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  • 9 Federal Resume Myths to Ignore

    9 Federal Resume Myths to IgnoreFederal and private sector resumes do share some similarities such as the use of appropriate and relevant keywords and the inclusion of your accomplishments. However, substantial differences exist between federal and private sector resumes, and Job-Hunt's Federal Job Search expert Nancy Segal shares 9 myths to ignore to meet federal resume requirements in this article from Job-Hunt's Guide to Federal Government Job Search.
  • How to Become a Boomerang Employee

    How to Become a Boomerang EmployeeA “boomerang employee” is one who has left (usually quit) an organization to work somewhere else, or to drop out of the workforce for a while. Then, later, they return to work for that employer again, like a boomerang returns to the person who threw it. A 2018 survey of employers by BountyJobs showed that 39% of employers were interested in hiring good former employees. Job-Hunt editor Susan P. Joyce shares tips on how to become a boomerang employee, part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Job Search Networking.
  • How to Answer: What Is Your Greatest Strength?

    How to Answer: What Is Your Greatest Strength?Use the 75 examples of strengths to help you develop your answer to this question. Generally, the best strength to choose is one which is relevant to this opportunity and shows that you are a good fit. Then, use the two-part answer (the strength and the proof that you have the strength) described in this article. Written by Job-Hunt's editor Susan P. Joyce, this article is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Answering the Common Interview Questions.

  • Over 50: Beating the "Too Old" Bias, Being Visibly Up-to-Date

    Over 50: Beating the 'Too Old' Bias, Being Visibly Up-to-Date

    Job search has largely moved online for many fields, and a solid online reputation is a necessity today. If you are over 50, many employers will assume you are not technically up-to-date. You can combat this negative perception that you are behind the times by following the 7 steps outlined in this article to build your online presence. Over 50 Job Search Expert Phyllis Mufson explains how you may not change how employers view older workers as a group, but you can certainly change how they view you. This article explains how in Job-Hunt's Guide Job Search for Boomers & Over 50.

  • 7 Steps to Land a US Federal Government Job

    Why and How to Turn Down an InterviewThe federal government fills nearly 90,000 jobs each year -- not counting the military or US Postal Service. Many people believe applying for a federal job is a difficult and complicated process, but it is actually very achievable. Most find it is worth the effort and the wait -- federal jobs include healthcare, vacation and sick time, life insurance, pensions, training, and other benefits. Learn how to succeed in landing a federal job in this new article by Nancy Segal from Job-Hunt's Guide to Federal Government Job Search.
  • Strengthen Your Personal Brand With LinkedIn Updates and Updating

    Strengthen Your Personal Brand With LinkedIn Updates and Updating"Posting a LinkedIn update" and "updating your LinkedIn Profile" are two distinct things to do, and both can strengthen and support your personal brand when done smartly. Job-Hunt's LinkedIn Personal Branding Expert Meg Guiseppi shares how to smartly leverage both to strengthen your personal brand with LinkedIn. This is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Personal Branding with LinkedIn.
  • Eye Candy Adds ❃ Interest ❃ to Your LinkedIn Profile

    Draw Attention to Your Achievements by Adding Eye Candy to Your LinkedIn Profile The secret to making an effective LinkedIn Profile, particularly your Summary and the descriptions of each of your jobs, is to add "eye candy" to it. Using symbols like these ☛ ✅ ◆ 📧 ► ⚫ ✿ 🚩📌 ☚ (40 more in the article) in your Profile will allow you to create bulletted lists and also to draw attention to the most important elements in the "wall of words" that is most everyone's LinkedIn Profile. This article by Job-Hunt's editor Susan P. Joyce is from Job-Hunt's Guide to LinkedIn for Job Search.
  • Succeed in Your Phone Screen Interviews

    Answer When Can You StartThis (left) is NOT the reaction you want from the employer at the end of your phone screen. The employer's goal in a phone screen interview is to complete relatively quick evaluations of candidate qualifications and to select a few candidatees for in-person interviews. Job-Hunt's Interviews expert Laura DeCarlo shares 12 steps to avoid elimination in phone screens in this article from Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
  • 7 Ways Research a Potential Employer with Facebook

    Transitioning - Long-Term Service to CivilianSmart job seekers research a company. You may have used the company’s website, Glassdoor, or even spoken to people you know who work for the company. But have you checked out the company’s Facebook page? You can learn a lot about a company by seeing what is visible on Facebook, by the company and by others (like employees and customers). In this article, Facebook Job Search Expert Hannah Morgan shares 7 ways to leverage Facebook to learn if a company is a good place for you to work, from Job-Hunt's Guide to Using Facebook for Job Search.


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    Freelancing or contract jobs can be a temporary gap filler that provides a good income for a set period of time (weeks or months).

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