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How to Avoid the "Presenter's Paradox" During Job Interviews

Psychologists have only recently uncovered, named, identified and classified this issue as an interview killer. A job candidate is the "presenter." The "paradox" is the candidate's willingness to offer presumed beneficial, helpful information that the interviewer judges as justifiable reasons to eliminate a candidate for an open position.The insidious effect of presenter's paradox is so pervasive because it makes sense and natural. The best way to avoid this terminal error, according to PhD. Halvorson, is to focus on the big picture. Eyes on the prize.

How to explain employment gaps on your resume

While there are ways to "disguise" employment gaps, it is not a good idea to deceptively hide these periods of joblessness. Employment continuity is important, but hiding or falsely claiming employ dates is easily discovered.You need not emphasize these gaps, however. For example, if you went some months without a job, simply list the years with an employer, without noting the exact start and stop dates. If you left one job in March and didn't find another until September of the same year, just note the end date of one and the start date of another by stating the year.

How to Find the Best Jobs During an Economic Recovery

Spend quality time cultivating your personal and professional network. Just as the best employment firms learn about good openings before the general public, employees of companies can learn about excellent new job opportunities before any official and time-consuming search gets underway. Remember, most companies will proceed slowly and carefully until management is thoroughly convinced that a recovery has taken hold. Once you learn of a new opportunity from your network, be proactive and get to work. Call to setup informational interviews.

Use Career Networking to Help your Job Search

Your career network will include most people in your regular, professional network and some additional contacts. The key is to create your career network before you need it. If you wait until you start a job search, you’ll lose valuable time establishing an active career network. Who Should Be In Your Career Network? The short answer: Anyone and everyone who could help you with your job search. Peers, friends, fellow alumni. Your career network often offers more than just leads on job opportunities.

Make the Most of your Career Fair Experience

Career Fair success lies in effective preparation, and communication. Make sure to research the employers you want to visit: learn about them, the positions they're looking to fill, and what type of candidates they're looking for.

Tip: Arrive with a positive attitude- Have your 30 second commercial ready

Tip: Bring at least 20 copies of your resume.-
Fact: Employers only look at resumes an average of 10 seconds. Make sure you’re leaving employers with the impression - Hire Me!

Use Social Media to Improve your Employment Value

Instead of viewing social media, except for its tantalizing marketing opportunities, as a troubling development, many businesses now employ these sites as screening tools. While the final legality of using social media for staff monitoring or pre-employment screening has yet to be determined, thousands of employers, large and small, are taking advantage of the features.

New Graduates Can Overcome Hiring Challenges

You’ve just finished an exciting graduation ceremony and are eager to take your shiny, new—hard-earned—degree into the workplace to begin a sterling career. Fast forward a few months as you’re staring at your computer e-mail screen or telephone wondering why none of your outstanding cover letters and CVs has generated not even one positive response from prospective employers. New graduates should understand some less-than-encouraging realities of the post-recession business, education, health care, research, and IT world.

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