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Selling Yourself in Your Interview

While many of us think highly of our backgrounds and career, what we can bring to a potential company, at the end of the day, would you really hire yourself if you were at all honest with yourself? Most say yes, but is that the best answer? Let’s explore. To answer that above question honestly, for your best in mind, it is all-important for job seekers (that is you) to take a few moments and re-assess what your are conveying [...]

Resume Writing Terms

Having a well-written resume is vital in any job market. It can make the difference between getting an interview or not. With so much competition for openings, you need a resume that sets you apart from the other candidates. Below are some terms that can help you achieve that goal. Reverse Chronological Resume – Outlines a person’s job history, starting from the current or latest position and working backwards. The flaw in this type is that it is easy to [...]

The Worst Interview Mistakes To Avoid

So many people treat the interview as if it will take care of itself, and therefore they make the same critical errors. The fact is that far more interviews are LOST than won, so I want to show you the 5 biggest mistakes to avoid. Follow this advice and you’re already ahead of the game. 1. Not preparing properly Too many people I coach, those that aren’t getting any job offers, are walking in to their interviews ill-equipped and ill-prepared to [...]

Networking 101: Start Today

Networking. Not a scary word, but for some it is, and yet this is the key way of locating new job leads for your job search. We at Razor want results, and this is step one in finding that great job. We don’t know your contact lists, but we will ask you. We can’t promise an instant hire after one day of calling, but starting today is the key. You can generate job leads today even within the next [...]

What to say when giving a hiring manager my resume?

Q: Okay, I applied online at this store but I’m going to turn in my resume tomorrow morning. What should I say to the hiring manager when I take my resume and CV in? Should I ask for an interview or just give it to her and leave? A: This is a great opportunity to do for a walk-talking interview without setting a proper interview time with HR. And that may lead to a fast job offer than the other [...]

The Professional Experience Section: Tell me more about that…..

Your resume (or CV) can either help you greatly increase your salary or hinder your career advancement. Here’s how to achieve the former with your resume. First, focus on the structure. An ideal structure consists of Name and Contact Information, Career Summary, Computer Skills, Professional Experience, Education. Then, consider the length. For entry-level purchasing positions, a one-page resume is appropriate. However, “If you have more than five to seven years of experience, then you want to have a two-page resume,” according [...]

Subtle Ways to Tell Your Story in Your Resume

A frequent theme of our blogs is limiting your resume to information that’s truly relevant to the position for which you’re applying. You should feel free to leave off your high school job serving fast food or your college job working retail if you have years of subsequent work experience. Also, listing only the achievements from your previous jobs can actually omit an important component of your career: your personal story. Many of the clients I work with [...]

The iPhone Gone Bad in Japan

I was flying to Southeast Asia last spring for a long holiday and a cheap getaway. I really needed it. I didn’t really plan the layover as I barely look over my itinerary as a standard practice to make it more exciting. I do that on purpose; it’s more invigorating that way. So I had my layover in Japan, processed threw the international customs and had nowhere to stay the night. Visa in hand, I [...]

Getting Keen Career Advancements, Sideways

I have a great friend, a friend of over 10 years, who just got hired in a major multinational corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota and Minneapolis, proper. It took a few years to get where he is. It’s a better business card by far and the perfect job title than he had even 4 years ago in Anoka. (I must change names to keep things matter of fact, but let’s call him Peter.) Peter [...]

Human Resource Departments Mimic Vicious Ant Colonies

Dear Job Hunter, I need to confess to you, I have felt this way for years, HR Departments really function as an ant colony, as a vicious killer ant colony. The bad ones from Africa I’ve seen on NatGeo. What do I mean? Human Resources and their supporting staff eat their own, devour wooing applicants up and, will step all over other staff members in other departments in the organization. I’ll begin this mental journey, [...]

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