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All That Glitters Is Not Gold - How Much Are You Worth?

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In the main it will be found that a power over a man's support (salary) is a power over his will” - Alexander Hamilton

Are you underpaid?

Do you think you are paid what you are worth, given your experience and compared to others you work with?

If you are like most of us, the answer is probably that you think you are underpaid. Taking that to the next level (and being realistic), how much do you really think you're worth?

We all get our raises, bonuses and promotions from time to time, but the best opportunity to increase your compensation is when you are moving from one company to the next.

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Minnesota Golden Gophers 2011 National Signing Day Recap

It is always a good day when I can go over to the campus and hang out with my Golden Gopher friends. A huge crowd turnout out for the national signing day event:

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Minnesota Golden Gophers TCF Bank Stadium

Emcee for the event was Gopher football alum who as part of the program interviewed four Gopher football alumni: , , and

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Are You Ready for Behavioral Interview Questions?

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It is natural to be nervous when going into a job interview.  After all, you want to make the best impression on a potential employer that tells him or her that you are the right candidate for a specific job.  While you may have practiced answering certain interview questions, you don't know exactly which ones will be asked.  Sure, some of the questions you've prepared for may be asked, but perhaps some curve balls could be thrown your way in the form of behavioral interview questions.

Behavioral interview questions help an employer to determine whether or not a candidate has the right skill set he or she is looking for in the workplace.  In this type of interview, a candidate must be able to answer specific questions about certain situations.

Her are some examples of behavioral interview questions:

-Give an example of an occasion when you used logic to solve a problem.
-Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.
-Describe a stressful situation at work and how you handled it.
-How do you handle a challenge?
-What do you do when your scheduled is interrupted?

See the source below to find out more behavioral interview questions.

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Avoiding Company-Specific Lingo On Your Resume

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I recently met a woman who had started a new job with a Fortune 50 company several months ago.  While she enjoyed some aspects of her new position, she was having a very difficult time adjusting to the culture of her new company due to the other employees constantly using acronyms she didn’t understand.  The situation is so bad that every day she writes down a list of terms that she doesn’t grasp and asks her assistant to explain them.

This is a fairly extreme example of corporate culture gone awry, but it reminded me of something I see often in reviewing resumes.  Candidates who have worked for one company or in one industry for a long time often fill their resumes with acronyms and jargon that would only make sense to another employee at their current company.  People often don’t even notice that they‘re doing this, as they have been using these terms for years and forget that not everyone knows them.

A related issue is candidates capitalizing terms on their resume because they’re used to seeing them written that way by their current employer.  For instance, while your current company may have you complete a Baseline Analysis of Risk report every time a critical incident occurs, your resume will read much more clearly if you simply write, “completed risk analysis of serious incidents”.

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