Freaky Friday: Proofread your résumé!

May 27, 2011

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Harriet May Let this be a word of warning.  We once received a résumé which stated, as clear as day, that their degree result was (and I kid you not) Sum cum latte. Coming from an entry-level candidate, the education was listed right at the top and hard to miss.  Except, it seems, by the […]

Are you there Job? It’s me, Amanda: How to find and keep your focus

May 25, 2011

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Amanda Gunter I find myself losing focus on my job search more regularly than I care to admit. Sometimes monthly, weekly or even daily… Fortunately, in the time I’ve been unemployed I’ve figured out how to keep myself motivated, and after all, motivation is the toughest part of the job search. When I find myself […]

Freaky Friday: Finding someone to blame

May 20, 2011

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Harriet May When we were hiring at our company, we saw a lot of résumés.  Hundreds.  We were sent résumé packs from local universities, which meant that those individuals did not directly apply, but were seeking employment.  So when one piqued our interest enough to perhaps invite the candidate in for an interview, we would […]

Are you there Job? It’s me, Amanda: Interviewing, Professional vs. Personal

May 18, 2011

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Amanda Gunter Below is the text conversation between my friend Jen and I which inspired this post.  Txt from Jen: I have a good blog topic for you. One of my friends just got feedback on an interview she had and they said she was too casual. Txt from Me: REALLY?? Txt from Jen: Yeah, […]

Are you there Job? It’s me, Amanda: Ask and You Shall Receive

May 11, 2011

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Amanda Gunter I’ve had writer’s block lately. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve redoubled my efforts and therefore have been writing more cover letters or if it’s because I don’t know whether I’m coming or going between applying to jobs in MN and NC, but regardless I decided to update a popular post I […]

Give your interview the STAR treatment

May 5, 2011

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Harriet May Most interviewers nowadays use at least some behavioral questions when they give a candidate a job interview.  These are your “Can you describe a time when…” questions, the purpose of which is usually to get at what leadership, problem solving, team building, and so on, skills that you possess, or whether you possess […]

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Are you there Job? It’s me, Amanda: Long-distance job search

May 4, 2011

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Amanda Gunter It started with a text message and a forgotten dream. Ever since college I’ve wanted to work at Target’s headquarters. They treat their employees well, it’s on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis and most importantly I have an in- a friend that works there. A few weeks ago, when I was feeling […]