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Reader Mailbag: How to Deal With Shady Recruiters

interviewWe’ve seen this all too often — the ol’ bait and switch routine. A recruiter seems legitimate, tells you about a fantastic new opportunity and when you start pursuing it, poof! Just like that it’s no longer available but let me tell you about another one that is just as wonderful…

All recruiters are not the same and as per an email we received from one of our readers, she dealt with a shady recruiter and took matters into her own hands. Read more

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Three Things Employers Want to See When They Google You

Google logoHave you Googled yourself lately? Seriously.

Employers are certainly doing it during the recruiting process and while they’re looking for various red flags (keg stands, anyone?), they’re also looking for a few key things to show you’re a stellar candidate.

Here are a few of them, courtesy of a post from The Savvy Intern. Read more

How to Handle It When Your Colleagues Earn More Than You

moneyUnfortunately, we’ve seen this all too often. You work side by side with colleagues only to discover you’re doing the same exact work and they’re getting paid a lot more.

What gives?

According to a piece in The New York Post, the best way to ask for a raise is to make your boss feel like “you are worth every dollar.” Read more

Five Absolute Musts to Include on Your Personal Website

work in progressIf you have a personal website, congratulations! You are definitely one step (okay, more like several steps) ahead of other candidates who don’t have one. This can definitely give you an edge when pursuing full-time jobs.

A post on YouTern provides more information about advantages to having a personal site (and seriously, we can’t think of any disadvantages) but what we really want to highlight a few things your site absolutely should include. Read more

Time to Ditch Workaholism & Being First One In, Last One Out

hangoverIf you’re the first one in the morning at the office and the last one out at night, you may think it’s the best way to climb the ladder. Hard work pays off and it gets noticed, right?

Well, a longitudinal study conducted by the University of Padova in Italy followed workers for 15 years. Researchers discovered workaholic behavior was linked to worse health, boosted absenteeism and get this — decreased job performance.

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Got a Wide Face? Study Says You’re a Better Negotiator

money bagsThat is, if you’re a man with a wide face you’re apparently a better negotiator than non-wide-faced counterparts.

According to a new study, researchers conducted several male to male negotiations in real estate transactions and salaries. They discovered that men with wider faces started out with a competitive mindset. Their colleagues actually entered with a cooperative mindset.

In one particular experiment, wide-faced men negotiated a signing bonus significantly higher than narrow faced men to the tune of $2,000. These wide faces rule the roost in buying and selling, too. In another example, when the wide face represented the seller, property went for a higher price. And when the wide face was the buyer? He negotiated a lower price than men with narrow faces. Read more

Tablet Etiquette for Job Interviews

FI One mand BandAnswering your cell phone during an interview isn’t only rude, it’s wrong. So is leaving your cell phone on a nearby desk or table in full view.

As for a tablet? Well, that’s a slightly different story. Keep in mind the purpose of the interview is for the hiring manager to get to know you. You shouldn’t be buried in your device but, according to Ask Annie, a tablet can help make you “a stronger and more memorable candidate.”

Here’s an example: If you’re a web designer, you can literally show the interviewer a variety of sites you’ve created. Instead of describing them, simply show off your work.

Show, don’t tell. Read more

What Not to Do When You’re Running Late to an Interview

suitYou know how things snowball, right? You’re running late to an interview and then you spill your coffee. As you wipe it off your suit, the napkin disintegrates and makes white, visible balls of cotton on your lap. Lovely.

Well, here’s the thing. Running late is inevitable. It’s going to happen at one point or another.

As soon as you realize you’re going to be late, contact the recruiter via phone, email or text to let him or her know you’re running behind. Here in New York City, the E train is notoriously slow so it’s not uncommon for a job seeker to be late 30 minutes or more thanks to mass transit — been there, done that, seen it happen. Read more

Kickin’ it Old School: Four Personal Branding Tips That Still Work!

handshakeTwitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, oh my! The ways we communicate with one another has certainly changed over the decades but when it comes to etiquette and personal branding, the following tips have lasted the test of time.

And something tells us as more social media sites emerge and technology continues to evolve, we’ll still be kicking it old school with the following tips. Read more

Three Ways to Wrap Up an Internship

summer internsIf you’re a summer intern, you’re really heading into the home stretch now! While your campus beckons you back in the fall, chances are right about now you’re wondering where the heck the summer went as you pack up your cubicle.

There are several ways to leave that internship on a high note…

1. Say your good-byes. Protocol is definitely important. Remember when you started interning not too long ago and your colleague probably walked you around to introduce you to everyone? Read more

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