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    Are You Getting Interviews, But Not the Job?

    Are You Getting Interviews, But Not the Job?
    How to Diagnose Where You Might Be Going Wrong Your resume has earned you interviews with several employers over the past year. That's impressive, especially in this economy. But none of those interviews has yielded a job offer. You've done the standard interview preparation. You've shown up on time and dressed in appropriate interview attire. But somewhere between the paper credentials ...
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    5 Cover Letters That Worked

    We talk about them all the time: cover letters. We share general tips, explore best practices, and warn of the most common cover letter mistakes. What we haven't done is give you specific examples of real cover letters that worked. Until now! AdminSecret has tracked down five cover letters that helped job seekers land an interview. Sometimes, they even got ...
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    Combat Job Search Rejection with Resilience

    Combat Job Search Rejection with Resilience
    Resilience. Stick-to-itiveness. Takes a lickin’, keeps on tickin’. Just a few thoughts that stay top of mind as I ride the ups and downs of the quest for a new job. Admittedly, it takes a pretty tough coating on your ego to handle the repeated rejections. Not all rejections are an outright, “No, we are not offering you the position.” Rather, ...
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    LISTENING Tips for the Interview

    LISTENING Tips for the Interview
    If you thought interviewing was only about answering questions, you've been missing the point. You've also been missing an opportunity to gather valuable information. Listening is one of the most underused skills in a job interview. Most candidates go into an interview thinking about how they will answer the questions, and they forget they are also there to learn about the ...
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    Flaunt Your Language Skills in the Interview

    Flaunt Your Language Skills in the Interview
    Are you bilingual or multilingual? Whether English is your first or second language, your linguistic skills make you valuable in the workforce. In fact, companies that recognize and reward such abilities with extra pay tend to have better retention and satisfaction rates among workers than companies that remain neutral. If your employer falls into the latter group, don't be shy about ...
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    Start Your Own Admin Business

    Start Your Own Admin Business
    After 12 years of working in a corporate environment, desktop publishing assistant and account manager Cathy Kessler was getting bored and frustrated with the lack of flexibility in her job. So she decided to start her own home-based business as a virtual assistant (VA), and she hasn't had any second thoughts. With employers cutting overhead costs, it's a good time to ...
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    Lowball Salary Offers: A Working Guide

    Lowball Salary Offers: A Working Guide
    I get lots of mail from job-seekers who want to know the perfect juncture in a job-search process for the *Salary Discussion*. I'm glad to get these inquiries, because nailing down a salary range is not a trivial matter in a back-and-forth job-search conversation. However, all of these folks looking to pinpoint the Ideal Time for the Salary Conversation are in ...
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    A Tale of Two Interviews

    A Tale of Two Interviews
    A mid-level market researcher went to a job interview the other day and told me about it. He was struck by the first three questions. "The interviewer came out of the gate at full speed," he said. Still, he thought he did pretty well. Here's a more or less accurate transcript: h4. So, what are your thoughts on the marketing job ...
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    8 Do's and Don'ts to Landing a Temporary Job

    8 Do's and Don'ts to Landing a Temporary Job
    If you’re a highly qualified professional who has been unemployed for a while, you may eventually have to find a “Plan B” job to pay your bills until the job market improves and you can return to your preferred type of work. There’s no shame in that, but landing a temporary survival job can be harder than you think -- there ...
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    Gen Y: How to Get a Job Now

    Gen Y: How to Get a Job Now
    They've been called Millennials, Echo Boomers, and the Trophy Generation—people born after 1980 who entered the workforce with a profound sense of confidence and, some critics charge, entitlement. Caroline Ceniza-Levine, a veteran recruiter who has worked for Citigroup and consulted for companies such as Walt-Disney, co-founded a coaching firm for Gen Y workers in 2007. She spoke with Staff Editor Aili ...
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    HR Secrets You Don’t Know About

    HR Secrets You Don’t Know About
    Human Resources. A real department of mysteries. Are they your advocate? How do they really decide if you're right for the job? And why can't you ever get a straight answer out of them? A lot goes on behind the closed cubicles of HR. Curious? Take a peek at a few insider secrets about how HR really functions to better understand ...
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    The Thirteen Worst Networking Mistakes

    The Thirteen Worst Networking Mistakes
    You wouldn't wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? If you're approaching potential contacts in an offhand way, you may be putting them off entirely. Learn what the most common networking mistakes are so you don't have to make them. h4. Waiting Many people start networking only after they've lost ...
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    Ten Entry-Level Job Cover Letter Mistakes

    Ten Entry-Level Job Cover Letter Mistakes
    This article first appeared on MonsterYour cover letter is the first thing employers see when they open your materials. Avoid these 10 mistakes, and make your first impression a good and lasting one. Mistake #1: Don't Overuse "I" Your cover letter is not your autobiography. The focus should be on how you meet an employer's needs, not on your life story. ...
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    5 Tips for Increasing Your Hireability EQ

    5 Tips for Increasing Your Hireability EQ
    Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to deal effectively with other people and their feelings as well as your own. In job hunting, a high EQ can produce a successful interview and ultimately a job offer. Unlike your intelligence quotient (IQ), which is genetically predetermined, you can increase your EQ through awareness. And EQ may be as much a predictor of ...
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    A Few More Interview Questions for Admins to Ask the Interviewer

    A Few More Interview Questions for Admins to Ask the Interviewer
    From the blog post "A few more Interview Questions to Ask the Interviewer" and a follow up to "Questions for Administrative Professionals to Ask the Interviewer" Upon reviewing my personal customized list of interview questions that I have developed over the years, I realized that I should share a few others that may be helpful also. Additional questions to consider asking ...
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    6 Reasons to Run From a Job Interview

    6 Reasons to Run From a Job Interview
    Job seekers have issues to keep them up at night. They worry that the beautifully crafted cover letters they're sending off won't be read and that plum jobs will go to less deserving candidates. They worry that their résumés don't showcase their shining accomplishments well enough to command the six-figure offers they're hoping for. If they're job hunting while working, they ...
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    Re-energize Your Career French-Style: 'La Rentrée' Fall

    Re-energize Your Career French-Style: 'La Rentrée' Fall
    Autumn is the time to get reenergized, a time the French call La Rentrée. When the kids go back to school, adults can focus on their career goals in a big way The French have a name for this time of year, when people get energized in a contemplative, autumnal way—very different from what we experience when crocus shoots appear in ...
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    Administrative Hospital Jobs Offer Career Growth

    Administrative Hospital Jobs Offer Career Growth
    Healthcare is one industry where good employees are always in demand. With the aging Baby Boom generation expected to stretch the healthcare system to its limit, hospitals and other healthcare employers have a continuing need for workers to fill a variety of entry-level roles, such as dietary aide, admissions representative, administrative assistant, medical records assistant, housekeeper, patient technician, unit clerk and ...
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    The 4 P's of Interviewing...Admin Style!

    The 4 P's of Interviewing...Admin Style!
    If you wanted to pick someone's brain about interviewing, Kent Kirch's would be a good one to pick. He's been involved in recruitment and candidate selection for 25 years and reckons he's interviewed about 3,000 candidates. He's now the global director of recruitment for Deloitte, which hires thousands of people every year. Expert Advice Kirch divides interviewing into four buckets -- ...
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    Interview Preparation Tips

    Interview Preparation Tips
    Some people think preparing for an interview takes place within a few days of the face-to-face meeting. You review your resume to make sure it’s focused to the job and make several copies to carry with you. You make sure your business suit is pressed and clean, get a good night’s sleep and pack your business cards. These are important tasks ...
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