6 Job Search Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

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It goes without saying that just a few critical mistakes during the job search and interview process separate a successful job seeker from one that fails. These mistakes are so few and so small that we tend to ignore them. But remember, they can easily change the outcome of your job search.

This article highlights some those mistakes that are the most evident. Keep these in mind the next time you apply for a job. After all, we all learn things from our mistakes and sometimes from others.

Suggested Reading:The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search

1)    You Apply for Jobs that Don’t Match Your Experience or Skills:

One critical factor that will decide  your success during your job search process is how well you evaluate your experience and skills. Both underestimating and overestimating yourself can lead to failures. A great way to evaluate yourself is to research  current industry standards and compare them with your skills. Compare your resume to those of your peers and job descriptions. Prior to negotiating salary and perks, research what other similarly placed individuals earn. And yes, you can always fix your worth when there is a shortage of talent or skill set that you possess.

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5 Tips for Landing a Government Job

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The largest employer in the world is Wal-Mart (not counting the government agencies), at well over 2.3 million jobs. The US government employs over 1.8 million in a variety of jobs.  A small percentage of these jobs are tied to who’s in office, but most are (or can be) lifetime jobs.  Most of these jobs are located throughout the US (not just in Washington D.C.). While the US Government is always looking to hire, now is especially a good time. According to Forbes magazine, well over 25% of government workers are eligible for retirement. That means there is a potential for a large number of jobs opportunities to open up in the next few months.

So why would you want to work for the US Government?

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10 Tips for Acing an Embedded Engineer Interview

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Time for that interview, and if you’re an Embedded Engineer you know how tough those interviews can be.  There are, of course, tips and tricks to help you ace that interview.  Just like all of the work leading up to becoming an Embedded Engineer, doing great on an interview is all about studying the right things before the interview. There are the standard questions (what are your strengths and weaknesses, etc.) and the specific questions (take a look at Top 6 Questions Asked for Embedded Engineers During an Interview).

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5 Resources for Job Interview Thank You Letters

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This is the third post in the “Marketing Toolkit Series” and we will focus on Thank You Letters. Thank you letters are another important part of your Marketing Toolkit. The main purpose (besides the obvious thanks) is to ensure that the interviewer knows that, not only are you are a good match for the job, but that you heard everything that was discussed during the interview. There is an expectation that everyone will send a Thank You letter, and those that don’t may not get the opportunity to continue in the interview process. This is your chance to list those characteristics that match the job and company profile.

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9 Interview Traps to Avoid

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The big interview day has arrived, and you’ve spent time doing your homework – interview questions, company research, etc. But interviewing for a new job is serious business and the stress can sometimes be overwhelming. Not knowing what will happen during the interview (the types of questions, how you will interact with the interviewers, etc.) combined with the pressure of finding a new job can lead to some fatal errors during the process. Read on to identify some interview traps that may keep you from landing your dream job.

Suggested Reading: What I Wish EVERY Job Candidate Knew: 15 Minutes to a Better Interview

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