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Words that Hurt; Ten OVERUSED Terms to Remove from Resume

By Robert Half International

There are certain résumé words and phrases that have become so ubiquitous they do little more than induce yawns and eye rolls from hiring managers. Employers are so accustomed to hearing from "team players" and "problem solvers," for example, that those descriptions are now essentially meaningless. To distinguish yourself from your competitors, you'll need to cut the clichés – or at least expand upon them with concrete details that back up your claims.

Why Most Networking Events Fail...

and 5 tips to save them

February 4 2014

What’s the difference between a networking event that inspires and connects versus one that fails?

Relationships…

Networking events are infamously awkward because they can’t seem to consistently generate trusting relationships.

There are exceptions, but often people approach them from the mindset of “How can you help me?”, “Can you get me a job?”, “Want to buy this?”.

Why Employers Don’t Respond to Job Applications

How often have you wondered why employers don’t respond to job applications? You read through the job posting. Twice. Your skills and work experience are a perfect match for the responsibilities of the position you’re applying for. You take the time to carefully craft  job applications that rivals any Academy Award–winning speeches. You follow the submission process down to the last detail. You hit send and you wait.

And wait.

Where Do you See Yourself in Five Years

Human Workplace, August 24, 2014

It's a job-interview standard.

The interviewer nearly always asks you "Where do you see yourself in five years?"

We've been hearing this lame question since I was a rugrat watching The Beverly Hillbillies, or longer.

Why do I think "Where do you see yourself in five years?" is a lame interview question? Here are my reasons:

Who knows where they're going to be in five years?

When to Talk Salary

My dad always said nothing good comes from talking about sex, politics, religion or money in mixed company. Just arguments. Especially these days.

The interview process is like a dance. There is a certain choreography that helps both sides understand if it is worth moving to the next stage. Talking about money too early disrupts the choreography and gives the other side a reason to say no. So it is important to pick the right moment to discuss salary. But when exactly is that moment? Here are three times when it is to your advantage:

Top Three Reasons Why I Didn't Hire You

September 01, 2014

I’ve conducted many dozens of job interviews in the past several years. I’ve hired some great folks as a result of these interviews, but my experience rejecting candidates is also pretty extensive. I’ve gained some decent insight into why candidates fail, and it often comes down to some interviewing skills for which all good interviewers expect, regardless if they know it or not.

Things to do When you Don't Hear Back from an Interview

By: Jacquelyn Smith

You finally landed that coveted job interview. Maybe you aced it; perhaps you flopped. Either way, you send a thank you note and check your inbox compulsively for a week, waiting not-so-patiently for some sort of response. But you hear nothing.

This happens far too often.

According to a 2013 CareerBuilder study among 3,991 employees, 60% said they’ve experienced this as a job candidate.

Why is this so common?