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This is the one thing you should always say in a job interview

I have been working as a headhunter for many years. I have always coached and advised candidates to “ask for the job” at the end of the interview presuming they “really” want it. What I mean by “asking for the job” is being sure to let the hiring manager know with no uncertainty that you have a strong interest in the position. “Asking for the job” is essentially a way to close out the interview in a manner that will tilt the hiring manager in...

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Should You Trust That Recruiter That Calls You Out Of The Blue?

As a technology recruiter, I speak with many different people every single day. Much of my day is spent calling existing candidates that I am working with who are in various stages of the interviewing process. I also spend a considerable amount of time cold-calling candidates for open positions that I believe our clients will want to meet. Over the last year, I have had conversations with two highly experienced, professional software architects that seemed to have something in common. Within a...

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The Importance Of Eye Contact During An Interview

During my career, I have personally employed over 450 people in various business enterprises and conducted well over 2,000 interviews. As a recruiter, I interview people for a living on the behalf of clients. Regardless of the type of job I am interviewing a candidate for, I always pay attention to the eye contact the interviewee makes with me. More often than not, what the candidate does with his or her eyes during the interview tells me almost everything I need to know about their...

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Having Excellent References Is Critical To Your Career Success

It’s common knowledge that providing references are a part of every job application process regardless of whether you are using a recruiting firm or applying directly to a company. As a professional recruiter, I ask for references from the candidates I represent as a normal part of the process I employ to provide the best candidates to my clients. My primary concern initially is not whether the references provided to me are “excellent” references when I request them, but whether or not a...

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How To Address Contract Employment On Your Resume

Resume tip: In the information technology business, it is very common for people to work on short-term or long-term contract assignments. People often work on contract assignments because they have a strong preference to do so. Sometimes however people work on short-term contracts as a way to earn income when they are in between permanent positions. In either case, if your resume includes a mixture of permanent and contract employment, you should “always” indicate on your resume when a...

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Questions Every Candidate Should Ask Their Recruiter

Have you even been approached by a recruiter from a firm you have never heard of previously? It happens to most people who have skills and experience that are in demand in the job market. Sometimes people may feel flattered that they’ve received a call from a recruiter. Sometimes, people may also feel annoyed because you’ve been interrupted from your work. Regardless of how you feel at the moment, the good news is that someone who knows of a job opportunity that may advance your career in a...

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Asking Questions During An Interview

Ever wonder why you were passed over for a position after interviewing even though you had “all” the skills the hiring manager was seeking? You may have even thought that you aced the interview and that you had excellent personal chemistry with the hiring manger or the entire team in general. One of the things I coach every candidate on prior to any type of an interview (phone, Skype, or onsite) is the necessity of asking highly relevant questions to the people you will meet. I advise...

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Become An Expert On Your Potential Employer

Imagine this interview scenario: You are sitting across the table from a potential hiring manager for a job you really want. You have heard great things about the hiring manager and the team you could possibly be a part of. The work seems both highly interesting and challenging. You may even get a big boost in pay. This job seems like it could be your “dream job” and the location is very close to where you live compared to your current hour-long commute. You “really” want this job. You...

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How Many Resume Versions Do You Have?

Answer: If you say just one you are hurting your chances of landing your next job. You may be wondering why you may need multiple versions of your resume. The real question you should be asking yourself is why I don’t. I’m sure you’ve noticed that job descriptions today are very specific. Hiring managers are looking for people with exact skills that closely resemble the experience they will need for the position they need to fill. When it comes to technology jobs, the skills and...

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