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Compensation Talk: Navigating The Earnings Issue

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How much does this job pay? What was your average paycheck with a previous job?

No matter how you slice it, talking to a boss or prospective employer about money can be uncomfortable. As a job seeker in the current economy, it is more important than ever to know what you can expect to earn - before you interview.

Utilize resources like to verify the average annual salary for your target position. This website allows you to customize the search, based on geographic area.

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3 Keys to Customizing Your Resume

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In recent blogs, I’ve written a lot about the importance of investing time into every job application you submit, even if this means applying for fewer total jobs.  While it’s most efficient to get your resume fine-tuned to a point where it needs little modification for each new job application, you generally will need to make a few changes each time in order to customize your document.


The first rule of customization is to ensure that your resume contains the same language found in the job advertisement.  Many companies use junior human resources staff as the first reviewers for the resumes they receive.  Since HR staff typically know a lot about HR and less about the business of their company, they often look to match your resume with the keywords used in the job ad.  This is why it’s important to customize your resume for an untrained eye; generally, the first person (or software program) looking it over is not discerning enough to know what you mean unless you use the exact same language.

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Advanced Interviewing Techniques

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It's no secret across the nation - the job market competition is fierce.  In order to out-perform your peers, it becomes necessary to pull out all the stops, and have an optimal interview performance.  Here are the top five strategies candidates can implement TODAY, to ensure they wow the interviewer, and set themselves apart from their competitors.

1.  Have a keen understanding of why the company should choose you.

In order to have a stellar interview, it is necessary that you are able to communicate your professional value to the prospective employer.  The interview is the job seeker's one and only opportunity to "sell themselves" as the best candidate for this position.  Articulate why you are the right individual for this position.  Be confident in your abilities.  Explain how you will use past experiences to make this new company better.  Think in terms of how you will help them earn or save more money.

2.  Practice, practice, practice.

Get a list of the toughest interview questions, and take the time to go over them.  Write down your answers, and practice them.  Find a friend, career coach, or colleague, and do one-on-one role play.

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My Best Advice - Job Search

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We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” - Ronald Reagan

As you might imagine, I get a lot of requests for help and advise related to job search. And, like today's quote, while I would like to help everyone, if I help someone I've done my job.

But not all advice works for all people. It's kind of like when someone has the hiccups and the advice is to scare them and that will make the hiccups go away. Now for some people it actually works, while for others have a heart attack (and their hiccups).

Job search is much the same, what works for some does not always work for others. So today my best advice is actually the advice of others. Your recommendations regarding websites and links. Here's to helping someone, enjoy today's links.

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5 Killer Questions to Ask at Your Job Interview

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Usually, the emphasis in  job interview prep involves getting your answers ready for the toughest interview questions--and there's no doubt that it's a critical component. But you must remember that interviewing is a two-way street. In one respect, the job interview is your chance to find out if the company is somewhere you can shine and advance in your career. You have to ask the questions that will tell you what you want to know.

But the most immediate benefit to asking questions in the interview is that just by asking those questions, you stand out as a candidate. You show yourself as a go-getter, and you change the interview from a one-sided interrogation into a conversation between professionals. It helps you establish rapport, and it uncovers for you what the interviewer is looking for--so that you can tailor your answers to what's going to make the best impression on him.

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Employer Branding: Do You Really Have a BMW Or Are You Putting Lipstick On A Dodge Dart?

Talent Communities, Social Networks, SEO and Employer Branding are all the rage at recruiter and HR conferences.

I often wonder how companies put these things into practice after returning back to the office and wonder more about how does their audience, candidates, respond to them.

Let’s talk about Employer Branding. I think this is something that is vitally important regardless of the size of company, industry and location.

After all many companies are competing for employees to one extent or another. (maybe with this slow economy not as much as they used to or will be but you get the idea)

And it makes sense to differentiate one from the others.

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Minnesota Morning

So much on the mind and trying to figure what if anything someone might want to know about but my mind is a bit warped from yesterday’s weather so lets start with that, the weather.

Why? When one adds the air temperature of 93 and mid 70’s dew point one gets a heat index or “feels like” 108 degrees. That is tropical like conditions.

I picked up some food to go (I will fire up the grill at -5 but not +108) and bumped into an old friend. We moved to the shade but after just a 20 minute chat found myself sweating.

But there was some relief last night after the storms went through the area. I was on a phone call, looked out the window and saw we were having an amazing sunset. Not able to get out a I sent out a Tweet, “Please someone in Minneapolis get a pic of this amazing sky/sunset -- late night conference calls SUCK”

My request was answered by two followers with these photos:

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How NOT to Start Your Cover Letter

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On a weekly basis any hiring manager probably receives between 50 and … well, probably hundreds of resumes and cover letters.  The key is to catch his or her attention from the start; and the best place to do that is in your cover letter.  So I am going to tell you about the worst possible way to start your cover letter—and then give you some creative alternatives to use instead.

Here is the most boring intro line because everyone uses it:

Please accept my resume for consideration of the (XYZ) position within your organization.

What a snoozer!  Everyone uses that line; let’s see … being like everyone else isn’t going to get you very far in your job search now is it?  No, it’s not.  So you need to be different.  But not just different—you need to be unique and appear more valuable than the average joe.  Let’s take a look at some more creative and attention grabbing opening lines:

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Texas #1 In CNBC Top States For Doing Business 2010, Minnesota Ties for #8

CNBC has announced its America’s Top States For Doing Business 2010 with Texas finishing in first place.

Rounding out the Top 5:

#8 is tied with Utah.

Our neighbors:

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