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CBS News: Job interviewers, avoid these 6 gaffes

By Jeff Haden

Interview mistakes aren’t limited to job candidates; interviewers make lots of mistakes, too.

The smaller your business the fewer employees you typically have … and the fewer interviews you have under your belt. But even experienced interviewers often make mistakes. Here are six of the most common mistakes interviewers make, and what to do instead:

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Forbes: 5 Ways to Spot a Bad Boss in an Interview

A boss can literally, make or break your career. Here are five ways to spot the bad ones before they become yours.

A great boss can make you feel engaged and empowered at work, will keep you out of unnecessary office politics, and can identify and grow your strengths. But a bad boss can make the most impressive job on paper (and salary) quickly unbearable. Not only will a bad boss make you dislike at least 80% of your week, your relationships might suffer, too. A recent study conducted at Baylor University found that stress and tension caused by an abusive boss “affects the marital relationship and subsequently, the employee’s entire family.” Supervisor abuse isn’t always as blatant as a screaming temper tantrum; it can include taking personal anger out on you for no reason, dismissing your ideas in a meeting, or simply, being rude and critical of your work, while offering no constructive ways to improve it.  Whatever the exhibition of bad boss behavior, your work and personal life will suffer. Merideth Ferguson, PH.D., co-author of the study and assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at Baylor explains that “it may be that as supervisor abuse heightens tension in the relationship, the employee is less motivated or able to engage in positive interactions with the partner and other family members.”

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Access Staffing Fall 2011 Newsletter

FLEXIBILITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

Flexibility may be the key to getting more shifts. You may have to adjust your preferences when it comes to hours or location. Making yourself more available will only bring you more opportunities for work. For example, if you’re a Help Desk IT professional, ask about offsite locations that you can help support. That could just be the trick that to getting the next door to open. It’s all about creating positions for yourself and improving your skills! Don’t forget to call and check in with your staffing coordinator as well

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Business Insider: 3 Myths About Online Networking in the Job Search

By Joshua Waldman

With the rise of social media, online networking has become an essential requirement for finding the right job fast. Yet there are still many job seekers either scared or confused by social media. 

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Business Insider: How to Help Recruiters Help You

By Anthony Cintron

What is the best way to find a job in this economy? There are many ways in which search for jobs, but the best way to get your foot in the door isn’t necessarily right through the company you want to work for. You may have an easier time getting in by going through a recruitment agency.

Many companies save money by not advertising through newspapers and online sources — and recruiting agencies save them time and money when it comes to interviewing and weeding through candidates. Therefore, the recruiters know what jobs are open at the companies they work with — and if you don’t use them as part of your job searching strategy, you may miss some great opportunities.


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Fins.Com: The 10 Worst Things to Put on Your Resume

According to a 2010 Accountemps survey, 28% of executives say the resume is where most job seekers make mistakes in the application process. But what exactly constitutes a mistake?

We talked with career coaches and resume writers to find ten gaffes that will guarantee that your resume never makes it past round one.

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The Source: The Five Drivers of Happiness at Work

The Source has teamed up with the iOpener Institute iOpener Institute for People and Performance to find out how happy and fullfilled our readers are at work. The Institute has a specially designed survey to help you establish how happy you are at work and along with the article below you can figure out how you can increase your happiness. Complete the questionnaire now.

I am in a wood-paneled boardroom of a large multinational waiting to make a pitch. My stomach lurches as I anticipate having to use the “H” word to the CEO. It just feels too “new-agey” to associate with the hard-numbered world of business.

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Business Insider: The Worst Questions To Ask During A Job Interview

During a job interview, the questions you ask are just as important as the answers you provide. One poorly-thought-out question could nix your chances of landing a job.

"What will stick with a potential employer is that you asked the right questions, paid close attention to the answers and really fathomed what their organization is all about," says headhunter Mark Jaffe of Wyatt & Jaffe.

To help you avoid catastrophe, we’ve compiled a list of the worst questions you can ask during a job interview.

Good luck.

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MSNBC: Red Tape - When it comes to online reputation, ‘life’s not fair, and companies aren’t either’

Once upon a time, youthful indiscretions committed during college years stayed locked up in the memories of school buddies or, at worst, on a police report tucked away in a small-town police station file.

Social media and the Internet have changed that. Now, a single moment of bad judgment — an unflattering photo, an inappropriate comment or something more serious — can live forever in friends’ Facebook posts or tweets. Worse yet, the information is easily searchable by future employers. A decade later, one black mark could doom a job application in the time it takes to type “Bob Sullivan” into a search engine.

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Careerealism: Leave No Stone Unturned in Your Job Search.

This man treats the job hunt like a full-time occupation. He prepares marketing materials to sell himself, gets on the phone and makes cold calls to set up appointments with prospective clients. Then he goes into the appointment to close the sale. Learn his practical but successful strategy.

My last professional position was a technical sales business development representative. I did the job the outside sales representatives did not want to do which was cold call for new business. I found the job through a combination of local job listing websites, Monster and my networking contacts. Some of my professional contacts told me a particular company was hiring, so I checked it out on a local job hunting site which directed me to the full job listing on Monster. It took me about six months of searching to find the job.

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