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How to Get a Job

Resources That Will Help You Get Hired

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Being prepared for a job search campaign increases your chances of  success. Learn how to deal with the various aspects of the job search, for example resume writing, job interviewing, thank you letters, and, ultimately, entertaining job offers.

1. Personal Marketing Strategy

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This article tells you to look at your job search as if it were a marketing campaign. The product you are selling? YOU! Learn how to put together a marketing strategy that will help you find employment as quickly as possible. Get advice on locating job leads, contacting prospective employees and staying organized.

2. Choose a Resume Format

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Your resume gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself to a prospective employer. It is imperative that you make a good first impression. There are three different formats. Which is best for you? Find out how to choose the one that is most suitable based on your employment history and job search needs.

3. Resume: FAQs

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Like most people, you might have some questions about the "right" way to do a resume. Where should you put your educational background? What should you do about the job you only held for a couple of months? What if the employer wants a salary history? See this list of FAQs for answers to these and other questions.

4. Job Interview Basics

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The interview is probably the part of the job search process that makes people the most anxious. That could be because any control you had up to this point is no longer in your hands. The interviewer decides when to begin and end the interview, what questions to ask, and whether you will advance in the process. The better prepared you are, the more in control you will feel. Learn about the different types of interviews you may face, what you should do before and during the interview, how to deal with tricky questions and how to follow up afterward.

5. Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Dress for an Interview

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Not everyone has the best judgement when it comes to dressing for job interviews. Some people dress up too much, and some go much too casual. Some look more "college campus" than "corporate." While appearance certainly isn't everything, how you look does matter. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before you decide what to wear to your interview.

6. Behavioral Interviews: Show 'Em What You Know

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At some point you may find yourself on an interview that seems very different from the ones you are used to. Instead of an employer simply asking questions about your employment background, he or she will ask questions about how you handled certain situations in the past. This is called a behavioral interview. Read more about this type of job interview, find out how to prepare for one and see a list of the possible questions the interviewer may ask you.

7. How to Write a Thank You Note

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Sending a thank you note after a job interview doesn't merely demonstrate that you have good manners, although it's good to do it for that reason alone. It gives you the opportunity to bring up something you forgot to, or didn't have a chance to, say. Learn how to compose a simple thank you note.

8. Before You Accept a Job Offer

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You may think all is fine and dandy once you've received a job offer, but your work is hardly done. Now you have to decide whether to accept the offer and it's not all about money. There are things to consider in addition to compensation. Find out what they are.

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