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#60Day Challenge, Day 27: Choose Your References

#60Day Day 27 of 60 Choose References

Throughout the #60Day Challenge, you have been setting yourself up to create a great first impression. Your new profile pic, the new LinkedIn headline and Twitter bio, the new business cards and the accurate assessment and articulation of your existing skills, and so much more – all designed to make you look good. Today, we look way ahead to when that positive first impression really pays off: when a potential employer asks you for references…   

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6 Lessons Learned from Cover Letters Gone Wrong


A cover letter can be the spark that ignites a recruiters interest in you. Or, just as easily, can lead to a quick exit for you as a top candidate.

So what makes a really good cover letter… and a bad one? We collected some real-life examples of dead-end cover letters to serve as examples of what not to do the next time you’re making first contact with a prospective employer…   

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The Best Rule EVER for Following Up: “Promised Plus 1″

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A recent Forbes article offered the same, worn “rules” on what to do if you haven’t heard from the company after an interview.

I have a different rule that applies: It’s called the “Promised Time + One Business Day Rule”. And if applied with confidence, gusto, and a wee little bit of verve, applying this rule should at the very least garner a response from the company.   

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5 Job Search Strategies You’ll Hate (But Results You’ll Love)

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The 2014 job search requires you to be a near-expert at many contemporary job search strategies. This includes things that you love (and are easy) to do… and those things that make you more than a bit uncomfortable (in part because they are not easy to do).

And yet, once you sort through those emotions and apply these strategies, you’ll fall in love with the results…   

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How Well Do You Know Your Own Resume?

How Well Can You Speak to Your Resume

Whether you write your own or have your resume written professionally, one thing remains true: You have to be able to speak to what is on your resume! You be able to bring it (and your value) to life.

Why? Because many interviewers do what I call “resume interviews”. They base nearly every question to you off of something they see on your resume…   

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#60Day Challenge, Day 24: Learn to Sell Your “Now” Skills

#60Day 24 of 60 Learn to Sell the Now Skills

36 days from now, Amy – the fictitious job seeker helping us with our “skills assessments” these last couple days – is going to be sitting across the table from a recruiter.

This will be her first interview since completing the #60Day Challenge, and she’s anxious to put everything she’s learned to the test…   

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