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You Need To Stop Making These 5 Resume Mistakes

Show your resume to a career coach, and they'll likely highlight some big fails. Some are obvious (a six-page resume can be a snooze to read) while others are a bit more surprising (those catchy buzzwords everyone uses might not be a great idea after all). We asked three career coaches and resume writing experts for the top mistakes they see over and over, and how you can break these bad habits to make your resume stand out from the rest -- in a good way.
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How To Build A Quality Professional Network

Many professionals emphasize networking and strategies to build networks, however, there is little focus on network maintenance. The best networks are the ones we can call on for support when needed. For example, are we comfortable asking for a favour from someone we spoke to once at a party a year ago? In this case, the quality of the relationship is more important than the number of contacts in the address book.
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Need A Job? Learn To Play The Hiring Game

There is a touch of serendipity in finding a fabulous employer, or employee. It's like finding the right person to marry. Unfortunately, you are often not given enough time or information to gauge whether or not you want to engage in such a long-term commitment. Resumes may get you a date but even three or four isn't enough to discover whether or not the relationship is sustainable.
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Why Having a 'Contract' Job Instead of a Permanent One is a Good Thing

Some people chose to work part-time or temporary contracts. But even for those looking for a full-time and permanent job, staffing services offer a leg up. It is especially true for immigrants, the reason being that when they graduated or were trained abroad, they have a harder time convincing future employers of their skills. Staffing services provide an opportunity to be evaluated on the job.
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Use Your 20s To Find The Career That's Right For You

Choosing a career path can be scary, but if you're brave and face it head on, finding the career that's right for you will help create a happy life. It's easy to think of finding a career as daunting, but remember your 20s are an exciting time! You get to experiment and test the waters, discover new things about yourself, and find out what makes you tick as a professional.
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Why Getting LinkedIn Endorsements Doesn't Mean You're Special

When I get an endorsement "Jeff Chatterton is great at event planning," I know it's the latter. It's just someone trying to curry favour. How do I know that? I hate event planning. I don't do it, because I suck at it, and I know that. Here at Checkmate Public Affairs, if I need to stage an event, I have other people that I know will do a better job than I do the work. I've had one person, who I met at a speech I gave in Iowa, endorse me upwards of 20 times. Another former colleague is running for political office, and I've probably received a dozen endorsements from him. All it does is clog my inbox.
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There's a Time to Text and a Time to Talk

So many people are hiding these days behind their devices, using efficiency and speed as just one of the many excuses to avoid direct communication. I don't purport to be the Emily Post of digital etiquette, but the following are times when some form of more intimate and potentially interactive communication may be preferable to their smart phone or tablet equivalent.
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I've Got Experience. I've Got Degrees. I've Got No Job.

I live in Toronto, and have been looking for work since October 2012. At almost every interview I attend, the hiring manager explains that over 80 applications for the position have been received. On LinkedIN, some social media and web design jobs have over 150 applications submitted per job within a three to five day period.
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The Beginner's Guide to Job Hunting

People think they need to go directly from one job to the next, but in my experience we all need a little decompression. Have a staycation, go to the movies in the afternoon, sleep in, and get over the fact that you left or lost your job. Grieve a little. It's natural.