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Should I accept the first offer?

Should I accept the first offer?

I am often asked if a person should accept an offer or wait until something better comes along. It depends. It is obviously very stressful to be unemployed because the bills are still coming in even when the paycheck stops. That's why financial planners recommend...

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Do these 5 things your first week at a new job to make a good impression

Do these 5 things your first week at a new job to make a good impression

You’ve finally done it–you landed the job that you were after. All the hard work and preparation in getting the resume and interview right have paid off. You are excited to start work and impress your new employer and get off on the right foot with your new coworkers. The first week of work can be exciting, but also quite stressful.

You have been told to just relax and be yourself, but wonder if there are certain things you should be focused on during this crucial first week to make a great first impression with your new boss and coworkers.

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13 Tips Before Starting A Job Search

13 Tips Before Starting A Job Search

Several  studies and our experience at Career Development Partners show that most people make mistakes – search-prolonging mistakes – in the first three days of their search. These words of caution will help you start your search in the best possible way. Check with...

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Its Never Been More Challenging to Lead

Its Never Been More Challenging to Lead

“Disrupt HR” has become an interesting platform for human resource professionals who have a seat at the table with the C-Suite.  Contributors with a proper mindset freely share information to energize, inform and empower people to provide solutions.  They are asking...

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7½ Questions to Ask in an Interview

7½ Questions to Ask in an Interview

The Bad, Ugly and Good Congratulations on securing an interview! That means your resume, networking and online job search efforts are paying off! An interview is a two-way street. They are checking you out, but you are checking them out too. Superior candidates have...

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Your Body Speaks Louder Than Your Words

Your Body Speaks Louder Than Your Words

A majority (58% to be exact) of the message we convey is through our body language, this is known as non-verbal communication. Only 7% of our message is made of the words we use. In preparing for job interviews most of us concentrate on making sure we have the “right” answers to the questions we expect. Most of us don’t prepare to be sure that we are sending the right message with our body language.

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Employers Hire Through Trusted Recommendations

Employers Hire Through Trusted Recommendations

Even in today’s digital age, trusted personal referrals and recommendations carry the most weight when selecting a new employee out of a pool of candidates. Your resume, your online job application, and your LinkedIn profile are all digital files. They cannot speak...

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Adults say the funniest things – especially in interviews.

Adults say the funniest things – especially in interviews.

Interviews are undoubtedly a high-pressure situation – both candidate and hiring manager are under strain to appear professional but friendly, confident but not arrogant, unique but not weird.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t  work out that way…So, this week, to give you some light-reading during the hot days of summer, I’ve put together a list of the funniest things people have said in interviews – from both sides of the table.

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Six Simple ways to Boost Your LinkedIn Presence

Six Simple ways to Boost Your LinkedIn Presence

LinkedIn remains one of the best platforms to expand your professional network. When used to its full potential, it can help raise awareness of your brand among those who are able to support your efforts. The problem is most people aren’t maximizing their profiles, resulting in wasted opportunities.

Users needn’t spend hours a day on LinkedIn to see positive results, however, being mindful of how you use it could mean the difference between generating solid leads or simply taking up space with nothing compelling to offer. Here are six ways to maximize your LinkedIn profile and start seeing the types of results you want to grow your network.

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