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linkedin cold message guide - how to reach out to someone about a job

LinkedIn Cold Messages: How to Reach Out About a Job

Welcome to my LinkedIn cold messaging guide, based on my experience as a recruiter. I’ve received hundreds of cold messages from job seekers and I’ve tested a variety of outbound messages myself to see what works and what gets ignored. These are the best messages to send. In this article, we’ll cover: How to reach […]

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describe your work ethic - how to answer

Describe Your Work Ethic – Interview Answers

When an interviewer asks you to describe your work ethic, they’re looking for a couple of specific things. …And giving the wrong answer to this question could cast doubts on whether you’re the person they want to hire. So in this article, we’ll look at how to answer this question in a job interview… with […]

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what makes a resume good - how to know if your resume is good

What Makes a Resume Good? 9 Signs to Know

In this article, I’m going to explain how to know if your resume is good or not in 9 steps. After working for years as a recruiter, I’ve studied what makes a good resume and how to know if your resume is good enough to get you hired, so that’s what this article will reveal. […]

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Good High Income Skills to Learn

7 Good High Income Skills to Learn in 2020

The best way to propel your career (and income) forward is to learn a high income skill and find employers/clients to pay you for it. You can even pivot this into launching a business in the future. It all starts with choosing the right skill, though. So in this article, we’ll cover: 7 examples of […]

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power words for resume - key words and verbs to use

80+ Power Words for a Resume: Verbs and Keywords to Use

The most powerful words you can put on your resume are verbs. While other job seekers are saying, “Responsible for…” you want to be saying, “Led,” “Managed,” “Grew,” etc. In this article, we’ll look at over 80 of these power words to use in a resume or CV. You’ll also discover how to find skill-related […]

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lucrative profitable and easy side hustle ideas

25 Lucrative Side Hustle Ideas for 2020

If you’re looking for side hustle ideas, or wondering, “How do I make an extra $1000+ a month?” (or far more), then you’re in the right place. We’re going to look at the most lucrative side hustle ideas you can start right now. Our list also includes many easy side hustles that require very little […]

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why are you the best candidate for this position - answer examples

Answers to “Why Are You the Best Candidate for This Position?”

When the interviewer asks, “Why are you the best candidate for this position?” they’re looking for a couple of things: They want a direct, confident answer. And they want to see evidence that you understand their job and have relevant skills that will help you succeed in the role.  In this article, I’m going to […]

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What is an IT job - guide

IT Job Guide: Best IT Jobs, Typical Salary and More

You’ve probably heard that IT jobs offer high pay and fast career growth, and it’s true in most cases.  But what are the best IT jobs? And how do you get these positions? In this article, we’ll look at: What is an IT job? What are the typical salaries for these jobs? What type of […]

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how would your coworkers describe you - answers

Best Answers to “How Would Your Coworkers Describe You?”

You’re likely to hear any or all of these questions in a job interview, and they can decide whether you get the job: How would your coworkers describe you? How would your friends describe you? What would your boss say about you? And there are some specific types of responses that the hiring manager or […]

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Should you hire a resume writer - when and why it makes sense

Are Resume Writing Services Worth It? Why Hire a Professional Resume Writer

A lot of job seekers ask me, “Should I pay someone to write my resume?” or “Should I use a resume writing service?” You want to know the pros and cons before you invest your hard-earned money, and I don’t blame you! So in this article, I’ll explain: When it’s smart to hire a resume […]

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what to look for in a resume writer - tips for choosing

How to Choose a Good Resume Writing Service

It’s not difficult to find resume writing services on the web. A quick search will bring up hundreds. But how do you know which are good, and which are a waste of money? As a recruiter, I’ve reviewed some amazing resumes written by professionals, but I’ve also seen “professional” resumes that were so bad that […]

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fired vs. laid off vs. terminated - differences and what to say

Difference Between Laid Off, Fired, and Terminated (And What To Say)

There are some key differences between being fired, terminated, and laid off, and it’s important to know the definitions before deciding what to say to employers. Why this matters: There are some risks that come with saying you were laid off when you were actually fired for performance or policy violations. And if you were […]

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