


Ever wondered when it’s time to switch roles or move companies? If you’re um-ing and ah-ing about moving on, here are some signs it’s usually time to pull the plug.

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A SENTENCE THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE?


Have you ever been in an elevator and had someone say ‘tell me about you’? Me neither. But the fact remains that you need an elevator pitch before you realize it and step into the proverbial elevator. The thing is, when the need arises, it’s too late. You can’t wait till that moment to then start looking up this blog post and ask the person to wait while you think of something articulate and effective to say.

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WELCOME TO THE (TWISTED) WORLD OF WORK


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THE CURSE OF A LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE


Just graduated with a great liberal arts degree? Spent four years learning about Sociology, History, or Women’s Studies? Don’t make the colossal mistake that most people do in thinking that all you can do is grad school.

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AMATEUR HOUR – ARE YOU MAKING THESE SIMPLE MISTAKES?


So you got your dream job? Congrats! Now don’t screw it up! ;) So many times, I’ve seen people’s career prospects go down the drain thanks to seemingly irrelevant things. You probably will say these aren’t ‘fair’ and that they shouldn’t impact your progress. I know! I get it! But it happens whether we like it or not – we only get to choose how we respond.

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DO YOU HATE NETWORKING AS MUCH AS I DO?


Does the idea of going to a ‘networking event’ sound like torture? Do you think of networking as a slimy, self-serving activity? I admit that I’ve hated networking at times. But there are some simple things you can do to take the pain away…

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5 WARNING SIGNS YOUR COVER LETTER SUCKS


Everyone hates writing cover letters. But you know what’s worse, is reading ones that suck! And I see the same mistakes time after time… So here are the mistakes I’d bet you might be making:

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GUESS HOW MANY INTERVIEWS I GOT…


Straight after doing my undergrad, I signed up for a one year Masters program (International Employment Relations and HR) in the UK. School there started at the very end of September, and in December, I came to the terrifying realization that I had missed a lot of the ‘milkrounds’ – what they call the job application process for new graduates!

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