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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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How to Present the Perfect Amount of Ambition in Job Interviews

It’s important to have the ideal amount of confidence when job hunting and interviewing. If you can show you believe in yourself, and you have passion and skills to boot, you’re sure to capture the attention of the hiring managers. However, just like the delicate tasting notes must mix well to create the perfect glass of wine, it’s all a balancing act. Go overboard with your confidence and the result might be the…

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HR’s Important Role in The Future

The World Economic Forum says the fourth industrial revolution is upon us. Every aspect of business is changing and we’re right at the cusp of experiencing the shift. “It’s a lot more difficult to predict and forecast and adapt to than the previous revolutions,” said Michael Leadbetter, founder of Greenshoot Edtech, at The Five O’Clock Club 75th HR Network Breakfast Seminar. “The reason is it brings together digital, physical, and biological aspects. And the…

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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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Need a Job? Make Sure You’re Networking the Right Way

You’ve heard the theory: the more people you ask about job openings, the more likely it is that you’ll eventually stumble into an open position. So you reach out to everyone you know and get referred beyond this circle. But this kind of networking won’t get you much job search traction. Your outreach should be more carefully crafted and executed. Whether you’re talking to friends, or friends of friends or…

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Is Your Open Office Plan Killing Productivity? Tips to Lessen Visual Noise

Open office settings have taken over corporate America over the last decade. In fact, about 70 percent of U.S. offices have no or low partitions, according to the International Facility Management Association. Silicon Valley has been the leader in this trend, touting that lack of walls increases collaboration, creativity, and innovation. And after all, who wouldn’t want to be like Google or eBay? Companies in all industries followed and now have broad…

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Tips for Negotiating a Salary and Compensation Package

Negotiating a salary is one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the job-hunting process and one of the parts people fear the most. For many, it’s like a monster at the end of your search, and many people want to know just how to wrestle that monster. The best way to do this is to be aware, apart from base salary, of everything you want or need in terms of…

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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Eye-Opening Facts You Must Know About Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

Job hunters and applicant tracking systems are like vinegar and oil. The two can feel like they’re almost impossible to mix together. However, with a bit of vigorous shaking, that vinegar and oil can become a nice salad dressing. To shake up a stalled job search, it’s time to stop believing an ATS is your enemy and start understanding how they work so you can use them to your advantage. Getting…

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The Top 4 Things to Know About Employee Engagement

Gone are the days of a list of commandments being passed down from senior management. Companies today are refining hiring and employee-development practices as attitudes around corporate culture continue to change. Corporate executives are examining employee perceptions about corporate culture and implementing innovative solutions targeted at better engaging individuals during the recruitment process, as well as after they’ve been hired. Engaged employees mean less turnover and create a better environment…

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Direct Contact Skills to Help You Grow Your Network and Land a Job

Think networking and sending out resume after resume is the only way to job hunt? Think again. Writing directly to an organization is a critical step to targeting your job search and moving it forward. But what is the secret to writing the most effective cover letters? The Five O’Clock Club outlines that for you here: The Opening Paragraph The opening paragraph of your targeted cover letter should establish the…

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Bridging the Gap: 6 Steps to Manage Change with Ease

In our modern, digital age, it’s hard to keep up with the innovation and change in both the workplace and in one’s own personal life. As such, adaptability and the opportunity to create and recreate your professional identity has become one of the most important qualities a person can have. Adapting means the willingness to take on a challenge to confront and embrace change. By doing so you become a…

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Upcoming Vacation? The Ultimate Checklist to Prep Your Job So You can Truly Unplug

Does pulling long hours at work have you dreaming of escaping it all and finally taking a well-deserved vacation? You’re not alone. However, millions of U.S. workers skip vacation days every year. Often it’s simply more work to prepare for and recover from an absence than to actually take the time off. In fact, reports show American workers lose vacation days each year. Many professionals who do take vacation spend months…

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One Professional’s Dream Job Becomes His Reality

For John Mc Nally, pursuing his dream job only happened after experiencing a career setback. He didn’t let any mountains stop him, though, and his pathway to success led him to a new opportunity in Italy. “I had reached a dead end in my search and thought that I was without resources,” he says. “I found my way to a [Five O’Clock Club Insider] group in Manhattan,” Mc Nally says. “Working…

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No-Ask Salary Laws Gain Traction. Is Nationwide Law Next?

First Massachusetts, then New York City. Is a nationwide law next? Last year, the governor of Massachusetts signed a law that made it illegal for employers to inquire about applicants’ salaries prior to making a job offer. This was the first state to pass such legislation, with pay equality the main motivation for the legislation. Recently, New York City followed suit. The mayor signed a bill prohibiting city employers from inquiring about prospective employees’ salary history….

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