Monthly Archives: October 2013

Avoid These Clichés When Preparing Your Job Search Materials

When you’re preparing your job search documents, the only perspective you have is your own. But you have to try to think with an outsider’s perspective as well–what are the people who read your resume and cover letter going to … Continue reading

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Be Prepared To Answer This Job Interview Question

In any interview situation, be prepared for this scenario:  everybody has settled in and the formal greetings are over.  The interviewers shift into interview mode and want you to set the stage by summarizing your entire application package.   It’s … Continue reading

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Are You Sending Out 20 or 30 Resumes Each Week? Stop!

Send fewer applications and make sure each one is personalized, carefully written, and carefully edited.   Earlier this week, I heard a news story on the radio about one young graduate who had been sending out 20 to 30 resumes … Continue reading

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Language Students: What Did You Do Last Week that You Can Use as Career Prep?

Language students:  before you start a new week, take a moment to think of one thing that you did in your language courses last week that you could put on your resume, in a cover letter, or use in an … Continue reading

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Why Are Job Interviews Like Standardized Tests?

The short answer: because you have to prepare for them. We all hate standardized tests. We feel like they don’t measure our true fit with the places to which we are applying; they aren’t a true measure of our intelligence; … Continue reading

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Make the Classroom a Dynamic Part of Your Career Prep

The classroom seems like such an artificial and confined space for the kind of learning required to get you the job you want when you graduate.   But think of  the classroom as a starting point, an anchor, or an … Continue reading

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Are You Prepared for Everything that Could Happen in an Interview?

No. You can’t be prepared for everything.   There’s no excuse not to be prepared for all the classic, commonly-asked interview questions [I address these in previous posts here, here, here, and here]. But it’s not possible to be prepared … Continue reading

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