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Avoid Sophisticated and Saturated Markets

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One of the biggest mistakes people make in their job searches is going after jobs in sophisticated markets.  A sophisticated and saturated market is one that’s populated by a lot of people like you—with your qualifications, background, and so forth. If...

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To Get a Job You Need to Get the Employer’s Attention and Be a Safe Choice

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When an employer has an open position, they are generally faced with two issues: (1) it is difficult for them to focus attention on all of the applications they are receiving, and (2) they are nervous about making a good decision among the various applicants...

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How to Write a Resume People Actually Will Read

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Your résumé is an extremely important document. There are entire books written about how to craft them. I have written at least one myself. There are scores of résumé consultants, companies, and others that will work on your résumé for a fee. Hiring...

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Do Your Job Search on Heavy Ground

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For the past several years I have been interacting with people who are looking for jobs on a daily basis. I have also been working with recruiters, who find people jobs. After many years of working with various people, it often occurs to me that those...

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Concentrate on the Process, Not the Results

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Some time ago, I was listening to a seminar about a company that was in the furniture business. This company decided that because it was doing so well, it should expand into the piano business, and also sell pianos. They went out and purchased a Steinway...

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The Importance of Asking the Right Questions, Self-Improvement, and Perception

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There is a famous story that comes from Buddhism, about a mother who loses her child. The Buddha was known not only as an enlightened individual but also as someone with the ability to bring the dead back to life. One day a woman approaches the Buddha,...

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The Best Way to Prepare for a Job Search and Interviews

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Several years ago when looking for a position in Los Angeles, I interviewed with numerous law firms. In virtually every one of these interviews I ran across an attorney who knew not one, not two, not three—but numerous, numerous attorneys in my...

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Always Interview on Fridays

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When I was in college I remember going for an interview with the investment bank JP Morgan. I had no idea how I had gotten the interview but it was for something dealing with finance and statistical studies of Asian securities markets. I had gone to...

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Interviewing Tips: The Five Musts of Interviewing

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I know people who seem to get every job they ever interview for, whether or not they’re the most qualified candidate. But most people who interview don’t get the job. This isn’t surprising, given the number of applicants for each opening. But bottom...

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Use Personal Stories to Connect with an Employer and Get a Job

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Whenever I meet a merchant, the biggest question I often have is how much something costs. Lots of merchants refuse to tell you how much something costs until they have shown you what they are selling and all of its various features. Many merchants also...

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Choose Your Negotiations Wisely

By on Oct 18,2017

Everything is negotiable, and thus it is important that you choose your negotiations wisely. First, judge your negotiating environment and determine when you can and cannot negotiate; in many important matters, negotiating may actually work to your detriment. Your success in both career and life depends far more on your contributions than your negotiating skill, and having things offered to you is always preferable to demanding them.

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