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The Most Important Trait That You Can Bring To The Interview Is Self-Confidence

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How Do You Demonstrate Confidence?

As you read articles and books about interviewing you will notice that most of the information focuses on “being prepared.” When you look closely at the information provided by “experts,” you will notice that a great many of the tips given concern the external preparation. These are tips ranging from what to “wear to the interview,” to having the “correct body language,” or information on giving a “strong handshake,” and having a “script or stories” ready for the interview. There is much less emphasis or information found on internally preparing for the interview.

Internal preparations starts with your feelings about yourself, as well as your feelings about going out to find a job and interviewing. If you have been having a difficult time finding a job or have been laid off, your self-confidence may be running a little low on fuel. Your feelings about yourself, and your self-esteem, or self-confidence is fragile and can change from situation to situation. Think about the following statement:

Are you prepared to go out and sell yourself, and feel good about what you are selling – YOU?

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How To Evaluate A Job Offer

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Congratulations! You’ve received a job offer. Now what?

First of all, ask yourself if you want this job. Hopefully you spent the time up front to evaluate the company and the position prior to pursuing it.  Sometimes things happen faster than you expect and you haven’t fully explored the opportunity. There are a lot of important aspects to research and consider when you are evaluating an employment opportunity. The more you know before the offer, the better position you’ll be in.

A company’s values, vision and corporate culture are going to fundamentally affect you on a daily basis. Does the company you are evaluating motivate and speak to you? Do you feel like it will be a fit with your personality and work style? Just as dating someone with a fundamentally different belief system would be a great challenge, so will working for a company where you do not buy into the mission and vision.

What about the size and hierarchy of the company? Are you more apt to want to wear several hats and take broad responsibilities? Do you want a close working relationship with top management and the ability to see the impacts of your personal contribution? If so, a smaller company may offer you the best fit. Are you focused on training or mentoring programs and a clear career path? Do you have specialized skills that you want to focus on specific endeavors? If so, a larger company may be for you.

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4 Ways To Give Hiring Managers What They Want In Resumes

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One of the biggest mysteries of resume writing is trying to decode the minds of hiring managers.  How in the world can we possibly know what they want when each person is different?  The truth is, each hiring manager may look for something slightly different, but on the whole, they hope to find blanket basics in all resumes.  Take a look at four ways that can help you to get that much closer to giving most hiring mangers what they want in your resume:

1. Provide a Stable Work History

Employers want to see consistency in the resumes they review.  Unfortunately, if you have changed jobs a lot, this could mean to an employer that you might jump ship soon after they’ve hired you—which, of course, is something they don’t want to see happen.  So if you have gaps in your history but have filled them in as a volunteer or temp, be sure to include it to show some level of consistency in your history.

2. Connect with Company Initiatives

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4 Ways C-Level Executives Can Write Recession-Proof Resumes

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There's no doubt that we have been experiencing a tough economy for several years.  With millions of workers having suffered job loss, competition has grown increasingly steep.  Of course, an increase in competition means that job seekers have to work extremely hard to secure employment, C-level workers included.  This is why it's important for senior executives to learn to write recession-proof resumes by following these four guidelines:

1. Showcase Your Leadership

At the C-level, being a successful leader is critical to success in any position you assume.  And because you're competing against dozens of other leaders when applying for jobs, it's important that you find a way to stand out from the pack.  To effectively recession-proof your resume, you'll need to prove that you're one of the best leaders your position has ever seen—through testimonials, awards won, accomplishments, and more.  Otherwise, your competition could upstage you time and time again.

2. Prove You Are a Specialized Senior Executive

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Gargoyles, Trollocs And Job Interviews

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"You thought the leaden winter would bring you down forever, But you rode upon a steamer to the violence of the sun." - "Tales of Brave Ulysses" - Eric Clapton and Martin Sharp

A strange title on the surface, unless you've had the "job interview from hell" (doesn't really matter if you were the receiver or the giver in this case). We've all had our moments, and I've been both the receiver and the giver of interviews from hell (although I did not initially plan them that way, but who does?).

Anyway, I remember this one interview I went on for a job that was at a major company and the role was the perfect role for me. I first met with the person who was the manager of the role (let's call her the "manager") and was then asked to interview with the two people I was replacing (this should have been the first warning sign).

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Study: 466000 Apps Jobs Available

I don’t know how accurate this number is but TechNet partnered with Dr Michael Mandel to see what the number of jobs available are today versus the ZERO number in 2007.

Can you say thank you Apple, Google and Facebook among the many?

As usual I do not get stuck on the numbers or what search words were used for the survey. You can click Where The Jobs Are: The App Economy

What I always look for are the trends and no doubt here in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul the high demand (and increasing every day) for mobile developers, app developers, software engineers and web developers who can create code like this is through the roof.

Add on the designer, marketing and support jobs that are created downstream and this 466,000 number seems realistic. It could also be very low.

It for sure confirms the trend.

Commercial Break:

I would be silly if I did not say that should you be reading this and looking for a Minnesota IT job including one creating mobile apps you should contact me. This includes those who may not be looking but just want to talk about salaries, demand, the local tech community, etc

Back to the post…

Here are some nuggets from the study and below is a short clip from CNBC that aired this afternoon:

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3 Ways To Avoid A Resume Template And Make Your Resume Unique

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Have you ever been guilty of copying a resume template to make writing and submission flow a bit more smoothly?  Don't feel bad if you have.  But do keep in mind that by taking this route you run the risk of appearing inauthentic to hiring managers who are looking for unique candidates.  It's easier than you think to write your own resume, so let's try to step away from the template and instead create an original one using the following tips:

Think About What's Important in Your Resume

The people who take time to create templates are doing the public a service by guiding them through the often tedious process of writing a resume.  This is undoubtedly a kind and selfless thing to do.  But the problem with using templates is that not only do many of the same people use one template, but the information in templates is usually deemed important to the writer and may not be relevant to your career.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

The following new Minnesota Recruiter Jobs have been added to the page:

 

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2012 Minnesota Golden Gopher Football Signing Class

It has been a long time since I posted anything about Gopher football here. Do not think that shows a lack of enthusiasm or that my support is wavering.

Quite the opposite but time has been in very short supply so while I have been attending and traveling to games my blogging has been absent.

My Tweets however have been in great supply. You can follow me on Twitter by clicking @Gophers

Today is National Signing Day for football and this evening I will be attending the University of Minnesota event at TCF Bank Stadium.

I look forward to seeing some old friends tonight and hearing from Coach Kill about this class.

Below is a press release from the athletic department on today’s announcements.

Go Gophers!!!

NOTE: The U of M athletic department has done an awesome job today. They have player bio's posted including video and I have added the link for each player below. For more information click Minnesota National Signing Day.

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