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In 2018, a successful job search is much more complicated than having a good resume! At Job-Hunt.org, with the help of genuine experts, we help you to be smarter in your job search so you can:

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  • How to Answer: What Is Your Current Salary?

    How to Answer: What Is Your Current Salary?This question may be one of the earliest questions you are asked, particularly in a phone interview. Obviously, it requires a very careful response. While this question is illegal in many locations, recruiters and interviewers still ask it, and the ATS system may still require it. Learn how to be prepared to answer this question most effectively so you aren't eliminated from consideration or paid a very low salary. This article is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
  • How to Answer: What Are Your Salary Expectations?

    The Salary Expectation QuestionThis is a more acceptable variation of the current-salary question. This is the start of what may become the salary negotiation, if they decide to offer you a job. The best strategy is to do research to know what a reasonable salary is for the job. Don't just pull a random number out of the air. A "wrong" answer can result in a job offer with a salary that is too low or the end of the opportunity if you state a salary that is too high. This article is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
  • How to Smartly Accept an Interview Invitation

    Why and How to Turn Down an InterviewUsually, you will receive the invitation to interview for a job by email, typically from the recruiter or someone on the HR staff. The message will be sent to the email address that you used on the application or resume or made visible on your LinkedIn Profile. Replying promptly but appropriately is essential to communicate your professionalism. Sample email messages are included as examples. This article is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
  • Why and How to Turn Down an Interview

    Why and How to Turn Down an InterviewSometimes rejecting an interview invitation is a good idea because you don't know for sure that you want the job. Or, maybe the level, the commute, or the employer is not right for you now. There are good reasons to turn down a job interview, but in some situations taking the interview can be useful. If you decide to turn down the job interview, a sample email is provided as an example of the kind of message to send. This article is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
  • Article Series: Answering the Common Interview Questions

    Article Series: Answering the Common Interview QuestionsBeing familiar with the common questions and having your answers for each question ready is the best strategy for interview success. These are the most common questions asked by employers and recruiters in job interviews. Each article includes sample answers as examples of how the question can be answered. Use the sample answers and the strategies described for each question to help you create your own answers. This is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
  • Military Transition Action Plan - Long-Term Service to Civilian

    Transitioning - Long-Term Service to CivilianIf you have a decade or more military service, returning to the private sector is often more change than you are prepared for. Far too many transitioning military members are flailing around without having selected a specific next job. Many hope their ability to learn quickly or variety of experience will convince a company to figure out a great job they can do. That doesn't work! In this post, Veterans Job Search Patra Frame shares how to develop an effective action plan, from Job-Hunt's Guide to Veterans' Job Search.
  • 5 Secrets to a Knockout LinkedIn Profile Summary

    5 Secrets to a Knockout LinkedIn Profile SummaryWant to quickly distinguish yourself from your competition on LinkedIn? Look no further than your LinkedIn Summary. The "elevator pitch" of your social media profile, a powerful Summary can compel employers to take a second look at you for their needs. To rework your LinkedIn Profile Summary into a power-packed description that elicits attention from recruiters, start fresh with these secrets by LinkedIn Job Search Expert Laura Smith-Proulx. For more, check out Job-Hunt's LinkedIn Job Search Guide.
  • Will LinkedIn’s Resume Assistant Help You Write a Great Resume?

    Should You Use LinkedIn’s Resume Assistant to Write Your Resume?

    This application allows you to shortcut the analysis required to write your resume, gathering Skills and Experience data from LinkedIn Profiles of your professional peers, combined with descriptions from LinkedIn Jobs matching your career level. Perhaps this is a shortcut to a more powerful resume, or perhaps not. In this thoughtful article, Job-Hunt's LinkedIn for Job Search Expert Laura Smith-Proulx helps you evaluate this application, part of Job-Hunt's LinkedIn Job Search Guide.


  • 5 Absolute Must-Ask Questions for Your Next Interview

    How to Do Real and Effective Networking for Your Job SearchThe answers to these 5 questions will keep you on track and informed about what is happening on the employer’s side of the situation. They will also help you understand when to move on to the next opportunity. Job-Hunt editor Susan P. Joyce shares the questions to ask to help you understand what is happening on the employer's side in this new article from Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
  • How Top ATS Systems Analyze Resumes

    Answer When Can You StartIf applying for jobs online is part of your job search strategy, you’ve interacted with applicant tracking systems ("ATS") whether you realize it or not. Whenever you upload a resume to an online form or fill out a questionnaire during a job application, an ATS is tasked with making your information visible to employers -- or not. Job-Hunt's ATS expert Jon Shields helps you understand what 3 of the top ATS want in this article from Job-Hunt's Guide to Personal SEO.

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Guides to Smarter Job Search

  • Guide to Answering the Common Interview Questions

    How to answer the top job interview questions, including the illegal ones, with sample answers included, plus how to follow up effectively after the interview including sample thank you notes.

  • Guide to Successful Job Interviews

    How to handle the different types of interviews, including telephone and video interviews as well as lunch interviews, plus tips on how to prepare successfully.

  • Guide to LinkedIn for Job Search

    Learn how to develop an effective Profile, leverage LinkedIn Groups and Updates, plus more tips for advancing your job search and your career using LinkedIn.

  • Guide to Working with Recruiters

    These people represent the "buyers" so they are very important to you. Learn how to work with them effectively.

  • Guide to Personal SEO

    Learn how to identify the best keywords for you and use them appropriately in resumes, job applications, and social media.

  • Guide to LinkedIn SEO

    Indentify your best keywords and the best places on LinkedIn to use those keywords so recruiters find you on LinkedIn.

  • Guide to Personal Online Reputation Management

    Yes, you do have an online reputation! It is impacting your job search and your career. Best to pay attention and manage it yourself.

  • Guide to Personal Branding

    Building your personal brand is critical to a successful job search today. Learn how it works.


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More Free Guides

  • Guide to Veterans Job Search

    For veterans and those in transition, learn how to successfully execute a civilian job search. Adapt and overcome!

  • Guide to Job Loss Recovery

    Losing a job can be a big blow to your pride and confidence as well as your bank account. Here's how to overcome.

  • Guide to Beating Unemployment

    Regardless of why you are unemployed, being unemployed can make your job search a bit more challenging. These tips will help you regain that regular paycheck.

  • Guide to a Stealth Job Search

    If you are currently employed, your smartest strategy is to conduct a "stealth job search" so you don't lose the job you've got.

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