The Job Interview – The Good First Impression

Interviewing for a new job can be a grueling ordeal for some people. Approaching the interview process with a plan can alleviate some of the stress. If you know what to expect, what to watch for and how you are expected to act, then part of the mystery is removed and the stress with it. Ridding yourself of stress makes you more confident and a more appealing candidate. This post is all about the job interview – how to make a good first impression.

How do you eliminate stress from the interview? You don’t but you can reduce it to manageable levels. Do your homework well ahead of time. Know something about the company and the position you are applying for. Then, follow these tricks for making a good impression during your interview and success is within your grasp.

Be Positive. This applies to more than your disposition. It helps to have a sunny disposition as no one wants to work with a cranky person all the time. Being positive is more than just smiling brightly through the interview. It means not speaking negatively about past companies or supervisors you’ve worked for. To do so casts you in less than favorable light no matter how valid your complaints might have been. Be as advisable as you possibly can be. This is also in your employer’s interest.

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Think about a Career Change? Career Coaching is a Must

At one time, a job with a company meant security for life. Your employer was like an extended family. You could count on them to be there for you and your family for as long as you needed a job, providing you came to work every day and gave your all. Today, this is no longer the case.

The competitive nature of business has companies struggling to survive, to hire the best employees at the lowest possible wage and to run as efficiently as possible. Gone are the days when a company felt an equal loyalty to its employees. Today’s mindset is more of a ‘what have you done for me lately?’ type of thinking.

This working environment can leave employees feeling undervalued and vulnerable. You may find yourself feeling stuck or blocked into the job you have with nowhere to go. Should you find yourself in such a situation, it may be time for a career change.

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Transitioning Military Job Seekers

For the most part, the US military does a wonderful job of training our soldiers in skill sets that are transferable to civilian life upon discharge. Unfortunately, one of the items in that training package can actually be a detriment to making a smooth transition – military lingo. If you are fluent in military terms and tend to work them into your everyday conversation you may encounter significant problems during your job search.

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Telecommuting Can Help Balance Your Life

Telecommuting is a more common career choice in today’s computer- and Internet-driven world. It allows people who may geographically be located hundreds of miles apart to work side-by-side, so to speak. It provides cost reductions for both the employer and the employee while providing an effective and efficient work environment. How does this help you lead a balanced life?

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Millennial Job Interview – How to Hire The Best Talent

Millenials are joining a job market and employers are looking forward to hiring new talent.

Employers want to benefit from the fact that this is the first generation that is a digitally-native. Millennials get the vast majority of their information and news from the Internet. So, here we list a few important features that will help both employees and millennials looking for work to meet each other. So the Millennial Job Interview plays an important role.

Tips for Millenials Preparing for the Job Interview

Crucial to job interview success is scrupulous attention to your preparatory homework. You really should not ignore this part. Think about it. If you are, like my friend Johan, participating in the BestGEDClasses course, you are stretching your time so when you get your education diploma and have a job interview, you want to maximize this opportunity, right?

Interviewing for a new career opportunity in middle age, especially if considering a career tangent, can be a little daunting. Here are some tips for success. Today’s focus is pre-interview preparation. Review of posts of the past 10 days or so will provide more background information on some of the issues mentioned here.

Crucial to success is scrupulous attention to your homework. Ask yourself how many exams you failed in your student days when you were well prepared? None; right?
Exactly the same applies to job interviews. Provided you prepare in advance, and are as realistic as possible about whether the fit is right, you’ll interview successfully and succeed in your new career role.

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How Unemployment And Layoffs Can Actually Benefit You

I understand that you can’t think of any way that getting laid off from your job could be anything except a disaster, but there are situations where layoffs can be a good thing.  If you are unhappy with your job, want to move up in world’s employment hierarchy, or want to find a different position or a better field, you probably don’t have time to do a lot of job searching, applying, and interviewing without your current employer knowing what’s going on. See also this video on how to properly file an unemployment claim:

When you get laid off there are many forms of assistance that you can qualify for to get your thought the tough financial time while you look for a new job. You also won’t have to worry about scheduling interviews on a lunch hour or after your other job; you can work on your resume, do some networking, visit job fairs, and take the time you need to find the best job for you. So you might think of a situation like this as a disaster, but you’ll have more time to focus on a better future.

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Get your online degree – convenient and beneficial

A number of people devote the vast majority of their time doing the things in life that they must do, much like studying as opposed to things they want to do like traveling. Due to this, many people choose to participate in online school/education for themselves as well as for their children. These people take the majority of these courses in order to gain specialized skills that should benefit his or her future.

There are various online institutions and education courses readily available via the internet. The good news is that even though all of these courses are offered on the web, the quality of the online degrees guarantees proper knowledge and education for anyone.

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Life Coaching: Your New Career?

Ever since I was a teenager my friends and family came to me to vent their problems. I never knew exactly why they were drawn to me; I didn’t have particularly good advice to give or much life experience.

Then I realized that all I was doing was listening to them. That’s all they really needed at the time, someone to air out their frustrations to.

Later on, I found out that some people actually do that as a career. Sure, there are psychiatrists available to consult, but what about for simpler things like getting your stuff organized or deciding about dropping high school and taking GED classes instead? Actually, I got a lot of GED questions. I even start working for online GED practice at Best GED Classes.

Those aren’t exactly things you’d bring to your therapists, but they are problems you can bring up with a life coach.

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What’s wrong with Resumes

Resumes can place emphasis on the wrong data for screening. As such, candidate pools get reduced using inappropriate, yet conveniently available data. This makes for an easy query, but not necessarily an effective approach to finding the best candidates.

Resumes have made life difficult: Two Examples: Company A. This company had historically received 500 unsolicited resumes through the mail each year. After putting an “e-mail your resume here” button on their website, they received about 5,000 unsolicited resumes the next year. No changes were made in recruitment advertising.

The unintended consequences of this were resume spam, increased candidate expectations for communication, data storage, and retrieval challenges, and having to create a labor-intensive, manual process to sift through mass numbers of resumes. Company B: This company’s applicant tracking systems (ATS) database averages 1,200 resumes per opening/hire.

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The Write Career: An Interview with Writer Tara M. Clapper

Like many writers, Tara began her online writing career unexpectedly–by being laid off from a self-publishing company, where she was a manager of a self-publishing pilot program. To earn extra money, she began writing online for

“I temped and worked as a Starbucks barista for a few years while writing on the side for AC,” she explains.

She published her first piece, Ireland as a Commodity in Irish-American Culture, in December 2006, going on to publish nearly 260 articles to become one of the top producers on

A short while later she secured another job in the publishing industry as a production editor for an academic publisher, sticking with Associated Content and other venues for part-time work. She also became the marketing director for Seventh Kingdom IGE, securing the interest of an internationally-famous entertainment company in less than a year.

But it wasn’t until late 2014 when she made the transition to full-time freelancing. Why?

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