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Heather Hamilton
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"So what do you do?" is the new "How do you do?"
I love the inclusiveness of the question "what do you do?" It doesn't alienate students and at-home parents. You can answer with information about the hobby that eats your weekends. But ultimately, people want to know what you do for work. I sometimes fall ...

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Because there aren't enough important things to be paranoid about, there's that keg stand you did that one time
I'm so thankful that social media and cell phones didn't exist when I was in college. I have no idea how much irreparable damage I could have done if I were born two decades later. Even nowadays, I enjoy myself in ways that I don't really want to advertise ...

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Have an interest. Put it on your resume.
You know all that personal stuff you're not supposed to talk about in the interview? As I  mentioned, the idea of not talking about ANYTHING personal in the interview is total bunk . Companies want to get to know you and what you do away from work says a lo...

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The possibility that you will look back on this as one of the best things that's happened to you
When I parted ways with Microsoft, a former co-worker said "All good things must come to an end." His trite declaration really irked me because no matter the circumstances, leaving was hard. Working at Microsoft had become a major component of how I identif...

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I find the rules about what not to say in an interview a little too rigid...
...but I am an over-sharer. And I probably think I am funnier than I am. Seriously, with all of the "do this" and "don't do that" associated with applying and interviewing for a new job, you might start to feel like a robot. Wait, robots don't have feelings...

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How not to ask for help from a network connection
Looking at my LinkedIn inbox is guaranteed to produce a few "what the?" moments. Really, without fail. If you've been job searching and/or networking for any period of time, you have probably heard that you should give before you take; offer assistance befo...

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Fifty recommendations from hiring managers
Image: TheMuse.com I like these recommendations except the one that says it's OK to mention that the Cincinnati Zoo is in "(literally)" in your backyard. Because NOT LITERALLY! I was in line at Target a few weeks ago and the teenager behind me in line was t...

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Managing your online job search activity
I was just about to tell you that I am a fan of Excel spreadsheet when it comes to tracking job search activity. But then I wondered: is anyone really a "fan" of Excel spreadsheets, at least anyone who isn't in a quant career? What I am really a fan of is o...

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Use your words wisely in an interview: what to say
King 5 just posted a video on what to say in an interview. It's not as easy as just answering the questions you are asked. You should have an agenda; a few key things you want to get across in the interview. Bob Rosner has some good tips, despite the awkwar...

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What recruiters are thinking when they are looking at your resume (and wish you knew)
Image Courtesy of John Massie , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 It would be nice if recruiters spent as much time reading resumes as candidates spend writing them. But it just can't work that way. If it did, nobody would get hired. Like ever. Recruiters will spend the leas...
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