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Career Tips, Insights and Career Advice by Paul Freiberger

Basic Tips for Writing and Editing Your Resume

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My message today is short but important. The language choices you make in your resume matter. Why? Along with a cover letter, your resume makes your first impression. It should communicate your professionalism. If you aren’t careful, you can blur a vital point or sabotage your resume in other ...

How Far Back in My Career Should a Resume Go?

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How far back is too far back when it comes to describing job experience on your resume?This question occurs to me today because I’ve seen too many talented, experienced professionals lose their jobs over the past year -- a consequence of the pandemic. People who didn’t need to ...

How Covid Concerns Can Make an Interview Better

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At this very moment, we’re still dealing with the pandemic issues that have affected – profoundly affected – each and every business and organization in the country for more than half a year. No company has been immune. No employee has been exempt. Everyone has had to find a way to ...

Tapping into the Hidden Job Market

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I want to discuss what’s called, rather mysteriously, “the hidden job market.” I’m not talking about some underground lodge that you can’t access without knowing the password or the secret handshake – or, these days, the secret, socially-distant elbow bump. The hidden market is huge. It’s a ...

Managing Without Authority: Becoming a Manager without the Manager Title

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It’s a workplace scenario that you may have experienced. Your boss, who’s constantly overwhelmed by work, asks you to assume direct supervision of an ad hoc team to tackle an urgent and unexpected need.Even though you’re not a manager by title, or even experience, you’re ...

Clothing Optional: Office Attire in Pandemic Times

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It’s now going on six months since offices around the country were suddenly depopulated, and the end is not exactly in sight even now.And, of course, you don’t need to dress for the office when the office is closed and the only meetings you’re attending happen ...

5 Rules of Resume Content: B.R.A.T.S.

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No, I’m not referring to sausages.BrandWe’re all our own brands. In reality, the notion of personal branding is not so new. At one time, you had an image. Now, you have a brand. The real difference is the multiplicity of places, many of them online, in which ...

Expect the Unexpected when it Comes to Interview Questions

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Most job seekers go into a job interview with answers in mind to such standard questions as: Tell me about your greatest strengths? Why do you want to work for us? Where do you see your career in 5 years? But how would you answer interview questions like these?If ...

Expert Tips on Interview Questions and the Law

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When is a Job Interview Question Not Legal?At first glance, it may seem that there should be a clear way to identify illegal interview questions, but the real world is never so accommodating. For one thing, employment law comes from more than one source. There are federal laws, state ...

How to Succeed in Your New Job: Group Anthropology Matters

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When I started a new job and a new career at McKinsey years ago, I was worried and uncertain about how to find my way. Day One was overwhelming. Lots of the early days were. Add a crushing great economic recession that was taking place and it was a recipe ...

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