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

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  • Search Smarter: 7 Great Ways to Leverage Google's Power for Your Job Search

    9 Federal Resume Myths to IgnoreBecome an "advanced Googler"! Use Google to help you find jobs and potential employers, to research those employers (financial stability, competitors, etc.), and to separate the good opportunities from the not-so-good ones. Job-Hunt's editor and online job search expert Susan P. Joyce shares 7 Google functions which can help you find exactly what you want and need in your next Google search in this article from Job-Hunt's Guide to Using Google for Job Search.
  • Launch Your Legal Career Via Management Consulting

    Launch Your Legal Career Via Management ConsultingHaving a tough time landing that first job after law school or not enjoying your career as a lawyer, attorney Shauna C Bryce, Job-Hunt's Attorney Job Search Expert, offers management consulting firms as options to consider. In this article from Job-Hunt's Guide to Attorney Job Search, Shauna shares the benefits of working for a consulting firm which can be the start of a legal career or a great way to leverage (and pay for) law school.
  • Managing Your LinkedIn Settings for a Stealth Job Search

    Managing Your LinkedIn Settings for a Stealth Job Search By default, LinkedIn is set to broadcast mode. But, being in broadcast mode isn't always desirable -- sometimes discretion is the better part of valor and of job search. Because employers tend to be very unhappy to discover than an employee is job hunting, being in "stealth mode" can be a very good idea if you are currently employed. This article by recruiter Ed Han, Job-Hunt's LinkedIn Contributor, is from Job-Hunt's Guide to LinkedIn for Job Search.
  • How to Make Employee Referral Programs Work for You

    How to Make Employee Referral Programs Work for YouEmployers vastly prefer to hire people recommended by their current employees: 1 in 3 referred employees are hired (vs. 1 in 18 via other sources). Since the employee is generously rewarded by the employer, everyone benefits. Learn how to leverage this process successfully for your next job. Susan P. Joyce, Job-Hunt's editor, offers step-by-step advice to make it work for you in this article from Job-Hunt's Guide to Finding Jobs Online Today.
  • 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 Bounty Jobs 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.
  • 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 candidates 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.


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