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Best Answer To The Interview Question 'Why Should I Hire You?'

In today’s fast-paced world, you need a quick, concise, well-thought-out answer to capture the employer’s interest and make them decide to hire you.<p>The 60 Second Sell is your tool to achieve this. This 60-second calling card will summarize your skills, abilities and previous experience in a …

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9 things that will kill your career

Honest mistakes often carry hard-hitting consequences. Here are nine to watch out for and what you can do instead.<p>There are so many things that can …

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5 Perfect Opening Lines for Your Cover Letter

When you apply for any job, the very first tool you will use to grab the attention of employers is your cover letter. (Yes, there are of course companies that are so big they don’t have time for cover letters. But plenty of hiring managers at small and mid-sized companies do read them, myself …

Employment

“Any questions for me?” is a trap. Here’s how to answer the dreaded interview question

Interviewing for a job would be far less stressful if we had a copy of the questions beforehand. But what you can do to reclaim some control over …

5 strong ways to close a cover letter

Take inspiration from one of these five phrases to help you seal the deal.<p>Writing a cover letter isn’t an easy task for many job seekers. There’s a lot of pressure because, sometimes, the cover letter is the only piece the recruiter will read. Therefore, your cover letter must be a piece of writing …

Amazon HR exec: This interview misstep can kill your chances of getting hired

"I look for a level of engagement that showcases if the candidate is actually passionate and will be a good fit for the opportunity," she adds. "I …

How to become a better conversationalist

These five tips will help you talk to anyone in any situation.<p>Whether you love or hate networking, there’s no doubting the importance of face-to-face interactions. Even in our digital world, knowing the art of the conversation is key to building strong relationships. Being a good conversationalist …

Job Seekers, You Will Be Lied To And Misled -- Here Is How You Can Protect Yourself

When you interview with a company, you’d like to believe that everyone you meet with acts honestly and in good faith. Unfortunately, this in not the case—as you will encounter blatant lies, omission of crucial facts and, at times, be misled. I’m not suggesting that there’s a nefarious plot to trick …

Top 6 Workforce Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2019

Talent scarcity and increased remote work are just some of the main employment trends to watch next year.<p>With unemployment at its lowest in decades, technology becoming increasingly integrated in business operations and younger generations entering the workforce at a faster rate, the U.S. job …

Best Presentation Ever: How to Elevate Any Talk to Make It Motivating, Meaningful and Memorable

TEDx coach and popular speaker shares advice on how to make an impact<p>Are you reaching your potential as a speaker? When you give a presentation, do audience members give you their full attention? Do they clamor to ask questions and participate? When your presentation is over, do audience members …

How To Negotiate Your Full Value At Work

Believe it or not, most of us are leaving money on the table. We’re entrenched in an out-of-date methodology for managing our careers. We keep our heads down, work hard and hope that the higher-ups recognize and reward us. We wait until the end of the year and gamble on whether we’ll be handed a …

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

This is how you should answer “What are your strengths?”

It’s one of the most common interview questions. These are the answers that hiring managers say they are looking for.<p>One of the most common questions candidates are asked during a job interview is “What are your strengths?” Having a firm knowledge of what you can offer a potential employer will …

Every interview question is really this question

Behind every interview question, there are three things that the interviewer is trying to figure out.<p>Back in 1959, Peter Drucker coined the term ‘knowledge worker.” True to his vision of the future, many of the most desirable jobs in the modern economy involve acquiring and using knowledge to solve …

Questioning Graphic Design’s Ethicality

Once a year, my family would drive seven hours for a weeklong glimpse of the sea. My mother’s eyes twinkled as she solved the puzzle of squeezing …

The Online Gig Economy’s ‘Race to the Bottom’

When the whole world is fighting for the same jobs, what happens to workers?<p>You can buy almost any <i>thing</i> you want online—toothpaste, books, plastic devices that allow you to lick your cat. On digital work platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com, you can also buy nearly any <i>service—</i>often …

7 ways to show emotional intelligence in a job interview

It’s one of the top job skills of the future, but how do you convey something intangible like EQ in a job interview?<p>Yes, having solid technical skills is important in landing a job, but maybe not as important as you might think. In fact, in a recent survey of more than 2,600 hiring managers and …

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I Reviewed 573 UX Designer Portfolios as a Design Chief, and This is What I Want to See In Yours

<b>I just checked our HR spreadsheets. Over the last few years more than 2000 people applied to work with us at UX studio. We are a 27-person product</b> …

Recruiters Will Ignore Your LinkedIn Profile If It's Missing These 2 Things

Invest the time to stand out early on and success will follow.<p>If I delivered a commencement speech to 2018 college graduates, I'd tell them that nobody will ever care as much about their career as they do.<p>They'll always need to do a little public relations for themselves--and they should probably …

'I'm Sorry' Can Undermine Your Career. Here's What to Say Instead

When "I'm sorry" becomes overused, it gets tuned out -- and so do you.<p>We all make mistakes. From minor ones like mispronouncing someone's name (which, depending on the person, could be a big deal) to major ones like making an expensive misguided hire, every single one of us can remember the …

What Job Skill Is Most Lacking in the U.S.? LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Has a Surprising Answer

American employees are lacking (sort of) one surprising skill. Here are some keys to moving it to the strength side of the ledger.<p>LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner just appeared on CNBC's <i>Squawk Box</i> to reveal surprising new research about the state of job skills in the U.S. He talked about gaps in computer …

10 Important Career Lessons Most People Learn Too Late In Life

If you want to achieve success, you will have to make big sacrifices. I find that many people ardently heed this advice — and make sacrifices on a …

1 Simple Way To Get Found More Easily on LinkedIn

This specific section of your LinkedIn profile unlocks the keywords needed to make sure potential employers and prospective clients can find you on the platform.<p>If you want to get any meaningful value or traction from LinkedIn, it's critical you start with a profile that's already optimized.<p>(In …

Afraid Your New Boss Will Overwork You? Ask This 1 Question in the Interview to Find Out

This behavioral question will reveal what it really takes to succeed at a company.<p>While it's very important to prepare for an interview so you can sound confident and clear in your answers, one part of interview preparation that's often overlooked is what questions the job seeker should ask the …

What You Think You Know About Originality Is Holding You Back

Most of us have unfounded anxieties about might happen if were to step away from the crowd.<p>In just the first few weeks of this year, we said our goodbyes to three hugely imaginative nonconformists: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Glenn Frey. Each made enormous impacts on the world, and their …

The Best Response to the Tricky Interview Question 'Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?' (Most Answer Incorrectly)

How you answer this question reveals critical information, and your response will shape what is possible for you in the future.<p>Last week, I discussed how best to answer the question "Why do you want to work here?" I shared what interviewers hear when you provide typical responses and how to craft …

The Advice 12 Designers Wish They Could Give To Their Younger Selves

<i>It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Go with your gut. Relax, it’s only work.</i> What advice would you give your younger self? It’s a perennial question, for anyone interested in gleaning the life advice of the older and wiser.<p>When its 30th anniversary, the foil and film materials company Foilco decided to …

Looking For A Job? Cut These 5 Things From Your LinkedIn Profile Now

You have less than 10 seconds to catch a recruiter’s attention, so don’t waste time using meaningless filler words.<p>Keeping your LinkedIn profile updated is an essential part of a job search. It’s often the first resource recruiters and hiring managers turn to when they want to learn more about …