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The Top 5 things Every Recruiter Expects from Every Candidate

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The Top 5 Things Every Recruiter Expects from Every Candidate   We talk a lot about customizing resumes, a solid online presence and effective job search techniques. We even talk (and talk) about job interview best practices. What we don’t talk about enough are the basics every recruiter look for in every candidate, regardless of the job, level of experience or even the industry. So – keeping in mind that from the research they’ve done so far, the recruiter knows you can do the actual job (or you wouldn’t have been offered a face-to-face interview) – let’s talk about that now, starting with the top five: Confidence From the moment they meet you, the recruiter is going to be assessing how you project confidence. Several factors go into this assessment… Do you communicate well (the anxious and unprepared typically exhibit very poor communication skills)? Are you able to engage in conversation…...


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What Spell Check Doesn't Catch Can Hurt Your Resume

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Writing up your resume? Many word processing programs offer the option to check spelling and grammar in your text. This can be a terrific time-saver to help eliminate many common errors in cover letters and resumes. As long as we don’t see the red or green zigzag markings under words, the document is good to go, right? Think again! Spelling and grammar checks through software can never replace a human set of eyes that review for syntax and other errors in a document. That’s why an extra set of eyes, or the help of a professional to proofread your cover letters and resumes, are especially critical. Employers can dismiss a candidate’s application and resume for many reasons. One common reason is lack of a professional cover letter and/or resume. If your documents contain spelling or grammatical errors, or improper use of words, it can cost you an opportunity to an interview and, potentially, a job. Employers view linguistic mistakes in documents and e-mail,...


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Dress For Success: How to select your interview outfit

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What you wear to an interview can make or break your chances of getting hired. But with today’s varied workplaces (think Wall Street vs. Silicon Valley), there is no hard and fast rule for what to wear. Some companies mandate employees wear suits every day. At others, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone wearing a tie – billionaire CEOs included. Why A 3-Piece Suit Isn’t Always A Safe Bet Significantly over dressing (i.e. wearing a suit jacket and tie to a workplace where the standard is blue jeans, tennis shoes, and t-shirts) can be awkward for both parties. As the candidate, you might look around, see flip flops galore, and start feeling insecure (the opposite of how you want to feel during an interview). On the other side, current employees might see your fancy pants and feel that you don’t understand their culture. Since an interview is all about proving your fit, this is not the feeling you want...


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