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Unemployment Benefits explained

Unemployment benefits

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Unemployment Benefits

Hello from Forks, Washington. It’s February and this area is a rainforest. Usually, the weather in Forks this time of year is sideways rain and snow with rivers on the verge of flooding. In other words perfect winter steelhead fishing weather. Unfortunately for the anglers in town,

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My new job sucks, HR exec explains when and how to quit

job sucks

Smile and run away as fast as you can.

My new job sucks, how soon can I quit?

Your job sucks but you don’t want to quit because you feel like the short tenure on your resume will look bad. Do you fear explaining your short job history in your next interview? Do you think your resume will reflect poorly?

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Creative Resumes, why they hurt your job search

creative resume

Just because we have the tools, doesn’t mean we are qualified to use them

Creative Resumes

Are you using a creative resume template? Have you incorporated color or design elements into your resume? Are you using an artistic design template found on the Internet? For 95% of candidates, including myself, I believe that we are hurting ourselves when we incorporate design elements into our resume.

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Hiring Process, the truth behind the scenes

Hiring Process

Where are the Candidates?

Hiring Process

A few years ago, I wrote a post on the hiring process titled When do recruiters call back?The premise was that it is easy to get frustrated when it takes so long time to hear back from a recruiter once the interview process started.

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No asshole rule

 

no asshole rule

This is a no asshole zone

No Asshole Rule

The Company A**hole. We all know him or her, and every company has one. A blowhard, a know it all, someone who has all the answers and in their opinion is never wrong. They think they are the life of the party and their shit doesn’t stink.

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Is a 2 page resume the right length?

2 page resume

“Is the 2 page resume still in vogue?” “Is a 2 page resume too long?” “I have been working for 20 years, is 2 pages long enough?” I am very rarely asked this question because most of us have a sense of what a resume should look like. We have been writing resumes since we applied for our first part time job in high school and most of us have consistently used the same format over and over. When it comes time to update the resume, we pull the version used to land our last job, bolt on the most recent experience, and trim to fit. Most of us list the following and don’t give it a second thought:

• Contact info
• Objective statement / Mission
• Experience in chronological order
• Education
• Extra curricular activities, clubs, associations, continuing education

All of the above is pretty standard stuff. The reason for todays post is that I see a lot of resumes that list too much information in every listed category and this is causing our resume to be discarded by the hiring managers. Listing everything in the kitchen sink results in a 2-page resume when a single page is enough, 3 pages when a 2 pager is enough, etc. This is the wrong approach. With the new economy in mind, todays post answers the question we all wonder about, “Just how long should my resume be?”.

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