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Keep the Momentum Going in Your Job Search This Summer

When the mercury rises and the sun shines strong and bright through the long hours of the day, it can be very hard to sit down and look at a computer screen or a piece of paper. Everything can seem like a distraction and a reason not to buckle down, focus, and search for that job. What’s more, many people drop out of the job hunt because they believe summer…

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Ignore These 3 Common Job Hunting Myths

The rules of job searching have evolved tremendously over the last decade. These changes have fueled a lot of misconceptions that can hurt your chances of getting your dream job. Here are three common myths we hear from job seekers and the facts to set the record straight. Myth: Your resume must have a can’t-be-ignored objective. Many career coaches believe a resume objective is a dated concept, and recommend professionals skip that section completely….

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Is Resume Keyword Stuffing Killing Your Hiring Potential?

Keywords are an essential component of creating a great resume. Using them strategically throughout the copy is sure to help your resume rise to the top of the pile and impress the recruiter. However, many people take it too far. Keyword stuffing is a common pitfall for job hunters who often don’t even realize they are making the mistake. Cramming your resume with too many keywords is risky and has…

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Career in Transition? How Good Are Your Technology Skills?

The majority of baby boomers did not start their professional careers in the digital world. Times have changed, and now we are surrounded by social networks, smartphones and Google. Individuals and companies that have not embraced technology will find it very difficult to compete in today’s global and wired world. Those who are in between jobs or looking for new opportunities often worry that they lack the needed tech skills…

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Achieve Your Goals with a Written Plan

A recent study at Dominican University found that those who are most successful in achieving their goals follow three steps: writing down their goals, sharing their goals with another person, and keeping that person updated on their progress. This person can be considered your job search partner. Remarkably, this is exactly what members at The Five O’Clock Club do. One of the most important steps they take to achieve their…

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Ace Video Interviews With This Expert Advice

For years Goldman Sachs visited elite schools like Harvard and Yale to interview promising undergraduates in person. Last year, the financial behemoth changed it’s recruiting methodology dramatically. Rather than offering campus visits, the company is opting to use a prerecorded-video platform called HireVue paired with new electronic screening tools for resumes. Goldman Sachs is far from the first company to embrace video interviewing. As businesses strive to cast a wider…

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Follow Your Passion and Other Common Career Advice You Should Ignore

Career advice can be as vast and varied as the stars in the sky. Some comes and goes throughout the decades while others appear to be timeless tidbits of wisdom. Your friends say it, your mother says it, heck, career counselors may even say it. However, that doesn’t mean it’s always the best advice. To prove this point, we’re calling out three common pieces of career advice and showing just…

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Google for Jobs: The Newest Tool in Job Hunters’ Arsenals

You use it to search for restaurants, directions, and the best deals on everything you need. It makes sense that you’d also use it to find your next job. That’s likely the thinking that led to Google’s recent expansion into the job search arena. Google for Jobs is now live and ready to sharpen your aim in your job hunting game. Just like Google uses advanced algorithms to expertly refine…

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3 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search

More than ever, job searchers are turning to social media to help them find jobs, reach out, make new contacts, and target companies. But the very popularity of these sites means that it can also be difficult to stand out from the crowd. They may be convenient, but to effectively use social media on the job hunt you need to know how to use it right. Here are three key…

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Updated Job Search Tips for New Graduates

This year millions of college graduates donned a cap and gown and reached out on that stage for the diploma they’ve worked so hard to earn. Now comes the real adventure: getting a job in their chosen profession. Of course, before the job comes the job search. Well-meaning friends, parents, and relatives are all ready with insight and guidance. The problem is, much of this advice comes from decades ago. The…

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Don’t Forget: Summer Is Still a Great Time To Job Search!

Many people decide to put a pause on their job search over the summer mistakenly thinking it’s not the right time to look for a job. But, most times those that get hired in the fall months are the ones who’ve been busy over the summer. So if you’re tempted to spend the summers just stretched out on a beach towel and not continuing your job search, you might want…

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Five Myths That Can Hurt Your Job Search

At The Five O’Clock Club, we help people find land their dream job and begin a successful, rewarding career every day. In the process, we’ve seen a lot of myths around the job search process that are hurtful to your job hunt. This is our list of the top 5 myths about the job search – beliefs you’ll need to get rid of if you want to land your dream…

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Working with Your Job Search Partner

It’s easier to reach your goals when you work with another person. Think about it: If you want to commit to a workout routine it’s easier if you have a partner, same if you want to start a business. There are countless other examples. Even for introverts, going at it alone just isn’t as effective as when you have another person there to support you. This is especially true when…

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Don’t Be a Victim of Ageism

There is no question ageism exists. Millions of highly skilled, competent people who are over 50, 60, even over 70, would love to get out there and put their experience and know-how to work, but can’t. Some have given up, and some believe they are being treated unfairly and their age is to blame. However — and this might raise a few eyebrows — it’s not the hiring organization that’s the…

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Do I Need a Business Coach?

In today’s world it’s tough to keep up. The higher you advance in your career, the more treacherous the territory you’re in. In fact, we’ve found that upwards of 40 percent of executives hired at the senior level are pushed out, fail, or quit within 18 months. Organizations are changing and discovering new directions, and management is expected to get on board or risk getting kicked out. In response, more…

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Beating the Bots: 9 Resume Do’s and Don’ts For Getting Past the ATS

ATS refers to applicant tracking system and is the technology that most human resource departments use to manage the hiring process. While it can be time-saving and cost effective for companies, it can be the bane of existence for job seekers. Consider this: You have the perfect skill set for a job and submit your application. You wait and hear nothing. Eventually you get a canned rejection letter. Why? You probably…

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Boost Your Own Morale: Staying Positive During Your Job Search

The typical job search can be very hard on the ego. You’re continually being judged, the value of your past experiences is in question and you may face more rejection than you’ve ever felt in your life. While that feeling is normal, it’s crucial you’re able to overcome the resulting self-doubt and move forward with your quest. Letting discouragement seep into the tone of your job queries or interviews will…

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Job Searching Over 50: Common Mistakes to Avoid

So many job hunting advice columns focus on those just out of college or professionals only a few years into their career. What if your years are a little more “golden” than that? Finding a new job at 50, 60, or older can seem challenging. There are many unique considerations that lead to common pitfalls. If you’re job searching later in life, you can still find the success you desire. The Five…

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Connecting Your Resume, LinkedIn Profile, and Pitch

What do your resume, LinkedIn profile, and two-minute pitch have in common? Well, each of these items are crucial snapshots of your skills, experience, and career, and therefore are vital tools to use when you’re on the job search. By emphasizing your skills, abilities, accomplishments, and experiences, it allows you to position yourself when it comes to job interviews and informational meetings. In the digital era, LinkedIn has become a…

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How To Squash Your Job Search Stress

It’s easy to let stress get the best of you when you’re on the job hunt. On top of worrying about cover letters, resumes and networking, you have finances and a future to think about. But if you let stress take over, it can hinder your interview performance, ability to negotiate and even cause you to quit your search altogether. Job searching is stressful because you often feel like you’re…

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